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Old 05-21-2016, 08:54 PM   #1
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Buying out of state....

So I live in Florida, found a trailer I want in WA. The timing isn't great because I haven't found my TV yet, actually wanted to do that first. Wasn't planning on buying yet but this opportunity may never come around again and hey I want it .
Ok to the question, I'm due to fly home June 10, have some commitments and still have to shop for TV so will need to leave it here at a friends til I can get back (3600+ mi) and take it home. Can I get it registered in Fl before I actually get it there? I am just starting my search for info....can anyone help on what to do?

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Old 05-21-2016, 09:27 PM   #2
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Have it shipped to Florida, may be cheaper than a 7000 mile round trip. Registration varies from one state to another but I would think if you have the title signed over to you there should be no problem registering it in Florida. Look online for what may be required, such as sales tax form. Print anything that the seller may have to sign.
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Old 05-21-2016, 10:00 PM   #3
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I would call your DMV (or county tax office, whichever entity governs vehicle registrations) and ask them what you need to do. It's probably not too much of a hassle, but I agree with Mary and Bob that every state's different. YMMV
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Old 05-21-2016, 11:10 PM   #4
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Thanks y'all. I plan on calling Monday if the deal on the trailer goes through, we are still in the talking stage.
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Old 05-22-2016, 12:26 AM   #5
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I would consider buying your tow vehicle in Washington, then driving home. Don't know what the legals entail for a Florida resident importing a vehicle bought in another state, but seems like could work!

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Old 05-22-2016, 03:45 AM   #6
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We found that towing our Bigfoot from OR where we bought it to our home in Chicago was cheaper than shipping it.


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Old 05-22-2016, 06:29 AM   #7
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As a rule of thumb I think a lot depends on what kind of paperwork you get from the out-of-State-State. If the State the trailer was previously registered in has similar registration requirements as the new State things should be smooth. If you show up at the DMV with an un-notarized Bill of Sale from Billy Bob written on a napkin they may ask questions.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:35 AM   #8
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We've bought and sold many used trailers to/from many different states, including the OEM builder in Minnesota. In no case was there an issue. Perhaps it would be wise to verify the VIN on the tongue matches the VIN on the title or certificate of registration.

While each state is a bit different in how it does things, this is a single country. LOL. It is extremely easy. These FGRV's are sold to and from differing states on a daily basis. It is a very, very common thing. It is my measured opinion that what the states basically want? Well, it would be their tax revenue, of course. That's about it.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:40 AM   #9
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As a rule of thumb I think a lot depends on what kind of paperwork you get from the out-of-State-State. If the State the trailer was previously registered in has similar registration requirements as the new State things should be smooth. If you show up at the DMV with an un-notarized Bill of Sale from Billy Bob written on a napkin they may ask questions.
If you buy a trailer in many states, including the one I presently reside, titles are signed over with no notarization. Shrug. None have been required for decades now. But do I agree that more than a hand written Bill of Sale is needed. Surely the trailer in question here has either the builder's Certificate of Origin or title/registration etc. I'd be hesitant to buy anything without such documentation. I'm sure the OP has already asked the seller about the title being in hand. Make sure any and all liens are cleared as well. Those CAN be a real pain on an out-of-state transaction.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:41 AM   #10
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I agree with Tim on having the proper paperwork. I mentioned printing it from your home state and having all completed at the time of sale because if you need something from the seller later they may be slow to respond. After all, they have your money so why would they care now. I waited almost a year for a simple signed and notarized form from the person we bought a pop-up camper from so I could get a title.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:46 AM   #11
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We were required to have a VIN inspection at the time of transferring the title over and getting it registered, so the trailer had to physically be present. Not sure how many states have that as a requirement.


