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Old 05-28-2009, 09:44 PM   #1
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OHIO in blue letter on the side of an airstream

On the side of our '74 Overlander in blue plastic letters about 2" tall and 1.5" wide (each letter) is the word OHIO. OK, we are from Ohio, and to the best of our searching, all previous owners of our AS were from Ohio, too. I thought this to be just one of the PO's way of boasting about being from Ohio. Well, at a recent rally in Georgia (Springstream) I was approached about the OHIO on it and how it was familiar. We've only owned the trailer since Feb 2009 and GA was our first rally, so the previous experience wasn't us. I dismissed it as a weird coincidence until today. I was going down a rural road outside of Wooster, OH and I noticed a 70's 31' Sovereign sitting behind a factory/warehouse (real good shape might I add) and it too has OHIO in blue letters on the side of it inside the blue "belt loop" around the trailer just like mine. There are no WBCCI numbers on the trailer and I'm not invasive enough to try to get a license plate search done to find the owner, but I'd like to know why s/he and I have this OHIO on the side of our trailer!!! Was this some special edition? Was this something that a certain chapter of the WBCCI from Ohio did back in the 70s? Anyone else have this on their trailer or know the reason behind it?

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OHIO in blue letter on the side of an airstream

Greetings Jason and Andrea!

What you likely have found are two of many Airstreams of the late 1960s through late 1970s that Wally Byam Caravan Club International Members adorned with the name of their Unit (local club) or their home state. My suspicion has always been that this may have been done to ease identifying coaches belonging to fellow members of a particular Unit or State when at a large Regional or International Rally. In the Vintage Section at one of today's International Rallys, you will often see several coaches with different states or Units identified on their sides.

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