Originally Posted by Peter Hansen
I am the proud new owner of a ~1980 Scamp
For everyone who wants to know. I was able to register the trailer in California without too much difficulty.
Originally Posted by melissab
So I wonder if now that it's been registered
in CA if you decide to sell it if the buyer will be able to register it in any state with no problem? Including Nevada? Would that be a legal way to get around title issues?
Unfortunately, maybe not... in all other States...
I have a speculation on this subject which may or may not be true.
I'm willing to bet that Peter got a PTI "registration" which does not include a Title.
If your trailer obviously qualifies, and does not have a previous California "Trailer Coach" title, then it is relatively hassle free.
When I converted my Fiber Stream
's classification from "Trailer Coach" to "Camp Trailer" in order to qualify for my "PTI" plates, the clerk was adamant about me understanding the quirk that now exists in California law.
A "regular" PTI registration
is not a "Registration" of a titled property; it is an "Identification
" of a vehicle that is legal to be towed on California roads. Legal semantics are very important here.
(Thus the "I" in "PTI")
No Title is required
for the PTI program.
However, if you are surrendering a Title from a previous Registration
(as I was) you have the OPTION
TO PAY AN EXTRA $17 FEE TO MAINTAIN THAT
TITLE. If you decline to exercise your option, then the trailer is IDENTIFIED without a TITLE. Any previous titles are purged from the DMV records, and the trailer will forevermore go without a title. California doesn't care about any other state's requirements, they've just taken care of their own problem. I doubt that Nevada will accept that trailer if they insist on having a Title even now. This trailer may now be sold within California, and any state that does NOT require a title.
If anyone knows different, I would be HAPPY to be proven wrong!