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Old 02-10-2012, 02:40 PM   #1
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Leaving Feb 16th to pick up our 2005 Beaver Patriot Thunder in Calif & driving it back to Maryland.
The Calif dealer said they don't give temporary tags for out of state buyers..."we can use our Bill of Sale if stopped by the police
Have you every heard of this?
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:45 PM   #2
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NOPE. Contact your local DMV and either get a license plate based on the vehicles VIN and bill of sale or get a temp to place on the vehicle while driving back home. When we picked up our MH years ago in CA I got a bill of sale from the dealer and got plates from DMV. Flew to CA picked it up and installed the plates and drove home. Never gave it another thought.
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:45 PM   #3
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Actually, I have heard of that, some states allow it, but you want to make sure you have some form of Proof of Insurance along with the correct bill of sale and associated documents.
As far as I know I have never met a policeman who stopped an RV for not having the temp tag on it....
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:46 PM   #4
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Consider contacting California DMV. They may have a paper tag you can buy that is good for 30 days. I hope you got a good deal on the coach. The dealer that refuses to help you in this matter would not get my business. At a minimum they should guide you through the process. The best would be if they completed the process for you (there would be a fee). All that being said, in California, the tag stays with the vehicle. So if you are buying pre-owned there should be a tag on the vehicle.

On Edit: If it is not too late, I'd let the dealer know closing the sale is dependent on them providing you the process on how to get the coach tagged for the trip back home.
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We you get home with your coach how about post how much fuel it took.
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When I bought my coach in NV, the dealer provided me with the bill of sale and dire away slip. I had 15 days to return to Alaska and get my AK plates. Was a little worried about going through customs at the border but no problems.
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A few years back when I was still driving over the road when I picked up a new flat bed trailer in IA to be deliveried in VA all the mfg did was attach a paper plate with their name and date and words "IN TRANSIT". I passed thru several DOT scales without problem tho I had a legal Transporters plate which I could have attached
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Consider contacting California DMV. They may have a paper tag you can buy that is good for 30 days. I hope you got a good deal on the coach. The dealer that refuses to help you in this matter would not get my business. At a minimum they should guide you through the process. The best would be if they completed the process for you (there would be a fee). All that being said, in California, the tag stays with the vehicle. So if you are buying pre-owned there should be a tag on the vehicle.

On Edit: If it is not too late, I'd let the dealer know closing the sale is dependent on them providing you the process on how to get the coach tagged for the trip back home.
I think I'd have a talk with that dealer, If he did in fact refuse to help you. Unless it was a great deal, he'd own that coach.
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I went thru this last summer. I went thru my state's DMV to get a transport "ticket" that I had to tape inside one of the roadside windows. It can be a strange process. Check out both CA's and your home state's procedures and then choose the one that is the easiest. Had I gone with the purchaser's state's process, I would have had to go to the DMV there and stand in line. My state's process was 100 percent online.

I also think it's weak sauce for the dealer to handle this as he is.

The good news is Beaver is a heckuva coach and within a couple of months of bringing it home, the ordeal of getting it there will be all but forgotten.
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:56 AM   #10
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no temp plates...

Actually, I've not only heard of it, it's quite common. On many "out of state" sales, there is no temporary plate. And in those cases, the dealer has no way to issue temporary plates. (Had you bought from an individual, how would you have secured any plates?)

If stopped for no plates (highly unlikely), you need only to be able to prove ownership (thus the bill of sale) and insurance (have your insurance proof also).

By the way, some might not be aware, that if you trade motorhomes, you do not automatically have insurance coverage on your new one (as with an auto), with many insurance companies.

Also, be aware that you have a limited number of days to get the vehicle registered, in your home state.
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