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Old 03-22-2003, 06:59 PM   #1
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When I bought the trailer last month, it now seems that I got a free year membership to the WBCC. I got those red numbers and all. Not sure I'm gonna stick them on, but in looking at the info, I wasn't sure this was something I really needed to belong to. Anyone share their exp with WBCC (both positive and neg).

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Old 03-22-2003, 07:42 PM   #2
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i have belonged to the wbcci for several years. and i found the members just like life, some you like some you dont . and if you dont like the group try another. the group i belong to at present is like night and day from the first group. i have a lot of fun with both groups.but some of those folks i gotta scratch my back side as they dont think like i do. but i met a lot of really nice people and enjoyed camping with them . if you are of the senior persuasion you will feel at home in the wbcci most members are a bunch older than me and my wife. and we are retired and hoping to retire soon. try it you might like it. lol
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Old 03-22-2003, 08:55 PM   #3
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I am a proud member of the WBCCI, a member at large that is.
I earned it by bringing back to life a 1979 Airstream Motorhome that was left for dead.
Being a member is my way of showing respect to the spirit of Wally Byam and all it stands for.
I attended some local gatherings that were specifically not meant for recruiting purposes. Unfortunately I had to listen over and over again to people (nice people, indeed) telling me why I should join their unit.
Just recently I had some email communications with the upper crust of this region about certain issues about an upcoming region rally.
After they notified me about the "by-laws", I responded with some valid suggestions and concerns, but never heard from them again.
I guess, I am just some trouble member at large.
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Old 03-22-2003, 09:07 PM   #4
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I say give it a try. We have a lot of nice, interesting folk in our unit. Been to two luncheons so far, and had a blast. Great bunch of folks. Lots of interesting stories about RVing in general. One member is 86 and has owned 10 Airstreams and 29 different vehicles SINCE he retired!!!
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Old 03-22-2003, 09:15 PM   #5
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I read somewhere since we a new owner we might be able to have a years membership as well. My wife inherited our 59 so would that still be valid?

What is going on with the WBCCI next week? I have seen several A/S heading south (I75 in Atlanta) in the last couple days.

I read some of this listings a while back and a little confused as to how much some of these cost. Said something about Kitti and then prices per person.
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Old 03-22-2003, 09:26 PM   #6
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Peter,

First let me say I am not trying to offend anyone, I have been a member of WBCCI for 10 years.

There are those in the club that think it should be the way it is and there should be NO CHANGES, PERIOD. This in my opinion is not the attitude I want to have new members exposed to. The club has undergone many changes and there is a movement to draw younger people into the club. We joined when we were in our mid 20's and were welcomed with open arms.

Based on my post count you would not know that I work 60-80 hours a week, and then attend many WBCCI functions on the weekends that we have rallies scheduled. I have added to my personal task list the duties on First VP of our local unit. I am not the youngest unit officer, but I have ideas and in order for those ideas to be taken seriously I have to take on this task. This is due to the long standing members that feel that the way it is, is fine and how could a younger/new/or recent member know how to help the club. My unit is great and I love the fact that they are active and are willing to accept me as an Officer, but things can always be better. Of course better as defined by me

I distill it down to if you want to see things change you have to jump into the process and exert your will on it.

Please don't let the airing of club woes discurage you. The club is a great way to meet other owners and also gives you a instant community of like minded friends. Then there are the caravans and rallies that are always great. Best bet is to attend a local unit rally or two and see if you "fit". Each unit has it's own personality and you need to find one that fits you. be aware if you are MAL (member at large) they will try to recruit you to join their unit. The international gives awards for most new members and nothing gets a group of WBCCIe'rs going more than an award, a discount coupon, or ice cream.
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Old 03-22-2003, 11:31 PM   #7
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Survey says

There are many threads on this site about the WBCCI. I recommend that you read them all and have an open mind when you do.

It is a free membership for a year. Why would anybody depend on someone elses word when they can test the waters theirselves for free???????????????????

