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Old 03-11-2004, 04:12 PM   #15
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My 1986 345 is 10705. This is starting to make some sense. That would put my 86 72 production units before Dennis' 87. And if Al's I turns out to be a 1 then I'm 490 production units away from his 84.

Pehaps mine was a late 86 and Dennis' was an early 87?

Curious to see more on this.
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Old 03-11-2004, 05:05 PM   #16
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I hate to even mention this but......

Maybe we should ask this question on the Airstream company forum site and see if a factory associate can answer this question for us.

I'll add whatever to my site. It has always been a work in progress for the benefit of everyone.

I went ahead and did the dirty deed myself.
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Old 03-11-2004, 06:55 PM   #17
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re looked and it is a one "1" .
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Old 03-11-2004, 07:26 PM   #18
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My A/S Serial Number is 1A9 BGAR 22EJ 010212. While going through a mountain of paperwork in found in the coach, I determined that my coach was a one owner and the dealer paid the Airstream division of Beatrice Foods $65,830.50 for my coach on 8/31/83. Wow!!!

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Old 03-11-2004, 07:30 PM   #19
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The last 6 digits on my 93 model are 801205.
I don't know if that meams it was the 1,205th built or not.

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Old 03-11-2004, 07:52 PM   #20
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Found this on Carfax

The Vehicle ID Number (VIN) can be found on dashboards, driver's side door jamb stickers, and title documents. All cars and light trucks built after 1981 have a unique 17-character VIN that contains valuable information about that vehicle's history


That would suggest that numbers of vehicles prior to 82 are different than previous years, this accounts for early coachs number differences, now we need to figure out what it all means.

hopefully as this list grows we will see a for sure pattern emerge, and the numbers will make sense.

I am including my full number as I think this will help us decode info.
I dont think this poses any treat as the number is clearly visable to anyone in all vehicles, so if everyone would include their full number I think that would be helpfull. Also include month and year on tag , as my 79 was built in 78.

79 24' M24R9V5004 built in sept 78
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Old 03-12-2004, 07:48 AM   #21
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Clarification - VIN number and Airstream Serial #

As a point of interest, there should be TWO separate serial number plates on a vertical post in the front access compartment just to the curb side of center. The black painted one (with faint "GM" embossing) is the actual title VIN, but there should also be a larger aluminum plate with the Airstream ID numbers -

The Airstream Serial Number should be close to (the same format as) 1A9 BGAR 22EJ 010212, or 1A9GAR23EJO1O215, or (mine) 1A9 BGAU 30 HJ 010777.

Personally, I can see no reason not to share these numbers here on the forum, as no proprietary information can be interpreted from them. Even the VIN number (the black GM plate, which in most cases is your title registration number) is public information, and can be traced, with a bit of effort.

Follow this link for the Airstream (tm) website PDF interpretation of what the AS serial numbers signify.

Airstream Company Link for Serial Number Explanation

As a matter of interest, I ran mine out, and the check number did not work. There is an unexplained (in the PDF) asterick that (I think) precludes the earlier MH chassis from a check number.
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Old 03-12-2004, 08:02 AM   #22
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Dennis - great find. I'll check mine out at lunch.
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confusing...

Dennis is absolutely right. You have two ID numbers on your motorhomes. The VIN is actually the GM P-30 chassis VIN. Then Airstream has their production ID plate. My 325 (and I'm sorry I don't have the numbers any more for you) was an '85 Airstream, but was built on an '84 P-30 chassis. Talk about parts confusion! There are apparently a number of differences between the '84 and '85 model years in the P-30s. Until I figured out that my chassis was an '84, I thought that either my parts guy was drinking heavily at work, or I was in GM parts hell. Nothing I bought fit the way it should. The most challenging part was the steering stabilizer replacement! It's completely different from what the P-30 parts books describe.

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Old 03-12-2004, 09:47 AM   #24
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"There are apparently a number of differences between the '84 and '85 model years..."

And in the '86 to '87 model years.

As (apparently most) others, mine is an '87 Airstream on an '86 chassis.

Since '86 was the last year for the Carbureted 454, significant motor related differences exist between the '86 and '87 models.

LOTS of wrong parts and trips back and forth to the parts houses prior to figuring out what was going on.

Now, whenever dealing with chassis and motor related parts, the unit is now referred to as an '86 P-32 chassis, nothing else.

I know many others here can attest to the problems of the multitude differences in such things as radiators that are "supposed" to fit the MH chassis.
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Old 03-14-2004, 09:49 AM   #25
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Thumbs up A/S production #

Here is the actual A/S production # on my 1990 345 LE - 011239.
Thanks for setting me right, Dennis.
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Old 03-15-2004, 07:14 PM   #26
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hope it helps

M28A9V5220 1979 28' on 78 p-30 Center bath, rear twins

M= MH
28=length
A9V5= (???) floor plan
220= production #

Apparently, mine was 220 of that year...
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Old 03-15-2004, 08:41 PM   #27
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M28B8V5305 1978 28' on 78 p-30 Center bath, rear queen/lounge.

M= MH
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Where is AS Id # located I can't find mine,My DMV registration shows the Chevrolet Vin #?There is a small sticker on the right side of the entry door but its so worn out I can't read it.
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