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Old 08-11-2015, 06:42 AM   #71
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If you're a "need to be a member if a club" kind of person then you'll want to join....
If you're not a "need to be a member of a club" kind of person then you'll most likely not join a club. It's a personal decision only you can make. If you're unsure, try it for a season and see if its a good fit!

You certainly don't have to join if you own an Airstream. I was a member for nearly 30 years, had varying amounts of fun. Now that I'm no longer a member, I find myself doing more now that I'm a full timer, than I ever did with the WBCCI!
I find fun and adventure wherever I am, don't need group activities to enjoy my Airstreams or travel!
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Old 08-11-2015, 07:54 AM   #72
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So some who don't want to be in a club have their own rockdockings or whatever and first thing they do is invite anyone interested to attend? Huh? Is it because they want control of the situation? They can be the boss? Nothing wrong with wanting control, as long as those controlling realize that. Criticize a large club by forming your own small club informally. My opinion.
With all due respect, avionstream, I must come to limited defense of the Eklunds....altho Ray is capable of speaking for himself, and I'm sure will.

The rockdocking adventure in July drew many more interested than Ray expected, and was also the first time they had met anyone on these Forums.

They are not hunter-gatherers of fellow Airstreamers with which to camp, nor anyone with which to camp, nor creating a private club.....but made a decision to offer to share with interested Forums members some specific knowledge and a few remote areas they had discovered and loved.

I was there, and had the pleasure of getting to know these two a bit.


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Old 08-11-2015, 08:37 AM   #73
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After almost 30 years, I declined to renew my membership.

It appears that the folks at the top of the ladder, make decisions that all to many members disagree with, based on the facts of years of improper financial management.

If the wheels like it, then so be it. If the wheels did not like it, in spite of member feedbacks, it was done anyways.

Proper management of any club, basically starts with pleasing the majority of it's members.

That, unfortunately, was the case all to many times, with the biggest being failure to properly manage the groups funds. Those funds were to support the members at large, and not the top of the management.

Rallies, with a guaranteed poor turn out, that could have been cancelled, were not. The bottom line result was poor member attendance, but favorable management attendance. That, in itself, caused a loss of substantial funds.

I speak for myself, in that I do not wish to be supportive of any group that cares for the managers, and disregards the member feedback, especially when it comes to spending money.

Whose money??? The members, not the wheels.

Yes, times can be tough for any club, but when financial problems starring in one's face, get kicked to the curb, with zero attempts to correct, then I am sorry, but I choose not to be supportive of it.

I will continue to be an active part and supporter of the Corona animal shelter, the Arizona Memorial and the Midway aircraft carrier. They all show superior financial and administrative management, and have for many years.

Any club grows in time, as WBCCI did for many years, and then, suddenly went south.

It was, over many years, a very good place to be a part of a very nice rally. and then, sadly, went BOOM.

Perhaps someday, they will strive to bring back the goodies, and shelf the baddies.

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Old 08-11-2015, 09:57 AM   #74
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:11 AM   #75
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I probably enjoy rays posts more than most. He speaks from experience and adventure. I only commented on an observation, not criticizing. Wanting to do what one wants, when one wants to is controlling the situation, that's not necessarily bad. Sorry if I offended.
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As a lowly prospective owner, the camaraderie of the rallies and caravans is one of the chief reasons we're interested in an AS. Let's face it, from a technical aspect they are NOT "top of the line". Whether or not we join WBCCI remains to be seen, and I find these discussions illuminating, but the "social aspect" of AS ownership is a huge draw for us.




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Old 08-11-2015, 11:03 AM   #77
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I stand by my statements. my opinions.
Of course, and I would do the same.

I was not in the slightest bit offended, just clarifying a bit, from my slightly informed perspective.


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Old 08-11-2015, 11:40 AM   #78
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I probably enjoy rays posts more than most. He speaks from experience and adventure. I only commented on an observation, not criticizing. Wanting to do what one wants, when one wants to is controlling the situation, that's not necessarily bad. Sorry if I offended.
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Thank you Maggie for expressing your opinion.

I have no animosity towards Avionstream for comments from an earlier post. I am sure avionstream has never put in the many days and financial investment required of me, bringing a group of Airstream owners out of their comfort zone. This I did on my time and my expense at no cost to anyone, other than taking care of their own expenses.

I am doubtful if any other Airstream owner has made a similar effort, unless there was a profit to be made. This trip was a spontaneous Thread, expecting three or four individuals even finding this remotely interesting at best.

What I discovered even on this "voluntary adventure", those attending WANTED organization and someone to be the responsible "leader". My wife even purchased "adhesive name tags" so everyone could remember names of people not knowing one another. The intent was anyone could come and go at will. Stay as long as you wanted or depart if nothing was appealing.

From this experience, I now understand how complicated WBCCI events can develop and the cost to attend does not cover the time given up by individuals needed to keep everything running smoothly.

If something went wrong, I had to get it back on track. If there were a problem, I had to intervene. If something changed, I had to make it work. If it began to rain, I had to get the word out to get the h**l out before we get stuck in the back country. Not the usual routine when I do this automatically when off the grid, by ourselves.

Surprisingly... it all worked out among individuals of all experience levels, making this such an enjoyable venture. Other than some dog issues... there were as many dogs running loose in the forest as people. Dogs running loose in the forest and at the campsite was a memorable experience for dog and owner alike. Maggie's dog, Lily, became everyone's friend. Dog and human alike.

