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Old 08-26-2006, 02:25 PM   #15
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Minnie's Mate and Goin Camping,welcome aboard and I hope you've found a unit that's a good fit.

Your posts are like music to my ears


I firmly believe that a new and improved WBCCI can be a reality and not just a dream.For this to happen,in my opinion,it will take small changes at the unit level in the beginning.
Strong units are the backbone of the club and will be the building blocks necessary to bring the 'club' into the 21st century.But it will take time and effort for those that are able.
I believe we(WBCCI) are at a crossroads and the next few years are critical.You have to walk before you run.With the fantastic and caring people I've met and continue to meet I feel the future is bright going forward.
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Old 08-28-2006, 10:32 AM   #16
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I am in my mid-40's and have two young son's (6 & 9) and just joined the WBCCI two weeks ago . . . . However, I have to say this, the changes won't come from the establishment...that's why they're called the establishment. It will take new members becoming involved and making subtle suggestions not demands and not screaming them at the rallies. They will have to take opportunities to become involved and make changes gradual. Rome wasn't built in a day and 50 years of tradition won't change overnight.

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I recently joined a Unit. . . . . . The members of this Unit have decided on their own to change and modernize to remain active and vibrant. . . . Sugarfoot, Your Unit and ultimately the WBCCI is what you and I make it to be. Go ahead and join because at the end of the day you will have gone camping. Learned things and met new people. While you are doing that you can change/modify what you don't like and promote what you do. . . .

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. . . . I firmly believe that a new and improved WBCCI can be a reality and not just a dream. For this to happen,in my opinion, it will take small changes at the unit level in the beginning. . . . . . I believe we (WBCCI) are at a crossroads and the next few years are critical. You have to walk before you run. With the fantastic and caring people I've met and continue to meet I feel the future is bright going forward.


Some forum posts have painted a bleak picture of what is going on within the WBCCI, but what you say is very encouraging. Yes, the units are what we make them and changes will be small ones at first. And yes, new members will be a driving factor on the unit level if we introduce constructive ideas with a considerate attitude. Minnie’s Mate, I hope to see you at the Georgia Fall Leaf rally in October. I would love to talk to you about the WBCCI in more detail.
This past weekend I camped in my TW for the first time. I was surprised at how much attention it attracted. A couple dozen asked questions. Four families and three individuals asked to peak inside. Two families queried, “Isn’t there some kind of club for Airstream owners?” I started to realize that, even in my small corner of the world, there is a public awareness of the WBCCI. The Airstream archetype (do I dare use this word?) goes hand-in-hand with the WBCCI. Once again, this archetypical image goes back to history and what Wally and Helen built. It really is up the membership to help the WBCCI continue to evolve with future generations without losing sight of its original purpose.
Being an owner for only a couple of months, I'm so very new to the Airstream world. I just want to get the lay of the land, so to speak, before I choose to join the WBCCI. What I’m seeing in this thread is heartening. It sounds like there are some units that are receptive to progress. The most important asset of any organization is the people within it. And I’m seeing some good people!
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Old 08-28-2006, 02:09 PM   #17
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This past weekend I camped in my TW for the first time. I was surprised at how much attention it attracted. A couple dozen asked questions. Four families and three individuals asked to peak inside.

I guess that's something you'll just have to get used to. Congrats on your first successful trip with your Tradewind.
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Old 08-28-2006, 09:12 PM   #18
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Thanks Mike, I can't wait to go out again. So this curiosity is normal. Now I know.
And Minnie's Mate, I got confused. I've seen your posts in the Georgia Fall Leaf thread and just had it in my head you were going to be there. You even lamented several times that you had another commitment. It totally didn't sink in. Oops. I know there will be other WBCCI members at the ralley and it will be good to chat with them. Maybe I'll see you at the Spring '07 if not somewhere on the road before.
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Thanks Mike, I can't wait to go out again. So this curiosity is normal. Now I know.
And Minnie's Mate, I got confused. I've seen your posts in the Georgia Fall Leaf thread and just had it in my head you were going to be there. You even lamented several times that you had another commitment. It totally didn't sink in. Oops. I know there will be other WBCCI members at the ralley and it will be good to chat with them. Maybe I'll see you at the Spring '07 if not somewhere on the road before.
You're right, we have a previous commitment that week end. It happens to be a four day school holiday for my two sons and we will be at a special event that we had already purchased tickets to attend when the date was announced. We have attended the Georgia Forum Rally a couple of times in the past and it is a really good time. This would have been our first since purchasing our Airstream and we were looking forward to it. I'm really hoping that we won't have any conflict with the Spring Forum Rally. So far we are committed to Spring Break and an un-determined Cub Scout camp out.
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Old 08-28-2006, 11:26 PM   #20
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Sugarfoot, Airstreams draw people faster than a discount on beer. It's kinda cool to watch them approach with that Oooo thats cooool look in their eyes. The downside is you have to keep it tidy inside cause your gonna get guests.
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Sugarfoot, Airstreams draw people faster than a discount on beer. It's kinda cool to watch them approach with that Oooo thats cooool look in their eyes. The downside is you have to keep it tidy inside cause your gonna get guests.

