Do you have license plates on your camper?

Discussion in 'On The Road' started by Buttermilk, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. Sjm9911

    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    10,639
    Likes Received:
    8,024
    Joined:
    May 31, 2018
    Location:
    Nj
    Lol , you think the property taxes are high there! I'm not even going to tell you what I pay!!! You will choke.
     
  2. Andy G.

    Andy G. Member

    Messages:
    88
    Likes Received:
    68
    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2017
    Location:
    WI
    Here in Wisconsin, registration and tags are NOT required if under 3,000 pounds. Here's a question-- we are planning on spending a week in Indiana where tags and registration ARE required. Will we be legal while visiting and camping there??
     
  3. kcsa75

    kcsa75 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,204
    Likes Received:
    3,238
    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Location:
    Kansas City
    Yes. On the Pup I have a vanity plate from my beloved Kansas Jayhawks. We've traveled all over the west and never had a problem.
     
    Sjm9911 likes this.
  4. tombiasi

    tombiasi Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    6,639
    Likes Received:
    2,209
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2012
    Location:
    Northwestern New Jersey
    I don't know the rules for all the states but I think you will attract attention of the police if they are expecting to see plates. What happens after that I don't know. A better source to check would be Indiana DMV.
     
  5. Toedtoes

    Toedtoes Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,846
    Likes Received:
    2,821
    Joined:
    May 28, 2018
    Location:
    California
    I believe plate requirements are based on your home state not where you are visiting. As long as your TV plates are for the same jurisdiction as your trailer's jurisdiction, you should be OK. If your TV plates are for a state that requires trailer registration/tags/plates, and you don't have those for your trailer, you could find yourself in a major hassle.
     
  6. roybraddy

    roybraddy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,394
    Likes Received:
    959
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2016
    Location:
    King George, Virginia
    Here in VIRGINIA Tags are required for RV trailers. Even my small utility trailer has a tag on it... The Tags however are Permanent Tags so it was only a one time fee I guess...

    ADDED NOTE: I always follow the golden rule that my trailer license is from the same state as my issued drivers license... Seems to help big time when being checked by Law Enforcement...

    Roy Ken
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2019
    Rik Peery likes this.
  7. BigAl

    BigAl Active Member

    Messages:
    141
    Likes Received:
    117
    Joined:
    May 22, 2019
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    I’m guessing this will depend on the officer stopping you. I’m in WI and don’t need plates in state, but plan to go to both MI & MN this summer plus we want to head west next summer. To avoid hassles, I got a bonded title (just bill of sale when I purchased) and a plate. The title is $70 and the title bond was $100, but the annual plate is only $15 per year.
     
    sir evans likes this.
  8. Toedtoes

    Toedtoes Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,846
    Likes Received:
    2,821
    Joined:
    May 28, 2018
    Location:
    California
    Having a title, bill of sale, etc., is always a good idea if you don't have to register. That way you have proof it belongs to you.

    It always comes down to the individual officer - along with your attitude. So, if you are certain one or the other is going to get you in trouble, get a plate. But no, you are not required to do so if your state doesn't require it.
     
  9. BigAl

    BigAl Active Member

    Messages:
    141
    Likes Received:
    117
    Joined:
    May 22, 2019
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Agreed you shouldn’t have to register if your state doesn’t require, but I’d rather not spend time on vacation discussing that with local law enforcement. It’s not only my attitude that comes into play; the officer’s does too and that’s nothing I can control. I deal with government regulatory agencies all day at work and have no desire to on vacation.
     
  10. gec66

    gec66 Active Member

    Messages:
    944
    Likes Received:
    60
    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2010
    I wouldn't sweat the situation of tags on a trailer that your home state doesn't require them. Officers are well used to dealing with those kinds of issues. Your home state rules will be honored.
     
    kcsa75 likes this.
  11. Andy G.

