Hi, gang! I figured I would update you as to where we are in our little saga. On the remodeling front, I'm continuing to work on the walls, running the furnace and scraping the wet gunk off the walls while the wind blows and the snow flies outside.
But the real fun is with getting the trailer titled. If you recall, I bought the vehicle from a seller in Texas who "skipped" title (they bought it from someone in Alabama, but never put it in their name). The bill of sale from the AL seller wasn't notarized, but I was able to send him a letter and he was VERY gracious in having the bill of sale notarized.
So I thought we were ready to go, until I had the VIN inspection done and the VIN on the trailer and the VIN on the seller's registration don't match--there are two sets of two digits that are transposed. So we are probably going to have to post a bond to get the title, which is just so darned much fun I can't stand it.
But wait, it gets better! I actually have some of the documents from the factory, and I just checked and guess what! The VIN on the factory documents doesn't match either the VIN on the vehicle OR the VIN on the registration! It looks like there is one set of two digits that is transposed. The other set of two transposed digits must have happened later on down the road.
My advice to you today is:
1. NEVER buy a vehicle from out-of-state off eBay unless you are a glutton for punishment.
2. Go out RIGHT NOW and check that the VIN on your trailer matches the VIN on your registration & title. It's a lot easier to fix now than when you try to sell it.