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Old 01-28-2010, 11:42 AM   #1
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1983 Airstream 31 what model

yr/mk 1983/AIRS body TV color UNK
vin 1STABAR21DJ501537

what model is it ??? I don't think it a classic it looks like a International

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2. Series (5th Position) 1STGEAU36MJ000001
A. Argosy
B. Classic *4/4/01
C. Motorhome, Front Gasoline Engine, Workhorse Chassis
D. Sovereign
E. Excella
F. International *11/7/01 (Previously Funeral Coach)
G. Motorhome, Front Gasoline Engine, Chevy
H. Limited, 60th Anniversary Travel Trailer
J. Motorhome, Front Diesel Engine
K. 70th Anniversary Model *8/29/00
L. Limited
M. Bambi
N. Bus Type Motorhome, Front Gasoline Engine, Ford
P. Safari
R. Audiometric Unit
S. Commercial Unit
T. Bus Type Motorhome, Rear Engine Diesel, Freightliner
U. Transporter (Bus)
V. C-Body Mini-Motorhome *2/1/02 (Previously Legend)
W. Bus Type Motorhome, Front Gasoline Engine, Chevy
X. Motorhome, Rear Engine Diesel
Y. Land Yacht
Z. Integrity 5th Wheel









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Old 01-28-2010, 01:37 PM   #2
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I don't know.
Hoping someone else will fill in the question marks as to what the fourth through seventh positions mean for sure.

Your vin # 1STABAR21DJ501537

1ST = (mfgr, make, type) Airstream Travel Trailer
A = (type) ?
B = (series) Classic?
A = (body type) ?
R = (length) ?
2 = (axle configuration) 2 axles
1 = (check digit) ?
D = (model year) D is 1983
J = (manufacturing plant) Jackson Center
501537 = (sequential #)
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Old 01-28-2010, 02:09 PM   #3
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Your vin # 1STABAR21DJ501537

1ST = (mfgr, make, type) Airstream Travel Trailer
A = (type) Center Bath-Rear Kitchen
B = (series) Classic? *4/4/01 do not know what this date is
A = (body type) . Semi-monocoque, 96” narrow body, continuous curved, shiny aluminum
Shell, contoured window glass, frames and doors.
R = (length) . 31’ to less than 32'
2 = (axle configuration) 2 axles
1 = (check digit) ?
D = (model year) D is 1983
J = (manufacturing plant) Jackson Center
501537 = (sequential #)
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Old 01-28-2010, 06:53 PM   #4
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Still confused. Got the vin info from the Airstream website archived information.
Other info I have only shows Internationals, Excellas, and Limiteds being produced in 1983. The first time a Classic shows up is 2002.
Must be an International.
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:00 PM   #5
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MYBE B = (series) Classic? *4/4/01 do not know what this date is
mybe B before 4/4/01 it is a
F. International *11/7/01 (Previously Funeral Coach)
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:06 PM   #6
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D. Sovereign 1st year 1984 but so say there was some made as 1983?
E. Excella
L. Limited
F. International *11/7/01 (Previously Funeral Coach) so in 1983 it was Funeral Coach no listing for international in 1983??
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:03 AM   #7
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I think louski might be right as I have a 29 Sovereign built 2/14/83 (Valentines day how cute eh?) The title says it's a 1983.

VIN 1STABAR29DJ501558

so if I use the previous posters de code I get

Your vin # 1STABAR21DJ501537 my VIN 1STABAR29DJ501558

1ST = (mfgr, make, type) Airstream Travel Trailer same
A = (type) Center Bath-Rear Kitchen same but mine is not, it's center kitchen, then bath then 2 singles aft
B = (series) Classic? *4/4/01 do not know what this date is same but it definitely says "Sovereign" in what appears original letters on the side
A = (body type) . Semi-monocoque, 96” narrow body, continuous curved, shiny aluminum same
Shell, contoured window glass, frames and doors.
R = (length) . 31’ to less than 32' same letter but mine is only 29 feet so this doesn't work
2 = (axle configuration) 2 axles same but is it just coincidental that I have a 29 footer and the vin has "29" in it?
1 = (check digit) ? ???????????
D = (model year) D is 1983 same and this is correct
J = (manufacturing plant) Jackson Center same
501537 = (sequential #)


When I look around at web pages and such and there are drop down lists I almost never see an 1983 29 ft Sovereign listed. Am I an Excella in disguise? Or an early production model. In fact it's not even a choice here on the airstream forum which is why I'm listed as a 1984 Sovereign


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Old 02-07-2010, 12:18 PM   #8
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can you tell what model this is from photos

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