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Old 04-24-2003, 04:24 PM   #1
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Question Reading the serial number question

Ok here goes (hopefully brief) -

Found out how to read a serial number (ie: length, assembly plant, floor plan, etc..). Question is on the Model. According to the serial number identification page we found, I = International, E = Excella, and L = Land Yacht.

The trailer we are looking at has the Land Yacht "plaque" on the side, but also has the "I" in the serial number (this trailer is a 1978). I would have thought that in the serial number it would have both letters, ie: IL for International Land Yacht.

Did Airstream make a Land Yacht/International combo??? Or is it possible that the seller had the Land Yacht "plaque" put on there?

I'm a little confused as to the Land Yacht insignia. Was Land Yacht a model or a classification?
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Did Airstream make a Land Yacht/International combo???
Certain years, AS went a bit overboard in the naming of the trailers:

The VIN has only one letter for the model. The other part of the name are things like trim package, various optional things, like in ours: International as far as we can tell meant it has 2 water pressure regulators.

In 1978, in the AS list I have, I do not see a 1978 International, but that would not be the first time something weird was discovered about AS.
If the VIN says "I", and the plaque LY, you do have an International_Land Yatch.

correction: I see you have a Trade Wind. they list a 78 TW. We too have a TW_International_LY, and the VIN has a I.
That's what you have.
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Old 04-24-2003, 04:54 PM   #3
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femuse -

Thanks! I found the "model list" with the year/model name/length, etc... and printed it up.

At this point, I'm gonna have a very BIG file and need ALOT of ink cartridges to print all the info I'm getting from this site (and we haven't even bought the trailer yet!)

Thanks again!
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Old 06-23-2003, 01:33 PM   #4
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About a year ago I found an explanation of the model number. It included a "decoding" expanation that was valid for some number of years and indicated when and where it was manufactured, length, bed type and location. I've been trying to find it again without success. It may have been in the VAC location or some other AS site.
Does anyone know where it was? Or hopefully IS?
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Old 06-23-2003, 02:27 PM   #5
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Old 06-23-2003, 06:47 PM   #6
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Reading the serial number question

Greetings ElliottBartlett!

There are two serial number (VIN) decoding pdf files on the Airstream corporate site as follows:

Airstream Serial Number (VIN) Decoding Pre-1980

Airstream Serial Number (VIN) Decoding Post-1980

Good luck with your quest for information!

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Old 10-16-2004, 09:11 PM   #7
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I31 T 9 J 236 does this mean 79 or 89?

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Old 10-17-2004, 05:24 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by leefields
trying to id this coach i saw today
That is a 31' International Trim, twin beds, 1969 built in Jackson Center. There also should be a plate on the lower left front side with the same serial number and a build date and GVW information. FWIW the 1980 and later serial numbers look more like an automotive VIN number. The dates are coded using letters of the alphabet, so you have to have the conversion table.


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Old 10-17-2004, 07:03 AM   #9
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trying to id this coach i saw today

If you look at the sheet you have been link to you will notice it refers to only having 3 digits at the end being in the 60's so therefore it would be a 1969

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Old 10-17-2004, 12:10 PM   #10
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I thought that "Land yatch" stood for "Coach" or "Rv" and that's all.
I also have a 1963 Safari (Land Yatch). The "Land Yatch" name seems to me always appears on a separate name plate on older models and not along the name emblem.
Am I correct? or have my observations been wrong?
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Old 10-30-2015, 11:49 AM   #11
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Badge/Plaque for what I thought was a 1972 Tradewind 25'

So... I am a little baffled by my title VIN/serial number. I am also wondering why the plaque and title are different.

Here is my plaque:

But my title's VIN says L25D2J3161

Going by this info:

1969 to 1980
Digit 1 = I – International; L – Land Yacht; E – Excella
Digit 2&3 = Length
Digit 4 =
A – Center bath twin beds
B – Center bath double bed
D – Rear Bath double bed
T – Rear bath twin
Digit 5 = Model year
Digit 6 =
J – Jackson Center, OH
S – Cerritos, CA
V – Versailles, OH (Argosy)
Digit 7-10 = Sequential serial number -3 Digits 1966-1969, 4 digits 1970+
...I seem to be missing quite a few numbers. Plus, do I have an International or a Land Yacht (like the blue badge on the trim says). Or (more likely I suppose) did Airstream just love to give LOTS of names to their trailers?!

Regardless, why is the second number of the length missing?

And why is the year missing from the serial (according to the information above, the fifth number should be the year, but following the "D" (rear bath double bed) designation there is only a "2."

I assume the model year is missing in the stamped number on the plaque because the year is in the top right corner?

Also, at the top of the plaque, the number on the left is 12 and the number on the right is 71. I assume this means December of 1971. Was that just "close enough" to 1972 to call it a 1972?

None of this really matters I suppose, since I'm pretty much starting from scratch with a gutted trailer, but I'd just like to know the facts on my Zeppelin!
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