View Poll Results: Why did leave WBCCI ?
Cost to much 10 21.74%
Not enough value for the membership fee 17 36.96%
To many rules 18 39.13%
I don't need to belong to group to enjoy camping 22 47.83%
Bad experience 9 19.57%
Other reason(s) 9 19.57%
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:33 PM   #71
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As a founding president and current member of a WBCCI member, Let me give you my opinion!

I'll ask you once to consider joining. If you don't, I'll be disappointed, then I'll probably have another beer with you.

In the end, I hope you would consider the WBCCI, but if not, no big deal. No skin off my back.

Now if you CONTINUALLY throw the subject in my face and bad mouth the WBCCI, I'm probably going to step up and defend the club. Or, I might not give a crap and I'll move my chair at the campfire.

Ever notice that a large amount of folks that argue about the WBCCI are not members but still insist on stirring the pot? I think a lot of them just like seeing their names on the forums.

Also, I really never though it would happen to me, but I browse these forums less and less. I use to read it every morning and after dinner. Now, I just casually click over here now and then.
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Old 08-19-2015, 01:05 PM   #72
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Keeping to the Question

We left WBCCI not because the members but because of the rules, rules and more rules; the formal requirements, ties, hats, dressing up while camping in a parking lot was not our idea of fun. We still work and I don't want to dress up on while camping on my days off.

I think poor Wally intended WBCCI to be about enjoying his trailers (and creating a desire to own one!). Not sure that is how WBCCI functions now. Wally was really ahead of his time with product promotion by creating the WBCCI. Today, WBCCI itself seem to have lost that focus. The fact that the caravans are often sold out really shows WBCCI's strength. It would be interesting to see how much of the WBCCI leadership as actually lead a caravan! Other enthusiasts have gotten ahead of both WBCCI and Airstream with this forum, other magazines, and new media. I wonder if Wally would have had the foresight to see the value and leverage them for the WBCCI. Wonder when and how he would have incorporated these into the business and the club.

I wish success on WBCCI and hope that the club changes with the times. I hope that WBCCI utilizes a potentially untapped resource (the children of the membership) to help keep WBCCI relevant with the younger generation. One day I hope I will become interested again in joining WBCCI while enjoying my Airstream and camping.

I wish all the best to the new WBCCI President and the First Lady, and will not try to read anything into a few words he writes in a letter to the club. I am sure he will make people upset but will hopefully make positive changes to help the WBCCI. Change is hard but required to keep WBCCI relevant!

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Old 08-19-2015, 01:26 PM   #73
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My unit, NOVA, has one rule. We don't discuss business on campouts.

I guess we do have other rules. Be sure to leave the corkscrew on the picnic table and don't knock on trailer doors that have a sock on them....... (long story)

Formal wear for us means wearing your good flip flops to dinner.
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Old 08-19-2015, 01:43 PM   #74
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So you require flipflops! What about bare feet.?
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Old 08-19-2015, 01:52 PM   #75
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So you require flipflops! What about bare feet.?
Rules are one thing, standards are another!

No one wants to see some sausage toe old guy feet while enjoying a sloppy joe and a bud light.
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I guess my standards are pretty low. Your group sure seems like a fun bunch! On edit, haven't seen my toes since I grew my beard.
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I haven't seen my toes since the previously mentioned sloppy joes......
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Old 08-19-2015, 04:28 PM   #78
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I find all this fascinating, in a bad way. We are soon buying our first Airstream. Seen the red numbers for years but had no idea so much would be involved with deciding if I wanted them or not. On the surface, seems so obviously interesting and fun to take the family out for the weekend in Airstream and hang out with a bunch of fellow Airstreamers. Naive perhaps, as it sounds far more complicated than I would have imagined.


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Old 08-19-2015, 04:50 PM   #79
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Dan it can be either. Difficult or easy.

Take all the back and forth in these threads with a grain of salt.

