2 axles Glass in the door Logo in different location Screws where wings should be Water heater beneath front/left bench (dining area), not per floor plan Bunk in back and front Different body cuts front and rear Same window config Wood panel walls (not marble-like plastic panels)
There should be a letter "P" stamped just in front of the 5 digits (Indicating the Pennsylvania manufacture). The number seems right to me, yours should be about a '73 or '74 model, and the 26XXX series should be right in line with the year. I'm not for sure certain of the model, but I would be fairly sure it was based on the one you identified it with. They did change some little things along the way, natural evolution for the camper.
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No letter P to be found, but thank you so much for your post. Do you mind if I ask where you get this info from? Do you think the DMV will agree/have knowledge of the same info? I'm going to print this just in case I need a backup.
I don't know how strict your state's DMV may be as far as burden of proof. I think ours requires a photo and a visit from the sheriff to confirm the VIN is actually affixed to the trailer if there is no paper trail, or is being registered as "homemade".
Perhaps they stopped using the letter stamp by the year that one was made, but not sure. You may also find a tag attached to the inside of the frame rail of the tongue on the opposite (driver's, or street) side. The tags were located forward of the propane tank rack and behind the A-frame of the coupler. You might find the same number on that tag, which may or may not contain the letter. The letter was coded into the serial numbers on the Shasta models, to identify their origin. The letters were different for each plant... V= Indiana, P= Pennsylvania, and there were others I can't recall offhand.
I have my third in the stable now. all Leola graduates. My '69 Compact is P138XX, my '70 was P174XX, my '64 is P34XX.
Shasta built their models with the "gold stripe" look through 1972, and into '73. They started somewhere in that time period striping them like yours is. In about '74 or early '75, Shasta shuttered their plants, and the name was sold to Coachmen. After that time the striping was changed to the orange toned stripes and the brownish siding, which spanned the manufacturers through the '80-s.
Member Ross has worked on compiling a VIN database, and should be able to narrow down the year for you, and can also give you a partial list of VIN's near yours with the year info that the DMV may accept as proof of the year.
In my state they have a one day a month deal where you can go and have your vehicle inspected by the state police auto theft unit. I'm here now (yawn) and am first in line! I've got paperwork and all and praying for the best. The only work I've done has been bearings and lights, just for the sake of inspection, but I'm psyched to get some fun things done this weekend - if all goes well. Thanks again for the advice and historic info. Wish me luck.. hopefully I won't need it! I've done all I can do and am ready to do this lol. Ps - never did see a P with the ViN and the badge inside the steel channel is all rust, couldn't find a VIN there, but oh well. Thanks! DH