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Old 03-07-2008, 02:43 AM   #1
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I have a 1968 caravel with a vin# of 0178-S218-2760 can someone tell me how to read this number, an what part of the number is the serial number
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Old 03-07-2008, 02:46 AM   #2
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I realy need to locate the serial number so i can get it registerd
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:04 AM   #3
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I have a 1968 caravel with a vin# of 0178-S218-2760 can someone tell me how to read this number, an what part of the number is the serial number
Here is a break down of that number:
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Old 03-07-2008, 08:07 AM   #4
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Be careful how you read the digits. That first "O" is a letter (I think), not a number. Richard, what's the real skinny on this? I recall a recent thread where a new owner thought that the leading "O" meant Overlander, but he really had a Trade Wind.

The '69 and later VINs are a little easier to interpret, but they still cause confusion due to the International models having a leading "I", which is often registered as a leading numeral 1. The Ambassador that recently went to BEDFORDS had a VIN check by the CHP (that would be Colorado...) and they said that it had been mistakenly registered with a leading "1".

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I am sure Fred would have the "official" answer to this, but this is my understanding. Prior to 1969 there were 2 trim levels of Airstream trailers. I for International and O for Overlander. In 1969 these were replaced by 3 Levels. I for International (sometimes stamped with a 1 by mistake), L for Landyatch and E for Excella. These prefixes lasted until around 1980 when things changed again. It seems that the years for these patterns also match with the company ownership. The Wally years followed by the Beatrice years and then the Thor years.

In the 50s and 60s you could have a Trade Wind with Overlander trim or even an Overlander Overlander...
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I have a 1968 caravel with a vin# of 0178-S218-2760 can someone tell me how to read this number, an what part of the number is the serial number
HERE is where to go to crack the code.

O = Overlander trim
17 = Nominal length in feet
8 = Model year - as in 1968
S = Built at California factory
218 = Twin bed (sequential production number under 500)
2760 = ???? RJ Dial's site says "2760 after serial number" This suffix seams to have been added in '68 and is consistant within each model.
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For some reason in 1968 they added an additional 4 numbers onto the VIN for several of the models.
2760 = Caravel
2761 = Globetrotter
2762 = Safari
2763 = Trade Wind

The larger trailers did not(?) have any additional numbers and other years did not have this either. Another Airstream mystery, someone wake Fred up...
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For some reason in 1968 they added an additional 4 numbers onto the VIN for several of the models.
2760 = Caravel
2761 = Globetrotter
2762 = Safari
2763 = Trade Wind
It's also odd that the "pre-1980 VIN decoder" from the Airstream Inc website makes no mention of these add'l four digits.
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thanks for the replys, I thank the DMV is typing a zero not the letter O . This trailer was bought in oklahoma from some dealer on hwy route 66 but its been a long time since its been tag so the DMV has no record. I would realy like to get this trailer on the road
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Be careful how you read the digits. That first "O" is a letter (I think), not a number. <snip> I recall a recent thread where a new owner thought that the leading "O" meant Overlander, but he really had a Trade Wind.
...but backwards. The "0" is a zero...not an "oh". It is a blank placeholder when the "I" for the "International trim package" is not there.

Here's a link to that recent discussion and specifically this post: VIN # Clarification

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I guess I got sucked into that myth as well. The Letter O is also referenced many times on the Vintage Photo site as well. It is a very popular myth. Thanks for the correct information.
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Thanks for the correct information.
It's been drummed into my head by my buddy Fred!

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I guess I got sucked into that myth as well.
This is not a myth! ...it's more like a lie. Why doesn't Airstream Inc fix the false reference on their website? If anyone should know what's correct, they should.

What next??? the trailers aren't made of Aluminum???

Wally's birthday isn't on the fourth of July???

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