If you join you get your red numbers and you can participate or not in any functions.

We joined out of tradition and the history. We have our red numbers (although not on yet) and joined a local Unit for occasional camping comraderie.

It really is that easy.
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That appeals to us as well, tradition, history, and camaraderie. But with the rigidity and negativity (broadly speaking) I've seen mentioned on countless old threads, and now this one, I'm hesitant to take my small kids and wife to any WBCCI Rally, event, etc.

Sounds more like an organization for folks with one foot in the grave based on reports here. Somehow thinking structure equates to purpose. Or does that structure simply take away the energy required to be creative and adaptable? The purpose in camping is to have fun. Well, to me at any rate.

Activities for kids (that they actually enjoy), lawn games like horse shoe contest with cold beer in early afternoon with a little classic rock in background, a pig pickin, a fish fry, some live music on Sat night, that sounds fun.

Watermelon contest and water guns and slip n slides around the lawn for the kids. They could run parallel corn hole competitions near parents at time of horse shoe contests.

Themed nights regarding music such as beach music (shag dancing), country/bluegrass, and Motown, stuff that crosses generations and endures.

Some adult, older adult, activities of course as well. Participating members should be choosing said activities and voting on a thread/poll here prior to each event. Something for everyone is all I'm suggesting. Our 'real' life offers all the structure and rigidity we can stand.

Hopefully I'm misguided, but I have not read anything that suggest WBCCI does anything to attract, nor retain, young families like ours. Might revisit this idea later if any reason to join surfaces. At the moment, a reason for us to join appears a white elephant.


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You can believe what everyone else says or you can make up your own mind based on your experiences. Check out the South East Camping unit.

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That appeals to us as well, tradition, history, and camaraderie. But with the rigidity and negativity (broadly speaking) I've seen mentioned on countless old threads, and now this one, I'm hesitant to take my small kids and wife to any WBCCI Rally, event, etc.

Sounds more like an organization for folks with one foot in the grave based on reports here. Somehow thinking structure equates to purpose. The purpose in camping is to have fun. Well, to me at any rate.

Activities for kids (that they actually enjoy), lawn games like horse shoe contest with cold beer in early afternoon, a pig pickin, a fish fry, some live music on Sat night, that sounds fun.

Themed nights regarding music such as beach music (shag dancing), country/bluegrass, and Motown, stuff that crosses generations and endures.

Some adult, older adult, activities of course as well. Something for everyone is all I'm suggesting. Our 'real' life offers all the structure and rigidity we can stand.

Hopefully I'm misguided, but I have not read anything that suggest WBCCI does anything to attract, nor retain, young families like ours. Might revisit this idea later if any reason to join surfaces. At the moment, a reason for us to join appears a white elephant.


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Hey Dan, rest easy. You have just described Alumalina. When you come, you will see the best of the WBCCI members, mixed with the best of the non members, all together, all having a fantastic time. One big, happy family. You will not be able to distinguish members from non members.

Then you can decide for yourself whether or not to join.
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I can tell you from experience that WBCCI Units are as different as their members want them to be. I have been a member of one of the more traditional units, serving in various capacities. I am a founding member of one of the least traditional. You should visit several units before making a decision. You have numerous opportunities coming this fall.

The WBCCI.org web page as a schedule of rallies. One of those, which will give you a taste of a number of different units, is the Carolinas Mountain Jamboree. This event will be held at Palmetto Cove in October.

You will find the details here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...ng-133334.html

There will be members from a number of units in the southeast. You do NOT have to join to attend. I think you will decide to join before you leave. Send me a PM if you have any additional questions.

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I didn't join right away, because I wasn't aware of a local unit.
Come to find out, the man 2 doors down is president of the Mississippi Unit.
So far, I've only been to one WBCCI rally and we really enjoyed it.
I joined in part to get the big red numbers.
I think you get out of anything what you expect- if you expect it to be fun, it will.


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