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Old 06-04-2008, 09:01 PM   #57
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In Oklahoma I needed a notarized Bill of Sale from the owner, stating where and when he got the trailer and from whom did he buy it. He also added what he paid for the trailer, the VIN # and the fact that he had lost the title several years ago. I filled out a form showing what I was paying for the trailer, the VIN#, and a complete discription of the make, model and size of the trailer. These were turned in to the DMV, after about a week, the State of Oklahoma returned a form to the DMV clerk asking her to visually inspect the VIN# and certify that it was correct. She came to the house to do this at a charge of $4.00. About 3 days later I got a clear Oklahoma title for the AS. When you are trying to register a 1958 ANYTHING, no one is shocked that you can't find a title. Neither does anyone suspect that you have stolen an old 1958 trailer and are trying to con the state into helping you fence it. I think they would have been surprised if I had come up with a title.
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Old 06-05-2008, 08:55 AM   #58
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... When you are trying to register a 1958 ANYTHING, no one is shocked that you can't find a title. Neither does anyone suspect that you have stolen an old 1958 trailer and are trying to con the state into helping you fence it. I think they would have been surprised if I had come up with a title.
Good points for sure, Judy, and thanks for the input. I think it can certainly be done, as you imply there is simply no way this is the first time it has ever happened.

But I'd still prefer for the seller to jump through these hoops, so I'll wait and see what happens.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:38 AM   #59
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Trailer, Travel Trailer, House Trailer, Park Model Trailer, Manufactured Housing...

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Since the terms "trailer," "travel trailer," "park model trailer," "manufactured housing," and "house trailer" appear with regularity within this topic of vehicle titles I decided to investigate the technical meaning under Texas law of these terms a bit further.

As mentioned all motor vehicles operated on public roads in Texas within the meaning of the Certificate of Title Act must obtain a certificate of title. The Title Act defines motor vehicle as including "trailers," and "house trailers" while excluding "trailers less than 4,000 pounds" and "manufactured housing."

However, as Marcus discovered many of the forms required by the tax assessor to be filled out upon applying for a title and registration use the terms "travel trailer" and "park model trailer." Those terms seemed to confuse the issue because they do not appear in the Title Act.

Perhaps it should be noted that forms function as fact-gathering tools and are used by the clerks and decision-makers to determine the appropriate types of titles and fees to be assessed in a particular case. What I discovered is that many of the technical terms in the forms themselves actually derive from diverse sources within the law.

For example the Certificate of Title Act defines the terms "trailer," "house trailer," and "manufactured housing" for purposes of applying for a certificate of title. On the other hand, in the chapter on Registration of Vehicles the terms "trailer," and "travel trailer" are defined for purposes of assessing registration fees. In the Chapter on Rules of the Road the terms "trailer," "house trailer," and "towable recreational vehicle" are defined for traffic regulation purposes. Interestingly the Property Code defines "park model unit," and "recreational vehicle" for purposes of property leases in manufactured home communities i.e. trailer parks! Finally the term "manufactured housing" is defined in the Occupations code for purposes of regulating certain type of manufactured housing.

So each of these terms has a specific, technical legal definition depending upon the context in which it is employed and its particular purpose in the law. If anyone finds an interest in the actual definitions of these terms, at least in Texas, I would be happy to post them and identify the sources.

So take care out there no matter what your jurisdiction when using these terms in the context of applying for certificates of title, registration and licensing of our Airstream trailers!
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:24 PM   #60
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I have a situation. I have 24' landyacht. 1973, I think. It has been on our deer lease for years. No title. I decided to bring it home. I have never had a title on it. The airstream was passed on to me by a freind on the deer lease. He said he had no idea about were the title was.. as it has been on the lease for around 8 years. I went to the Tax assesor office to research the vin to try and find the title. The document tells me it was tagged last year? It has the owners name on the search. I think he is using the title for another trailer. As, the airstream is now parked at my house. I have never heard of the guy, nor has my freind. What kind of advice could anyone give me on dealing with a situation, like this? Thanks
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I know this is an old thread too. Just trying to find out if there is any info out there. Thanks
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:43 PM   #62
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This is VERY INTERESTING> It could lead you(and us) to some very interesting findings. I'm not so worried about your Airstream....but, what is the story on the Airstream carrying your registration.
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I have a situation. I have 24' landyacht. 1973, I think. It has been on our deer lease for years. No title. I decided to bring it home. I have never had a title on it. The airstream was passed on to me by a freind on the deer lease. He said he had no idea about were the title was.. as it has been on the lease for around 8 years. I went to the Tax assesor office to research the vin to try and find the title. The document tells me it was tagged last year? It has the owners name on the search. I think he is using the title for another trailer. As, the airstream is now parked at my house. I have never heard of the guy, nor has my freind. What kind of advice could anyone give me on dealing with a situation, like this? Thanks
IF you have proof of ownership (notarized sworn statement might work), I would turn it over to the State as a fradulent title/license, and see what happens.
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If the guy using the title for another trailer gets in an accident, it might be traced back to the Airstream at your house which may have the proper VIN. If that other trailer is an Airstream, and since to most people they all look alike, you may have to show yours wasn't involved in the accident. You will need a bill of sale for the one you have—I don't know if Texas requires it to be notarized so call and ask someone at motor vehicles if a vehicle bill of sale has to be. Get that part solved, and then do what Steve suggested.

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I am thinking of several stolen Airstreams that have not shown up.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:32 AM   #66
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This is VERY INTERESTING> It could lead you(and us) to some very interesting findings. I'm not so worried about your Airstream....but, what is the story on the Airstream carrying your registration.
I thought about contacting the guy, by phone of course, I'm not law inforcement. Just to ask what in the heck is going on. He only live about 45 minutes from me, and has a business in Weatherford. He is a business owner. When I googled his name, it brought up a construction company as well. The document search I did at the tax ass. pulled up his address.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:40 AM   #67
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I am thinking of several stolen Airstreams that have not shown up.
I thought that too. But, the guy comes up as a business owner also. Not to say a business owner cant be involved in some shady stuff. Just would be less likely, I think. As of now, the tags show to be out. So, Im wondering if he just tagged a trailer to move it? Either way, that's risky business. It could get a Trooper to asking a lot of questions on the side of the highway! I would think, that would be criminal. I dont know, like I said I'm not law inforcement.
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Just checked my file - you have to complete Texas form 130-U - Application for Texas Certification of Title. On the back of the form you are instructed to contact your local County Tax Assessor-Collector - and/or contact Austin - the phone number in Austin for title and/or registration information is 512/465-7611.
I purchased an Airstream in Texas without a IN or title. Is there anyway for an out of state resident to get a salage title?
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