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Old 05-22-2016, 08:21 AM   #12
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I'm in Maryland and bought in Florida (flew down to complete the purchase and drove to get it a few weeks later). Maryland also requires an inspection before mandatory registration, so I just got the real plates on it. Bought it from a dealer, who put temp FL tags on it so we could get it home. Check with your DMV.
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:29 AM   #13
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In most jurisdictions you can go the local County Clerk and get a "Temporary Tag" for transport of a vehicle/trailer you just purchased from a private seller. Some states do not require a trailer registration/license plate for certain size/types/ownership of a trailer. Tennessee is one such state.

As stated previously some states require a vehicle inspection for "Foreign" (out of state) vehicles. Florida does NOT!

Here are the trailer registration requirements for Florida:

Register trailer pulled on FL highways | FL-DHSMV Answers

You could just tow the damn thing home yourself with no plate/registration with just the "Bill of Sale" and Title in your possession (some states do not require a title for a trailer based upon size/weight. Florida is one such state depending upon size/weight of trailer see above) and take your chances on NOT getting stopped. Small chance you would be stopped anyway. If you are stopped present the completed paperwork (Title & Bill of Sale) and plead ignorance.

Given the time needed for this trip (7 days of driving), mileage (6,000+ miles roundtrip), tow vehicle wear and tear, lodging, food, tickets, breakdowns, nudie bar trips and other un-budgeted expenses shopping hard for a good shipping rate/shipper will ultimately be much cheaper. "I" ship vehicles all the time long distance and it's ALWAYS cheaper than I can do it myself. I've purchased and shipped 3 vehicles already in the month of May.
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:49 AM   #14
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Wow, thanks for all the replies! The biggest issue is buying it now and not taking it back to Fl til the fall. I havent yet read the stuff that someone linked to about Fl. If I can just take the paperwork back to Fl and get it registered then I can leave it here at my friends til I have the time to find the TV and get back out.
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:53 AM   #15
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That link info is for trailers that you put stuff on, this is a Bigfoot RV trailer. I will find out from my county office tomorrow.
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Nothing in the Florida trailer registration laws should prevent you from registering the trailer in Florida without the trailer being present in Florida.

Have fun and next time try to buy "Local"!
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Old 05-22-2016, 10:11 AM   #17
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That link info is for trailers that you put stuff on, this is a Bigfoot RV trailer. I will find out from my county office tomorrow.
Reading the Florida trailer registration laws shows NO difference between the registration requirement for a RV trailer versus a "Stuff" trailer. It's all about GVW weight.
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Old 05-22-2016, 10:20 AM   #18
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If the trailer is currently registered in Washington, the seller leaves the current plate on the trailer and notifies Washington Department of Licensing that the trailer was sold. I know several people who purchased used vehicles and waited a month or more to license them in their name. Of course the "tab" must be current for this.
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If the trailer is currently registered in Washington, the seller leaves the current plate on the trailer and notifies Washington Department of Licensing that the trailer was sold.
Leaving the plate on the trailer places the SELLER in a potential "Responsible Liability" position should the purchaser have an "At Fault" accident on their trip home. Rest assured the injured party will sue anyone and everyone associated in any way with the vehicle/trailer causing the accident.

While the seller "may" ultimately be released from liability due to the sale of the trailer it will probably cost them some money and hassle to accomplish this.

NO WAY am "I" lending my "registered to me" trailer license plate to the buyer to transport their "New" trailer!
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Leaving the plate on the trailer places the SELLER in a potential "Responsible Liability" position should the purchaser have an "At Fault" accident on their trip home. Rest assured the injured party will sue anyone and everyone associated in any way with the vehicle/trailer causing the accident.

While the seller "may" ultimately be released from liability due to the sale of the trailer it will probably cost them some money and hassle to accomplish this.

NO WAY am "I" lending my "registered to me" trailer license plate to the buyer to transport their "New" trailer!
You would not be lending your plate to the buyer to transport the trailer. You would simply be following the law regarding Washington registration.

If the state of Washington is notified ,the seller is no longer responsible. It's my understanding the seller is required to leave the plate on the trailer or car or whatever. Drive by any used car lot in Oregon or Washington and you will see that they all have a plate from the previous owner.

It's always best to follow the law as it applies to the state te vehicle is registered in.
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