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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby Krusty » Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:20 am

I contacted the Maine DMV last week and got ready to start the registration process...then I read through this thread.

I'm in California. The Maine DMV said they'll let anyone register their trailer and it's my responsibility to know whether or not it's legal. I was disappointed to find in here that it's not legal to register it out of state in California.

I did, however, discover a wonderful thing that saved me from hours of nightmare at the DMV: I'm able to register my trailer at any AAA office. It's about time I made good use of that 20 years of AAA membership. I still had to bring my trailer for inspection, but my nearest AAA office happened to be less than half a mile away, was very uncrowded, and had pleasant people there ready to help me out with my registration. Oh, and they were open on Saturday! Total cost was $41 and they said I'd need to pay a renewal of like $10 every 5 years or so..

So for those of you who want to do it 100% legit and have an AAA membership, I'd suggest finding out where your nearest AAA office is.
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby tx_slvreagl » Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:15 pm

Looks like Texas is just a simple form on the DMV webpage. Fill it out and mail it in.
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby eggsalad » Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:56 am

Having read through this thread, I find that there have been two topics that have been missed - personal ethics and law enforcement.

PERSONAL ETHICS:

If I am in a state that requires trailers to be registered, I register my trailer. HOW I register it is my business. My camper is based on a PWC/JetSki trailer. In Nevada, that's considered a "flatbed trailer". That's what I registered it as, at a cost of $15/year. THEN I built a camper on it. If anyone ever asks, I can point to four obvious bolts (there are more that aren't obvious) and say, "If I take off these four bolts, it's a flatbed."

Nevada does also license recreational vehicle trailers. However, the standards are so vague that a homebuilt camper is subject to the whims of the individual inspector - that is, if you *choose* to have it inspected after you build it. I simply chose not to!

LAW ENFORCEMENT:

I have never, not even anecdotally, heard of a towed vehicle being pulled over (or in an accident - anything that involves a LEO) where the plate number or registration was looked up and what the officer saw was compared to the registration. Setting aside something obvious and stupid - perhaps registering a semi-trailer as a 1000 lb GVW trailer - I find it hard to believe an officer is going to make an issue out of it. I would contend that most officers would consider it their mission to enforce traffic laws, not obscure and vague vehicle registration laws.

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So in a sense, it is up to the owner what risks they are willing to take vs. what the potential outcome might be. In most states, the laws are somewhat vague when it comes to homebuilt campers that there isn't a lot of risk involved.

As in all of life, we must each manage the risks that face us. For example, each of us has exceeded the posted speed limit. We know the risks, and when the rewards outweigh them, we take the risk.
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby Epbowen » Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:15 pm

Went the dmv in oregon to get a Vin, title, and plates...took an hour in line. Showed my reconstruction pics, gave them $200. I have a Vin and title and plates for my 48. They asked "what's a teardrop?" ;-)
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby teardropDIY » Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:09 pm

Ouch you guys seem to have it pretty hard. Here in Canada, you just register it as a utility trailer. No questions asked. If it's home made, you fill out a piece of paper pay to register it and its done. I'm glad we don't have the same problems here. :shock:
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby Westling » Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:14 pm

I read (or rather skimmed) through most of the pages in this discussion and didn't find anything specific to Minnesota registration. Anybody know about Minnesota rules and regs?

I recently built on a 5X8 utility trailer that I bought new a couple of months ago. I registered the trailer at the time of purchase with a spiffy permanent registration sticker from the DMV (for trailers under 3000 lbs) and didn't give it a second thought until a few days ago. Now I'm wondering if there's anything more I need to do before I take it on vacation. I don't think I did any work that would alter the nature of the trailer. Just added some plywood and windows. I hadn't planned on getting any special insurance for it, and I'm sure it's still WELL under the 2,000 pounds GVWR of the utility trailer (probably closer to 1000 pounds).

Any thoughts?
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby KennethW » Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:04 am

That is the way I did mine.I view the teardrop as a trailer hauling a box on it. The sticker is your lifetime license (same as plates). Should be good in all states. Most states to be a RV is has to have a bathroom, I think.
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby len19070 » Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:27 am

KennethW wrote:That is the way I did mine.I view the teardrop as a trailer hauling a box on it. The sticker is your lifetime license (same as plates). Should be good in all states. Most states to be a RV is has to have a bathroom, I think.


