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Old 05-18-2019, 03:54 PM   #1
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vin number issues

So my aunt has a airstream international 1979 she thinks ,
however when i run the VIN number at the DMV or to get the title
The first letter shows an 1, according to the website and etc. the first one should be a letter not a number so instead of a 1 it should be i for international
I don't see the vin on the trailer or anywhere else.
Does anyone know why this is or how do i figure out how to get correct title number for trailer
any help would be apperiated
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Newer vehicles have VIN's in many places (for trailers, tongue, plate on side, etc.), but older ones may be a challenge. There should be a plate on the side of the trailer with that information plus lots of other things on it. Sometimes it has weathered so much it is hard to read. Look inside cabinets or wardrobes for anything attached to the inside of the doors. Whatever the title says would rule if nothing can be found on the trailer. The plate should be on the side, low down, so look for holes in the body where one was attached, or discoloration in a rectangle.
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A 79 would have the vin on the name plate next to the door. The 2nd and 3rd numbers in the vin is the length of the trailer. It should also be stamped in the frame near the propane bottles.
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Before 1981, VIN's were not standardized at 17 numbers and letters. You are probably looking for a shorter combination with a system used by the manufacturer. If stamped into the tongue, it may be covered with multiple layers of paint and you may have to remove the paint. Look first on the driver's side of the tongue and then look elsewhere. As long as you have a title with a VIN and the trailer is not moved to another state, licensing is easy. But if the trailer goes to another state in a sale, it will have to have something on the trailer for a VIN inspection in that state. You may be able to apply for a new VIN in that case, but in some states it can be very difficult and expensive.

There are a number of websites that offer search for a specific VIN. I don't know if they are free or not. They may not have a VIN for a specific trailer. When we sold our trailer, the buyer checked out the VIN on one of these websites and couldn't find it. So, the website he used was not complete. Perhaps none of them are, but I don't know. You can search the VIN and see if it matches the trailer. Airstream may have VIN information too. I know you are looking for a VIN on the trailer, but confirming the trailer and title match is a good idea. Mistakes are made and the title, registration or a VIN on the trailer may not match. I had a car like that and it was so long ago I can't remember what I had to do, but I think it was fairly simple.

Hopefully you find the plate and a stamp VIN on the tongue, they are readable and they match the title.
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So the issue is
The item is a number showing a 1 however according to dmv it should show a letter like a I for I international,
It is clearly a 1 and not a I , so what advice would you think I should try , I didn’t see a vin on or by the hitch anywhere I checked throughly but I may not be in the right spot still����*♂️
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