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Old 05-10-2012, 11:23 AM   #15
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Of course you don't have to join the WBCCI.

The wife and I are pretty hermity and most of our camping is boondocking out in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts. No one else around for miles. Clearly we are not campground folks.

However when we join our Unit (Four Corners) for Rallies we have an absolute blast. With one exception we have found other Airstreamers and Units to be warm, welcoming and a ton of fun.

We've made friends that we are social with outside the club or rallies.

For us the cost of membership is money well spent. The return of fun per dollar spent is unreal.

As a side note, other than voting once a year we pretty much ignore the International aspect of the WBCCI.
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Old 05-10-2012, 01:57 PM   #16
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What Goin camping said.

Some units are more about camping and fellowship than about politics and pomp. 4CU has that reputation, and my unit (Heart of Texas Camping Unit) is rally-focused as well, we try to have a camping event every month.

You can also join any other unit's rally (space available, of course) as a member, and the courtesy parking thing is an interesting amenity we've never had occasion to use (we've only been members a little over a year.)

The actual red numbers are optional... there's no penalty for not having them in general, but at big rallies you have to display them somehow to help people identify different trailers in a sea of aluminum. Many people affix them to acrylic and hang them in the window during a big rally, etc. I was a member for a year before I put mine on, but I kinda like the way they look. As to your specific question about how the numbers are still down in the 4-digit range, when people leave the club their number isn't retired permanently, just set aside for some period and can be re-assigned. There are numbers much higher than mine out there, but I requested mine specifically because it matches my AIRForums number that I already had for some 4 years before even buying a trailer.
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Of course, it's entirely up to you whether you join WBCCI. There are benefits ... being part of the lore/history ... caravan opportunities ... rallies ... the sharing of knowledge and experience ... the friendships that you will develop. And yes, there's something quite wonderful about converging with a bunch of Airstreams to camp and seeing all that aluminum in one place. It's inspiring. WBCCI is a different experience for everyone. For us, it has been one filled with friendships and wonderful camping experiences shared with our Airstream buddies. We do quite a bit of camping on our own, but we also very much enjoy camping with our Unit members and attend every event we can. Sure, we are aware of and concerned about the problems of the larger organizaiton and we work for change from the Unit upward, but our focus is on our Unit because that is where WBCCI touches our lives most directly. We didn't think we would join WBCCI at first, but then we went to a 4CU rally, were warmly welcomed ... and the rest is history. It's has had a huge positive impact on the way we enjoy our Airstream, and it has allowed us to get to know and appreciate a great bunch of people. I'd encourage you to attend a few units' functions as a guest and check them out for yourself. Chances are you will find a group you genuinely enjoy being around.
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