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Old 10-03-2019, 07:19 PM   #1
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Looking at a 2000 Winnebago Adventurer 35B that I'm purchasing. The title calls it Ford MH stripped chassis, weight 5,400. No mention of Winnebago or Adventurer. Is this normal? Or a potential problem?
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You are titling the vehicle, not what’s been added to it.
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Looking at a 2000 Winnebago Adventurer 35B that I'm purchasing. The title calls it Ford MH stripped chassis, weight 5,400. No mention of Winnebago or Adventurer. Is this normal? Or a potential problem?
I had this happen on my new MH title. The title bureau screwed up and were supposed to do an override so they could specify the correct model year (2020) and the manufacturer (Forest River). They didn't so it showed as a 2019 Ford F53. The dealer is getting tit fixed.

I wanted it correct for when I go to sell it but otherwise did nit see it as a big deal. Heck, a 5,400 lb weight might save you some money on license plates until they catch up with you. )

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To help answer your question, yes it was built on the Ford stripped chassis. But it should be titled as the final vehicle that it was built into. At least in California that is what "legal" title should display. So technically it should be titled as who did the final manufacturing and total weight when finished. That constitutes legal title here.
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To help answer your question, yes it was built on the Ford stripped chassis. But it should be titled as the final vehicle that it was built into. At least in California that is what "legal" title should display. So technically it should be titled as who did the final manufacturing and total weight when finished. That constitutes legal title here.
Same in INdiana. It is the coach mfgrs responsibility to obtain a corrected title when altering a cab N chassis vehicle.
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I think I would liked to have had that title when I registered mine. I’ll bet my license plates would be less then $100 rather then $500 plus it costs a year.
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Should be titled according to the Manufacturers Certificate of Origin issued by the MH manufacturer. The one issued by the chassis manufacturer is for the incomplete unit. Then the completed vehicle manufacturer sends the MCoO with the complete vehicle, that is used to register it.
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Should be titled according to the Manufacturers Certificate of Origin issued by the MH manufacturer. The one issued by the chassis manufacturer is for the incomplete unit. Then the completed vehicle manufacturer sends the MCoO with the complete vehicle, that is used to register it.
Correct. I asked for a copy of the Certificate of Origin but the dealer told me they had to surrender it when they got the title. Then they looked online at the State and were able to get me a copy.

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No arguments with any of the above, but the short answer is that what you have is quite common. DMV clerks are notorious for using whatever the VIN causes to pop up on their screen. It's always accurate for cars & light trucks, and they are trained to use that. Typically the senior supervisors know better and can make corrections for multi-stage vehicles, but the clerks handling the day-to-day work do not.

In the case of Ford Motorhome Stripped Chassis, it is indeed accurate, though not as descriptive as it ought to be. No legal worries, though, cause you do indeed have a Ford stripped chassis in there. However, verify that the year is correct - that does make a difference when you re-sell. The model year MUST be the one shown on the original Certificate of Origin, regardless of what the chassis VIN shows. If your title doesn't say 2000, insist that it be corrected.
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Thank you. That was very useful and helpful information.
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"Ford Stripped Chassis" that's the way they do it in Georgia. Some states may do it differently. But here in GA they are registered according to the Chassis and the yr of the chassis. So in GA you may have a 2000 Winnebago that is registered as a 1999 Ford stripped chassis.
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The VT DMV did the same with mine. I finally gave up after too many phone calls to count. When I traded it in it was a matter of sending pics of the placards inside confirming vehicle really was. Dealer laughed when I told him the issue, says just about every DMV seems to get it wrong. (Traded our of state)
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