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Old 02-20-2012, 11:50 PM   #29
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I was told by a "person" (don't want to mention anyone's name/gender) who actually works for Airstream, not to join the club. This person said that I'm too young for the club and I wouldn't enjoy it. Well, maybe I should be flattered but, I'm not that young and this person has no clue what my interests are. I like to meet new people and travel. Can anyone please chime in with advise and experience with the club?
WOW! That's too bad! They obviously haven't ever been to a DenCO Unit event. We have a great group of folks some who are young and others young-at-heart, with trailers both old & new - we truly enjoy getting together either for tav els or just to stay in touch over the winter.

Kip beat me to the punch, but I'm glad he invited you to join us sometime...hopefully at our next lunch - I'll be there. I fall in the "middle" age-wise @ 52 and have been a member for 10 years now. We've made some of the best life-long friends through the WBCCI, I'd would have been so disappointed to not have these people in my life and look forward to traveling together for years to come!

Look forward to meeting you Anna ~

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Old 02-21-2012, 12:33 AM   #30
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@Shari...always love hearing feedback from a fellow "glamper".
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:34 AM   #31
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@68Tradewind....can't wait to see you again this year. So glad you joined!!
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:35 AM   #32
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I will tell ya up front, I'm ANTI-WBCCI. I absolutly dont like the way the national level does things. However the PEOPLE down in the trenches are WONDERFUL.I would not send the national a Dime. I would however look at the rally schedule and attend a buddy rally to see if you fit with the group in your area.
We have camped with a few members over the last few years and they are great. Im sure you could also find an AIRFORUMS rally in your area,its the same people,U will love it.
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:49 AM   #33
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Thanks to everyone for your kind and informative comments. So, I get it now~I guess the Airstream employee was pretty much on the mark. Don't join the National chapter but, join the International Chapter and then find my local chapter (or two)? Does anyone have a link to an application for the Denver chapter? Cheers!!!
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:00 AM   #34
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There is no national chapter. It is an International club that is made up of members who belong to local units such as the DenCo Unit or are Members at Large (MALs).

For more information about DenCo, goto:
WBCCI DenCO Unit - "The" Denver Airstream Club
DenCo is a great unit, give them a try and I think you will be happy.
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:23 AM   #35
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Don't join the National chapter but, join the International Chapter and then find my local chapter (or two)?
No you join the intern and a local at the same time.

If you join the Int without naming a unit they will make you a member at large.

Meaning you will not have any base and it will cost more $
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:28 AM   #36
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Does anyone have a link to an application for the Denver chapter? Cheers!!!
Here's a link to the DenCO Unit Membership webpage...or call/email Rhonda Cooper the DenCO Membership Chair to get more information.

If you want to come check us out at a luncheon or rally before joining, you can. Check out the Upcoming Events to see what's in store for 2012 ~ we have lunches scheduled in March or April (& rallies starting up agian in the spring), just download the registration form from the latest Newsletter or call and let the Hosts know you'd like to attend.

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Old 02-21-2012, 04:17 PM   #37
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Gee, we bought our Airstream so we could join WBCCI and go on the caravans. We go to the luncheons, rallies, and sometimes stay at Airstream parks. Lots of good things in our area for membership. TCPC campground, VA Airstream park, Top of Georgia park. Many volunteer hosts if you want a place for a night or two. Unit rallies. I do not know your age and interests. But it would be easy to try a WBCCI membership. You can easily get out if it is not for your.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:33 PM   #38
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I totally concur with those here who are advising you to check out a local unit, and give it a try. We didn't know about the club until we bought our 2005, but joined on the advice of the salesman at the dealership. He was a member, and lived in an Airstream. It turned out to be one of the best moves we've ever made. We have met some great people from all over North America that we would not have if we weren't members. Some of them are now lifelong friends. I suppose there are some issues on the national level, but I've found it very easy to ignore them, and the people who tend to obsess on them. Just the local rallies, courtesy parking, and Airstream parks are worth the price of membership to us.


