Do truck campers have titles?

In this blog post, we will answer the following question: Do truck campers have titles? We will explain what a camper title is, what its status means and how you can obtain a truck camper title. 

Do truck campers have titles?

Many truck campers do not have titles, since they are not considered separate vehicles. In the US, only the following eight states require truck campers to have titles: 

  • Idaho.
  • Indiana.
  • Mississippi.
  • Nebraska.
  • Oregon.
  • Rhode Island.
  • Tennessee.
  • Utah.

What is a truck camper “title”?

The “title” is a legal document issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that indicates who has owned the vehicle, the main accident reports and the current condition of the vehicle. Titles also include the car’s VIN, make and model, year of manufacture, and any financing information. But how do you know if it is a Clean Title? Keep reading, we will explain it to you right away.

What does a truck camper “clean title” mean?

“Clean title” means clean record. A term used in the United States to indicate that the vehicle has never been considered a total loss. However, a clean title does not mean that the camper is in perfect condition. Although this may seem confusing, we will explain it to you in more detail, pay close attention.

The “Auto Clean Title” or clean vehicle title is the default title; all vehicles start with a clean title. If a camper has a clean title it means that it has never experienced any of the circumstances that produce a title brand.

If a camper has a clean title it does not mean that it has never been damaged. When a car is seriously damaged and the insurance provider considers that the repairs cost more than the value of the car it can mark it as a Totaled Car. This means that it has been declared a total loss. 

However, cars and campers can be damaged without being totaled. If a truck camper has suffered damages that have not exceeded its cost, then the camper can keep its title clean. Therefore, before buying a vehicle, you should ask a trusted mechanic to review it thoroughly!

Types of title marks in the US

The title of a vehicle will reflect what has happened to it in the past. If the title has a mark on it, it means that your truck camper has suffered serious damage that you should consider carefully before buying. The title of a car or a camper can include the following marks:

  • Salvage: The camper has been totalled due to damage. Campers with salvage titles cannot be legally driven until they are rebuilt.
  • Rebuilt: A vehicle with a salvage title that has been repaired can be legally driven again with a rebuilt title. Rebuilt titles may also be referred to as repaired, reconditioned, or reconstructed.
  • Flood/water damage: The truck camper has significant water damage, usually from a flood. This is important because flood damage can create electrical problems in the camper, as well as other problems that are difficult to repair.
  • Junk (Scrap): The camper is legally inoperable and can only be sold for parts and scrap. It can also be referred to as non-repairable (not repairable).
  • Odometer rollback: The vehicle has an odometer that has been found to be unreliable, meaning it may have been tampered with to show lower mileage. This may also be referred to as “True Mileage Unknown” (TMU). Dealers must disclose the TMU prior to sale.
  • Lemon: This designation changes by state. Generally, a lemon refers to a vehicle that has been out of service for 30 days or more, or a vehicle that has had a problem and has been repeatedly repaired to no avail. Lemon can also refer to car problems that come from the manufacturer. Research the lemon law in your state.

What does it mean to erase a truck camper title?

Title laundering is a form of fraud that aims to hide title markings. Criminals who want to sell cars without revealing the title markings use title washing to scam buyers. To be clear, this is an illegal procedure.

Title laundering can occur in several ways:

  • Laws on the title mark change from state to state. If a truck camper is moved to a new state that does not recognize a specific title brand, then the brand may be removed from the title.
  • The title of a camper is a paper document. Criminals can make physical changes to the paper document that conceal the previous markings of the title so that the buyer is not aware of the previous damages.
  • It is possible to reapply for camper titles. If information about the camper’s past is hidden during the application process, then a vehicle may lose a make that was in the previous title.

Although title laundering methods differ, technically they are all forms of fraud. If you suspect title laundering, you should report it to your state authorities.

If you’re buying a used truck camper, you can protect yourself from title laundering by having a trusted mechanic check the camper. Good mechanics should be able to detect previous damage, even if it is not listed in the title.

How to check the status of a truck camper if it doesn’t have a title?

Before buying any type of vehicle, it is very important to verify that the person selling has the right to do so. This applies to buying a truck camper as well. The title verification process is relatively easy and should not take long once a certified VIN inspector has been communicated. It can prevent you from buying a vehicle that has been stolen or that is sold by someone you don’t belong to. 

  1. Examine the trailer you are interested in for a vehicle identification number or VIN. The VIN is like a fingerprint for a vehicle. It must match the VIN that appears in the title. The VIN is printed on a metal plate and in the case of a travel trip, it is placed near the front of the trailer on the tongue, on the front of the frame, or on the side of the trailer. If no VIN is present, then a title search cannot be done.
  1. Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to determine if you should make an appointment for an inspection. In some states, you can have an inspection done without an appointment, so it is advisable that you call your local DMV office or visit your state’s DMV website.
  1. Take the trailer in question to the Department of Motor Vehicles so that the inspector can compare the VIN in the title to that printed on the vehicle’s VIN plate. The two must match exactly. The inspection is typically performed by a DMV employee specializing in VIN inspections or a county official, such as a law enforcement officer.
  1. Once the VIN and vehicle title has been compared and verified, the officer will complete and sign a title verification form provided by the DMV. There is a nominal fee charged for the inspection. It is usually less than $ 10, but it varies from state to state.

If you have not received the title of your trailer or need one to sell, it is important to keep in mind the legal ownership indicated on the document. Some states do not require mobile homeowners to possess a title. 

But in some cases, you won’t be able to sell your truck camper to someone else if you don’t have the title. If you have lost your title, you should apply for a new one if your state requires you to have one!

The bottom line

While a truck camper title is not required in all states in the US, there are several ways you get more information regarding the history of your camper. For example, through AutoCheck and Carfax, you can confirm the legal status of a camper that does not have a title.

Another helpful resource for checking the status of an untitled camper is the National Office of Insurance Crimes. The Vehicle History Report (VHR) will also provide you with your accident or insurance claim history.

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments on the content!

FAQ on Do truck campers have titles?

Do campers have pink slips?

Yes, campers, just like any other reactionary vehicles, have pink slips, which is a certificate of title. A pink slip is a document that certifies who is the registered owner of the vehicle. The title also keeps and organizes the indexes or records that are necessary to facilitate the order of information about that specific vehicle. 

Do pop-up campers have titles?

Yes, pop-up campers are required to have titles in the US. A title is a document that certifies who is the registered owner of the vehicle. 

What to look for when buying an older camper?

In most cases, second-hand campers are usually in good condition since the owners tend to take care of them (as you may very well do when you buy yours). The reasons for putting them up for sale, logically, vary depending on each case; people who bought it to try this world, economic reasons, they hardly use it, in exchange for a motorhome, etc.

What is a VIN code?

VIN stands for Vehicle Identification Number or CRiS number. It is a unique code to your caravan and gives important information about the year and the place of manufacture of the camper.

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