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Old 04-13-2010, 07:21 AM   #1
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Unhappy Pan Am Edition?

I just bought a 1982 airstream, called Pan Am Edition on the side...airstream does not recognize this, trying to figure out what model this 31ft. trailer is...vin# 1STTBAR26CJ500729
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Old 04-13-2010, 07:59 AM   #2
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also, asked airstream people about vin# and they did not recognize the extra "T" in first four numbers
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:03 AM   #3
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Well, you certainly seem to have something unique there! How about a LOT more photos, inside and out?

We love unique...!
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I don't know anything about it either, but I sure would like seeing more of it.

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Sounds like a custom job!
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:18 AM   #6
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Pan Am Edition

here are more pics
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That WBCCI number 126 on your trailer would indicate that it belonged to someone high up in the club.

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thanks brian...but new to airstream, what is WBCCI number and what do you mean "high up in the club"...sorry, but just learning the ropes here...impulse buy!
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thanks brian...but new to airstream, what is WBCCI number and what do you mean "high up in the club"...sorry, but just learning the ropes here...impulse buy!
One of the thousands of VPs they seem to have; a "high mucky-muck" of some sort.
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thanks brian...but new to airstream, what is WBCCI number and what do you mean "high up in the club"...sorry, but just learning the ropes here...impulse buy!
It's the big red 126 on the front and back of the trailer. It represents the owner's member in the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (Airstream Club). A number that low would have been assigned to a national officer of the club.

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I'm not finding the VIN .pdfs over at Airstream -- they move it now and then. And for that reason we have recorded them here at AIR.

post-1980 VIN sheets: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...tml#post445047

What's your bath location? And you're confirming this VIN in at least 2 of the 3 known locations?
  1. Title
  2. Badge to right of entry door
  3. Embossed in 1/2" tall letters on the roadside of A-frame

1STTBAR26CJ500729 reads really haywire. No wonder the factory had a problem. It only begins to make sense starting with the 'A' (sixth digit) in your VIN.
  • 4th position normally is bath location and T is just "not used."
  • 5th position? Should designate model type. And B means 'Classic' - not made until 2001.
  • A designates "Semi-monocoque, 96" narrow body.."
  • R designates a 31-footer; up to 31' 11"
  • 2 = double axle
  • 6 = check digit
  • C = 1982
  • J = Jackson Center manufacture
  • the rest is your sequential production number
Yes, we have seen human errors in making up the steel dies for the badge & A-frame stamps. That's why I ask about having the VIN match in as many of the normal locations as possible.

Should the B have been in position 4 to designate rear corner bath? (if that's what you have) Understanding the T in position 4 is probably unknowable. The factory has been known to make custom units but I haven't heard that explain any reason why they'd deviate so far from the codes for position 4 & 5.
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Okay, it has a rear bath if it's this one:
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I don't worry much about the 32' listed in the ad. gecko333 is calling it a 31' -- so he probably heard a similar analysis from Jackson Center. They'll sometimes give a different length just to denote a completely different model; eg, today's 27' FB Int'l is 28' even; the 28' Intl is 27' 11". meh...
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:45 PM   #13
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pan Am Edition

it does have the rear bathroom, and i found the VIN in front by trailer hitch and propane tanks, it matched the certificated of destruction title vin, it was on metal plate, didn't see a plate by the door....
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Sorry for the goofy question - but what do you mean by a "certificated of destruction title vin"?

Was your trailer at one point "written off"?
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