    Andy G. Member

    Messages:
    88
    Likes Received:
    68
    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2017
    Location:
    WI
    Thanks everyone. I emailed the Indiana State Police, and they confirmed that, as a Wisconsin resident, I do not need to have the pup titled or registered while in Indiana, as long as we are there for less than 30 days. They told me to show that email if I am stopped, and a copy of the WI statute. They also said that they are used to this sort of thing & it's no big deal.
    Andy
     
    Camper054, Rik Peery and kcsa75 like this.
  12. 1REDBEARD

    1REDBEARD Active Member

    Messages:
    148
    Likes Received:
    45
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2019
    Location:
    FL
    Fl needs tags but they are fairly cheap for trailers which is what they classify the camper as
     
  13. Queen Pup

    Queen Pup New Member

    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2016
    Location:
    South Carolina
    In SC no tags but I want them to avoid complications when travelling out if state!
     
  14. kcsa75

    kcsa75 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,204
    Likes Received:
    3,238
    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Location:
    Kansas City
    If you're not required to register/tag your camper in you state of residence you shouldn't have any problems in any other state. All states have reciprocal agreements for things like drivers licences, car and truck registrations, etc.
     
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2020
    nineoaks2004 likes this.
  15. K8RDS

    K8RDS New Member

    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    9
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2020
    Location:
    Michigan
    Yes in Michigan they are lifetime and nontransferable. Now if i could just get a plate for my new used camper with the DMV being mostly shutdown do to Covid. At his time title transfers are only available for motorized vehicles. Trailers and campers are out of luck!
     
    Ladiesman likes this.
  16. WyoKim

    WyoKim New Member

    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    11
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2020
    I just bought my pup last month. I'm planning on going camping next week with only the "bill of sale" on hand. I was told it's suitable for 60 days.
     
  17. Pamela D.

    Pamela D. New Member

    Messages:
    26
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2020
    Location:
    Kenosha, Wisconsin
    In Wisconsin plates are not required for trailers under 3000gvw. That is a good thing since we can’t find the VIN stamp on the pup.
     
  18. Dlyrius

    Dlyrius Member

    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    30
    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2020
    Location:
    Portland Oregon USA
    Here in Oregon we are required to have tags too. BUT! I could literally put my pup on a larger utility trailer (not all of which require tags) and haul it that way. Just winch it on and off LOL Ok, not exactly convenient, but if it saves a buck and I get to go camping (*.)(*.) Soo kidding people!

    Actually I'm having a hell of a time getting the title to my pup. It was abandoned on a friends property for 2yrs and she needed the room so she let me have it. Luckily she knew the old owners so at least I have that info. One of the old owners died, the other moved to PA. So far he isn't responding to any inquiries I make so I'm having to look at hiring a tow company to tow it, store it, then HOPE I get it back at a public auction. My only other options are to use trip permits every time I go camping, or go the salvage option. I don't wanna do that. It would cost me more than the trailer, so keep your fingers crossed the latest letter I sent to the old owner works! I warned him that since he is still on the title all that has to be done is sign the forms I sent. If not, he would be responsible for paying the tickets for sitting on the street, impound, towing, storage and public auction.

    This trailer is 33yrs old, no activity on the title since 1992.. obviously no one wants it but me so I don't understand why this has to be such a hassle.
     
    neighbormike likes this.
  19. BigAl

    BigAl Active Member

    Messages:
    141
    Likes Received:
    117
    Joined:
    May 22, 2019
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Hope the former owner responds; sounds like the easiest option all around. Here in WI they offer a bonded title option; more expensive that a normal title transfer but it would avoid the hassle of towing and auction. Not sure if OR has a similar option for you? https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/vehicles/title-plates/surety-bond.aspx
     
  20. Dlyrius

    Dlyrius Member

    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    30
    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2020
    Location:
    Portland Oregon USA
    I really wish it was. I have found out that Washington allows an abandoned vehicle to be registered, licensed and tagged by a new owner, but you have to wait 3 years for the title. Not sure how well that would go over with my insurance company. You know? That utility trailer thing is looking better and better LOL
     

Share This Page