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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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Message posted by how2caravan22/6/2013 at 5:15pm
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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.

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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