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Old 07-08-2006, 02:54 PM   #1
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WBCCI numbers and 5 Red Stars

Our 1998 Excella that we bought 2 weeks ago (Very happy first time streamers =) has 5 stars and two sets of numbers. The latest number is 25182 and the older number which is still visible from the residue underneath was 4138. Does anyone know what the 5 stars mean? It actually is 3 stars then a Wally sticker and then two more stars. I will post a photo. The Wally sticker was 75% falling off so I took it and put it in our scrapbook. =) Is there is a web site where we could look the numbers up to see where our AS spent her first 8 years of life? We might wait a year to join WBCCI and see if the previous owner of the 25182 number renews their WBCCI membership. If they do not renew, then we could choose that number and not have to put new red numbers on right? She has some clear coat issues and it is pretty bad where the numbers are. Specially on top. The spot where the Wally sticker was is now a large discolored spot. I need to go find a new one to put back up there. I would like to get her clear coat stripped and redone... not cheap. Someday... Baby steps =) We are just thrilled to finally have her. =)
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Old 07-08-2006, 03:28 PM   #2
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per wally club rules, you get to display 1 star for every 5 years off wbcci membership, so the previous owners have been in for 25+ years.

why don't you just call 'em up and ask them if they're staying in the club; if they aren't, you can call the wbcci headquarters and ask to have the number transferred to you. If they're staying in, you'll have to change the number.

when you join the club, they'll send you a pair of new wally stickers, along with a set of numbers.

the membership list isn't available on line. you have to be in the club to get the directory.

on edit: if you bought the trailer from a dealer or someone other than the person who owned the numbers, you can just call wbcci and find out if its still available. the PO is listed in the 2005 directory....I'll check the '06 directory and post back....

ok..they're in the '06 directory, too, so it may not be available.
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Old 07-08-2006, 03:52 PM   #3
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The Club website is WBCCI.org. It will give you an outline of what the club is and why you might want to join. You can either become a member associated with a local chapter in your area or become a Member at large. Member at large cost $70 per year but only $55 for international dues if you are a member of a local. Then you have to pay the local dues which can be $10-15. There is a cyber unit called The Washington DC unit that only charges $1.00 per year so most Members at large are going that way instead of spending the extra money. I think there is a link on the WBCCI website or the VAC website. VAC is the vintage airstream club which you can not become a full member of because your unit is less than 25 years old. VAC website is Airstream.net. Depending on how you intend to use your unit, it might pay to become a member of WBCCI. They have a lot of events which you might want to attend and the club is a non-profit so costs are kept in line.
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Old 07-08-2006, 06:23 PM   #4
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per wally club rules, you get to display 1 star for every 5 years off wbcci membership, so the previous owners have been in for 25+ years.

why don't you just call 'em up and ask them if they're staying in the club; if they aren't, you can call the wbcci headquarters and ask to have the number transferred to you. If they're staying in, you'll have to change the number.

when you join the club, they'll send you a pair of new wally stickers, along with a set of numbers.

the membership list isn't available on line. you have to be in the club to get the directory.

on edit: if you bought the trailer from a dealer or someone other than the person who owned the numbers, you can just call wbcci and find out if its still available. the PO is listed in the 2005 directory....I'll check the '06 directory and post back....

ok..they're in the '06 directory, too, so it may not be available.
Thanks for the info. I will call the Airstream dealer who sold it to us on consignment. He might have more info on the trailer. I think we will leave the numbers and stars alone for now. People will just have to wonder if I have been with the WBCCI since I was 10 years old. =) I am worried if we go pealing stars and numbers off right now we will have more of a clear coat problem there. Without stripping off all the clear coat, what would be the best way to go about getting all the previous numbers and stars off... buffed away to put new ones on? I will have to go search the forum. =)

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Old 07-08-2006, 06:43 PM   #5
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Depending on how you intend to use your unit, it might pay to become a member of WBCCI. They have a lot of events which you might want to attend and the club is a non-profit so costs are kept in line.
Yep... I have been through all the Airstream sites waiting for the day we finally had one of our own. =) As for what we plan on doing with our AS... my husband's parents bought Thoughsand Trails memberships for us kids to get us to go camping with them more. We used to go more often when we were younger, but having small children now it is not so much fun waking up in a floating tent when it rains all Memorial Day weekend. =P We love long road trips and we can't wait to take our new AS with us on our next one. We have used her for 10 of the 12 days we have had her. She was a guest house for my brother last week. =) Going to a few AS events in the area would be fun. Is the only WBCCI unit in Washington State the one in Lacey? We live in Northwest Washington. Above Seattle, closer to the Canadian border. If we join the online one, does that mean we can not go to any local events? I had read about it in other forums a while back.

