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Old 12-22-2011, 04:33 PM   #799
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I had heard that Wally make the decision to only allow Airstreams on his later caravans was that there was too much demand and he did not want to increase the number of caravans above the number the factory could support. Why wouldn't you treat your customers better than SOB's. WBCCI headquarters were an office in his factory administrated by his cousin Helen and Wally paid her salary and partially funded to caravan support. When Beatrice bought the company, after Wally died, they move all manufacturing to Jackson Center, Ohio and WBCCI moved into an independent building with their own dues paid staff. It is still that way. The Airstream company did get the benefit of customer run field testing and factory failure analysis, which helped them build a better product. Now failures are reported on Airforums and the engineering staff simply needs to lurk here to identify design flaws. It seems simpler than hiring a big staff to do the testing.
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I had heard that Wally make the decision to only allow Airstreams on his later caravans was that there was too much demand and he did not want to increase the number of caravans above the number the factory could support. Why wouldn't you treat your customers better than SOB's. WBCCI headquarters were an office in his factory administrated by his cousin Helen and Wally paid her salary and partially funded to caravan support. When Beatrice bought the company, after Wally died, they move all manufacturing to Jackson Center, Ohio and WBCCI moved into an independent building with their own dues paid staff. It is still that way. The Airstream company did get the benefit of customer run field testing and factory failure analysis, which helped them build a better product. Now failures are reported on Airforums and the engineering staff simply needs to lurk here to identify design flaws. It seems simpler than hiring a big staff to do the testing.
Hi, Airstream was on this forum, got an ear full, packed their bags, and ran back home. Closed the thread and probably will never return. Do they really care?
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Old 12-22-2011, 05:05 PM   #801
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a good start might just having a simple Forum poll. one AS - one vote on the overall MOHO issue.

one question to start: AS only vs non-AS only.

i have a good idea as to which way THAT poll would go.

hopefully, these results would then be used as an indication of the direction in which the vast majority of the WBCCI members want the
club to head.

i think the answer would speak volumes and most of the 'forum talk' would not be needed.
How many more polls do we need?

WBCCI conducted a member survey in 2004. One question was,

“The WBCCI membership base should be broadened to include any RV brand made by Thor Industries, parent company of Airstream.”

The response was,

Strongly agree: 8.5%
Agree: 12.1%
Disagree: 19.3%
Strongly Disagree: 57.2%

In other words, 3/4 of the members disagreed with that statement and nearly 2/3 strongly disagreed!

Nevertheless, a Thor motor home amendment was proposed to the 2007 Delegates Meeting. Out of 6240 votes the vote tally was,

YES - 2435 or 39%
NO - 3677 or 59%
Abstain - 126 or 2%

So instead of receiving the 2/3 majority needed to pass, nearly 2/3 voted against it.

But it looks like it'll be on the ballot again in 2012. . . sigh. . .
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Old 12-22-2011, 05:20 PM   #802
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There is a strong desire for a forums at many levels and for many reasons by many people - all of them good in my opinion. But based on the experiences with the last 2 forums, the committee is very wary of being accused of moderating negative viewpoints in an attempt to foster only a positive viewpoint of the club.

Also, the reason the old forums was shut down was not in an attempt to silence MEMBERS viewpoints - but rather was due to differences which existed between the previous forums owner and the club leadership.
Ok are there any WBCCI members that would volunteer to moderate such a forum.

Anyone care to step up to the plate?




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I didn't mean to hijack the thread with my response. This thread wasn't about the forums per se. But as far a poll, I don't think one is needed either. Obviously, some folks are not listening to poll results anyway and plan to push this issue through again and again until it passes and they get their way.
The club suffers with each iteration so even though it doesn't pass, we lose members.
A letters to the editor would be nice though.....
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YES - 2435 or 39%
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would these be 'rally certified'?
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From what I understand, early caravans organized by Wally were open to all makes. At some time that changed, whether the reason was non Airstreams were not strong enough or, being a salesman, Wally realized that it made more marketing sense to limit the caravans to his trailers, that is unknown to me. I think that both contributed to the change.

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Zigzag. your assumption above is partially correct. From what I read, all trailers were allowed to travel with Wally, but those non-airstreams were breaking down more frequently. One reason for Airstream-only.
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:09 PM   #806
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Dwight,

Correction, the California factory was not closed until 1979, when Thor was formed to purchase Airstream from Beatrice.

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I had heard that Wally make the decision to only allow Airstreams on his later caravans was that there was too much demand and he did not want to increase the number of caravans above the number the factory could support. Why wouldn't you treat your customers better than SOB's. WBCCI headquarters were an office in his factory administrated by his cousin Helen and Wally paid her salary and partially funded to caravan support. When Beatrice bought the company, after Wally died, they move all manufacturing to Jackson Center, Ohio and WBCCI moved into an independent building with their own dues paid staff. It is still that way. The Airstream company did get the benefit of customer run field testing and factory failure analysis, which helped them build a better product. Now failures are reported on Airforums and the engineering staff simply needs to lurk here to identify design flaws. It seems simpler than hiring a big staff to do the testing.
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Old 12-22-2011, 11:45 PM   #807
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Not humorous or untrue by my assessment but then again I am not an official WBCCI record straightener, (and that is humor.) I thank you on behalf of the great many that are now relieved at your correction of my opinion. WHEW that's a load off, for sure. And yet on fast read I didn't detect any appreciable difference... Ah but then we each do what we have to do respectively, right?

Nuvi, here's wishing you cheers and silver belles. Oh and fun, everyone should be having fun, it's all about fun. I'm having fun and I used to have fun and I expect to have more fun in the future when I get together with many of you that also had fun are having fun and are planning diligently to have even fun again too. I think its part of the core values now. I wonder if its in the new by-laws? ...yeah that's humor too

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Carol,

This statement may be an attempt at humor making a point but I have to say that it is patently untrue. The reason that the club does not have a forums right now is because there is no desire for the members of the ECC to be dragged into flame ward over how the forums are moderated or maintained. There is a strong desire for a forums at many levels and for many reasons by many people - all of them good in my opinion. But based on the experiences with the last 2 forums, the committee is very wary of being accused of moderating negative viewpoints in an attempt to foster only a positive viewpoint of the club.

Also, the reason the old forums was shut down was not in an attempt to silence MEMBERS viewpoints - but rather was due to differences which existed between the previous forums owner and the club leadership.

I just thought that fact should be corrected.
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I stand corrected. Beatrice did not close all the California plants, they simply moved most of the production to Ohio, and removed the direct support of WBCCI from their budget. They were losing money big time and sold out to Thor. Here is a link to a pretty good site on the history: Airstream History.com, Silver Wheels

Over the years Thor has continued to run their business to maximize their profits and reduce their support of WBCCI. Thor has changed its marketing focus away from the things and people WBCCI caters to.
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Thor has done their homework and are selling to a different demographic than the club. The club should take note and do the same. That would require CHANGE.
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Thor has done their homework and are selling to a different demographic than the club. The club should take note and do the same. That would require CHANGE.

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Sometimes I get to thinking and often think too much. Well, heck, here's the lastest think: I bet it's not that Airstream changed its demographic while the WBCCI didn't, but rather than Airstream kept the same demographic while the WBCCI didn't.

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Lynn, great point!
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