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Old 03-25-2020, 10:57 AM   #1
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Hi, I'm new to the forum and still searching for answers to this but haven't found anything yet so I thought I'd post in the meantime. There's a Scamp 16' for sale at a local insurance auction. The camper comes with a Bill of Sale - Destruction title aka scrap title, however, the fiberglass shell and interior are complete and in good condition. I'm assuming by the title type it won't be able to be registered through the normal salvage VIN inspection process even if it's fixed up though I could be wrong on that assumption. Kansas inspection offices are currently closed with everything going on so there's no one to call currently.

Assuming not the next idea would be to have a new trailer/frame built based on the old frame plus some upgraded suspension. Could this then be considered a homemade trailer since it would have a new frame but the old body? Has anyone seen or heard of anything like this?
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Old 03-25-2020, 11:20 AM   #2
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Assuming not the next idea would be to have a new trailer/frame built based on the old frame plus some upgraded suspension. Could this then be considered a homemade trailer since it would have a new frame but the old body? Has anyone seen or heard of anything like this?
You will need to check your state laws, when they are open again, but others here have talked about getting a “homemade” status of a restored Scamp. Also, depending on the year, Scamp used nonstandard vin numbers. Be sure to get it in your name before you spend a lot of money on rebuilding it. I would think that an insurance sale would be safe.
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Q. Where is the serial number?
A. The serial number is located on the tongue of the trailer on the door side of the trailer. It is stamped into the top of the 3″ x 1 ½” tubing. Most serial numbers will have 17 digits starting with “1S7”. Some older serial numbers will have 5 digits and start with an “E”. There were a few trailers made in the 70’s where the serial number was stamped on the top of the tongue opposite the door.
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Old 03-25-2020, 12:56 PM   #3
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Tony, here in Kansas you don't have to register trailers under 2000 pounds. So legally, you're not obligated to do anything at all beyond put a "under 2000" plate on it.

On the other hand, the KS DMV is surprisingly good at these things. I thought for sure my previously-never-titled Eco was going to be a problem and worried for weeks that I'd get stuck with some bastardized title that would be forever wrong. Instead, they had no problem with it, and even managed to document that it's not a 71 (as previously thought) but is actually a 72.

So if you do need to go in, they're a good bunch. But you don't have to go in at all.
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Old 03-25-2020, 04:01 PM   #4
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Thank you both. I did read through and see that Kansas had the 2,000 lb exemption. We are planning on doing whatever renovations/updates but ideally we would still be far enough under the 2,000 lb mark and not have to be overly cautious of what we're loading into it on trips. The only other concern would be if we ever move from Kansas to a state that doesn't have the exemption and run into any issues registering it in the new state. KS does sound pretty flexible with trailers though so I may be overthinking it
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Is the exemption based on the UVW or the GVWR? Very, very few Scamp 16’s hit the road under 2000# loaded. I think early units rode on a 2200# axle, but most ride on a 3500# axle.
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The highway patrol site says "Kansas law exempts trailers from registration if the total weight of the trailer and load being carried does not exceed 2,000 pounds." which I read as GVWR but yeah if it's too close to 2,000 pounds it isn't worth the headache of having to worry about how many pounds of cargo are loaded
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The highway patrol site says "Kansas law exempts trailers from registration if the total weight of the trailer and load being carried does not exceed 2,000 pounds." which I read as GVWR but yeah if it's too close to 2,000 pounds it isn't worth the headache of having to worry about how many pounds of cargo are loaded
May be OK in your state, but others not. In my state a Scamp is not a trailer, it falls under RV laws.
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RVs and motorhomes are registered and the fees vary based on the age and weight of the RV. However, the RV isn’t considered an RV until it meets certain criteria set forth by the state.
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Yes, requirements vary by state, and yes, some states specifically exclude camping and travel trailers from weight exemption rules. Do check the fine print.

As long as you comply with all rules in your state of residence, you can legally use the trailer in all 50 states. However, in cases where registering and/or titling a trailer is optional, it’s usually to your advantage to obtain the documentation with a properly assigned VIN. It makes a trailer easier to sell and increases its value. It could also aid in recovery in case of theft.
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With a 16 foot Scamp, good luck on this plan: "We are planning on doing whatever renovations/updates but ideally we would still be far enough under the 2,000 lb mark". Check weights in the real world for examples. Keeping the weight under 2,000 pounds could render the trailer to mobile tent status (no appliances).

The lack of a title will make resale options extremely limited.

+10 to reading the rules carefully. While some states do not require titles for small trailers, the exception is eliminated if the trailer is an RV. RV here is defined as "someone can sleep in it". Check those KS rules. And you may well be able to get a title for it.
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Just FYI, in KS it's any trailer. They're shockingly lenient.

But again, they're also VERY good at helping you sort it out and get it titled if you wish to. I thought for sure my 50-year-old, never-been-titled trailer would be a nightmare, but they took it in stride.

Most everyone hates their DMV, but KS does a pretty good job.
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