Originally Posted by brennerk1
We are new owners of a well-cared-for 28' 1980 International Airstream. We noticed the other day at one time there must have been WBCCI numbers on the front of the Airstream. We could make out the #12118. Can someone help us out with the history of this camper?
Thank you for your help : )
WBCCI #12118 was first assigned in 1964
and the original assignees were last listed in 1980. #12118 has been reassigned at least twice since then. here is how #12118 has been assigned over the years according to WBCCI Membership Directories:
- 1965-80: Andrew J. & Wilda Pease, Brewer, ME, no caravans.
- 1981-83: Unassigned.
- 1984-92: Houston & Ina Faye Pace, Dallas, TX, no caravans.
- 1993-95: Unassigned.
- 1996-2003: Robert & Margaret Hubbard, St. Albans, WV, caravan R147 - Region 4 From Coals Mines to Iron Mines 1991. Interestingly, the Hubbards changed their WBCCI # from 14199 to 12118 in 1995, suggesting that may have bought a "new to them" Airstream that already had the big red number 12118 on it, though this is a guess. If that guess was correct, perhaps they bought the Peases Airstream because ME is closer to WV than TX, but again that is a guess and we don't know if that was a 1980 International or some different Airstream.
- 2004: Unassigned. Did not check further due to privacy considerations. A 5-digit is less likely to have been reassigned since 2003 than a 4-digit number.
Since WBCCI did not keep records of the Airstreams owned by members, we are left to make guesses from the available clues. It seems unlikely, but not impossible, that the Peases would have bought a new 1980 28' International and then dropped out of the club the following year. Since you are in CO, I would think it more likely that your 1980 28' International came from TX than ME or WV, thus making the Paces the more likely prior owner, but this is not "proof". On the other hand, if you bought the trailer in another state nearer ME or WV, then the Peases or Hubbards might be a more logical guess. Maybe a dealer decal on the trailer suggests it was bought new near one of these states.
That's all I got. I hope it helps you discern some of the past history for your 28' International.