What am I Supposed to Do

Question: Dear Luise: Just bought a Franklin Travel Trailer, approx 21′ long, sleeps 6, no idea of age but looks like 1970’s from the decor. Got a notarized bill of sale but need to find a VIN# in order to register it in state of NJ. We looked everywhere, or we think we have…the tongue, inside cabinets. I have no idea where else to look and of course motor vehicle is of no help. What am I suppose to do chalk up a loss?? Junk it?? I don’t think so. I do have a plate that is to a old pop up that I’ll use in the meantime, as long as we obey the law!! I would feel more comfortable with a VIN#. Franklin Motor Coach was hit by tornado and is just starting to rebuild so there isn’t the option of calling or a website, I’ve tried that. S.

Answer: Dear S. Since you are in luck regarding the manufacturer still being in business, I would wait out their mop-up and reorganization and then contact them.

In the meantime you could crawl around under the frame, if there’s room, scraping away dirt and using a head light and a magnifying glass to see what you might find but it might be nothing and it sure doesn’t sound like much fun.

With old trailers, it’s “let the buyer beware”…but I agree with you on this one…hang in there! Blessings, Luise

2 Responses to What am I Supposed to Do

  1. Dee May 10, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    The serial # for a Franklin Travel Trailer is on the left support facing the hitch. Mine was about 5 inches down from the hitch head. Dee

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