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Old 01-11-2021, 05:07 PM   #21
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My wife and I (both retired) live in Hawaii (Oahu) and want to buy and use an RV exclusively on the mainland continental U.S. - the RV would never be in Hawaii. We plan to maybe travel 4-6 months a year in it, and keep it parked in storage the rest of the year (and the storage location might be in various locations depending on our itinerary's).

I can't figure out how we would register it on the mainland in a state that we are not residents of? And shipping it back to Hawaii just to register it would not be an option! We plan to maintain our Hawaii residency and Hawaii drivers license.

Thanks for any insight or help!

- Brian
Hello Brian,

We would be able to help with this as long as you are paying cash and not financing. We have helped many customers out of the country with this problem. Take a look at our website www.classicvans.com

Regards, Serio
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Old 01-12-2021, 12:53 AM   #22
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I'm surprised Hawaii doesn't have a way to plate vehicles that will never be on the island, seems like an easy way to collect fees and taxes with no impact to the Hawaii infrastructure.
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Old 01-12-2021, 01:25 AM   #23
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What does the state of Hawaii have to say about this?
I need to try to call them or talk to someone over there in person, but as far as I can tell, the vehicle needs a valid inspection, prior to registration.

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Old 01-12-2021, 01:27 AM   #24
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If your vehicle is over 15 years old and never registered in your name, You can register it in vermont without being a resident. You only need a bill of sale, not a registered title. You can do this directly with the state, or there are agents who charge a small fee to do it. https://www.cartitles.com/title-option-2/
This looks like a good option, but we'd be buying either a new or a recently new used RV - like maybe one a year or so old.

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Old 01-12-2021, 01:29 AM   #25
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Thanks for all the great replies to my original question about out-of-state registration. In looking at all of your suggestions and insights, and in doing more research, I’ve realized a few things:

1. Vehicle Inspection. The state’s (whichever states) registration requirements for a vehicle inspection may be a problem for us because then we would have to have a yearly vehicle inspection in the state that we registered the RV, and so we’d be required to travel back to that state every year for the inspection. I found out though that these states don’t require vehicle inspections: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, South Carolina, and South Dakota. Michigan and Mississippi. Here’s the link: https://www.motorbiscuit.com/a-surpr...e-inspections/

So South Dakota registration might be the best option, except that legally we’d have to get a South Dakota driver’s license but according to America’s Mailbox: “Once they are registered, the law on the books states that you should come to anywhere in South Dakota within 90 days to obtain the driver’s license, which is your main proof of residency. However, we have not heard of anyone being stopped if they have not yet changed their driver’s license.” Here’s the link: https://americasmailbox.com/tips_and...e-Registration

2. LLC. The option for an LLC might work well, and I actually have an LLC in Hawaii for my consulting business (although I’m pretty much retired from it, I keep the LLC active just in case I end up working again). So I guess I could register an RV in the name of the LLC. The only issue I see is that commercial vehicle insurance might is more expensive than personal vehicle insurance, and also it might be more of a hassle doing the paper work to complete the registration (I guess depending on the state). Here is a link I found on registering a vehicle in a business name: https://smallbusiness.chron.com/addi...tle-37927.html

Thanks again for all the suggestions, I’m going to continue doing research until I figure out the best approach and will let you know what I find out.

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Old 01-12-2021, 02:39 PM   #26
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just as a side note, Florida does not have an annual inspection to register a vehicle. And fees are much lower than some other places. When I called Texas home, my class A motorhome (weight was over 26,000 pounds) cost about $328 a year to register annually. When I moved to Florida, that same motorhome cost me about $100. I now have a class B van, and a class C motorhome, and they each cost about $75 a year to register.

Also, Texas required a non commercial class B driver license. Florida required no special driver license. On the license, it states "and any RV".
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Old 01-12-2021, 06:04 PM   #27
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I would take that motorbiscuit article with a huge grain of salt. GA only has emissions inspections in metro Atlanta counties, and no safety inspection at all. When I lived in a county outside metro Atlanta my only interaction with the state was 20 bucks for annual tag renewal.
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Old 01-12-2021, 06:37 PM   #28
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I would take that motorbiscuit article with a huge grain of salt. GA only has emissions inspections in metro Atlanta counties, and no safety inspection at all. When I lived in a county outside metro Atlanta my only interaction with the state was 20 bucks for annual tag renewal.
Oklahoma does not require inspections of any kind.
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Old 01-15-2021, 02:42 AM   #29
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We live in Va and have 2 vehicles and driver licenses registered there. We spend winter months in Az and bought a car to use when we are in Az. It is registered in Az but we do not have Az driver licenses because we are not considered residents of that state. You might need some kind of address to register the vehicle, that could be the address where the vehicle is stored. Bottom line: if you pay the vehicle tax in the state where the vehicle resides, they do not care where you actually live.
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Old 01-15-2021, 12:31 PM   #30
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Another issue you may run into is insurance. Some insurers require regular inspections of an RV stored away from your residence. Will your carrier insure a unit stored an ocean away?

Their reasons are justified. Unattended RVs in storage lots are more frequent targets of theft and vandalism, and can suffer more extensive damage from insects, critters, or water leaks that aren’t discovered promptly. Insurance aside, it’s something to consider (along with cost and airport accessibility) as you chose the type and location of storage.

I’m not saying this is impossible or even a bad idea. It’s just harder. Which leads to...

This feels like a uniquely Hawaiian problem. Perhaps you can find another resident of the 50th state that keeps an RV or other vehicle on the mainland.
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