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Old 03-09-2010, 06:48 AM   #1
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TAC - Are You Different?

TAC (The Airstreamers Club) are you any different from AirForums?

Many don' t see how you are different other than the birthday bash. AirForums has numbers, TAC has numbers. AirForums has informal rallies (campouts). TAC has the birthday bash. TAC uses the AirForums for communication.

So TAC are you really any different?
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:23 AM   #2
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I'm different...
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:36 AM   #3
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TAC....it's a military thing.
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AirForums has numbers, TAC has numbers. AirForums has informal rallies (campouts). TAC has the birthday bash. TAC uses the AirForums for communication.....So TAC are you really any different?
TAC and AIR are very different animals. AIR is an online community and the Forums are a comprehensive repository for information, photos, technical data, other resources, etc. It is the first place I go to find out anything about Airstreams and if it isn't already in the archives I know I can ask without appearing to be ignorant. The "campouts" are just an added feature that I may never enjoy simply because I live in a part of this country where there may never be any of these get-togethers.

On the other hand TAC appears to be a free-form "no B.S." association of people who don't want the formality and other attributes of the WBCCI club. I also feel that the only requesite for "membership" should be a sincere interest in Airstreams and ownership not required. TAC has its own Yahoo group but I see it isn't being used very much. However it is not totally reliant on AIR for communications.

See my posting in your other thread on the subject of the durability of TAC for my feelings on why the WBCCI is not for me:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f505...tml#post821162

Will it last? I think so because with no dues comes no expectations. I hope it will. I am proud to be VT-1.

On the other hand AIR encompasses all areas of interest in Airstream. My perception of TAC is that many of the members are primarily interested in vintage Airstream trailers is my which is my area of interest. I think it is far preferable to have a nice restored 43 year-old Caravel than no Airstream at all because I could never justify spending 55K and up on a new one.

No one is saying that one entity is better than any other and I can only speak for myself on this question. Both AIR and TAC meet my needs in different ways. I would have never found our beloved 1968 Caravel if it weren't for AIRFORUMS and the friend I met pointed me to it. I'd still be looking or given up long ago.

I am very thankful for both resources that help me enjoy my wonderful Airstream trailer even more.
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Old 03-09-2010, 01:50 PM   #5
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Ok how does TAC differ from the rally's organized here at AirForums.

Think about The Can Opener 30 to 60+ units show up for the past 4 years.
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Old 03-10-2010, 07:25 AM   #6
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There are TAC members who are not AirForums members, so I suppose that's one way they are different.
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:26 PM   #8
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Apples and oranges. Airforums is an established online community. TAC is a brand new Airstream club.

It may help to think of it like this. Let's say there's a neighborhood taven where people go to drink, have a snack, etc. And let's say some of the people who may know one another from the bar decide to put together a softball team. The bar doesn't sponsor the team. The team doesn't play its games at the bar. You can play without ever stepping foot inside the bar; and you have a cold beer without an obligation to play softball. The Forum is a place to meet and talk; TAC happens out in the real world... or so I think.
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Apples and oranges. Airforums is an established online community. TAC is a brand new Airstream club.

It may help to think of it like this. Let's say there's a neighborhood taven where people go to drink, have a snack, etc. And let's say some of the people who may know one another from the bar decide to put together a softball team. The bar doesn't sponsor the team. The team doesn't play its games at the bar. You can play without ever stepping foot inside the bar; and you have a cold beer without an obligation to play softball. The Forum is a place to meet and talk; TAC happens out in the real world... or so I think.
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Robert:

You say it is a military thing. I sure hope nobody calls Reveille in the morning and has us do roll call during a TAC get together. I am not up for a 15 mile back pack hike and thank you sir may I have another.

