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Old 04-03-2012, 07:10 PM   #1
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State Licensing Requirements for FGRVs

Here in Wisconsin,it's confusing about registering a FGRV.Some people believe that you need not,but I posted earlier today with a link to WI DMV,that pretty much says,yes,you do.
The legal aspect: If you were ever in an accident with a trailer that was not legally registered, it would be a field day for the plaintiff's attorney.
So maybe,how about a state-by-state listing of licensing requirements for FGRVs?
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:58 PM   #2
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The state of GA requires a license plate on a FGRV. If the travel trailer is 1985 or older it does not need a title, only a bill of sale and a couple of other forms to obtain a license plate. http://motor.etax.dor.ga.gov/motor/T...s_default.aspx
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:05 PM   #3
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I'm always up for new things, but hummmmm. Since this deals with rules, regulations and the government (no comments, please) and possibly personal liability... along with the fact we know things change and sometimes fast... it might be better to track down and post the actual state website that deals with state trailer licensing issues. Here's Oregon's: Oregon DMV - Light Trailers, plus this: http://www.odot.state.or.us/forms/dmv/464.pdf

All travel trailers of all years, require title and registration (license plate).
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:44 PM   #4
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Well, it would be nice if NY has a separate trailer page, but they don't. This is as close as they get - the trailer info is mixed in with other vehicles.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:02 PM   #5
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Thanks Donna D...Yup,that's what I posted was a current link to the state.

...Well I sure didn't mean to open up a legal can of worms,but as you may have seen, there was some confusion about what's required here in WI.So links would be good.

Again...here's a link to Wisconsin's:
Mobile homes, recreational trailers and other trailers - Wisconsin Department of Transportation
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:47 AM   #6
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That's the ticket Al. Always best to get the information from the horses mouth... as they say
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:36 AM   #7
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Perhaps a shorter list might be any state(s) that "Don't" require at least registration and plates on travel trailers. While many states don't issue titles after so many years, I am not aware of any that don't at least require registration and plates.
CA has had a "Permanent Plate" scheme for a while, whereby, unless requested, you don't get a hard copy of the title, but it stays on file with the DMV.
BTW: "Permanent", in CA means renewing every 5 years.
I, for one, would feel a little uneasy buying a trailer that didn't have a title, as getting one such registered in the Golden State can be a PITA.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:50 PM   #9
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Perhaps a shorter list might be any state(s) that "Don't" require at least registration and plates on travel trailers. While many states don't issue titles after so many years, I am not aware of any that don't at least require registration and plates.
CA has had a "Permanent Plate" scheme for a while, whereby, unless requested, you don't get a hard copy of the title, but it stays on file with the DMV.
BTW: "Permanent", in CA means renewing every 5 years.
I, for one, would feel a little uneasy buying a trailer that didn't have a title, as getting one such registered in the Golden State can be a PITA.
You still get title with the permanent plates. What you don't get is the annual registration sticker, instead the license plate says permanent trailer. Last I checked it's $10 every 5 years to renew.
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When I registered my new-to-me Compact-II about a month ago I was offered a "Virtual Title". If I wanted a hard copy I had to fill out a request form to have one sent to me. No exta charge.
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Just in case you EVER want to sell it, and it might be sold outside of the US of A, a "virtual copy" of a title is NOT acceptable for trans-border sales.

I can go & get my neighbor who is "up to here" in a virtual quagmire over a boat that had a virtual title which he purchased in Cali. Lawyers are making money, he's having fits. The border officials told him that a virtual title is useful only for a virtual boat (or, in this case - trailer)

Get the "actual" title.
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That's the ticket Al. Always best to get the information from the horses mouth... as they say
As opposed to the horses arse.
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Old 04-07-2012, 05:57 AM   #13
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If somebody wants to compile such a list, we'll post it. Or just start a topic/thread on it, and see what develops. I'm thinking General Chat would be the right forum, or maybe Towing? (Things do tend to get lost in General Chat, unless we "pin" them so they stay at the top...)
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Thanks Donna D...Yup,that's what I posted was a current link to the state.

...Well I sure didn't mean to open up a legal can of worms,but as you may have seen, there was some confusion about what's required here in WI.So links would be good.

Again...here's a link to Wisconsin's:
Mobile homes, recreational trailers and other trailers - Wisconsin Department of Transportation


from the page you linked to........ Gross weight trailers A title and registration is required for trailers operated over 3,000 pounds. A title and registration is not required for trailers operated at or less than 3,000 pounds gross weight unless used for hire or rental. Title and registration is encouraged for these vehicles that will be used on roads outside the state of Wisconsin, as other states' registration laws may be different.

My opinion, (which is is just an opinion) is that the title should at a minimum, still be considered for no other reason than resale purposes.
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