I was going to suggest dropping the suppose 'value' to $1 less than max small claims court. I think you said it was $10,000? I'd say it was worth $9,999. That does give the guy the option of 'taking' the trailer for that price though. Parole Officer is probably the better route, but the man may turn spiteful and jack the trailer up before returning it. Does this earn me one of those beers?