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Old 07-07-2005, 09:15 PM   #29
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Shari thanks for the forms, we didn't win any of the contests but we did enter. We missed you when you moved you were a wonderful landmark.
Got this shot of your BB.
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Old 07-07-2005, 10:38 PM   #30
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Shari thanks for the forms, we didn't win any of the contests but we did enter. Got this shot of your BB.
Thanks for the picture Rick...we were pleasantly surprised it got Best of Show. I can't believe I didn't remember to take a picture of it ~ I know several in our Unit did though so we have a copy for our scrapebook ~
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You can't believe how many people told me that! And nobody ever did move into that space after I left...

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Old 07-08-2005, 12:53 AM   #31
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Though it wasn't announced, most people we talked with expect the 2007 Rally to be in Perry GA.
I heard it from the Shafers, who will be Intl. Pres. & First Lady in 2007. You can be confident the Intl. rally will be held in Perry, GA.

Region 3 has held several rallies there and it is a wonderful facility.
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Old 07-08-2005, 07:07 AM   #32
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Thanks to Kevin and Shari and Tarheel et al for fine reports.
It is nice to see that the Intl's actually are fun, useful, & still alive, after some of the horror reports that are often posted I wasn't sure.
And congrats on your solo pull going out Shari.

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What I want to share is my own personal experiences & observations...
On Sunday, VAC gathered at a nearby fairground to caravan in together...that too was a sight to behold! It's amazing how long the 'parade of 50+ trailers was! Yes, the separation between the 3 amp & 30 amp sections was less than desirable...but we all dealt with it. The VAC Open House on Wednesday, was wonderful as always!

It was amazing to me how often my path crossed with several forum members…seemed like everywhere I went after the rally was in full swing there was a familiar face with a AirstreamForums button…thanks Edie! We got together on Tuesday evening for a great Italian dinner…but it was a quickie, as a bunch of us arrived late and others left early to make it to the evening’s entertainment.

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Shari could you explain what you meant by the "separation" of the 3 amp & 30 amp sections?
Was there a fog of musk or something hanging over the 3 Amp campground ?

Was the Italian dinner something just for AS Forum members? Nice idea.
Did the AS Forums have any official status or table or presence?
How many AS Forum members were in attendance? Who went?
Need pics of you and others in berets for my scrapbook .

You mention 50 plus VAC in parade, any idea of total VAC (trailers) present? And were most of the vintage units present members of the VAC?

Any numbers available yet on total number of vintage trailers, newer trailers, and MoHos attending?

Kevin please tell us more about Fowler Interiors, where are they and what do they do? Customize AS interiors perhaps?
Was your Free Wheeler group well represented?
Which trailer and which tow did you choose to use?

And who and how are the future sites chosen?


Oh and is 30 amp service something that is usually not offered at Intl. Rally?

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Old 07-08-2005, 07:23 AM   #33
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Got this shot of your BB.
Very lovely bulletin board!

BTW, I now have fond memories of International and I didn't even attend! The reason is I recently found out that the New England Unit brought home the grand prize for their membership directory!
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Old 07-08-2005, 07:41 AM   #34
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Very nice!

I'd like to add my thanks for the reports from International. You all make it sound so fun and friendly. Shari, your pictures are great!

Can anyone tell me what, if any, activities there were for kids, whether teenagers or grade-school age? Were there many kids in attendance? Did anyone on the forum who attended have anyone in the under 18 set traveling with them?

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Old 07-08-2005, 08:33 AM   #35
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There were three main sites set-up I believe I have it right. The outlying sites were separated by the powerplant.59 Acres close to the tents where Airstream was set-up. 50 acres on the other side of the power plant roughly a 1/4 mile distant, and the handicap sites downtown across from the expo. 85% of the people asked for and got 30 amps. All could have had 30 amps if they had asked for it in time for the engineers to put in power poles and lines. An interesting side note, we did not pay for the electricity that we used it was a freebie from the power company, we did however pay for the installation of poles so that the power could be obtained from the plant.
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Old 07-08-2005, 10:13 AM   #36
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Are they nuts?

