Would You Pull This Trailer?

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Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Mylar label not squarely on the misshapen metal tab it was adhered to. 7 of the 17 vin digits / characters are missing. Headed into San Bernardino, CA by way of the I-10, including Banning scale routing. I opted to NOT pull it since it is an incomplete VIN tag. Thoughts?

Navypoppop's Comment
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I agree on your not pulling it. If you were to be stopped or inspected and the officer could not verify the VIN you could be put out of service. Let the company get it straightened out.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Probably not also, to stay on the good side of LEO lol. Otherwise, if I had the registraion to it, with the whole VIN or had them send me a copy of it. Then, depending on what's going on, "Maybe" roll with it, and document it to get fixed RIGHT. But ONLY if I had the paperwork for the trailer 99% of the time, just a plain NOPE

Sandman J's Comment
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I fairly frequently have to do what Stevo mentioned. I'll hook to a trailer to find nothing in the registration housing, or it's so waterlogged/moldy/illegible that I have to have my company email me a copy of the registration in case I get inspected.

had them send me a copy of it.

Arejay (RJ)'s Comment
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After inspecting the image for a moment, what strikes me as odd is the worn appearance of the tag itself. There's a remnant of another sticker at the top of the plate, yet there's no residue on the surface above the plate. Additionally, there are no damages or scratches visible on the surface under and around this damaged plate. From what I can discern of the stickers to the left, they also seem clean and new.

In short, it seems to me that this VIN tag originated from an old, worn-out trailer and was transferred to this one for some unknown reason. Moreover, the transfer doesn't seem to have been done with care.

Considering these observations, I wouldn't feel comfortable pulling this trailer either. Just from the one photo you shared, several red flags arise in my mind.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Arejay, I did 28yrs of pushing a squad, and was reputed to be "that guy" when it came to knowing the nuances of how to legally provide extra loving to someone what needed it. My immmediate thought was "Oh, HELL no, I aint pulling a crappy vin retag stolen trailer through the PRC". Liley a valid explanation, but when the first third is missing, and I dont know where the confidential numbers are on a semi trailer to verify against the registration....

Oh, the people from Amazon said thay it was OK to pull. I submitted a DVIR and made it unsafe to pull so that HAVE to give it attention... axle seals, brakes, registrations, and now VIN tags. I am pleased to hear that Im not the only ine that's looking at the paper registrations... i am constantly stunned by the huge level of grab and go with pool trailers...


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Stevo Reno's Comment
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Well,Mr. Curmudgeon, we did run into a trailer or 2 with CRST that had NO registration with the trailers. Or the box that held em, had to cover lid torn off and hence the paperwork got lost....

So I took a pic of it, sent it in to our DM , and had him find, and send us some kind of papers, for the trailer to C.Our.'A'es lol. ......Even though I remember only actually being inspected TWICE, in my 22 months with them. Both level 1's which we passed easily.


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