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Old 06-20-2015, 06:25 AM   #1
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Shopping for Best Title State

We own an Airstream titled and registered in Texas but kept full time in Minnesota. Every year when we want to renew the license we get grief from the county clerk because we can't provide a state inspection (so far they've waived it but I'm not sure that will last).

Would we be better off re-titling in MN (where we understand there is no inspection requirement)?

Is there another state that caters to RV'ers? We heard that Maine is a great place to license trailers (5 year renewal, no inspection requirement), but their plan doesn't apply to trailers with sleeping facilities.

Is there a downside to having title to a trailer in a state other than where you live?

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Old 06-20-2015, 07:02 AM   #2
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Kentucky requires the initial out of state inspection which includes a safety inspection for mobile homes. After that it's an annual renewal of the license. I don't think you can title it here unless you live here. There is also property tax that must be paid each year.


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Old 06-20-2015, 07:12 AM   #3
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No inspections in Minnesota. The only downside I can see is if your insurance company is licensed (or whatever) to cover the Airstream titled in Minnesota. You may have to provide an address in the state, call a licensing office in the county where you keep it and ask.
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:08 AM   #4
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Do you have to renew the tags if you are not in texas?
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:13 AM   #5
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Is the rig sitting on a permanent site, or do you move it on public roads? If the rig isn't on the road you could consider simply forfeiting the license tags and do away with your recurring trouble.

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Old 06-20-2015, 08:20 AM   #6
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West Virginia Requires NO Inspection on RV's.
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:21 AM   #7
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Is the rig sitting on a permanent site, or do you move it on public roads? If the rig isn't on the road you could consider simply forfeiting the license tags and do away with your recurring trouble.
Yes, you can do title only in Texas and still have it insured.
No plates, but it is now mandatory in Texas to have inspection to get license and plates
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:44 AM   #8
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To my knowledge most if not all states require a instate address to register a motor vehicle. Many RVers use the state of Montana to avoid sales tax (no state sales tax) & register there RV's. It is necessary to form a LLC in Montana & establish a Montana address. Their are companies that specialize in setting up this LLC, provide the address, take care of the registration & provide the license plate. The one time fee for this depending on the provider is usually around a thousand dollars. The incentive to do this is in the sales tax savings. Also. Montana has no annual inspection and for travel trailer the registration & plate fee is a one time event, not annual, once done you're registered for as long as you own the trailer
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:32 AM   #9
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Mississippi requires no trailer inspection whatsoever. We just go to the courthouse with a Bill of Sale and buy a license plate.
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:46 AM   #10
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Old 06-20-2015, 11:02 AM   #11
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I keep the trailers (and cars) titled and registered in Indiana because no inspection, low registration cost and lower insurance. We are Indiana residents. But two of the trailers live in Georgia where we have a house. Looked into moving the license but would cost lots more to do so. Both states will do bill of sale titles, which is nice dealing with "project" trailers where no title can be found.
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Old 06-20-2015, 12:04 PM   #12
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South Dakota.
I believe I see more RVs with SD plates than there are people in SD. There must be some good reason.

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Old 06-20-2015, 12:45 PM   #13
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I believe in Louisiana we are supposed to get an annual inspection, but, you can register the trailer with a "permanent" plate for $70 (plus whatever other state fees).
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Old 06-20-2015, 02:52 PM   #14
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South Dakota works great for us. We set up a mail service since we travel a lot and registered our trailer there. NO Inspections, NO Sales Tax, just a 3% excise tax. Registration can be done by internet no extra fees or the girls at my mail service will do it for you. Mail service is great. Done by Dakota Post in Sioux Falls.

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