Yikes! Perry, GA? South of Macon? It sounds like a great place--to hold an International in say--October or March! That place gets much hotter than Independence! What are they thinking of?

There are lots of nice places in the Northern US and Canada that would make so much more sense. Or, they could go to at least upland GA, where it at least cools down to the 90s at night. But it seems that politics, not common sense is ruling here. Maybe it's a plot to get the oldest and weakest WBCCIers to kick over from heat prostration...

What do you guess that 30v sells out first day of registration?

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I heard it from the Shafers, who will be Intl. Pres. & First Lady in 2007. You can be confident the Intl. rally will be held in Perry, GA.

Region 3 has held several rallies there and it is a wonderful facility.
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Had a ball! Bought a trailer!

We had a great time. We actually went to so many seminars and events that we saw very little of Springfield. I gave a seminar on develloping web sites. Entertainment wa sgood and a lot of early leavers missed a good Pam Tillis show Monday.

We had a great forum dinneer on the day we arrived. Got to meet Shari, Edie, and others.

On the way up, my air connditioner went into heat pump mode 6 times, including once at 3am. No way I could safely leave it operating with the cats in the trailer. The Dometic rep replaced my Comfort Control thermostat, but we had 3 more heat pump failures after he did that. Replacing the AC was out of the question.

BTW, the Dometic rep suggested that the 18' of unshielded telephone cord between the Comfort Control and the AC may have been coiled in such a way that it was picking up rf from the microwave and blowing the circuits on the electronic board in the AC. That would explain 2 ACs failing in very similar ways within 6 months. The old trailer is still in warrenty, and I took no hit for the problem. BT promised to fix it for any new owner.

I wondered past the Bill Thomas dealer display. Lo and behold, there was the exact 2005 28' queen-bed Classic that I have been drooling over since I saw one last year. BT made me a great offer and a few hours later, the trailers were door to door and I was transferring stuff.

Build quality of the new trailer is impressive and I could see no appreciable change in fuel mileage on the way home. Just a little more diesel noise when starting up hill.

We aren't planning to go to Salem, but definitely count me in for any closer Internationals, especially with 30a power available. My radius of interest is about 3 1/2 days of travel.
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Old 07-08-2005, 10:55 AM   #38
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Greetings Flicka!

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You mention 50 plus VAC in parade, any idea of total VAC (trailers) present? And were most of the vintage units present members of the VAC?
According to reports that I heard, there were thought to be approximately 65 Vintage coaches present at the Rally belonging to VAC members. There weren't quite that many coaches parked in the VAC parking area as some prefer to park with their units, those with whom they caravanned to the Rally, or with another of the Intra-Clubs. There are also typically a few Vintage coaches with owners who do not belong to VAC.

The number of Vintage coaches in the VAC area was something of an average attendance. I have been at an International Rally where there were as many as 70+ Vintage coaches in the VAC parking area -- overall attendance numbers were down slightly for this Rally so the Vintage numbers were actually quite strong.

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Any numbers available yet on total number of vintage trailers, newer trailers, and MoHos attending?
The number that I heard approximately mid-Rally was slightly in excess of 1,300 coaches in total - - slightly more than 1/4 of the record attendance for an International Rally, but several hundered less than has been typical for recent International Rallys.

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Kevin please tell us more about Fowler Interiors, where are they and what do they do? Customize AS interiors perhaps?
Was your Free Wheeler group well represented?
Which trailer and which tow did you choose to use?
Fowler Interiors is operated by Arlene and Henry Fowler, and they have been restoring/refurbishing Airstream/Argosy interiors for more than 20 years. They are located in Symsonia, Kentucky about 20 minutes East of Paducah, Kentucky just a few minutes from the US 68 Exit on Interstate 24. Arlene and Henry have done both restorative work on my coaches as well as adding some custom touches -- I have always been very well pleased with the quality and durability of their work. They are regular advertisers in the Blue Beret, and can be contacted via e-mail at: fowlerinteriors@hcis.net .

The Free Wheelers Intra-Club was present, and Caravanned in the day before the VAC. They were parked in the 30 AMP section beside the VAC area -- in fact, I was parked next to the coach where the Free Wheelers had most of their four-o'clocks.

