Originally Posted by mermade
Yes it was a large plaque above the window on the rear. I haven't seen any numbers on the front. Would also appreciate advice on filling the holes left by the sign as I likely won't reattach...
The plaque must have been large enough to cover a much longer (e.g. 4 digit) WBCCI number, but I cannot see any evidence of any digits other than the "74".
I do however, see evidence that there was a "Wally Byam's Caravan" decal below the numbers. This is important, because that decal was only used until about 1963
, so we can determine that the number 74 was most likely applied to your 1960
Tradewind between late 1959
You may not be aware, but in the early years of the club, some 1, 2, & 3 were assigned to multiple members because the club was formed after Wally Byam had lead several caravans. On each of those early caravans, trailers were numbered anew each time starting at 1, but when the club was formed, members were able to keep the number they had been assigned on a prior caravan. In the early days, some numbers had 2 or 3 or even 4 or 5 assignee's.
I mention this, because #74 had two assignee's right from the start of the club in 1955
. #74 was assigned as follows in the Membership Directories:
1955-1970: Harry & Marge Hoyt, San Bernardino, CA, caravans 4 & 6.
1955-1960: E. William (Bill) & Grace Williams, Tulare, CA, caravan 3.
(There was no 1961
1962-1966: O.R. & Lenna Slocum, Fresno, CA, caravans 32 & 39.
(I am missing the 1967 Directory)
1968-1980: O.R. & Katherine Slocum, Fresno, CA, caravans 32, 39, & 60 (possible remarriage?).
1981: Katherine Slocum, Fresno, CA, caravans 32, 39, & 60.
1982: Unassigned. (Did not check further, because by this time, numbers below 100 were not reassigned to the general membership. They were assigned at the discretion of Airstream, Inc. Plus we know that the #74 was applied before the end of 1963).
So what does this mean?
1. It seems doubtful but not impossible that the Williams owned your 1960
Tradewind. They would have had an earlier trailer for their lone caravan that occurred before 1955
and would have had to upgrade to a 1960
model and then drop out of the club the next year.
2. It is definitely possible that the Hoyts owned your 1960 Tradewind, but like the Williams they would have had an earlier trailer when they took their caravans and first joined the club. It is possible that they upgraded to a new Airstream in 1960, but I have no way of proving or disproving it.
3. It also seems possible that the Slocums could have owned your 1960 Tradewind. The trouble is that I doubt that #74 would have been reassigned to a new member in 1961
(thus first showing in the 1962 Directory) given that there was another couple that was also currently assigned #74. The most likely scenario to me would be that the Williams sold their Airstream (whatever it was - 1960 Tradwind or an earlier model) to the Slocums and because this trailer already had the number 74 on it, they were allowed to keep the number 74. Or maybe, Lenna Slocum was the daughter of the Williams and the trailer passed down a generation. Who knows? This is only speculation.
All I can say for certain is that one or possibly two of the three couples identified above owned your 1960 Tradewind. This is one of the tougher cases I have run across, so I don't have a good guess which one(s) owned it.
And if the Slocums owned it, they may have taken it on some or all of the following caravans:
32 - Eastern Mexico Winter 1963
39 - Eastern Canada Summer 1964
60 - Klondike-W. Canada Summer 1968
Maybe some paperwork you got with the trailer or decals or badges on it can shed more light on the mystery, but I have exhausted my resources. Have fun with your Tradewind!
P.S. As for filling the holes, I recommend using rivets. There are lots of choices depending upon your skill set and tools, and what you are doing to rejuvenate the Tradewind. The key is getting a water tight seal. Options include:
- traditional "pop" (or blind) rivets (not likely to seal perfectly as they will leak around the "mandel" that is pulled to make them expand)
- "closed end" pop rivets (no center hole around the mandrel to leak)
- "Olympic" (bulb tight) rivets (pop rivets that need to be "shaved" to mimic the look of a solid rivet)
- Solid rivets (need access to the interior to "buck" them)
The first three can be installed without interior access. In all cases, I'd put a dab of caulk under the rivet head before riveting them into place. All of these rivet types can be ordered in different sizes depending upon the size of the hole you need to fill. OK, enough about rivets for this post. You can read more about then all over the internet.