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Old 03-11-2006, 12:15 AM   #43
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I think I will reconsider my thoughts on this, I really would like to meet some of you at a rallie or where ever, it sure would be fun. I bought this trailer to be my home for awhile, and also after finding this forum thought it would be alot of fun to do the get togethers that all of you do. thank you for your kind posts and maybe I will meet you all this summer, Thanks Again..
Why not make the RMVAC Rally a destination this August...we're not too far form Montana...well. at least east-to-west!

Love to have you join us...check out the link below ~

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Old 03-11-2006, 01:15 AM   #44
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InsideOut I'm going to give that some major heavy thought, that look's and sounds like a real good fun time. I checked the distance and it is only 1132 miles about 19 HRS Yep going to give this some real thought. I think the Sturgis Bike Rally is The Following weekend so I could leave from CO to the Black Hills, that would be a fun road trip.
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Old 03-11-2006, 01:34 AM   #45
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We did a big road trip and hit the RMVAC Rally two years ago - it was worth it! That was really a fun rally, and so many trailers I'm sure I didn't see them all. I highly recommend it.
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Old 03-11-2006, 08:41 AM   #46
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... that would be a fun road trip.
I thnik so too! I'd love to go to Sturgis "that" time of the year sometime, it's beutiful, but add all the bikes....oh my! Hope you decide to join us ~

And Steph, you know I'll be up your way for International...hope to hook-up, even if it's just for a forum happy hour get-together or something! But I'm still hoping you decide to come to Intn'l...it'll be sooo close!

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Old 03-11-2006, 11:08 AM   #47
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I can't join yet because I haven't bought my Airstream.

I had never considered NOT joining, until reading these posts.

My parents fulltimed for over 20 years in a 27' and then a 29' and belonged from day one. I don't remember there ever being a question about renewing. Of course, the dues weren't $70. and at the time their '72 was a new trailer instead of vintage. They went on two, maybe three caravans in the entire 20 years.

I'll be a 60yr old fulltimer with a 15 to 20 year old 34' Classic. I've got it narrowed down to two and we're dickering prices.

But from what I've seen, all the fellowship is extended to anybody, anytime, any place as long as they arrive in a silver tube. So I'm going to have to look at CLUB advantages before I plunk down my money.


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Old 03-11-2006, 05:12 PM   #48
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I'm on the fence because I don't know enough about it - WBCCI - yet. I don't even know enough about my Caravel to ask any sort of intelligent questions. I am still gathering information, anything and everything, mostly right here on these forum pages.

My learnings about WBCCI so far:

We live in Flagstaff AZ so I looked into the The WBCCI, Arizona Unit online. It made their March 2006 newsletter available online so I downloaded it for an inside look. That's where I first learned about the name change issue. I was quite surprised that the removal of the name Wally Byam is being considered. (By the way the presentation of the name change motion in the newsletter really did not convey enough info. One might be able to include more details even with the limited space a newsletter allows, it seems.) This is reason number one that makes me hesitant to join the local unit. I appriciated what Wally did and at age 37, I would hope to see half of what he dusted off his rig when I bid farewell.

Next, considering the past and future locations of the club rallies listed in the newsletter: Blythe CA in the immediate past, Turquoise Valley Golf, Restaurant and RV Park in March, Lake Pleasant in April. Just not my kind of destinations. I would really love to caravan into the Grand Canyon, the North Rim, Canyon De Chelly, the Monument Valley, or other breath-taking vistas in the southern part of the state. So for the trips I want to take my family with, it looks like we'll have to wait for chance to meet other Airstreamers, local unit or not. Maybe that's going to be my way of meeting you guys.

Bear in mind I have not met any local unit members; the only first impression I could gather is from the newsletter about them and their passion. Maybe one glimpse is too little to determine. I am sure the folks are great, at least in the newsletter the biggest picture shows the unit members rallying in Blythe eating happily together. But I seem to feel that my cravings are a little different. Like Safari64 eluded to in post #27 of this thread, bears and eagles and streams.

