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Old 04-17-2019, 10:05 AM   #1
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Model identification question

Is there anyone who can use my VIN to tell me what model I have and what year it is?
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I believe that's probably the serial number, not the VIN. Around the early 1980s, VINs were standardized with a 17-character format. Before that, it may have just been a serial number.

If there is actually a modern VIN on the trailer, it can usually be found on a metal plate riveted to the driver's side of the towing A-frame. Another location is underneath the entry door threshold (you'd have to remove the threshold to see it).

I know of 2-3 folks on here who may be able to ID your trailer pretty accurately just from those pictures. Give it a couple of days--many of the members here check in relatively infrequently compared to some other forums you may be accustomed to.
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Thank you for the information. I appreciate your help. I will be checking those spots and waiting on people to chime in as well. Cheers
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Check the tong for a VIN or under the door sill plate. I'm in the Fryeburg area by the way.
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Will do. Thank you
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I believe that's probably the serial number, not the VIN. Around the early 1980s, VINs were standardized with a 17-character format. Before that, it may have just been a serial number.

If there is actually a modern VIN on the trailer, it can usually be found on a metal plate riveted to the driver's side of the towing A-frame. Another location is underneath the entry door threshold (you'd have to remove the threshold to see it).

I know of 2-3 folks on here who may be able to ID your trailer pretty accurately just from those pictures. Give it a couple of days--many of the members here check in relatively infrequently compared to some other forums you may be accustomed to.
You're 100% correct, VINs were federally standardized to 17 digits in 1980, starting very late in the 1980 model year. Prior to that, manufacturers were free to use whatever format they wanted, and Sunline used between five and seven digits depending on the sequence number.

I should point out, the tag pictured at the top is NOT a VIN tag nor serial number tag. The RVIA number doesn't have any meaning to an average Joe, but since I've tracked these, I can narrow down a model year.

I've recently discovered there may not be a VIN tag under the door sill plate from this era of Sunline. Maybe they started that in 1980 with the VINs; before that could have only been under there if it was a truck camper.

Yeah, I don't make it on here nearly as much as I used to. I'm even too busy at work to check in during the day, lol.
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Thank you very much for this new information. I'm happy to know what year it is, a 1980 later model and I can't wait to get out there today and look for that VIN number. This is going to be a really fun process and I will be excited to share the process with everyone
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Vin number 1980? Model?

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You're 100% correct, VINs were federally standardized to 17 digits in 1980, starting very late in the 1980 model year. Prior to that, manufacturers were free to use whatever format they wanted, and Sunline used between five and seven digits depending on the sequence number.

I should point out, the tag pictured at the top is NOT a VIN tag nor serial number tag. The RVIA number doesn't have any meaning to an average Joe, but since I've tracked these, I can narrow down a model year.

I've recently discovered there may not be a VIN tag under the door sill plate from this era of Sunline. Maybe they started that in 1980 with the VINs; before that could have only been under there if it was a truck camper.

Yeah, I don't make it on here nearly as much as I used to. I'm even too busy at work to check in during the day, lol.


Here is my vin
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And here it is right side up.
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Thank you, I don't know what happened that a couple of my pictures came out upside down but thank you for sorting it out
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Hi Darren,

It's a 1981! Kinda caught me by surprise there, but I hadn't ruled it out. Like I said earlier, with that rare stripe combo, it's pretty unlikely you'll see another one like it.

You don't have any old family pictures of camping as a kid, do you?
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Oh my word, I didn't even think about family pictures. I will have to ask around oh, I'm sure we do have some. That should prove it. Thank you for the idea
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Oh my, I'm really sorry to hear about what you have gone through. I think I know what you mean about the trailer not being insured if it was just sitting there. All of my trailers weather camping trailers or utility I covered while I am towing them or while it's attached to my vehicle. I know you a question is about how to find a suitable person to help you and your situation. I'm just learning myself. As for starting a new thread which I think maybe what you wanted to do I will try and take a picture of my main screen and show you. I'm new to this site but I have used this kind of format for antique snowmobile sites

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For Merle 243

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I will post three pictures I'm hoping it will come out correctly the first picture shows you on the home screen so you will see forms and then you will see home and beside it it won't show any categories.

More often than not for sunline you will want to look for the sunline community forums by scrolling down and then click on that. There you may be able to see a blue square that says new thread. If you click on that you will be able to create you a new thread. You should be able to upload pictures if you need to through that page and when you are replying if you want to use pictures I believe you don't choose quick reply but to the right of it it says something like advance and there again you can upload pictures in response to whomever has commented. I hope this helps, like I said I'm new to this forum as well

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