My wife recently purchased what she was told was a 1954 AirFlyte. After looking at a lot of photos on-line I believe it is a 1958 model. For a starter, it has wings. On the California DMV registeration the VIN is given as C8127. I can't remember where, but I have seen this number somewhere on the trailer. It is NOT on a plate on the tow bar as some have suggested. Can anyone verify the model year of my trailer?
It has to be real close to a 54, the 3 part front window preceded the window used in at least 58-63. I have only seen a couple pre 58's and those were both 54-55 and had the 3 individual windows like yours. The wings may have been added later.
Last Edit: Oct 12, 2009 19:31:59 GMT -5 by Red Dirt
Thanks for the reply -- and good call. Until you pointed it out I had not noticed that all of the '58 examples I was looking had three section, but one piece windows. Mine clearly has three distinct windows, two fixed and one that pushes out.
however, it must be close to a '58 because my interior is exactly like two of the '58s I was using as examples.
I found dates stamped on the back of the mirror hanging on the closet and stamped in big white numbers on the bottom of the sink (under the cabinet). They both matched the year on my title. That might get you close.
My little 12 footers number is C7779 I think it's a 57 but not sure. It has the three windows like yours does. I could not find any other number on it except the two serial numbers on the front hitch area. good luck.
Post by safetybruce on May 12, 2011 21:01:07 GMT -5
I can't help with the dating based on any facts, but I do want to say Congratulations to your wife and you on scoring such a beautiful little Shasta! I like the front window configuration. Maybe it will turn out yours was probably made very early in '58, and and probably got one of the last '57 windows in stock. It's a classic look and Shasta may have made front window changes, but certainly would not have "thrown away" the remaining windows from their '57 run...would have put them in the earliest '58s before starting to use the next generation front window. I'm guessing from your number that the plant in California had at least 127 windows entering the '58 run...back then I am sure Shasta had no idea there would be a group of "collectors" 53 years in the future, discussing models and year made, from the style of the front window...lol...or they might have taken more care in preserving their recorded history.