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Old 11-17-2017, 11:59 AM   #15
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We can inspect you trailer at our Ford dealership if youíre going through Dallas.

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Old 11-17-2017, 02:18 PM   #16
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Old 11-17-2017, 04:33 PM   #17
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Inspection no big deal, register in Texas, OMG.

Inspection stations walk up to trailer, test turn signals, mash on the brakes and lights come on, parking lights work, got chains and see that there is a line for the break away switch. Thatís it.

Now the big deal!! You bought your trailer out of state and you want to register in Texas so you can get plates, correct??

Well, the clerk will want to see bill of sale and title from out of state dealer or sale person. So far so good. Now comes the surprise. Vehicle sales tax!!!!!

How about 6 to 7 % on that sale price. Be ready for the shock. Letís see 100 K sales price is about $7,000.00 tax. Ainít it grand.

This is why folks have corporate papers in New Mexico, no sales tax. Hope all goes well. If you paid sales tax in the state of purchase they may let you slide and collect the tax from that state. If you just received a MCO certificate you get to pay tax here.

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Old 11-17-2017, 06:00 PM   #18
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Trailer Inspection

Try this site it give locations and you can check access before you go
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Old 11-17-2017, 06:04 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by GMarugg View Post
Try this site it give locations and you can check access before you go
This appears to be a very incomplete list... doesn't list VOGT RV, which is pretty darned close to the OP, and has the easiest access you can imagine.
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Old 11-18-2017, 08:20 AM   #20
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Thank you all for the advice, tips and support! I think we finally have a good plan to take care of all of the administrative nonsense needed to get truck/trailer registered and become a Texas resident. I'm afraid we would not be exempt from the trailer inspection since our trailer is heavier than the limit.

We are also bracing ourselves for the Sales Tax we are going to have to pay....6.25%!! I know this is not unique to Texas, but it still doesn't make it any easier to swallow!!! I will say the one thing that is most unique to Texas are the "inspections." I believe that to be an unnecessary tax imposed on the residents of Texas. IMHO
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Old 11-18-2017, 09:18 AM   #21
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When I did our trailer Texas tags and registration in July 2017 for a trailer purchased in Minnesota they required a weight scale ticket. Basically I went to a Flying J with a CAT scale to get the weight ticket. Go inside before pulling up on the scale and they will be happy to help you. The scale is divided into three sections. The four truck wheels will be on the Section and the trailer wheels will be on Section three. I know this does not give the actual trailer weight, but that is what the want at DOT along with your inspection form, previous title, bill of sale, release of lien if it has one on the title, and the completed title & registration form. Plus a check for the sales tax and registration. Good luck.
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Old 11-18-2017, 09:43 AM   #22
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Check out the Texas DMV. They rescinded that law requiring trailer inspections for light weight trailers. Only very heavy trailers still require inspections. I forget the break point but my '82 Excella 34' is exempt.

Are you sure you're exempt? It's the rated gross, not the empty weight that makes the difference. I'm annoyed that my 26U is 100 lb over the 7,500 lb limit. Airstream says the gross for an '82 Excella 34' is 8300 lb, but if someone made an error on your title and listed the dry weight you're a winner! (My Argosy was titled in Texas with its dry weight instead of gross, for example, so I never had a state inspection for a trailer until I got the 26U.)
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Old 11-18-2017, 10:30 AM   #23
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You will also need an Application for Texas Title form 130-U signed by the seller! when you go to transfer the title. These can be downloaded online. I had to mail one back to Tennessee to be signed before I could transfer the title on a car I brought in from out of state. A real PITA if you don't know about it!

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