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View Poll Results: What kind of fees does your state charge for your trailer?
License fee only. 23 69.70%
Property tax only. 1 3.03%
Both license fees and property tax. 9 27.27%
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:46 AM   #1
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Trailer license fee, or property tax?

Hi, In California we pay a pretty high amount of money for a yearly license on our trailer. Some states, I hear, charge a very low trailer license fee. And, I guess, some states charge property tax on travel trailers. What states charge a property tax for travel trailers?
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Old 01-08-2012, 06:07 AM   #2
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Tags only in GA. The costs arent too bad but more than I would have thought for a 30 year old TT. The state apparently is as proud of my AS as I am! Haha
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Old 01-08-2012, 06:20 AM   #3
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In Minnesota we pay $15.00 for each of our trailers. It's the only thing I know of that the state doesn't over tax us on
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Old 01-08-2012, 06:33 AM   #4
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Tennessee is about $13.25 per year for the tag or you can buy a semi plate at about $90.00 which is a permanent plate but not transferable to another trailer. A better deal if you plan on keeping the unit for a while.
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Old 01-08-2012, 06:35 AM   #5
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IIRC, $39/year for a RV Trailer in IL. $59 for a utility trailer.
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Old 01-08-2012, 06:55 AM   #6
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MD is $190/ three years. That is vanity tag too.

A client lives in DC, $575 for two years. They pay the tax and get no representation.

Now just to stir it up a tad... A previous poster said "It's the only thing I know of that the state doesn't over tax us on"
It is my personal opinion(as someone who has seen how other countries live) we get off very easy. Have you ever been to any of the Scandinavian countries? I would gladly pay the tax to have their quality of life!
(and now someone will tell me if I like it so much better how about I get out)
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This will be the one and only time that things are cheaper in Canada. A lifetime trailer plate is $35, but no vanity or personalized plates are available here for trailers.
Property tax is only applied if it is permanently placed in a park and then only if it has a hard sided add a room attached. The living space must be wider than 8 ft to be subject to property tax.
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This will be the one and only time that things are cheaper in Canada. A lifetime trailer plate is $35, but no vanity or personalized plates are available here for trailers.
That's one time $35, not yearly, also can be transfered to the next trailer for $10.
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Our plates are based on value, plus a county wheel tax. Then there is a personal property tax also based on value. For both of these we claim "Its a fixer-uper" for a better rate. I dont complain because both fees together are around $60.00 per year.
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Now just to stir it up a tad... A previous poster said "It's the only thing I know of that the state doesn't over tax us on"
It is my personal opinion(as someone who has seen how other countries live) we get off very easy. Have you ever been to any of the Scandinavian countries? I would gladly pay the tax to have their quality of life!
(and now someone will tell me if I like it so much better how about I get out)
Hi Frank I have some very dear friends that live in Denmark and another that lives in Sweden. I have had the great pleasure of spending a fair amount of time in their homes with them. I agree with you on their quality of life but I also think Dorothy said it best "There is no place like home" I love it here!!!
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:24 AM   #11
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I have two trailers, a 1998 Wells Cargo single axle 12' utility trailer for which the license (only) fee is $57.50 annually and a 2002 ASCL 31' at $84.00 annually.

Additionally, Texas has no income tax.
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NM sold us a permanent tag for the rig for about a hundred. My only problem is that the tag itself is starting to disintegrate in the NM sun.

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Old 01-08-2012, 08:31 AM   #13
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$24.00 in Nebraska. But if you have a new one there is personal property tax for the first 10 years. And if you have a motor home of any age there is a "special fuel tax". If I had a MH instead of a trailer it would have been another $75.00. Not sure if there is a difference between diesel or gas powered rigs.
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I just registered our 30' AS here in NJ. It was $23 for one year. Not bad considering all the other ways they hit us. Of course there was also sales tax when we initially registered / titled it here but that's one time only.
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I know this is gonna hurt. I paid ONCE ! In our state we have a catagoriy CALLED <<>> HISTORIC VEHICLE. Our AS qualifies because its more than 25 yrs old. One time fee. The only stipulation is that it must be going to a rally or club meeting of some kind. When we are on the road we are always going to a rally. I think the fee was $25.00.
Where they get us is,I have two flat bed trailers and they are about 75$ a year each.
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Colorado charges "owners tax" with the annual vehicle registration, which is actually a property tax and is pretty stiff. It drops off for a few years after new, but never below 1/2 percent of original cost, so we'll be paying $108/year forever on our 1987 Sovereign TT.

Remember if you itemize your tax deductions, anything you can ID as a tax paid with your registration is a federal deduction -- but not the license and registration fees. What they call things and what's deductible varies by state, so you may need to do a little research.
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California charges a "vehicle license fee" in lieu of a personal property tax. Essentially, it's a distinction without a difference as the VLF is an ad valorem tax based on the original purchase price, theoretically declining over time. It's about a 1% fee. The last VLF on my 2000 Airstream was $126, while the prior year was $125. Go figure.
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In Michigan the trailer plates are permanent and depend on the value of the trailer. Ours was 29k and cost about $150. It seems high but when you consider it is permanent, it seems very reasonable.
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You all make me sick!!!!!!! LOL

Hi, I'm almost sorry that I asked this question, since I pay around $300.00 per year. [for a little piece of reflector tape with some numbers on it] All that, and you pay way cheaper for fuel too.
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