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Old 06-28-2020, 03:45 PM   #1
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Restoring serial number

I have a 1973 Boler with a painted over serial number foil sticker on the side. The trailer frame was replaced and so was the closet door so this sticker is my only proof that the trailer belongs to my papers. I just sanded the sticker down enough to make out the numbers (I've always been slightly worried that they wouldn't match my paperwork, but thankfully they do.)

My question is, is there a way to replace this sticker or restamp my frame so I don't lose this information? I assume you can't just go ahead and stamp your own numbers and expect it to be official.
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Old 06-29-2020, 01:09 PM   #2
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Go to Harbor Freight, buy a cheap set of 1/4 inch metal stamps and STAMP your serial number on the frame rails of your trailer.

Stamp the serial number on the tongue frame rail, a side rail and it's a good idea to stamp the serial number on a rear frame rail under the trailer just in case your trailer gits stolen at some time. Maybe the thief will not notice that hidden serial number stamped on your rear frame rail under the trailer.

That stamped serial number under the trailer makes for easy identification if stolen and recovered as the thief may have already ground off the easily seen serial number stamped on the tongue frame rail or your foil ID tag but never found the stamped serial number under the rear frame.

Remember it's YOUR TRAILER and you can stamp whatever you want on it!

That's what I would do and what I have done on my vintage trailers.
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Old 06-29-2020, 01:31 PM   #3
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I've done like Mike says, stamped the numbers in a couple places. You can also buy official looking VIN tags on eBay and they will stamp your numbers on it if you want.
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Old 06-29-2020, 01:34 PM   #4
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Go to Harbor Freight, buy a cheap set of 1/4 inch metal stamps and STAMP your serial number on the frame rails of your trailer.

Stamp the serial number on the tongue frame rail, a side rail and it's a good idea to stamp the serial number on a rear frame rail under the trailer just in case your trailer gits stolen at some time. Maybe the thief will not notice that hidden serial number stamped on your rear frame rail under the trailer.

That stamped serial number under the trailer makes for easy identification if stolen and recovered as the thief may have already ground off the easily seen serial number stamped on the tongue frame rail or your foil ID tag but never found the stamped serial number under the rear frame.

Remember it's YOUR TRAILER and you can stamp whatever you want on it!

That's what I would do and what I have done on my vintage trailers.



My Daughter had a very similar situation and that’s what I advised her to do and she did. Now she has a trailer with a serial number, Stamped two places And those numbers match her current title. There would be no way to prove that this trailer was not the number she says it is. She has an original owners title but for day to day use, this will do. Here’s is a 1974. Not
Many DOT inspectors on duty now that were working 46 years ago. Or people that can verify exact stamping was consistent.
Who stamped that trailer? I do not know! Here’s my title.
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Old 06-29-2020, 04:54 PM   #5
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They quit doing DOT inspections on trailers in Washington State in January 2020. Now no one even looks for stamped VIN numbers or ID plates when you bring a trailer into the state. They just want to see the paper work so they can look up how much you owe them. Good thing they did that before the Covid 19 crises came along
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Old 06-29-2020, 05:06 PM   #6
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Ok it sounds like the consensus is that no one is going to give me trouble if I do this myself instead of going through official channels. Thanks for the feedback folks!
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Old 06-29-2020, 10:37 PM   #7
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Ok it sounds like the consensus is that no one is going to give me trouble if I do this myself instead of going through official channels. Thanks for the feedback folks!

You should realise that all of those advising you live in various US states and you live in a Canadian province and that it's internet advice. But, go ahead.
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Old 08-26-2020, 01:01 PM   #8
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You should realise that all of those advising you live in various US states and you live in a Canadian province and that it's internet advice. But, go ahead.


There was a replacement tag with vin number on our 1987 Scamp trailer we bought and the CHP is hassling us about it and threatening to confiscate our trailer and crush it. We have a clear title from WA but when trying to license it in CA the vin number came up as invalid because the year digit was in the wrong position. So more pressure from DMV and CHP. Insinuated that we made up the number in title and tag!!! Not!! Started to do a lot of research and it turns out that Scamp used the 11th digit pin on the vin numbers for Scamps built 1985-1989. CHP will not accept computer printouts of this explanation and I need to get a motorized copy from Scamp. It is getting ridiculous and more threatening from CHP. He is just so anxious to prove it is stolen and will not even look at all of the material I found about older Scamps. He insists it is a 2001 because there is a 1 in the 10th position of the vin number. Anyone that knows Scamps would know it is old and certainly not a 2001. We are really frustrated. Let ne day again, we have a clear title with the vin number that matches the trailer. But the decoder that checks vin numbers deemed it invalid because the Year digit is in the 11th placement. Then they closed in on us. I am trying to get official validation from Scamp but at this point I donít have faith that they will accept that. We are a retired couple that buys and remodels trailers for a fun project. Not anymore. This has soured us and the threat of having this trailer destroyed because the CHP wonít work with us is just a very frustrating and unnecessary hassle. Has anyone else had this happen?
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Old 08-26-2020, 01:24 PM   #9
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Is the trailer still in your possession? All the paperwork? Drive and tow it to a different DMV and a different CHP office.


AND remember that CHP officer has a BOSS. Go over his or her head.
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Old 08-26-2020, 03:11 PM   #10
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Is the trailer still in your possession? All the paperwork? Drive and tow it to a different DMV and a different CHP office.


AND remember that CHP officer has a BOSS. Go over his or her head.


I agree
Go to a different dmv / Auto club etc..... had a similar issue in Colorado... original dmv wanted me to do a bonded title search because sellers errored when signing title
After 3 trips decided enough and went to a different dmv
3 minutes later I was good
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Old 08-26-2020, 03:20 PM   #11
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so you stamp what ever you want may cause you big issues if the original stamped numbers are on the frame or have been altered. if an inspector has to make a decision it my not fall in your favor. the dmv stickers are there to void the old number and reassign to a new one matching your new assigned title and registration paperwork. right now you are legal don't make trouble for your self.
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