I have a 1972 Four Seasons travel trailer and need to transfer the title which is from Colorado. The DOL is telling me since it’s not listed with nada I need to get an appraisal done to determine the value so they can tax me at the blue book value. I have not been able to find anyone to do the appraisal because the trailer is so rare. Has anyone had problems getting a vintage trailer licensed here in Washington lately? And do you know of someone who would appraise it?
Just recently, a friend had trouble transferring the title (with a signed bill of sale stating selling price) on a 52 canned ham and it was related to "value". WA charges 8-10% sales tax so it's well worth it to get an appraisal. Most RV shops should be able to do one.
A 72 trailer should come up evaluated less than an older canned ham. If a trailer is longer, the worth goes down a little more. If certain things don't work on the trailer or there is water stains, more to discount on the tax.
Also keep in mind that value is important for insurance. If a trailer comes up appraised at 3500, that is one criteria an insurance company will use. Of course, if the trailer needs repairs and you rebuild it, the value goes up. If you do work on the trailer, take lots of photos to prove the trailer is continuing to appreciate.
If you find a similar trailer (style, length and condition), it doesn't have to be the same brand to evaluate; just a similar type.
My friend ended up paying approx $700 in sales tax on her trailer.