The Minuet was my coach of choice for the International, but the second-choice tow vehicle was called upon when the Cadillac chose to object to the task 10 miles into the trip toward the Mississippi River bridge to Missouri. The Cadillac goes back to the mechanic next week for remediation of the problem and should be towing to the Rocky Mountain VAC Rally later this month.

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And who and how are the future sites chosen?
Selection of the future site is usually a function of a committee chaired by the International First Vice President if my understanding is correct -- the International is often in the home region of the First Vice President, and often in their home state.

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Oh and is 30 amp service something that is usually not offered at Intl. Rally?

Flicka
The International Rally in Lansing, Michigan (2004) was the first International where 30 AMP service was offered as an option to all participants when pre-registering. Prior to Lansing, virtually everyone at the International Rally existed with the 3 AMP service.

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Greetings Doug and Jamie!

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I'd like to add my thanks for the reports from International. You all make it sound so fun and friendly. Shari, your pictures are great!

Can anyone tell me what, if any, activities there were for kids, whether teenagers or grade-school age? Were there many kids in attendance? Did anyone on the forum who attended have anyone in the under 18 set traveling with them?

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There is a WBCCI Youth Committee that plans daily activities for WBCCI Youth in attendance at the International Rally. The types of activities are widely varied and somewhat dependent upon the International Rally location. In the past, these activities have included such things as trips to amusement parks, water parks, theme parks, teen dances, etc. -- all of these planned activities are adult supervised/chaperoned. For the most part, the activities seem to be directed more toward school-aged children and older.

Each year, it seems like there are more children in attendance. Wisconsin Unit Past-President, Ed Emerick and his spouse Sandy were in attendance with their two teenaged daughters; Cleveland, Ohio Unit Past-President Scott Scheuermann and his spouse Lise were in attendance with their children (8-month-old daughter and 3-year-old son). There were at least two other families in the Vintage parking areas with children as well.

I don't know whether Ed or Scott are active on this Forum. I do know that they are both active on the VAL list, and Ed also participates on Hunter's Airstream list on Yahoo. There had to be several families in attendance with teenagers as there were 12 contestants in the Teen Queen Pageant with 14 escorts (all WBCCI Youth).

As a Free Wheelr, I have never attended with children; but have usually parked in close proximity to either the Emericks or the Scheuermanns so have been aware of the Youth activities. As a teacher, I have been impressed by the quality and quantity of the activities offered for the WBCCI Youth at the International Rally -- most of the activities seem to be targeted for children who are eight years old or older. I learned something new at this International Rally -- the WBCCI begins charging for children once the child reaches his/her fourth birthday -- the fee for next year was said to be $60.

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I wondered past the Bill Thomas dealer display. Lo and behold, there was the exact 2005 28' queen-bed Classic that I have been drooling over since I saw one last year. BT made me a great offer and a few hours later, the trailers were door to door and I was transferring stuff.
It's interesting to see the sales at a rally. Bill hosts a rally every two years at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. It attracts up to 300 units. What's interesting is the fact that in some cases not only has he sold the trailers that he brings up, in many cases the trade in's are also taken too. So the trailer he may return with will be the third trailer in the transaction.

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Lo and behold, there was the exact 2005 28' queen-bed Classic that I have been drooling over since I saw one last year. BT made me a great offer and a few hours later, the trailers were door to door and I was transferring stuff.
Congrats on your new trailer! Is your avatar a pic of the new trailer? I'm just confused because your avatar states it is a 2003 25' Classic but your note here says you purchased a 28'. Either way...nice trailer! I've had my eye on upgrading to a 25' Classic.
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Congrats on your new trailer! Is your avatar a pic of the new trailer? I'm just confused because your avatar states it is a 2003 25' Classic but your note here says you purchased a 28'. Either way...nice trailer! I've had my eye on upgrading to a 25' Classic.
The photo is of my 25 that I traded in. It will stay until I get a good photo of the new trailer (not that it looks that much different at that angle).

I just hadn't got around to updating my avitar. I'll do that now.
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