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Old 06-06-2014, 02:58 PM   #1
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Winter Caravans....

Greetings all;

This might be a stupid question (and posted in the wrong place) but I'm a new member of WBCCI and have noted that there does not seem to be "Winter Caravans". When I say winter I'm talking about anytime from Nov - April.

There seems to be (many) retired people who are members of WBCCI and one would think the Canucks alone would fill several caravans trying to get out of the snow and cold.

I know in our case, we would be interested in taking part in Caravans etc, but they all seem to be in the spring, summer and fall months. That is just not good timing for us.... Got to love the farmers who work on the "AAA of Life" - April, August and Aizona....

With luck someone can shed a bit of light on this topic for me as I might be missing something here.

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Old 06-06-2014, 05:24 PM   #2
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Welcome to WBCCI. It is a good question.

I think you have made an accurate observation. And yes, you pretty much have to be retired to go on caravans. Christmas and the holidays might be a factor. Many of us who could caravan already have a place to winter where it is warm. So if we left to go on a caravan we would be paying 3 times, once for the house back home, once for the Florida resort, and thirdly for the caravan. We share Travelers Rest Resort with many Canadians trying to get warm for the winter. You might check into TRR. It is somewhat like being on a caravan except that you do not move the rig.
I think what we have now for caravans in the WBCCI are that the more poplar caravans from the past are the ones that are still going. It takes volunteer leaders and enough people who sign up to go to keep a caravan running. It appears to be somewhat difficult to get a new caravan to "take" and to stay in place for a long time. Places to go safely in a winter caravan are probably somewhat limited. I can not imagine taking a big caravan into Mexico now.
And a winter caravan might not be that good for northerners and Canadians in that you still have to get to and from the caravan (I am assuming the caravan itself will be in a warm spot) and that could mean having to pull in snow and ice anyway.
Check the Cajan caravan. I thought we went in March when we went.
There may be local units who do winter trips. The WBCCI website lists national caravans. There may be locally run trips or caravans that you could join out of units like 4 corners and Landyact harbor and Music city in Nashville for example. I could see a local unit organizing a trip to the Rose bowl rally, for example.
If you are looking for a full time job at no pay and only some expense money you could consider trying to organize and start a winter caravan. But my expectation is that it will be hard to consistently attract enough people to do it.
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Old 06-06-2014, 06:59 PM   #3
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Thanks for the comments Bill - your comments are probably hitting the nail right on the head.
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It is somewhat like being on a caravan except that you do not move the rig.
A caravan that doesn't move? What a novel idea! It might even replace rallies!
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:34 PM   #5
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Seems like some one was telling me about a Caravan in FL. This winter. Don't recall a name, but Alumaflamingo was one of the stops .
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Seems like some one was telling me about a Caravan in FL. This winter. Don't recall a name, but Alumaflamingo was one of the stops .
Thanks for this Rick. Looking at the WBCCI site it looks like they ran a Florida caravan back last winter in Feb. But there does not seem to be anything for the winter of 2015.

To bad!

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I will be 63 next month and retired for 5 years. My wife turns 60 two days before she retires October 1 this year. We would love some caravans over the winter months down south because we hate hot weather. We are also to young to take the trailer south just to let it sit. If we want to let it set , it will set the winter months beside our house and we will enjoy the holidays and winter with our three kids and their families. Airstreams were made to travel NOT set!!!!
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I will be 63 next month and retired for 5 years. My wife turns 60 two days before she retires October 1 this year. We would love some caravans over the winter months down south because we hate hot weather. We are also to young to take the trailer south just to let it sit. If we want to let it set , it will set the winter months beside our house and we will enjoy the holidays and winter with our three kids and their families. Airstreams were made to travel NOT set!!!!
If you can't FIND a caravan that's to your liking, MAKE one! The WBCCI webpage has plenty of guidance in PDF files for caravan leaders or would-be caravan leaders, and you don't have to belong to WBCCI to visit the webpage and download those documents.

Even if you can't find a caravan and don't want to make your own, come south anyway. All the way from Texas to Georgia, there are State Parks and Corps of Engineers campgrounds that only allow stays of 15 days or less, and so aren't booked solid with snowbirds hunkered down to wait out the winter. Except for around Mardi Gras time in the New Orleans area, I have yet to find a Corps of Engineers campground or State Park south of I-20 that's booked solid in the winter months.
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Do these Corp of Engineers campgrounds only allow Service people?
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I will be 63 next month and retired for 5 years. My wife turns 60 two days before she retires October 1 this year. We would love some caravans over the winter months down south because we hate hot weather. We are also to young to take the trailer south just to let it sit. If we want to let it set , it will set the winter months beside our house and we will enjoy the holidays and winter with our three kids and their families. Airstreams were made to travel NOT set!!!!
I'm with you on the Travelling business - That's why I purchased an airstream! If I wanted to park myself in the south I would just be like the rest of the snowbirds and buy a park model someplace.
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A a side note - I have confirmed that WBCCI plans another Florida Caravan in 2016. I spoke to the folks who guided it in last winter and they confirmed that the plan is to run it every second year.
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Yes, you don't have to be in a caravan to enjoy warmer weather. I meet plenty of Canucks here in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and old Mexico all through your winter. Our 4 Corners Unit has Rally's in a lot of our winter months which your welcome to join.
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I have tried for ANY activities in the local chapters but it is difficult as EVERY event falls smack dab in the middle of a week and a time that I cannot go. There are traveling groups in FL during the winter but you may have to look at the chapter activities listings.
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Do these Corp of Engineers campgrounds only allow Service people?
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Nope. Open to the public. Almost every Corps of Engineers campground is located on a lake or river that is maintained by the Corps. And they can be found in 44 of our 50 states.

Some are primitive. Some have water and/or electric hookups. Most with hookups have dump stations rather than sewer hookups, though.

And best of all, most accept the National Park Service "America the Beautiful" Senior Pass and Access Pass for half-price discounts. Can't beat camping by a lake for just $9 or $10 a night!

You can find more information on CoE campgrounds here: www.CorpsLakes.us - Corps Lakes Gateway
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