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Old 04-22-2013, 11:27 AM   #43
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We have a 'legal' question: our Texas car inspection windshield sticker is expiring in August 2013. As we're planning to be on the road, starting May 2013 until the summer of 2014: how do we handle the (soon to be) expired sticker?

We called the DPS in Austin, TX and they told us that we could get a ticket if we drive around other states with an expired sticker ... but how do we get our car inspected in Texas when we won't be anywhere near Texas?
For the record, our official address, while we travel, will still be in Texas.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:38 AM   #44
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We have a 'legal' question: our Texas car inspection windshield sticker is expiring in August 2013. As we're planning to be on the road, starting May 2013 until the summer of 2014: how do we handle the (soon to be) expired sticker?

We called the DPS in Austin, TX and they told us that we could get a ticket if we drive around other states with an expired sticker ... but how do we get our car inspected in Texas when we won't be anywhere near Texas?
For the record, our official address, while we travel, will still be in Texas.
Howdy!

Inspection sticker should not be a problem. We fulltime and ours expires on occasion. We have it inspected upon our return to Texas. Now registration is differant, you should renew it during your travels. I understand you can now renew your license plates online.

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Old 04-22-2013, 01:29 PM   #45
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Escapees may help you. I believe they help people register their vehicles in Texas, so they must have a method to solve this problem. They'll also hold mail (and forward too I think) and do other things for people on the road for a long time. The alternatives are to register the vehicle in another state where you have friends or relatives and they don't have inspections, or check with other RV organizations since this is a common problem for RV'ers. NM registration fees are pretty low and maybe you have someone there who can help you establish residency.

I doubt any cop far from Texas would know about the sticker, but why take a chance? I think this is simpler to solve than it looks at first.

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Old 04-22-2013, 11:07 PM   #46
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An TX inspection can be done any month. As many times annually as one wants. Only the registration is month-specific.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:53 PM   #47
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Now I remember, the OP would be gone more than a year and would need a second inspection while far from Texas. The problem is states think you should live in them and not be on the road all year, but some people really don't live any one place. For those, there are solutions as I suggested above.

You can also establish residency in some states with only a maildrop which will forward mail to you while on the road at predetermined locations. Private mail offices do this. Escapees is an organization that makes it easier to do the same thing. In some states, this is OK, or used to be before it became hard to get a driver's license or vote in some states.

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THanks, Gene, missed that. Seemed too easy.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:56 AM   #49
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Last day at work today.
Final trip to San Antonio scheduled for tomorrow to drop off some stuff.
Heading out on Sunday!
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:20 PM   #50
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Jornvango,

Good Luck and Safe Travels! Going to Alaska with our AS is one of our bucketlist trips. Like everyone else, I look forward to reading about your adventures.

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Looks like you left today and your adventure. I hope you have a great trip. Did you sell your house? Arrange for mail drops, various renewals and all the other stuff that tends to tie us to a specific place?

It is only May and don't be surprised if you run into snow, even before you get to the Canadian border. A combination ice scraper/snow brush and is good thing to have.

Let us know what you see and take plenty of photos.

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Yes, we sold our house in Austin. We left on the trip yesterday around lunch time.

We slept at San Angelo state park last night in the North section. Very quiet and we saw some prairie dogs; didn't know they lived in this area.

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Currently driving north of Big Spring, TX. Heading towards New Mexico.
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We are also on our way. Currently on Victoria Island, BC. Will. Catch the ferry in prince Rupert may 18. If anyone sees us stop by.
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tbaugh, are you taking the the Alaska state ferry? Be aware that they load and exit from the side, not the front and back like most car ferries. That means you have to back into the narrow lanes or maybe even up or down the ramp. Practice backing. I've had different guys directing traffic on the boat tell me completely different things at the same time. Be prepared.

The ferries are nice, but loading is crazy.

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Yep, I was aware of that. I hope I'm good enough. Have been on the road since jan and have had a lot of recent practice. I hope they have patience though. Thanks for the thoughts. We have been planning this for a long time.
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Yes, we sold our house in Austin. We left on the trip yesterday around lunch time.

We slept at San Angelo state park last night in the North section. Very quiet and we saw some prairie dogs; didn't know they lived in this area.

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Currently driving north of Big Spring, TX. Heading towards New Mexico.

Have a great Trip !! If you going through New Mexico, you may want to consider a couple of days in Taos ..great place
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