MN does not charge tax if the sale is for use outside of the state. Actually, calif has the same rules... if you buy it and LEAVE, no tax - but you have to LEAVE. If you camp in the state before leaving.. gotcha. Incidental fuel stops are allowed.
as far as the travel and documentation - i dont think it is s problem - you DO get temp tags and Calif recognizes the issue... i mean it is in the law.
I read the saga from the lady with the Washington trailer. I think there are differences...
Didnt she buy used. (not sure that that does/should make a diff, but it IS a diff... this will be from a recognized dealer)
And did she have "interests" in both states? Lived part time Calif and WA (we are calif only)
And i am not sure why she wanted to get it taken care of b-4 dragging it to calif. I was not looking at the ins and outs of her situation, did more of a scan than an indepth read...
I believe we can drag it from backus to new england for a vacation and back to nevada all on the travel permit from MN.
And once we hit Calif we have 20 days to register. I **DO** think we have some, small exposure when we drag it from its temporary 90-100 day nevade parking spot until we hit calif. I dont THINK nevada will give us a bother - it is less than 10 miles. but there **IS** a small exposure.
I have a buddy who did it with a MH (saved on the order of $10k in calif tax). But they spent WAY more time out of state Visiting their unit than i particularly want to.
We will park it in western nevada... in a small town just over the border. The REASON is not to save taxes, (well not JUST) but we would like to use it over the winter months and dont want to drag it up over the sierra every time, and when we DO go, we can just take our car instead of the truck. SAVES GAS. And we are planning an early 2009 trip to death valley, and it will already be on the back side of that Sierra for that one too. We pick up in Sept 08...
So, there are actually valid PURPOSES for the plan. The tax issue just sweetens the pot.
Does Minnesota have a sales tax on campers?
I think you will need to get a title and tags somewhere B4 you take it to California. If you do not title the camper you will still have the certificate of origin and expired 30 day cardboard plates and have a major problem explaining things when you get it home.
Someone else went through Title Hell with the state of CA on this forum.