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Old 06-30-2016, 03:54 PM   #15
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Ok so I just put my numbers on. Now rethinking it due to security. Issue. How hard to get them off? And are they salvageable?
I think the security issue is way overblown. But to each his own. It is very easy to peel them off. And no, they are not salvageable.
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Old 06-30-2016, 04:47 PM   #16
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Haha, my wife would skin me alive if I put our numbers on her "beautiful airstream".
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Old 06-30-2016, 05:02 PM   #17
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I didn't put mine on during the 5 years I was in the club. The local unit members never gave me any grief over that. I did go to a regional rally where a couple of members from another Midwest unit came over to my trailer and told me that next time I attended a regional rally, they expected that they would see numbers on my trailer. I also listened in to a regional officers meeting where they discussed "baldies" and that it was a sign of disrespect to the organization when members didn't display their numbers properly. Obviously in the eyes of the old timers I was a thorn.

I asked my dealer when I bought my trailer whether putting numbers on the trailer would affect trade in if I upgraded in the future. I had plans to upgrade to a Classic on day. He noted it would, due to the shadow the numbers left after being left on a few years. That's pretty much why I didn't want numbers on. I was going to make something temporary but after that regional, I pretty much decided that I'd rather go to the local rallies rather than the bigger gatherings.

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I love being a "baldie". Had never heard that term. We're going to the Region 10 rally in July and I'll probably get some grief, particularly as the president of a Unit, but that's OK, the Oregon Unit has always been a bit rebellious and pushing for change in the International group. Our past Oregon Unit president, Mona Heath, was just elected 3rd Vice President at International today, meaning she will be president in three years! Things will really get interesting then and I can hardly wait. This is an organization of wonderful people, but moving into the 21st century has not been easy or smooth, but change rarely is. In my opinion, the WBCCI needs to even more accurately reflect the composition and opinions of it's members. It's coming but it is slow going.
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Old 06-30-2016, 05:37 PM   #18
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No big red numbers for us either. Only grief we got was on our first caravan and at Swiss Rally when we drove in....they were announcing arrivals and got tweaked, but got over it. Out west we see maybe 1 in 40 AS with numbers. We had numbers on plexiglass in side and rear windows as a courtesy on several caravans.
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Old 06-30-2016, 05:41 PM   #19
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Put you numbers on the Lexan and display them then you decide it is appropriate or trade your trailer without losing your brag plaque.
"Brag plaque"??????

I don't think belonging to such an elitist controlling organization is something to BRAG about.

Who exactly are they "bragging" to?

The people who belong to it the organization don't care that you aren't another lowly peon.

And, the people that don't WANT to belong to such an organization see such braggadocious people as exactly that...people who have to BRAG about themselves, all the while being completely oblivious to the fact that they are bragging about something most would be ashamed to be associated with in the first place.
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:08 PM   #20
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"Brag plaque"??????

I don't think belonging to such an elitist controlling organization is something to BRAG about.

Who exactly are they "bragging" to?

The people who belong to it the organization don't care that you aren't another lowly peon.

And, the people that don't WANT to belong to such an organization see such braggadocious people as exactly that...people who have to BRAG about themselves, all the while being completely oblivious to the fact that they are bragging about something most would be ashamed to be associated with in the first place.
While I agree that the WBCCI has a lot of work to do to be an organization that meets the needs of it's members, I'm not clear that it is as bad as all of that! And I also think each unit is very different. Our unit is irreverent, a ton of fun, there's not a blue beret in sight at our rallies (I made a rainbow one for my induction since I was expected to wear a beret), we women (gasp) wear sleeveless blouses, and most of us don't have numbers on our trailers. We're trying hard to work from the inside, up and out. My belief is that the WBCCI can be a CAMPING organization, not one with any religion associated with it or any rules in particular, no dress code, and no specific hierarchy other than one to get tasks done. Yes, we have officers because somebody has to be the one to complain to! Some of the best people I know belong to this Oregon unit but without exception, these people would love to see WBCCI International be a very different organization. We aren't all elitist and controlling - some of us are fighting against that very perception.
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Old 06-30-2016, 08:47 PM   #21
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We have our Motorcade club numbers on our Foretravel. Yes, someone could get a directory and look us up, but it won't help them any. We're full-timers. When we first joined we had a S&B. That place sold last year. Our address is Sioux Falls, SD, but since the space is 9" x 12" x 3" (yes, inches) I doubt that anyone is going to steal much from there.
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Old 06-30-2016, 08:58 PM   #22
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I'm not concerned about the numbers marking the skin. I'm keeping my AS for 20 years, and by that time the marks will be a badge of honor.
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Old 06-30-2016, 10:40 PM   #23
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20 years?
I hope to have mine 30, 40, 50, or more years.


