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Old 01-04-2007, 04:39 PM   #1
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This is lenghty but thought it to be important for NH folks.

Normally my registration and inspection month for my MH is January. However, I have discovered there is a change in NH law as to when "recreational vehicles" shall be inspected

As you know, registration and inspection was always during the birth month of the owner (talking a person here not a business). This year "recreational vehicles" will still be registered during the birth month but all "recreational vehicles" will now be inspected in June.

Last sentence of RSA 266:1-III reads "Without regard to the owner's birth date or registration month, motorcycles and recreational vehicles shall be inspected annually by July 1."

I know it reads "by July 1" instead of "in the month of June" but I've been told by 2 RV dealers that their instuctions from the State are that the vehicles shall be inspected in June and will have a number 6 for the sticker. NOTE: I understand there is an exception in the RSA for those that are not in the State during the entire month of June.

This year, for those of us whose inspection stickers expire before June 07 but want to use our recreational vehicles until then, we will have to pay for a sticker that will only be good for a few months. Then in June 07 we will pay again for a sticker good until June 08.

If you are wondering here are the RSA definitions of Motorhome and Recreational Vehicle.
RSA 259:58-a Motor Home. ""Motor home'' shall mean a self-propelled, completely self-contained vehicle that includes the conveniences of a home, including cooking, sleeping, and permanent sanitary facilities, and a driver's seat that is accessible in a walking position from the living quarters.
Source. 2006, 317:11, eff. Aug. 18, 2006.

RSA 259:84-a Recreation Vehicle. ""Recreation vehicle'' shall mean a self-propelled or towed vehicle that is equipped to serve as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, or travel purposes and is used solely as a family or personal conveyance.
Source. 1989, 319:13, eff. July 1, 1989

DISCLAIMER: I am not an attorney or working for the DMV. I am just an RV lover that came across this info and wanted to pass it on so you could do some preplanning. Check it out and see if you are told the same thing.
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Old 01-04-2007, 04:39 PM   #2
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This is lenghty but thought it to be important for NH folks.

Normally my registration and inspection month for my MH is January. However, I have discovered there is a change in NH law as to when "recreational vehicles" shall be inspected

As you know, registration and inspection was always during the birth month of the owner (talking a person here not a business). This year "recreational vehicles" will still be registered during the birth month but all "recreational vehicles" will now be inspected in June.

Last sentence of RSA 266:1-III reads "Without regard to the owner's birth date or registration month, motorcycles and recreational vehicles shall be inspected annually by July 1."

I know it reads "by July 1" instead of "in the month of June" but I've been told by 2 RV dealers that their instuctions from the State are that the vehicles shall be inspected in June and will have a number 6 for the sticker. NOTE: I understand there is an exception in the RSA for those that are not in the State during the entire month of June.

This year, for those of us whose inspection stickers expire before June 07 but want to use our recreational vehicles until then, we will have to pay for a sticker that will only be good for a few months. Then in June 07 we will pay again for a sticker good until June 08.

If you are wondering here are the RSA definitions of Motorhome and Recreational Vehicle.
RSA 259:58-a Motor Home. ""Motor home'' shall mean a self-propelled, completely self-contained vehicle that includes the conveniences of a home, including cooking, sleeping, and permanent sanitary facilities, and a driver's seat that is accessible in a walking position from the living quarters.
Source. 2006, 317:11, eff. Aug. 18, 2006.

RSA 259:84-a Recreation Vehicle. ""Recreation vehicle'' shall mean a self-propelled or towed vehicle that is equipped to serve as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, or travel purposes and is used solely as a family or personal conveyance.
Source. 1989, 319:13, eff. July 1, 1989

DISCLAIMER: I am not an attorney or working for the DMV. I am just an RV lover that came across this info and wanted to pass it on so you could do some preplanning. Check it out and see if you are told the same thing.
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Thanks for the update, Bob. I suspect some well-meaning soul figured many residents wouldn't or couldn't bring an RV to the inspection station in mid winter, so helped out by making all RVs due in June.

What happens if you are out of state on the appointed month? And your registration date comes due and you still haven't returned to the state for an inspection? Will they renew the tags without proof of inspection?
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Old 01-07-2007, 06:54 AM   #4
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Hi Bob,

Thank you for providing this valuable information. It's got me thinking, though (I know, watch out! ).

Interestingly, my registration month is also in January. However, since we winterize and store the motorohome, we generally don't re-register it until April or so, prior to our first Spring trip. Once registered, we have 10 days to get the inspection done. Since a NH inspection sticker can be written for up to 16 months, if we wait until March or later of this year to re-register, then I believe the inspection sticker can be written to expire in June, 2008. If I remember correctly, when I first moved to New Hampshire, this is how it was handled when I registered my motorcycle. So, hopefully, we won't have to have 2 inspections done in the same year. Although, if you have your motorhome on the road all year, re-registering in January, you will have to have 2 inspections this year. Just my thoughts...
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Old 01-07-2007, 10:28 AM   #5
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Horsepowerfan,

I usually re-register like you, but as for inspection, if the weather is decent, like it is now, I prefer to do that in January. Just one less thing to do before our first trip.

The RSA, see below, allows for the 16 month as you said. However, if the letter of the law is followed by the inspection station, we would have to put in writing that we will not be in the State during the month of June. If everybody does wait until June, I guess we should make our appointments early.

II-a. Notwithstanding RSA 266:1, II, if the month in which the anniversary of the owner's birth occurs will be one of the next 4 months, and the vehicle owner provides written verification of absence from New Hampshire during the entire anniversary month, an inspection sticker may be issued, with an expiration date of the birth month in the following year, of the first person named on the title application.
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Old 01-14-2007, 09:43 PM   #6
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Just fyi, this change actually took effect last year. I had to get mine inspected in Jan '06 and then again in Jun '06.
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Old 01-15-2007, 11:11 AM   #7
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Chris,
I thought I heard it may have been in effect last year. Like some other things in NH the southern portion gets hit first. A dealer I spoke to in the White Mountain area said they didn't receive any info from the state until mid 06 which explains why in Jan 06 I got a sticker good until Jan 07. I guess the rest of the state will catch up this year.
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Bob,

Thanks for doing the research and info. Like one of the previous posts, I knew of this change, actually leaned of it in 2005, but hadn't dug into the details, just knew I had to comply.

To be safe, I've already made an appointment for June to have our motorhome inspected.. I'm sure June is going to be a very busy month for the dealers...
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