Gone Outdoors

How to Get a Lost Title for a Pop-Up Camper

by Ashton Daigle

Although pop-up campers, like boat trailers, are technically pull-behind vehicles, they still require license plates. Finding out that you have lost the title to your old pop-up camper that has just been sitting in the yard gathering dust is possible if you decide to sell it. While dealing with the DMV is usually no picnic, it is relatively easy to attain a duplicate title if you have a few pertinent pieces of information.

Locate the VIN on your pop-up camper. The VIN, or vehicle identification number, is a 17-character system used to identify individual vehicles. The location of the VIN may vary from camper to camper. But typically, it can be found on a metal plate mounted on or near the camper's tow bar.

Copy down your plate number and your proof of insurance if the vehicle is still being used. If you intend to sell the camper, you may want to just remove the plate and turn it in at the same time you apply for the duplicate title.

Bring the above information to your local Department of Motor Vehicles. Protocol and fees for applying for a duplicate or replacement title will vary from state to state. However, the above-mentioned information will get the process moving along.

Fill out any necessary forms to make the request. It's possible the DMV workers may have you fill out a special request form, or they may fill it in themselves using the information you provide them.

Pay the fees for the duplicate title. Again, fees for duplicate titles may vary from state to state. Consult with the DMV to determine the exact cost of a duplicate title.

Allow time for the duplicate title to be mailed to you. The time, too, will vary from state to state. Typical wait time is one to four weeks though.

Items you will need
  • VIN number of your camper
  • License plate number
  • Registration papers for your pop-up camper
  • Applicable fees

About the Author

Ashton Daigle, a New Orleans native, graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1998 and went straight to work as a journalist. In 2005 he tackled the biggest news story of his life - Hurricane Katrina. Daigle is writing a collection of essays: What It Means to be a Saints Fan.