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Old 05-19-2018, 03:11 PM   #1
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VIN Confirmation help

Relatively new to the forum and to Airstreams. Just picked up a fixer-upper that was listed as a '73.

However, after looking at a few other pictures and referencing the VIN sticky in this forum, it looks like we may actually have an International 31' rear bath twin bed 1969 manufactured in Jackson Center, OH #291?

Appreciate the assistance.
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The VIN reads 131T?J0291 with that 5th digit too hard for me to read. It might be a 3 and that would mean a 73 or it could be a 9 which would make it a 79. A 69 would only have a 3 digit sequence number from what I understand. A couple of pictures might solve the question. There are some differences between the years. On a 1969 the front wing windows would have 3 square corners and all the 70s would have 2 square corners.
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The VIN reads 131T?J0291 with that 5th digit too hard for me to read. It might be a 3 and that would mean a 73 or it could be a 9 which would make it a 79. .

Zooming in, I read it as a 9 pretty clearly... so 131T9J0291. Enjoy the research
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One way to tell if its a 69 or 73 is the interior wood. 1970 was the last year for real wood, usually cherry or walnut veneer panels. Then it changed to a woodgrain formica type laminate for interiors in 71 thru I know at least 78, as I had a 78.
Your windows and access compartment photos in the other thread look exactly like my current trailer, a 70. Plus I noticed all the peeling veneer in the pics. That woodgrain stuff won't hardly come off if you want it to without effort. Its a 69 brotha and to me thats a good thang.
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Thanks for all the assistance!

Doing some research on getting it titled here in NC led me to the License Plate Department of the DMV; the clerk confirmed it was a '69 and was able to tell me the location it was last titled, but not the last "official" owners.

Next step- DMV Enforcement and Theft Dept
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