Originally Posted by AirEPotter
As a new Airstream owner and new member of this forum I find myself fascinated by these discussions. I'm a young guy (41-- I keep telling myself that's still young) with a wife and 2 kids (ages 12 and 10). We bought the Airstream for family fun and enjoyment and mainly as a way to get my wife and 10 year old daughter to join me and my son on camping trips. How do I (we) fit in to the WBCCI's plans? Or do we at all? I can honestly say that the idea of rallying has a great deal of appeal to me. But if the descriptions I've read in this forum of the typical rally are half-way accurate, then honestly I can't see my family being involved any time soon. Again, based on nothing other than what I've read here, it seems as though the WBCCI and rallies in general are geared towards retired folks with the time and $$ that most young families simply don't have. If I could take off 10 days from work and if my family had the $ to travel to the International, what would attract us to do such a thing? What would my kids do for a week or 10 days? Anyway, not sure anyone cares much about what a new guy like me has to say on the subject but I hope someone out there does. Thanks for listening.
To provide some positive imput for a young Airstream family like "AirEPotter" let me say that I got back into Airstreaming because of the fond memories I had as a child traveling with my parents. I attended my first International Rally in 1959
(when I was 10) and subsequently 10 others in the 60's. 70's, 80's and more recently 2009. Unless your kids are different than I or my kids, they should have a great time at an International Rally. It is a hugh gathering of shiney aluminum which is an attraction in itself. Secondly, kids should be able to make fun for themselves, and will, given the opportunity.
I didn't see any significant differences in the opportunities for young families at the 2009 Rally than my childhood memory recalls from 40 to 50 years ago.
I can only say that those memories of being around great people (most old enough to be my Grandparents) were strong enough to have me buy a 47 year old Airstream and invest over $30,000 restoring it (far more than I can recoup). After all, I could have bought any number of new travel trailers for this amount of money. If my childhood recollections did not bring back fond memories, I would never have invested this much time and treasure into re-living an important time in my life.
I just want to encourage you to give the WBCCI a try. If you go in with an open mind and a positive attitude, I'll bet that you and your children will make great memories that are more similar to mine than of those who have such negative comments.
I wish you and your family the very best. I only hope that your childrens' memories will be as fond as mine. I will forever be greatful to my parents for taking me all over North America. It was true family time.