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Hi David. I bought a fifth wheel trailer to travel in during my assignments, but am having trouble registering it due to my different addresses. In which state do I register my fifth wheel trailer? Do you know of any laws for Travel Nurses that would allow me to keep my Rhode Island address but register the trailer in California since I will return there next year most likely permanently? Thank you!
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My assumption is that you purchased the fifth wheel privately as most new dealers would register it for you.
You question would probably best be answered by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If you have an address in California, I see no reason why you would not be able to register it there. It would be the same as someone living in California, renting an apartment, but then moving to another state. You may need to keep the DMV in CA up to date with your whereabouts come renewal time, but when I worked in CA and purchased an enclosed trailer, I just transferred the permanent CA tag to my name, paid the fees, and don’t believe I’ve ever updated the CA DMV on my address changes (due to it having a permanent tag).
I do not know what type of tag is obtained for a fifth wheel, but again, I would think that a little time spent explaining your situation to a DMV rep would find you the answer you seek.
Sorry I could not be of more direct help, but I hope this helps point you in the right direction.