Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Orlando, Fl
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Look at the top of your window sticker you will see these numbers
1 2014 12 05 This is the start of your production date
At the bottom 11 25 14 is the date your dealer was billed for the van and the window sticker is produced!
At the top left FL means the van is going to FLORIDA
FKA36481 T-250 HR van Ingot Silver 12/5/2014 start of production
You have to go to your dealer and they can give you the information on the transportation of the Transit. They can tell you the Rail Car Company and the rail car number it is loaded on when it is set up. Then you can go to the Rail Company site and track your rail car to the local Distribution Center where they unload your van and then load it on a truck (from the picture I have from our local center in Mesquite, TX it is on a slant trailer that can carry 3 Transits) If you locate your Distribution Center, then you may be able to track it to that location and if close you may drive by and see it. From the Distribution Center, your dealer can get your van in one to four days depending on how far your dealer is from this center.
Ordered his van from Southwest Ford in Weatherford, TX which is west of Dallas, TX. It went on the RAIL from Kansas City through routing to the
Distribution Center in Mesquite, TX (which comes up on the rail car listing as Forney Rd Dist Ctr) and then is loaded on the slant trailer at the center and
Depending on how the Rail Cars are lined up for delivery, your Transit could go to Chicago, then rerouted towards the Southeast coastal area through Tennessee, then Georgia, then to Florida. I have seen some go from Plant to Distribution Center in 5 days, then later in the same situation it could be 12 to 15 days. They usually ship the ones going in the same area together, so the more orders for that area, the faster it gets to the center.
You can do the ETIS search to see when your van has passed QUALITY CONTROL, then it is ready for transportation. That will give you a idea of when IT CAN BE LOADED at the plant.
Thanks for making things clearer.
If you didn't know what you were looking for, these numbers would be difficult to ID IMO.
The production date number, in the middle of the very top line of the window sticker, has the word "BLEND" under it in small type, and does not have spaces between the numbers, as CrewVanMan has shown in red for clarity. (120141205 for Gianz's sticker)
The second number ("the date your dealer was billed for the van . . . ") is in the middle of the bottom of the page, just above the blue border, and under the words "SPECIAL ORDER." (11 25 14 for Gianz's sticker)
There is another date under the blue border (11/27/2014 for Gianz) which is TBD, as I am following the lead of CrewVanMan here.
PS -- There is a funny inconsistency between the dates, as to which use the full year 2014, which use spaces, and which use a "forward slash" [ / ] to separate month/day/year, and the order in which the year appears.
Ugh . . . What a hodge-podge, helter-skelter, and anachronistic soup bowl of information . . . (IMO) . . .
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