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Old 08-29-2007, 10:29 PM   #1
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Rivet New VIN System at Airstream?

So I finally look at the VIN of the new 27FB Intl, and for fun, I try to decode the VIN# based on the info from Airstream here:

My VIN# is 1STTFYL288Jxxxxxx (last 6 xx'ed out for security)

Using the Airstrem "decoder ring" I have the following:

(Items in Bold Italic are the surprises.

1ST: Airstream Travel Trailer
T: Not Used!!
F: Funeral Coach!!
Y: Semi-monocoque, 102" wide body, continuous curved, shiny aluminum shell, contoured window glass, frames, and doors.
L: 27' to less than 28'
2: Double Axle
8: Postion not referenced in "decoder"
J: Jackson Center, OH

So, the ones that stick out to me are the fact that I'm in a funeral coach that is less thatn 28'. (the 27FB is actually 28', 1 inch longer than the 28' Intl / Safari Models )

The funeral reference is a bit freaky....

Anyone else with 27FBs (Safari / Intl / Classic) want to chime in to let me know if they are also in a "funeral coach"?

I'm guessing that now they stopped the Classic Motorhomes, and motorhomes in general, "F" will mean "Front Bed", but not sure.

Maybe those with 25FBs can also chime in too...

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Old 08-29-2007, 10:59 PM   #2
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Old 08-30-2007, 09:18 PM   #3
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Hi Kevin -- Any catalog or online publication of Airstream should be viewed as infrequently updated, if ever. Their website is supposed to be getting an update any day now - they originally told their dealers August 10th but it's anybody's guess. There is no clue whether they'll update everything or, better yet, maintain it on an ongoing basis. Their 'Airstreamer' section has a VIN interpretation webpage in their FAQs. It's not a whole lot different than the link you give, it gives some interesting insights to your questions, and I don't see any suggestion that it is up to date (dated 2/1/02 in fact...). Otherwise I'd say your VIN follows some norms running since publication of my referenced link.

I did see a 27' FB International at the midwest Moraine View Forums rally in June. Cool unit! Let's dissect your VIN the way I interpret it:
1ST = Airstream travel trailer
T= I agree -- a new letter is being used. My corresponding digit is "J" = Center Bath, Split. Might as well give a unique letter to the best selling Airstream layout.
F = not Funeral Coach. The above link says denotes International after 11/01.
Y = Semi-monocoque, 102" wide body...
L = 27' to less than 28'. Get out the micrometer. This has been discussed before (not sure where) - just something quirky if truly > 28'.
2 = 2 axles
8 = Check digit -- fairly complex per the above URL.
8 = 2008
J = Jackson Center, OH manufacture
xxxxxx = Sequential number

To me the only undeclared part of your VIN is the new use of the T in the 4th position. There is a lot of cloaking of production in the RV industry and it is up to the historians to try to determine sequential numbers as they relate to numbers produced, model type, etc. (eg, see R.J. Dial's Vintage Airstream Photo Archives -- and even he has only part of it figured out for models before 1980!). At least your VIN is unique for licensing & titling purposes.

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Old 08-30-2007, 09:21 PM   #4
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The decoder ring has a few updates...
F. International *11/7/01 (Previously Funeral Coach)
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