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Old 12-29-2008, 08:06 PM   #1
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I know it's a stupid question, but...

What are the numbers on the front of the Airstream trailers for? We just bought a 68 International ?Globetrotter?, and there are numbers over the front window. The kind you stick on - Are all of these Airstreams numbered?????
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:10 PM   #2
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Big red numbers? Those would be member numbers in the WBCCI.
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:15 PM   #3
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These are the WBCCI numbers assigned to the previous owner. You can use his if you join the club and he has not decided to buy another Airstream. You could also just leave them on and that would stop WBCCI club members from asking you to join the club because you would be a "baldy" without numbers. There will be a big WBCCI get together in Sarasota in late February, at the fairgrounds. You might want to stop in there and see if you want to join. You can not bring your trailer till you have joined and paid the rally dues but you could walk around the grounds without anyone bothering you. You could not attend any of the seminars or evening entertainment without having valid name badges and Rally ribbons.
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:19 PM   #4
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Good question: these are membership numbers for the Wally Byam Caravan Club International, a club for Airstream trailer and motorhome owners that has been around nearly as long as they have been making Airstreams. The big red numbers allow club members to identify each on the road because all members are listed in a club directory. I believe the number stays with the trailer (as opposed to the owner) so if you were to join the WBCCI, your current information would be attached to the trailer number. As a brand new member of WBCCI myself, Im not completely sure of this. I suggest you go to their website if you want to learn more- WBCCI.org
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:25 PM   #5
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The numbers are assigned to the member, not the trailer. If you have multiple trailers, you still only have one number. If the number has not been used (member dropped out) for two years, it can be re-issued.
BTW, I am #7513...
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:25 PM   #6
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Old 12-29-2008, 11:29 PM   #7
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Welcome from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

The big red numbers on an Airstream are the WBCCI member numbers. The blue numbers are the Forums member numbers. Examples shown below. These numbers are normally displayed on both the front and the back of the trailer.
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Old 01-09-2009, 06:58 PM   #8
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Well that was not a stupid question as I was searching the forum for the same answer, thanks everyone. Now my next question is: on my 1956 Bubble just under the red numbers on the front there was a sticker that said "Wally Byams CARAVAN"

Was this sticker available everywhere or did my old bubble go on a Caravan with Wally at some point? And even more importantly can I get a reproduction/copy of this sticker? Please reply cos I don't want to polish her till I know if this sticker had any historical importance.
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Give us what the numbers are and there are a few of here who have the old club directories that may be able to answer you. It is doubtful you can get reproductions of these early stickers, so if it is any kind of shape, protect it when you polish.
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Old 01-09-2009, 08:42 PM   #10
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OK so my red number is 2931, it's a 1956 Californian Bubble and at some point in it's life it had had a lot of time and money spent fitting a big non standard fridge, a safe box and a few other modifications.

As for the sticker it is all gone but has left a clear mark of what was there and I can maybe make a transfer of what was there before polishing.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 01-10-2009, 09:00 AM   #12
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I seem to recall reading somewhere that one Airstream owner was asked if the price was negotiable. The individual making the inquiry thought the red numbers was the asking price!!!! What a hoot!!!!
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I had a small break through and was wondering if anyone reading these posts can explain any more, the sticker I refer to in my post 8 & 10, i found a good picture of it on this site http://www.airforums.com/photos/showimage.php?i=9301 . Anyone know what it is? What color it was? Why did some trailers have them? Dan
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There are people all over the place who make stickers, numbers etc for cars and for signage. They should be able to photograph your sticker, scan it into a computer and make a duplicate for you.
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