Hello all, Im new to forum so Im kinda all over the place trying to get a feel for the discussion boards.. Please forgive me if Im repeating myself... I have what I believe is either a 1963-64 Shasta Astrodome.. I have read on many forums looking for the VIN and they all say they have a letter it... I have searched all over and found what I think is the VIN on the tongue but it DOES NOT contain a letter.. Is this possible? Thanks
Ross is the VIN expert. I'm sure he or others with Astrodome experience will weigh in and give you an answer. Meanwhile, do you have any pics you could post? We love pics. You will find a Photo Tutorial at the beginning of each forum section.
Hi and welcome to the forum. I did not want you to go away empty-handed on the question raised, and also would love to see more of the Astrodome you have. I'm sure by now you know where to look on a Shasta for the VIN numbers, and if not, here is this:
As to the question of the letter, I have never seen one yet that did not have one. The prefix letter was usually simple and was an indicator of the plant that the trailer was manufactured in. P would be the prefix of the VIN on a unit built in the Leola Pennsylvania plant, and V would indcate the Indiana plant, T + Grapevine Texas, S = Columbia South Carolina, and there were some that were a little inconsistent from the Califofrnia plants, but were there anyway.
Let me add though, that if sometime in their lifetime there was a question of transfer of ownership with lost papers and no idea how to find the original VIN, it may have been reassigned a VIN by a state agency and a new number stamped to it. Then it may not be consistent with the normal assignment of numbers from the factory.
These VIN stamps (and plates) were not implanted very deep in the metal of the frame, and were easily obscured by time and paint and rust. If you know where to look it makes it easier to find.