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

Postby rowerwet » Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:50 pm

the real point to this thread is how to skip your own states red tape for a homebult or kit trailer. Instead register it in Maine, without ever leaving your own state :D , then if you still want to have a local plate take your Maine reg and plate to your nearest DMV and transfer it to the state you live in, a much easier thing to do, since the trailer is already on the road and certified in another state. :D :D :D
Much like the way most states have a whole procedure to getting a drivers license, but a transfer from another state is just a matter of paperwork and money, usually not a written and road test.
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby len19070 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:40 am

rowerwet wrote:the real point to this thread is how to skip your own states red tape for a homebult or kit trailer. Instead register it in Maine, without ever leaving your own state :D , then if you still want to have a local plate take your Maine reg and plate to your nearest DMV and transfer it to the state you live in, a much easier thing to do, since the trailer is already on the road and certified in another state. :D :D :D
Much like the way most states have a whole procedure to getting a drivers license, but a transfer from another state is just a matter of paperwork and money, usually not a written and road test.


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

Postby lfrazer98 » Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:08 pm

KCStudly wrote:Welcome to the forum!

Why don't you tell us a little something bout your project, what you plan to build and what source you are using for a trailer (kit, old camper or boat, or homemade)?

If you are starting with a scratch built trailer, what you described sounds fairly typical. However, if you are starting with a store bought kit, or previously registered used trailer (especially if it was registered in your state and has an existing VIN) it may be much easier than that.

Kit and other new trailers come with a manufacturers statement of origin that most DMV's will accept, along with a bill of sale or receipt, as authentication. Then they just verify the description, size, weight capacity (usually they will base this on the tire rating if it is not otherwise documented) and do a check of the lighting.


Thanks! We were thinking of completely home-built, but I think we might just look for a used trailer, as you mentioned. It also seems that there are easy ways out there to register in another state, then transfer to NY. I will look into that when the time comes.

Again, thanks for the welcome! My father and I are making this teardrop as a family project and are excited to start. We are researching extensively now and will be doing more as we go! I look forward to all of your expertise and reading everything that has been posted already. :)

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Postby MoparCzy » Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:44 pm

traveler wrote:I don't know if it is a good thing or not, but all we have to do in Oregon to pull a trailer that is less than 1600 lbs, is to hook it up and go. No license, don't even need insurance, but for 12 dollars a year, I couldn't pass the insurance up, and has full coverage. :applause:


Actually the rule for Oregon is that a light utility trailer does not need to be registered or titled. Those are considered to be anything at 1800 lbs or less loaded weight. However if you have a teardrop trailer then you are not a utility trailer. Teardrops fall under the Recreational Trailer group. That is any trailer with both sleeping and cooking facilities. If you have both then you must title and register it.

If you build your own trailer of any type, be sure to keep all receipts for the metal and other materials used in the frame plus axles. You will need to take those along with the trailer to the DMV in order to have it inspected (nothing fancy, just looking for existing VIN numbers in case you used an existing trailer frame). You will fill out some paperwork and pay the appropriate fees: Title, VIN inspection, Plate, and 2 years of registration based on length including hitch. You will get your plate right then and a title within 6 weeks.
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby MoparCzy » Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:48 pm

len19070 wrote:
rowerwet wrote:the real point to this thread is how to skip your own states red tape for a homebult or kit trailer. Instead register it in Maine, without ever leaving your own state :D , then if you still want to have a local plate take your Maine reg and plate to your nearest DMV and transfer it to the state you live in, a much easier thing to do, since the trailer is already on the road and certified in another state. :D :D :D
Much like the way most states have a whole procedure to getting a drivers license, but a transfer from another state is just a matter of paperwork and money, usually not a written and road test.


Thank You!

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In Oregon you would still have to bring the trailer to the DMV for an inspection after you got the paperwork and if it doesn't have a VIN number then you can run into other issues. Much easier to just do it right with receipts and in Oregon instead of the extra cost of getting papers from another state.
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby len19070 » Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:02 am

MoparCzy wrote:In Oregon you would still have to bring the trailer to the DMV for an inspection after you got the paperwork and if it doesn't have a VIN number then you can run into other issues. Much easier to just do it right with receipts and in Oregon instead of the extra cost of getting papers from another state.


First off the " extra cost of getting papers from another state"(ME) is $10. And to obtain an active document from any DMV, for $10 is a bargain.

I can almost guarantee that having a current registration form on a registered trailer from another State when trying to transfer into your state is a definite Plus.

If Your State is easy....Thats Great! :applause:

Many States aren't.

