How To Locate Your Caravan’s VIN Number
Every caravan has a unique identity which is used to identify the vehicle and relate to it inapplicable documentation and ownership rights. Without this, it would be difficult to relate the ownership of a caravan to the owner as there are various other caravans out there.
What is the VIN Number?
The VIN or Vehicle Identification Number is a 17 digit unique number that is assigned to a caravan to give it a distinct and verifiable identity. VIN is also known as Chassis Number, Serial Number, and the CRiS number. It is called CRiS only in the UK while in other places Chassis Number and VIN are the commonly used terms.
VIN adheres to two international standards, namely, ISO 3779 2009 and US Standard FMVSS 115. The characters are not chosen at random. Rather, every single character and its position represent some information related to the make of the vehicle, the model of the vehicle, the year in which it was manufactured, and specific details of the vehicle.
Usually, a decoder is used to get this information from the VIN. However, it can be done manually even though it is very time-consuming. VIN can only be made up of characters that include the numerals 0-9 and Uppercase A-Z letters. The letters I, O, and Q are excluded from the series and are not considered to be valid characters for the VIN.
Locating Your Caravan’s VIN
All caravans that have been made since 1992 should have VIN embedded on the vehicle. There are various locations where this may be placed by the manufacturer. Let’s take a look at some of the most common places.
- Stamped on the corner of every window
- Placed down beside the entrance door to the caravan. This is in the form of a sticker that is provided by the manufacturer.
If you have trouble locating your caravan’s VIN, just check the corners and the lower section of the sides where you are more likely to come across the VIN. Remember, VIN can be provided separately or along with other details such as Tyre Pressure, Tyre Size, Model details, etc. Once you have located it, make sure you note it down for future reference.