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Old 07-08-2006, 06:51 PM   #6
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There's also a North Cascades unit, and a Vancouver BC unit. When you join a unit you are welcome to attend any other unit's activities. I think the online one you are talking about is the Washington DC unit, which has cheap dues and has members all over the country. You would still be welcome to attend any other WBCCI unit activities.

We have regular forum rallys (informal get-togethers, not affiliated with the club, organized on the forum - thus the name) here in the NW as well. We'll be at Trout Lake, WA next weekend. It's a bit of a drive, but if you want to join in and bring the kids, you'd be very welcome
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Old 07-08-2006, 07:22 PM   #7
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Thanks Stephanie =)

I am looking at the North Cascades unit site right now. I Mapquested Trout Lake and see that it is near Yakima where I have lots of family. Maybe next year. =) Next weekend we are going on a 3 day campout with my work to a lake in Whatcom county. We get to show off our new silver addition of the family. =) In August we are going to camp near Long Beach to take the kids to the Washington State Kite Festival. http://www.kitefestival.com/ Our new Airstream will be busy this summer =) Thanks again for the info. We will have to join the WBCCI soon as we find out what numbers we can keep or not.

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easiest way to get the old decals off is with a wet rag and a steam iron, and a plastic putty knife. just slap the wet rag over a number, and iron away...they'll loosen up shortly.

I've they've etched the clearcoat...well, there's not much you can do about it, other than polish the segment, and believe me, you don't want to get involved with that!. If you can't get the number transferred from wbcci, you might be able to get something close. anything is better than the bare scars. mine had the remnants of several old numbers...I would've needed #88888 to completely cover the "ghosts"...but I found that my nice new shiny numbers draw attention away from the old mess. its hardly noticeable now...but it looked really awful when I first took the old numbers off.
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Old 07-08-2006, 10:43 PM   #9
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Congratulations on your Airstream!

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do. We were in Washington last week, and spent several days at the Washington Unit Land Yacht Harbor.

We have been members of the Oregon Unit since we bought ours 5 years ago (guess I need to get a red star!). We have also joined the Washington Unit as associate members since we stay there several times a year.

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Old 07-08-2006, 10:53 PM   #10
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Jim, the OR Unit had a special luncheon earlier this year and presented all the stars at once, I think it was in Jan or Feb. So you'll probably get yours next year. Congrats! I'm another year away from a star, and my trailer has the shadow of several stars on it from the last owner!
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Speaking of stars ...

There is an Airstream motorhome parked in the disabled section at the Washington Land Yacht Harbor ... It has NINE stars!

I had to stop and count them twice (I thought I would have to take of my shoes) ... I could not believe my eyes. Isn't the club 50 years old?
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WOW! I'd like to talk to them, I'll bet they have stories to tell!
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The people at Lacey have a real nice park. People who pay their international dues thru them get a special deal on $ parking. Makes it worthwhile if you go there a number of times. Belonging to wdcu for a buck saves money and officially any member can attend any other units events as often as they want but I would presume if you show up regularly and do not kick in some dues or volunteer to help out a bit, you could wear your welcome thin. Sounds like you have a pretty full schedule of things to do without becoming a member of the club. Now days, less that 10% of Airstream owners are members of the club. Most chapters have buddy rallies and usually allow non-members to sample their events a couple of time before you need to make the commitment.
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Old 07-09-2006, 01:19 PM   #14
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I am looking at the North Cascades unit site right now. Our new Airstream will be busy this summer =) Thanks again for the info. We will have to join the WBCCI soon as we find out what numbers we can keep or not.

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Welcome to the forums Dana! We are a member of the North Cascades WA unit. We only get to about 1 rally a year since we live in Wenatchee and East Coast in the summer. They are a very sweet group of people, very welcoming, and excited about new people. They tend to have their rallies at fair grounds and scenic rv parks, at one time their group was quite large. BC unit tends to have more camp outs at provincial parks. They are also a real fun bunch.

We on the forums get together 4 or so times a year as well. We usually go to Beverly Beach on the Oregon Coast in October. Keep your eyes open for more details. On the NCW site click on Jim Kolhoff's email at the bottom of the home page. He can give you any info you need to know.

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