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Old 06-26-2003, 11:23 AM   #99
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Eric,

Each unit is made of individuals, so of course every one will be different. I found our Unit to be very warm and welcoming. We spent every meal talking to someone new, and they all had great stories to tell about AS ownership and places they'd travelled. There were a few people there who were a little odd, like one guy who was stuck on details, who spent a half hour telling us how we had to throw away the numbers the WBCCI sent us and have new ones made out of special reflective vinyl and get some expert in Seattle to put them on for us so they'd be perfect - luckily we always had an excuse to escape this helpful individual, we had to go check on the dogs back in the trailer :-)

For us though, one of the best things about clubs is as a way to meet people. Because we work at home, we don't have co-workers, and since we have a mail order business, we never meet our customers face to face. So even though most of the people we met were somewhere between our parents and grandparents in age, we really enjoyed the people. My only problem with the club is how often I will find time to use it, being 30 something and still working. I can totally see your point there.

My Unit has their annual business meeting coming up. I guess we should go and see what they discuss and what they might intend for next year. Maybe we can help influence them to throw in a few more shorter rallys for the working stiffs :-)
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Old 06-26-2003, 12:06 PM   #100
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You probably should know this, yesterday I parked my trailer at the international rally. Doing so I must have driven past 20 different people that aided in my parking. I don't have my numbers on yet. The only person to say anything so far is the fellow who parked me.

He said, "You should think about putting your numbers on your vehicle someplace. Many people are now putting them on a plack in their front window. The only reason I say this is if you have a medical emergency at the rally, the only way we have to find you is with your numbers." Other than that, nothing.

There are some people I want to meet up with and the only way I'll be able to find them is with their numbers. Finding a particular trailer among 1,800 others will be a daunting task.

I'm looking forward to visiting the rally this weekend. I don't think my wife shares my degree interest.
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here's a thought: I wonder if you could get the numbers made up of that static-cling vinyl stuff. then you could just slap 'em on for rallies, peel 'em off afterward. no glue or permanent number to wreck the finish underneath...but at the same time, you could keep the old-folks from getting their "depends" all in a bunch.

I don't think the berets would bother me so much if the people knew how to wear them. the pics I've seen in the blue-beret indicate that they don't. I don't think I saw a single portrait of any of the grande poo-ba's in the last issue that had one on right. boy, do they look silly.

I wish they never put numbers on mine; the results are etched into the finish...looks like hell. other than that, the skin and clearcoat on my trailer is in nice shape. but the shadows of at least 2 old wally-numbers is a real eyesore, and the only way to get it off would be to polish the trailer. (which I am not about to do).
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Old 06-26-2003, 02:19 PM   #102
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here's a thought: I wonder if you could get the numbers made up of that static-cling vinyl stuff. then you could just slap 'em on for rallies, peel 'em off afterward.
The lady who runs the Yahoo Airstream list did just that. She drove down to Sarasota this spring and slapped them on after she parked. She had the numbers put on a piece of static cling plastic so it was just a matter of placing the plastic square on the front end cap. Unfortunately they blew off in the first big wind. Problem was if you don't get a completely tight seal as soon as the wind hits an opening the thing blows off.

I'll probably eventually stick mine onto a piece of clear plastic and hang them from something out front.

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If it's just a matter of having to put the red numbers on your trailer...we've seen folks that put them on either plexiglass which slides into the window frame or directly on the window itself.

For the record...we don't have our numbers on yet (after polishing) but nobody has ever made a comment at either our local or regional rallys. It is a good point as far as being an identifier at a large rally as "markjoandall" mentioned.

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Old 06-26-2003, 04:27 PM   #104
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For us though, one of the best things about clubs is as a way to meet people. My Unit has their annual business meeting coming up. I guess we should go and see what they discuss and what they might intend for next year. Maybe we can help influence them to throw in a few more shorter rallys for the working stiffs :-)
Yep it would be good for you to show up and give them your ideas. Usually the officers start looking at next years plans in a few weeks.

To take your first point just a little further, Patty and I were just astounded at the energy level and attitudes of the older folks in our unit. Obviously the organization and their Airstream are attributes in them staying active in their senior years. There are folks from our unit in their mid 80's who as a matter of fact are up in Vermont right now with their 34' Limited.

