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Old 03-10-2012, 03:58 PM   #15
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That is for sure an incorrect serial number.
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Old 03-11-2012, 04:00 PM   #16
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That is a 63 Bambi, but it seems to have a replaced serial number plate like this from VTS Airstream Serial Number Plate
The number should be stamped as 163D236. Maybe someone got it wrong when re stamping.
In that condition it should easy be worth $7500 - $8000
Regarding my comment on a possible swapped plate, you could be right, It might be a stamping mistake on a new replacement plate. Its hard to say, given that some time in 1963 the Ohio built Bambi trailers went to a streetside bath like the California trailers, so the trailer could have been manufactured in Ohio in 1963 and have the shorter VIN# as you describe. I'm not sure, but I think the California trailers also had the year and month of manufacture stamped under the VIN # on the VIN plate (I know mine does).

I would be careful, though, because the ebay auction states "I will have clear title". I would avoid paying for it if a clear title is not presentable prior to any partial or complete payment for the trailer.

If in fact the VIN plate is an erroneous stamping of a replacement plate, I would also carefully examine the title to make sure it is consistent with the VIN plate. I've heard some real horror stories regarding mistakes on VIN #'s and non-matching titles, etc where the DMV has refused to register or issue a title on such a vehicle and the owner has been out of luck.
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:30 AM   #17
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Ok I did buy the AS and the title and the vin match up, is there any other way to match the vin up. like on the frame? The only other #'s i can find on the frame are xd3-t36... I have listed it on ebay for sale. the plate seams to be original... could this be a factory mistake? also when you say streetside does that mean the driver side if your pulling it? it has the bathroom on the left or driver side. the last time it was titled was in mn in 89. everthing matches up....plate number and id plate and title...did they make Globetrotters in cal? if the plate says santa fe cal, does that mean it was made there? And if the vin says it was made in ohio then why does the plate say cal???? Im just confused. maybe i should list it with a bill of sale only if the title has been messed with.
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:33 AM   #18
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Also the owner bought this AS from AZ.
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:36 AM   #19
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The VIN # is also stamped on the tongue - usually on the curbside. (streetside = driver's side, curbside = passenger's side). It oftentimes is covered up with paint if the tongue has been painted over the years, but it's back towards the body on the top surface of the outside angled part of the tongue and the numbers are about 1/2" high.

You can also check out these two links to confirm whatcha got based on layout:

'63 Bambi
'63 GlobeTrotter

Both Bambi's & GlobeTrotters were made in both the CA & OH factories. The plates were interchangable or showed both Jackson Center & Santa Fe Springs on them. The VIN # style will confirm which you have, but it doesn't really matter - the variations are minor between the factories, one isn't better than the other they are just different based on local suppliers of the raw materials.

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Have you seen the ID plate on the ebay pic? It does not show any signs of being tampered with or replaced. It is however a Bambi. And the only #'s on the tounge are XD3-136 not T36. Still not sure if it has the correct ID plate.. Even thou the title matched the plate. Thanks for the help also!
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I suppose it's possible that the person stamping the tag had the "6" upside down and stamped it as a "9" - it's definately a Bambi, not a GlobeTrotter.

As far as CA vs OH, the VIN # indicates OH and the MHMA tag confirms it - those weren't required on CA trailers.

Good luck with your auction ~

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Ok thats the only thing that makes since to me! The 2 owners new each other for 45 years and I'm 99% sure No switching of the plate was done. Thanks again for your help Shari!
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Thanks for the info. I might give it a try! But yes its the same one, I bought it to fix up and keep but my wife didnt understand that "part'. Must sell
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.....understand that "part'. Must sell
Sometimes the fair sex does have trouble understanding "our parts".

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Sometimes the fair sex does have trouble understanding "our parts".
...and sometimes, it's the other way around!

Have you seen my (and I do mean MY) latest project!?

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...and sometimes, it's the other way around!

Have you seen my (and I do mean MY) latest project!?

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Yes Shari I did...and even I can understand that "part" of you.
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[QUOTE=smallville;1119882]Ok I did buy the AS and the title and the vin match up,


That is great news. Glad to here you bought your Bambi and all looks good regarding the title.
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