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Old 07-10-2003, 12:06 PM   #1
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Question Big Red Numbers

I was wondering about the big red numbers on the front and rear of Airstream trailers. I assume that these were applied from the factory when the trailers were made. The numbers were long gone on mine when I got it in 79. I polished mine a little over a year ago and I could still make out the numbers from the outline in the aluminum on the rear of the trailer. Is there a place to buy these numbers? I guess it's just a matter of personal preference whether to have them or not. Were they like a serial number or something? What's the story?
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Old 07-10-2003, 12:09 PM   #2
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Nope...not a Serial #...

The numbers are not serial numbers put on by the factory...they are WBCCI membership numbers. You can obtain new ones by joining WBCCI ...if the PO is no longer active, you can possibly obtain the same numbers that your trailer already had.

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Old 07-10-2003, 12:42 PM   #3
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number prior owners

Hi ;
something interesting about these numbers; Can I find all the prior owners of my A/S from these numbers; I supose it was always the same one.
mine is # 5712

is there a list year by year ... for this number;

I 'm always curious to know the prior owners, data by date.

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Old 07-10-2003, 12:46 PM   #4
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You may be able to find out the previous owners if you could obtain the old WBCCI directories...there isn't a website or anything like that which lists them.

BTW Bruno ~ I am picking up a custom license plate for our trailer on Friday, I'll send you a picture once I get it.

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Old 07-10-2003, 01:47 PM   #5
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Bruno, about that sticker...

Hello, I noticed that you also have a sticker to the right of your door. I have a witness mark left on my AS in the same place as yours and always wondered what it was. Would you mind posting a picture of it here and if anyone else can shed light on what might have been( perhaps different versions?) I would appreciate it.
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Old 07-10-2003, 02:00 PM   #6
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Actually there is a library of the membership directories that goes back for 25 years or so. It is at Top of GA. I do not know if they will perform a lookup for you, or if you need to visit in person. A past region 3 officer donated his collection to the park library.
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Re: Bruno, about that sticker...

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Hello, I noticed that you also have a sticker to the right of your door. I have a witness mark left on my AS in the same place as yours and always wondered what it was. Would you mind posting a picture of it here and if anyone else can shed light on what might have been( perhaps different versions?) I would appreciate it.

The stycker is from the North Carolina seal and i don't know what is the interest in that stiker there; OK that 's fine...
Here is an another view from the sticker.

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Old 07-15-2003, 03:25 PM   #8
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Smile Those Big Red Numbers

The Big Red Numbers are Membership Numbers; A trailer may have more than one number placed on its front & rear, if it was owned by more than one WBCCI Member, as each member gets his assigned number and transfers it to what ever Airstream Product that he may own, They do not transfer well as they are realy stuck to the skin of the trailer. I am sure that a lot of people have there membership books and casn telkl you who the person is that has that membership number. Bob Cornute, WBCCI 4953; 31' International Rear Bath
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Old 07-15-2003, 04:03 PM   #9
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I recorded the number that was on my Overlander before I polished it. Someday I would like to know who's number it was even though I do have the original manual with the purchaser's name in it. Most likely it was his. From what I have read WBCCI membership really swelled in the 70's, seems the International attendances were biggest during those years, especially the late 70's.

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I wonder if one decided to use black numbers instead of the red the WBCCI gives you, would upset some people. I guess you could always say "That's what they gave me!"
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Pick,

You think the red numbers fade and peel with the sun on them??? Wait until you use black!

I know that the Holiday Rambler club uses black, but since their units are flat ended the sun does not beat on the ends like it does our rounded beauties. I havd heard several peolpe say that they have gone to a commercial graphics shop and had their numbers cut out of vinyl designed for exposure to UV and the heat, they have lasted for years. I know if place black numbers there you will get some comments, my response would be "better than no numbers at all!"
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premium numbers

I had a commercial graphics shop cut my numbers from premium vinyl instead of using the WBCCI supplied numbers. Side benefit is that they are perfectly spaced on a peel-away sheet.
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Old 07-15-2003, 05:20 PM   #13
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Good ideas!

I did get the numbers from WBCCI. Half the reason I didn't put them on was it seemed like a pain, trying to get them spaced correctly and straight up and down, their instructions made it sound like brain surgery. I will get a sign shop to make up a couple of sets with the transfer backing, makes it very easy. I used to edit phone numbers on lease signage the exact same way, why didn't I think of it sooner? Just like ya'll said, their vinyl is a much better quality.

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Old 07-15-2003, 07:58 PM   #14
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Big Red Numbers

Greetings Pick!

WBCCI once used black numbers. My '64 Overlander had black numbers on it when I purchased it in 1995. At the time, I was told that the club switched from the black to red numbers around 1990. For whatever reason, the black numbers were far more difficult to remove than the red numbers. If I remember what the original owners of my coach told me years ago (they were friends of my family and this would have been about 1970), WBCCI numbers were painted on the coach by the owners or sign painters - - one of my uncles was a sign painter and had painted the numbers on their '57 coach just a few years before they traded it on the '64 Overlander.

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