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Old 01-06-2016, 03:29 PM   #15
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Old 01-06-2016, 04:32 PM   #16
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Wife and I had a bad experience with a WBCCI member in VA. We are not young 62 & 59 but we ride motorcycles. We were staying at the KOA @ Natural Bridge in Nov and about 20 of my motorcycle buddies showed up, we do not drive loud bikes, mostly adventure and sport touring bikes, our age range is from 72 - 45. This gathering has been going on for 20 yrs at this KOA. There was another AS in at the campground when I pulled in, my wife was pulling an enclosed trailer behind me. After we set up, I put out the lawn chairs and this older couple came up to me and stated they were in the other AS in the park and was I a WBCCI member. I invited them to sit down and told them at that point we were not, the wife and I were waiting to retire before becoming members. About that time a few of our friends showed up on their motorcycles, the couple got up and said that we would not fit in because we were motorcyclist. I was without words at that point and it left a bad taste towards the WBCCI. I will rethink the membership once the wife retires in 3 yrs.
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Old 01-06-2016, 04:49 PM   #17
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KWN306 - that sounds like a bummer...there are jerks everywhere - including those who have Airstreams - it is what it is.

To the OP - highly recommend connecting with different units and seeing what you think. Usually there isn't a right or wrong - just a question of resonating or not. I initially joined one unit (not knowing anything or anyone) and when I attended a rally with another unit, I found folks i resonated with more. No hard feelings - I switched units.

Good luck and happy camping!
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Old 01-06-2016, 05:50 PM   #18
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OK, so I'm a first time Airstream owner (and full-timing). I currently call the DC Metro area home and have a couple cross-country trips planned for the rest of 2016.

That being said, I want those fancy red numbers and, given that I don't know anyone else in my network with an Airstream, I also want to make some new friends in the community.

At the risk of sounding... terrible... I have to admit that I feel kind of strange joining my local chapter because I feel like I'd be the youngest aged member in the group -- probably by a few decades (at least judging by the photos on the site). In other words, I'm not sure I'd even fit in.

Do I just bite the bullet and jump into the local chapter or do I "cop-out" and just join the national one instead?
I would skip it all together and get on Instagram. There is a very strong community of fulltimers, many in Airstreams and they are all connected through Instagram. I have met a few of them and they are all great people, many are younger with kids they are home schooling. If you search here you will find a few.

Check this out:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...rs-145366.html
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Old 01-06-2016, 06:10 PM   #19
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OK, so I'm a first time Airstream owner (and full-timing). I currently call the DC Metro area home and have a couple cross-country trips planned for the rest of 2016.

That being said, I want those fancy red numbers and, given that I don't know anyone else in my network with an Airstream, I also want to make some new friends in the community.

At the risk of sounding... terrible... I have to admit that I feel kind of strange joining my local chapter because I feel like I'd be the youngest aged member in the group -- probably by a few decades (at least judging by the photos on the site). In other words, I'm not sure I'd even fit in.

Do I just bite the bullet and jump into the local chapter or do I "cop-out" and just join the national one instead?
Congratulations on making the leap into full-timing!

I just made a similar decision and am also considering what organizations/clubs to join, if any. I'm not factoring in age as part of the decision-making. I just left a job of a couple years where I made a ton of great friends - folks ranging from their mid-20s to mid-60s (I'm 41) - it reminded me that age doesn't matter that much.

For me, I'm on the fence just because I don't particularly like formal organizations in general - and I'm no good at ignoring bureaucracy/politics (which are in every formal organization, and many informal). Avoiding aggravation is priority #1 for me. I'll probably just get on the road and see who I meet organically in informal rallies or just by happenstance, and if most of the fun people have red numbers on their rigs - then I'll go from there.

Please post where you end up joining if you choose a unit.
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Old 01-06-2016, 06:58 PM   #20
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Do I even fit in?

Instead of asking if you will fit in better to ask will they fit in with you and your lifestyle. The NEW WBCCI is and amazingly diverse and open group of instant friends.
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Old 01-06-2016, 07:09 PM   #21
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Take it with a grain of salt as you being the youngest there.

We have a lot of people in the AZ UNIT, But only have 10 to 12 AS go to the Rally.

The people we have meet at rally are great and are full of information and they have traveled 1000 of miles.

