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#1 Terry G

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Posted 11 November 2005 - 02:58 PM


Hi All,

Sorry im new to this site and to caravaning blushing.gif so you may have been asked this before.

My question is we have brought a swift covette 4 birth caravan and was told by the last owners that it was a 1992 model.

Can you tell / confirm how old the caravan is from the chassis plate ? as i need to put the chassis plate number & age of our caravan on my insurance application paperwork.

thanks.

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Posted 11 November 2005 - 03:12 PM

Hi, Perhaps the easyist way is to phone Swifts customer care helpline quoting the chassis No:
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Posted 11 November 2005 - 03:16 PM

The prefix on the chassis number should have 92 in it to show the year.

Click here too for the VIN number:
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Posted 11 November 2005 - 03:21 PM

QUOTE(Evans of Sprot @ Nov 11 2005, 03:16 PM)
The prefix on the chassis number should have 92 in it to show the year.

Look here too for the VIN number:

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#5 Terry G

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Posted 11 November 2005 - 03:44 PM


the prefix number is 96 then two other numbers (4 in total) surely its not a 96 model ? as i didn't pay 1996 money for it.
the road salt has attacked the chassis plate quite bad and its just readable if you wet your finger and rub it.

I can make out chassis manufactorer is syspal ltd then there telephone number is unreadable then there is a clear plate with just 4 digits stamped in it.....so i can see.
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Posted 11 November 2005 - 05:11 PM

1992 will have the VIN/Cris number etched on all the windows.
The Corvette was made from 1982 until 91 and as 'Diamond' Corvette from 1990 until 94
All were 14' 3" internal until 93 which was 15' and in 94 16'
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Posted 11 November 2005 - 05:17 PM

QUOTE(Road Runner @ Nov 11 2005, 03:21 PM)
QUOTE(Evans of Sprot @ Nov 11 2005, 03:16 PM)
The prefix on the chassis number should have 92 in it to show the year.

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Posted 11 November 2005 - 07:35 PM


Thanks every one, I think then it must be a 92/93 as the internal size mesures 15 ft.

One final question, do you know where i can get any new Swift Corvette stickers, as i may in the spring, respray the two tone green stripes down the sides, in two tone blue to match the car artist.gif
but Swift leisure caravans don't do them any more. any idea's
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Posted 11 November 2005 - 09:42 PM

I had our new decals made by a local plastic sign maker, first I took photos and then traced round the text and took measurements to add to the tracing. The guy then feeds this all into a computer and chooses an exact or very close font. The next bit is great as the information goes to what looks like a small version of your grandma's mangle but in fact is what is known as a cutter plotter, this cuts the design out in seconds from a roll of self adhesive vinyl the colour of which you choose to match or pick a new colour.
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PS, I may of deceived you as my internal size measurement only go back until 1990, but if it is 92 or 93 then it has to be marked as I said on the bottom right corner of all the windows with the Vin/cris number.
In two lines the first three letters of the second line will be 'SWN'' for 92 or 'SWP' in 93
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Posted 12 November 2005 - 01:13 AM

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Posted 12 November 2005 - 08:33 PM

QUOTE(gary @ Nov 11 2005, 09:42 PM)

PS, I may of deceived you as my internal size measurement only go back until 1990, but if it is 92 or 93 then it has to be marked as I said on the bottom right corner of all the windows with the Vin/cris number.
In two lines the first three letters of the second line will be 'SWN'' for 92 or 'SWP' in 93

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Thanks Gary.

Im still confused stars.gif My windows are marked at the botom right hand corner, but there made up with 6 numbers & letters but none say 92/93....one part says 0L2 _ _ _ ive looked at some of the other links people have put on here (vin plates) as well, and the whole vin plate problem seems to be very messy for the older type caravans, I think by the sound of it later caravans vin plates / chassis plate have it sorted now.

I guess i'll have to speke with a Swift dealer to confirm its age.
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Posted 12 November 2005 - 08:45 PM

Terry ... post a picture of the outside of your 'van and I will date it for you.

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Posted 12 November 2005 - 09:03 PM

QUOTE(Iain @ Nov 12 2005, 08:45 PM)
Terry ... post a picture of the outside of your 'van and I will date it for you.

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Posted 12 November 2005 - 09:17 PM

Its a 1988 or 1989, most likely an '88 cos most '89s had a window in the door.

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Posted 12 November 2005 - 09:31 PM

QUOTE(Iain @ Nov 12 2005, 09:17 PM)
Its a 1988 or 1989, most likely an '88 cos most '89s had a window in the door.

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Wow.....do you think ive been mislead then, im not to worried about how much I paid as I think it was cheap any way and it is very clean inside/out, but its the principle of being told its a 92. when it could be a 98 wall.JPG

Thanks for your help Iain.
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