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Old 05-26-2012, 10:42 AM   #29
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Some great information, skip the speed pass but get the one day ICBC permit.

Good plan!

As I mentioned it is not the practice of the border folks to ask about insurance papers but I do know that while you are in doing the import paper work there will be border folks wondering around outside and if its not busy they will all be taking sneaking peeks at the trailer -as mentioned before there is less than a 50% chance that you will be asked to open up the trailer. If they do ask dont assume the reason is they think you might have bombs in it More than a few folks working on both sides of the border love fiberglass trailers and like to ask about them... when I cross which is fairly frequently I have had situations where they have forgotten to ask me the basic questions such as where are you going? where do you live? any fruits or veggies etc, but instead ask all about the trailer. Does it have a bathroom? Can I stand up in it? How much does it weigh? It has happened going in both directions.

If you dont have a valid permit of some sort on the trailer or you have put plates from another trailer on it there is a good chance that one of those folks peeking around outside will come in and give you the big finger wag.
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Old 05-26-2012, 02:03 PM   #30
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Reace should be able to help you out with what usually happens at the border (and could happen), he has been through a few times before. Search the old posts by Raya for her info on importing a trailer into the USA, she had a lot of good info.

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Old 05-26-2012, 06:48 PM   #31
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I'll have all my paper work and a valid insurance paid in full policy for both truck and new trailer. My passport and there is something about a "speed pass" type of passport addendum you can obtain that more or less they wave you thru? Anyone familiar with these? I guess it is for commuters who cross daily?
I will have with me my old trailer unexpired tags and registration, not mounted on the trailer but lying inside, in case some trooper says I must have tags to drive thru their state. Oh, and the temporary Washington State permit to mount in the back window.
When we were looking at the Escape we visited some folks with a 19 ft here in Vermont. I believe what they did was pay for their trailer in advance and received their MCO. They then went to Vermont DMV and obtained their title, registration and plates which they then took with them to Chilliwack. Raz
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:51 PM   #32
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Bureaucracy at it's best. Pennsylvania will give you a temp tag if you are exporting a trailer to another state but not one if you are importing one. I mean who cares if it is leaving the state but no help for resident trying to bring on into the state. No tags until the vin can be verified, in person.
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:57 PM   #33
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Please check in advance WHICH border crossings are the ones to use for vehicle imports/exports. There are 4 crossings in the metro Vancouver area. From West to East they are:

The PEACE ARCH
The TRUCK CROSSING
ALDERGROVE/LYNDON
SUMAS

When I have been taking cars either way, the ONLY one that can process the paperwork is the TRUCK CROSSING. May be different for trailers......

Oh never mind.... I'll check into it for you as I am here and go back & forth quite often. I'm sure Reace & Tammy can also advise....
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Bureaucracy at it's best. Pennsylvania will give you a temp tag if you are exporting a trailer to another state but not one if you are importing one. I mean who cares if it is leaving the state but no help for resident trying to bring on into the state. No tags until the vin can be verified, in person.
Your tax dollars at work.

It seems to me that there must be a time period between the purchase and required registration. Here it is 15 days. During that time your MCO or signed over registration/ bill of sale shows legal ownership and you are legal to drive or tow the vehicle.
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:59 PM   #35
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Current registration comes to mind when I first got my boler American. It seems that if the seller wanted to give me the proper documentation they would have had to register it in MA where they lived and paid all the back taxes on it. The seller had inherited the trailer from his father many years before and he still had the original NY papers and plates on it.

So current might indicate that no back taxes are owed on it. Apparently the annual taxes have to be paid if you use the trailer or not in MA.
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Yes, I do recall every purchaser of a new Ford being advised to do that......
Now... you know that ain't so on any make! Simply because a clear title on a new car is extremely rare, and they want you back for a another one before the one you have is paid for!
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