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Old 02-10-2010, 01:39 PM   #15
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There are as many opinions as there are people! Weigh the pro's and con's of joining vs. not. Never having had any trailer before our Airstream, joining for us was a no brainer after visiting a nearby unit. Hindsight......, the friendships, the overwhelming available help with everything from the rear bumper to the front bumper of the tow vehicle, we've learned so much more than I thought I needed to know! I would do it again in a heart beat. As for the national level, well, you have to take the good with the bad. Not happy with everything they are doing. We are now reaching out to other venues, ie, attending Airforum rallies. Again, the people you meet at the "ground level" superseds the rest. We have met fantastic and wonderful people both ways. We're growing and learning! Good luck in your decision!

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Old 02-10-2010, 02:22 PM   #16
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This forum contains mostly bitching about the national club leaders, and there's definitely a lot to complain about. See the WBCCI rallies forum for the other side of the equation, and remember that people wouldn't be staying with WBCCI if it didn't offer something great.

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Old 02-10-2010, 04:01 PM   #17
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save your money,for next years dues increase.
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Old 02-10-2010, 05:22 PM   #18
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Come join us! You will have a blast and let those of us knee deep in the WBCCI politics welcome you! You will have a blast with our members in TX!
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Old 02-10-2010, 05:28 PM   #19
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I would highly recommend joining the WBCCI.

I grew up caravanning with my parents at WBCCI events in the 1950's, 60's, and early 70's. We have recently become re-activated when we purchased a vintage Airstream to travel in, now that I have retired. I attended the international Rally at Madison and had a wonderful time. Although I have previously attended 9 International Rallies, this was my first since 1980. My parents attended an additional 10 Internationals during their lifetimes (1959 through 1982).

I have not seen the negative side of the WBCCI that is so talked about here. In fact, I have seen far more "drama" on this forum by the naysayers.

If you want to travel in the company of interesting people who share a common interest, if you want to get involved in the adventure of traveling, then the WBCCI and the local Units are a great resource. My parents and I have nothing but fond memories of the many friends we met through Airstreaming.

Good luck and happy travels to you, whatever your decision.
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Old 02-10-2010, 05:56 PM   #20
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We are in region 9 of the WBCCI. Check out the website. There are several units within that region. My wife and I belong to the texas alamo unit. what we did is we talked to the unit pres several time and went to a monthly dinner. then we went to a weekend unit rally to see if that unit was the one we wanted to be a part of. in the end, yes it was. the units are actually far removed from the national bs. we have sgreat people in our unit who have made us feel welcome and a part of the unit from day one. there was no "warming up" period. from day one they made us feel as if we had been there for years. Find a unit that does things you like to do, with people that have similar interests, join and have fun.
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Old 03-04-2010, 09:48 PM   #21
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Good question. The problem is that I don't even know when they were members of the club. They left lots of literature in the rig, but the only thing WBCCI about it was the faint numbers, etched into the aluminum front and back.

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Old 03-05-2010, 05:52 AM   #22
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On the bright side, you don't have folks walking up to you in the campgrounds calling you by your PO's name ....
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Old 03-05-2010, 03:33 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by 65GT View Post

The 1968 directory max's out at 20528. I'm wondering if that was compiled from Nov '67 data as it is today?

From memory, my 1966 Directory definitely says that it represents membership as of 12/31/1965. I think my 1975 Directory states or implies that it reflects the membership as of about 12/15/1974. So that answer is more or less "yes".
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Old 03-12-2010, 12:54 AM   #24
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Join TAC

I would encourage anyone out there with an interest for getting together with other Airstreams owners to keep you eye on this TAC (The Airstream Owners Club). We are members. No dues and so far no organization and more importantly no politics. I’m not sure it's right but I think we may see something positive develop here.

If TAC can operate as may other clubs do such as the GEOcaching clubs popping up it stands a good chance as an alternative to the other. I love my Unit but also find it hard to continue to be a part of the WBCCI nonsense.

If this energetic group can organize activities and keep away from dues, money, politics and organization it will succeed. The Geocaching clubs do. I have been attending many of these, camping with these great people. Surprising enough the camping experiences we have had look just like Airstreams Rallies. Pig roast, breakfasts, pot luck dinners etc. A bunch of great people getting together camping, campfires, good conversation, good friends. The organization and all that goes with it ruins our WBCCI club.

I pay due now to the mother-ship but not sure how long I will do that. I'm becoming very disenchanted. I also do encourage poepoe to try local units you may hit the honey hole like we did with NEU. Then you may feel the due has more value to you.


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Old 03-13-2010, 06:00 PM   #25
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WBCCI is really a great club. The units are where it all happens. All the good stuff is mostly at the unit level.
The negative stuff that some speak of is the result of some "arrogance" on the part of the club leadership.
You do not have to be a part of it.
I myself am involved, to some degree because I want to see some changes made. One of my camping buddies who is a Past Unit President that has helped our unit along and contributed immensely to our success, has been terminated. And apparently they have been "gunning for him" because he has tried to bring about some legitmate changes in the way that our club does business.
Join. Have fun with your unit. It is all about people in their great "aluminum tubes". You will never regret it!
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Old 03-21-2010, 05:54 PM   #26
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Wow - this seems so much akin to issues the "Harley Owners Group" have expressed in the past/present/ongoing....
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Old 03-22-2010, 12:27 PM   #27
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People are going to have to find out for them selves if they want to belong to the WBCCI as for me it has been a rewarding experience and I have been able to meet and share common interest with many Airstreamer's from different Units that I would not have had the opportunity to meet had I not joined the WBCCI and attended various Rally's and the Keystone PA. Unit wonderful Luncheons, picnics and Rally's. It is better to be a "Has Been" then a "Never Has Been" and find out for yourself.
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:51 AM   #28
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I learned so much the first year in the NEU it was priceless.

I had never towed anything before I bought my AS. The NEU helped me learn how to be a safe and competent AS'er in one year. I believe the friendship(s) and fellowship is wonderful.

I am confident if I did not join the NEU it would of taken years to learn on my own all the info I learned in one year. Every rally I learn new things about ASing and my AS because everyone (for the most part) is passionate about ASing.
Just my two (2) cents. Good luck with your decision.


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