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Old 10-22-2014, 02:18 PM   #757
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FYI This past week, I drove from Iowa to Texas and back and saw a TOTAL of 7 Airstreams and ! Argosy. THERE WERE NO NUMBERS ON ANY OF THEM. That was 2400 miles. ???? Is there a message here?
Yes, this has been my experience as well. IMO, almost every Airstream owner should be a WBCCI member. However, the issue of cost in today's world, the idea of exclusivity in not allowing SOB owners an associate membership, the active process of member attraction, and potentially a need for reworking the organization may be factors.

An example, although I had a receipt showing a $50,000 downpayment on a 2015 Airstream, until I had a VIN, I was not allowed to join. For certain, this is not what I would consider presenting an attractive face for those who are considering joining.

I am a member of an international automobile club, and the dues are much lower, the magazine is full color, glossy, and the activity level is almost a daily list. I am wondering where the WBCCI dues are used. In spite of some questions, I am very happy and honored to be a WBCCI member, and have stated that any group which says the blessings before the meal and says the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag cannot be all bad… LOL. And, I do understand if I am to do anything about what may be a potential problem, it is my responsibility to volunteer….. did I say volunteer?
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Old 10-22-2014, 02:50 PM   #758
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Someone once had the slogan "what's in a name".
could it be that the name Wally Byam Caravan Club International is what is limiting membership? If one was to look at the Blue Beret, most of what is published is about caravans and NOT camping in general.
When we bought our first AS, we did NOT join because we were not interested in caravans, we camped. Our first exposure was a rally where we found out more about the club.
Maybe it is time to change the name of the club to "Wally Byam Airstream Club" and have more "buddy" rallies. Buddy rallies could also be non AS owners as well.
More members could mean lesser dues.
The terms of "Tradition" and "that is the way we always have done it" has got to go.
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Old 10-22-2014, 03:26 PM   #759
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Tradition is the only reason some are in the club. Jim
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Old 10-22-2014, 08:06 PM   #760
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I am certainly in agreement that "tradition" is very attractive. My concern is in how tradition and adaptation to the demands of today's economy are being dealt with. I am also in an historical club which is failing rapidly as it attracts only older folks who remember the railways we used to travel on.

The changing times must be dealt with or we might find ourselves with problems which engulf us. And when these become large enough, the collapse of an organization occurs rapidly. This is something I do not want to see. One reason I sold my moho and purchased another Airstream is the WBCCI and the folks who maintain the "tradition".

I display my WBCCI number on the trailer as close as I can to the instructions…… in spite of a recommendation to not put it one the aluminum as it leaves a footprint when one wants to remove it when trading trailers. (Not in my future, LOL) But, the adaptation to the placement of numbers is also to be dealt with,,, the new rear view camera on the trailer is in the middle, preventing the numbers being mounted as instructed. Thus:
WBCCI_Mayberry_10.03.2014 by Fantinesvoice.com, on Flickr

As I become more familiar with WBCCI, attend more rallies, I may become involved in something other than taking photos. I certain want to do what I can to help the WBCCI continue on for at least several years….for all of us.
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Old 10-22-2014, 08:27 PM   #761
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The largest expense for WBCCI is the salaries and benefits for the Jackson Center staff. You can get the full budget and expense reports for the club by requesting them from Jackson Center. The second largest expense is the subsidies for the Region and International officer's travel expenses. No unit officers are paid anything. Some of the expenses for the Caravan leaders come from the caravan kitty fees. The national rallies are designed to break even. The cost of unit camping rallies are also designed to break even. The national club does not subsidize local camping rallies. The local dues are usually just enough to pay for the distribution of the newsletters. Only about 10% of Airstream owners are members of WBCCI. On the average they are close to retirement or retired and have time caravan and attend club sponsored events. If you review the posting for the caravans, national rallies and the number of people participating, found in the Blue Beret, you can get an idea of the percentage of the membership participating in those events. There are a few units within WBCCI that are specifically targeted to camping, but the national organization does not provide money from the national dues to support them.
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Old 10-22-2014, 09:27 PM   #762
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It would be interesting to see the membership according to age. As Dwight said, most members have retired of about to. If the club is to survive, we MUST get new younger members. Caravans and high dues are NOT going to do it.
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Anyone have info on #2959, which appear to be the original numbers on my 1959 Overlander?

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Old 10-22-2014, 10:56 PM   #764
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I have a 1981 Excella II I just bought-- would love to know its history. Big Red Numbers are: 26925.

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Old 10-24-2014, 03:08 PM   #765
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Anyone have info on #2959, which appear to be the original numbers on my 1959 Overlander?



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In the 1966 directory 2959 was assigned to Flewell, Walter and Selma from Deluth, Minn


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Anyone have info on #2959, which appear to be the original numbers on my 1959 Overlander?



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In the 1976 directory 2959 was assigned to Wilhelm, Leonard and Minnie. A little closer to your home location in McAllen, Tx


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I have a 1981 Excella II I just bought-- would love to know its history. Big Red Numbers are: 26925.

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Sorry I can't help you on this one. Maybe somebody else with a different directory will chime in. 26925 is not registered in the 1966, 1976 or 2012 directories.


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I have two sets of ghost numbers on our 1974 Overlander. 3068 and 4392. Any help on these would be appreciated


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3068 is listed in the 1976 directory to Ruddy, Floyd and Francis of Billings, Mt.

4392 is listed in the 1976 Directory to Watters, Sidney E. Jr. & Sarah from College Park, Ga.

Both were Amateur Radio Operators.


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This number appears in my 2002 Directory to Clifford and Lucy Horton of Rusk TX.
No caravans are listed.

I believe the number would have been originally issued around 1972-1973.
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If any one has access to very early membership books and can look up who had number 246 and its subsequent history I'd appreciate it. The numbers are on O7046, a 1955 Overlander.

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