If your State is easy, Don't use the Maine registration.

If your State is a PITA, Maine is a viable option.

Many of us have used this and are still using it. And based on our experience,....It works!

Thank you all for chiming in on how easy your State Registration process is. This post is not for you.

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

Postby itc217 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:48 am

This sounds like a great option, but I am hesitant because of the few people that have said that it isn't legal to own a trailer registered in another state I their state...

Does anyone know if this if the case in the great state if Illinois? I've searched and searched but can only find the law for cars, not trailers...
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby len19070 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:59 am

itc217 wrote:This sounds like a great option, but I am hesitant because of the few people that have said that it isn't legal to own a trailer registered in another state I their state...
Does anyone know if this if the case in the great state if Illinois? I've searched and searched but can only find the law for cars, not trailers...


What I did before I took advantage of this was, contacted Maine and asked them, I contacted my local State Police and just for the heck of it I contacted my local police and asked.

I basically contacted the enforcement end of this and did not contact my home states DMV because I thought there response would be Bias. i,e, should I give you (PA. DMV) a few hundred dollars and a lot of time and effort....or can I give the State of Maine $10.50 and be done with it!

This is specifically for "Non Residents" of Maine. And is often confused with a traditional "Resident" vehicle registration where you move from one state to another and DO have to re-register a vehicle after 30 days.

Since the applicant of a Maine Non Resident registration has never lived in Maine thereby never moved from Maine to another State the Traditional Registration rules do not apply.

This is how it was explained to me by the Maine DMV, The PA. State Police, my local Police and AAA.

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

Postby Cantputt » Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:52 pm

Seems like a lot of work to me. I'm in Michigan, took my HF paperwork to the secretary of state office and got my plate. Then built my camper. Previous to this I bought a trailer, weighed it at the local elevator, then same trip to the secretary of states office for the plate. Easy Cheezy here.
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby len19070 » Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:53 am

Seems like a lot of work to me. I'm in Michigan, took my HF paperwork to the secretary of state office and got my plate. Then built my camper. Previous to this I bought a trailer, weighed it at the local elevator, then same trip to the secretary of states office for the plate. Easy Cheezy here.


len19070 wrote:If Your State is easy....Thats Great! :applause:
Many States aren't.
If your State is easy, Don't use the Maine registration.
If your State is a PITA, Maine is a viable option.


OK, Oregon and Michigan are easy States to register.....Any more easy States?

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

Postby legojenn » Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:19 am

len19070 wrote:
Seems like a lot of work to me. I'm in Michigan, took my HF paperwork to the secretary of state office and got my plate. Then built my camper. Previous to this I bought a trailer, weighed it at the local elevator, then same trip to the secretary of states office for the plate. Easy Cheezy here.


len19070 wrote:If Your State is easy....Thats Great! :applause:
Many States aren't.
If your State is easy, Don't use the Maine registration.
If your State is a PITA, Maine is a viable option.


OK, Oregon and Michigan are easy States to register.....Any more easy States?

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

Postby dmank86 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:39 pm

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.

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

Postby MtnDon » Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:05 pm

legojenn wrote:
len19070 wrote:

OK, Oregon and Michigan are easy States to register.....Any more easy States?


New Mexico.

I've registered several trailers in three decades of living here, one old and brought with us when we moved here, a couple of new ones including an NT 5x8, the recent CT, a used water hauler trailer and one real TT. DMV never set eyes on any of them. I simply took the paperwork, old registration from another country or the bills of sale for the other new and used, and DMV NM processed and issued registration and plates.
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby Jdw2717 » Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:39 am

I registered mine in my home state of Tennessee. I had to send in some $$ and a form stating that it was a home built camper even though I bought the base tilt trailer off of craigslist. I changed out the coupler, lights, hubs, wheels and tongue jack after stripping the wire mesh floor and paint. This changed the trailer to a rebuilt trailer thus requiring it to be classified as home built. The state contacted me and set up a time to have a state trooper that inspects trailers come out and go over the trailer. The rules say that it has to be road worthy and built of metal, have lights, etc.. To make a long story short (too late?), he had the vin stamped on the tongue before I even got home since he beat me there. I was worried about the process, but it was easy and the guy was very professional and actually was very interested in my camper and asked me more questions about it than the actual trailer frame.
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby absolutsnwbrdr » Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:55 am

I suppose its ok to know what states have it easy, although that isn't really the topic of this thread.

And this may be slightly off-topic as well.... but what I'm curious about is if there are any other states that will issue a trailer registration to a non-resident, as Maine does. :thinking:
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