Originally Posted by David B.
Michigan DMV should be able to issue a temporary plate for travel for a couple of weeks, then they do a physical inspection of the VIN
number on the trailer before a title
will be issued. What brand and size trailer did you decide on?
Dave & Paula
Let's see if I can answer all your questions, comments, advice on one post.
It was posted on here yesterday, SunTrek Vista 18' travel trailer 1998. The seller came down on the price and offered to bring it across the border.
I have already looked up Import Brokers in the Buffalo NY area, have not called them yet. That's on my long list of phone calls for the morning.
Nice lady at Michigan DMV said she could not help at all, go through NY. I was not impressed with her she did not seem to know her stuff. I will call again tomorrow, better yet, go there on Wed while in Sault Ste Marie, Mi.
mary & bob Quote
; I'm sure I've seen discussions here about importing a trailer into the US from Canada. That would be more concern than moving it from NY to another state. According to the NY DMV website, dmv.ny.gov you can get a interstate in transit permit to move a trailer to another state. Maybe that applies only to a trailer that has been previously registered in NY, maybe not. Look on that website for more info. And check what paperwork you'll need to satisfy your state.
will be sure to ask your questions as sometimes you have to "know" what to ask, or how to ask to get to the right answer, call it bureaucracy.
You gave me a couple more homework assignments Mary.
You have me wondering, what exactly did the DMV tell you that has you stumped? What is the dilemma?
Is it a problem registering/titling a trailer in MI that was purchased in CA?
Or is it a problem with legally transporting the trailer from NY to MI?
Or something else?
Also, could you share with us the year and brand of the trailer you're buying? The trailer's age sometimes makes a difference on imports.
If it helps, I did find this statement on the Sec. of State's website:
You do not need a license
plate to drive a newly purchased vehicle directly home within Michigan within three days of purchase. Carry the assigned title and proof of insurance with you. Never use a plate from another vehicle as a substitute.
The problem is more getting it into NY and driving to Mi. We heard tonight that there was a 2 week limit to get it back to Mi. Have to check that out too.
I already have my insurance company getting papers ready, waiting for the vin
#. That should be in an email tomorrow.
I did read or hear it is somewhat easier to import a trailer than a motorized RV.
I believe, if you purchase a Canadian registered trailer in the US, you will have to take it back to Canada ( or the current owner will have to do that ) and then you will have to legally import it to the US.
There is some paperwork they have to do to get it over here, again that is another question. These folks travel to the US a lot with RV's and vacation on the east coast. But I am still going with what the Import people tell me.
Good point, Glenn. There's customs and import paperwork. For some reason I was envisioning the seller walking through that process (I know Escape
Trailer Industries does it all the time with their new trailers sold
to USA buyers), but who's to say whether the seller will do things the right way? And if he does not, the buyer could be stuck with a problem.
On the other hand, Ladyofthelakes did say she knew all about the importing process, so maybe she has that issue covered.
We have 2 weeks to get all this shuffling paperwork done. The sellers will do the right thing. After all "I am getting my Ducks in a row"
On the other hand? I was not clear. I know there is a lot of paperwork, process, cross all the T's and dot all the I's, but no I do not know "how" that is done, Yet!
God willin and the creek don't rise, things will happen.
Now, to plan on how to redecorate this baby into a "50's Retro"
Yikes, it's 1 in the A.M.