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Old 07-18-2008, 01:09 AM   #1
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Newbie Q: Can you just the VAC or do you need join WBCCI?

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I'm not much of club person. That said, I appreciate clubs where where the entrance requirement involves more than a pocketbook but sweat, frustration... and the occasional blood sacrafice, usually self inflicted.

I'm casual by nature and like folks that are silly enough to start taking apart basically a fully functional trailer to just "make it better" and make it "what I like". Not to mention the fact we can... and would do it anyway.

I'd like to join the VAC, but have little interest with WBCCI Administration direction. Now the fact that VAC folks are silly enought to buy a trailer that is often almost broken... and make it well better... that could be my kind of club.

Are the two clubs interexplictably intertwined? Or could I just join the VAC?
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Old 07-18-2008, 01:33 AM   #2
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The VAC is an Intra club of the WBCCI so yes you would have to join WBCCI to be part of the VAC.
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Old 07-19-2008, 11:25 AM   #3
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Thanks, that's what I needed to know.
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Thanks for asking the question that was in the back of my mind.(what little is left) I have no desire to join a national orgaination that has its main office here but not active locals. Im not intrested in pomp and ceremony either but I would join a VAC orgainzation of some kind.
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Thanks for asking the question that was in the back of my mind.(what little is left) I have no desire to join a national orgaination that has its main office here but not active locals. Im not intrested in pomp and ceremony either but I would join a VAC orgainzation of some kind.
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Join the WBCCI and then Enjoy the VAC if enough people like you would join the club will change and be what you would like it to be. We are looking for new members all the time that just want to have fun and go camping. Change is slow and I am hoping that it will bring in more people with your mind set. Come and join us.
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Change comes slow

We bought our first Airstream, a 16' ccd BAmbi in 2004. We were so excited about the trailer, the history and all it represented. We joined the WBCCI right away thinking about how much fun it would be to be part of an organization that we had heard of before this. ----Then reality set in! The old guard reared it's ugly head and we realize what it's really like. After the first year of what I call a waste of time and money we didn't renew. --- Back then people were saying stick in there, be a part of it, CHANGE COMES SLOW. That's the only thing I've heard that was absolutely true. 4 years and 3 Airstreams later, the same complains , problems, same griping. The only thing I have seen that was common among members is product locality, and if you consider the Motor Home issue that isn't totally true. ----pieman
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Old 07-21-2008, 01:58 AM   #7
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Mikethefixit--

Yes, I was just wondering also... the then later took a a look at the VAC logo and it had WBCCI on it. I stumbled onto my own answer.
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Old 07-21-2008, 02:13 AM   #8
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I like the passion of the VAC folks, but when I join something I tend to dive in. My girlfriend notes... "uh oh, you are getting that focused look"... and the a year of my life goes by but I'm darn close to an expert in something new. ;^)

If I joined the WBCCI, I honestly could meet the time commitent to try and help fix it... and that would irritate me. Catch-22.

So far I'm very happy with the folks I've met on Airforums and the guideance from the more experienced ones. The one rally we attended that was simple post and 10 Airstreams showed up. It's low-key, takes full advantage of the web, is convenient and not bureaucratic. No meetings to attend, just good people and a great community.

What can I say, I like it and it fits my busy life.
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You get points for hanging in there but I understand the disappointment. The one rally we attended folks just warned us that this rally would not be up to WBCCI snuff, is very losely organized the the pinnacle of the organizaition was about to the occur... the pot luck.

No meetings, no speeches, etc, ect. So far, I rather invest my time here on the forums and shoot for the occasion rally as they bet announced... but only if I get all the silicone off my newly acquired airstream. ;^)
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I suggest Tin Can Tourists it sounds like just what you are looking for. It's for any RV 25 years and older but there are a lot of Air Streams at the gatherings, which are a ball by the way. No pomp no circumstance. I too wish you did not have to be in the WBCCI to be in the VAC. I really wish some version of the VAC would develop as a stand alone organization. It's time for a "Tea Party".
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Call me crazy but I am enjoying both clubs. I get a lot more out of the VAC just because I am with like minded people. However, with that said, the folks in our local WBCCI Chapter are really a fun, warm and welcoming group of people. But hey....it's Colorado.
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I'll look at the Tin Can Tourists... and I'm going to have to sneak into a WBCCI event and look for cool, fun people. I will have a hard time should I join WBCCI since I'm more likely to fly political flags at a rallies (well, it is an election year ). My mostly like political plank this season is "Pro-Margarita".
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I suggest Tin Can Tourists it sounds like just what you are looking for. It's for any RV 25 years and older but there are a lot of Air Streams at the gatherings, which are a ball by the way. No pomp no circumstance. I too wish you did not have to be in the WBCCI to be in the VAC. I really wish some version of the VAC would develop as a stand alone organization. It's time for a "Tea Party".
I keep reading posts on Air Forums that say that the Tin Can Tourists are a vintage club, and true that is its emphasis, but it is open to anyone with any kind of RV no matter the age, old or new. From the web site: "The new version of Tin Can Tourists is open to all. Its goal is to abide by the original group's objectives and guiding principles as well as the promotion and preservation of vintage trailers and motor coaches through Gatherings and information exchange."
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I keep reading posts on Air Forums that say that the Tin Can Tourists are a vintage club, and true that is its emphasis, but it is open to anyone with any kind of RV no matter the age, old or new. From the web site: "The new version of Tin Can Tourists is open to all. Its goal is to abide by the original group's objectives and guiding principles as well as the promotion and preservation of vintage trailers and motor coaches through Gatherings and information exchange."
Looks like they've taken the line from VAC, which welcomes owners of vintage rigs as members and folks interested in vintage rigs as associate members.

Speaking of which, Maria and I just joined VAC and hope to be able to attend the RMVAC rally next week if there's space left. We just sent in the registration yesterday, but snail mail from Angel Fire to the rest of the world takes longer than it does from Siberia.


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