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Old 06-11-2016, 09:01 PM   #15
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To join, are you required to put the red numbers on your trailer?
Most do. Some don't. If you're at a big rally or on a caravan it's usually best to display the numbers, but you can do that by means of a temporary sign in your front window if you like. The numbers don't need to be permanently attached.

There are several threads here on the Forums regarding different ways to display WBCCI numbers.
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Old 06-11-2016, 10:05 PM   #16
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Not required to put red numbers on trailer to join. Are required to display the numbers if you attend a national or other large rally. Some people put them on a placard in the window.

Should you join? How old are you and what do you like to do? We belong so that we can go on the caravans. The WBCCI caravans are really good. The International meeting does not have much to offer a newcomer. As some one mentioned it serves a business meeting and training meeting for caravan leaders and many attend just as a get together with friends from past caravans. There is some entertainment and diversions but those are minimal and not the purpose for attending. Some members never attend the International, some go once, and about 1500 go every year and many of them work hard to make it happen.
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Old 06-11-2016, 10:41 PM   #17
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We have been WBCCI members for ten years, and intend to remain members. We are not congregators, but have attended several district rallies. We have visited a number of the Airstream only RV parks. We have the Big Red Numbers display on our Airstream. We feel that the Big Red Numbers are kind of like Pink Flamingos. They are just an integral part of an Airstream.

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Old 06-12-2016, 04:20 AM   #18
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Are you considering full timing in your Airstream. If so you might find the remaining Airstream parks worth the cost of membership. Beyond that your insight is hard to dispute.

Very few of the Airstream parks require WBCCI membership to stay overnight. Some Airstream Parks are owned by WBCCI units, but most of those do not require membership in the club to stay overnight. Others are owned by individual Airstreamers who purchase stock in the park. The independent Airstream parks allow anyone with an Airstream or Argosy unit to visit.

With the exception of the park in Arizona, all Airstream Parks welcome overnight Airstream visitors. The Arizona park is for the exclusive use of its member owners. Check each park's website before visiting to see if it requires WBCCI membership. If you have pets, also check the park's pet policy. While most welcome pets, at least one does not.

If you haven't stayed in an Airstream park, give it a try. We've visited four of the parks and were made to feel extremely welcome at each one.


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Old 06-12-2016, 07:10 AM   #19
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Random thoughts..from a non member.

Although, I am in a camping/music club.

#1 You can be a member of both clubs

#2 If you make just one true friend…it would be worth joining.

#3 Yes…you will have Airstreams in common, but more importantly, you will be around people who want to be around people. Of course, if you also want solitude, you can always go boon docking every once in a while.
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Old 06-12-2016, 11:50 AM   #20
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We bought used a couple of years ago and knew nothing about WBCCI. When we found out earlier this year of the forming of a new Utah unit, Utah's Wasatch AS Club, we joined. We're planning to help define what our unit will be, but it's off to a great start already (we have great unit leadership; that's you, Ben and Julie.) We may eventually participate in surrounding area units also, as we have already met really great folks from other units like Four Corners.

There's a real social upside to Airstreaming, something we're just now learning more about, but we are already making new friends and developing a network of contacts with lots of helpful info.

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Old 06-25-2016, 11:04 PM   #21
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We just bought our first AS and have been looking at the WBCCI to join. We are Escapees having been fulltImers and enjoy the org. Benefits. After some online searching and based on the yearly fees ,it seems to us the WBCCI is very old fashion,very regimented (militaristic) , have a very poor newsletter/mag and seems to have some very bitter infighting. Could we be seeing this wrong based on the info we have found or is this a pretty good org.? Our dealer would not give us much information. Also,Looking at the cost of their Natl rally for what you get seemed really high based on other large rally's we have attended. Any helpful discussion would be appreciated.
Good question! I've recently received my packet and think I joined the HOTC, but haven't attended any events yet and will be heading to the PNW soon.
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Old 06-26-2016, 06:12 AM   #22
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Dealers have nothing to do with the club. The international rally is a modified business meeting.
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Old 06-26-2016, 06:43 AM   #23
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Dealers have nothing to do with the club.
I do know one dealer who personally owns multiple Airstreams and belongs to WBCCI. But he's a member as an individual, not as a business.

As an aside— I'm at the International Rally in Lewisburg, WV. I've been wearing my official WBCCI blue beret every day, just to be different. This is day 7 of my attendance, there are over 500 Airstreams in attendance as of yesterday, and so far I haven't seen anyone else wearing one. Maybe the IBT members wore theirs at their candlelight meeting during the power outage on Friday, but I didn't attend so I don't know. So unlike in the past, wearing the beret is the exception rather than the rule. This is a good thing for everyone who has ever complained about attending a rally and being bossed around by beret-wearing martinets. Now the martinets (if there are any) are wearing baseball caps like normal people.
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Old 06-26-2016, 07:03 AM   #24
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I went to my first rally a year after buying the trailer. I was really pumped to see all the Airstreams. The group who greeted me (volunteer parkers) were great. Friendly. Then when I started the events it was awful. Bossy people. One even started up on me, "I know your kind...," when I questioned something. This happened twice. Needless to say I was happy to leave. Then when exiting and dumping tanks. More friendly people approached me and asked me to consider joining. My final thoughts were mixed.

If I were retired, I would join for the parks and the benefit of being able to go with the group.
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Old 06-26-2016, 03:32 PM   #25
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rodsterinfl - Your experience sounds just like the forum. Everything from helpful to opinionated, considerate to accusatory, ignorant to expert, factual to fact-free, humorous to prickly... Find the folks you want to interact with and enjoy your travels. I'd suggest the SECU as a group to sample.
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Old 06-26-2016, 03:42 PM   #26
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rodsterinfl - Your experience sounds just like the forum. Everything from helpful to opinionated, considerate to accusatory, ignorant to expert, factual to fact-free, humorous to prickly... Find the folks you want to interact with and enjoy your travels. I'd suggest the SECU as a group to sample.
Not only does it sound like the people on the forum, it sounds just like society in general. I think we all hope that "our" group will be different. But it's made up of a cross section of society.

Personally I like the often quoted, but not followed enough, Golden Rule. Somehow it seems to have become politically incorrect in recent years!
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My first unit lost my after two days of a 4 day rally. All they cared about was politics and allowing SOB MOHOs in the club. Hours of discussion every day. I finally had enough and left the morning of day 3. My current unit the SECU focuses on camping and happy fellowship. Annual business meeting and election takes 5 minutes. No one is expected or encouraged to dress in a uniform and wear the beret unless the want too. I had one person in my first unit actually ask me why I was not wearing a white shirt and a red tie. What an idiot as far as I was concerned.
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Old 06-26-2016, 07:26 PM   #28
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We have been WBCCI Members for ten years now. We recently got our second red star up next to our big red numbers.

We have never been to an International Rally. Over the years we have attended one unit rally in Texas and the Balloon Fiesta Rally in Albuquerque in 2008.

We are just not congregators. We enjoy meeting other Airstreamers, but prefer one on one encounters.

We enjoy our membership from a distance. We have camped at many of the Airstream only campgrounds and enjoyed each visit except the one in Olympia, Washington .

We will remain members to support the organization even though we don't partake in most of the events and activities.

On the Airstream Adventure that we currently are on , we have already met and spent some time with a former WBCCI National Recording Secretary at a campground in West Virginia.

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