"So, I get it now~I guess the Airstream employee was pretty much on the mark."

I'm a bit perplexed at anyone at Airstream who would advise against any club, or organization, that promotes the use of Airstreams. A couple of years ago we talked a friend 'down from the ledge' of buying an SOB. They purchased an Airstream instead, and are very happy they did. At a gathering this weekend of friends from our unit, they told of a couple who they had just talked into getting a new AS instead of an SOB. I'm sure this happens frequently, so I have to question the logic, or motives, of an employee of Airstream recommending against any social organization that is based on the very product they sell. Seems counter productive to me.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:47 PM   #39
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I hear you Greg. We bought our Airatreams (all 3) and didn't want to be part of a "cult" of Blue Beret wearing people....Look at us now! I am so glad that we "stumbled" across the WDCU unit at OBX!!!! We have made great friends that we hope to keep forever! OK, we do not own any berets, but we have a great time with our friends.

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Old 02-22-2012, 01:09 PM   #40
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Anna,

You have many options. You are already a member of the Forum and there are many Forum rallies. You can meet people at them or through the Forum as we have.

You can join TAC and last I looked there were no dues and pretty much no rules. They also have rallies.

There has been much controversy over the WBBCI. One strain is that the leaders are out of touch, spend too much money on themselves, and the organization is undemocratic. The other is some units are a bunch of fuddy duddies who want the run the unit like a military organization with white shirts, ties and such—they are still living the 1950's. Not every unit is like that. The organization has been losing members for many years and most such traditional organizations have been too as the internet has changed things for clubs. We have been to 2 rallies sponsored by the Four Corners Unit (4CU) as guests. The people were nice and we had a good time. So long as the international leadership acts as it does, we will not join the WBCCI, but would join the 4CU in a moment if it split from the WBCCI. I doubt they will split, however. Units charge dues, often very small amounts, but most of the money goes to the international organization.

There is no shortage of rallies available to you. You can go to WBCCI unit "buddy rallies" where non-members are permitted to come and check it out. If you contact a unit they may let you come anyway. The 4CU has rallies all year because winter is not all that severe in parts of Arizona where the winter rallies often are, so when you get a trailer, you can contact them. Richard (azflycaster) can tell you what to expect if you contact him via a PM.

The Forum has links to rallies and clubs at the top of the page so you can see what is available through all of these possibilities. Besides TAC, the WBCCI and the Forum, there are some smaller groups that also have rallies and I think all of them would welcome you.

How is your search for a trailer going?

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Hello all,
How old is too old or too young? I'm 29, my husband 38. We were excited to join this community. I've wanted an AS at least since I was in my early 20's. I can't say how excited I am to finally have one as of last month!
I thought most of the people we knew would think we were crazy for buying a 35 year old trailer. But everyone's response was an excited: "You got an AIRSTREAM?!?!?!"
My only TWO missions now are: 1. Make awesome memories traveling with my family.
2. Convince more people I know to get an AS so we can all have fun together!

Cheers!
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Hello all,
How old is too old or too young? I'm 29, my husband 38. We were excited to join this community. I've wanted an AS at least since I was in my early 20's. I can't say how excited I am to finally have one as of last month!
I thought most of the people we knew would think we were crazy for buying a 35 year old trailer. But everyone's response was an excited: "You got an AIRSTREAM?!?!?!"
My only TWO missions now are: 1. Make awesome memories traveling with my family.
2. Convince more people I know to get an AS so we can all have fun together!

Cheers!
#1 is sure to happen! My best memories with my kids are camping and traveling memories.

Keep working on #2....My brother-in-law and sister-in-law, who we have camped with for about 15 years just pulled the trigger and ordered a 30' Classic! Should arrive in about 4 weeks. We're very excited that we'll have them to travel with for a long time to come.
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