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Old 03-12-2010, 01:22 AM   #11
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Lothlorian- Oh man did that one hit home. You gave me the laugh I haven't had in years. When I first joined WBCCI 9 years ago and was part of another unit, (NOT NEU) we were so heavily organized in our Rallies they had to print an itinerary, complete with breakfast, lunch, happier hours and all. The breakfast and coffee were gone and cleaned up by 9am. Sacrilege to an Italian who has an all day love affair with coffee. This at some point may have served a purpose if you trying to move people out to a daytime activity as a group but that didn’t seem to be the case. They just thought this was how rallies were suppose to be based on tradition.

Attending rallies like this was more like work for me than a relaxing weekend. I stopped attending rallies like this and stpped offering to host rallies because of it. Now more units are looking at less rigid practices. So look out TAC if this was to be the case I would move on.
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It may help to think of it like this. Let's say there's a neighborhood taven where people go to drink, have a snack, etc. And let's say some of the people who may know one another from the bar decide to put together a softball team. The bar doesn't sponsor the team. The team doesn't play its games at the bar. You can play without ever stepping foot inside the bar; and you have a cold beer without an obligation to play softball. The Forum is a place to meet and talk; TAC happens out in the real world... or so I think.
This is a good analogy but I still don't get it. If the Forum is the bar and the team is rallies, friendship, etc. - all that already existed right here. There were plenty of teams going to rallies all over the country. Nobody is obliged to go. Nobody is obliged to pay dues. Nobody is obliged to get up when the trumpet blasts. There are people from the forums meeting and going camping one, two, three rigs at a time and sometimes 30 plus. That's all very real world to me.

Now it seems there are a group of people (who, for whatever good intentioned reasons) are diluting the knowledge and the spirit of the forum community by "meeting" in other places. Sort of like this... I like going to this bar and I like the softball team I played on but I think I'll go make my own softball team and I may or may not come back to this bar 'cause I may just want to go my own way and do my own thing.

Ultimately, all that's okay. Hey it's the 21st century - do you own thing.

TAC is seemingly created because people were unhappy with the "other bar" not the forums bar and the forums teams. Why splinter the forums and the forums teams?

There are already other AS groups out there (not airforums) on the web that do real world things. They meet, they have fun. Do we really need another?

Okay, turn on the flamethrowers!

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This is a good analogy but I still don't get it. If the Forum is the bar and the team is rallies, friendship, etc. - all that already existed right here. There were plenty of teams going to rallies all over the country. Nobody is obliged to go. Nobody is obliged to pay dues. Nobody is obliged to get up when the trumpet blasts. There are people from the forums meeting and going camping one, two, three rigs at a time and sometimes 30 plus. That's all very real world to me.

Now it seems there are a group of people (who, for whatever good intentioned reasons) are diluting the knowledge and the spirit of the forum community by "meeting" in other places. Sort of like this... I like going to this bar and I like the softball team I played on but I think I'll go make my own softball team and I may or may not come back to this bar 'cause I may just want to go my own way and do my own thing.

Ultimately, all that's okay. Hey it's the 21st century - do you own thing.

TAC is seemingly created because people were unhappy with the "other bar" not the forums bar and the forums teams. Why splinter the forums and the forums teams?

There are already other AS groups out there (not airforums) on the web that do real world things. They meet, they have fun. Do we really need another?

Okay, turn on the flamethrowers!

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Soon we can go camping and those with a virtual airstream can continue to etc... etc...etc...
For one thing there is no requirement to have ever gone camping in anyway to be on the forum and express a length opinion about camping, camping clubs, Airstream, Airstreams new and old, WBCCI, TAC, etc. Somethings it's the old garbage in garbage out fedish that keeps some threads going, while going camping is a culinary delight.
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For me, TAC was formed in the spirit of spite, but in the lust for camping. Its future will surely belong to the latter sentiment, not to the former, yet the current "membership drive" depends much too strongly on spite rather than lust.

But I certainly agree with the OP and fail to see the individual benefit of TAC over Airforums. In a sense, though, TAC is very parasitic on Airforums: Without the latter, the former probably wouldn't exist, nor will it continue to exist for long without. (There's no criticism here; a couple of other groupings also strongly depend on Airforums for their activity, I think.)


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