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SuburbanBoy posted 03-08-2001 08:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for SuburbanBoy   Send Email to SuburbanBoy  
Where is the serial number on a 1979 Shoreland'r Trailer? I have to license the trailer that came with my 1979 15' Striper and I can't locate it. I called Shoreland'r, and the woman I spoke with suggested I check the left side, where it connects to the tongue. She then addmitted she has never seen the serial number on any trailer. Thanks much.
Tom W Clark posted 03-08-2001 08:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
She's right, the left side, just behind where the tongue meets the frame is typically where the trailer's placard is. The bad news is that this placard is usually just a decal and is easily lost especially if the trailer has been repainted. Many times one must simply rely on the vin # on the old licensing paperwork. If you don't have that, I don't know...
jimh posted 03-08-2001 09:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
On my c.1980 Shoreland'r the Product Info was on the left side just at the joining of the two main beams, but is was pretty well worn and hard to read. I tried to preserve it as best I could when re-painting the trailer.

Funny story: when I got the boat/motor/trailer combo I had to get new plates for the trailer. The trailer did not have any paperwork, no title or registration. I called a Sec'y of State License Office locally and asked what I needed. The clerk insisted that lacking title, etc., I must have the cetified weight of the trailer to register and title it.

This was going to be a problem--how to weigh the trailer without the boat sitting on it? I'd have to find someplace to stash the boat (in the water preferably) then someplace nearby to weigh the trailer. I called around looking for scales near lakes, etc.

Finally I gave up--I could not get the trailer weighed. I went down to the Sec'y of State office to plead my case and get some plates and titlework.

I must have been talking to the Trailer-Nazi clerk when I called earlier because the old fellow that handled my registration just asked me, "What's that trailer weigh?"

"Oh," I told him, "'bout 300 pounds, I guess."

"Sounds about right," he nodded as he filled in the paperwork--one Shorelandr Trailer, 300#.

Turned out there were some steps in the fee structure based on trailer weight, but they were huge steps, like thousands of pounds, and as long as the trailered weighed under about 2,000 pounds the fee was the same
if it weighed 1 pound or 1,999.

So much for getting the trailer weighed. If I had gone to all that trouble I would have been really upset with that Trailer-Nazi clerk that answered the telephone!


triblet posted 03-09-2001 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
My Shorland'r is about a 1997, and the VIN
is darn near unreadable already.


Dick posted 03-09-2001 08:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I used my electric engraver to put the vin # on the tongue and then painted over it to prevent rust. If ever necessary just clean off a little paint and there it is.

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