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Old 01-04-2018, 05:57 PM   #1
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Hi forum, Iím in process of purchasing 2015 intl serenity in CA and currently traveling there in my 2005 Safari. Iíve researched a bit about registration, title, etc. Really donít want to register in CA, sales tax is 8% there. Not trying to elude paying tax, just want to register in state that is least expensive. Iím full-time since June, not sure when Iíll get back to FL. I read that if I take delivery outside of CA, Iíll avoid their registration issues. Pay sales tax in state itís registered? Seller is willing to deliver to Reno. Anyone out there have advice. Much appreciated
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Old 01-04-2018, 06:04 PM   #2
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You should register it in whatever state you have legal residence. If that is Florida then register it in Florida and pay Florida it's 6%, plus whatever.
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Old 01-05-2018, 09:21 AM   #3
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There are three states where you don't pay personal property tax on a trailer: Florida, South Dakota and Texas. Consider it.

We meet a lot of folks with Texas license plates who are Escapees (Livingston, TX). One purchased his TV and TT in Texas and had not been back in 12 years. He registers his TV and TT online each year. If he goes back to TX, he has 3 days to get vehicle inspections in his home county.

Can't you just take the CA title and bill of sale with you? I did when I bought a boat and trailer in WA. Cost $20+ to title out of state trailer here.

There should be something similar in FL and SD.

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We bought our trailer in another state and did not pay sales tax to the state we purchased in. We did pay the tax on it when we registered it in our home state. You should be able to get a temporary registration in California which may be good for a couple of months. Suggestion may be to see if an RV dealership (Camping World??) can do it or get one from the Cal DMV. Better yet, if the current license plate is valid and you have the paperwork showing the completed transaction, Im not sure there would be any problem getting it back to Florida.
I would defiantly check with Cal DMV to make sure what kind of fees may be involved. If youre having the trailer inspected by a dealership, Im sure they have the answers.
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You may have to take the trailer to the state where you register it to verify that it is the trailer on the bill of sale. Florida law says this, but when I went to register (I took the trailer) they just had me sign a VIN Verification affadavit.

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