How to get this thing legal again? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 02-04-2020, 12:33 PM   #1
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Exclamation How to get this thing legal again?

https://norfolk.craigslist.org/rvs/d...068642684.html

I am really interested in this set up because it's in my price range, but I'm concerned about the axel situation, and I definitely want to take off that front storage.

What is the solution for the axel and how much should I anticipate that costing? Can an average shop do that? I don't even know where to look on that one.

Also missing title, what process would I have to go through?

Sorry I'm a newb, but this looks lie a potentially good deal
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Old 02-04-2020, 04:14 PM   #2
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https://norfolk.craigslist.org/rvs/d...068642684.html

I am really interested in this set up because it's in my price range, but I'm concerned about the axel situation, and I definitely want to take off that front storage.

Also missing title, what process would I have to go through?

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I would run not walk from that price/project. But if you want it, the first step is to inspect all of the frame work and floor. If they are ok the seller needs to get a valid title to prove that it his to sell. Next, I would put a stock axle back under it. Many trailer shops can do that.
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Old 02-04-2020, 05:13 PM   #3
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https://norfolk.craigslist.org/rvs/d...068642684.html

I am really interested in this set up because it's in my price range, but I'm concerned about the axel situation, and I definitely want to take off that front storage.

What is the solution for the axel and how much should I anticipate that costing? Can an average shop do that? I don't even know where to look on that one.

Also missing title, what process would I have to go through?

Sorry I'm a newb, but this looks lie a potentially good deal
Axle seems to be the least of the problems.
Less than $1000 will get a new one installed.
But - that paintwork looks awful.
Did it get painted from a rattle-can?

Refinishing that would be a deal-breaker for me.

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Old 02-04-2020, 07:59 PM   #4
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In Va. two title options. Declare it an abandoned trailer if on your property for 3 days. Trailer needs to have a 17 digit VIN for this process. For this trailer the homemade title option is most fitting since it looks homemade. Go to DMV and ask for a homemade (HM) VIN tag. Install HM VIN tag per DMV paperwork. Have a policeman either state, local or deputy to verify HM VIN tag installation per paperwork and sign paperwork. Return signed paperwork to DMV, pay fees, and the will provide HM title and tags.
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Old 02-04-2020, 08:34 PM   #5
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My son built a homemade travel trailer ( It is now sitting up on blocks on my property buried in snow ) He tried to get a title and license for the trailer but the state deemed that it did not meet the standards and thusly was not road worthy
I would not assume that getting a title / license is as easy as filling out a couple of forms and handing over a check
Your state may be different but some states make a physical inspection before granting a license !!
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Old 02-04-2020, 11:06 PM   #6
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My son built a homemade travel trailer ( It is now sitting up on blocks on my property buried in snow ) He tried to get a title and license for the trailer but the state deemed that it did not meet the standards and thusly was not road worthy
I would not assume that getting a title / license is as easy as filling out a couple of forms and handing over a check
Your state may be different but some states make a physical inspection before granting a license !!
I made a trailer years age to haul my tools around and no one came to inspect it. It was a long time ago though.
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Old 02-04-2020, 11:38 PM   #7
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I made a trailer years age to haul my tools around and no one came to inspect it. It was a long time ago though.
It depends on the state but in Wisconsin a trailer is under one law an a hard sided RV another. Hard sided RVs need registration small trailers do not.
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Old 02-05-2020, 10:27 AM   #8
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From the quality of the photos, I can't tell if the chassis a modified stock one or something the builder conjured up from something else. I strongly suspect the latter. That means adapting a stock axle or returning the trailer to a normal length may be problematic. That probably means a new chassis. Anything can be done however if you are paying someone else to to do it, the low initial price will be dwarfed by these expenditures.

Now if you are interested in owning a monster trailer, this might just be the one for you. The outlandish attitude doesn't necessarily make it unroadworthy if the underlying work is satisfactory. It depends on what the laws allow in the state that you are in.
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Old 02-05-2020, 03:23 PM   #9
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I am currently camped at Quartzsie next to a South Carolina Casita that is titled and I'm looking at its licences plate.

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Old 02-05-2020, 03:34 PM   #10
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Maybe you could pick up the frame from that R-Pod that's being parted out and move the shell to a rational frame. That's what was apparently done with my Campsyer at some point. Has it's pros and cons, but it does work.
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