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Old 04-24-2021, 10:18 PM   #1261
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Hi, I'm new to the site, but I have enjoyed 5 airstream trailers over many years. I currently own a 69 globtrotter ( no wbcci #) and a 57 flying cloud, wbcci # 41. This trailer has decals inside the small door, showing many sites visited. It appears to have gone on many early trips with the club. There are WB plates and spots where some have been removed, inc. a large square shadow on the rear. and round spots front and rear. It's a dutchmans cap trailer. It is currently in poor untouched shape, hole at the door etc. Interior is complete except for the toilet and bath sink. Exterior is very good. I would love to know, at your convenience, any history of the trailer with the club.
Thank you Sir, Bruce
Hi Bruce,
Well, this is an interesting case. #41 is such a low number and 1957 is so early, that initially #41 was shared by two WBCCI couples, as for the first few caravans before the club was formed they reissued number starting at #1 for each caravan. It was not until the 5th caravan (1955 Mexico) that they no longer reassigned numbers, but those that had been assigned an number on any previous caravan were able to keep that number when the club was formed in 1955 this resulting in duplicate assignments. Here is how #41 has been assigned since 1955:
  • 1955-62: John R. & Edith Corkery, Baker, OR, Caravan 1 - Central America Winter 1951-52 (Edith only in 1957-62).
  • 1955-79: Earl M. & Gladys Smith, Ventura, CA, Caravans 4 - Western Canada Summer 1954, 5 - Mexico, West Coast Winter 1955, 12 - Kentucky Derby-Indy 500 Spring 1957, 54 - Trans Canada Summer 1967 (1979 Gladys only).
  • 1980-86: Unassigned.
  • 1987-2000+: Larry Huttle of Airstream.
Either of the original couples assigned #41 would have had originally had an older trailer (possibly even a non-Airstream), though they would have had to upgrade to an Airstream by about 1957 to remain listed in the Club Directory. My guess is that, given the badges, etc., it is more likely that the Smith's owned your 1957 Flying Cloud than the Corkery's. If that is correct, they may have taken it on their 1957 and 1967 caravans.

Since approximately 1970, numbers below 100 have been given to Airstream Inc. to assign with them typically going to employees and anyone else the company wants to recognize. Larry Huttle rose thru the ranks at Airstream reaching the Chairman position in the 2000s before he retired. There is an approximately zero chance he owned your 1957 Flying Cloud.

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Old 04-24-2021, 10:56 PM   #1262
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The trailer I took delivery of today has "3873" on it in red numbers, and the marks below it of "7150" where numbers had been pealed off front and rear. I haven't read all 62 pages of this thread, but I haven't seen if there's anywhere on-line where I can consult old WBCCI directories to see if my numbers were issued between 1982 and now, and who owned them. If anyone can point me to such a resource, I would be appreciative. It just seems like a quaint bit of history to investigate.

Thanks,
Scott
Hi Scott, A double number case where we know #7150 was on the trailer before #3873. Here is how those numbers have been assigned since 1982.

7150:
  • 1982: Unassigned.
  • 1983-2001: Ken & Athleen Deckman, Auburn, WA (1983), Kent, WA (2001), caravans N11A - Best of Montana 1982, 147 - Stampede & West Canada Summer 1983, R53 - Ya Shure Duluth Caravan Region 10 1983, R85 - Region 11 1986.
  • 2002: Unassigned. Did not check further.
3873:
  • <=1982-1989: Paul E & Julie Newman, Leesburg, FL, caravans 62 - Olympic East Coast Mexico Summer Fall 1968, O10 - Great Britain 1978.
  • 1990-91: Unassigned.
  • 1992: Gerald & Yolanda Wroe, San Diego, CA, no caravans.
  • 1993-94: Unassigned.
  • 1995-2002: Thayer R. & Thelma L. Dickey, Junction City, OR, no caravans.
  • 2004: Unassigned. Did not check further due to privacy concerns.
So it is pretty much a surety that the Deckman's owned your 1982 Exella. It would seem they bought it and immediately joined the club in 1982, thus first appearing in the 1983 Directory. It seems likely that they took it on most or all of their caravans. We cannot know how long they owned it, though. They may have owned it the entire time they were in the club, or they may have upgraded to a different Airstream at some point while they were still members.

