Originally Posted by melissab
How did you get to keep the trailer since it was stolen? Or was this a different one?
The same question came up in Theft-of-Whole-Trailer Prevention ?
Here's the whole story as posted by Lizbeth in that thread:
5/11, 09:06 AM #42
Trailer: 1979 13 ft Boler
and 1987 Bigfoot
Registry: My Trailer Profile
Before the hack here there was a long thread about saga but it was in the section that disappeared forever. I have saved a thread about it from another board and I will copy it here as I am too lazy right now to type the whole thing out, it's also the board where I met Frederick.
"From: MSN Nicknameflygirl4x4 (Original Message) Sent: 3/21/2004 3:10 PM
I have a new project trailer but have hit a major snag with registering it. Here is the story, it falls under a "buy it now and ask question later" saga.
I've been researching and wanting a small fiberglass "egg" for year or so. Due to money issues I knew it would probably not happen soon. Plus living in So Cal these trailers are few and far between, making the chance of finding a cheap fixer upper very remote.
So I've joined some fiberglass rv boards, lurking and occasionally posting questions in hope of learning all that I can about them. I tend to research thing that catch my interest to death. In a post on one of the boards a man ( Bob) mentioned finding a very beat up Boler
but passing it up because he feared registering it would be a nightmare (smart man) and plus he had already purchased another trailer. I knew Bob lived in So Cal so I contacted Bob to find out some info on the trailer. He had a phone # that turned out to be a motel and he didn't have a exact address but remembered how to get to the house where the trailer was located.
So off my husband and I went to see if we could find the trailer. The young couple that owned it were staying at this house (in a very bad area) with some friends before they moved to Ohio. I only talked to the young woman and her story was that the Boler
had been given to her boyfriend as debt repayment from a friend of theirs a couple of years ago and that that friend had inherited it from his grandmother. The title had been lost but she had a bill of sale from their friend but had never registered it or changed the title to their name. I was not too alarmed as we have bought trailers and cars that had lost titles before.
The poor little Boler was in very bad shape. All the windows
but the front are broken (the little kids that lived at the house had thrown rocks at it), it has spray paint
on it, no cushions, fridge
is broken, all the lights
in and out need replacing, water tank is broken, wiring is a mess, no propane
tanks, and it's dirty and smelly. Just what I could afford hehe. So we came to an agreement about a price. She wrote us a "bill of sale", was very nice about helping us get it out of the back yard and hooking it up. Then we drug it home.
I went to register it and it was still on the DMV rolls tho it should have rolled off a few years ago (my bad luck). It's registered to an INSURANCE COMPANY! ack!
So I sent off a registered letter with hope beyond hope that it would get returned unopened. Nope...the company called me and wondered what the heck was up and I explained the situation to them. She told me that it might be a stolen trailer that was never recovered, and that it would take them 24-48 hrs to research it...that was 12 days ago today. I called last Wednesday and they had no info yet and "that they would call me when they found something".
So I have a trailer that may not ever belong to me sitting in my driveway. I can not contact the people that I bought it from because they have left for Ohio (plus I believe she was telling me the truth as she knew it). In retrospect I should have made her go the the DMV with me to check the title. Hindsight is 20/20. Besides the possibility of loosing money that I can ill afford to loose I've fallen in love with it and so badly want to start working on it."
The rest of the story;
It took the ins. co. many months to determine that they no longer had the paperwork on the theft that appeared to have happened 10 years before. They sent an adjuster to see the trailer. He determined it had no value and it would cost more for the ins co to deal with than it was worth. At that point the ins co signed it over to me and the rest is history. So in the end my Boler has a great story.
1979 Boler B1300 | 1987 Bigfoot