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Old 01-25-2019, 02:07 PM   #21
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This is another one of those I do not understand.

You buy a toy for over $80k, and complain about a $800 bill?

Or worst, buy the cheapest thing you can find.
In MT, where we do not have sales tax, but do have income and personal property taxes ... initial tax for vehicle plate is very high and after 4 years, annual truck renewal fee is still almost $600 in a relatively rural county.

Fortunately, the AS registration is only paid once - no annual renewal.
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Old 01-25-2019, 02:13 PM   #22
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You all would hate Idaho then; sales tax, property tax, income tax AND I pay $300/year to register the AS.
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Old 01-25-2019, 02:20 PM   #23
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We register our vehicles in MT since we are there 6 months out of the year typically. MT has no sales tax and one time registration for plates on the
AS. We have even just done transfer of plates on our personalized plates last two AS's and TV's we have licensed in MT. We do pay a fee each year to renew for the F250, but still was a lot cheaper then paying the sales tax and for the AS, was the best option with one time registration/license. Best way for us. We list TX as our residence for income tax purposes since they don't have income tax, so we do not have any issues with our vehicles nor AS.

That being said, we did move back to CA 5 years ago for a job assignment. I kept my MT plates, knowing if I was pulled over, I would tell them I was "just passing thru". My friend, an ex CA policeman advised me CA will really come down hard on you if you reside in CA and don't pay your vehicle taxes...don't tell them your living there...just visiting. I'm back to TX now in winter and MT in summer...all is well!
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Old 01-25-2019, 03:44 PM   #24
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Practically IMPOSSIBLE to comment on this thread without getting political. Which is better; gas or diesel?
Electric of course...
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Old 01-25-2019, 04:46 PM   #25
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I've never thought of Ontario as being a low tax jurisdiction however trailer registration is a one time fee of $72.
That is a great deal compared to many jurisdictions, but prior to that we also pay 13% sales tax on the purchase price, whether used or new.
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Old 01-25-2019, 04:59 PM   #26
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registration fees

We also got our first annual registration renewal on our 2017 interstate. Way over $800! Tis the way it is going sadly. BTW, I have a diesel, and love it!
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Old 01-25-2019, 05:06 PM   #27
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We also got our first annual registration renewal on our 2017 interstate. Way over $800! Tis the way it is going sadly. BTW, I have a diesel, and love it!
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Just curious, do you also pay sales tax on the original purchase, or is this like the "sales tax" being spread out over a longer period of time?
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Old 01-25-2019, 05:11 PM   #28
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I remember reading last year, that Maine will allow residents from any state, to register their travel trailer with a Maine plate. No residency in state required. A fee based independent registration service exists, to assist and represent you for processing the registration paperwork. Such trailer can be located out of state, and they will mail you the registration documents and trailer plate.

https://mainetrailerregistrations.com/
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Old 01-25-2019, 05:59 PM   #29
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Michigan. I paid 75 dollars for the plate it's good as long as I have the trailer.
We get robbed on auto insurance to make up for it.
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It says they do not register campers...
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Old 01-25-2019, 06:03 PM   #31
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In GA you pay a one time (significant) tax when you initially register a vehicle. After that itís an annual tag fee which is pretty small.



On the other hand, property (real estate) taxes seem lower than what I hear people report from other states, although it will vary by county.


Only if it has a motor, otherwise you pay ad valorem every year on that trailer or fifth wheel.
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Old 01-25-2019, 07:16 PM   #32
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It says they do not register campers...
This place does: https://staabagency.com/

They're the one I used.
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Old 01-25-2019, 08:54 PM   #33
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Where's the gotcha to Maine registration?

This sounds too easy to be true.

So let's assume for a minute that it is true... Maine will allow me to register my travel trailer there even though it and I don't live there.

What about back in my home state? Is that where the risk is? Will they "react badly"? Is my insurance carrier going to freak out when they see Maine tag numbers and a GA address?

We recently got our $1k ad valorum bill and are NOT happy. This is mostly because we know that when we had boats (same applies to personal aircraft too) we were taxed in the (cheap) county that they were moored in and not the (pricey) county that we live in. That rule somehow doesn't apply to trailers. We do store our AS in a less expensive county.

And of course, we paid the 8% sales tax at purchase too!
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Only if it has a motor, otherwise you pay ad valorem every year on that trailer or fifth wheel.
I guess I need to go back and check. I don’t recall the 2nd year being anywhere near as high as the initial registration.
It’s possible the annual ad valorem tax varies by county? Towns County generally less expensive.
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registration fees.

No, the sales tax was almost 10% up front.
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I guess what all this shows is that States need to get their acts together and standardize their tax systems.

Sales Tax is the only real fair tax. Even crooks have to pay it if they spend stolen money.

Until then, I’ll do what makes sense for me.

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I guess what all this shows is that States need to get their acts together and standardize their tax systems.

Sales Tax is the only real fair tax. Even crooks have to pay it if they spend stolen money.

Until then, Iíll do what makes sense for me.

Thank you.
Not if they purchase in MT!
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Not really sure how this applies to registering an A/S. If I were to own a Ferrari, and could save money on registering it in a different state while following all of the legal requirements I may opt to do so.

Why wouldn't you consider it?

Paying extra taxes for no good reason just does not make sense to me. Do you send in a few hundred dollars extra every year to Uncle Sam? If not, why not. In my mind it is the same thing.

As long as it is legal, I view it the same way as as taking all allowable deductions.

Of course, opinions may vary. Consult your tax advisor for information on how this may apply to you. Oh, and BTW have a great day!

God Bless America!
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It is of course just a saying.

It applies as my opinion, which is different than yours that I would rather spend my time doing more enjoyable things then trying to save money by going out of my way to register in another state just to save a few dollars.

A late model Airsteam trailer is a luxury item. Plain and simple. It is expensive. It never ceases to amaze me that some people who can afford them will complain about the cost to own them.
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