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Old 02-24-2008, 06:18 PM   #1
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Cool 2009 Texas State Vintage Rally

It looks like the next (3rd Texas State) Vintage Rally will be at Braunig Lake RV Park just south of San Antonio from Feb 4 to Feb 8, 2009. Iím going down Tuesday for a face-to-face with the RV Park Rally Coordinator and should have a contract ready to sign when our unit approves our plans at our early March rally.

We had 83 rigs at this yearís rally and I requested 100 sites for 2009. We hope the more central location will help build attendance and the more southern location will help temper any cold snaps.

We will stick pretty close to the formula that has worked well over our previous vintage rallies. Lots of seminars, happy hours, very little structure. As in our previous vintage rallies, WBCCI membership is not a requirement for attendance and Airstreams of any year are welcome..

We had a unit rally at Braunig Lake several years ago, so we already have a good leg up on local attractions and choosing caterers.
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Old 02-24-2008, 06:25 PM   #2
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Hopefully my vintage trailer, which is extra, will sell by then. If not - ya never know...
I've been wanting to get to that area for a couple of years.
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Old 02-24-2008, 06:30 PM   #3
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Depends on who you want to be there

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... We hope the more central location will help build attendance ...
I was unhappy to miss this year's rally as Kim and I thoroughly enjoyed last year's event.

Moving the rally to central Texas will probably all but rule us out from making it (driving time from AL) .

Back before we had our Airstream, we flew into San Antonio and really enjoyed our visit.

I envy retired persons with time to tow their American Classics to great places to visit.

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Old 02-24-2008, 08:54 PM   #4
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I kept looking for you this year. Sure missed seeing you and the wife. I enjoyed meeting you so much last year. I thought this year's rally was even better than last year's. I know it was bigger.

Sorry if moving the rally around causes you problems, but the consensus was that moving it around the state made it more inclusive and attractive to folks in and outside of Texas. The San Antonio site is just so full of the neatest things to see and do. Really, San Antonio isn't all that much further for someone traveling from Alabama. You might want to check out the mileage and think about it. There is the romantic River Walk and its outside restaurants along the river, romantic boat rides down the river, carraige rides, the Missions Trail, the Alamo, Sea World and the world famous San Antonio Zoo among the things I can think of just off the top of my head which are available to do outside the rally. San Antonio is a vacation in itself.

In any case, thanks for coming last year and thanks for the excellent review and pictures of last year‘s event that you posted!

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Old 08-18-2008, 10:05 AM   #5
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The 2009 Texas State Vintage Rally is firming up!

This should be our biggest and best vintage rally. Non-WBCCI members are welcome.

We have a minimum of 100 sites reserved at Braunig Lake RV Resort. I have been the interface to the park up till now. The committee chairpersons will visit the park mid-September to familiarize those who have not been there previously and to make final arrangements with the park.

Braunig Lake impressed our Region President and he has scheduled a future region rally there. The park on I-37, is south of San Antonio, and easy to access. Folks coming from the north on I-35 can bypass most of the city by using Loop 410. It is a quick interstate highway trip from the park into downtown San Antonio and the Alamo, Mercado, River Walk, etc.

Here are some of the things to look forward to:

Plan to attend the 5thTexas Vintage Airstream Rally from February 4 -8, 2009, at Braunig Lake RV Resort on the South side of San Antonio. Texas Highland Lakes Unit of WBCCI will be hosting this special Rally for all owners of Airstreams – all years and models. Vintage trailers will be parked together with close access to bathrooms and showers.

A 1954 Flying Cloud that is in the process of restoration will be on site for illustration of sub-floor replacement, replacing spring suspension axle with Dexter Torflex Axle, frame repair, black and grey water tank installation, electrical wiring replacement and other restoration requirements. Special vintage seminars will also be given on polishing techniques and riveting, including buck riveting, and seminars of interest to everyone Including safety and trailer weight management. There will also be some sessions especially for ladies.

