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Old 01-14-2010, 07:59 PM   #29
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Thanks Andy for your words of wisdom, as usual.

I am wondering if there's a "hidden" serial number stamped into the frame or elsewhere. All motor vehicles have this "hidden" serial number in a location that is (supposedly) known to law enforcement.

This practise, if it in indeed applicable to trailers would likely have started in 1981 when the standarized Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) consisting of 17 characters was instituted. Prior to 1981, there was no accepted standard for these numbers, so different manufacturers used different formats.

Airstream always said there was a hidden number, but could not even tell their own Insurance Division.

Accordingly, I really believe the hidden number never existed.

If the trailer doesn't match the serial number, then usually all the model and serial number plates have been removed from all the appliances as well.

I undercovered a stolen Airstream trailer, a few years ago.
I had to go to court to speak on behalf of the new owner. Since the real ID of the trailer could not be established, the court let the fellow keep it.

But, the trailer was sold to this new owner, by a company that represents Airstream, in southern California, that is still in business today, and has represented Airstream for many many years.

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Old 01-14-2010, 10:29 PM   #30
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(paraphrased)...you're more likely to find it missing from where you store it.... to find the tow vehicle stolen.... damaged by a tree falling on it... or to crash it while traveling.
I feel SO much better!
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:11 AM   #31
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I believe it is stamped on the side of the tongue as well as one the plate on the side of the trailer.

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Old 01-15-2010, 10:17 AM   #32
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We just never think about our AS being stolen. If you worry about it, it will drive ya crazy,like me. LOL. Just do the best you can do.Latch Lock,Ball Lock, Wheel Chock Lock,then go an enjoy yourself and don't worry.OH just make sure your insurance is paid up.You can always replace that stuff.
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Old 01-15-2010, 04:37 PM   #33
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The "Cone of Silence", security at its best.

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I disagree.

I have fine tooth combed several naked chassis, and have yet to find a "hidden" serial number. I have very carefully watch the chassis being made.

Years ago, Henschen made the chassis. They never put a serial number on any chassis.

None of my long term friends in the USA have every found one either.

Frankly, I think it was nothing more than propaganda, used as a scare tactic.

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