Originally Posted by Gary G.
My bill of sale says 2016, but all the photos that I see of my exact trailer are 2015's. That's why I am trying to tell by the VIN number? Can you help decipher it? One site I'm on says the 10th letter is the year and in 2010 the years started alphabetically with 'A'. My 10th letter is a 'G' which would be 2017? How can this be?
Howdy Gary, Not quite sure how you are getting G to correspond to 2017? G is the seventh alphabet letter, and if A corresponds to the number 2010, then moving forward six more letter/digits gets you to G/2016.
B/2011, C/2012, D/2013, E/2014, F/2015, G/2016
This question comes up pretty frequently here. As others have stated the 10th position of the VIN is the model year assigned by the factory. RV manufacturers follow the same VIN model year encoding scheme as vehicles.
G indicates model year 2016.
In 1981, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States standardized the format. It required all over-the-road-vehicles sold to contain a 17-character VIN, which does not include the letters I (i), O (o), or Q (q) (to avoid confusion with numerals 1 and 0).
One consistent element of the VIS is the 10th digit, which is required worldwide to encode the model year of the vehicle. Besides the three letters that are not allowed in the VIN itself (I, O and Q), the letters U and Z and the digit 0 are not used
for the model year code. Note that the year code is the model year for the vehicle.
The year 1980 was encoded by some manufacturers, especially General Motors and Chrysler, as "A" (since the 17-digit VIN wasn't mandatory until 1981, and the "A" or zero was in the manufacturer's pre-1981 placement in the VIN), yet Ford and AMC still used a zero for 1980. Subsequent years increment through the allowed letters, so that "Y" represents the year 2000. 2001 to 2009 are encoded as the digits 1 to 9, and subsequent years are encoded as "A", "B", "C", etc.