View Poll Results: WBCCI: Caravan or Camping?
WBCCI is predominately a club to caravan to distant destinations. 10 18.87%
WBCCI is a club to camp and rally with unit and region friends. 43 81.13%
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Old 01-01-2010, 12:46 PM   #15
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Years ago, Airstream's were called "travel trailers"....

History doesn't repeat itself, people do!
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:04 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Dwight View Post
Years ago, Airstream's were called "travel trailers"....
Yes, a parked Airstream is a pretty sight
but an Airstream in motion is spectacular.

Airstreams..... The best towing trailers on the planet!
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Old 01-01-2010, 03:30 PM   #17
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How many of you have had an unofficial caravan and how long was it and what was or were the destinations? Was it self-pay or kitty fee?
I ran an informal caravan to Big Bend in 2008. It was self-pay, staying in state parks wherever possible. Everyone made their own park reservations. I limited it to 10 rigs simply to make it easy to manage.

The main destinations were Balmorrhea SP, Fort Davis SP, Seminole Canyon SNA, and, of course, Big Bend NP.

The duration was about 11 days, ending at a unit rally in Schulenburg, Texas. Each evening with the exception of one restaurant visit, a different rig was responsible for the evening meal main dish. We had everything from pork loin to hamburgers and every meal was great.

Texas is big, so some of the days were long; however, I kept daily mileage down as much as possible. The main exception was the last day to the rally which was a long day.

We are thinking about an east Texas, Piney Woods, caravan this fall. We would start on Sunday at the end of an east Texas rally, wander around the piney woods, and end up with 2 nights at Rusk to ride the Texas State Railroad steam train. From Rusk, it is a long but doable ride home for most of us. Again, there would be a rig limit and all would make their own reservations.
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:51 PM   #18
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People may want a camping club. Some local WBCCI units offer good camping opportunities.

The International and Region activities do not really offer a real camping experience, Unless you consider parking in mass on a fairground, camping.

The original International club was set up by caravaners to support caravaners. It added to its goals when the club became so big that the 50 unit caravans did not give a total group experience. They added Rallies to their activities.

The club at that time was sponsored by Airstream and the activities were pretty cheap. The club expanded even more and was reorganized into a three tier structure and the leaders changed and it became separate from the Airstream company. Leaders continued to be "elected" (actually selected by the nominating committee) based on seniority rather than ability. The club started to lose members. The method of selecting leaders and the decline of the club has continued for 15 years and counting.

Airstream has withdrawn its support of the club and is pursuing a different market than the club.

If you have the time and desire to partake of the activities offered by the International level of the club, WBCCI is a good deal for you. If you only have the time to camp locally, WBCCI is not a good fit for you.
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Old 02-05-2010, 07:51 PM   #19
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We're in Pahaska's Unit, the Texas Highland Lakes Unit, where we have a full rally schedule. We have the informal unnumbered caravans he spoke about, we also have what we call NOT REALLY A RALLY RALLIES where two to ten trailers will just decide to meet somewhere usually more or less on a spur of the moment and then we have additional caravans over the summer months where a number of trailers get together and travel to various destinations. Last summer we planned a trip to western Colorado and Moab, Utah. This coming summer a number of us are considering going through Colorado via a different route and on to Yellowstone/Tetons and back. The working members will enjoy a two week segment of this "caravan" while the rest of us will likely make the summer of it together camping, fishing and exploring. A few of us really use our trailers by getting out in them and enjoying each other's company as much as possible. Our unit serves to allow plans and friendships to be made and we take it from there. We thoroughly enjoy our unit activities, but for some of us, even more is better.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:17 AM   #20
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G. Stephens,
All locals have their own personalities. Everyone needs to find a local that matches their personality and life style. The activities you describe are all local and do not require the unit to conform with any of the International's rules except, if you want to have the liability insurance apply, you need to have the activity be put in the newsletter and become part of the minutes of the business meeting, so they can be an official event. Other than the insurance, it does not look like you are getting any financial support from the international level.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:22 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by dwightdi View Post
Other than the insurance, it does not look like you are getting any financial support from the international level.
Isn't that the whole problem that people have been stressing in all the other threads?

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