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Old 01-06-2004, 08:32 PM   #1
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What those numbers on the front mean

I'm a newbie planning to buy my first Airstream. My question is; What do the large 3 or 4 digit numbers on the front of older Airstreams signify? Are they serial numbers? When did they start and stop? Is there any collector value to units with these numbers?

Not sure if this is the best topic to post under, but I didn't see a general forum. Thanks
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Old 01-06-2004, 09:40 PM   #2
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Re: numbers

Welcome to the forums, robnicol.
The numbers you refer to are membership numbers for the WBCCI (Wally Byam Caravan Club International) and are not assigned by Airstream.
Click HERE to see a thread with lots of info on the numbers.
Best of luck in your quest for your first Airstream. Actually, it may turn out to be your first and only because of the longevity these units are built for.

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Old 01-07-2004, 07:01 AM   #3
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Just got my 2004 Directory yesterday. First number, and only single digit is 2, one of Gyam's relatives and last is 32111
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Old 01-08-2004, 09:42 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies - the information is helpful. My wife wants a 4 digit number, so we'll look for a WBCCI member trailer.
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robnicol, you're missing the point. Not all Airstream trailers and/or owners are WBCCI members. Whether a trailer has those numbers on it or not has absolutely nothing to do with the value or condition of the unit.
Many AS owners elect to join the WBCCI and apply those number decals to their unit while other owners do not.
Membership in the WBCCI is an option and should have no bearing on your search for a trailer that is in good condition and within your budget.
You can decide whether or not to join the WBCCI after you've acquired your trailer.
I hope you have a better understanding now. If not, feel free to ask any and all questions you may have. That's what these forums are all about.

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Old 01-09-2004, 12:24 AM   #6
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My trailer had a five digit number on it, and when I joined the club I got a four digit number. Turns out the club is going back through and reissuing numbers that are no longer current, so new members are receivng four digit numbers again.

Of course technically it still has five digit numbers on it until I get around to polishing off the stickum so I can put my new numbers on.
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Old 01-09-2004, 06:51 AM   #7
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Re-issued 4 Digit Number

I bought a trailer with a four digit number that was in use by someone else. So, when I joined WBCCI I negotiated to get another four digit number that was only one digit off from the old number.
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Old 01-10-2004, 10:56 PM   #8
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4 digit numbers

Okay, I think I got it now. There was something on another forum about getting WBCCI to reissue a number if you buy a trailer from another member, but it sounds like that's not the only way...

You guys are a wealth of information.
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