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Old 03-25-2013, 09:00 PM   #1
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Wonder what is wrong with this Scamp?

Hubby and I drove to a neighboring state earlier this winter to look at a 1986 Scamp....it had a few issues, the least of which was a 3" gap at the bottom of the door. It had the original cushions and one of them had what looked to be a large cigarette hole in it. Also, all of the storage was lined with dryer sheets. We passed on the trailer and continued our search. A couple of months later, a 1986 Scamp came up for sale about an hour from where we live. I hastily made arrangements to go and see it. We got there and I got an eerie sense of dejavu....then I started looking around....cigarette burn in the cushion and dryer sheets in the storage areas. I asked the guy about the title...he said he had one and it was clear, but he had just bought it and hadn't transferred it yet. He said his wife didn't want one without a bathroom (this same guy had sold a 1977 Scamp around Thanksgiving)....anyway, I passed the first time, so I passed the second. This weekend, a 1986 Scamp came up for sale about 3 hours from me. I called the lady and she said she bought it 6 weeks ago about two hours south of her house. I asked about any issues and she mentioned that one of the cushions had a cigarette burn in it. I asked about a title...she said it was a title from the neighboring state and it hadn't been transferred to her name yet as she has now found a 16' trailer and decided she wanted one of those instead. I am positive it is the same trailer. That trailer has been for sale three times in as many months and I looked at it twice...makes me seriously wonder what other issues it has! I think I am glad I didn't buy it! AND super glad I asked some questions and didn't drive 6 hours to see it again!
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Question What constitutes "Buying" a Trailer and when do you have the rights to "sell it"?

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I asked the guy about the title...he said he had one and it was clear, but he had just bought it and hadn't transferred it yet.

I asked about a title...she said it was a title from the neighboring state and it hadn't been transferred to her name yet as she has now found a 16' trailer and decided she wanted one of those instead.
How many consecutive repetitions of this type of transaction does it take before the DMV won't accept your "Bill of Sale"? I was taught that just because money changed hands isn't proof that a transaction has taken place. Why do people fail to follow through with the DMV transfer???

In my opinion the first guy didn't have the right to sell you that trailer because he didn't own it yet. The second lady didn't own it either! You were so right to keep your distance.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:28 PM   #3
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I actually told the second guy I didn't think he could sell it as he didn't have a title showing he owned it. Either way....you have to transfer it here within 10 days or there is a fee of some sort....the lady has had it for 6 weeks and hasn't applied to title it. A bill of sale doesn't normally cut it on this kind of thing here. When my parents sold their camper, they couldn't find the title and the documentation process to get it titled so they could sell it was incredible!
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It is legal to hold an open title in my state,as long as you don't need registration.
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At least in California, sellers maintain what we call a "Hot Title" for a future owner to avoid paying title, registration & sales taxes. Because dealers don't have to pay sales taxes on the value of vehicles they buy for resale, only a licensed dealer can resell a vehicle with a hot title.

It's illegal and, as a result, we have a "Curbstone Seller" law that can penalize a seller up to and including confiscation of the vehicle if caught selling with a hot title. The DMV has been hot on this as of late with individuals buying from wholesale auctions and selling as a private seller. It looks like the retail car sales peeps had a lot to do with pushing this new law through about two years ago.

I personally know a serial fgrv seller (7 in one year, all with hot titles) that got caught and was fined the full $10,000 maximum.

BTW: This is my 1000th post and I think that I have only been here three weeks........
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...as long as you don't need registration.
In California you must have either one or the other in your name of:
  1. Registration form ("Trailer Coach", over 16' hitch ball to back wall)
    Regular License Plate just like on your Tow Vehicle with similar annual fees, Title required
  2. Identification Form ("Camp Trailer", 16' feet or less)
    "PTI" License Plate with no date stickers, $20 at purchase with 5 year coverage,
    $10 renewal for each 5 year period thereafter, Title optional
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Per #2 above: I think that's a Virtual title, "Hard Copy Title" is optional.
Because no one with an I.Q. over about 37 will buy without a title in hand in CA, I always suggest to ask for the hard copy as well when getting PTI plates. AAA autoclub also makes the same recommendation when titling smaller trailers. We have hard titles for all three of our smaller trailers, two have PTI plates.
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I think that's a Virtual title.
The "not-a-registration" form that "identifies" your "PTI" (Permanent Trailer Identification) plated trailer is Virtual?
I thought "Virtual" meant that it only exists within a computer server...? Like the Starship Enterprise's Holodeck?
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BTW: This is my 1000th post and I think that I have only been here three weeks........
My situation has no bering on this discussion. I live in the wild wild west
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BTW: This is my 1000th post and I think that I have only been here three weeks........
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If you get a PTI plate (see above posts) you will not be issued a paper title unless requested. But a "virtual title" will exist in the DMV computer system. I don't know whos bright idea that was but, with a virtual title it took two extra pieces of paper , both with the sellers signature thereupon, to get my pop-up titled in my name.
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In California:
If you get a PTI plate (see above posts) you will not be issued a paper title unless requested.
... and pay an extra $17 fee.
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In California you must have either one or the other in your name of:
  1. Registration form ("Trailer Coach", over 16' hitch ball to back wall)
    Regular License Plate just like on your Tow Vehicle with similar annual fees, Title required
  2. Identification Form ("Camp Trailer", 16' feet or less)
    "PTI" License Plate with no date stickers, $20 at purchase with 5 year coverage,
    $10 renewal for each 5 year period thereafter, Title optional
Well...California is one thing, but here in the U.S. there are sometimes different rules.
For instance a vehicle or trailer which is not used on public roads and is kept on private property doesn't require registration.
When it's time to use it on public roads, registration is required and a title must be ordered to get registration (license plates).
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...there are sometimes different rules.
For instance a vehicle or trailer which is not used on public roads and is kept on private property doesn't require registration.
... or a lack of rules. Ain't freedom great?

In California, the registration is not allowed to lapse without penalty. If your vehicle is not used on public roads and is kept on private property, you submit a "Non-Operation" registration renewal with a flat $10 fee in lieu of the regular registration fee, which is based on the depreciated value of the vehicle.
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