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Old 12-04-2006, 01:26 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone. I will be going to the IBT Rally in Perry Georgia in January and I need to display my numbers without permanently afixing them on the Airstream. In Salem at the International I had several messages delivered and finally a neighbor taped up a piece of notebook paper with my number. I can do much better than that for the next event but I still prefer not to attach the numbers permanently for various reasons.

Who has improvised a way to show their numbers? Plexiglass on suction cups I have heard of. Any others? I was wondering if a film that adhered with static might work on the front window stone guard or if I could make or order a sign and where and how I could mount it, perhaps on the gas tank cover. Any ideas?
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Old 12-04-2006, 01:43 PM   #2
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Greetings Carol-

Yes, many of the Vintage owners use plexi-glass with suction cups. It looks great and is quick to remove. If you have a local sign maker who uses Gerber Films and Cutters, he (or she) could cut you red static-cling numbers and you could apply those to your front window. These you could use propably several times before they became too dirty and lost their static ability.

Have fun in Perry!
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Old 12-04-2006, 01:48 PM   #3
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Hi Everyone. I will be going to the IBT Rally in Perry Georgia in January and I need to display my numbers without permanently afixing them on the Airstream. In Salem at the International I had several messages delivered and finally a neighbor taped up a piece of notebook paper with my number. I can do much better than that for the next event but I still prefer not to attach the numbers permanently for various reasons.

Who has improvised a way to show their numbers? Plexiglass on suction cups I have heard of. Any others? I was wondering if a film that adhered with static might work on the front window stone guard or if I could make or order a sign and where and how I could mount it, perhaps on the gas tank cover. Any ideas?
Carol,
We do the plexiglass on suction cups. Not perfect, but I think that I spent less than $10 for the whole setup. I rest the plexiglass on my frame and hold in place with 4 suction cups attached to the propane tanks.
If you do find a better way let me know!!
Do remember to use the soapy water trick to move the numbers around...
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Old 12-04-2006, 02:07 PM   #4
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..... I still prefer not to attach the numbers permanently for various reasons.

NO FLIPPIN WAY! Come on what are ya doing - Dare YA I think your nice brand new life savings investment should sport those Red Sticky numbers dab smack in the middle so we all can read them from a 100 miles away 25 years from now when your rig is a VINTAGE you will be depriving all the PO's the opportunity to try and get the dang things off and even when they do come off that trailer is still number X in shadow

Not to mention how much it must cost in insurance for all those who have fallen off the ladder putting them up

Just kidding you.

I think the big issue is consistancy Tank covers is a great idea - but then the vintage units mostly do not have tank covers.

Putting in the window has various issue too - which one and then if front window and the stone guard is down - can't see can't see can't see -

What about Airstream coming up with a small flag mount since "Flags" are a really important part of airstreaming have a number flag that can be displayed on a proper fitting - somewhat like the PowerSquardrant flags on a vessel. They are not very big. But with something like this - then the fun of seeing fellow WBCCI airstreamers down the road will make a tad difficult don't you think.

What there should be is a mounting on the aistream say below the marker lights that a number can slide into - and something else can go there or left clear like a plexi photo style holder that is made to withstand exterior use - almost like those license plate holders or protectors. But shaped and riveted as a permenant holder the the rig. It could be used for anything - other club numbers if you belonged to several or other club logos. Or even your own trailer name or surname if on other types of functions - but when not in use if a bracket system is used it can be removed just leaving the brackets or left blank for the aluminum to show through.... Could be mounted on the curb side lower front panel or the stone guard for those who have them...


Anyway I am sure this topic has been tossed around - but most just stick em in the window or get messages left at their door
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Has anyone considered using thread-serts. Since Our trailers are riveted together why not install one or two thread-serts that install just like a rivet on each side of the front window and then mount a flat polished piece of aluminum with the numbers on it. When traveling you can take them off or choose to leave them on for other members to see when you are on the road.
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:03 AM   #6
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These are great ideas. With Don's or Sharon's idea, I wouldn't even mind having the numbers up all the time I just don't want to paste them on and have any ghosting later.

I'll have to look into threadserts, never heard of them before. And thanks Rick and Abe, plexiglass may be what I can do, though that's the thing it's on my do list. Where's that easy button? Gerber films and cutters that's another new thing. I will have to see.

