Originally Posted by deana56hiker
If so what have you tried to do to register it?
Ok, so here's the saga, for anyone interested...
I had one looong trip to the DMV. I stood in several different lines, and talked to several folks, explaining in detail the history of the trailer, as best I knew it. Everyone seemed either uninterested, or perplexed, at what I was trying to do.
Eventually, they sent me to the folks who inspect vehicles for various purposes. I explained my story again. They searched all over the vehicle, top, bottom, underneath, everywhere, for any kind of identifying number, VIN or otherwise.
They eventually decided that I was telling the truth when I said that Scamp used to stamp the VIN on the trailer tongue, unfortunately, these stamps are known to have been light
, and to be prone to wearing away.
So then, they got out the sandpaper, and started sanding off the paint
, trying to find a VIN under the paint
and rust. They sanded, and sanded, and sanded, here, there, other places. There was nothing, which was pretty obvious, because the whole thing was quite rusty.
As they were doing this, I asked whether or not there was any kind of provision for registering what was obviously NOT a stolen vehicle, but an old, rather well-used trailer. I said that I knew other states had a provision for registering home-made trailers, and that old trailers often were allowed to fall
into that category as well.
The fellow looked at me like I was nuts, and said, "We have a provision for home made trailers, but this isn't a home made trailer." They sanded some more. Eventually, they gave up, and said that it was impossible to register my trailer in Nevada. And, once the temporary moving permit from Arizona (where I bought it) was up, it would be illegal for me to move the thing at all in the state, unless it was parked on a flatbed (assuming, of course, that the flatbed was itself registered!).
I left after many hours. My folks in Maine registered it there, sight unseen. I can actually keep doing that, but I know how strict Nevada is on folks who move here, and don't change their driver's license
within 30 days. It's a hefty fine. After the complete unfriendliness and unwillingness to work with me at the DMV, I worry that there might be similar repercussions if I simply leave it registered in a different state.
There are other reasons why I want to get rid of the trailer, even though it makes a nice cozy alternative to a tent. The biggest issue is storage. My HOA has a storage area for trailers, but when I asked about using it, I was told, by none other than the HOA folks themselves, that most things stored there get vandalized. So, it's currently sitting at a friend's house who is kind enough to put it in his back yard, but that's not very fair. Plus, he lives on the other side of the valley, about 30 miles away, so it's not at all convenient.
The list goes on! I would rather just be done with this whole fiasco. As it turns out, I've been doing much less camping than I thought I would anyway.
So there you have it, the saga of my trailer. Thanks for listening.