I say try the water and enjoy the swim!

There was a survey recently that addressed the younger generation and the WBCCI. I am going to try and post the results of that survey soon.

Please join the WBCCI and try it for year.

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Old 03-23-2003, 12:22 AM   #8
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Thumbs up Wally Byam Caravan Club

I have been a member of WBCCI since 1995, and it was one of my reasons for desiring an Airstream. Growing up with family friends who owned an Airstream (by coincidence the one that I now own) and often shared stories of their travels and caravans with the WBCCI, fostered my interest in travel by RV.

I took a slightly different path than some as my first big WBCCI event was a trip to the WBCCI International Rally in Boise, ID in 1998. Prior to that time, I hadn't been able to make many of the events as my travel distance was limited by restoration issues with the trailer as well as having an underpowered tow vehicle. So far, I haven't attended any WBCCI event, caravan, or rally (whether Unit, Regional, or International) that wasn't thoroughly enjoyable. There are always a few less than memorable happenstances, but that is part of life as well as fodder for interesting (funny or unusual) stories in the future.

As a Free Wheeler, the camaraderie of WBCCI increases the pleasure of RVing. There are numerous Intra-Clubs for many and varied interests within WBCCI. My experience has been that you can be as involved and busy as you wish to be at any WBCCI sanctioned activity that I have attended. The key is to give yourself time to get acquainted with the members and customs of your Unit; and donít be afraid to get involved - - it can be one of the most interesting and enjoyable experiences of your life. You might find as I did that your become so comfortable with your Unit that you continue membership after moving away from the area - - I live in the Quad Cities in Northwestern Illinois, and belong to the Wisconsin Unit of the WBCCI - - It can be a challenge to get to their functions, but it is quite worthwhile when I do. I am a bit more than twenty years from retirement, but as a secondary school teacher I have tremendous flexibility for summer travel.

Eric, I would encourage you to give WBCCI a try. There is an active Unit in the Chicago area - - I believe that it is the Northern Illinois Unit.

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I hope I didn't come across as negitive on the group. I fully intend to give it a try for the first year. I enjoyed reading all the comments.

In particular, I found Brett's comments very interesting. It would seem to me, in my short exp with A/S that the clubs as Brett talks about are as resistant to change as the folks at A/S themselves seem to be when it comes to chages to the product line!

Thanks all for the candid info on WBCC!

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I have looked at the WBCCI web site and really seem to be missing something. All I could find out was the schedule of upcoming caravans. I couldn't find out anything about the caravans themselves.

What is included? I saw one was very expensive but included a seven day Caribbean cruise. Another was less, but still pricie and nothing was said about anything that was included. Others were more reasonable and included some live entertainment but still no other details.

I am looking for my first Airstream and it seems that most people think the WBCCI is an enjoyable part of owning an AS and membership dues are certainly no burden but so far I haven't hit on the right source of info to know if I would be interested in joining or not. Can anyone ellaborate on some of the details about what is included for the caravan fee other than the organizer/guide and an extended camping trip with the same group of people?
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I have looked at the WBCCI web site and really seem to be missing something. All I could find out was the schedule of upcoming caravans. I couldn't find out anything about the caravans themselves.

What is included? I saw one was very expensive but included a seven day Caribbean cruise. Another was less, but still pricie and nothing was said about anything that was included. Others were more reasonable and included some live entertainment but still no other details.

I am looking for my first Airstream and it seems that most people think the WBCCI is an enjoyable part of owning an AS and membership dues are certainly no burden but so far I haven't hit on the right source of info to know if I would be interested in joining or not. Can anyone ellaborate on some of the details about what is included for the caravan fee other than the organizer/guide and an extended camping trip with the same group of people?
Regarding the Caravans, each is a unique experience and various amenities are included in each. The basic descriptions are included in the Blue Beret. For the most part, the Caravan "Kitty" Fee includes all camping fees, a specified number of meals, and scheduled events. Some of the Caravans that I have been on included transportation (Ferry to an Island that we toured), tickets for a museum tour, tickets for a dinner theater presentation, as well as other special features. Since the Web is a relatively new feature for the WBCCI, the caravan information isn't always as complete as that contained in the Blue Beret. The most definitive information regarding a particular caravn is obtained when inquiring about the caravan from the actual leaders - - there is usually a "brochure" describing exactly what is included in the "Kitty Fee".

