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Old 06-10-2013, 01:03 PM   #1
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today's stupid question VIN# = serial #?

Are they the one and the same or should i be looking for two separate numbers? I have the following found on the side of the trailer -

S024S6010

S = factory location (California)
0= Overlander
24 = length
S= model # (land yacht)
010 = sequential serial number for the model

In other words – We have a landyacht 24 feet in length, built in California – 10th one made that year!


I just want to be sure that this is the correct # to give for licensing etc.

Whew... it's a Monday!


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Old 06-10-2013, 01:11 PM   #2
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That's the right number. The format changes some depending on the year, older ones have less info and later ones have more.

You can probably find the same number stamped into the curbside of the A-frame.
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:46 PM   #3
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Help with ID

I'm looking at an AS and the guy says it is an overlander. I think it is a 72 sovereign.
Anyone?
I looked here Airstream, Inc :: Serial Numbers and here
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ID:	192226Click image for larger version

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The upside-down photos are a bit hard to read, but it looks like a 31' twin-bed 1972 trailer made in Jackson Center.

The plaque that says "Land Yacht" in the center section may say Sovereign in the next section, certainly not Overlander at 31'.
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I'm looking at an AS and the guy says it is an overlander. I think it is a 72 sovereign.
Anyone?
I looked here Airstream, Inc :: Serial Numbers and here
Attachment 192226Attachment 192227
Any thoughts?

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It's a 1972 31 foot trailer.

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Not sure why the pics are upside down...
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Thanks guys! I thought it was a Sovereign. But he says it is an Overlander - that's why I asked him to send pics of the plates.
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The curse of the "O" strikes again...

There has been a LOT of mis-information over the years with the name "Overlander" and the "O" in VIN/Serial numbers. There is a very old document still floating around the internet that states the "0" or "O" stands for Overlander which was a 26' Airstream (available in both the Land Yacht & International versions). It is wrong and keeps being perpetuated as it is impossible to purge it from the internet. The "O" does NOT stand for Overlander. Overlander was the name for a 26' trailer - not a VIN# descriptor

"0" (zero) or "O" (Oh) = Land Yacht package
"I" (eye) or "1" (one) = International package

The International package had a few extra bells & whistles. The way the VIN# should be interpreted is:

0 or O = Land Yacht package OR I or 1 = International package
## = 2-digit number which corresponds to the length of the trailer
T = twin beds
9 = built in 1969
J = built in Jackson Center, Ohio OR S = Santa Fe Springs, CA
### = 3-digit number which is the sequential build number of the trailer

The organization of these numbers/letters vary slightly in the 60's & 70's, but they pretty much remain the same. And "O" never means Overlander.

Both these situations discussed in this thread are confused by the 0/zeros's in their VIN#s - thus the Overlander name being applied incorrectly.

Check out this webpage for more info & pics on various lengths of trailers and VIN # interpretation. There are also several other threads here on AirForums that discuss this issue in great length, a good one is here.

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