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Old 03-23-2007, 05:00 PM   #1
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Why the friction?

I'm a new member and don't wish to start an arguement for sure. From reading posts it seems some folks really like the WBCC and others prefer a group from this forum? Would some of you please help me understand what's going on. I've always said I wouldn't join a club that would have me as a member! Thanks for your help,
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Old 03-23-2007, 05:26 PM   #2
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Why not both?

Mike,

We enjoy the advantages of both. In Calif. there is a very strong Forum camping group. We have big Rallies and Notreallyarallyrallies where groups of us will go camp and have a great time together.

We also camp with the WBCCI of various Units and will be joining the Four Corners Unit in going to a balloon rally.

There are folks who camp with the WBCCI or the Forums but really why limit yourself?

Some folks are less than happy with the WBCCI International but most folks seem very happy with their local Units. So many pretty much ignore the International and have a lot of fun with the friends they have found in the Units.

You can have fun with both so don't limit yourself.
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Old 03-23-2007, 05:33 PM   #3
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hear hear

There are a ton of different reasons why people may love or hate the WBCC, and you'll find those reasons if you do a little searching on the forums and in other places on the web. However, you won't know whether you're happy in the club until you check out the experience for yourself. You may find you're happy with it, or not. The possibilities are so varied and so many that there's no doubt a place for you out there to rally, camp and have fun the way you like to.

California forum ralliers are the best, however.

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Old 03-23-2007, 05:35 PM   #4
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Why the friction?

There are a lot of Airstreamers and we each have our opinions.
I think almost all of us really admire Wally and the intrepid caravans that he lead.

The current WBCCI seems to have departed from this adventurous spirit. They like meetings, dress codes, flag etiquette, etc. This is OK for some.

Others, like me have chosen to start a new unit, the Four Corners Unit with the notion of just having fun camping. I think there is no need for friction. Each of us should be free to do our own things.

Pick a unit that suits you.

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I'm a new member and don't wish to start an arguement for sure. From reading posts it seems some folks really like the WBCC and others prefer a group from this forum? Would some of you please help me understand what's going on. I've always said I wouldn't join a club that would have me as a member! Thanks for your help,
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Old 03-23-2007, 06:21 PM   #5
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Thank you for the info. I have been reading posts here for a month, but I feel like I've only scratched the surface.
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Old 03-23-2007, 08:35 PM   #6
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Mike----The discussions you see here on this forum are mostly about dissatisification with the top leaders of the club. These leaders focus most of their time on the big annual rally which they plan and control. It moves around the US and is usually a long drive for most who attend. A small percentage of the membership attends this annual summer event. Approx 1 in 7 or so.

The typical camping trips in our local areas are planned and organized by local folks. Look up the local group (unit) nearest you. Check them out. Go camping with them. If you like one of these groups, then you can make an informed choice to join the WBCCI and the local unit or not.

Enjoy the camping experiences and the new friends you will make and don't worry about the rest of it.
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Old 03-23-2007, 08:50 PM   #7
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Just when I wasn't sure whether or not to renew my never-used WBCCI membership,I met the most delightful bunch of folks at a stopover at 29Palms, CA. The San Diego unit (www.airstreamsandiego.com) had one of their monthly rallies there, invited me to happy hour, fed me, treated me like one of theirs, and then actually stayed in touch after their rally was over.
Now what?
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There are a lot of Airstreamers and we each have our opinions.
I think almost all of us really admire Wally and the intrepid caravans that he lead.

The current WBCCI seems to have departed from this adventurous spirit. They like meetings, dress codes, flag etiquette, etc. This is OK for some.

Others, like me have chosen to start a new unit, the Four Corners Unit with the notion of just having fun camping. I think there is no need for friction. Each of us should be free to do our own things.

Pick a unit that suits you.
What is there dress code, flag etiquette, and etc, can you list there bylaws.....
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Just when I wasn't sure whether or not to renew my never-used WBCCI membership,I met the most delightful bunch of folks at a stopover at 29Palms, CA. The San Diego unit (www.airstreamsandiego.com) had one of their monthly rallies there, invited me to happy hour, fed me, treated me like one of theirs, and then actually stayed in touch after their rally was over.
Now what?
Just when I thought I was out they pull me back in!
You know what to do! Have fun! Follow your heart.
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Just when I wasn't sure whether or not to renew my never-used WBCCI membership,I met the most delightful bunch of folks at a stopover at 29Palms, CA. The San Diego unit (www.airstreamsandiego.com) had one of their monthly rallies there, invited me to happy hour, fed me, treated me like one of theirs, and then actually stayed in touch after their rally was over.
Now what?
"Now what?" Go man go! Invite the rest of us too.
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:48 PM   #11
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newbie too

I'll plead ignorance too regarding the apparent contriversies over membership and rules. Seems to me that WBCCI and the Forums are like eating family style at a Chinese restaurant... take what you like and leave the rest for others. Usually, everyone leaves with a full stomach.
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We like both the WBCCI and the Forums and belong to both. We are not real big "joiners". We kinda prefer that Forums Rallies. We plan to remain members of both.
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Definate preferences....

Hello all -

Been to both WBCCI and Forums rallies. Have a DEFINATE preference... but then that is MY preference.... you need to find yours.

Try everything, then choose what you like.

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From what I've read it seems fair to say the WBCCI is the more formal group group compared to the Forum group. Since I'm a refugee from a bar-b-que pit, I think I'll try the forum group first. I really appreciate the replies to help a new person!
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