Tue Aug 13, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
RVIA State Legislative Priorities, Part 3
Consistency Needed for State Title and Registration Rules
With a variety of state titling and registration protocols for RVs across the country, a consistent method for defining how all types of motorhomes and towable RVs are identified and recorded in state records is needed, according to the RV Industry Association.
Since motorhomes often are manufactured in multiple stages, state title and registration rules should recognize the year the vehicle was completed and not the model year on the chassis vehicle identification number (VIN). Failure to do so causes confusion for the RV owner looking to transfer a title to a different state and for their lenders who may not have a title against which to register a lien.
RVIA supports common vehicle registration and titling of all types of motorhomes and towable RVs in all states.
In the association’s 2019 State Legislative Policy Agenda released Aug. 5, RVIA’s state government affairs staff highlight seven key state issues, including disparate state title and registration processes, that the association has identified as priorities.
Today, we look at RVIA’s intent to inform state lawmakers of the importance of setting a title for all RVs based on the year it was completed and of aligning state laws to generally accepted RV industry definitions in state motor vehicle codes.
Because RVs are often purchased, traded and repurchased across state lines, the RVIA says that new RV owners are sometimes confronted with a state motor vehicle department that does not recognize an RV as a vehicle and as a result, will not register it.
Obtaining a title for a motorhome can often prove equally vexing, RVIA says. RV manufacturers often build a new motorhome on a chassis built by another manufacturer that may have been built in a different model year. This a common practice in multi-stage vehicle manufacturing, it says.
Likewise, the RV industry does not have a set introduction time for new model years as in the auto and truck industries.
Through its membership American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), the RVIA works to educate state DMVs that the generally accepted method for registering a motorhome is to use the model year of the final assembly stage as designated by the RV manufacturer and not the model year on the chassis vehicle identification number (VIN).
This is an important distinction since many state DMV computer systems are programmed only to accept the chassis VIN date. Such issues are an important reason why RVIA supports aligning industry definitions for all RV types in state motor vehicle codes.
Copies of the RVIA 2019 State Legislative Policy Agenda are available here.
Next: States must exclude park model RVs (PMRV) from their definition of manufactured housing.