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Old 06-28-2003, 01:53 PM   #113
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I may hear it about this, but I would not put numbers on even if it had clear coat and all I did was wax each year.

I would be interested if you come up with something - my plan for now is just put them on a piece of plexiglass and up them in the window. I've heard of others attaching them to a piece of aluminum and screwing to the front and back caps - get get to excited about that either.

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Old 06-29-2003, 07:26 AM   #114
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Ok, guys... here's the solution to the numbers ghosting problem...

Most of us can't afford new trailers... as a result they have the ghosts of two or three numbers on them... so it's no big deal!

Just sell your new trailer, buy an old one and the problem's solved! No new spot to spoil!

Ok... I'm just jealous... I'll admit that I wish this was a dilemma I faced. But since it isn't , I just put my numbers over the old ghosts. You can hardly tell...

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Old 06-29-2003, 09:00 AM   #115
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Our unit has also adjusted rates for weekenders only.

I am looking forward to the return of all of the folks that attended the international rally. I am certain that ther will be plenty of rave good and bad but I suspect that there will be more good.

Kinda hard to compare an Airstream exclusive club event to a "AOB" (Any other brand) event though.

It is safe to say that any other other camping club was derived from the WBCCI being that they were the first

I would attend events sponsored by anyone but I know the difference in a Chefs choice restaurant and a buffet I have eaten at and enjoyed both.

I will be going to buffets with my expectations not quite as high as a Chefs choice restaurant. Rally on!


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Old 06-29-2003, 10:11 AM   #116
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and the only way to get it off would be to polish the trailer. (which I am not about to do).
Come on Chuck! You can do it!!

Believe me, it is the only way to get rid of them! Even after stripping the clearcoat I could still see the ghosts.

I haven't put my numbers on yet, the wife isn't crazy about them, I lost the Phred Sez instructions and my decision on keeping my membership is still up in the air. I see no real advantage to being in the WBCCI, the newsletters are pretty stale and for the most part end up in the trash can.

(Sorry Wally, RIP)

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Old 06-29-2003, 08:52 PM   #117
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We just came back from the international rally (a little early because I have to work tomorrow). I felt a little guilty about not posting our numbers on our trailer. My solution was to purchase two pieces of plexiglass 18X36 and posting the WBCCI emblem and numbers on the plexiglass. I then put the plexiglass in the front and rear window. Worked fine.

What a fabulous experience to visit the international rally. Almost two thousand trailers, motorhomes, etc., and all interested in the same thing. Airstreams.

In the two days we were there, we saw the parade of flags, went to a White Mountain Unit Social, visited with our neighbors at the ralley and shared our experiences, and went to a Region 1 lunch.

I learned about the little stars you may see on trailers next to the WBCCI emblem. Each star represents 5 years in the club. A fellow two trailers from mine had seven stars on his trailer. Now there is some real history with airstream. A man sitting next to me at the luncheon has been airstreaming since 1972. This is his second airstream, a '94 thirty four footer. His first trailer had over 125,000 miles on it.

My suggestion, join and experience the club.
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Old 06-29-2003, 08:57 PM   #118
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Aaaah, I can get stars in my crown. Whoopee
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Old 06-29-2003, 10:24 PM   #119
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We debated about whether or not to put numbers on our trailers, but my polishing experience with our Tradewind made the decision for us. At some point - not all that recently, I think - it had numbers that were removed prior to us buying it. When the trailer was still quite oxidized, the shadows were barely noticeable at all.

However, when I polished the trailer, the shadows became really obvious. The numbers actually altered the aluminum a bit, but the round Wally stickers did the most damage. They actually left large "cracks" in the aluminum that can't be polished out at all.

For the pre-1968 trailers, I like the solution Shari pointed out, wherein a sheet of Plexiglas with the numbers applied is slid into the front and rear windows. But for the later trailers, I don't know...
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Old 06-29-2003, 11:05 PM   #120
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...a sheet of Plexiglas with the numbers applied is slid into the front and rear windows. But for the later trailers, I don't know...
Another thought...put them directly on the window. They should be easily removed with a razor or Bestine without any problem...

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Old 06-30-2003, 06:24 AM   #121
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On a glass window would be okay, but not on the tinted plexiglas rock guard.
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Old 06-30-2003, 12:59 PM   #122
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I Find These Truths To Be Self-Evident

1) NUMBERS: A new set costs $7.50. How 'bout putting them on for the International, and taking them off the next week?

