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Old 02-23-2012, 11:51 AM   #15
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Your right Melissa, the county cheif deputy neighbor says they have better things to do than wonder if that small of a trailer needs a license. I asked him because we don't license our Bigfoot, as WI doesn't require a license less than 3000 lbs. It is, of course, a borderline case. Tony
And if you leave WI while towing...???
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:16 PM   #16
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Tony: A few years ago we met a couple at a campground in Vermont, they were from California, and had just picked up a new Camp-Inn teardrop in Wisconsin. No plate required there. In some little Vermont town the local Barney Fife cop made a big issue of them having no plate on the trailer, gave them a ticket, and made them get a Vermont plate. They were not happy campers that day!!! Bob
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:15 PM   #17
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And if you leave WI while towing...???
LOL - I sure would not do it in BC - Trailers have to have their own insurance here - so no valid plate would indicate no insurance - which will get you a $598. The suggestion of just putting a fake permit in the widow amounts to a fine for Illegal use of a permit or insurance which would land you a fine of between $115 to $2300.00 depending on how grumpy the judge is the day you go to see him :-) An Illegible plate will get you a $196 fine.
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:21 PM   #18
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Wow, can can a state make you get their plate when you are not a resident? Wonder if they had to pay Vermont sales tax, registration, etc as well? I would have said forget it I'm outta here and headed for the state line.

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Tony: A few years ago we met a couple at a campground in Vermont, they were from California, and had just picked up a new Camp-Inn teardrop in Wisconsin. No plate required there. In some little Vermont town the local Barney Fife cop made a big issue of them having no plate on the trailer, gave them a ticket, and made them get a Vermont plate. They were not happy campers that day!!! Bob
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:48 PM   #19
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Yes, sounds like the tale got scrambled while being retold. The Vermont authorities can only escort you to state line while asking you to leave the state. There is general reciprocity of most motor vehicle laws.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:42 PM   #20
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Sorry, that's exactly what they told me happened. Maybe they scrambled it a little, but it had a Vermont plate and the car had a California plate, and the woman was really agitated over it. Bob
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Old 02-24-2012, 04:32 PM   #21
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No need to apologize, it seems odd and strange, but could be true. I wonder what address they used for title purposes? Hmmmm.
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:06 PM   #22
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Some states have pretty strange rules - For example, MA does not recognize NY's temporary tags. If you are a MA resident & pull a trailer or drive a vehicle with NY temporary tags, even if you are just driving through MA, you can be ticketed for having/driving an unregistered vehicle: Quote from NY DMV "Important information for Massachusetts residents: Massachusetts (MA) does not recognize the NYS in-transit permit. According to the MA Registry of Motor Vehicles, you can receive a ticket for no registration if you use an NYS in-transit permit in MA. This also makes the insurance on the vehicle not valid. MA authorities can impound the vehicle for no valid insurance. For more information, contact the MA Registry of Motor Vehicles ."

On the other hand, they let me register my trailer (with paperwork from the manufacturer in Canada) while it was 3000 miles away. Probably needed the $...
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:29 PM   #23
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We got it!

Well we are rolling along the Gulf coast with our "new to us" 2000 13" Scamp. Just picked it up near Panama City and headed back home to Tampa!

Having a little Scamp was another dream of ours so we are very excited! How saweeeet it is!

Looks like we are going to break it in next weekend on a trip to Nashville for a friend's wedding and then again in Lakeland at the end of March at Sun n' Fun!



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Old 02-25-2012, 04:19 PM   #24
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Wishing you the very best with your Scamp
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:31 PM   #25
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Well we are rolling along the Gulf coast with our "new to us" 2000 13" Scamp. Just picked it up near Panama City and headed back home to Tampa!

Having a little Scamp was another dream of ours so we are very excited! How saweeeet it is!

Looks like we are going to break it in next weekend on a trip to Nashville for a friend's wedding and then again in Lakeland at the end of March at Sun n' Fun!



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Congratulations! Wow! You're like neighbors!

How did the tag/registering thing go? What did you end up doing about that?
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:13 PM   #26
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Didn't want to jinx things during the ride home so I didn't mention earlier.

We opted to chance it with no tag. Fortunately it was a non-event from that perspective as it seemed to go unnoticed. I still felt pretty relieved when we got home!
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:26 PM   #27
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A few years ago, I picked up my son's Surfside in Winnipeg, and towed it home to BC. I actually DID get a Manitoba transit tag and insurance for the trip, but, strangely, it was a "just keep it with you in your tow vehicle" thing.

The upshot was that I got back to BC and no-one EVER noticed that I had neither a lic plate nor a temp reg in a back window. And I had RCMP "fuzzmobiles" behind me on several occasions!
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:43 PM   #28
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I got stopped by the Texas DPS pulling my cargo trailer with no license plate. Fortunately my tow vehicle was registered in OK and they didn't require license plates on the size trailer I had, so he let us go as soon as he saw the OK plates on my tow vehicle.
We purchased our Scamp in FL and fortunately were able to get there on a Friday and get everything done at DMV the same day.
Glad you made it back OK, just check the weather forecast when you come up North, we're still getting nighttime freezing temps even down her in Atlanta and had to rewinterize after our FL trip earlier this month.
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