Originally Posted by 53flyingcloud
Small details but, just wondering..
How was the registration for all of these vehicles handled?
Did they use the same license plate from South Africa, all the way thru Russia, etc?
Were the VIN numbers of the Airstream trailers preserved in any way unofficial or official records~?(By Airstream maybe? since it was a company sponsored trip?)
While we are on the oversea subject...What ever became of those Airstream trailers used on the China Caravan lead by Wally?
Just a few questions that have never been answered in my mind..
If You have the answer..?
In traveling in foreign countries you retain your license plates from your country of origin. If you wish where the vehicle is registered. You have international paperwork called a "Carnet". The carnet is an international driver's license for your vehicle. As a driver, you will also have an international driver's license. The names and documents may have changed, but the indentification of you and your vehicles is necessary in overseas travel.
You need to talk to Fred Coldwell regarding vin numbers. I believe that the records from the California plant were lost, trashed, or other and don't exist today. As to the records at Jackson Center, I don't know. They may be more complete.
Because of the "firestorm" in the VAC group for tracking the history of their Airstreams you might consider a current archieve.
It is never too late to create a central file. A picture of your unit. A biographical sketch of the owner. Historical documentation of your WBCCI number, your vin number, and knowledge that you have about previous owners, units, and just about anything that will create a historial file on your Airstream.
Joe posted some letters from his parents. The logical step is to tie these letters in to a vin number, if Joe knows it, and specifically to his parents WBCCI number.
Just some thoughts to maintain history.