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Old 03-11-2006, 06:53 PM   #49
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roamingwesty,
I feel the same as you. I did have one encounter with the local club, it was not good . The list of rallys are same every year. You have read the newsletter, from what I can tell the name change issue is not going to be decided by the members of the unit, but soley by the current unit president. I am with you are the fence. If I was in some of the other areas where the units are more outgoing, I would join in a heartbeat.
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Old 03-11-2006, 07:03 PM   #50
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Interesting view from up here on the fence.

I've been an avid reader about the name change controversy, and I've learned a lot here about what the WBCCI is and what WBCII members do.

When I got the Airstream last year, two of my neighbors asked me if I was going to put the "big red numbers" on it and "join the club." That's when I started looking into it. I'm 47, single, and work for a software company with one of those "all the time" (voluntary) work ethics, and I can't and don't want to go caravanning.

I am willing to break my vacation up into three to four day blocks to go visiting with other Airstream owners, and my boss is tolerant enough to go along with it, even though it puts pressure on everyone else. They may even PREFER that I take my vacation in big blocks, but I wouldn't like that myself. I like to know what's going on, so I tend to "check in" when I'm on vacation, and it ends up just like I'm working.

"Airstream Owner's Association" sounds like a club that would appeal to me. Hey, I have one! What's the benefits? What's it cost? Are there people like me in the club?

"Wally Byam Caravan Club international" does not sound like a club that appeals to me. I only meet one requirement - I have an Airstream - but I like the notion that the club has a grand history and actually came from something cool.

Somewhere below I read "initiation ceremory," and I think that dented the idea for me - that, and reading a bunch of flag rules.

This does not appear to be about camping, celebrating Airstream ownership, and having a good time. It appears to be about geriatric WW II era psuedo-military organization and love of pompt and circumstance. It's literally a carannning club. Although there are some glowing lights within the organization, like the VAC and the Oregon unit, I haven't figured exactly where such as me would fit in all in all this.

So I remain on the fence.

Lamar

PS - As I was working outside today, a young fellow walked over and said, "Nice Airstream." I said, "Thank you. It's an old one." He said, "I hear they last a long time. They're made by hand, aren't they?" And thus began a conversation. I think I witnessed the ignition of aluminum lust.
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Old 03-11-2006, 08:07 PM   #51
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I feel the same as you. I did have one encounter with the local club, it was not good . The list of rallys are same every year. You have read the newsletter, from what I can tell the name change issue is not going to be decided by the members of the unit, but soley by the current unit president. I am with you are the fence. If I was in some of the other areas where the units are more outgoing, I would join in a heartbeat.
That's probably what we'll have to do, AZflycaster. When you are ready for a trip, post it and maybe we can do a AZ forum member rally, or even a 4Corner forum member rally/campout some time somewhere down the road? Hope to meet you one day. I always thought flyfishing is artful. My kids would dig it too, if you cared to show us the lines.

Back to the issue.. The number and flag thing, the ceremonies, as safeharbor mentioned just above: I'm guessing that these may be issues independant from the name change, and these rules may remain effective with any newly adopted name? I don't know enough to remark on it really.

Regarding the ownership being an requirement to join: I tend to look at it as if one's trying to register a pedigreed k9 with the AKC. Luckily the Airstream tradition honors individuality and customizing. Personal preference here: we have a mutt from the Rez and he's well recognized by us, plus he's mighty happy. He is not busy learning how to call AKC.

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Old 03-12-2006, 10:59 AM   #52
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SafeHarbor & roamingwesty

Not to be a continuous self promoter here...but, both of you are vintage owners and I would encourage you to look into hooking up with the VAC.

You may want to look to your neighboring Units for some alternate Units to participate with. For example, Region 11 (including AZ) plans a big RMVAC rally every August and a lot of the attendees are from the 4-corners area and all over the country. I, as well as several members here on the forum, mostly from the Denver Unit plan this rally each year to attract vintage ethusiaists who like to get together and hang out. Just based on simple demographics, the AZ Unit is going to have a high percentage of retired folks, as does AZ in general, check us out.

