I may be in some doo-doo here. VIN issue...

Discussion in 'Trailering' started by Glocker, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. wayne0

    wayne0 Active Member

    461
    May 4, 2014
    Newburyport, Ma.
    2000 340 Sundancer
    Twin 7.4 ltr.V-drives
    Here in NH, an officer came out to inspect the trailer and signed a form that allowed me to get a VIN sticker from the state. I love NH !!
     
  2. boatman37

    boatman37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    2006 Crownline 250CR. 5.7 Merc BIII
    Previous: 1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer. 260 Merc Alpha 1 Gen 1
    5.7 Merc BIII
    My step-son is a police officer so I just had him sign my form. Call your DMV and ask them what you need to do. I went to 2 notaries (1 twice) and neither could tell me what I needed to do or the process. All they could tell me was I didn't have what I needed. The DMV was the ones that told me to download the form from their site and complete it.
     
  3. Glocker

    Glocker Member

    36
    Sep 7, 2019
    Boat: 2000 Sea Ray 185
    Tow Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Limited V8
    4.3 Mercruiser
    EZ Loader has a policy of only helping people with documentation issues if the trailer is 2 years old or newer and you are the first owner. They are VERY unhelpful on the phone. In fact, I was told I may just have to buy a new trailer. I am beyond frustrated at this point. I hot, dirty, and tired. I went out twice to crawl over this trailer looking for ANYTHING that could help me.
     
  4. Glocker

    Glocker Member

    36
    Sep 7, 2019
    Boat: 2000 Sea Ray 185
    Tow Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Limited V8
    4.3 Mercruiser
    My buddy and I went out and looked at the trailer today. We can't find any hint of a VIN. He told me he never tagged the thing; it went right from the dealership to the marina where the boat was either wet slipped or dry stacked the whole time he owned it.

    I was told I can't get a homemade trailer VIN assigned; they request documentation of the build with receipts.

    I called EZ Loader; they were very unhelpful on the phone. I was told I may have to buy a new trailer.
     
  5. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers
    There is a process for everything in a State. You just need to contact the right person.

    Start by sending a thoughtful, factual letter to whoever is in charge of the Department that issues Tags & Titles in your State. This isn’t the first time this has happened and they will respond and also copy your State representative.
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2019
  6. Glocker

    Glocker Member

    36
    Sep 7, 2019
    Boat: 2000 Sea Ray 185
    Tow Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Limited V8
    4.3 Mercruiser
    I may have to go this route.

    I reached out to the state tax office that handles these issues. It became immediately clear she didn't read my email describing my issue with a boat trailer, and she referred me to the state's Department of Natural Resources for BOAT REGISTRATION.

    I responded to her reply clarifying my issue, and she sent me a form for a replacement VIN tag and the form requires I have documentation of the VIN!!!!! She still didn't read my email!!!!

    I AM SO DAMN FRUSTRATED RIGHT NOW!
     
  7. Handsome Transom

    Handsome Transom Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    544
    Jan 26, 2018
    Penetanguishene Ontario Canada
    1989 SeaRay Sundancer 268 454 Bravo
    454 Mercruiser bravo drive
    Sometimes that process requires the citizen to fudge things unfortunately because beurocracies are very black and white with little to no wiggle room for circumstances that dont match the little box that pencil pushers tick
     
  8. Handsome Transom

    Handsome Transom Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    544
    Jan 26, 2018
    Penetanguishene Ontario Canada
    1989 SeaRay Sundancer 268 454 Bravo
    454 Mercruiser bravo drive
    Disassemble it reassemble it and call it home built you wont be lying
     
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  9. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers
    Have a boat drink and relax. This may be the only time in your life that you have a chance to use the political process......to actually help solve this.

    Take my advice and send a letter. Copy your State representative and see how fast they respond. The quality of your letter matters and you are seeking their help. You have nothing to lose and oftentimes the States reps love problems like this because they can be solved with a single phone call.

    Go light on the people doing their jobs....they are supposed to follow the script.
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2019
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  10. boatman37

    boatman37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    2006 Crownline 250CR. 5.7 Merc BIII
    Previous: 1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer. 260 Merc Alpha 1 Gen 1
    5.7 Merc BIII
    I agree I don't think it will be as difficult as it sounds. Just need to get in touch with the right people. Took me 2 years to get mine transferred and titled but mostly due to me dragging my feet but once I talked to the right people it only took about 3 weeks from there.
     
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