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Message posted by iandi24/11/2011 at 10:30pm
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I would suggest, if the manufacturer is still in business, that you contact them for information of the build year. I did this recently because the CRiS code showed a Q for the year (it is a Burstner) but the VIN showed a 3. HPI, who administer CRiS, tell me that imports cannot always be verified as to the year of registration so the 3 was replaced by Q and will continue to show an unknown year of registration, in my case. Also for some reason the code for single axle is a 4 on the VIN code and S on the CRiS. Other bits of code vary between the VIN and CRiS. As I understand it, British vans have a VIN code which is the CRiS code from 1992 so earlier vans cannot be identified this way. All this is explained on the HPI website.
If you cannot contact the manufacturer, try Owners websites.

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Message posted by Ratty25/11/2011 at 10:24am
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On this website, an explanation of Cris, which may help:

50 CRiS Explained
Details of the Caravan Registration & Identification Scheme

Cheers  Ratty



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Message posted by ladyfidi09/3/2012 at 3:44pm
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Hi everyone,

Sorry if I missed something but I have an ABI Hallstar 4.50 ctl with a 10 didget alpha-numeric code on the van's plate. The numbers correspond with the serial number in the owners certificate but doesn't mention an age anywhere. The serial number is 150240M.

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An easy way to do this is to use the Caravan VIN Decoder tool www.caravanvindecoder.com

Message posted by naturlist12302/12/2013 at 6:52pm
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I was informed by a dealer that if you look at code dot sprayed on your windows it will tell you the year of registration. This code should be the same as the vin code either in your front locker or on your chassis. BPW chassis also have an axle type plate which tells you brake sizes etc, also a overrun hitch type plate which gives day week month year of manufacture, as van manufactures do not carry chassis for more than one week/two in advance this will also give you your date.on foriegn vans the 13th &14th numbers give you year IE 06 = 2006 on British vans 11th &12th number gives year. You have to bear in mind that 2014 vans started manufacture in October 2013 ready for delivery to shows and dealer forecourts in Jan/ Feb 2014 MOST manufacturers produce  one complete van per day of any given model. I hope this is some help in checking year of your van. Ps the dealer if buying will tell you it is October 2006 but if selling its the 2007 model  check the windows and then tell him the year.

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Message posted by twincle01/9/2017 at 6:01pm
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I dont know if posted earlier, couldnt see it, but you can use an online tool to decipher your CRiS number: http://www.caravanvindecoder.com/

Message posted by Pixie_Hez29/4/2018 at 9:55am
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I was reading another post about the age of caravans and what the different parts of the VIN number actually mean and I clicked on a link to the caravan vin decoder site mentioned in the post above. I wasn't concerned about the age of our caravan but was interested to know what all the different bits of the VIN mean so I put our VIN into the system. Everything that came back in the search seemed to match my expectations regarding the make and model of our brand new caravan etc but the one thing that surprised me was the year. We ordered our caravan at the end of 2017 and it arrived with the dealer in February 2018 so we are confident it is a 2018 model, however, the website above says that the VIN indicates that it is a 2019 model manufactured between September 2018 and 2019 which suggests that it hasn't been made yet! Very strange!

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Hi can anyone tell me whear i find a vin number on a clubman 390 2 please?

i can not find a long number
there are numbers on the window?
there is a chasis number but only two digits? nect to chasis number?

Its old i know that either 1980s/ or 1990/s...

Message posted by Colin2106/10/2020 at 8:39pm
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Quote: Originally posted by flicjames on 06/10/2020
Hi can anyone tell me whear i find a vin number on a clubman 390 2 please?

i can not find a long number
there are numbers on the window?
there is a chasis number but only two digits? nect to chasis number?

Its old i know that either 1980s/ or 1990/s...




I wouldn't bother too much about a VIN number, I never found mine and it hasn't given me any problems. Just go by the CRIS number on the windows.


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Message posted by Granadaman via mobile 03/8/2021 at 9:11pm
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Hi I have a rapido folding van and wondere if anyone knows how I can get new wheel bearings as one of mine is shot Tia!

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Message posted by Pixie_Hez04/8/2021 at 8:47am
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Hi Granadaman

Welcome to the forum.

It might be best to start a new post with your question rather than adding to the end of this very old post about a different topic. People who can answer your question may not look here so itís always best to start a new post with your topic in the title line. You will get more responses that way.

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Message posted by navver04/8/2021 at 7:44pm
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HI Granadaman. Not sure if you want to buy them and fit them yourself or find someone who can do it all for you.

Normally you can have a look at the existing bearings to see what type they are, ball race or taper roller and most will have a number stamped on them. Googling that number will often bring up a supplier, or try one of the online towing companies.

Message posted by romperstomper28/10/2021 at 2:08pm
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hi granadaman just saw your post i have just bought a 1993 rapido orline 33e van cant seem to find a lot about them concerning spares etc, do you know off any one who i may be able to contact ,try daxara for bearing,s regards paul

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