One day we all become the old timers, so have lot's of fun until then.
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Old 01-06-2016, 09:10 PM   #22
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Do I even fit in?

I found that I did not (fit in). I joined WBCCI for a year and choose not to renew. Obviously everyone has there own opinions, as seen from previous posts, but you should form your own. I met some nice folks who invited me to a local event. They were by and large very nice to me but I found an under current of reactionary politics that was distasteful. I was looking for a club about trailers. The national club has no value, in my opinion. Campers for the most part are good and willingly helpful people, whom you will encounter without being a club member. Other trailer aficionados abound, you don't have to be attached to the Airstream brand to make contact. In fact, I joined Tin Can Tourists and find them to be without the hierarchy of the WBCCI and open to anyone and everyone especially vintage trailer owners and without/with holding political points of view. The lone wolf has less baggage.
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Old 01-06-2016, 09:31 PM   #23
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Join..... I joined up 3 years ago and was still working. Now we have dinner with about 12-15 ASers every Thursday night. We enjoy each others company and swapping information on the trailers and adventures. If you want to travel somewhere... Someone in the group has been there. They can tell you where to camp, eat and what to see on your way there and back. I have also enjoyed following a small group to International and some rallies. I also have joined the vintage group and another unit in my area. Oh and we have members that are all ages, some with kids. You get out of it what you put into it.
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Old 01-06-2016, 09:36 PM   #24
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I also found that my first unit did not fit in with me so I simply found a unit that did. The Southeast Camping Unit. We are a perfect match with a primary objective to go camping without the political infighting.
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Old 01-06-2016, 11:17 PM   #25
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Paulsingh,

I would suggest the WDCU, lots of young folks (some with little kids) lots of old trailers with a mix of new, rally's in lots of different locations, very laid back. The first rally of the year will be in Manassass, VA at Bull Run Park. If nothing else, stop by, take a look and then go from there. Dues are $1.00 for the unit side of the cost.

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Old 01-06-2016, 11:41 PM   #26
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Wife and I had a bad experience with a WBCCI member in VA. We are not young 62 & 59 but we ride motorcycles. We were staying at the KOA @ Natural Bridge in Nov and about 20 of my motorcycle buddies showed up, we do not drive loud bikes, mostly adventure and sport touring bikes, our age range is from 72 - 45. This gathering has been going on for 20 yrs at this KOA. There was another AS in at the campground when I pulled in, my wife was pulling an enclosed trailer behind me. After we set up, I put out the lawn chairs and this older couple came up to me and stated they were in the other AS in the park and was I a WBCCI member. I invited them to sit down and told them at that point we were not, the wife and I were waiting to retire before becoming members. About that time a few of our friends showed up on their motorcycles, the couple got up and said that we would not fit in because we were motorcyclist. I was without words at that point and it left a bad taste towards the WBCCI. I will rethink the membership once the wife retires in 3 yrs.
Don't know which unit they were in, but it might be the one I first joined. I haven't rejoined but I visited WDCU and it was the difference between night and day. All units are NOT created equal. Shop around - and let your enthusiasm for Airstreams PLUS motorcycles influence others - perhaps you can get them to come over to the dark side - vroom vroom!

Stranger things have happened.

How do you tell a happy motorcyclist? By the bugs on her teeth.

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Wife and I had a bad experience with a WBCCI member in VA. We are not young 62 & 59 but we ride motorcycles. We were staying at the KOA @ Natural Bridge in Nov and about 20 of my motorcycle buddies showed up, we do not drive loud bikes, mostly adventure and sport touring bikes, our age range is from 72 - 45. This gathering has been going on for 20 yrs at this KOA. There was another AS in at the campground when I pulled in, my wife was pulling an enclosed trailer behind me. After we set up, I put out the lawn chairs and this older couple came up to me and stated they were in the other AS in the park and was I a WBCCI member. I invited them to sit down and told them at that point we were not, the wife and I were waiting to retire before becoming members. About that time a few of our friends showed up on their motorcycles, the couple got up and said that we would not fit in because we were motorcyclist. I was without words at that point and it left a bad taste towards the WBCCI. I will rethink the membership once the wife retires in 3 yrs.
When we were members, since sold the AS, we were also avid motorcyclists and found that fact as just another conversation starter with club members. Don't judge the club as a whole by one members ignorance.
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