Seems to me Devoman has signs for the forum numbers maybe ...

It's always a scavenger hunt going to a big WBCCI rally, need a clothespin and a piece of string, y connector, where's those badges,...
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Everyone has contributed some good ideas here, but we need to remember our WBCCI red numbers have not to do with Airstream directly; yes we as club members promote AS, but we are independant of the AS Corp. Personally, the only reason I can see for NOT putting your WBCCI numbers on your AS is if it is older than 51 years. Since Wally started the club at that time there wouldn't be numbers on a vintage that old. (Not sure of when the numbers actually started, good little research project for someone) I love the idea that the numbers are alwayd there for all to see. makes finding a friends AS easy at rallies and when on the road you can easily look up who is in front of you in your directory and it show unity. In addition, it is always a conversation at many campgrounds when non AS owners ask you about them. But that is just my position.
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I like that idea! The factory was instructed to not reinstall my numbers if they replace the panel with them on it. I already have some plasic sheet that I am not uisng now all I need is the suction cups!
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Old 12-06-2006, 10:33 AM   #9
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Has anyone considered using thread-serts.
We still have my grandfather's numbers - cut out of sheet aluminum and mounted on metal strips. That could easily be mounted with thread inserts. Need to be careful about a good seal for no leaks.

The problem is providing for a place to show the WBCCI logo above the numbers and the red stars and other such insignia as appropriate. You need those so some folks here can complain about the GOB and the PTB and the rules and regulations and uniforms and such. (please 'scuse me for the sarcasm).

Another idea would be to install a couple of rails, top and bottom, like awning rails, that could hold a sheet of plastic or whatever. The curve is a bit of a problem with this idea, I think.

These numbers really should be above the windows front and rear to serve their original purpose.

And, on another of Carol's problems - there is also a need to display the campground registration (needed not only for the I'Rally but also for a lot of campgrounds). This paperwork is usually stuck in the window by the door. There needs to be a better solution for this display as well.

Then there is the label the honey crew stuck on the trailer. Why did they use the permanent adhesive type labels rather than the easy peel off type? (This is probably a suggestion for Renee). Maybe we need some sort of road side spot for such things, too?
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:19 AM   #10
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Oh yes Bryan, the window next to the door... a problem in the FB. Hmmm... Very cool to have your grandparents numbers.

Rickandsandi, I can think of 2 good reasons not to permanently adhere your numbers. One you don't keep your membership or 2 you don't keep your Airstream.

Right now my reason to show numbers is to spare the messenger a headache trying to locate my Airstream.
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Here's the picture...

Here is photo of suction cup/hook and thin sheet of plexiglass (comes pre-cut at 18' x 36'), as used in Salem... Total cost less than $10... One trick is to spray paint back side of plexiglass with aluminum paint, so front still looks shiny, and keep a bottle of denatured alchohol to clean surface for suction cups... You probably only need one, rather than one for each end of trailer... They are useful since all the "higher authorities" will use these for any emergency services, and they also help with Pizza delivery...
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That's nice, thanks for the picture. I was wondering how to attach the suction cups, your photo shows it well. I like the silver paint idea.
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Silver paint!

I also like the silver paint idea!! I now have my first spring project!!
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I'm a traditionalist and feel the numbers should go above the front window on my Airstream. That is how I feel about my scenario. That is not to say I think anyone else should follow my thoughts on the subject. However, the WBCCI gives directions on where to install the numbers and the round decal and stars. I just think if you join an organization you should go by their rules.

Having said all of that, there are provisions for the plexiglass with numbers in the WBCCI handbook. I think that is a good idea if you don't want the numbers above the window or don't want them permanently part of your trailer's history. While we were camping at the Top of Georgia Airstream Park in August, there were many of the Airstreams that employed the plexiglass and numbers combination with suction cups attached to their front windows (center one on the wrap windows) or on their tank covers, or just hanging via chains from their tanks or hitch jacks. As I recall, there were some other creative methods of displaying the plexiglass number signs, too. I just don't recall any specifics right off hand.

So hang-em high or hang-em low, it's a matter of preference and entirely up to the individual. I'll admit, the license plate holders with protecter type arrangement seems like a good one.
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