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03-17-2011, 05:51 PM
A neighbor just registered his trailer in Maine. He has never stepped foot in maine. I was looking online at registration in Maine. It is much cheaper and simple. No trailer inspection if you were to purchase a trailer. I always wondered why there were so many tractor trailers with Maine plates. Has anyone done this before.

The Nancy D
03-17-2011, 06:09 PM
I looked into this and decided not to. Nothing bad to say about registering a trailer in Maine, but I have to believe that my fair commonwealth would frown on it to a degree as to make whatever small savings not worth it.

That said, the registry is an absolute nightmare. Bureaucrats through and through... Frankly, some state agencies have surprised me in terms of how adaptive and (reasonably) consumer centric they are. The RMV is not one of them.

03-17-2011, 06:50 PM
I originally titled and registered my new boat trailer in MA in '09. However, with the new fee schedule registration was going to cost me $120 per year, every year.

Last year, I said nuts to that and registered the trailer in Maine: $90 for 5 years.

03-18-2011, 05:14 AM
If you're looking into registering your trailer in another state, look at Michigan. My boat trailer plates cost $75 and the registration is permanent.

03-18-2011, 07:42 AM
We don't have tags on our trailers in SC.

Mike Boehler
03-18-2011, 02:19 PM
I had all of my construction trailers registered in ME for years, I am now down to 1 trailer registered there. The hassles I got were not worth the savings and the DOT knows this.

I used a broker to register there, piece of cake. It took a total of about 10 minutes to get a five year reg. but I would get a full blown safety inspection in every single DOT safety check area. The first words out of the DOT's mouth was "why are you registered in ME". At first I used to make up some cock and bull story, after awhile I simply told the troopers that I simply "wanted to save money" this answer would shut them up.

I never once got a ticket even though each and every state trooper would wag his finger in my face telling me this was not legal. And to be honest, if you hit enough DOT safety checks, you would understand that if they can ticket you they will. Which leads me to believe they can't.

That said, I've got a pile of safety tickets and warnings and since removing the ME plates, I get waved by much more often.

For those of you who claim to "have no violations so your not afraid" that is NAIVE. They WILL find something, trust me. I have tickets from low air pressures to unsecured 1 gallon gas cans, to a knick in a strap.

I do have a 48' Fontaine Trailer that I still use the ME plates, but nobody bothers me with this.

If you want, go for it. PM me and I'll send you the brokers info. Its really easy. But if your like me, and can't afford the time and waste of being hassled at every stop, I would fork over the money.

03-18-2011, 02:37 PM
Dont't tempt me ! 75 $ annual insp sticker + annual reg at 20.00 per 1000# 's does get old fast . Then on top add excise and there's no end ? :mad:

03-18-2011, 03:16 PM
We don't have tags on our trailers in SC.

You can get tags and they are permanent. It's a one time fee.

The disadvantage to not having trailer tags in SC is that once somebody steals your trailer, it is pretty much their trailer. It's not like the police can look for tag #999-999.

And it's not like someone would find it difficult to get tags for a stolen trailer because none are required.

03-21-2011, 12:59 PM
Yes. Twice.

Why? My state reps want to give illegals in state tuition with one hand and reduce my wifes pension/benefits with the other.

Fark them.

First time around DMV gave me shit about bill of sale (hello, that's what a signed title is!) after I spent $100+ to some scam garage to have them 'inspect' it for me. So i took time off work to do this and they want to send me away with no damned tags. I looked right at the woman and said 'is it legal for me to register in Maine?'

Her answer was a very clear 'Yes'.


Fark those thieves in Annapolis.

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