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Old 08-12-2014, 09:13 AM   #41
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The Vehicle Identification Number was originally described in ISO Standard 3779 in February 1977 and last revised in 1983. The ISO-VIN was designed to identify motor vehicles, trailers, motorcycles and mopeds and consists of several parts described below.
How to read a VIN
1st character- Identifies the country in which the vehicle was manufactured.
For example: U.S.A.(1or 4), Canada(2), Mexico(3), Japan(J), Korea(K), England(S), Germany(W), Italy(Z)
2nd character- Identifies the manufacturer. For example; Audi(A),
BMW(B), Buick(4), Cadillac(6), Chevrolet(1), Chrysler(C), Dodge(B),
Ford(F), GM Canada(7), General Motors(G), Honda(H), Jaquar(A), Lincoln(L), Mercedes Benz(D), Mercury(M), Nissan(N), Oldsmobile(3), Pontiac(2or5), Plymouth(P), Saturn(8), Toyota(T), VW(V), Volvo(V).
3rd character- Identifies vehicle type or manufacturing division.
4th to 8th characters- VDS - Vehicle Descriptor Section. These 5 characters occupy positions 4 through 8 of the VIN and may be used by the manufacturer to identify attributes of the vehicle. Identifies vehicle features such as body style, engine type, model, series, etc.
9th Character - The check digit "character or digit 9" in the sequence of a vehicle identification number (VIN) built beginning with model year 1981 (when the 17 character digit format was established) can best be described as identifying the VIN accuracy.
A check digit shall be part of each vin (since 1981) and shall appear in position
nine (9) of the VIN on the vehicle and on any transfer documents containing
the vin prepared by the manufacturer to be given to the first owner for purposes
other than resale. Thus, the vins of any two vehicles manufactured within a 30
year period shall not be identical. The check digit means a single number or letter
"x" used to verify the accuracy of the transcription of the vehicle identification
After all other characters in the VIN have been determined by the manufacturer
the check digit is calculated by carrying out a mathematical computation
specified. This is based on vin position, sample vin, assigned value code,
weight factor and multiply assigned value times weight factors. The values are added and the total is divided by 11. The remainder is the check digit number.
The correct numeric remainder - zero through nine (0-9) will appear.
However, if the remainder is 10 the letter "X" is used to designate the check
digit value/number.

10th character- Identifies the model year. For example: 1988(J), 1989(K), 1990(L), 1991(M), 1992(N), 1993(P), 1994(R), 1995(S), 1996(T),
1997(V), 1998(W), 1999(X), 2000(Y)------2001(1), 2002(2), 2003(3)
11th character- Identifies the assembly plant for the vehicle.
12th to 17th characters- VIS - Vehicle Identifier Section. The last 8 characters of the VIN are used for the identification a of specific vehicle. The last four characters shall always be numeric. Identifies the sequence of the vehicle for production as it rolled off the manufacturers assembly line.

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Old 08-12-2014, 10:11 AM   #42
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We'll be in Yellowstone with our TA starting 9/12, if you see us stop on by.

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Old 08-12-2014, 10:19 AM   #43
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Originally Posted by FMLNM View Post
How to read a VIN
Very interesting. Thank you for posting...
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Old 08-12-2014, 10:58 AM   #44
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Expanding on the general VIN guide for the specific case of Escape, based on gbaglo's sample, some parts of the VIN will be the same for all Escape trailers:
  • The first three characters (the World Manufacturer Identifier) should always be "2E9", meaning a group of small (less than 500 units per year) manufacturers in Canada.
  • The 11th character (assembly plant) is apparently "C", presumably for Chillwack)
  • Characters 12 through 14 identify the specific manufacturer identifier - apparently "068" for Escape Trailer Industries

The manufacturer identifier only leaves the last three characters for the sequence numbers, which ETI is not resetting each year, but instead rolling over at 1000 units (of all models).

The remaining characters are positions 4 through 8 (which are TF6A2 in the case of Baglo's 17'); I have no idea how to interpret this Vehicle Descriptor Section for an Escape, although that interpretation might be useful for someone considering buying a used unit and wanting to understand its factory-built features.
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:55 AM   #45
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should we start a pool on when trailer #1000 arrives?
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Old 08-12-2014, 03:35 PM   #46
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So some people already might know that they have 000. Or maybe 000 was used at the beginning and the 1000th is really 999. Anyone here? When and where and what model?
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Old 08-12-2014, 05:05 PM   #47
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Originally Posted by NuthatchBC View Post
We've been travelling all over BC for the last two weeks and haven't seen one Escape. Where is everyone?

Well, I'm happy to say we didn't get skunked. Saw one just west Houston, BC heading east. WHEW!

We're still have'n fun...
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:04 PM   #48
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Have seen three other escapes in Waterton national park this week
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Old 08-13-2014, 10:58 AM   #49
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We plan to arrive at yellowstone 9/15 give or take a day.We will keep our eyes open for you.Safe travels.
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Old 08-13-2014, 02:41 PM   #50
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Spotted a Tacoma hauling a 19 with grey/silver graphics at the 4 way into Terrace yesterday. Also a Red 19 was at Lakelse lake last week

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