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Old 08-01-2003, 06:12 AM   #41
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yeah right!!

Yes Peter,

I saw where you had been calling and calling, I just didn't want to get the phone all blackened up! Way too much fun and had to keep it all to myself ! You did say you have a cyclo, right? I may need some help here on the final stages.

I was thinking, wouldn't it be cool if we could all get together and gang up on polishing each others Airstream? I figure 8 or 10 people could strip and polish one in a day or so, then move on to the next and the next. We'd have to be close enough to each other, kinda like an Amish barn build or something?

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Old 08-01-2003, 06:36 AM   #42
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I was thinking, wouldn't it be cool if we could all get together and gang up on polishing each others Airstream? I figure 8 or 10 people could strip and polish one in a day or so, then move on to the next and the next. We'd have to be close enough to each other, kinda like an Amish barn build or something?
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Sounds like the glider-stripping parties that our soaring club used to throw. Lots of area to strip on a 2-place glider wings and tail. We would have up to 20 folks at once working on a ship. We would all break for a BBQ lunch and be done by the end of the day.
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Old 08-01-2003, 07:47 AM   #43
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Static cling followup

Jack,
Was it just normal wind that lifted the static cling or highway driving? Also, do you know if the surface underneath was cleaned well before applying?
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Old 08-01-2003, 01:51 PM   #44
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The person told me that she got to a rally, wiped down the front of the trailer and stuck it on. Apparently it came off when the wind came up that night and she found it on the ground. Upon subsequent inspection she found that the point of failure was the corners. Once one lifted slightly, the breeze provided the necessary lift to start the peel back.

She did not drive with them on.

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Old 08-01-2003, 03:07 PM   #45
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Maybe rounded corners?

Jack,
That does make sense as a pointed corner will be focus for any stresses that would lead to a lifting. I wonder if going with very rounded corners might prevent the lifting. Guess I will just have to have a set made and see.

Thanks for the info
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So be it

I put my number on, using high-grade numbers from a sign maker, as soon as I had my WBCCI number. My trailer name is by the door using the same grade of lettering. I dam careful at the carwash, but everything has stayed on as intended.

As far as worrying about ghosting the finish, that will be the worry for someone on down the line since the number and name will stay there so long as I own the trailer.
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Old 11-03-2003, 08:24 PM   #47
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Those red numbers

I would think that one could have the numerals printed on a waterproof type paper and then stick to paper onto those flat magnets that you see on frig doors. I got one with a paper covering that allowed me to stick a photo onto the back of the magnet and can plaster it anyway on a vehicle. Oops...I just thought of a flaw in my plan - the A/S would have to be one of the new steel ones or the magnet won't stick! Dang. Back to the drawing board.
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Old 11-03-2003, 10:48 PM   #48
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Gee .. maybe we could just pop rivet the numbers on.
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Old 11-04-2003, 04:21 PM   #49
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I took off my numbers last weekend, along with the old WBCCI sticker from the PO.
The numbers came right off, with the help of a heat gun. The ahesive residue also came off, with a bit of 3M adhesive remover. Of course there are ghost numbers now, but still much less noticeable than the faded red numbers that were there before.
The WBCCI stickers were another story. They came off in microscopic fractions, and left a thick glue residue that was a real mess to remove. The glue left an impression of the sticker, like a ghost, on the clear coat. I can still read the letters and see Wally's mugshot on the aluminum. I think UV light does a lot of bad things to plastic. i will not put any more stickers on the Airstream. It looks much better without the numbers, in my opinion. Besides, I am not a member, not planning to become one.
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Old 11-04-2003, 04:47 PM   #50
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Geez, all this over a bunch of red numbers Look on the bright side You could have the situation I have; apparently my AS has had at least 3-4 PO's, everyone had a different number, or the same guy joined and had 4 different numbers, all of the ghost numbers are still visible as well as some of the actual numbers, black as well as red. And some well meaning? person tried to cover them up by spraying some of them with silver spray paint Now I don't have any choice but to strip the clear coat. LOL I just hope the paint will strip.

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Old 11-05-2003, 01:37 AM   #51
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That's nothing! A previous owner of my trailer had them sanded off with 40 grit sandpaper and then stuck new ones on upside down! Then the next owner had them sand-blasted off and his new ones stuck on with crazy glue! Finally, the last owner had no choice but to cut them out with tin snips! jk

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Old 11-05-2003, 06:28 AM   #52
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Mounting the WBCCI numbers

Hi, all...

