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Old 04-19-2013, 10:04 PM   #1
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New to Airstream and need help with year of camper.

My friend talked one of his friends into selling me an old Airstream Sovereign. I have look it up and down and have not found a year of this camper. Comparing pictures on the web I think it looks like a 1968 but I really have no idea. The camper has been parked for longer than 5 years and I am not sure what works and what does not. Any advice is welcome. This is my first camper and I have a lot to learn.
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Hello Dobyns - Welcome to the Forum!

Have you run across Vintage Airstream Photo Archives? For instance, go to the '68 Sovereign link to see if the photos match up with what you have. And it gets more useful when the pages have VIN info toward the top like the following:
Ohio | O(I) 30 8 J NNN
California | O(I) 30 8 S NNN
(5NN for double-bed layout)
(O prefix for Standard Landyacht options, I prefix for Int’l options)
Sovereign VINs change between years.

Other serial number info can be found at Airstream, Inc :: Serial Numbers

[on edit: uh-oh, that last link gets real skimpy for the years 1967, 1968 & 1969]
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Welcome, Dobyns!

I'm new too, but there are many, many experienced folks to help here. You've got your hands on a wonderful opportunity.

As soon as you can, post some photos and start listing things you might need to work on....lots of help to be had here.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:27 PM   #4
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The ssn is J130C575. Is there a place I can match that up?
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go to www.airstream.com/service/serial-numbers

this may help.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:56 PM   #6
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The ssn is J130C575. Is there a place I can match that up?
The "C" in your serial number is incorrect.

You have a 30 foot Airstream, made in Ohio, but the year part of the serial number is not there.

That kind of sequence relates to about a 65 or so.

Correct the number or post a photo of the side.

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Dirigible - is that your tow vehicle?? Gorgeous!!
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Looks like the number I found is not the serial number. Can someone tell me where the SN: should be located?
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Where was the number located that you found? The serial # is stamped on the frame curb side. If the PO painted the frame, you may need to sand the paint off. Can anyone narrow down just where on the frame is the first place to look?

We all love a mystery!
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Thank you, it is not, however I am building a 1937 Chevy P.U. that may be used on occassion to tow it to special events. The car is a '38 Chevy I built years ago, but just like the AS, it is a never ending project.

My actual tow vehicle is a 2012 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD with the Duramax diesel and Allison transmission. Click on my avatar (the Chevy Coupe) and you will see a picture of my TV.
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I still can't find a stamp vin. I did find a light that was stamped 86.
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New to Airstream and need help with year of camper.

Greetings Dobyns!

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I still can't find a stamp vin. I did find a light that was stamped 86.
Looking at your photo, it appears that the plaque that should contain the VIN/Serial Number is attached to the side of the trailer. The cast plaque that is below the small window just to the right of the entrance door should have your coach's VIN . . . since these plaques can be subject to some pitting and corrossion, it can be helpful to thoroughly clean and then do a pencil tracing/etching across the plate to see if the the digits become clearer. The quality of the stamping of the VIN can vary considerably and the condition of the cast plaque can make matters worse in some instances.

Good luck with your investigation!

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Good looking Airstream. Protect those windows, I don't think they are still available. Are the side windows all in tact like the ones shown in the picture. Enjoy the project.
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Good looking Airstream. Protect those windows, I don't think they are still available. Are the side windows all in tact like the ones shown in the picture. Enjoy the project.
All the opening windows for the 66, 67 and 68 trailers are available at prices far less than the 69 and up windows.

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