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Old 06-18-2009, 11:58 AM   #29
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My wife and I also prefer to travel on our own, but have never regretted our WBCCI membership.

Caravans and rallies are not the only benefits, certainly for us the Washington Unit's Land Yacht Harbor is a superb benefit of membership. In fact our Overlander is there now, and we will be joining it early tomorrow morning for the start of a week long stay on the Oregon Coast. There is something very cool about camping in an Airstream, surrounded by Airstreams. Plus people there understand when the herd of flamingos make their apearance!
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Old 06-18-2009, 12:38 PM   #30
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Now this is a personal opinion. But I would save your money that you would pay in dues and fees and use it for camping fees and fuel. You are a member of this group and we have rallies. You will meet the great people that align themselves with WBCCI,because alot of them are members here.They only belong to WBCCI because they feel they have to belong,but its not nessessary. We have just as much fun without the dues and rally fees.
I am going to stick my neck way out on the block and make the following statement....
THAT IS TOTAL HOG WASH AND MIKETHEFIXIT IS TALKING OUT A LOWER ORIFICE.

Sorry folks, he just makes that statement over and over and over and will not see first hand what is talking about. I have offered five times to pay his rally fees and even his gas to come to our Cherry Blossom Rally. His own cousin is the president of our unit and has made the same offers.

If you are only a forums member you only have forums rallies, if you also belong to the WBCCI you can go to both have courtesy parking all across the USA and you can go the the Land Yacht Harbors all across the USA.

I do not belong because I feel I need to, I belong because it broadens my possibilities. I belong because my family and I have a great time and we meet some tremendous people at the same time.
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Old 06-18-2009, 09:44 PM   #31
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I am going to stick my neck way out on the block and make the following statement....
THAT IS TOTAL HOG WASH AND MIKETHEFIXIT IS TALKING OUT A LOWER ORIFICE.

Sorry folks, he just makes that statement over and over and over and will not see first hand what is talking about. I have offered five times to pay his rally fees and even his gas to come to our Cherry Blossom Rally. His own cousin is the president of our unit and has made the same offers.

If you are only a forums member you only have forums rallies, if you also belong to the WBCCI you can go to both have courtesy parking all across the USA and you can go the the Land Yacht Harbors all across the USA.

I do not belong because I feel I need to, I belong because it broadens my possibilities. I belong because my family and I have a great time and we meet some tremendous people at the same time.
I agree! It makes no sense to bash an organization over and over again that you have no first hand experience with. Lorrie and I have enjoyed forums rallies, but some WBCCI events even more. It's all what you CHOOSE to make of it. I will admit that some units and rallies may be a better fit you you personally than others, but the great thing about WBCCI is that there are so many choices, I'm sure you can find something you will like. Don't let anyone that has never tried it sway your opinion.
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Old 07-20-2009, 03:51 PM   #32
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Define WBCCI, thanks. (first time on chat)
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Old 07-20-2009, 03:54 PM   #33
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Old 07-20-2009, 04:37 PM   #34
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Fixed for you. Always wanted to do that for somebody and, well, actually fix the post.

Off topic, but, get your axles done?
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:44 PM   #35
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Thanks for the fix and happy to fulfill at least one of your fantasies (ahem, of fixing a post)...

The Squeeze Inn is resting on jacks at this very moment. Axles are on order (Dexters) and we should have a full Monty in a couple of weeks. Huge Kudos to 63Silver and 94Tri - who are essentially doing all of the work while I watch.

Back on track - Most folks seem to re-up memberships to the WBCCI for the camaraderie found in the local units. If you notice most of the groaning and wailing is centered around WBCCI national politics. Most of the fun is found on a grassroots level.
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:18 PM   #36
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Back on track - Most folks seem to re-up memberships to the WBCCI for the camaraderie found in the local units. If you notice most of the groaning and wailing is centered around WBCCI national politics. Most of the fun is found on a grassroots level.
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I think that I would change "most" to "all". I don't think that members renew for the national politics, at least I don't.

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Old 07-20-2009, 08:24 PM   #37
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I don't think that members renew for the national politics,

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I wont cite examples (past the first spouse)...

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Old 09-14-2009, 10:55 PM   #38
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We were apprehensive about joining. We are of the "just turned 40" crowd and weren't sure if we'd fit with the retirees. We had visions of being overburdened with rules. My in-laws lived in a retirement community very reminiscent of the "Del Boca Vista" community on Seinfeld. Insane rules and busybodies. Once we were at the pool, and there was a "no drinks" sign. Well, we thought, sure, who wants to risk broken glass around a pool? But we mistakenly thought a plastic bottle of water would be fine. Well, the busybodies were always watching, and instantly someone came out waving arms and shouting "NO DRINKS ALLOWED". Of course, we were in our 20s and defiant (oops, still are....defiant), so my husband said "Hmm....water is illegal around a pool?" and opened the bottle and poured it into the pool! We DESPISE stupid rules, so we were leary of joining WBCCI. Well, we got invited, and decided to attend (Labour Day weekend 2009), but discussed that we would not to join if we noticed any stupid rules (we knew about the "no towels outside" rule, which is odd, but understandable, so I was willing to accept that since we do live in a dry climate--but those towels must really stink up a trailer in humid climates!).

Anyway, it turned out that the people at the Hands Across the Border Rally (Saskatchewan, Alberta, Montana, Washington, etc) were great! They were pretty laid back, but so active! There were tons of activities that you could join in, and they were very interesting. We had guides for the tours, so we learned and did more than average tourists do. You could participate as much or as little as you wanted. No pressure. The Rally fee was very reasonable for what you got. After the second day, we decided that this would be a good community to be a part of, so I went to town to get a money order for the WBCCI fees.

We left our first rally feeling exhausted and so happy. We are glad we met such great people and look forward to seeing them again. We get lots of help from experts on AirForums, but it was nice to talk face-to-face with Airstream owners and have them point out things on our trailer that we didn't know about. We work full time, so it'll be hard to get time off for rallies, but we'll try to get in one per year.

Check out a rally and then decide to join. We definitely didn't get the Del Boca Vista vibe!
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Old 09-14-2009, 11:19 PM   #39
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Lisa and Paul,

Was Lauren Carlsen there? We met him in Bozeman, a great guy.

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I think you may like to go to a rally so never say no. WE campl alone, and on occasiion with a group. Nice to have the options and you may find the magazine has a caravan for you. thus you need to be a member.
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I think that I would change "most" to "all". I don't think that members renew for the national politics, at least I don't.

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Ditto Bill!

My husband and I have a blast with our local unit and with other units in our region. I've learned to not care about stuff at the international level, it just gets in the way of my fun.
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:59 AM   #42
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I joined for the sweet red numbers I get to put on. And for the camraderie, rallys, and caravans that I look forward to participating in. But mostly for the numbers
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