Originally Posted by brennerk1
328T0J1623 I our SN#
Thank you so much for the info. To bad the club numbers are not linked to a SN#.
So what do you have going on for research with the SN#?
Now is there any way to do a national Vin number lookup to see who owned our camper in the past?
Thanks so much. With your SN the 1980 SN Log is up to a modest 8 entries so far. The log is really being used for a couple of purposes.
First to make sure we can decode 1980 Airstream (and Argoy) SNs, as Airstream does not seem to have records they can find about this one year only unique SN format, so we are developing it by studying numbers found "in the wild".
Second, to get a feel for how many 1980 Airstreams (and Argosies) were really made. There has been an oft repeated claim that "less than 100" 1980 Airstreams were made, but so far I have found 1980 Airstream SN's with the "last 4 digits" which represent the production sequence number ranging from 1102 thru 1673.
Based upon experience in other model years, I believe the first 1980 Airstream would have had sequence # 1101, so "1673" suggests that at least 573 1980 Airstreams (and Argosys) were built. "1673" was produced 7-16-80, so has to be near the end of production. I am hoping the log will confirm that production was continuous that Airstream did not skip a section of sequence numbers for some reason.
BTW, there has been a claim that only about 10 1980 Argsoies were built, a number that is so small we likely will never be able to confirm, especially because it seems that 1980 Argosy SNs were intermixed with Airstream SNs using the same sequence number string.
It is unfortunate that the club did not keep records of the Airstream SNs owned by members over the years because we get these types of requests frequently. All the club has to go on is "big red numbers" that were over the front and rear windows of many Airstreams, which represent the membership number of club members. Those numbers can be looked up and ownership guesses made.
You may or may not have success trying to locate previous owners via your state government. Reverse lookups used to be offered in many states the past for a fee, but I think are less available now due to privacy laws.