Originally Posted by papaw.1
One thing about this whole RV thing is that as much as these things cost you would think that the dealers and the Manufactures would get all of this mess right.It seems that just about all of us has these problems at one time or another.Good Luck and Many Safe and Happy Travels
X2 - VIN one year - coach the next. Manufacturer represented and dealer sold new as later year - MH titled from VIN. Did not catch it at purchase. Actually not for several years. Was angry at the time - but at bottom the Motorhome year is all that really matters when push comes to shove. The completed product didn't exist in the VIN year - only in the coach year. Dealers know this but will use it against you - just don't let them. I know easier said than done.
Note: on the driver side near the gas fill and beneath the driver window there is a plate on my 2008 Bounder. It includes the FIN (Fleetwood Identification Number) and below that Manufacturer Date
Month 1 Year 2008
That pretty much settles it for me in a sale or trade - regardless of title or VIN date - although I am lucky this time - title and model year match.
There may be a tag on OPs friends rig somewhere. If so - no matter what anyone says - it's affixed to the MH by the mfg and pretty hard to dispute.