Originally Posted by moosetags
It's the big red 126 on the front and back of the trailer. It represents the owner's member in the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (Airstream Club). A number that low would have been assigned to a national officer of the club. Brian
I think Brian is correct. WBCC member number 126 initially was issued in 1955
to Bill and Anna Bihl of Los Angeles, California. They went on 2 club caravans, the 1955
Winter West Coast of Mexico Caravan and the 1956
Winter Mexico Caravan. By 1960
they had moved to Glendora, Calif. Only Bill appears in the 1964
and 1974 WBCC Directories, still living in Glendora. But he does not appear in the 1985 WBCCI Directory, so likely was then deceased.
In 1988, number 126 was reassigned to Eugene and Marion Lillis of New Orleans. Before 1988, they had WBCCI number 9559. But in 1988 Eugene was elected 3rd International VP, and so was given number 126 upon attaining that national office. However, by 1989 Eugene had left office and was listed as a Past International VP. Edward Minty was listed a 2nd International VP for 1989, the position Eugene would have held in 1989 if he was still climbing the national officer's ladder.
The Lillis went on one caravan in summer 1981, caravan # 133 to the Calgary Stampede and Western Canada.
Given the trailer's 1982 year of manufacture, I think it was purchased new by the Lillis and was given # 126 in 1988. So I believe your trailer was owned by a 3rd International VP in the WBCCI, Eugene Lillis.
Decoding the nautical flags on your trailer might provide an additional clue to its past ownership.
It's a neat trailer. I imagine the certificate of destruction was issued to put subsequent purchasers on notice of its flooding and decrease in value due to condition. You might look into obtaining a bonded title for it. But I don't know whether any state will issue a bonded title for a vehicle that had a certificate of destruction issued for it. In any event, Good Luck!