I'm starting this thread of what it will take to title my 62 Shasta Compact in the state of Indiana.
I have title in hand.
I purchased her in 8/10 and just now went to see how to title.
Previous owner titled her in 1985 and last plated her in 2005
I asked, "Is there a vintage plate I can purchase?" BMV - looking bewildered, "No." (Thanks for not checking, she must know everything).
The BMV gal kept asking "Is this a pop-up?" No 3 times. I stated my Shasta does not have a bathroom. She states neither do pop-ups. I states, "Some pop-ups now have bathrooms with showers." Surprised look - "Oh, they do?" No, again, she's not a pop-up.
I now have state form 39771 - Body Type Clarification/Body Type Change Affidavit. The P/D (she explained "police department") is to fill out the bottom of the form. The BMV needs to know make, model, length, value of travel trailer. That's the note to p/d.
Form Valid for 14 days.
Hope the police office has knowledge of vintage Shasta trailers.
I'll continue to post as I follow their guidelines.
May just call the state BMV and inquire about vintage plates.
Terrible rain today, will call p/d when this rain stops in the next couple of days. No one wants to stand in the wet grass and rain to measure and check Vin number.
Interesting ... both my vintage campers have "mobile home" tags because in Nebraska there's either "trailer" which means flatbed or open trailer and "mobile home" which means any kind of enclosed camper/trailer.
You'll probably have to pay a fine for the 5 years of it not being plated ... we had to pay a fine for the LoFlyte but it wasn't all that much.
We didn't have to do anything with the PD and they didn't check measurements or weight or VIN #.
However, in Nebraska, you cannot, absolutely cannot, title a camper without a previous title. Bill of sale won't work ... if it doesn't have a title, you're SOL which is kind of good to know I guess.
In Montana we have two forms you need to fill out if you don't have the title. One is an affidavit that needs to be notarized that you have attemtpted to contact the previous owner. Second is a vin number verification that Law enforcement has to do. Highway Patrol came to my house looked at the Vin number on the trailer and signed off on it. You send those two forms along with the bill of sale into the DMV at the state capital. Every state should have a procedure for getting a replacement title it is just getting the right person that one knows the rules and two that is willing ot take five minutes to explain them to you. I would bypass the local DMV in your state and find the phone number for the main headquarters. And make the owner if the have had a title get a new one before you buy as that process should be much easier.