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Old 03-24-2014, 04:42 PM   #1
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WBCCI Membership possible with only a tiny airstream?

Hello from Germany,

I build a tiny airstream inspired Micro Camper from scratch to tow it behind my 100 hp Honda motorbike.

If a Bambi is the smallest genuine airstream it will be Bambis little friend Thumper.

It will be finished within the next four weeks and then I will take it on a 5000-mile test ride thru France, Spain and Portugal.

Do you think I will be welcome in any WBCCI unit with my little Thumper?



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Old 03-24-2014, 05:17 PM   #2
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I'm sure most units would welcome you as a guest from time to time, but you wouldn't qualify to join the WBCCI without having a camper that was manufactured by Airstream or Argosy.
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Do you think I will be welcome in any WBCCI unit with my little Thumper?

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Officially, no. But I'm sure almost any group would welcome you as a guest.

I also (seriously) believe you should contact Airstream and show them what you've built. I'm wondering how many of the 5-7 million motorcycle riders in the US alone would love to go camping in a "Thumper"? Just 1% would equate to 60,000 units - even 1/10th a percent would equal 6,000 units which surely would be an interesting expansion of the product.

Perhaps they would declare yours serial number 0001, affix an official Airstream badge on it and you could officially join the WBCCI and put big (or small) red numbers on your Thumper.

If I were in charge there, I would do that just to start the discussion and gauge interest. Would be a great recognition of your passion and a great marketing opportunity for them.

I'm am thoroughly impressed with what you're doing.
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You would be more than welcome at one of our meets. After all the first generations of Airstream were home build from a mail order plan from Wally Byam if I'm not mistaken.
I cant wait to see how you finish the end caps. Keep us posted.

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Old 03-25-2014, 02:56 AM   #5
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Hi Paul,
I knew from my two airstream books, that Wally started with selling plans and the airstream community began with a couple of homebuilders, to get a well thought, but affordable trailer. In this spirit I began to develop my Thumper, limited by the german street laws with its 1 Meter (3.3 ft) maximum wideness limit behind bikes.
This week I celebrate my birthday and hope to get three more books around mine and Wallys dream.
What do you think about calling it "Wallyby" ?
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:50 AM   #6
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Even though I'm not the biggest fan of puns, I like "Wallyby". And I commend you, puns and jokes in a 2nd language are not easy!
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Even though I'm not the biggest fan of puns, I like "Wallyby". And I commend you, puns and jokes in a 2nd language are not easy!
Thanks for the warning - I should prefer "Wallaby"
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Thanks for the warning - I should prefer "Wallaby"
Good work - especially with your avatar!
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Good work - especially with your avatar!
The avatar pic might be a fine logo for a sidewall decal, like the Quantas logo, but chubby and blue and silver!

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Okay - if I understood that correct, no WBCCI unit will accept me as member, if I do not own a trailer built by the Airstream company or homebuilt from a original Wally Byam plan.
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Correct. Must be an AS product. Trailer or MH. Jim
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I would not through in the towel yet. First off there are no officers of WBCCI in Europe and no requirement that a member's application include a photograph next to their unit. You may find one of the more progressive unit that would accept your home built, with modification to update, unit following the spirit of the original plans.

Your approach is much closer to Wally's original spirit than the MH they now want to drive.

Don't forget the blue strips and the 3 1/2 in dump valve.

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If it is not an AS, it isn't! Most aluminum kin are closer to an AS than a home built MC trailer. Jim
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