This was a very simple trip for my wife and I. With a group, it was much more complicated. Specific times needed to be kept. Ride sharing for those who wanted to offer, had to be taken care of. Keeping individuals from getting lost was always in the back of my mind. Being responsible, without getting too Drill Instructor, was required. (Those of you going through Boot Camp understand what I mean about DI's.) Sometimes decisions had to be made at the spur of the moment. All of this sure brought back my military experiences of keeping things running smoothly.
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Old 08-11-2015, 12:26 PM   #79
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A NON Rally... 2016 Event to Wyoming

This will, if ever coming to be an actual event, become a Non Rally Event of Boondocking central and northwest Wyoming.

Possibly putting together at the end of 2015 and early 2016, I had been asked to open up a basket of campsites for a Wyoming Experience. This adventure is not sponsored by anyone, any organization or even suggested to be pleasant for most Airstream or wheeled camping enthusiasts.

One late afternoon during the Quemado, NM Boondocking trip, several of us sat down and laid pennies on a Wyoming map for a 7 to 10 day route. Brent and Richard are names that come to mind, but they have an option to deny even being in attendance.

The trip, to be polite, would begin at Laramie, Wyoming at the Territorial Prison parking lot and end up somewhere near Pinedale, Wyoming into the Red Desert region. Prison is a good place to stop and visit just to get a introduction of what could be awaiting at other campsites.

People can drop off toward the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone for the bland tourist option of the trip. I prefer to be on the non tourist route, no crowds and bear are not part of the public petting option in the parks.

Since this would be a terrible comparison to a professional WBCCI tour, this will be posted under Boondocking, Forum permitting. First, it has to be totally made up from scratch but appear to be well thought out, which it could... or may not be at all.

There is no limit of the number of dogs. Space in some areas may be limited for trailers, unless fitting in tightly from time to time is not too offensive. If you want to pay the Wyoming fishing license for daily or an annual permit... you are in the "small less than 14" trout streams" with plenty of State Fish Hatchery fish that are easy to catch and release if you prefer.

You will get wet from crossing streams. You will, from the last two years of traveling, discover rain is possible. You will need to be flexible for whatever might happen and detours found to be worth visiting. This is off the grid for the most part. On the Grid camping will be an accident at best. You will survive. If not, our condolence to surviving family members who took directions, seriously.

This is to avoid the "negativity" some have said this thread expresses. Which is far from the truth... or at least considering the political atmosphere this is as good as it can get. This is a Wally Byam event. Not a facsimile at a RV Park grounds with full hookups.

Wally Byam traveled to explore, not reside at a location, catered food and mixed drinks as the main event. This is a WBRD... Wally Byam Rock Docking true adventure. Wally Byam did not telephone ahead to make it pretty and comfortable ahead for camp.

So, off the deep end I go again. We still have a lot of blank name tags to offer. I guarantee that you will experience an adventure to places that only highly paid outfitters would attempt. If you want to complain, there is no department of complaints. You get what you are paying for.

If I never do this again... I should have learned from my first attempt. Had the Quemado, NM Boondocking adventure not been so much fun, I would not even consider Wyoming to break in some new faces and trailers. The information packet will be about the dimensions of a postage stamp. What you will get? Whatever Wyoming and a former resident has plans for you to regret.... attending.
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Old 08-11-2015, 12:30 PM   #80
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I am not remotely interested in WBBCI's leadership or beauracracy. From a comfortable distance it all seems very similar to most large organizations. I joined in order to become involved with the Oregon Unit and their activities - which I have found to be great fun. Similar to Ray's outing, folks on the ground work really hard to keep things running smoothly and I tip my hat to them.

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Old 08-11-2015, 12:50 PM   #82
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One late afternoon during the Quemado, NM Boondocking trip, several of us sat down and laid pennies on a Wyoming map for a 7 to 10 day route. Brent and Richard are names that come to mind, but they have an option to deny even being in attendance.

The trip, to be polite, would begin at Laramie, Wyoming at the Territorial Prison parking lot and end up somewhere near Pinedale, Wyoming into the Red Desert region. Prison is a good place to stop and visit just to get a introduction of what could be awaiting at other campsites.
Nope, nope, I have no idea what you're talking about. Wasn't there, you're crazy.

Actually that's more detail than I remember. Red Desert??? Oh boy, I can give a great tour of some lovely oil and gas wells. Just kidding, it'll be fun, and way different than most folks are accustomed to. We can park all the campers around the tree, for shade.
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As I see it, the biggest problem with WBCCI's organizational structure is that it absolutely ensures that any problem that can't be solved in one year cannot be solved at all, ever. Because the issues important to this year's president is meaningless to next year's president, and apparently only the President can appoint committees to address problems. So if the committee isn't done in a year, the next president will abolish the committee.

And of course the many "standing" committees— that can't be formed or abolished from one year to the next— mostly aren't organized to solve the club's problems; they're organized to maintain the status quo, in other words to perpetuate the problems. Honestly, twenty standing committees, and when they present their reports at the IBT, the only one apparently making any progress at all toward positive change is the Electronic Communication Committee. The others, they just always seem to keep doing what they've been doing.
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yes, that would be the correct way to go about it.
gather data, gather more data...then research it some more. Eventually, you might actually fix the damn trailer. (just don't hold your breath).
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Greetings, fellow Meyer-Briggs INTJ personality type!

We're such a rare type (probably under 2% of the population) that maybe it would be fun to have our own separate rally..... of course, after considerable analysis, and probably putting each of us in separate campgrounds.
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