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Author Topic: New(to me) Pop-Up - No Title!  (Read 9450 times)
mridgley
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« on: February 16, 2011, 06:36:04 PM »

Hello Campers!  I just purchased my first pop-up.  It is a 1998 Rockwood 2306 model.  I bought this bad boy for 1K here locally.  There are a few problems that I need help with.

I got this thing so cheap because it does not have a title.  The previous owner bought it from a church friend that bought this from a previous owner that bought it from the title-holder.  So I am now the 5th owner  and the actual title has never been changed from the owner.

I live in Texas so I donít know what the law thinks of this but it is not currently registered so I am at risk every time I put it on the road.

How do I obtain legally obtain the title or equivalent?
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2011, 06:40:10 PM »

Go to your DMV and ask this same question?

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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2011, 07:33:46 PM »

What kfriceman  said.

I bought my popup and just showed dmv a hand written receipt.   No title needed.   However, other states are different       
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2011, 07:52:50 PM »

I you can find the original owner maybe he'll sign for you.  Otherwise, good luck.  You may be able to get a salvage title, if the trailer was never reported stolen.  I've also heard that some people title them as home built but TX has different liscense formats for travel and utility trailers.

Best go to the Co Clerks office and get the right answers.

BTW, I have a boat you might be interested in, cheap.
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2011, 05:58:11 AM »

+1 on going to the DMV.

Make sure you have all the information they will need when you go in.

Year, Make, Model and VIN. 

They are going to want to look it up to make sure it isn't listed as stolen.  After that they should be able to help you get a title.  My local DMV has done some magic when I had no idea what to do.  They know the system and how to work it.
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2011, 07:05:47 AM »

Every state is different but be sure to take all the paperwork you have and a bill of sale from the person you bought it from. That may be all you need. The DMV can give you a print out of the current owner of record and it might be that you can get it from them.

Good luck.
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2011, 08:15:55 PM »

UPDATE:  So I contacted the DMV - they sent me back to the county tax office - I was then sent to the regional tax office.  What I am going to have to do is file for a "Bonded Title".  Bunch of paperwork - insurance company will need to write me up a bond of some-sort.  Take all of this information back to the local tax office and then they can talk to me.

Note to self:  Don't buy a camper without a clean title.  Oh well - I got the SMOKING deal.
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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2011, 06:04:47 AM »

   

    It is a 1998 Rockwood 2306 model.  I bought this bad boy for 1K here locally
       Oh well - I got the SMOKING deal.
 
   What are you smoking? I guess you got some good parts? Nowdays I would find out about the title BEFORE I handed over any money. In the days that I walked thru the valley, I would have just "found" a currant plate and used it...but I would have never paid half what is worth.
 
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« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2011, 07:32:45 AM »

Talk about overly complicated!  DMV handles all of it here.  We don't have county or regional tax offices, vehicle taxes are the job of the DMV.

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« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2011, 07:33:19 AM »

Hello Campers!  I just purchased my first pop-up.  It is a 1998 Rockwood 2306 model.  I bought this bad boy for 1K here locally.  There are a few problems that I need help with.

I got this thing so cheap because it does not have a title.  The previous owner bought it from a church friend that bought this from a previous owner that bought it from the title-holder.  So I am now the 5th owner  and the actual title has never been changed from the owner.

I live in Texas so I donít know what the law thinks of this but it is not currently registered so I am at risk every time I put it on the road.

How do I obtain legally obtain the title or equivalent?


For that kind of cash my rule is no title no sale. In some states jumping title like that is against the law.  USA Michigan  PopUp Blue  Pickup Red Ford BEER! BEER! BEER!
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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2011, 03:00:22 PM »

We had the same experience. It was a pain and cost us around $200 between the DMV and getting lost title insurance coverage. I'll never do that again. We still camped in it for over a year before we finished all the red tape and got the title and never had any problems. The previous owner never bothered with getting the title and camped in it for a couple years before we bought it (we are the third owners). Next time, the first question I'll ask the seller is if they have the title.
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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2011, 07:44:58 PM »

I just purchased a new pop up and sold old to my daughter, neither one had a title, just certificate of oriqin. The registry just wants their tax $, so you need a bill of sale.
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« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2011, 09:57:46 PM »

When I got my pup, it didn't come with a title either.  I just told the MTO (Ontario DMV) that the trailer was "home made", and all was good.
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« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2011, 08:05:13 AM »

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Note to self:  Don't buy a camper without a clean title.

I learned this same lesson on a little Yamaha Razz scooter a few years ago.  In Illinois its a pain to license anything without a title. Thankfully the little bike didnt cost me that much and I ended up unloading it on craigslist!  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2011, 08:43:32 AM »

When I got my pup, it didn't come with a title either.  I just told the MTO (Ontario DMV) that the trailer was "home made", and all was good.


When I lived in Texas I knew people who did this on more than one occasion. The County Tax office just wants their $$$ and when people stated that the trailer was home made, they got plates. No further questions asked

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