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Old 11-01-2006, 11:11 AM   #21
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Thanks everyone,

A state certified verifier is coming to sort out the Vin/ plate # issue, and then I go back to the DMV. It doesn't appear that the plate with the Vin has been modified at all, so I am hoping that this was the result of a typo. I got new license plate when I registered it in 04.

However, the PO lives in this county where the salvage yard is, and he was a bit strange. Maybe he kept the old plate? I hope to find out.

I know what you mean about the DMV, it is a crap shoot down there, depending on who you talk to, the results can be very different.

Bottom line, I really hope that the DMV will erase this mess from their records because how do I explain this to someone if I want to sell it?

Wish me luck!
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Old 11-01-2006, 11:15 PM   #22
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We just tried to register our trailer from out of state and first of all our local DMV (Culver City) couldn't figure out what to call it. The clerk could only find "Coach trailer "or "park trailer." I told them it wasn't either of those but in order to get the computer to accept it, they put in "park trailer." I paid fees and then was told to have the trailer weighed and inspected. Since our trailer is stored 50 miles from our home, we went to the DMV in Thousand Oaks and the inspector was so taken with our Airstream, he verified it right away and knew that it is a "camping trailer". I went back to the original DMV to complete the paperwork and it took 3 more clerks to get the computer to accept it--the computer wouldn't take the weight so maybe we didn't even have to have it weighed. Then I had to pay more money to have a camping trailer than a park trailer. Who knows? It seemed as though no one had ever registered a travel trailer in Culver City, CA before....can that be? Anyway, we are now legal.

Hi, My DMV did the same thing. [Bellflower, Ca.]Took three people to get it right. My certificate of origin had the weigh on it, but they still kept asking how much it weighed and how many axles it had. I asked the same question: Have you ever done a travel trailer before? And I had pictures so they could count the axles. Actually when they deleted the number of axles and the weight, their computor finally accepted it. The weight and axles was for commercial trailer use. I also believe their computor called my trailer a Coach. Forest Gump was right; "Stupid is as stupid does". For all this hassle, I glad I didn't have to pay Ca. sales tax.

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Old 11-02-2006, 09:09 AM   #23
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When I went to register my trailer at the CA DMV I got a major run-around. They wanted me to pay $$$$$ for years of back registration- PO didn't have a title. The trailer was not found in the computer, so I'm told they CAN'T charge back reg. I paid to get a new title and reg. and left. Weeks later I get another bill for back registration... long story short- I fought it and repeated what the lady said- and they finally went away. Then I got another notice in the mail the other day, I couldn't believe they wanted more money- then I noticed: IT'S ALREADY BEEN A YEAR????

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Old 11-02-2006, 10:43 AM   #24
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For all this hassle, I glad I didn't have to pay Ca. sales tax.

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How did you get out of paying Ca. Sales tax? pj
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Old 11-02-2006, 12:04 PM   #25
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Welcome to Calif DMV. Our Motto:
"We Know what we are and we don't like it any more than you do".

I tried 6 times at CA DMV to get mine titled from Illinois. Paid the $$, Paid the taxes, paid more $$, inspected by them twice, VIN verified by DMV and friendly county sheriff. Six months later finally got new shiny CA plates. No registration. 3 weeks later got notice they wanted their plates back and more $$.

Moved to Alaska. Drug the Airstream. Walked into Alaska DMV, 3 people in line, told very friendly clerk I wanted to title and register trailer from Illinois. "That will be $13 for 2 years, please, here's your new plates."

In and out with a smile in 15 minutes.
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Old 11-02-2006, 12:31 PM   #26
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Unfortunately Alaska is too far away from our grandchildren. So I guess we are stuck with the Ca. DMV. They are another reason to buy a "Vintage" trailer--the sales tax is not quite the same hit as with a new one.

Where do you tow your Airstream in Alaska? pj
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Old 11-02-2006, 08:51 PM   #27
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Hi, I bought my trailer in Oregon [no sales tax in Oregon]and at that time [September 2004] there was The California sales tax law; Which stated, Must stay out of California for 91 days or more, to not pay sales tax. About one month after we registered our trailer, they changed the California 91 day rule to the one year rule. I saved close to $4,000.00 by not having to pay sales tax, not to mention the great deal we got on the trailer and free belt line moulding, free brake controller installed, and free Equal-i-zer hitch, also installed.

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Old 11-03-2006, 08:04 AM   #28
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Old 11-03-2006, 09:09 AM   #29
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Woody Guthrie sung a little song about the DMV, didn't he?
"..you won't find it so hot, if you ain't got the do re me."
or was that about something else
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Old 11-03-2006, 10:40 AM   #30
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Welcome to Calif DMV. Our Motto:
"We Know what we are and we don't like it any more than you do".

I tried 6 times at CA DMV to get mine titled from Illinois. Paid the $$, Paid the taxes, paid more $$, inspected by them twice, VIN verified by DMV and friendly county sheriff. Six months later finally got new shiny CA plates. No registration. 3 weeks later got notice they wanted their plates back and more $$.

Moved to Alaska. Drug the Airstream. Walked into Alaska DMV, 3 people in line, told very friendly clerk I wanted to title and register trailer from Illinois. "That will be $13 for 2 years, please, here's your new plates."

In and out with a smile in 15 minutes.

California is not really that bad.

After all, the DMV people are taught very well, how to look you in the face, smile at you, at the same time that they raid your finances.

They even sometimes say "thank you," and whisper "another sucker."

Hey, it could get worse.

They are talking about an additional tax for each toilet you have in your home or business.

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Old 11-03-2006, 11:38 AM   #31
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The problem is that not until the 80's did the feds mandate a 17 digit vin so that the earliers years had duplicate #'s issued. So the vin may be the same but for a dif make, etc. And yes its a problem. But it can be worked out and fixed. Just follow through and show your docs.
Great info, very interesting. So other trailers may have my same Vin, but the license plate is different and that's what is traced? Thank goodness I have found all my documents to prove the trailer is mine! Hopefully this will get sorted out soon. The vehicle verifyer hasn't come over yet, but I will let you know what happens next at the DMV, where "they're not happy until you're not happy". I just love that! So funny!
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I like humor

so if you think that was funny-- wait till the dmv tells you to get it smogged!
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. . They are talking about an additional tax for each toilet you have in your home or business.

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We'll probably get that one too, but here we'll call it a user fee.

NO NEW TAXES!
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Old 11-03-2006, 12:10 PM   #34
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We'll probably get that one too, but here we'll call it a user fee.

NO NEW TAXES!
(But we will fee you to the poorhouse)

Back in the "good old days" there was a user fee in many places.

The cost if I remember was a quarter.

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Back in the "good old days" there was a user fee in many places.

The cost if I remember was a quarter.

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I guess I go back further. Our cost was a nickel, payable to the attendant...
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Hi, what's all this talk about Nickles and Quarters? I dropped a one Dollar bill and was cited for littering.

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I was wondering if you have any answers yet on the title for your trailer? Keep us informed, we're interested!
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Old 11-05-2006, 10:06 PM   #39
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I was wondering if you have any answers yet on the title for your trailer? Keep us informed, we're interested!
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Hi Dave, nothing yet on my trailer. The guy hasn't come to do the verification yet, hopefully soon. Did you guys have a nice time at Refugio? Looks like beautiful weather!

Thanks,
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SUPER time. Weather was great, there was a nice little break off the point for kayak/board surfing, family and friends were there from So Cal and central coast area - about 40 all together. Thanks for asking.
Hopefully this fiasco with your title is resolved soon, it must be sooo frustrating. Keep us posted.
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