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    Default VIN Number on old Calkins Escort Trailer

    I am trying to register my boat trailer in Virginia. I purchased it in Ohio where trailers are not titled. The manufacturers info plate is partially missing from the trailer--of course the part with the VIN. My DMV says the VIN should be in another location on the trailer in addition to the manufacturers adhesive plate. Does anyone have any idea where I can look on the trailer to find the VIN for my CALKINS ESCORT TRAILER? please help. Spring is coming!

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    Default Re: VIN Number on old Calkins Escort Trailer

    Hi, Janyan.

    Welcome to iboats.

    I would search the frame for a stamped number. Failing that, I would call it a homemade and stamp the last 4 digits of your SS# on it somewhere.

    I did hear about a guy in the same situation who just invented a number and stamped it on the frame of a trailer. I assume he got away with it.

    I think the "homemade" route is safer.

    Good luck.

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    Default Re: VIN Number on old Calkins Escort Trailer

    I would have someone stamp the correct vin on the trailer and then make it look like it has been there awhile.
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    Default Re: VIN Number on old Calkins Escort Trailer

    get with a supervisor at the registration place. the clerks, don't know all the in's and out's. i've gotten on a first name basis with the head of our office. as Georgia doesn't title boats or trailers.
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    Default Re: VIN Number on old Calkins Escort Trailer

    My son bought a Calkins new 20 years ago and kept it registered all those years. This year he gave it to me and I transferred title. The title clerk mistyped the VIN and now the State is cancelling the registration because of an invalid VIN. I can't find the VIN stamped anywhere and the data plate has nothing filled out on it.
    Does the same advice about registering it as a homebuilt apply I wonder?

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    Default Re: VIN Number on old Calkins Escort Trailer

    In New York, anyone can register a trailer as homemade by following a few simple steps such as getting the trailer weighed and knowing the measurements. I have been told not all states allow this, so as stated you should check with your local department of motor vehicles and ask how you would go about registering a homemade trailer.
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    Default Re: VIN Number on old Calkins Escort Trailer

    I recently bought an escort trailer the vin # is on the inside of the tongue on a plastic tag. Here are two websites with more info http://www.maxumcustomercare.com/catalogs_index.html
    http://www.maxumboatparts.com/1999/t...tput/refer.htm
    I hope this will help.

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    Default Re: VIN Number on old Calkins Escort Trailer

    $10 at Harbor Freight will buy a nice stamping kit if you know your VIN from the paperwork. There's also a place online to get a blank metal tag to stamp the VIN on, weights etc. Or you can make a sticker. Don't let anyone tell you it's illegal to stamp your own trailer with correct information. Escort didn't stamp trailers as far as I know. The outfit that took over did, but Escort as a company was disolved and there's no one left to call.

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    Default Re: VIN Number on old Calkins Escort Trailer

    MrDibs,

    The OP posted once...3 years ago!
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    Default Re: VIN Number on old Calkins Escort Trailer

    Quote Originally Posted by bruceb58 View Post
    MrDibs,

    The OP posted once...3 years ago!
    Yes but the forum software lists "related" posts at the bottom. I suppose this is how three year old posts come back to life.

    BTW: Calling a trailer "home made" is also a good way to register a stolen trailer if you destroy the original VIN # on the trailer.

    I'm surprised they would let you do that.
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    Default Re: VIN Number on old Calkins Escort Trailer

    My recently purchased Magic Tilt has a Virginia DMV homemade VIN plate
    riveted on the tongue. The seller told me that the trailer came from a state
    that does not title trailers. He said VA law requires "homemade" status for
    trailers that come into the state without title. I cannot recommend forging
    the VIN number and then presenting the paperwork to the state.

    http://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/pdf/vsa22.pdf

    http://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/pdf/vsa12.pdf

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    Default Re: VIN Number on old Calkins Escort Trailer

    BruceB - I knew it was an old post, but it was relevant. I search this thing all the time and get information from both new and old posts. If someone has something to add 5 years later, it's still useful to the guy searching like me.

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