I have been searching for over two years for my grandfather's 1965
26' Overlander, which he sold (unbeknownst to the family) prior to his death. I know the following information:
Original state of registry: Wisconsin (Beloit, where my grandfather lived)
Sold to: Rex Stageman of Rockford, IL around 2002
VIN: J026539 (provided by the wonderful state of WI)
title number: T2241075020 last titled in IL in 2002
I know that Stageman traded in the Airstream to a boat dealer somewhere, but the hideous state of IL will not forward a letter to the current owner (but they sure did take my money). I am thinking that it currently resides in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, or Minnesota? Most likely places for someone from Rockford to find a boat dealership.
It is my greatest wish to bring the old girl back to her family where she belongs. She was my grandfather's pride and joy and I would love nothing more than to send a letter to the current owners and ask them to consider selling to us. I would love to build new memories with my family...
I have tried every single VIN and title search engine, but none accept the old Airstream VIN convention. She isn't registered in WI, and IL and MI will not confirm if she's registered or not. Help!! Someone told me to find a nice policeman, but I'm hoping that my wonderful Airforums friends can assist.
Thank you so much for helping me with this great labor of love...