How To Get a Title For a Camper Without Title In Ohio (Updated)


How To Get a Title For a Camper Without Title In Ohio

Have you ever wondered how to get a title for a camper without title in Ohio? Well, we´ve got you covered.

Do you have a camper without a title in Ohio? Wondering how you can get your hands on one? Well, this page is going to get you through every single step of the process.

So, how to get a title for a camper without title in Ohio? In Ohio, to get a title for a camper without title, you need to provide the following requirements:

•           A copy of your driver’s license

•           Bill of sale

•           The original title to the vehicle (if you are transferring ownership)

•           Certificate of origin, provided by the manufacturer.

•           Details of any lien on the vehicle. There cannot be a lien if you are looking to obtain a title.

•           Certificate of inspection

What is a camper title?

A camper title, just like a standard vehicle title, is proof that you own the camper.

Without a camper title, you wouldn’t be able to sell the camper on. This is because you are sending the message that you potentially do not own that camper. Trust us. Nobody is going to want to purchase a camper without a title.

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Do you need a camper title in Ohio?

Do you need a camper title in Ohio? Yes. Absolutely all campers operated in Ohio will need to have a title. This doesn’t just apply to people that live in the state of Ohio. But, if you are planning on driving through the state, then you will need to have a camper title too.

If you do not have a camper title in Ohio and you are pulled over by the police, then you run the risk of having your vehicle seized. You will have also broken the law.

This can lead to various criminal penalties. We are positive that you don’t want to be dealing with those!

You still need a camper title if you have built your camper from scratch. The process for obtaining one of those titles is roughly the same as the normal title. You just have an extra step involved! We will come to that.

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Why would you need a title for your camper?

In most cases, you won’t have to actively seek out a title. Whenever you buy a camper, you will be given the title to it. This includes when you are buying new and used.

If you are buying from within Ohio and you are not given the title, then you can probably be a bit suspicious of that transaction.

If you have lost the title slip for your camper, then you will also need to obtain a new title. If you don’t, then you are putting yourself at risk when you are driving on the road.

After all, while the camper may be registered, you will have fewer ways that you can prove that you actually own that camper!

How do you get a title for a camper without one in Ohio?

The same place that you would get a title to any vehicle. This is by heading to your local DMV. While a lot of the application process can be completed online, you will have to head to the DMV at some point.

Once you have filled in the application form, you will need to gather the following documents before you submit it to the DMV.

Well, at least try to gather as much of them as you possibly can. The more information that you have available, the more chance that you are going to be granted the title to the vehicle:

  • A copy of your driver’s license
  • Bill of sale
  • The original title to the vehicle (if you are transferring ownership)
  • Certificate of origin, provided by the manufacturer.
  • Details of any lien on the vehicle. There cannot be a lien if you are looking to obtain a title.
  • Certificate of inspection

👉 You will also need to pay a fee for the application process. This is going to be dependent on the size of your camper. It can also change year-to-year, so we won’t be able to give you that much in the way of information when it comes to this!

👉 After this, it is pretty much a waiting game. The DMV will carry out some rigorous checks to ensure that you are the true owner of the vehicle.

As we said, the more documents that you give them, the more chance that you have of being granted the title.

If the DMV requires any additional information from you, then they will get in touch.

👉 In rare cases, this is a process that could take a few weeks, so we probably wouldn’t suggest that you start the process just before you are about to head out on vacation. You wouldn’t be able to complete the process in time.

Eventually, the DMV will come to a decision.

👉 If you are granted the title, then you will be allowed to use the plates on the vehicle. You will also be handed a small piece of paper that proves that you are the legal owner of that vehicle.

If you are not granted the title, then you will probably have to submit additional documents. This is going to be incredibly rare, though.

As long as you can prove that you own the vehicle, then getting the title is very, very rare. After all, we doubt that there are that many people out there that are trying to secure the title to a stolen vehicle, right?

👉 It is important to remember that you will not be granted the title to the vehicle if there are any legal issues with the vehicle i.e. it has been involved in an accident and the scene was left, etc.

You can’t really do much about this if that happened before you owned the camper after this occurred. Although, the DMV may be able to provide you with some further instruction.

👉 It may seem like a long process to get a title for a camper. However, it is an important process. If something like this didn’t happen, then it would make it far, far too easy to obtain a title for a stolen vehicle. This would just cause way too many problems.

👉 Once you have been given the title then, rest assured, unless there was a mistake during the DMV vetting process, you now have the full ownership of that vehicle.

You are now free to drive that camper on the roads of Ohio, or any other state for that matter.

You are also free to sell the vehicle if you want. Make sure that you keep the title documents if you do plan on selling your vehicle.

After all, the person that you sell these documents to are going to need the information to get the title of their own. 

What is the process for registering a homemade camper?

If you buy a camper, then you are going to be given all the paperwork that you need to register it with the DMV.

However, you do not get that if you make a homemade camper from scratch. Instead, you need to do something a little bit different.

The process for registering the homemade camper is pretty much the same. The only difference is that you will need to get a weight slip from a certified scale. That is it. This will be the documentation that you submit.

You may have to provide a bit of evidence that you built the camper yourself, so you can probably take photographs throughout the construction process.

However, to be fair, in most cases, it is pretty easy for the DMV to tell whether the camper is genuinely a homemade camper.

Can the title on a camper work with title loan lenders?

While we can’t imagine that you are looking into how to get a title for a camper with the intention of getting a title loan, we have seen several people online wondering whether they can use the title of a camper to get a loan.

The answer is that; yes, in most cases. You probably won’t be able to get a title loan using your title if you have a homemade vehicle.

However, if it is easy for the lender to determine the value of the vehicle, then you should have no issues borrowing against it.

Of course, we don’t want to go into the pros and cons of having a title loan. That is out of the scope of this article. We just wanted to walk you through an answer to one of the bigger questions that seem to get asked in the world of camper titles!

Do you need to carry the camper title with you?

Whenever you are driving with your camper, yes, you need to carry the title with you. If you don’t and you are stopped, you run the risk of having the vehicle seized.

After all, you are not able to prove ownership of the camper.

Some people have been able to ‘sweet talk’ the police officers that stop them. However, since a title is literally just a small piece of paper, is it really that much extra effort to carry it around with you?

You would be running a risk of some fines and the like if you didn’t have it in tow.

Conclusion

If you live in Ohio or are traveling through Ohio, then you will almost certainly need to have a title to your camper.

If you do not have a title, then you are breaking the law. This can result in some rather harsh penalties.

References

https://fiscalofficer.cuyahogacounty.us/

Mike Gilmour

Hi, I'm Mike, co-founder, and editor of RV and Playa. My passion is traveling (with my RV) and enjoying the day at the beach (Playa)! Well, I originally created this blog as a way to share what I've learned by experimenting with the RV lifestyle, and I want to help others develop in life through new skills and opportunities.

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