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Old 11-21-2013, 09:52 AM   #1
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Help me, first time trailer buyer

Okay, just got a line on a trillium nearby and will go check it out in a few hours but i have never bought a trailer before. I need help with the process and tips on how not to get scammed. I spoke with the daughter which told me it is her parents trailer which they bought new. She stated that the trailer has a pti registration, is that good or bad? What paper work should i expect and anything else i should be aware of?

Been looking for a long time, still not exactly what i want but im tired of waiting. Help me buy this trailer safely. Thanks
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:01 AM   #2
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Okay, just got a line on a trillium nearby and will go check it out in a few hours but i have never bought a trailer before. I need help with the process and tips on how not to get scammed. I spoke with the daughter which told me it is her parents trailer which they bought new. She stated that the trailer has a pti registration, is that good or bad? What paper work should i expect and anything else i should be aware of?

Been looking for a long time, still not exactly what i want but im tired of waiting. Help me buy this trailer safely. Thanks
You will need a title and a bill of sale.
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:08 AM   #3
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  1. Click on this link to "The Buyer's Checklist"
    Fiberglass RV - Document Center - Buyers Check List
    Download it and print it out.
  2. PTI registration in California is a good thing. Make sure the PTI document has the current seller's name on it. If the seller does not have a title, ask for one when you re-register it in your name. I recommend using AAA services instead of going to the DMV.
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Old 11-21-2013, 01:37 PM   #4
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Also, if you know someone who has an RV of any kind, it might help to bring them along as they may more readily spot both the pluses and minuses.

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Old 11-21-2013, 01:57 PM   #5
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If you post pictures, before you purchase, I will provide any insight I can.
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:54 PM   #6
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Read through the SCAM Alerts at Fiberglass-rv-4sale and you will see the patterns of how most of these SCAMS work so that you'll recognize them.

Some helpful buying tips posted here as well.
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:41 PM   #7
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Drove over 100 miles excited the whole way as the voice on the phone sounded truthful. First of all the ad said it was a 1978, got there and the trailer said 1976. Second, the folks upped the price on me to 4200. Third, a trailer is not ready to camp if even the 'owners' were not able to show me one thing that worked. Oh, actually there were no leaks so the windows worked. Forth, clean became a relative word.

Thank you for the advice everyone, still have my cash. Looks like i have a long road ahead of me if this is normal.
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:56 AM   #8
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Look at it this way, you now have a good start in your FGRV education.
FWIW:
1. 76 or 78 is a wash, FGRV's, for the most part aren't that year sensitive. it's all about condition, condition and condition.
2. They probably raised the price because they were getting so many unexpected calls.
3. Next time, before going, be sure to ask if the appliances can all be demonstrated and ask to have the refrigerator turned on at least 4 hours before you get there.
4. Leaks usually occur around the window frame edges and at other openings, such as roof hatches and where pipes might go through the hull.
5. In CA, a PTI trailer may have only a virtual (?) title. If they don't have a paper title (you have to ask for it when you get PTI plates) and the registration is not in the sellers name, walk away.

And YES you may have to kiss a look of frogs before you find your prince of an FGRV.

Here in CA, good FGRV's, and/or under-priced FGRV's, sell in a NY minute. If it's still for sale after 3-4 days, it's usually neither.

When looking, I check Craigs list, findanyrv.com and fiberglass-rv-4sale.com 3-4 times a day.

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I'm a newbie too and considering driving out of state to look at a trailer soon. How can I purchase and drive it back to Arizona? I will need the title to get license plates, right? Or does the seller give me his/her plates? I have no idea how it works. Thank you for any advice.


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I'm a newbie too and considering driving out of state to look at a trailer soon. How can I purchase and drive it back to Arizona? I will need the title to get license plates, right? Or does the seller give me his/her plates? I have no idea how it works. Thank you for any advice.


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get the vin number, and a travel permit/temporary plate from DMV.
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I'm a newbie too and considering driving out of state to look at a trailer soon. How can I purchase and drive it back to Arizona? I will need the title to get license plates, right? Or does the seller give me his/her plates? I have no idea how it works. Thank you for any advice.
If your buying in Calif the plates stay with the vehicle unless they are personal plates which stay with the owner. Get a bill of sale, signed pink slip (title), the vin # matches the pink and you're go to go. Probably a lot of other states work it the same on an owner transfer. Your auto insurance should automatically cover the trailer while it is hitched up to your tug. One thing more, if you should buy something with a personal plate, I would see if the seller would let me use it for my return trip and mail it back to them. Sure would be better than dealing with the DMV for a temp tag. It is still registered to them until you go through your own DMV. Good luck to you.
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Cool Piggyback Post

The original poster posted in 2013.

The piggyback post was posted yesterday.

Only answer post #12 and later.
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Old 03-14-2015, 01:34 AM   #13
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The original poster posted in 2013.

The piggyback post was posted yesterday.

Only answer post #12 and later.
Piggybacked at post #9 from a new member Roger, takes a bit of time to learn how the site works
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When I sold my Scamp (Minesota title and plates) to a man from Wisconsin ,we went to the DMV in Wisconsin and transferred the title on the day of sale. That way there is no questions or problems popping up at some later date.
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