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Old 07-11-2018, 12:13 PM   #43
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I may have missed it but I did not see any mention of the word "intent" here. You may be setting yourself up for a nightmare.
When we lived in NC we had a similar problem. I solved it by registering the MH in Florida. Which is perfectly legal. If you don't know anybody whos address you can use then you can pay for a mail drop. Florida considers residency as a State of Mind so you do not have to live there to be a resident.

As an added bonus, shortly after registering and getting insurance there our windshield cracked and was replaced at absolutely no charge as per the law.

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In the PSRC (a.k.a. CA) that won't fly. If you live here you register here. You get stopped with out of state plates you better have a matching DL. The best option is take you and your taxable money to a state with less wealth redistribution. That's what the wife and I will do as soon as she retires.
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Old 07-11-2018, 12:46 PM   #44
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When I got plates for the rebuilt MA I was floored on the annual Michigan reg fee (Base MSRP, not with options is what she said - still a ton). The DMV clerk suggested month to month tags as a recourse. I am almost done with the initial 6 months I bought. I also have vanity plates. If that plate is still available on the month to month, then I can keep using it.

Not sure I should have been so helpful helping the clerk figure out the model. After she told me the annual fee, I was thinking it was more like a VW bus.
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Old 07-11-2018, 03:39 PM   #45
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What really burns me up if you have a 5th wheel or TT you buy plates one time for life at about $200.00 and never have to buy them again. But MH plates are based on msrp and only go down the first three years after that you pay the third year rate forever even if its 20 years old. Thanks Michigan, never seen a tax they didn't like.
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What really burns me up if you have a 5th wheel or TT you buy plates one time for life at about $200.00 and never have to buy them again. But MH plates are based on msrp and only go down the first three years after that you pay the third year rate forever even if its 20 years old. Thanks Michigan, never seen a tax they didn't like.
Here in the PSRC 5th wheels and TT pay every year. After 13 years my last 5th wheel was $105 when I sold it. You also can't non op a trailer here. All of our registration fees went up this year and will jump again next year. We also jumped to the highest fuel taxes in the nation in 2017 and they will go up again in 2019. We typically pay a tax and at lest one fee on everything we buy here. I understand your frustration but it could be worse. It will keep getting worse as long as people keep electing socialists in rigged elections.
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Tired of paying Michigan registration

Ok so what does the PSRC or whatever the CA have to do with a Michigan post? Obviously we werenít happy about it here posting about how itís worse somewhere doesnít meet our solution.
I personally would love additional information on how to make this better. Not where things are worse.
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But MH plates are based on msrp and only go down the first three years after that you pay the third year rate forever even if its 20 years old.
What's the deal with the rate dropping after 3 years? 3 years old since new? Or the third year the current owner registers it?

And, if the latter, and I do month to month...then will I ever hit the third year to get a discount?

If it's 3 year and older motorhomne (mine is a 2002), then how much should it drop? I can't imagine that I am paying a discounted rate now...

Have a link to the statute describing the third year drop?
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Why don't you call the state of Michigan agency who you would deal with and run your "business plan" past them?
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Don't know if this will help, but, I know a guy in Michigan, who has been running a business out of his house for years. He buys products, packages them into useful kits and sells them all over the US and many foreign countries. Residential neighborhood, no store front.


I know another guy, not in Michigan, who has a car dealer license. For 30+ years, he's bought and sold used cars, maybe averages one a week. He shows the cars from his house and makes minor repairs there as well. To comply with the store front requirement, he rents 2 spaces at a used car lot in town for $100/Mo. Paperwork is handled at the car lot. He recently considered folding the operation as he is retirement age. He found that his insurance for all his vehicles and any vehicles he has for sale was less as a dealer than it would be if he were to insure them as an individual.


Maybe Fleet insurance isn't the correct policy. Maybe another insurer would have lower rates.


If all else fails, get out of Michigan. I registered a used coach in Oregon that had a MSRP just below $300K, for 2 years, including an out of state title transfer for less than $400. They just raised the fees, but the next 2 years should be less than $300 without the transfer fee. It rarely gets below freezing, doesn't snow much, no salt is used on the roads, and tornado risk and humidity are both low.


Other than an additional fee for weight, I agree that there should be one fee to register a vehicle. The same amount of information gets processed and everyone get the same piece of paper and a plate.
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Or,,,,,,,,,, you could move across the lake to WI. After the 5.5% sales tax on the trade price difference for our new 2013 Coach (MSRP of $428,000), the registration each year is $119.50/year. That allows me up to an 80,000# gross weight.
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No its The third year after new msrp that the rate for plate is frozen forever.
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