California Egg owners BEWARE. You may be spending too much on yearly registration! If your trailer is less than 16ft long, it can be registered as a "PTI" Permanent Trailer Identification. The plate is renewed every 5 years (I think) instead of yearly. It is obvious that some folks at the DMV don't know this. Have them look it up if you have to renew every year. It will save you $$$$
I just spent the better part of two days getting a 13ft Scamp
I just brought back from New York registered because of a simple computer glitch at the DVM.
First, I went to the DVM at AAA yesterday. They had a problem with the VIN
and told me I had to go to the DMV. But before sending me off, she thought maybe the vehicle "code" she was entering was wrong. It seems that the concept of a tiny fiberglass camping trailer derails a bureaucratic mind. ("No, it's not a motor-home, no it doesn't pop up, no, it's a trailer and it doesn't have an engine...etc.") I told her that I have another trailer just like this one and it was no problem to register. I told her I have the title
with me and went out to get it.
Now this was at the AAA and when she saw the code on the registration
, she told me that the "code" on my Trillium registration
and it's "Permanent Plates" were for Pop-Up trailers only. She told me to keep it to myself and winked.
Today, I had the same problem at the DMV with the VIN
. It wouldn't enter the computer properly. They made me drive to the CHP so that they could check my VIN
. (for the FORTH time!!!) The folks at the DMV wanted to make sure that since the number on the trailer and the number on the registration
forms from New York MATCHED, I should take it to the CHP to have them check it. If it was still CORRECT, then the CHP could CHANGE the VIN number!!! This is after the CHP Officer told them, that they don't deal with trailers under 5000lbs. But he agreed to check it out in case I was a desperate character harboring a stolen Egg. Now, THAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE OVER THE PHONE. But no, the lady at DMV had given him 18 numbers of a 17 number VIN. So he agreed to help out.
The Officer was very nice. First thing he said was that there was nothing he could do that the DMV hadn't done already (three times, no less). He said that they could just assign a VIN number... (...as it matched the paperwork, so what was the problem???) But we stripped a bit more paint
off the numbers and brushed them with a wire brush and steel wool and together, we examined the numbers from the frame with a magnifying glass and determined that yep, they matched!!!! I returned to the DMV and finished the transaction in all of three minutes. (After a total of 5 hours, yesterday and today!) Our Taxes, hard at work.
Ah, but I digress.
The point to all this is that in the midst of getting this bureaucratic monkey drill done, the question of what a Scamp
was came up again. ("No, it's not a motor-home, no it doesn't pop up, no, it's a trailer and it doesn't have an engine...etc.") I took a chance and told her about the Trillium
and it's registration under PTI. She looked it up and went to get her supervisor who said "NO, NO, NO, THAT'S ONLY FOR POP-UP TRAILERS! Luck would have it that the fellow in the next window (who didn't seem to be doing much of anything) had overheard the conversation and spoke up, stating that camping trailers under 16ft got Permanent plates. The supervisor disagreed and left to call "Arnold" in Sacramento and the lady helping me just looked it up it the rule book and sure enough, the fellow who had nothing to do but listen in on us was right! THREE CHEERS FOR BUREAUCRATIC LOLLYGAGGING!
That fellow saved me $33 today and a bunch over the next 5 years!
Check your registration out and let me (and them) know what you find out.