"New" old trailer / transfer from OR to CA - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-25-2013, 10:54 AM   #1
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"New" old trailer / transfer from OR to CA

I am in the process of purchasing an older (vintage!) trailer from a seller in OR & getting it registered in CA. I am hearing that this is quite an involved process with lots of paperwork. Can anyone shed some light on this issue and/or give me some direction on streamlining the experience?
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:17 AM   #2
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Registering a trailer in California is no big deal if the paperwork is correct.
1. Title must be in sellers name and current address.
2. registration must be current and in the sellers name and address
3. Bill of sale must be in sellers name and address and state amount paid by you with your name and address.

Failure to have proper documentation of the trailer will complicate things and make your life miserable and next to impossible to transfer and operate your trailer.

Hopefully you dont have to deal with the California DMV in a big city. My suggestion to you is when you bring the trailer down stop in some rual DMV and make the transfer. The DMV in rural areas are not as stressed and worn out and I find much more knowledgable and willing to help you get it done.

If your stuck doing DMV in the big city locations join AAA Auto club and do your transfer there.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:55 PM   #3
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The DMV office is Mt. Shasta is just the place. It's in a small strip mall.

154 Morgan Way
Mt Shasta, 96067
(800)777-0133

Services Provided:
Driver License and ID Card Processing
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:23 PM   #4
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The DMV office is Mt. Shasta is just the place. It's in a small strip mall.

154 Morgan Way
Mt Shasta, 96067
(800)777-0133

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I agree !!!! That is a great office to deal with. Do stop there M-F You'll be glad you did.

They will want to look at the VIN (vehicle Id number ) on the trailer.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:00 PM   #5
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Whatever you do, do NOT try to do it by mail. That was my big mistake. Drive it unregistered into California and then take it to a DMV, and I agree on the small town.
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If your trailer is 16' or less you will fall under the Permanent Trailer Registration or PTI.
It's a paperless Title unless you pay $18.00 extra to recieve an actual paper title.
Once you pay your initial taxes and fees it will only cost you $10.00 for for a 5 year renewal.

Some DMV offices are not aware of the PTI registration and will charge you the regular atrocious rate.
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:51 PM   #7
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If your trailer is 16' or less you will fall under the Permanent Trailer Registration or PTI.
You can fill out #1 & #2 on your computer and then print the completed documents ahead of time.
Print #3 and have it with you to show the clerk.
  1. Application for PTI Title
  2. California Official Bill-of-Sale form
  3. Vehicle Code Section 242 Camp Trailer
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:02 PM   #8
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With a bill of sale and a Title you should have no problem at all. Do NOT leave Oregon- or let the seller out of sight with your money- without those papers!

If necessary, go hand in hand with him/her to the Oregon DMV for the paperwork, which only the sellers can request/provide.

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And get the paper title- if when you sell it is to someone in another state you'll need one.
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