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Old 06-20-2009, 03:10 PM   #1
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I'm new here. Our friends just gave us an Airstream with no paperwork or anything. It's in fair condition and I'm going to try to fix it up. I don't even know what year it is or how to find out. The tag says Airtstream Land Yacht SO 30S5072. That's all I can find. Any help would be appreciated so I can figure out where to start.
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Old 06-20-2009, 03:44 PM   #2
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Someone on the Forum will probably track down the year and tell you how to find out the original owner. But, you will have to have documents regarding transfer of ownership to register it and get license plates. In a title state, you will need a title, otherwise, a registration. Your friends got it somehow. Did they lose the title or registration? A new one can be issued. You will have to ask your state motor vehicle bureau what to do. If it were titled or registered in another state, it becomes complicated, but can be done.

If your friends don't have any information about ownership, this gets even more complicated. First of all, how did they get it? If it were stolen sometime in the past, all subsequent possessors have no right to ownership—a thief cannot transfer good title.

The original owner can probably be identified. Whether they can be found is another question. That would help trace ownership to the present. In some murky situations, you may be able to claim it is abandoned property and your state will probably have a procedure for that—that will take quite a long time to settle as it will have to be advertised by the state to find out if there are any other claimants. This process can take years.

I would not invest any time or money in this trailer until ownership is settled and license plates can be obtained.

So to answer your question where to start—here was the place to start. The second thing to do is ask your friends how they got it and what happened to the documentation? If they don't give you a plausible answer and won't cooperate in tracking down the paper trail, I'd give it back. You might see what is your obligation in Idaho to report a crime if it appears to be stolen.

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Old 06-20-2009, 03:53 PM   #3
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I think we can get the ownership thing figured out but, as you said, it might be complicated. Thanks.
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Old 06-20-2009, 04:36 PM   #4
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Hi
I'm new here. Our friends just gave us an Airstream with no paperwork or anything. It's in fair condition and I'm going to try to fix it up. I don't even know what year it is or how to find out. The tag says Airtstream Land Yacht SO 30S5072. That's all I can find. Any help would be appreciated so I can figure out where to start.
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That trailer was made in California, as is a 1965 30 foot.

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Old 05-20-2015, 11:01 AM   #5
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Good Day, I just joined and would like to find out the year and model of my airstream, if anyone can point me in the right direction. It was made in California, and has a serial number of 7432. Here are a couple of pics. I think it is 18 or 19'
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Old 05-20-2015, 04:28 PM   #6
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Hi bjohnson. Welcome to Air Forums and the Airstream community. You have found and purchased a very vintage Airstream. It is a "13 segment" trailer, likely late 50s or so. 13 segments is how Airstream put together the front and rear "end caps", or spherical front and rear ends of the trailers. There are many enthusiasts of those old style trailers.

One thought is to explore Air Forums in the Airstream Knowledgebase. Find this section of the Forums toward the bottom of the forums page. Click on the mid 50s years and take a look at the different body styles.

You can also the Airstream photos section and again start studying the mid to late 50s trailers.

And here is a vintage Airstream website that I like and find useful. Take a look:

http://vintageairstream.com/photo-ar...ying-cloud-22/

You're gonna have a lot of fun with your old Airstream. Hey, you might enjoy making a thread under "member introductions" and attaching photos of your new old Airstream. I think you would meet more like minded folks doing that.

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Old 05-28-2015, 02:15 PM   #7
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They made them with different numbers of panels in the 1950's. The first had 15 (I think) and then 13, then less—maybe 7. I saw a 7 panel in Utah a few weeks ago. As they learned to do compound curves they used fewer panels until they figured out the system they have used since then, about 1960.

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Looks kinda like a 50's vintage Flying Cloud
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