Vintage models, 25 years or older, will be showcased at a Public Open House with statewide publicity. Judging of Vintage models will be done by judges using the set of guidelines developed by Vintage Airstream Club. Awards will be presented including special awards for People’s Choice and Best Engineered Feature. Both the Open House and Judging are optional.

Besides our ever-engrossing study of vintage airstreams, there will be time for touring San Antonio’s Missions, Mercado and River Walk as well as our own “Swap and Sell” for Airstream parts and your own arts and crafts.


We will have as our special guest, Dale (PEEWEE) Schwamborn (see the Summer 2008 Airstream Life for an Interview). PeeWee is Wally Byum”s nepthew, and has had a life long association with Airstream. He will present seminars on the history of Airstream and WBCCI and has first hand stories of early caravans.
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:45 AM   #6
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Sounds great, I'm really looking forward to this.

I am going to tear into the rear end of my '63 this Fall to repair floor and frame damage, and I am REALLY hoping to have it back together by then. But if not I am still planning on coming down, at least for a day-trip.

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Correction!

I had to retype some of the text and I managed to morph PeeWee from being Wally's cousin into being his nephew. PeeWee was Wally's second cousin.
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I've made the last three Texas Vintage Rallies. Each year I've thought that it couldn't get any better, but it sounds like this one will top them all. Seriously, I have the most fun at this rally that I have all year whether its a summer vacation or rally somewhere else. This rally just rocks.
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A few requests:
Could you post links to the threads that reviewed/summarized the last 3 TexVins please.

Do you know if there are cabins at that RV park?
Do you know of the nearest "acceptable" lodging, motel, Inn etc.

I will not be bringing my trailer, if I can come at all. But I have wondered if Vintage owners who do come with trailer are able to opt out of any open house. Is it rude or not PC to prefer to keep one's trailer private?

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I guess that now I have a deadline to meet to get my Overlander in useable (towable) condition. I had hoped the next rally would be in my backyard again again but San Antonio is a nice location.

I checked out the Braunig Lake RV website and it looks nice. If I can't "git 'er done" then I may have to stay at the Comfort Inn next door.

But I will be there!
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Vernon-- I think you, Todd, and I should all shoot for this as our deadline. Both of you are doing a lot more than I will have done, but you also both have a major head-start!
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Vernon-- I think you, Todd, and I should all shoot for this as our deadline. Both of you are doing a lot more than I will have done, but you also both have a major head-start!
I'm going to take that as a challenge!
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I'm going to take that as a challenge!
So let it be written, so let it be done!

Ummm... who's going to tell Todd that his deadline just became February 4th for the Texas State Vintage Rally?

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Distantdrummer, the open house and most everything else is optional. You certainly don't have to open up your trailer to the public although every year there are trailers in pretty much all states of repair from as found to fully restored. You may come in just for the open house totally free of charge on Saturday afternoon or you may opt to attend one or more days in order to attend various activities including some outstanding seminars and will be charged accordingly. I feel we are offering a great value.
SCHEDULED SEMINARS
Trailer wiring
Frame repair
Insulation installation
Tongue extension fabrication
Axle replacement and/or upgrade
sub floor repair/replacement
Gray and black tank installation
Polishing techniques
Interior panel and furniture removal
Riveting options
Period correct appliances and cabinets
sourcing of period correct parts
History of Airstream, vintage Caravans, and airstream’s founder, Wally Byam
Additional seminars covering a variety of subjects to be scheduled
Concourse d’Elegance
Peoples Choice Award
Judging of Participants
Awards Presentations
Expecting Over 100 Trailers.
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Parking fees of only $23 per day or $92 + Rally fees of $40 per person and/or $15 per child for an actual cost/day of only $33. Receive a $5 discount if received before Jan 1st. To register, contact Elaine Jackson, phone: 512-832-5663 or email @ elaine@gaj.com . Make checks payable to Texas Vintage Airstream Rally
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