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Old 11-01-2008, 07:51 AM   #15
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Can someone with a roster tell me if this is a worthwhile historical traveler? It does say Wally Caravan.
By the way, I think Pee Wee posted a picture of Wally with his sailboat in the builders yard. I cannot find it again and would like to see it again....search function did not work....Pee Wee>>>you out there?
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Hard to say with that number.The lower numbers have been re-issued so many times.It depends what years the owners (#5742)were members.With that being said,in the 1970 directory it lists the owners of that number as participants of 2 caravans.

Maritime Provinces-Eastern Canada-1968
Western Canada-Summer-1969

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Old 11-01-2008, 02:04 PM   #16
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Thanks Mike. It will be fun to learn the history of my new best friend.
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:41 PM   #17
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Can someone with a roster tell me if this is a worthwhile historical traveler? It does say Wally Caravan.
By the way, I think Pee Wee posted a picture of Wally with his sailboat in the builders yard. I cannot find it again and would like to see it again....search function did not work....Pee Wee>>>you out there?
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Trailer 5742 was issued to a family in Dennison, TX (Kullin)
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Old 01-19-2009, 09:28 PM   #18
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I am looking at a used AS and noticed it doesn't have any numbers? I am a novice and have noticed that most have the numbers either in black or red?? Anyone know why? Thanks for your help ... pls be patient am trying to learn all of this stuff...a challenge but very interesting!
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:10 PM   #19
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Welcome to the forums.
The red numbers on the front and rear of the trailer are the owners membership number in the WBCCI (Airstram Club). Not all Airstream owners are members of the club and not all members of the club put the numbers on their trailer.
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I love your doggies!! Am a big dog lover here...devoted most of my life to my animals and kids!! In fact it would be nice if I could find an AS that had two stalls for my horses and some added dog runs & can't forget the birds!!LOL(I think I better get a semi for all of my creatures....Peace
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Old 01-20-2009, 06:29 AM   #21
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I learned an interesting thing about the red numbers. In the early days, the numbers were issued new for each caravan. So say for instance you went on the first caravan to Mexico and points south and your number was 34. Well in the next caravan that number might be given to someone else. It was not until later on that the numbers stayed with the members. I learned this from a resent conversation with Pee Wee. I was going to ask when the numbers were given permanently to members, but got side tracked. Maybe Pee Wee will tell us. Pee Wee was interviewed on the most resent Vintage Airstream Podcast , and it makes for some excellent listening. Here is a link for those interested: http://www.thevap.com/vapcasts/vap0087.mp3
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:11 AM   #22
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Assignment of Red Numbers

THe WBCCI was formed in August 1955. Up until that point there had been numbers issued to idenify trailers on Caravans. Numbers were issued to all members of the Caravan, that included non-Airstream owners.

After the formation of the Club, the numbers were controlled and were issued by Headquarters (Helen Byam Schwamborn) to Airstream owners only.

For a period of time several numbers were duplicates. As time went by this changed.

THe most unusal number was Andy Anderson's. Andy a dear friend of Wally's had double zero "00". Andy also became an International President. Andy was also on the first Caravan in 1951, where I met Andy and Dell (wife). Andy went on a Cuban Caravan, and was on the 1956 European Caravan.

Andy was Danish and was so proud to show us Denmark when the Caravan toured his native land.

Here is a picture of Wally and Andy having fun.

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Old 01-21-2009, 10:29 AM   #23
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In the 1987 Directory 9261 was assigned to J. Shields, of Wimberley, TX.

No record of the number in the 2000 Directory.

The mystery of numerology!

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What a coincidence. If I am correct I have been in this trailer in Wimberley. I had just gotten my Trade Wind and saw the owner in his yard preparing for a trip. He gave me a tour and the first advice from another Airstreamer, "Son, they all leak."
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The people who owned my As from the US were George and Barbara Gruntler, NY
and yes, she does leak. I found damp spots on the floor in the bathroom, from around the window, and also in the bedroom, again around the window. The back right side.
When the warm weather gets here, I will be out with my trusty caulking gun to fix and repair.
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