Did someone say discount on beer? You know it has to be a Canadian brand

Sugarfoot,regarding your first trip in the TW.Isn't it a great feeling to look into your tow mirrors and see YOUR OWN Airstream back there.
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Did someone say discount on beer? You know it has to be a Canadian brand

Sugarfoot,regarding your first trip in the TW.Isn't it a great feeling to look into your tow mirrors and see YOUR OWN Airstream back there.
Intemidating at first! I mean, I tow with a truck and the first time I looked in the windshield rear view mirror, I mean it was right on my back bumper...literally and figuratively!!! I mean it was surprising to see something that big that close for the first time. Now it is comforting that it is still back there! And with my luck so far, that is saying something.
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Sugarfoot,regarding your first trip in the TW.Isn't it a great feeling to look into your tow mirrors and see YOUR OWN Airstream back there.
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Intemidating at first! I mean, I tow with a truck and the first time I looked in the windshield rear view mirror, I mean it was right on my back bumper...literally and figuratively!!! I mean it was surprising to see something that big that close for the first time. Now it is comforting that it is still back there! And with my luck so far, that is saying something.
You should have seen me during first tow bringing it 150 miles from east of Atlanta. A good brave friend with lots of towing experience agreed to go with me. He kept reminding me, "Dacia you've GOT to STOP looking in the mirrors all the time! You're going to miss something serious in FRONT of you! It's STILL back there!" Yes, intimidating is a good word. But it is a really good feeling. I had to tow after dark to go home and it warmed my heart to see those yellow and red clearance markers shining brightly in my tow mirrors!
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Oh, I ran the gamut on my first tow from the dealer. We got ran off the road by some yahoo that pulled onto the four lane highway from the opposite side and proceeded to cross all four lanes without looking to get to the convenience store on the other side. Glad Tennessee has wide shoulders in those mountains. Hit a torrential down pour in Chattanooga and had to pull off the road it was raining so hard. Got stuck in the rain in bumper-to-bumper traffic in the aftermath of the storm behind a serious wreck. Missed our turn-off and had to find a place to turn a 20' long crew cab pulling a 30' Airstream around in the city. Hit a guard rail two days later coming out of the campground. Did I forget anything? Oh yeah, had a great time!
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I'll never forget my first experience either.I was a total greenhorn,never having towed before or know much about it either.
I bought the Safari privately.It was around 50 miles from where I was living at the time.It was a 23 foot model and I had a 3/4 ton Suburban to bring it home.
All was fine at slow speed and I proceeded to enter the freeway.When I got up to 50 miles an hour the wheel started to pull hard.Looked into my passenger mirror and saw my Safari at about a 45 degree angle and a couple of seconds later saw it in my drivers side mirror and so on .It looked like it was attempting to pass me. Each swing lifted my tow vehicles corresponding wheels clear of the pavement.After the longest 30 seconds of my life,I think my white knuckles had to be pried off the steering wheel.
Maybe it would have been a good idea to have some sort of anti-sway bars installed before departure .Like I said,we were green.We limped to the nearest shop to install some bars feeling thankful that no one was hurt .
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OMGoodness Mike! I had a little problem with my trailer meandering at first but nothing like that. If I had I would have taken it back!
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There is such great fun in being a part of the Airstream Community and WBCCI offers a super network of owners.

In short, getting involved in WBCCI offers the opportunity to be a part of a great group with a significant history. It offers us human resources as we learn to tow and figure out the ins and outs of our Airstream and learn about travel destinations.

It also offers a chance to be involved in an intergenerational community. Young, old and in between can benefit from the relationships. I was about 33 when I joined WBCCI about 18 years ago and find as time goes by, that more and more "younger" members or pre-retirees (as young as in their 20's) are getting involved. More "younger" members were at the International Rally this year than I have ever seen.

The main differences I'm seeing are differences in needs based on differences in generational experiences - but that is not unique to WBCCI. With a little understanding and communication, it can be bridged to form enriching relationships instead of being a barrier.

The comments on this thread reflect the positive because the positive exists. In this day and age where life is often so scattered, WBCCI offers a great opportunity for a sense of shared community.

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Mike and Minnie's Mate, you both had a MUCH more hair-raising experience on your first tow than I did. I'm glad it turned out OK in the end for you both.
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There is such great fun in being a part of the Airstream Community and WBCCI offers a super network of owners.

In short, getting involved in WBCCI offers the opportunity to be a part of a great group with a significant history. It offers us human resources as we learn to tow and figure out the ins and outs of our Airstream and learn about travel destinations.

It also offers a chance to be involved in an intergenerational community. Young, old and in between can benefit from the relationships. I was about 33 when I joined WBCCI about 18 years ago and find as time goes by, that more and more "younger" members or pre-retirees (as young as in their 20's) are getting involved. More "younger" members were at the International Rally this year than I have ever seen.

The main differences I'm seeing are differences in needs based on differences in generational experiences - but that is not unique to WBCCI. With a little understanding and communication, it can be bridged to form enriching relationships instead of being a barrier.

The comments on this thread reflect the positive because the positive exists. In this day and age where life is often so scattered, WBCCI offers a great opportunity for a sense of shared community.

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Renee, thanks for your informative post. I see you are part of Region 3 near my area. It's good to hear there is diversity within the WBCCI and there are those willing to overcome adversity. You're right, differences exist in any organization or situation having the human element. Differences can also enhance one's overall experience. Your comments add to the positive note of this thread.
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