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Old 03-12-2004, 07:48 AM   #21
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Clarification - VIN number and Airstream Serial #

As a point of interest, there should be TWO separate serial number plates on a vertical post in the front access compartment just to the curb side of center. The black painted one (with faint "GM" embossing) is the actual title VIN, but there should also be a larger aluminum plate with the Airstream ID numbers -

The Airstream Serial Number should be close to (the same format as) 1A9 BGAR 22EJ 010212, or 1A9GAR23EJO1O215, or (mine) 1A9 BGAU 30 HJ 010777.

Personally, I can see no reason not to share these numbers here on the forum, as no proprietary information can be interpreted from them. Even the VIN number (the black GM plate, which in most cases is your title registration number) is public information, and can be traced, with a bit of effort.

Follow this link for the Airstream (tm) website PDF interpretation of what the AS serial numbers signify.

Airstream Company Link for Serial Number Explanation

As a matter of interest, I ran mine out, and the check number did not work. There is an unexplained (in the PDF) asterick that (I think) precludes the earlier MH chassis from a check number.
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Old 03-12-2004, 08:02 AM   #22
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Dennis - great find. I'll check mine out at lunch.
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Old 03-12-2004, 09:12 AM   #23
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confusing...

Dennis is absolutely right. You have two ID numbers on your motorhomes. The VIN is actually the GM P-30 chassis VIN. Then Airstream has their production ID plate. My 325 (and I'm sorry I don't have the numbers any more for you) was an '85 Airstream, but was built on an '84 P-30 chassis. Talk about parts confusion! There are apparently a number of differences between the '84 and '85 model years in the P-30s. Until I figured out that my chassis was an '84, I thought that either my parts guy was drinking heavily at work, or I was in GM parts hell. Nothing I bought fit the way it should. The most challenging part was the steering stabilizer replacement! It's completely different from what the P-30 parts books describe.

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Old 03-12-2004, 09:47 AM   #24
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"There are apparently a number of differences between the '84 and '85 model years..."

And in the '86 to '87 model years.

As (apparently most) others, mine is an '87 Airstream on an '86 chassis.

Since '86 was the last year for the Carbureted 454, significant motor related differences exist between the '86 and '87 models.

LOTS of wrong parts and trips back and forth to the parts houses prior to figuring out what was going on.

Now, whenever dealing with chassis and motor related parts, the unit is now referred to as an '86 P-32 chassis, nothing else.

I know many others here can attest to the problems of the multitude differences in such things as radiators that are "supposed" to fit the MH chassis.
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Old 03-14-2004, 09:49 AM   #25
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Thumbs up A/S production #

Here is the actual A/S production # on my 1990 345 LE - 011239.
Thanks for setting me right, Dennis.
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Old 03-15-2004, 07:14 PM   #26
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hope it helps

M28A9V5220 1979 28' on 78 p-30 Center bath, rear twins

M= MH
28=length
A9V5= (???) floor plan
220= production #

Apparently, mine was 220 of that year...
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Old 03-15-2004, 08:41 PM   #27
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M28B8V5305 1978 28' on 78 p-30 Center bath, rear queen/lounge.

M= MH
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B8V5= (???) floor plan
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Old 03-16-2004, 08:22 PM   #28
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Where is AS Id # located I can't find mine,My DMV registration shows the Chevrolet Vin #?There is a small sticker on the right side of the entry door but its so worn out I can't read it.
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Old 03-16-2004, 08:29 PM   #29
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Mine was on a placard that is attached to the dash so it can be read while standing outside the MH by the drivers side mirror. It is approx 1 3/4 by 3 inches and looks like it was made on a type writer.
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Old 03-16-2004, 08:36 PM   #30
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AS Serial Number Location

On the '87 345 there is a vertical support about 1/3 of the way to the curbside of center in the front engine access area (just above the oil dipstick).

On mine, both the GM vin number AND the Airstream Serial number are attached to this support. The GM number is on a black thin piece of steel, and the Airstream serial number is on what appears to be aluminum, about 1 1/2" X 4".
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Old 03-18-2004, 11:52 AM   #31
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Found the Id plates thanks Dennis, My A/S # is
1A9BGAU37FJ0465 check it out how mine and Dennis 1987 have the same first 8 digit. Minne is 1985 345 rear double bed,on a 1984 Chevy p30.I agree I dont think it will do harm to show this Id # since the chevy vin # is the one used for registration.
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Old 03-19-2004, 08:17 AM   #32
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One more

1A9TEAM2XCJ009727 - 1982 CLASS -A 28 FT rear bath, center twin from e-bay (not verified)
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Old 04-03-2004, 02:19 PM   #33
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Keep this going,
and mabye someone can recap what we have got so far.
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Old 04-10-2004, 04:35 PM   #34
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Who are we close to!

Happy Easter Everyone,

Our 1985 325 Classic AS number ends 10452 and is built on a 1984 chassis
Thought we could see what other members are close to our number

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Old 04-10-2004, 06:49 PM   #35
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the pattern sure make sense, Thanks
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Old 04-15-2004, 09:17 AM   #36
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Richardt:

You can add my 1979 24 Ft Excella Motorhome to the listing M249RV5181.

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Old 04-15-2004, 06:01 PM   #37
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im told 1996 was the last year. ??? who knoiws for sure???
Per NADA, 1996 was the last year of the 'Classic' MH. It was actually called the 'Classic'. I just don't have a picture of one on my site.

The 36' Classic MH's were built from 1993 to 1996 with 1994-1995 models having a Diesel/Spartan chassis model available. 1993 and 1996 were gas only years for the 36' Classic.
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Old 04-16-2004, 03:45 PM   #38
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Here's mine.
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The production # for my 1981 28' MH is 009695

the vin number was stamped on a piece of black metal and located in the middle of the engine access area but attached to the right upright was an aluminum plate with the airstream # on it.
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Old 04-21-2004, 09:28 PM   #40
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My 83' 310 is 009858.
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