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Old 01-30-2024, 07:25 PM   #1
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Stolen - ?

Neighbor is trying to sell me a cougar rv - the price is too good to be true. It’s looks fairly new in good shape. He has no title, it’s not registered and he doesn’t have insurance on it. Told me he would give me a bill of sale.

I don’t trust him. I heard through the grapevine before he brought it out here to the country that someone may have had it stolen because they couldn’t afford it anymore so that the insurance would pay it off and that it being out here in the country, no one would ever find it. Either that or it was stolen and he bought it from the person who stole it. so anyway, I tried to find Vin number on it when he wasn’t looking and I found a couple of different labels. I don’t know what the numbers mean on either label but I would hope it helps track it down or if there is a way for me to find out if this is a legit deal or if he’s trying to get rid of a Stolen Rv.

I will post photos of the labels. I took pictures of the only tags/labels I could find that were on this RV. Maybe someone can help me backtrack them or point me in the right direction that if this was a stolen for insurance or if this was stolen to sell or something because I do not want to buy something That someone had stolen or that someone stole.

The one photo you could tell they took the dealership name off, which I think said
“ Demontrond” . I believe the RV came from somewhere in or near Houston or South Texas area.

If it was an insurance scam, I will gladly give you the persons information who is in possession of this RV which I think is stolen and I believe he knew it was stolen when he bought for a really cheap price.
This is what his ex mentioned in a round about way…

it if there’s a way to figure out if it was stolen in some shape or form that would be great.

Thanks in advance
dmg
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Old 01-30-2024, 07:44 PM   #2
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The only comment I'll make about this is.....the VIN on trailers are similar to one that you have on cars and trucks. It will be a 17 digit, alpha-numeric sequence and is normally located on the side of the trailer, up front, on the street side.
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Old 01-30-2024, 07:58 PM   #3
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Yup. There is a trailer VIN on the street side forward corner of the trailer. If that VIN plate has been removed, the VIN is also engraved in the trailer A-frame (for travel trailers) or in the pin box (for fifth wheels). The VIN decal will look something like this photo. Take the VIN to the state police or city police or to the Vehicle Registrar's office and any of them can run the VIN to tell you the "title/registration status" of the trailer. If it's stolen, it'll be in the nationwide database. If it has a "rebuilt title" in the database, that means it was previously declared a "total loss" and the insurance company salvaged it. It could have been rebuilt or it could have been repaired. Either way, it may not meet your insurance company's requirements for insurance protection. You'll need to ask your insurance agent about that, but first you need to get the current "title and registration status" from a state agency.

I wouldn't buy it even if he was selling it for pennies on the dollar. You simply don't want the police knocking on your door at midnight with a search warrant and a set of handcuffs to take you in, book you for vehicle theft and then let your attorney try to explain what happened next week.....

Steer clear until you know the status of the trailer !!!!!
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Old 01-31-2024, 05:26 AM   #4
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DeMontrond RV is an RV Dealer in six Texas cities. One visit to one of these dealerships (not a phone call) will answer your questions. However, I would make a visit to my local sheriff AND then run as far away from this deal as possible. It walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck. Guess what's for dinner.....yep, duck!
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Old 01-31-2024, 05:35 AM   #5
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nope staying out lol
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Old 01-31-2024, 11:50 AM   #6
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Ask him straight out for the VIN so you can "run it through Carfax for the repair history, which I do on every vehicle I buy."
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is normally located on the side of the trailer, up front, on the street side.
...until your dip*t detailer buffs it right off the decal.
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Aside from looking on the frame for an engraved or stamped VIN. Try looking inside the main entry door for a yellow sticker on the hinge-side of the door frame. It is often a second location for the VIN and loading info.
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I have a 2002 and the decal on the front driver side is totally illegible but the VIN is stamped on the driver's side of the pin. Without the VIN, you can't determine if the camper was ever totaled by an insurance company (read flood) and if it has been, insurance will be hard to come by.
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Old 02-01-2024, 06:44 PM   #10
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Call your local DMV and ask them to run the VIN.

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Call your local DMV and ask them to run the VIN.

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As I understood it based on earlier posts, he can't find it. The VIN will be stamped on the pin or A frame on a bumper pull.
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