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Trouble Finding the Trailer VIN

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by HAS0586, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. HAS0586

    HAS0586 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Hi all,

    I am having trouble finding a VIN number on my trailer and I was wondering of somebody could give me some advice.

    I have had this trailer for four years and used it very little. When I needed to haul something with it, I just attached the plates from my other trailer. Now I am thinking about using it more for my lawn service and without the VIN, I am not sure how to go about getting plates for it. I was told it is a Forest River trailer, although I have no way of knowing for sure (bought it secondhand).

    I have looked everywhere for a stamped number, even turning the trailer on it's side and looking underneath.

    So how would y'all go about getting this thing registered? I live in Texas.


  2. minitrk

    minitrk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    Register it in Maine...HOW TO
  3. HAS0586

    HAS0586 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Thanks for the link! It looks like I would still need the title or vin number to register it, so I sent them an email to make sure. I only have a simple bill of sale so I might be out of luck. :(

    Also thinking about registering it as a home-built trailer in texas. Researching that right now. Maybe it was built that way! I have no idea if it was or wasn't. hmmm....

    - Hunter
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2011
  4. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 2,517

    I bought a farm trailer one time that had no vin #. They have a form at the BMV to apply for a vin #. Once they sent the new number I had to have a metal plate made that I riveted onto the trailer and then I had to have a sheriff come to my house to inspect the plate was installed. Kind of a pain, you may have to though.
  5. gasracer

    gasracer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,049

    Look on top of the axle or under your decking.I got a tag with my title.
  6. HAS0586

    HAS0586 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Already looked there, but I will try again! :)

    Thanks for the suggestion GravelyGuy, I will call the Texas DMV and see if they can do the same thing.
  7. SouthSide Cutter

    SouthSide Cutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,333

    Most have tags on them. But I think about every trailer also has them stamped some where like the right rear corner of the trailer on the frame.
  8. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,594

    Also check on the tongue. Ours is on the right inside of it. In weld buildup.

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