Do you have license plates on your camper?

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  1. Sjm9911

    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    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.

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    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??
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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...

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    BigAl Active Member Gold Supporting Member

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    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.
     
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    Toedtoes Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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    BigAl Active Member Gold Supporting Member

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    Fl needs tags but they are fairly cheap for trailers which is what they classify the camper as
     
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    In SC no tags but I want them to avoid complications when travelling out if state!
     
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    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.
     
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    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!
     
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    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.

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    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.
     

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