Interesting reading all these posts about the clubs and all, thought I would throw my two cents in.
I've ALWAYS wanted an Airstream and finally got one last year, a '74 Ambassador. We've torn it down to the skin and are currently rebuilding, but that hasn't stopped us from taking Eddie out camping. As soon as there was a floor to lay on, we threw a dorm fridge and sleeping bags inside and took off to the local campground for a weekend. Our first weekend was in March and we've been several weekends and even a four hour drive for four nights in Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas. I've learned a few things:
1. I learned that deep down I hate rivets.
2. You Airstream guys (especially you vintage guys) are NUTS and yes, I realize that's a description I have to use to describe myself.
I found out that I can't go anywhere with mine and manage not to find someone to talk to about them. We went to Petit Jean in the middle of June this year and stayed at the state park. We met a retired couple from Shreveport with an '86 triple axle in a Walmart parking lot and talked to them for about forty-five minutes. At the park there was a family with a '75 Sovereign
from central Arkansas (a few hours talking, first at their camper then later at ours) a mid 80s Excella (never saw them), a guy with a beautiful polished Bambi or Sport, a couple from Oklahoma with a 24 foot or so Argosy who insisted that we pull up chairs and a sit and visit for a while, and a retired couple from around the gulf coast of Texas who boondock every year in the shadow of the car museum. I really enjoyed talking to them. They've got four Airstreams I think and he's restored/rebuilt a few and is a wealth of knowledge on the subject.
I can only imagine how it is at a rally, with more of those Airstream nuts around
I talked to a dealer in Gulfport Mississippi and he gave us the same WBCCI info packet that new owners get when they pick up their trailers, he actually encouraged us to get involved. I do admit I do feel a tad bit younger, my wife and I are in our mid thirties with a thirteen year old and a ten year old. If my experiences so far are any clue, though, we'll definitely have to take a serious look at joining.