Originally Posted by mistermike
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.