Patty and I have been loners most of our camping life with maybe a once a year campout with 1 or two other families. So we are pretty much not used to schedules, formal activities and some of the other things that go on with the typical unit rally. One thing that WBCCI offers is the aspect of family (we have gotten close to some of these folks) and the reality that as we get older, it may not be in our best interest to travel on our own. The organized activities keep many of these folks active and you know it just may add a few years to our life. That family is there to help you on the road, and also at home. That means a lot to these folks.

So while we may lament the age differences, I think both the young and old can survive in the same unit. The key is go to the functions you enjoy and pass on those you don't. And if enough of the younger ones stay in, you can organize activities that meet your expectation ala, the Midwest rally.

One other side line, as we grow older we all end up taking a pill here and there for something. One of the funniest episodes occured last year when one of the members ran out of a medication. It ended up we found that at least 5 other folks were taking the same thing and could lend a dose. Just shout out your need and someone there is taking the same drug. Nice to know we are sharing comman afflications!

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You would have thought, since day one, that AS would have made provisions for WBCCI numbers on the coaches. A removable panel, maybe, such as you see on city transit buses.
Mine are not on, not sure if they ever will be. The red sticks out to much.
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You would have thought, since day one, that AS would have made provisions for WBCCI numbers on the coaches.
I don't think that Wally was overly concerned about the number shadows when the organization first started out. If you look at some of the locations and the conditions he took those trailers through, the left behind of the numbers was probably the most minor blemish on the trailer!

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I don't think that Wally was overly concerned about the number shadows when the organization first started out. If you look at some of the locations and the conditions he took those trailers through, the left behind of the numbers was probably the most minor blemish on the trailer!

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Ditto that! BTW Jack, say hello to Patty from both Brandi and I.

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Shall do! I'll PM you later.

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Great comments, gang! Has given me some 'food for thought'.

Being new to the Airstream community, we joined WBCCC and attended a Region Rally this past Spring in S Texas. I don't remember what the cost of the rally was -- but what did catch my attention was there were no rates for just weekend attendees. So if you are a working family - want to come on down for the weekend - you are welcome, but you will pay full price! That did it for me. I'm not at all interested in a group that goes out of their way to exclude younger folks (I'm 68, retired - not a problem but we need young folks!!!). This was a big turn-off for me.

Now, that said, what does work for my wife and me?

Check out the long thread about the "Forum Rally" in New Mexico! This was fantastic! All ages - all backgrounds - happy hours - campfires - pot luck - name tags by Jessica (you have to have been there to get your name tag by this young lady).

Will I attend another Forum Rally? You bet!!

Just my $.02

I forgot to mention another group - Escapees - now there is a group that puts on some fantastic Rallies. Everyone is welcome - from 45' Prevost motorhomes to 16' Scamp travel trailers and pickup truck bed campers. Long hair - bald - beards - single - married - kids -. Well, you get the point. Would recommend Escapees. No, they are not just for full-timers..

Escapees have two main rallies each year: Spring in the Western US and Fall in the Eastern USA. Cost was something like $50.00 for the full week (dry camping) - and I remember they had open doors on one day to allow all the local community in at no charge. Something like 50 seminars - MANY door prizes each day - etc. No charge if you have no rig - but you need to register. Last one we attended was about 3 years ago. Seems we are always busy with something else. Too much to do; so little time to do it in. Someone that is more active in Escapees can jump in here and help out.

Again, my $.02

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Just curious, Don. Do the Escapees rallies have daily or weekend rates?
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FWIW - our unit has changed its rally dates to work more for working folks like me. Probably has to do with me being First Vice President, then President next year. We also don't charge the full fee for those who can't stay the whole time. So hopefully over time more and more units will do this.

We need the Newbes and Seasoned folks to make the club happen.

As far as numbers go, I don't have mine on my unit because I polish mine each year.

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As far as numbers go, I don't have mine on my unit because I polish mine each year.

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Ken, glad to hear you aren't posting the numbers. I know I had a real guilt trip at the Regional rally when the issue of numbers not being on trailers came up during a motivational speech given by a Regional VP. I am going to come up with an alternative to display them when at rallys since it is a problem if folks want to find you. I've pretty much decided however, with no more guilt, that I will pass on sticking them to the Safari. I know it will keep it much more attractive and an easier sale in the future.

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