When we purchased our Globe Trotter the numbers 14535 where on her. Being new into the whole scene we thought it would be cool
to keep the same numbers - along the lines of keeping her original, history, nastalgia the whole nine yards. Afterall it was "just" a number.
We were lucky and found out from HO that the last time that number was registered was in 1985 - so according to WBCCI policy of lapsed renewal of 2 years - we were able to "buy the number".
Then came our 1961
Overlander - and since then we have met so many people and heard lots of neat stories behind the big red numbers and why they choose the numbers they do.
Since the Overlander had never been "numbered", "tagged" so to speak. We had the whole gama to choose from. So what numbers meant the most to us.1-9-6-1
So we called WBCCI right away - very helpful office staff and always very pleasant. The number was presently registered - but was about to lapse this past July - So we waited and was able to register and obtain the number - or should I say "buy the Number"
I don't mean to be negative - but I have a little problem with the registration system. I guess way back in the beginning - Walley would not have projected that people would own more than one trailer and the registration system assigns the number to the person.
If you are a couple then the couple gets the number - but if you have two trailers as a couple and want two different numbers - unique to each trailer - then today's logic is.......
$75.00 Membership fee and for this you get your newsletter, your privaleges and the big red numbers (two sets one for front and one for back) our ID badge and WBCCI decal.
Replacement set of numbers - $8.00 (if they are the same)
If you want different numbers they cost $75.00 and with that to the same household you get the newsletter twice, a new set of badges "double the privaleges"??? hmm don't think so.
My point to all this is most memberships we have ever belonged to - have an affiliate system or multiple membership allowances. I.e in sports you join as an athlete but you could also be an Official, Coach etc. so in that case you pay one sport fee and then subsequent progam fees.
I know the system is "old" and the concept of owning more than one trailer might not be on the top of WBCCI agenda - but it is coming - why I am sure there are many people out there that own a newer trailer and also have a vintage trailer that they are "working" on.
Then there is the structure - Units - be a member of your local Unit or be a Member-at-Large. As well there is an affiliate member - just to receive the newsletter - either internationally or (in the case of our own unit you can just pay a subscription fee- for those no longer travelling or who are thinking of getting involved but not sure)
We thought this would be the process.
Purchase the 1961
as Member-At-Large $75.00 giving us the full membership and purchase an affiliate membership $25.00 under 14535 with our local unit. As we are not using the Overlander (1961) yet.
But that is not the case - in order to have both numbers we have to buy both at $75.00 as well as pay the Unit fee. IMHO the registration system needs to grow with it's membership needs.
It is not the money!!!! it is the principal and the intention of the "Big Red Numbers" they are to identify you and your trailer.
So what are we to do - keep the 1961
and Lapse the 14535 for a year and vice versa. Systems rules that can not keep up with its membships needs usually start to fail as the members start to bend the rules to suit their needs. Hence the development of rules
For now we will pay both the full fees - and receive twice the mailings, directories - have 4 badges (just in case we miss place a set we will be okay) but we will have two different numbers.
Anyway food for thought - has anyone else wondered about how to go about getting multiple memberships for the same people but different trailers?