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Old 10-29-2005, 07:41 PM   #1
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Locations on Tradewind for Vin number stamp?

I purchased a 72 Tradewind with the Vin plate on the nose of the trailer but the vin number does not match the title. The title shows a number "2" where the vin plate on the nose shows the letter "Z". The title cannot be transferred until the issue is resolved. The licensing state, DMV shows no irregularities with the vin as far back as their records were accessable. So then.---

Is there another location on the Tradewind where the vin number would be loacated?

Thanks very much.

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Old 10-29-2005, 08:06 PM   #2
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Hmm....

Welcome to the forums. It sounds like you have a mystery with the VIN. Can you post the VIN here? There are decoding charts for these, and maybe we can tell you what happened.
Also, the "2" should correspond to the year of the trailer. I found some info from Airstream Central for you.
Here is what the numbers and letter mean on your coach:

1969 to 1980
  • 1st digit - I=International; L=Land Yacht; M=Motorhome
  • 2nd & 3rd digit - Vehicle length
  • 4th digit - D=rear bath double bed; T=rear bath twin bed; A=center bath twin beds; B=center bath double bed
  • 5th digit - Model Year
  • 6th digit - J=Jackson Center, OH; S=Cerritos, CA; V=Versailles, OH
  • 7-10th digits - Sequential Serial Number
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Old 10-29-2005, 08:58 PM   #3
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My best guess would be someone misinterpreted a Z for a 2... this sometimes happens.

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Is there another location on the Tradewind where the vin number would be loacated?
On my '73, the VIN is stamped on the emblem just to the right of the door. Right underneath the oversized word "Overlander". The secret decoder ring from Airstream corp. can be found here:
http://www.airstream.com/airstream/p...pre1980vin.pdf

Sounds like somebody just misinterpreted a letter/number sometime in the past.
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Old 10-29-2005, 09:47 PM   #5
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I read that late 60's and 70's have the vin stamped into the top of the hitch area on the curb side. My 75 does have some numbers stamped in that area, but they are covered with 30 years of paint.The cam over connector for the WD hitch covers the area as well. It might be worth a look see on yours.
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Old 10-29-2005, 10:05 PM   #6
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Although my TradeWind is older, my VIN is also stamped into the rear bumper. This is in addition to the number on the lifetime warranty sheet on an interior closet door. I also found a handwritten one in yellow grease pencil on the backside of a piece of interior mahoganey that was mounted under the front window for a total of five different places. All of them matched, thank goodness.

As others have said, the Z must have been mistaken for a 2. I don't recall there ever being a Z used in the VIN on any model.

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Title and Tag it in Maine.
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Old 10-30-2005, 06:53 PM   #8
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Here is the VIN discrepancy

Vin on plate is: L25T2J208L
Vin on Title is: L25TZJ208L
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Here is the VIN discrepancy

Vin on plate is: L25T2J208L
Vin on Title is: L25TZJ208L
The 2 (Z) in question is the last number of the year, yours is a 72. If you could get a letter from JC with this information, it might solve your problem.
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"JC" Who's "JC". ??
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Sorry, I guess there is more then one. Jackson Center, Ohio

Airstream Inc.:
419 West Pike Street
P.O. Box 629
Jackson Center, Oh 45334-0629

Phone: 937-596-6111
Fax: 937-596-7939
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Old 10-30-2005, 09:19 PM   #12
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Thanks AZ. Much appreciated.

I work in Phoenix. Your Tradewind
must broil down there in the summer.
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Thanks AZ. Much appreciated.

I work in Phoenix. Your Tradewind
must broil down there in the summer.
But it's a dry heat!
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Old 10-31-2005, 07:53 AM   #14
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Here is the VIN discrepancy

Vin on plate is: L25T2J208L
Vin on Title is: L25TZJ208L
You can always copy and print the info I provided above, and take it in to the tag office, as well. It looks like some title clerk somewhere got in a hurry (I've never seen that, but hear it could have happened once), and hit the wrong key when entering your serial number.
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