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Old 07-28-2010, 11:46 AM   #1
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Problems with registering in Texas (home state)

I purchased my Airstream in Oregon in July. Will pick it up in October (my vacation time) and will be parking it in Washington state for a few months at a friend's house. When I went to get my plates here in Texas, the DMV said I couldn't get plates until I brought the trailer to Texas for an inspection. They did take my money for the taxes though.

Has anybody else had this problem?
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:59 AM   #2
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Why do you consider complying with the law regarding inspections a problem?
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:17 PM   #3
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Here in NM if a vehicle or trailer are from another state they have to do a vin inspection. If it is from NM you do not have to bring in the unit. I think it is that way in most states
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:27 PM   #4
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We are Texans that found our perfect "new" Airstream in MO. To register it in TX, we had several pages of paper work to fill out and we had to get it weighed before we even ventured to the tax office to give them our $$$. It was all worth it!!!
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:28 PM   #5
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I didn't have a problem like that, but mine already had a Texas title and was registered here. I think Texas law requires that before a vehicle coming from out of state can be registered, it must be inspected. I believe the inspection they are talking about is not a safety inspection, but an inspection to verify the vehicle identification number and possibly other information the State wants.

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Old 07-28-2010, 12:43 PM   #6
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I purchased my Airstream in Oregon in July. Will pick it up in October (my vacation time) and will be parking it in Washington state for a few months at a friend's house. When I went to get my plates here in Texas, the DMV said I couldn't get plates until I brought the trailer to Texas for an inspection. They did take my money for the taxes though.

Has anybody else had this problem?
Well, I'm not sure I'd call it a "problem?" Just some typical bureaucracy you'll have to deal with.

In order to get your registration, you'll need to get the vehicle inspected for the VIN. Make sure you get the right form at your DMV or County Tax Assessor/Collector, and have the inspection place complete it for you.

It sounds like you were already able to transfer the title though, is that correct? If so, then good. If not, then you'll need to make sure the Oregon title has the weight on it. If it doesn't have the weight on it, then you'll need to get it weighed at certified scale, and retain that slip until you are ready to transfer the title and get the new Texas title issued.

I think you will also need to complete a safety inspection, this can happen at the same place as the VIN inspection, which Texas law requires annually though many people don't get it done that often. But to register it, you'll need to do it at least once. For this they simply check out the general roadworthiness of the trailer, as well as the brake and turn signals and marker lights.

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Old 07-28-2010, 01:52 PM   #7
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Are you making your own problems?

I have registered newly purchased Airstreams from out of State....several States. In each case, all I needed was a Bill of Sale, Proof of insurance (for my truck for whatever reason that was.) the signed registration and a checkbook. Nothing else! Of course I don't have a long conversation with the Tax Office folks and don't ask any questions opening up the chance for them to "Bureaucrat" me. In and out. Period. Never had a problem and don't want any.
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Old 07-28-2010, 02:42 PM   #8
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Got a kick out of your phraseology. Nicely worded!
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Old 07-28-2010, 02:45 PM   #9
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I have registered newly purchased Airstreams from out of State....several States. In each case, all I needed was a Bill of Sale, Proof of insurance (for my truck for whatever reason that was.) the signed registration and a checkbook. Nothing else! Of course I don't have a long conversation with the Tax Office folks and don't ask any questions opening up the chance for them to "Bureaucrat" me. In and out. Period. Never had a problem and don't want any.
I'm sure it depends on where you live.

For title transfer, Texas law requires an existing title that is NOT a salvage title or a reclaim title-- a bill of sale isn't enough. And that title must have the vehicle weight on it, or you'll have to get the trailer weighed at a certified scale and provide that paperwork as well.

For registration, Texas law requires a VIN inspection, proof of insurance for the trailer, and safety inspection.

In Austin, all of the above are required. You can certainly count yourself lucky that you have not been asked to provide the above, I envy you, but your experiences are most definitely not representative of the experience others regularly have in other cities in this state.
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:22 PM   #10
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We purchased our Airstream in Louisiana, brought it home to San Antonio. Took the title and paper work to San Antonio Auto Titles on Babcock and 410. Less than 10 minutes later walked out with tags and 2 weeks later received my title. It did cost me an additional $25.00
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Old 07-28-2010, 05:09 PM   #11
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Purchased my unit in Texas from a Texan, however the unit was not licensed and was titled in La and last registered there. So I find out at the tax office (Dallas County) that they will issue a clean title but no plates until the unit was inspected for road ready. For sure do I need insurance on the trailer and if so what kind of insurance? The tow vehicle has liability. As to Vin#, the new title reflects that, do I still need some seperate form of Vin verification? What a pita!
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Melody Ranch and I live in counties in the country next to each other in Texas.The tax offices are small and nice people willing to help.I brought my AS in from Arkansas.They requested Certified Scale weight,a safety inspection,Bill of Sale.They wanted to see the trailer but I told them it was stripped and could not move so I took pictures of it and did a pencil trace of the serial #.It was also a Georgia trailer and had no title.I got a letter from Georgia DMV stating no trailer over 25 yrs. old requires no title.
I even was able to use vintage 65 plates.
It's really who you deal with and the size of the office.Everything I did would have probably been a pain in a large county like Dallas.
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:13 PM   #13
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Thanks so much to everybody. I don't really think I'm creating my problems. I did have:
1. the bill of sale
2. the certified scale weight
3. proof of insurance
4. title

I am now contacting the Oregon DMV. I had a fellow Airstreamer say they can go to the dealership (where it is still sitting until I pick it up) and inspect it. Then take the paperwork to the San Antonio tax office.
Who know if this will work. And, YES, they are all Bureaucrats!
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So all you're missing in the VIN paperwork and the Texas certified inspection.
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