RV & Motorhome Registration in Alabama
RV and motor home registrations in Alabama are handled the same way as car registrations―with the exception that only RVs and motor homes manufactured after 1990 must be titled.
Sometimes a motor home will have two manufacturers' statements of origin―one for the chassis, and one for the residential portion. If this is the case on your motor home, both statements must be submitted when you apply for a title and registration. The title number will reflect the VIN number of the chassis, but the title will cover both the chassis and the home.
The title application must be processed before the registration can be processed. Take the following documents to your local tag office:
- The manufacturer's certificate(s) of origin or the original title showing transfer of ownership to you.
- Registration documents if the vehicle comes from another state or jurisdiction that does not require titles.
- Title fees ($15 for the title and a $3 fee due to the county licensing official).
- Taxes due on purchase. This amount will vary depending on county and purchase price.
- The cost will not be quoted over the telephone.
The Motor Vehicle Division of the Alabama Department of Revenue has answers to more frequently asked questions you may have about registering your RV or motor home.
RV Safety Tips
Now that you own a motorhome or RV, here are some tips to remember:
- Watch those tires. Keeping the proper air pressure in your tires keeps you safe and saves money on fuel costs too.
- Watch your weight―the weight of your RV after you've packed it full of food, water, and other supplies. Too much weight can cause damage to your axles and make driving dangerous. Weigh stations are available at many truck stops and auto plazas, so make use of them.
- In a similar vein, pack heavy items low. Cases of bottled water shouldn't go in the over-window cabinets; it'll make the vehicle top-heavy.
- Check and recheck hitches each time you get ready to hit the road. If you leave your vehicle unattended for any time while traveling (for a rest stop or food break, for example), check the hitches again before you pull out.
- Always be prepared to stop. Braking an RV is much different from your passenger car. You must have time to react and slow the monster down. Watch brake lights ahead of you to determine the traffic pattern.
- Learn the blind spots on your RV and use the mirrors accordingly.
- Always wear your seatbelt.
- Be sure to disconnect all hoses, wires, and plugs when you leave a campsite.
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