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Old 10-09-2019, 07:51 PM
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I have a 1979 Shoreland'r trailer that I am trying to get the series number for. It is a small trailer that is used for a 15 foot boat. The VIN is missing, so I can't get the information from that. Unfortunately, the plate with the series information is partially missing too. It looks like it might be "S8-16P Series", but I'd like to confirm if anyone has any knowledge of this or a has a similar trailer.

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Old 10-09-2019, 08:15 PM
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Here's a video from Shorelander on how to find the model without the VIN number. I had a Shorelander and they were great with customer service.

https://video.search.yahoo.com/searc...0&action=click
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Old 10-10-2019, 07:54 AM
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Shoreland'r's website relative to parts only goes back to 1989 trailers, so not sure video will help me, but will give it a shot. Thanks!! My trailer is 1979.

I don't have a title or registration on the trailer (double checked with the state by my social sec #), so I can't get a VIN or model/series number from that, and VIN and series number on trailer is worn off.

I don't need parts though. What I need is the weight of the trailer when empty for state registration. I have a boat sitting on it with no registration, and a trailer with no plates. Launching would be illegal, as would be driving to the launch, and no, I am not going to swap trailer plates. Shoving the boat onto another trailer is more than I can do myself, and there is a centerboard on the sailboat that would probably screw that approach up anyway. Friends would probably help lift it off onto another trailer and put it back, but I wouldn't ask them to do something that ridiculous. All of this is ridiculous.

I'm puzzled by why there are 2 categories of figures in my photo. Which one applies to me? And curious if the gross vehicle weight rating and gross axle weight rating can somehow be used to figure what the empty weight of the trailer is or maybe state will be happy with that. I asked the state (1 hour on hold) if it was OK if I drive it to the scale with the boat on it (which is legal as long as you drive to nearest scale) and subtract the manufacturer's weight of the boat, but they said that would not work. FUBAR.
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Old 10-10-2019, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by cherylchecheryl View Post
I'm puzzled by why there are 2 categories of figures in my photo. Which one applies to me? And curious if the gross vehicle weight rating and gross axle weight rating can somehow be used to figure what the empty weight of the trailer is or maybe state will be happy with that ...
You should be able to determine which "category" applies to your trailer by the tire size. The 1180 GVWR is for 8" tires and the 1560 GVWR is for 12" tires. If the state will just accept your word for it and doesn't require a certified weight just subtract the Maximum Load Carrying Capacity from the GVWR and use that number. 1180-800=380 if you have 8" tires or 1560-1000=560 for 12" tires. The registration fee is normally for a weight range and you are probably within the lowest registration fee tier either way. In my state (Wisconsin) they register based on GVWR (including the weight of the boat) so it's easier, just pull the whole rig on the scale. It's odd that they need the weight of the empty trailer but they make the rules I guess Good luck!
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Originally Posted by jhackl View Post
You should be able to determine which "category" applies to your trailer by the tire size. The 1180 GVWR is for 8" tires and the 1560 GVWR is for 12" tires. If the state will just accept your word for it and doesn't require a certified weight just subtract the Maximum Load Carrying Capacity from the GVWR and use that number. 1180-800=380 if you have 8" tires or 1560-1000=560 for 12" tires. The registration fee is normally for a weight range and you are probably within the lowest registration fee tier either way. In my state (Wisconsin) they register based on GVWR (including the weight of the boat) so it's easier, just pull the whole rig on the scale. It's odd that they need the weight of the empty trailer but they make the rules I guess Good luck!
Thank you!! Michigan is the one. Need to be under 2,500 empty weight. I can't imagine that the trailer, boat, and entire family in the boat would push it over 2500.
https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,...5702--,00.html
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Old 10-10-2019, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by cherylchecheryl View Post
Thank you!! Michigan is the one. Need to be under 2,500 empty weight. I can't imagine that the trailer, boat, and entire family in the boat would push it over 2500.
https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,...5702--,00.html
That linked page says you need to have it weighed at a certified scale. I guess you are back to your original problem unless you just need to prove that it is under 2,500 pounds then maybe you can talk them into accepting your photo of the capacity plate. It clearly shows that even the GVWR is well under 2,500.
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by jhackl View Post
That linked page says you need to have it weighed at a certified scale. I guess you are back to your original problem unless you just need to prove that it is under 2,500 pounds then maybe you can talk them into accepting your photo of the capacity plate. It clearly shows that even the GVWR is well under 2,500.
You have been a godsend. Thank you!! And thanks to all for their help!!
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