Your thinking is correct Kenneth, The teardrop is a box or a Load on a utility trailer.

But it doesn't have to have a bathroom in it to be considered an RV i.e. Pop Ups. Its all up to someone in your States guess as to weather its an RV or not.

Most Campgrounds consider a Tear an RV.

It is a lot easier to register as a utility trailer.

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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby lfrazer98 » Sun Mar 08, 2015 6:13 pm

dmank86 wrote:Hello,
I just bought my NT 5x8 trailer. I wanted to know how do you guys go about registering this in NEW YORK. The site is very consing and no one there (dmv) actually answers the phone. I did not build my tear yet just "dotting my 'I's and crossing my 't's before I start.

Thanks much Dan


Dan, You may already have the answers to your questions, but I am in NY and had to jump through the following hoops.

1. Fill out registration form (MV-82) http://dmv.ny.gov/forms/mv82.pdf
2. I got my trailer weighed (paid $5)
3. Submitted my receipts to the DMV (they only looked at the ones I didn't pay tax on, then charged me tax) along with the paperwork for registration and a VIN #. I did not have to title my trailer, but I can't remember why.... I think because it was under 1000#s, but the instructions were on the DMV form. Here is the form I used for reference. http://dmv.ny.gov/forms/vs105.pdf http://dmv.ny.gov/org/forms/mv272.pdf is the form for the VIN number. They gave me plates and registration ticket and said I had ten days to get it inspected.
4. Then I made sure that I permanently attached the VIN to my trailer. (I used a dremel to etch it into aluminum then attached it to my tongue rack with pop rivets)
5. I went to a garage (any will do) and they inspected it. Actually, they all came out of the shop to check out the trailer, which was cool.
6. This Spring I will renew my registration and I should be good to get on the road!

I used the following form for all my lights and reflectors for my trailer. I didn't put the red and amber reflectors on the side (just the lights), but they didn't say anything at inspection. http://dmv.ny.gov/forms/mv529c.pdf

Hope this helps.
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby Delta99 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:59 pm

I'm in Colorado, and just called that number at the beginning of this thread to get my Maine plates. Maine DMV doesn't handle non-resident registrations anymore. It's farmed out to private "agencies." I looked into one of them, and it costs $65, not $10.50 anymore. PLUS I have to have a title for it with my name on it. My Harbor Freight trailer wasn't issued with a title. To get it titled in CO, I first have to insure it, and provide proof of insurance. Then I have to make an appointment to have a LE officer come out and inspect the trailer. Then I have to apply, and wait for a title. At this point, I've already done everything I didn't want to have to do, so after all that, I'll just get the plates here, and spend an arm and a leg. My dreams of $10 registration through the mail have been shattered. :( Oh well
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby JaggedEdges » Wed Apr 08, 2015 6:36 am

There's gotta be some reason all the U-hauls I see have Arizona plates.... just saying.
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby Ben B » Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:21 am

JaggedEdges wrote:There's gotta be some reason all the U-hauls I see have Arizona plates.... just saying.


They are headquartered in AZ
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby Rose4aname » Tue May 05, 2015 7:24 am

I just called and was told that they would send me a list of agents that I would have to pay to do this process for me. They said that I could not deal directly with the State of Maine.
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby Rose4aname » Tue May 05, 2015 9:02 am

My problem is that I have a Vin - not 17 digits, No title, just a bill of sale and no way to get one. so no tags and no registration. I have contacted SC DMV with no luck. I was told that it is small enough that I don't need tags but I feel like if I get stopped it could be a big hassle. I really want tags and title.
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby akapiglet » Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:10 pm

Krusty,
I am also a Pa resident and this is great news! Now that you have a registration have you tried to transfer it back to Pa? Just wondering what I have to look forward to after my project is complete, if it will be a headache (i.e. jumping through hoops of fire) to transfer it back to a Pa registration.

Thanks!
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