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Put you numbers on the Lexan and display them then you decide it is appropriate or trade your trailer without losing your brag plaque.
The Big Red Numbers™ are not a "brag plaque." A non-WBCCI brag plaque is a map of the US or North America with the states/provinces colored in that you've camped in. A WBCCI brag plaque is a collection of stickers in a window showing what caravans and international rallies you've attended. Some WBCCI members have both.

My brag plaque on my Interstate is the fake side window that is blocked from inside by the wet bath, and it only has two International rally stickers on it, Farmington and Lewisburg. And since I have little interest in caravans and probably won't attend the Internationals at Escanaba or Salem, mine won't get much more cluttered anytime soon.

I haven't met everyone in WBCCI. I haven't even met everyone in my WBCCI Unit, for that matter, because some don't participate in club events. But of the many WBCCI members I have met, only a small percentage are braggarts of any kind. I actually find more Airstreamers outside of WBCCI who brag about not belonging to an "elitist" organization— many of them former WBCCI members who left the club and then brag about leaving the club.
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Old 07-01-2016, 06:27 AM   #25
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Good point. I'm thinking that at 20 years I may be due for a new one...
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Old 07-01-2016, 07:32 AM   #26
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I was asked to put numbers on an AS I had while at a AS only campground. They said just take a piece cardboard and write them on there with a majic marker. Put the cardboard on the lp tanks. All were happy. Main reason was to locate the trailer in an emergency. If it only saves a few minutes in an emergency, that could be life saving.
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Old 07-02-2016, 06:24 AM   #27
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Red numbers are for emergency use at a rallie or international. Some people put them on a window, board, sign, or on the top center of the Airstream. They should go on front or back so that also for messages, people to find you, or in an emergency. If you look at it at a sea of airstreams it's hard to find out who's were. As in putting your numbers on your rig that is up to you. Me mines on top. She's an older trailer (1962) and if she didn't have the red numbers on top along time ago I wouldn't have some history of were she has been. I just learned that my trailer has been to Mexico many times in the 60's and to the Pan America Caravan, and even to Alaska. I'm proud to put my red numbers on mine so that I can make my own history in her as I want to. Also must people love to look up and see the numbers have the blue book with them and see for fun where the other trailers are at. Yes there are some people out there wanting to do harm because of you being gone, but it's your life and your Airstream you do as you want to and have fun camping in you trailer as you want to. You have the right to take and use your A/S as you like and have fun with it.Click image for larger version

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I seriously doubt that any criminals out in the wilderness looking at WBCCI numbers on trailers has a ready "network" of co-criminals already in position anywhere near an identifiable-WBCCI's home ready to break-in when the trailer is seen in Timbuktu. Doh.

However, any trailer (or TV) with a license plate can also be easily paired with a homeowner (....IF... it can be assumed that everyone on the road with a TT or License Plate has a home worthy of burglaring....and IF one recognizes that using an IPAD online and pairing a license plate with an owner is a LOT more likely than a criminal having a valid BlueBeret Directory.) GEEEEZE! What a ridiculous discussion..... (can't believe I participated.)

All you paranoids need to get real and find something more likely to worry about.
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