However, since the Dickey's are the only assignee of #3873 that were from Oregon, I will guess that the Deckman's sold the 1982 Excella to the Dickey's in or shortly before 1994, but since the Deckman's remained in the club (having upgraded to a different Airstream), the Dickey's were forced to get assigned a new WBCCI #.

That's all I got. Enjoy your Excella!

I am done for tonight. Sorry to everyone else (for now). I will answer some more when I have more free time.
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Old 04-26-2021, 01:28 PM   #1263
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Hi Scott, A double number case where we know #7150 was on the trailer before #3873. Here is how those numbers have been assigned since 1982.

7150:
  • 1982: Unassigned.
  • 1983-2001: Ken & Athleen Deckman, Auburn, WA (1983), Kent, WA (2001), caravans N11A - Best of Montana 1982, 147 - Stampede & West Canada Summer 1983, R53 - Ya Shure Duluth Caravan Region 10 1983, R85 - Region 11 1986.
  • 2002: Unassigned. Did not check further.


3873:
  • <=1982-1989: Paul E & Julie Newman, Leesburg, FL, caravans 62 - Olympic East Coast Mexico Summer Fall 1968, O10 - Great Britain 1978.
  • 1990-91: Unassigned.
  • 1992: Gerald & Yolanda Wroe, San Diego, CA, no caravans.
  • 1993-94: Unassigned.
  • 1995-2002: Thayer R. & Thelma L. Dickey, Junction City, OR, no caravans.
  • 2004: Unassigned. Did not check further due to privacy concerns.
So it is pretty much a surety that the Deckman's owned your 1982 Exella. It would seem they bought it and immediately joined the club in 1982, thus first appearing in the 1983 Directory. It seems likely that they took it on most or all of their caravans. We cannot know how long they owned it, though. They may have owned it the entire time they were in the club, or they may have upgraded to a different Airstream at some point while they were still members.

However, since the Dickey's are the only assignee of #3873 that were from Oregon, I will guess that the Deckman's sold the 1982 Excella to the Dickey's in or shortly before 1994, but since the Deckman's remained in the club (having upgraded to a different Airstream), the Dickey's were forced to get assigned a new WBCCI #.

That's all I got. Enjoy your Excella!

I am done for tonight. Sorry to everyone else (for now). I will answer some more when I have more free time.
Thank you for looking this up! I agree with your analysis. Fun that the more recent number was a couple from Junction City; that is only four miles from Harrisburg.

I applied last week to use either number for our own WBCCI number. Well see if any are currently used.

Thank you again,
Scott
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Old 04-26-2021, 09:44 PM   #1264
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I heard back from WBCCI today and both of the numbers on my trailer are currently in use. I'll be getting a new number.

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Old 04-30-2021, 04:11 PM   #1265
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Could someone search the history of 8125? Is there a way to check and see if it is still available? Were they always red or did they used to be white? What do the stars mean? Its too bad they go by owner and not the rig. Thanks in advance for spending the time to look this up.
Thanks, Katie
I couldn't figure out how to edit my original post, but since it appears that you are using location to figure out which of the owners go with this particular Airstream, we bought our Sovereign in Tennessee. (We are in Northern Michigan near TC, now.)

Thanks for spending the time to do this, Joe!
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Old 05-14-2021, 07:23 AM   #1266
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I would like to honor my wife on our anniversary with the number 7119 or 71109 if it is available. If so, where do I need to go and register and so forth?

Thank you for looking into this!

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I would like to honor my wife on our anniversary with the number 7119 or 71109 if it is available. If so, where do I need to go and register and so forth?

Thank you for looking into this!

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