Bantam Trailer Serial Number
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Location #1 & #2 may have the rebuild serial numbers stampedinto the outside face of the frame in approximately 3/8" high numbers.Location #1 & #2 are not factory locations for stamping the serialnumbers. It appears that the military stamped the numbers there onsome trailers to make it easier to determine the serial number. Manytrailers that went to the PTO (Pacific Theater: Japan, Korea, Guam, Philippines)came back with numbers stamped in the alternate locations. These couldhave been stamped during the Korean War, or Vietnam War or ?
Location #3 is UNDER the trailer. This is the ACM serial number. TheACM serial number was stamped directly into the frame or support bracket.Bantam trailer ACM serial #'s start with a "B". You will have to crawlunder the trailer, lay on your back, and look up at a triangular pieceof metal bracing the frame. This brace is about 5" x 6", and the ACM serialnumbers are stamped into it. The number is stamped under the left frontspring hanger bracket on the frame.
Serial numbers located in #1 & #2 should match data plate serialnumber on the body. The serial number in position #3, is the Tub Mfg.'s(ACM) number, and not the Trailer Serial Number. The numbers are closelycorrelated. Closely, but not exactly matched. Mr. C. Lutz is keeping adatabase on the relationship of these two serial numbers.
When I go looking for serial #s, I use a propane torch and a small wirebrush (toothbrush size). These items are the best I know of to help inlocating the Trailer frame stamped serial numbers because there is usuallysome grease, rust, dirt, and old paint to deal with. Hit the area withthe torch until the paint bubbles. Then scrub with the brush. WARNING:The hot melted paint will fall all over you, so wear old clothes and eyeprotection!! Re-apply the heatand scrub till you get to bright shiny metal, and hopefully a serial number.Sometimes the numbers are very faint, in fact, the whole stamping can bevery light, so some care and good lighting will be required to uncoverit.
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The VIN is composed of 17 alpha-numeric characters (number and capital letters) that are a trailers unique identifier. The VIN is useful when tracking registrations, recalls, warranty claims, insurance coverage, and theft.
For towable recreational vehicles, travel trailers and fifth wheels, you will find the VIN number metal plate or on the Federal certification label. The label is typically on the left front corner (lower roadside)of the RV somewhere near the bottom of the sidewall. You can also find it, sometimes but not always, inside a cabinet or entry screen door. The metal plate with the VIN number can be found on the trailer tongue, frame rail leading to the hitch or it could be stamped on some metal part of the frame. This is how they are formatted.
This is where the VIN number becomes helpful. The 10th character on your VIN number determines the model year of your travel trailer. That 10th character can either be a letter or a number, however, it is never a zero to avoid confusion. Prior to 1981 VIN numbers were not standardized. The chart below show the year to VIN numbers.
Yes, most pop-ups have VIN numbers unless they are vintage and they may not have one. Like towable travel trailers, pop-ups have their VIN number on the frame or on a stick either on the side or inside a cabinet door. 2b1af7f3a8