I have also met several folks from the Mystic Springs Unit near Pensecola of the WBCCI that own vintage trailers and they also have a great VAC Group...Herb Spies (forum member) is the current President of the Unit and 3rd VP of the VAC. He has a beautiful '63 GlobeTrotter and I'm sure they would welcome you to come check them out just as we would.

The bottomline is, be your own judge...at least attend one event then decide.

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Old 03-12-2006, 11:41 AM   #53
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Hi Shari;

I just finished looking at your photos of "Maxwell." It looks great.

Question were you and Rob at the Region 11 Rally this past October located at Casa Grande, AZ. Your trailer looks familiar. The lady I was talking to who owned the trailer had her father at the rally. I'm not sure if that was you and Rob.
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Ricky, AZFlycaster, Lamar,

You guys know that as members or WBCCI, you can pick and choose any rallies you want to attend from any Region or Unit. Right?

For example, the nearby NM Unit had a wonderful, boondocking excursion last June to Lee's Ferry and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Three of us went from there to Monument Valley. You'll find my descriptions of all these locations under Campgrounds. This year, we will boondock during July in the Uncompaghre National Forest near Telluride. (Email "Airstream25" on this forum for details)

As Shari already mentioned, the Denver Colorado Unit is a great unit with some super rallies. Last year's Rocky Mountain Vintage Airstream Club (RMVAC) at Garden of the Gods, CO was one of the best rallies my wife and I have ever attended. This year's RMVAC Rally at Creede, CO promises to be even more scenic and just as much fun.

If you are like me and have an aversion to blazers, berets, meaningless ceremonies and the self-important organizational hierarchy of the WBCCI, just participate at the Unit level and stay away from Regional and International events.

Pick and choose, and participate at the level you enjoy. We are regular members of the NM Unit and the Vintage Airstream Club with affiliate memberships with the Denver Colorado Unit and the Colorado West Unit. That gives us plenty from which to choose.

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Old 03-12-2006, 01:17 PM   #55
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Hi Shari;

I just finished looking at your photos of "Maxwell." It looks great.

Question were you and Rob at the Region 11 Rally this past October located at Casa Grande, AZ. Your trailer looks familiar. The lady I was talking to who owned the trailer had her father at the rally. I'm not sure if that was you and Rob.
Yep, I was there, although Rob stayed home that trip. My sister & nephew (from CA) were with me most of that week and my mom & dad (from AZ) did visit us one day....we must have met!

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Old 03-12-2006, 01:22 PM   #56
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... both of you are vintage owners and I would encourage you to look into hooking up with the VAC.
Thanks Shari, I am already a subscriber to the VAList on the digest mode. Bookmarked the VAC homepage too, the day I brought my Caravel home. I'm very thankful for the free flow of information. Big thanks to whomever that made it possible!

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You may want to look to your neighboring Units for some alternate Units to participate with. For example, Region 11 (including AZ) plans a big RMVAC rally every August and a lot of the attendees are from the 4-corners area and all over the country. I, as well as several members here on the forum, mostly from the Denver Unit plan this rally each year to attract vintage ethusiaists who like to get together and hang out.
I think our family just may show up for this event! Could we, without any bookings or reservations?

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Just based on simple demographics, the AZ Unit is going to have a high percentage of retired folks, as does AZ in general, check us out.
What would Wally do..

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I have also met several folks ... and I'm sure they would welcome you to come check them out just as we would.

The bottomline is, be your own judge...at least attend one event then decide.

Shari
That is very true, Shari. Just like the recipes, without actually experiencing the food and the making it's just ingredients in print. If we do end up there I will bring my best to share. Thanks for the invite. By the way Maxwell looks stunning.

Ricky

p.s. Thanks ken for the tips. I was not aware of one's choices and possibilities before I got into this thread. It's very clear now.
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