Finding the “Hidden VIN”

Question: Dear Luise: Where can I find the Serial Number and VIN number on a 1967 Pathfinder camper? J.

Answer: Dear J.: The only way I know of to find that out is for someone else who has a vintage Pathfinder to respond with the information. Let’s hope someone does. Obviously you have already looked everywhere without success. Blessings, Luise

26 Responses to Finding the “Hidden VIN”

  1. john perry November 5, 2008 at 4:38 pm #

    i am looking for my vin # on my ’78 rockwood pop-up so I can get registration

  2. Luise November 8, 2008 at 8:50 pm #

    Dear J. As I understand it the Rockwood line is manufactured by Forest River,Inc. and that company is still in business. Their URL is:
    Hope they can help you. Blessings, Luise

  3. Michael Beresford January 16, 2009 at 2:51 pm #

    I have a 1986 31 ft. Pace Arrow & recently tried to reg. in Calif. DMV cannot find the vin#. We looked everywhere, doors, under hood, all cabinet doors & on the engine. Seems in other states the serial number is sufficent. Other than the manufacturer, how can we find the vin number?

    Thanks in advance, Michael

  4. K. May 23, 2009 at 7:19 pm #

    We bought an older camper that came w/ no paper work. DMV said to register it we need to start by finding the VIN #. We’ve looked but can’t find one. We don’t know what make it is or how old it is. Any idea where they hide the numbers? Thanks, K.

    • Luise May 23, 2009 at 7:35 pm #

      They are all over the place as I understand it. No industry standard, originally. Some have found
      VINs on the tongue and some never find one anywhere. Good luck! Luise

  5. B. October 21, 2009 at 9:43 am #

    We just bought a 1951 Shasta with no paperwork except the bill of sale from most recent owner. DMV said I need to find the VIN in order to register it. I have looked high and low and can’t seem to locate it. If you have any info please let me know. Thanks. B.

    • Luise October 22, 2009 at 4:10 pm #

      I have been told that people have found the VIN number on the tongue of vintage travel trailers under many coats of paint and/or rust. Some have used a sandblaster or sandpaper to help them find the imprint. Hope this helps. Blessings, Luise

  6. PETE April 22, 2010 at 8:14 pm #


  7. E. May 8, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    I’m trying to find the VIN # of my 1967 Shasta camper. All i have the bill of sale. No title. DMV says to locate the VIN #. Where do I look? Please help. E.

    • Luise May 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

      Please read the other questions and answers about this on my site under RV Advice. There are a lot of suggestions.

  8. Kevin Kehl June 13, 2010 at 8:18 am #

    Does anyone know where to find the vin on a 1960 Layton travel trailer. The inside has been partialy stripped out and there was no title for it.

  9. Theresa June 28, 2010 at 10:39 pm #

    I have a 1955 Pathfinder camper that was manufactured in Spencer Wisconin. I found the vin number on the right side of the hitch on the top of the frame. All that I found was the numbers “55” a small space and the numbers “1285”. The numbers are about 1 inch high. The “55” is the year 19″55″ and the “1285” is the actual number that this camper was in line as it was manufactured. Meaning that the camper that was manufactured before this one was stamped “55” “1284”. There will not be a long vin number like on cars today and I have been told that these are the only numbers that were stamped on the campers. Let me know if I can be of any more help.

    • Robin October 29, 2014 at 10:26 am #

      Do you still own your 1955 Pathfinder? We just purchased a 1955 Pathfinder a couple of days ago total length 16ft. in mint orginal condition.

  10. C.A. Carr July 31, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    Purchased a Scotty Camper in pretty good condition., but to register it and get it on the road I need the numbers to do this can anyone help., We’re retired and would like to see places before it’s too late., Can anyone help us locate the numbers? C.

    • Luise August 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

      Sand the tongue carefully to see if the Vehicle Identification Number is imprinted there.

  11. C. August 11, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

    i cannot find the VIN on my camper, and have lost the title. I want to renew the registration, what can I do? C.

    • Luise August 12, 2010 at 8:25 am #

      Many people have found their VIN by carefully sanding the tongue. The number is often imprinted there. If you are successful…take that number to your department of licensing for a lost title.

  12. David Wilson September 16, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    Trying to find the location of the vin number on a “Idle Time” 5th wheel camper. Can you help me…

    • Luise September 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

      All we have learned here is to remove any paint on the hitch and sand off any rust and it may be stamped there.

  13. NS October 17, 2010 at 7:47 pm #

    You will have to check with the manufacturer since VINS were only implemented since 1981. Hope that helps!

    Vehicle Identification Number program was initiated by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 1980 as a way to standardize car serial numbers. Cars built before 1981 don’t follow a universal standard and thus require manufacturer-specific information to decode.

    • gary October 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

      Does that go for5th wheel campers older than 1981

  14. John potter April 11, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    I’m in the same boat as everyone else-
    I will look on the tongue. Thanks for the info

  15. arnold August 19, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    i just got a 1993 jayco popup with no paperwork after cleaning the interior i found a metal stamp under the kitchen cabinet on the outside wall.Using the web I found out that for jayco the 10th diget is the year (B=81,C=82 and so on). Mine was P therefore 93 in year. hope this helps.

  16. Luise Volta February 15, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

    There are many different suggestions here from readers, if you read the prior posts. Especially on the tongue and front cross bar. Blessings, Luise

  17. Richard March 5, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    I have recently purchased a travel trailer and the only info i have on it is, serial number and model number, and manufacturer? The only number I have found on the tongue of the trailer is the serial number. Any ideas on where else the vin # might be located? it is a
    Front Range
    5155 East 64th AVE.
    Commerce city, Colorado

    Great Divide Coach MFG
    MODEL# 24TT
    Serial# N4-0R-428

  18. Linda Pressley June 7, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

    Same boat y’all in have a1966 apache eagle. Tent camper can’t find vin number help

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