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We live in Hawai'i and would like to get an RV to use on the mainland. Here is our problem; Hawai'i requires an annual safety inspection to renew your plates. We would have to ship the RV back and forth to do the inspection.

We do not have a house or condo on the mainland to register the RV at. So it has to have Hawai'i plates.

Does anyone else have a similar issue and work around for an RV that never goes back to the state you are living in? We do not want to just set it up in an RV park and leave it. We want to just roam the country.

Maybe we are making a problem where it does exist, but How do you own a RV without an address, or out of state and get plates?

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Me thinks Montana LLC, maybe?
 
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There are several states where you can establish an official residence without living there. South Dakota, Texas and Florida come to mind. There may be others.

The "Montana LLC" is not something that I think would benefit you since Montana has recently raised RV licensing costs significantly. And, you don't need an LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) to establish a residence.

Take a look here...


...for some more information.

And, welcome toRVF; glad to have you join us.

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There are several states where you can establish an official residence without living there. South Dakota, Texas and Florida come to mind. There may be others.

The "Montana LLC" is not something that I think would benefit you since Montana has recently raised RV licensing costs significantly. And, you don't need an LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) to establish a residence.

Take a look here...


...for some more information.

And, welcome toRVF; glad to have you join us.

TJ
Thanks

We have an official residence. We do not intend to move. We just need to get plates for the RV.

The problem is that Hawai'i requires an annual inspection. If we could do the inspection at a dealership in the mainland we would be all set. It would be cost prohibitive to bring it back for the inspection to get the plates.

I will have to look at an llc. Not sure which state would work best.
 
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Virginia requires state inspections but has nothing to do with the license plates, interesting they tie the inspections to plates. Can you not get 3 year plate registrations like we can here in VA?
 
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Virginia requires state inspections but has nothing to do with the license plates, interesting they tie the inspections to plates. Can you not get 3 year plate registrations like we can here in VA?

As far as I know for a car it is year by year. It is done by the county, not the state. You need proof of insurance and a current inspection to get a plate.

Do not ask how you get an inspection if you do not have a plate.

We do things differently out here.
 
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All I'm saying is I can get 3 year tag renewals. We do require inspections here as well. Does your DMV only offer 1 year renewals on license plates/registration?
 
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All I'm saying is I can get 3 year tag renewals. We do require inspections here as well. Does your DMV only offer 1 year renewals on license plates/registration?
To the best of my knowledge, yes one year at a time.

Even if it is three years, it would still be expensive to pay over a $1,000 each way to have a vehicle shipped out here just to have it inspected.

Heck, it might be cheaper to pay to fly the inspector to the mainland. Oh wait they would have to self quarantine for 14 days when they came back (Well until the end of July anyway).

There has to be a way to do this.
 
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Thanks

We have an official residence. We do not intend to move. We just need to get plates for the RV.

The problem is that Hawai'i requires an annual inspection. If we could do the inspection at a dealership in the mainland we would be all set. It would be cost prohibitive to bring it back for the inspection to get the plates.

I will have to look at an llc. Not sure which state would work best.
Why do you need to license your RV in Hawaii if it will never go there? We have bought two motorhomes in states where we did not reside. We chose not to license them in those states, but could have. If you need an address within the state, it is easy to set up a drop box where mail goes and is then forwarded to you.

I think a more important question is "Where to you plan to keep your RV when you are not using it?" Many states require you to license a vehicle in their state if it stays there for more than a short period; usually 60 days or so. You will need to research the vehicle licensing rules in the state where you plan to keep it,

TJ
 
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Why do you need to license your RV in Hawaii if it will never go there? We have bought two motorhomes in states where we did not reside. We chose not to license them in those states, but could have. If you need an address within the state, it is easy to set up a drop box where mail goes and is then forwarded to you.

I think a more important question is "Where to you plan to keep your RV when you are not using it?" Many states require you to license a vehicle in their state if it stays there for more than a short period; usually 60 days or so. You will need to research the vehicle licensing rules in the state where you plan to keep it,

TJ
Okay great. Let's say we are going to park it in the Denver area. How do we license it in Colorado when we live in Hawai'i?
 
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Okay great. Let's say we are going to park it in the Denver area. How do we license it in Colorado when we live in Hawai'i?
You will need to research the specific registration laws in Colorado. If you will be purchasing the RV in Colorado, the dealer can help you with registration.

We bought our current coach in Colorado (while living in Washington state) and the dealer took care of all the registration. We just got a 30-day temporary permit to bring it back to Washington, but could have done a permanent registration IIRC. At no time did anyone want us to have a Colorado address. If they had, we would have just set up a drop box.

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Okay great. Let's say we are going to park it in the Denver area. How do we license it in Colorado when we live in Hawai'i?
For me in VA it is registered at the "garaged" location, not your residence. This is where you pay taxes on it - the garaged location, so that is also the vehicle registration address.
 
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For me in VA it is registered at the "garaged" location, not your residence. This is where you pay taxes on it - the garaged location, so that is also the vehicle registration address.
So your RV has a set of plates for a state other than Virginia? Was that hard to do? Did you need a mailing address (ok box?) there?

Any issues with insurance?

Maybe we are making this harder than it is. Thanks.
 
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My garaged location is 100 miles from my residence - both in VA. Insurance has the location as well.
 
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Not only inspections. Some states require commercial driver license. But if you are registered in a state that does not require one, (Florida is one) you can drive anywhere with your car DL.
 
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