Each year since I joined, I have participated in at least two or three WBCCI activities. The Caravans have been an enjoyable feature - - each has been a unique experience that reflected the leaders unique knowledge of the area traveled examples of some of the activities included: a tour of Put-In-Bay Island, a tour of Warther's Wood Carving Museum and Cutlery Factory, tour of a Nuclear Power Plant, toured Historic Roscoe Village, Canal Boat Cruise, a paper factory tour, an underground mine tour, dinner theater performance, state history museum tour, state and national park tours, etc. Each Caravan has been an excellent value given what was included. The web page that I created featuring the 1999 Wagon Wheels Caravan can be found at:

1999 Wagon Wheels Caravan

The WBCCI was one of the reasons that I pursued an Airstream. I have not been disappointed. My dues, Caravan, and Rally fees have been an investment in some of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. I often find myself wishing that I could arrange more than the nine to ten weeks of travel into my annual schedule at this point in time.

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Can anyone ellaborate on some of the details about what is included for the caravan fee other than the organizer/guide and an extended camping trip with the same group of people?

I have not been on a caravan, but I am aware of the offerings. They will vary based on the caravan leader, so this is not in stone.


I have seen all of these items as part of the caravan fee:
The camping for you will be pre-arranged each night, there will be typically some meals provided, this will sometimes be at a restaurant. There will be tours, if there is a cost for the tour it will be included. Ferry fees, train rides and alternative lodging that is a tour requirement is included (I am thinking of the Polar Bear Safari) The route that you will be taking will have been pre-run by the caravan leader so they will have the information for the group on what is available in many of the areas you will be traveling through like service facilities, kennels, Vets, hospitals, pharmacies, etc. Some caravans are a big deal for the towns they stop in so there may be a special welcome. Some caravans will have an Airstream mechanic as part of the caravan. You will have to pay for the repairs, but they will normally have the parts and tools to fix almost anything that breaks in the course of the caravan.

Here is one ad from the Blue Beret:

Falling in love with New York 9/10/04 - 10/7/04

On this caravan you will see all the great attractions of the state of New York. You will see one of the seven wonders of the world on one end to the cultural highlights of Broadway and the Big Apple on the other. Along the way you will visit the Baseball Hall of Fame, descend 150 feet to the bottom of Howe Caverns and it's famous underground boat ride. Spend some time at Turning Stone Casino and try you luck, visit the Corning Glass factory, Thousand Islands, Lake Placid Olympic sites, and Lake George will round out your experiences. There will be 5 meals including a dinner in Manhattan, a BBQ, Chili Night, Dessert Night, and a final banquet at the Mohonok Mountain House that is perched 1000 feet above the valley floor. There will be additional time for side trips of your own. Limited to 22 units, kitty fee is 1880.00 for two people in a trailer.

I left off the contact info, since I would assume this caravan is full since it starts in less than 3 weeks.

All numbered caravans must follow a minimum days length rule, and I think they have to cover a minimum number of miles. This is only one, There are other caravans listed that are shorter and cost less. It just depends on where they are going.
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Thanks for the info. It sounds like a pretty decent deal and a good way to know where to start camping.

Another question. If you can't go for the entire caravan, can you join or leave before the trip is over or do you always have to start at the randezvous?
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Another question. If you can't go for the entire caravan, can you join or leave before the trip is over or do you always have to start at the randezvous?
It depends on the caravan leader and the way the reservations were done. Of course in an emergency you do what you have to, but some are flexible If there is one you are interested in, but you might not make it all, it is best to ask before making a deposit.
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