I'm far from retirement but after pulling some form of trailer for over 20 years, and doing it pretty much alone (of course with my wife so not quite alone), I thought it might be interesting to join the organization. I did and still do belong to Good Sam, but that relationship was pretty much for the discounts.
When considering purchasing my Safari about a year and a half ago I stumbled on some Airstream web sites and Hunter Hampton's list serve. I remember telling my wife that these folks are just not people who own Airstreams. This trailer is almost cult like with folks restoring them, collecting them, talking about them and so on.
I contacted the International and while I didn't join, they tipped off the local chapter who sent me a couple of letters and their newsletter. Our local dealer sponsors a bi-annual fall State Rally and Patty and I thought it might be interesting to attend. Well needless to say the local chapter found us and took care of us like we were old friends. We joined at that point and have attended a Valentine's Day luncheon this spring and an April Rally that was held about 30 miles outside of St. Louis.
Again in both cases we were treated like royalty and felt like we were old timers in the organization. I can't say enough about the folks in the group. Bottom line I guess as I analyze it we joined for the fellowship. Our chapter leadership is especially cognitive of those of us still working so events have been held close to town. We are having three chapter rallies this year all will be at different campgrounds within 50 miles of St. Louis.
I look at our joining as opening another door to our camping experience and welcome our association with WBCCI and our local Chapter. Great folks.
'04 Classic 30' S.O.,'03 GMC Savana 2500,'14 Honda CTX 700