Originally Posted by Carla Jean
We picked up Escape 21' on January, 2016. The identification VIN plaque on the trailer says December, 2015.
What the placard says about manufacture date and what the VIN says about year may not be the same thing. Cars are routinely identified by a "model year" which the next one after the year in which they are actually made, and I believe that the VIN shows the model year, not the manufacture date.
Originally Posted by tractors1
2015 if that's what the VIN says
If you read the actual 17-character VIN, you can pick out the 10th digit - just before the "C068" (which means made in Chilliwack by Escape Trailer Industries). The 10th character should be "F" for 2015, and "G" for 2016.
By the way, the last three digits plus 1000 is the serial number of your trailer - a count of how many Escapes were made up to that point. Lots more detail about the VIN can be found in the thread Escape sighting?
, in post #41
and post #44
... and in the Wikipedia page for Vehicle identification number
All Escape VINs appear to be
c is a check digit
y is the year code
nnn is the sequence (serial) number