Possible trillium--no title, no serial # - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-15-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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Possible trillium--no title, no serial #

I talked with a guy who bought what he says turns out to be a trillium at a yard sale a few years ago. He pulled off the "foam" lining as it was bad, left the fibeglass, and painted the interior. He has two bunkbeds. He also got rid of the sink and stove and put a plywood shelf where they had been. So this would need some restoring to be a camper. He only has it registered as a utility trailer and uses it for "tailgating" at sports events (?).

I'd like to go see it since it apparently is in good condition bodywise, although it's way overpriced considering it needs to be fixed up with sink/stove, etc, and is now uninsulated. Although he says being small it really cools down and heats up well anyway.

How does one go about figuring out what year this is he says he has no idea, probably late 70's. Is it definitely a trillium or could it be something else like a uhaul? Also how do I get a title, figure out a serial #, what does one do in a case like this?

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Old 04-15-2012, 08:44 PM   #2
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Check with a GA DMV office or wherever you register your vehicles as to what they will reguire to regsiter it

Here in FL I register and pay tax etc with the Tax Collector.

I bought my Boler without a title, just a Bill Of Sale. After I renovated it I got a 10 day temp tag (to stay legal) and drove it to a certified scales, had it weighed and got a Certified Weight Certificate.

Took that and the Bill of Sale to the Tax Collector and got it registered as home-built and got a tag. Pretty easy.

This applies here to any trailer under 2000 lbs.

So check out if GA is similar as it sounds like you would be doing some work on it which would qualify you on it being home-built!

Good luck. Let us know!
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:54 AM   #3
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Is it definitely a trillium or could it be something else like a uhaul?
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Hi Jen. Post a picture. Someone will know. Raz
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:26 AM   #4
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It would not be a Uhaul if it has foam lining. Uhaul is double-hulled. And I would not buy it until I knew if I could get it licensed.

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Old 04-16-2012, 08:18 PM   #5
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Thanks CliveAlive.
CindyL--I will go to look at it this week, and take a pic and post. However, I assume I Have to do what CliveAlive said--call the DMV and find out. Correct? You said you wouldn't buy it unless you found out if you could get it licensed, but CliveAlive seems to have given me excellent advice on doing that?

Does anyone have any other suggestions or info?

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Jen; Just to be clear: I did mean to that you find out about registering etc before you buy it.

It could be that if you were to restore it, it would become more than just a "utility trailer" and become an RV and without a title make it impossible to register it or something.

Or maybe it would still get registered as a "utility trailer" !!

Like Cindy said. I'm just trying to advise you to find out before you buy it as to what is entailed.

Do let us know. Good luck.
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You guys, I really have no experience with this--something without a title. I guess I"ll just call the DMV and find out, before I even make a trip out there. I know it's registered now as a utliity trailer--he took out the stove, fridge, sink etc.
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Jen:

I don't know what you need to do to license it; I would call the licensing place in GA. I said what I said because there is story after story on this forum of someone who bought a trailer and then couldn't get it licensed without a title. Now you might be able to use what the seller uses. IL registered our previous Burro as a "homemade" trailer.

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Old 04-17-2012, 02:01 PM   #9
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Hi guys, I have done a bit more research. I asked the owner and he said, he just had it as a utility trailer and could sell it to me as that. I looked at the official definition of a utility trailer, and it can be enclosed, but its primary purpose is to tow equipment for business or recreation. I think in its current state that would pass muster, but if I put camping stuff in it I'm not sure. At that point, I could make a case for a homemade RV, and would have to go through some various hoops. Also, utility trailers are expected generally to be under 2000 lbs and you do have to go get them weighed sometimes, although if this already has a tag and registration, I might not. It would already have an official weight.

I think it's worth seeing, so I will plan to. He sounded a little annoyed by the questions,although not really rude or anything.
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PS--I could be wrong about understanding what I read, but you are required to have a title for 1986 and newer. This might be late 70's. Of course, without a serial # who knows.
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I also bought mine without any paperwork besides a bill of sale. If you have the will ( can be frustrating at times because DMV isn't always knowledgable about everything) there is a way!!
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:25 PM   #12
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Red face Some things to check

Jen,
Check that all the interior fiberglass is there: Closet next to the door, counter for stove and sink across from the closet, cabinets above, and four seats, one in each corner. If a PO has removed any of these, they have compromised the strength and integrity of the rig.
Secondly, look for some sort of tag or stamping in the frame a serial number or some such. You may need this to register it.
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:54 PM   #13
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Hmmmm..... Gutted, over-priced, no title, unknown make & year, wrong registration and needing lots of work. Exactly what is the attraction here?????
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Not to be nosey (yeah right ) but what is he asking for this "utility trailer" ?


You say overpriced, so it may not be worth all the hoopla to go thru all it is gonna take to get it back to a camping trailer. And I am not even talking about the whole title fiasco! That can be simple or it can be a nighmare! Hopefully, your home state is simple.
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