The Caravan Registration and Identification Scheme (CRiS) is the national register of touring caravans in the UK. It was set up in 1992 by the National Caravan Council (NCC) in conjunction with Hire Purchase Information (HPI). By acting as a security check for dealers and private caravan buyers alike, CRiS helps to both prevent and detect crime. All caravans manufactured by NCC members in the UK since 1992 are entered on to the CRiS database against a unique 17 digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The Touring Caravan Registration Document, held by the caravan's registered keeper, contains a description of the caravan and the VIN.

When buying a new caravan, the dealer will register it with CRiS, and the CRiS Caravan Registration Document will be received a few weeks later. Pre-1992 caravans can optionally be added to the CRiS register. Remember that when buying second-hand caravans, the CRiS number can be checked to verify you are not purchasing a stolen caravan, or one with outstanding finance owed on it.

The CRiS number etched on up to 10 of the caravan windows, and will also be stamped into the chassis, often the A-Frame. Confirm this is the same number as shown on the CRiS paperwork then for a small fee, obtain a HPIcheck, just as you would when buying a second-hand car. HPI will then confirm the caravan make and model, and inform you if the caravan has been reported stolen, and if there is any outstanding money owed on the van.

A number of people have asked how to decode the CRiS VIN shown on our caravans. This I believe is the correct interpretation, so I hope it's some help.

Take for example this number SGAS000AV50001234.

SGAS000AV50001234 SG = Manufactured in UK

SGAS000AV50001234 A = Make of caravan is Avondale

SGAS000AV50001234 S = Number of axles (S=Single, T=Twin)

SGAS000AV50001234 Optional manufacturer's data (eg caravan model?)

SGAS000AV50001234 Manufactured by AVondale

SGAS000AV50001234 Year of manufacture (5 = 2005 - see list below)

SGAS000AV50001234 Optional manufacturer's data (eg batch number?)

SGAS000AV50001234 Caravan serial number


Year of manufacture codes

N = 1992
P = 1993
R = 1994
S = 1995
T = 1996
V = 1997
W = 1998
X = 1999
Y = 2000
1 = 2001
2 = 2002
3 = 2003
4 = 2004
5 = 2005
6 = 2006
7 = 2007
8 = 2008
9 = 2009
A = 2010
B = 2011
C = 2012
D = 2013
E = 2014
F = 2015
G = 2016

For further information contact the Caravan Registration & Identification Scheme directly.

Telephone - 0203 282 1000

Email -

PO Box 445
GU11 1SS

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