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Old 01-13-2008, 07:00 PM   #15
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  1. Your trailer qualifies you to join VAC (Vintage Airstream Group)
  2. You can go to WBCCI rallys
  3. You can stay at Airstream RV parks
  4. You can join a caravan (if you have the time)
  5. You get to wear a beret
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  1. You may not like where the rallys are held
  2. You may not have a lot in common with other members
  3. You may not like current leadership thinking/ideas
  4. You may feel like you wasted $56-$70
  5. You can still wear a beret, but it won't be THE beret.
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Old 01-13-2008, 07:38 PM   #16
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Do most "A/S only" parks require WBCCI membership to stay in them?
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:52 PM   #17
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Pros
  1. Your trailer qualifies you to join VAC (Vintage Airstream Group)
  2. You can go to WBCCI rallys
  3. You can stay at Airstream RV parks
  4. You can join a caravan (if you have the time)
  5. You get to wear a beret
Cons
  1. You may not like where the rallys are held
  2. You may not have a lot in common with other members
  3. You may not like current leadership thinking/ideas
  4. You may feel like you wasted $56-$70
  5. You can still wear a beret, but it won't be THE beret.
I like THE beret and the tinies!

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Old 01-13-2008, 09:36 PM   #18
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The best thing to do would be to go and visit the people with the WBCCI local unit. Soon after we bought our camper, we attended a vintage rally and that convinced us to join WBCCI. I can say in our case we're using our Airstream alot more because we're members of WBCCI than if we weren't. The monthly local rallies give us an opportunity to spend the weekend visiting with other friends. I like that better than just going to a campground by ourselves not knowing anyone. Plus at our local rallies several of the meals are provided which makes the weekend more relaxing. We all get together and eat banquet style. And the rally fees are nominal.
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Old 01-14-2008, 12:18 AM   #19
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Thanks for all the advice!
As Wyoming has the fewest people of any other state, it prolly also has the fewest Airstreamers. More visit, but few live here. So I am a little dubious as to the prospects of a local, but I've got inquiries in. You never know ... I can be the rallying type.
I was thinking of "crashing" the Bozeman rally, getting reservations (SOON) at the KOA there and then just trying to see the public parts of the rally. I know, I know, it's not the same, but I can't commit to eight days (work, a conference to attend) but I DO want to see this immense congregation of silver. Plus, my friend Ann in Bozeman says the mountain biking is stellar.

Do non-members get invited to cocktail hour at the rally? See, very important details.
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Old 01-14-2008, 01:36 AM   #20
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beware, they hate crashers!

as a member or nonmember unregistered 4 the actual rally,

you can get a day pass but that's about it...

and really THAT may be all u want.

good mountain biking? sign me up!

i'm planning to be there too and wanna find some single track...

last time i rode the bike around INSIDE the rally and scared a lotta folks...

it's a generational thing, i think.

regardless a local gathering OUTSIDE the actual rally with renegade forum folks would be a whole bunch fun!

pm me IF you wanna work out some details.

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Old 01-14-2008, 06:12 AM   #21
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:10 AM   #22
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Get a feel for your local unit(s). If it's something you like, go for it. If not, don't. As some have pointed out, it's a touchy subject for some, particularly if you are from the camp as I am that thinks it's not worth. I myself am from that camp being that it's just not worth the dues for the standard WBCCI. However, perhaps the VAC group may be more to your liking. I've found them more responsive to member's needs and desires. Only issue I have with joining the VAC is that you have to "waste" money paying dues to WBCCI in order to be a part of VAC. If there was a way to just be a part of the VAC......
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:07 AM   #23
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Cosmotini or others,
Do most "A/S only" parks require WBCCI membership to stay in them?
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This is a little more complex than it looks.

1. There are Airstream-only parks, where you'll find, as the name implies, only Airstreams. They're pretty rare. Some of these -- maybe all of them -- require WBCCI membership.

2. There are regular parks that offer discounts to WBCCI members. These are listed in the yearly directory that WBCCI puts out. The list is pretty short (just a few parks per state), but methinks we're seeing a transition period here.

3. There are regular parks that offer discounts to WBCCI members and that are not listed in the yearly directory from WBCCI. I don't know how many there are; probably few. (Our park counts in this category, at least for now.)

I guess there may be a few parks out there that offer discounts to anybody with an Airstream (WBCCI or not), but I can't name one for you.

I wish a LOT of parks would offer discounts to WBCCI members! It'd sure help to ease the high cost of gasoline when we tow!


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Old 01-14-2008, 11:38 AM   #24
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Thanks for all the advice!
As Wyoming has the fewest people of any other state, it prolly also has the fewest Airstreamers. More visit, but few live here. So I am a little dubious as to the prospects of a local, but I've got inquiries in. You never know ... I can be the rallying type.
I was thinking of "crashing" the Bozeman rally, getting reservations (SOON) at the KOA there and then just trying to see the public parts of the rally. I know, I know, it's not the same, but I can't commit to eight days (work, a conference to attend) but I DO want to see this immense congregation of silver. Plus, my friend Ann in Bozeman says the mountain biking is stellar.

Do non-members get invited to cocktail hour at the rally? See, very important details.
If you do decide to go to Bozeman, the Vintage Airstream Club is gathering at the KOA on Thursday, June 26 before the parade on Friday. We should have around 60 vintage Airstreams. There will be a happy hour on Thursday night.

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Old 01-14-2008, 12:18 PM   #25
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If you do decide to go to Bozeman, the Vintage Airstream Club is gathering at the KOA on Thursday, June 26 before the parade on Friday. We should have around 60 vintage Airstreams. There will be a happy hour on Thursday night.

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I would have to say this would be the highlight of the whole thing IMHO and well worth attending.
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Old 01-14-2008, 01:20 PM   #26
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We were like you and joined out of respect for Wally, Went to international in Salem which was 2 hrs. away no trailer. To many people trying to follow to many rules. We tried to follow the rules and get a day pass but had to wait 2 hr. for that booth to open up. We just walked around and enjoyed looking at the trailers and commercial booths. Everyone was friendly and only 1 lady at about 90 years at the information booth said we needed to be registered. I politly said we were members and would just like to look around, she asked a younger member who said welcome, glad you could come, you just couldn't go to the meetings. So, see the vintage area, check out your local unit. Our Unit in Oregon has members from 40-80 years of age, we all find common ground to talk about, Airstreams and Travel. We also love the Forum Rallys, Good people and great food. Do both, we do.
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hi blue pearl

hope 2 c u at an undisclosed double secret alien gathering soon!

how's the troll doll?

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Old 01-14-2008, 04:17 PM   #28
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Vintage Airstream Club is gathering at the KOA on Thursday, June 26 before the parade on Friday. We should have around 60 vintage Airstreams. There will be a happy hour on Thursday night.

Bill
I would love to, but have a writers conference in Jackson Hole (4 hours away) June 26-29. Tim Cahill (one of my funny/travel/writing heroes) is going to be in Jackson. Oh, and some bestselling authors and editors and agents, too. Can't miss.

So I'm going to try to catch the back half of the rally.

FYI, I heard back from nationals and confirmed that the number on the back of my Airstream is available. If I joined, better to take that one than the pain of putting new numbers on, eh?

And I will contact the "local" unit. It's such a big state, "local" prolly means Cheyenne, 7 hours away.
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