For those of us who, like me, have PO number "ghosts" to cover, and are too lazy to use anything but our WBCCI provided numbers, they are actually quite easy to install despite the cryptic instructions provided with them.

The vinyl numbers used for the last ten years or so peel off fairly easily when they're warm.

First, pick a cool day in a shaded area if you can. This is much easier if the trailer skin is cool and shaded.

Take a piece of masking tape and run it across the bottom of the area where the letters are to be placed. That will ensure that your numbers are all level. If you want to check spacing, you can put a piece of masking tape above where each number should go. You can adjust the piece of tape until you're satisfied with the spacing.

Mix a dishwashing detergent/water mix in a hand spray bottle. Spray the area of the first number liberally with your soap/water mixture. Peel the first number from the backing, and slide it onto the wet area. Move it around where you want it to go, as it will slide easily on the soap/water mixture. When you have it in place, gently blot/squeegee the number down with a towel or rag, making sure that all of the air/water bubbles are out.

Move on to the next number. When you're done, remove the masking tape. That's all there is to it!

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Same situation as Uwe, here, although I had a hard time getting the numbers off, as well as the glue residue. Andy's wet rag/steam iron did the trick, although some cussing was still required to get off the old wally-sticker. But I, too, have wally's mug burned into my clear-coat. the detail is amazing, really. I wonder if its the color, or perhaps chemical makeup of the inks on the sticker?? the glue should be the same throughout, wouldn't you think?

Best solution is probably to just cover the spot w/ a new sticker. My clear coat looks too good to go to the trouble of polishing. (I'm thinking that the trailer must have spent a good deal of its life parked indoors, or something...). Anyway, I need to call the wbcci and get my number changed to "88888". that's the only thing that'll cover over the ghosts of multiple old numbers....
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Anyway, I need to call the wbcci and get my number changed to "88888". that's the only thing that'll cover over the ghosts of multiple old numbers....
DON"T YOU DARE! That's the number I HAVE TO HAVE Someone already tried it on my unit but I don't think the 8's will cover up 1's and 7's to well

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What was that number again that they used for the Enterprise on TV? NC... something..... Tempting..
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What was that number again that they used for the Enterprise on TV? NC... something..... Tempting..

Sorry... it's already taken... I checked the WBCCI book a few weeks ago!

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Its neat to see another Airstsream in the rest area or at a campground with numbers. I pull out my book, look-up the number and find out the person's name, where they are from, and what caravans they have been on. When I go over to introduce myself I already have some knowledge of who I will be talking with and a little bit about them.
Going to rallys and traveling in carvans of other WBCCI members is a great way to see this big beautiful county of ours. I'm leaving on April 15 to go to our Commonwealt Rally and from there we are taking off with another Wally couple to head out on the Southwest Adventure. We will be gone 2 months and will travel about 8k miles with other Airstreamers. I love my Red numbers.
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Big Red Numbers

Greetings Tarheel!

I agree! It marked one of the happiest day's in my life when I added the Big Red Number 6359 to my coach. It was only several days later that I realized that my fear of heights had gotten the best of me my Big Red Number actually looked more like: 6E59.

While I don't often find WBCCI members traveling the highways that I frequent, when I do, my Membership Directory is at my side.

This summer, my WBCCI plans include more Rallys than caravans. I am hoping to attend the Region 4 Rally, the International Rally, and the Rocky Mountain Region VAC Rally. I am hoping that there will be a Wagon Wheel pre-Rally or Caravan to the International; but plans have yet to be announced.

I truly enjoy my membership in the WBCCI and all of the travel experiences that I have gained.

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We do our Tidewater rallys during the summer but not a lot of real traveling. Too many people on the highways and its a time that the grandkids come to visit. As much as I love traveling it can't compare to time spent with them. As soon as school is about to begin (late August) we feel the need to hook-up and move out, just want to be back in time for Thanksgiving and Chistmas. After the holidays its time to go again until spring is just around the corner. We meet so many interesting people and see sites that I have only dreamed about. It is a wonderful lifestyle.

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You all are voicing my sentiments exactly. WBCCI 1611

Jan,Feb, Mar in the rio grande valley

April - Region 6 springtime in the smokies

June 4 - Homecoming In Jackson center

June 18 - Lansing international rally (going early to work)

Next year - Alaska caravan

I am continually amazed at the active lifestyle of the WBCCI folks I have met so far. They don't quit. Through medical hardships of all kinds, loss of life partner, etc. I suspect the active lifestyle has something to do with longevity.

I do see the problems for those of us not yet retired.
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