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chill66

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Good day everyone,

I am new to the RV Forum and I am in the process of buying a Class B RV from a couple in San Diego. I am going to fly out and drive it back across country to New Jersey. My question is what is the easiest way for me to get temp plates in California to travel back across country? Ultimately I will register this in New Jersey. I have seen TOP permits in CA. is that what I need? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I don’t want to be in California for 2-3 days trying to navigate DMV being from out of state. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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My experience with a private purchase of a fifth wheel in California (Oct 2008):

Drove to suburban San Diego to complete the purchase and bring the trailer back to Florida. The owner accompanied me to the Poway DMV office to complete the sale(he kept his tag as he had a new trailer on order). We did the requisite sale paperwork and I asked the DMV clerk about temporary tag. Was told there is no such thing and when all was said and done, paid $2500 for "use tax", title application, registration and California tag.

When I returned to Florida to apply for Florida registration and title, I was refunded the difference between Florida sales tax I would have paid and the California "use tax" I was charged. And the $230 registration/tag from California was replace with a $56 Florida tag/registration.

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We bought 2 new motorhomes in Auburn, CA. The dealer drove said motorhomes to Nevada where the sale was completed using a Nevada Notary. Then drove motorhomes to Arizona without plates - never got stopped.


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California will stick it to you if they can.

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Cptnvideo wrote:

We bought 2 new motorhomes in Auburn, CA. The dealer drove said motorhomes to Nevada where the sale was completed using a Nevada Notary. Then drove motorhomes to Arizona without plates - never got stopped.


The same for me

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I have had to drive one home without tags several times. You would think as often as this situation happens states would address it in some way.

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ferndaleflyer wrote:

I have had to drive one home without tags several times. You would think as often as this situation happens states would address it in some way.


California did in my situation...... and how! [emoticon]
Forward thinking folks, guess they wanted to make sure I didn't get popped for no tag on my trip home. [emoticon]

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ferndaleflyer wrote:

I have had to drive one home without tags several times. You would think as often as this situation happens states would address it in some way.


Unfortunately not all states allow you to drive without tags along my journey to the east cost. I will need to get plates in California and I do not know how to navigate that process.

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Current California DMV Temporary Registration info

Believe this is what you're looking for Chill. Note the temporary trip registration has no relationship to California Use & Sales taxes. Another can of worms...........

Only thing to add is you will likely need a DMV office appointment to take care of everything. I did 14 years ago and that was before Covid was invented.

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