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VIN Codes

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Posted: 5 years ago
Below is detailed information of what the VIN code means -

What the code means:

Using the sample VIN SGBS000BYA1111111 as an example, this is how to break down the code

SGBS000BYA1111111 – Country code, with SG signifying the caravan was made in the UK

SGBS000BYA1111111 – A third character “B” means it is a Bailey caravan. Use of this character can vary

SGBS000BYA1111111- This part identifies whether the van is single or twin axle

SGBS000BYA1111111 – Optional manufacturer data, usually relating to the model

SGBS000BYA1111111 – Manufacturer details (Bailey for this caravan)

SGBS000BYA1111111 – Year of manufacture. A means 2010

SGBS000BYA1111111 – Optional manufacturer data

SGBS000BYA1111111 – The caravan’s unique serial number

Manufacturer codes:

AB = ABI
AD = Adria
AV = Avondale
BE = Bessacarr - More recent models were made by Swift, so will carry their code
BU = Buccaneer – Later models manufactured by Explorer Group
BY = Bailey
CL = Carlight
CM = Coachman
CP = Compass – May show EX code in some circumstances where van was built by Explorer Group
CS = Cosalt - More recent models were made by Swift, so will carry their code
CU = Sprite – More recent models were made by Swift, so will carry their code
EL = Elddis – Older models may show Explorer Group’s EX code if made before re-branding
EX = Explorer Group – More recent models will show Elddis code
FL = Fleetwood
LU = Lunar
SW = Swift Group

Build year codes:

When checking the age of a caravan, bear in mind that the build year runs from 1st September to 31st August. This means that the build year code on a caravan may not relate to the calendar year in which it was manufactured. For example, any caravan made between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014 will carry the 2014 “E” build code.

N = 1992
P = 1993
R = 1994
S = 1995
T = 1996
V = 1997
W = 1998
X = 1999
Y = 2000
1 = 2001
2 = 2002
3 = 2003
4 = 2004
5 = 2005
6 = 2006
7 = 2007
8 = 2008
9 = 2009
A = 2010
B = 2011
C = 2012
D = 2013
E = 2014

Be warned that some European manufacturers use the letter ‘Q’ for their build year code and therefore it would be wise to contact the manufacturer directly if you have any concerns.

Hope this is of use.
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Posted: 5 years ago
that's very informative I had no idea what all these numbers ment