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Old 01-06-2013, 04:44 PM   #15
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ok, a little more help. this seller says she cannot find any identifying numbers other than a faded Wally Caravan stencil, and the trailer number on the top of 2145. Is it possible there is no way to identify it?
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:28 PM   #16
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ok, a little more help. this seller says she cannot find any identifying numbers other than a faded Wally Caravan stencil, and the trailer number on the top of 2145. Is it possible there is no way to identify it?

I am not certain what you mean by identification. Typically, you should find a VIN tag beside the door . . . it is likely to be a small rectangle. If the coach is missing its VIN tag, the VIN number is usually stamped somewhere on the frame, typically on the hitch A-Frame (it may be obliterated by multiple coats of paint). There may be other points where the VIN is stamped but that is one that has been mentioned on a regular basis.

Should you be trying to trace the trailer's ownership history, even WBCCI membership numbers may not be a real solid lead as the numbers belong to the member and follow the member and not the trailer. A couple of members here on the Forum have old WBCCI Directories and will look-up numbers to determine their owners. In some states (probably fewer now than every before with changes in rules/regulations on privacy) the DMV for a fee will perform a title search that returns the previous owner's names.

Good luck with your investigation!

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P.S.: Sometimes old WBCCI ghost numbers will become apparent when the endcaps are polished . . . sometimes it can be difficult to tell which ghosts go together if there have been very many prior owners who were also WBCCI owners.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:36 PM   #17
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thanks again kevin. I am trying to make sure it is a real trailer i guess, as well as the model. i have to drive a long way to get it, and i'm not up for the drive if i can't be sure what it is. it's my mom's neighbor, and neither one of them seem very capable of getting me a number. so far, they have given me the top number 2145, which i know is only a caravan number.
the other numbers she has given me are 7006 and 1033513. she seems confused and i have asked her to look at the trailer tongue and that's what she got.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:50 PM   #18
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I have a 1957 California built overlander # 6824. I believe the 1958 started with serial # 7000 at the California facility. Looks like a early production 1958.
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thanks again kevin. I am trying to make sure it is a real trailer i guess, as well as the model. i have to drive a long way to get it, and i'm not up for the drive if i can't be sure what it is. it's my mom's neighbor, and neither one of them seem very capable of getting me a number. so far, they have given me the top number 2145, which i know is only a caravan number.
the other numbers she has given me are 7006 and 1033513. she seems confused and i have asked her to look at the trailer tongue and that's what she got.
The number 7006 may be the VIN. According to the Vintage Airstream Photo Archive, 1958 California Overlanders have VIN numbers beginning at 7000. Not a definitive answer, but if the owner has either an old registration card or a copy of the title, there should be a VIN/Serial Number on one of those documents. The site referenced above indicated that the 7000+ serial numbers were utilized early in the production run in California, but another number system took over later in the model year.

Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 01-06-2013, 07:21 PM   #20
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Yep , mine is 26-7137. Should be on a approx 4x 1.5" metal plate. Next to the door on the body, Also has the word Airstream on it. Mine has the Norwalk Ca address as well. Ed
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:50 PM   #21
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:58 PM   #22
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Help Me Plz....with vin number

This airstream was left in my parents yard. I can't read the vin number. I figured out this much JO can anyone help. Thanks, MichelleClick image for larger version

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Old 04-27-2013, 03:08 PM   #23
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need help with one also vin# I31-D6J-2855
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need help with one also vin# I31-D6J-2855
1976 Internationl 31 foot double bed made in Ohio.

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This airstream was left in my parents yard. I can't read the vin number. I figured out this much JO can anyone help. Thanks, MichelleAttachment 183869

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Time has certainly taken its toll on your Airstream's VIN plate. It appears that it may decode as:

J = Jackson Center, Ohio assembly plant
O = Land Yacht trim level
26 = 26-foot Overlander (that 6 could also be an 8 in which case the trailer would be an Ambassador)
? = the digit is very faint, but it rather appears to be a 7 -- should that be the case, I would suspect 1967 for the model year
528 = the sequential production number.

You might try locating a piece of "onion skin" typing paper (the paper that was used for carbon copies) . . . place a single layer of that over the VIN and rub across the VIN with a soft lead pencil to see if the digits may be more legible. You may also be able to find the VIN stamped in the A-frame hitch . . . typically, my notes indicate that you can find the stamping on the curbside (mine was well hidden by many layers of paint, but revealed the VIN when the paint was stripped.

One sign that would provide evidence of the era is the type of window . . . if the trailer has Corning Tempered Glass windows, it would be 1966-1968 . . . if the trailer has three windows across the front (one large center window flanked by a pair of smaller "D" shaped windows), it would be a 1969 or newer Airstream. It could also be a 1965 Airstream . . . it was a transition year, its windows would be Hehr rather than Corning, and it would have a single front window. I believe that 1965 was the first year that the VIN plate in your photo was utilized . . . it may have been first used in 1966, but I am not certain when it was adopted, but it certainly wasn't in use in 1964.

Good luck with your investigation!

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thanks andy for the info found this for sale all original and looks real nice
inside and out asking 6500.00 what you think? oh everthing works to.
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thanks andy for the info found this for sale all original and looks real nice
inside and out asking 6500.00 what you think? oh everthing works to.
Everything works, is an old wives tale.

HOW WELL they work, is the issue.

As an example, torsion axles don't last 37 years, and especially if they were not used for a 3 to 4 year or so period.

Furnaces must be remove and cleaned. Reefer burner orifice must be cleaned. Water pump valves need replacing. Exterior clearcoat is long ago history. All the exterior gaskets need replacing. Sewer vent pipe cover gaskets only last 2 to 3 years.

Condition of brake magnets and shoes. Age and mileage of tires.

Running gear balanced?

The list goes on and on.

My opinion is that the price to too high, if the coach needs the above.

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