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Old 03-26-2004, 07:03 AM   #1
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Michigan Registration Fees

I have not seen this mentioned by any other Michigan members.
I have just received my renewal notice for my AS registration - last year the fee was $37.00. Michigan has now changed the fee structure for trailers and trailer coaches to:
* a permanent trailer plate will be issued for a one-time registration fee. The fee is based on the weight of the trailer or trailer coach as follows:
* 0 - 2,499 pounds - $75
* 2,500 - 9,999 pounds - $200
* 10,000 pounds or more - $300

So now I have to find $200 for the permanent registration fee, before I can hit the road!
If I keep the trailer for the next 5 years, I will be about even, but if I sell it and buy another trailer, then I have to pay again (?)
Anybody have any thoughts, comments, etc., on this?
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Old 03-26-2004, 08:57 AM   #2
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Michigan Trailer Registration

Two reasons for the change:
1) A lot of snowbirds wanted a permanent plate so their renewal would not be due when they were out west in the middle of winter.
2) Our short-sighted state government wanted an immediate influx of cash this year to balance the budget, and who cares about next year.

Think of it as an incentive to keep fixing up your trailer instead of selling it and buying a different one........
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Old 03-26-2004, 09:21 AM   #3
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Third possible reason:

3) In this age of disposable everything, perhaps the great state of Michigan is attempting to encourage people to hang on to their belongings a bit longer, take better care of their possessions, and not clutter used RV lots and fields with perfectly good, but unwanted trailers.

...Nah.
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Old 03-26-2004, 10:46 AM   #4
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Does the plate go with the trailer if you sell it, or does it belong to you?

Here in FL, the plate stays with the owner, not the vehicle. If it's the same with your five-year plate, couldn't you transfer it to your new AS?

Let's face it - once an AS owner, always an AS owner.
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Old 03-26-2004, 11:14 AM   #5
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Hi Dave

There was a discussion of the optional Michigan fee on THIS THREAD.
I have elected to stay with the annual fee in the unforeseen event I decide to trade AS's in the next few years.

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Old 03-26-2004, 12:02 PM   #6
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Rog,
I did a search on this before posting and came up empty (must have used irrelevant words), so thanks for the link. My documentation mentions nothing about a choice - they just want $200 from me!
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Dave, THIS is alarming!

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My documentation mentions nothing about a choice - they just want $200 from me!
Cheers.
I haven't received my renewal notice yet but I just called the Secretary of State to be sure that annual plates are still an option and guess what......THEY ARE NOT!
The new law which went into effect October 1st did away with annual plates. The permanent plates are now the only thing available to Michigan trailer owners. They are NOT transferable.
What a crock! I didn't even mention travel trailers, just trailers,
so I guess you have to buy a permanent license for a utility trailer too. Will cars be next?
What a sneaky and unfair way to generate revenue for the state.
Grrrr.

Rog

On edit: I guess I should have understood this new law from 71tradwind's post on the other thread, but I was under the impression that the permanent license was being offered as an option. I didn't know they were shoving it down our throats.
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Old 03-26-2004, 01:32 PM   #8
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Car fees went up too. By the way, don't be late renewing, otherwise they tack on another $15 (I think). AND make sure you have your proof of insurance at all times, $200 fine, period. You used to be able to get a ticket, get a copy of the Ins. Binder and get the ticket removed, not anymore, instant fine. I have to renew the trailer plate, my car and my license, can you say CHA-CHING!
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registration fees

hey,

i pay $225 per year in the once "golden state." yea, i know i could move but these san diego winters , well you know the deal.

the good news is as my bambi gets older i hope the fees will come down.

now if i could just sell my house i could claim south dakota as my home state and still spend my winters here.

anybody want to buy a house?

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The Michigan fee on my 33 year old 18 footer will be the same as on a 2003 34 footer.
What will the State of Michigan do next year to make up for the lost revenue when nobody renews their trailer license?
I wish some legal minds would challenge the constitutionality of this new law. It is discriminatory.
It taxes trailers disproportionate to other vehicles which cause more wear and tear on the roads.
It discourages the purchase of trailers and encourages the illegal practice of "switching plates".
If I own my current trailer for less than a year, this new license fee represents more than a 500% increase.

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Old 03-01-2006, 08:31 AM   #11
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Does Michigan require some sort of transfer of title for an RV trailer like a car? Is insurance required on the trailer? Can you buy a temporary trailer plate for one time movement from one location to another?
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Old 03-01-2006, 08:45 AM   #12
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Michigan plates

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Does Michigan require some sort of transfer of title for an RV trailer like a car? Is insurance required on the trailer? Can you buy a temporary trailer plate for one time movement from one location to another?
As I interpret the rules.....

If you are a MI resident and you want to use the trailer on the road, you need a plate. Therefore the title has to be transferred when purchasing an RV trailer. This is where they get you for the sales tax (unless the seller is a blood relative). No matter who you get it from, they zap you for the $200 plate fee(non-transferable).

No insurance is required to get a plate. The tow vehicle's liability insurance covers any accident.

There is one time when you do not need a plate: when you buy the trailer
and are towing it home. All you need is the dated bill of sale and you can tow it home once without a plate. Then you can go to the Sec. of State at your leisure to pay the piper.

I'm sure the rules are different in every state.
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Old 03-01-2006, 09:31 AM   #13
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Smile Old Meeshigan saying...

"Thou shalt not steal, the government doesn't want any competition"
In case someone would like the link to the Secretary of State's website on this issue.
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Old 03-02-2006, 08:53 AM   #14
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Michigan Trailer Plates.

We went through this last year.

We have a vanity plate on our trailer AIRSTR1, We had the option of keeping this plate for an extra $35 on top of the regular plate fee, we choose to keep our plate so they made an extra $35 from us.

However you can no longer get a vanity plate for a trailer in Michigan , your only option was to keep the one you had.
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