Hauling PA trailer to OH legally

Discussion in 'Boats and Motors' started by Star1pup, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. Some of the boats that interest me at located in PA. These are private owners, but how do I pull the boat from PA to OH without getting a ticket in both states?
  2. I believe that as long as you have the paperwork from the title transfer for that day, you are ok. But to be sure, I'd call your local state barracks and one in PA and see what they say.
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  3. I,ve been stopped by the high way patrol showed them I just purchased the rig and was sent on my way. 99% of the time you,ll never be stopped. towed my erie boat for most the summer and never new the plate was gone.
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  4. Yeah you can talk your way out of that one...no need to do anything until you get it back to ohio...and yes its legal...you're gonna have some type of paperwork/title saying you bought it right?
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  5. fastwater

    fastwater "My grace is sufficient for you"

    Not a boat but bought a truck out of Alabama.
    In lieu of getting a 30 day tag from Ala. I got a permit from their BMV to drive vehicle here to Ohio that cleared me through all states.
    To avoid any issues while on the road, If it were me, I'd call the BMV in PA to find out their requirements.
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  6. FAB


    Bought a travel trailer over in mid PA a couple years ago. Went to local bmv agent to get title transferred and they issued a temp tag that I brought it home on.
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  7. or do what most do and don't admit, use a plate from another trailer
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  9. When we bought our new boat and trailer we were told the bill of sale is valid as the boat and trailer registration for 45 days. Go get a receipt book from the dollar store and fill one out and have the seller sign it. With that and the title you will certainly have no issues on the one trip.

    Also, in the state of Ohio you do not need to register your boat trailer if it never travels more than 10 miles from your home.
  10. He said he wanted to do it legally...in reality all he has to do is haul it home with a bill of sale...thats it.
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  11. I've never heard that about boat trailer registration...interesting.
  12. FAB


    Never heard or read that before . Where did you see that?
  13. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say he's wrong.
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  14. Nope, not wrong at all. We were asked that when we picked up the boat. We were told that it is basically for people who keep their boat docked and put it in the water once a year and take it out once a year traveling to and from a nearby storage facility. However, the law simply reads "traveling less than 10 miles" and Not "twice a year."

    PM me and I'll give you the number of lady that told us this, you know someone who literally does boat registration and titles every single day for a living, one would figure she would know what she was talking about.

    You, Shad Rap, simply typed a sentence on an internet forum without doing any research so I will absolutely take her word over yours. Go find a different limb.
  15. ezbite

    ezbite the Susan Lucci of OGF

    I bought my trophy in Jacksonville Florida. I just hooked and drove straight thru back to Ohio, no tag and never got stopped. asked about it at Ohio DMV and lady said I was good because I had the title and just bought the rig.
    id just hook and drive it home.
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  16. I could care less...lol...you sure thats not if the trailer is under a certain length?
  17. He's right but wrong. It states less than 10 miles AND under 25mph. Kinda like a farm trailer. Exceed either of those= illegal.
  18. Ok well...I was right then, he was wrong...that wouldnt include a boat trailer...if someone who deals with boat registration told him that without telling him the other half of the law thats funny....
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  19. FAB


    That would be under the definition of a motor vehicle, it exempts trailers that are specifically designed and used solely for the purpose of transporting a boat from a storage facility to a marina and in and around the marina when drawn or towed at a speed less then 25 mph for a distance not to exceed 10 miles. It is referring to the hydraulic trailers you see being used to take boats to the lift at the marina, not highway use boat trailers. That's ORC 4501.01 sec. B. It might also be argued that a trailer you use in the spring to take your boat to the marina less than 10 miles away and at a speed of less than 25 mph would also be exempt but I would not want to test that claim.
  20. Well the under 25mph would exclude a guy just towing his boat to the lake for an afternoon of fishing...unless of course you'd wanna piss a bunch of people off...the law still wasnt designed for a normal boat trailer being pulled by a vehicle regardless...
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