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Missing title to out of state trailer question
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Murphy’s Law- I found the titles to 4 old junky trailers but my favorite newest cargo trailer I brought back from Florida is missing!!!. Not in the fire safe where I normally keep them.  It still has Florida plates with expired tags as it’s been parked for 9 months. I’m in Washington state. How do I get a title? I feel like a space case when things like this happen.
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#2
Here in Texas a title is not required for a trailer under 4000 pounds. I have a title for my motorcycle trailer but it wasn't needed to register it.
Brian

2000 Roadtrek 200 Versatile "The Beast" (it has been tamed hopefully)  I feed it and it doesn't bite me.   Angel
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#3
I like that about Texas. Keeping track and paying fees for these old trailers titles has been a PITA. Washington is a big government state in that regard. In Oregon they sold me tags good for two years for my previous RV. They won’t do that in Washington. Only one year. 
  This single axle cargo trailer is 2000 lb empty and 3000 lb fully loaded. It towed great behind my 2002 Chevy van but the trailer still has Florida plates with expired tags.  
 Hold on.....I’m confused about Texas. Do you mean there are no titles existing at all for utility or cargo trailers sold in Texas?. Or you just dont have the title in possession and were able to get tags because it’s already in your name? Or it doesn’t matter,...you can tag anyone’s trailer? But surely not if it’s got out of state plates? Untangling Red tape is not my strongest skill. I try to minimize it. 
thanks
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#4
Under 4000 pounds can be declared home built even if it has a MFG name on it (mine doesn't). There are no light trailer inspections.

If WA requires a title on a lightweight trailer, you may have to get in touch with the state of Florida and make an application for a replacement title.
Brian

2000 Roadtrek 200 Versatile "The Beast" (it has been tamed hopefully)  I feed it and it doesn't bite me.   Angel
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#5
I had a car with a misplaced title.  I went to the DMV office, showed my FL driver license, submitted the $78 in dead president coupons and they printed a new one.  You can probably do that online.  With a credit card they will want a "convenience" fee of 5%.

Remember when a "convenience" was a toilet?
Say good night, Dick.
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#6
(06-03-2019, 01:10 PM)B and C Wrote: Under 4000 pounds can be declared home built even if it has a MFG name on it (mine doesn't).  


Not saying it can't be done (it has) but that is not actually legal.

Relevant page:

https://txdmv.gov/motorists/buying-or-se...e/trailers

Now, having posted that, some people have also been known to simply move a license tag from trailer to trailer as needed.

I wouldn't know about such things....I only hear stories.... 

Angel
Wondering about Wandering.
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#7
The tags are tied to a color. Most trailers are white so easy to move. Mine is red and cannot be moved. And yes, not completely legal saying a trailer is homebuilt when it is not. Mine is custom built, so technically could qualify as homebuilt. I have never seen another one like it. I always look at trailers now...
Brian

2000 Roadtrek 200 Versatile "The Beast" (it has been tamed hopefully)  I feed it and it doesn't bite me.   Angel
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#8
To answer the original question, I'm sure that Florida has a way to apply for a duplicate title.

You will likely need copies of supporting documents and maybe a notary public...

Call the local Florida office in that county that issues plates (DMV, County Tax Office, etc) to get an idea of what you need to do.
Wondering about Wandering.
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#9
Thanks. I’ll call Florida DMV. Better sooner than later as it all takes time to process. 
 I’ve been preoccupied for the past few days as my 4L80e (electric) tranny started dropping out of overdrive on the highway and coasting then starting to function again in the lower three gears. So I’ve been reading about this apparently not uncommon issue with this tranny. The good news is it likely can be repaired with the trans in the vehicle by dropping the pan. One comment on a forum said the solenoids can be to blame if it happens suddenly like it did. And the solenoid wiring can go bad so replace the inside wiring harness. Well I’ll have sparkly clean fluid by the time I’m done replacing things.  
 I’m wondering if the coasting to a slower speed is what they call “limp” mode?? Go figure!
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