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Old 05-21-2018, 01:58 AM   #1
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RV Manufacture Date

Is there a way to determine when a RV was manufactured?

Reason I ask is that I just got a copy of a letter to RV Dealer from NC DMV. Seems NC DMV won't do a title because the paperwork submitted doesn't match. NC DMV has a Florida Title but is for a 2015 Thor (mine). VIN is for the 2114 Ford Chasiss it sits on.

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Old 05-21-2018, 02:15 AM   #2
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That is very common that the chassis has a different date than the unit as a whole. Most DMV's just use the RV manuf's date (Thor's).

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Old 05-21-2018, 09:33 AM   #3
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We had same problem

We went round and round with the same issue with the title bureau in Ohio. We purchased our rv in Florida. What finally got it cleared up was a letter stating the correct year from the manufacturer with a copy of both truck and rv title. Camping world got this documentation for us.
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Old 05-21-2018, 11:11 AM   #4
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Thor buys chassis in bulk and they sit until Thor gets around to building an RV on them. This delay can sometimes be months and during that time the years change. So, its very easy for a 2018 Thor RV to be built on a 2017 chassis. Seems to me like DMV's around the country would be familiar with this situation and stop hassling RV owners.
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Old 05-21-2018, 01:43 PM   #5
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NC resident here. Bought ours in Florida, 2013 chassis and 2014 coach. Sold as a 2014 and We didn't have a problems and paperwork went through as a 2014.
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Old 05-21-2018, 01:57 PM   #6
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Shouldn’t all motorhomes have a certificate similar to this one? This is for a different brand, but I’d expect regulations to be similar.
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Old 05-21-2018, 01:58 PM   #7
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Posted in another thread here:

"The chassis is built and labelled an "incomplete vehicle" by all motor vehicle standards. It's not considered a completed vehicle until some type of end-user body is installed and total vehicle is then certified as a "complete vehicle". If it's a service type body such as van or wrecker, the chassis date prevails. Only if the conversion is into a motorhome (as this is a total conversion from original purpose) is the build date considered the actual date of the motorhome. As stated here, for parts and service on the vehicle side, the chassis date is what you go by. For licensing, re-sell and insurance, the completed vehicle date prevails."

IRVA stand behind this and actually has a hotline if you run into registration issues with the "know everything-uneducated title clerk". The coach build date/model year prevails over the chassis build date and they have no choice but to register it as the newer year model of the coach...unless they don't know...which is generally the case.

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