2) RELIGION: A little God never hurt anyone, but a lotta God has.

3) ALCOHOL: A little booze never hurt anyone, but a lotta booze has.

4) BERETS: The Berets look stupid. Unless you're a drummer with some appreciable amount of hair on your chin, you will look stupid in a beret, too. (You will note that this rule effectively precludes 98% of men and 80% of airstreaming women from ever wearing a beret.)

5) WBCCI ORGANIZERS: Right now, there are people standing in a pasture of fermenting grass, in a God-forsaken state with 2 weeks of good weather a year (not this month). They are trying to organize 2,000 trailers and 4,000 people, half of whom are septuagenarians who are apparently sharing medication ("Hey Vern, can you spare a Viagra?). They are fielding the same questions repeatedly, most of which deal with the 1,000 or so exotic cats and "dogs" (most, no bigger than a healthy nutria) which made the trip. These volunteers are doing this, not for money or glory, but for the love of the game---Airstreaming! Because of their efforts, a couple of thousand people will have a great time, and in all likelihood, will return home with new friendships and happy memories. We're all a little richer for their service, aren't we?

Next time you see a WBCCI event organizer, give him or her a hug. And tell them to take off the stupid beret.
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Old 06-30-2003, 01:04 PM   #123
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Beret?

So far I have been to about 5 unit rallys and a region rally and I have yet to see a beret. Frankly, I hope it stays that way.
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We just got home from the international because of work. I must say, the most I saw of the blue beret was at the opening ceremony. The International officers, regional officers and unit officers were wearing the "uniform". Most in the audience were not.

As for the volunteers. They make the whole thing happen. While we were there, the weather was hot as blazes and verry humid. I did not witness a single person volunteer or participant in a foul humor. I and my wife were very impressed.

Just my .02 about the organization.
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Old 06-30-2003, 03:26 PM   #125
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I'm with Eric on this one. If I see an Airstream parked on the side of the road, I'll whip around and check it out. If the owner is around I'll ask them about it. However I'm not interested in going to an "Opening Ceremony" or a "Flag Celebration". I don't know about pulling up a chair and starting a conversation with a person of any age about the job, grandkids etc. Not everyone is the same. Some people like to get to know new people and others just want to go to someplace informal and if they meet someone then that is fine. But many of "us" don't want to pull up to some place that they don't know anyone and have forced conversations.
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I'm with Eric on this one. If I see an Airstream parked on the side of the road, I'll whip around and check it out. If the owner is around I'll ask them about it. However I'm not interested in going to an "Opening Ceremony" or a "Flag Celebration". I don't know about pulling up a chair and starting a conversation with a person of any age about the job, grandkids etc. Not everyone is the same. Some people like to get to know new people and others just want to go to someplace informal and if they meet someone then that is fine. But many of "us" don't want to pull up to some place that they don't know anyone and have forced conversations.
The older I get, the more I realize how little I know. I have never been a 'joiner'. I don't particularly enjoy clubs, but after owning Airstreams for years and never joining, we finally joined WBCCI in 2000. At the Sioux Falls International, I had the pleasure of being able to pull up a lawn chair next to the late Dr. Holman, WBCCI #1935 and chatted about building the 'original' kit Airstream with the Ford model "A" taillights, early camping, the evolution of Airstreams and a whole variety of things. I carry the memory fondly. I have photos of Dr. Holman Sr., his trailer, and a friend with Dr. Holman.

At the same rally, I also struck up a conversation while standing in a hallway at the convention center with an elderly couple who looked a little distracted. As it turned out, they were the last surviving charter members of WBCCI. We chatted for nearly an hour about Wally Byam, the founding of the club, the evolution of the Airstream products, and I heard many tales of the early caravans around the world. It was fascinating.

I've also gotten to meet many of the VAC club members and learned loads and loads of 'stuff' from them in informal chats. None of these meetings had anything to do with the 'formal' WBCCI International doin's except that we were all there and shared a common interest.

Aside from the organized club activities (which I might add we seldom participate in because of our distance from our club) our membership in the club isn't a sentence, it's an opportunity to meet people who you would otherwise never get to meet.

What more could you ask from an organization than to be able to meet interesting people?

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