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Old 02-08-2007, 10:31 AM   #15
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I would rather have a newer Airstream than the VAC constitution allows so if I get a badge that says vintage edition will I be a full member and get to be your leader, so I can be with my friends? OK?
In all seriousness, you are more than welcome as an associate member with any kind of Airstream.

Now. . . (in all unseriousness) maybe we should consider allowing "Vintage Editions" into full membership. Requirements for converting a new Airstream to "Vintage Edition" might include,

1. Take a ball peen hammer and beat exterior of trailer repeatedly to produce small dents resembling past hail damage.

2. Culture some algae on the shell to give it that green "vintage patina" [Maybe some biologist can tell us what the heck kind of algae that stuff is that likes to grow on aluminum?!]

3. Encourage mice to nest in your Airstream so you can have the usual vintage assortment of mouse dropping in out-of-the-way corners.

4. Add a drain to your graywater (excuse me, "wash water") tank so you can let it out on the ground like real vintage trailers.

With all that you won't need a "Vintage Edition" sticker. . . you'll be one of us!

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Old 02-08-2007, 11:08 AM   #16
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The crisis point for the vintage club will be when the square white box airstreams are old enough to qualify for full membership.
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:42 AM   #17
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The crisis point for the vintage club will be when the square white box airstreams are old enough to qualify for full membership.
Not in the least. Anybody who can keep one of those on the road for 25 years has got my respect!
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:45 AM   #18
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The crisis point for the vintage club will be when the square white box airstreams are old enough to qualify for full membership.
That would be 2014, just 7 years away. I wonder how many of the 860 motorhome owners have one of that age? Not including classics, of course.

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Old 02-08-2007, 12:09 PM   #19
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Wheel,


In all seriousness, you are more than welcome as an associate member with any kind of Airstream.

Now. . . (in all unseriousness) maybe we should consider allowing "Vintage Editions" into full membership. Requirements for converting a new Airstream to "Vintage Edition" might include,

1. Take a ball peen hammer and beat exterior of trailer repeatedly to produce small dents resembling past hail damage.

2. Culture some algae on the shell to give it that green "vintage patina" [Maybe some biologist can tell us what the heck kind of algae that stuff is that likes to grow on aluminum?!]

3. Encourage mice to nest in your Airstream so you can have the usual vintage assortment of mouse dropping in out-of-the-way corners.

4. Add a drain to your graywater (excuse me, "wash water") tank so you can let it out on the ground like real vintage trailers.

With all that you won't need a "Vintage Edition" sticker. . . you'll be one of us!

Cheers,
Nuvi
Thank you in seriousness and now in semiconscious--no, I mean unseriousness.. your qualification list shows me just how much in line I already am for it. When people see my rock guards they say what happened to your rock guards, I say rocks. (I know it's like a bad Forrest Gump line, isn't it?) We have had a mouse before, they like what I like, gorp and leave the raisins, hmmm. And here's the gray area ... I let the "wash" water out in Perry because I was avoiding the responsibility of making a real connection. (Reminder-- bring lots of duct tape and hose to the rally!) But you got me at the patina, this rolling stone hasn't gathered any moss yet, perhaps a divit or two of sod on occassion or a wayward safety cone. So I have something to wait on and look forward to then...

My problem is by the time our AS qualifies I will have either died and gone to heaven or be dying to go to Mandalay.
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Old 02-08-2007, 12:38 PM   #20
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Wheel,

It sounds like you've got some serious miles on your 'Stream--suppose maybe VAC ought to base "vintageness" on cumulative damage rather than age?!

Actually, consider the advantage of associate membership. . . all the fun with no risk of being asked to serve as an officer! (Although associate members may still get pressed into service flipping pancakes, etc.)

If you are getting the impression that VAC is a lighthearted bunch that has a lot of fun at rallies. . . you're right!

See you down the road,
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Old 02-08-2007, 12:49 PM   #21
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Yeah I probably should. Are the Happy Hour times and locations included with membership? Maybe just distribute those flashing devices they do in restaurants to alert you that your table is ready and I will high tail it over from my section. I feel like such a poacher showing up at the tent, even though one might get half a dozen invitations, most don't realize that you may have had an invitation and I feel kinda funny being there.

But Nuvi where are your pancakes flipping? I would have loved to have gone to the Vintage Texas rally but just got back from the Top Sail rally. It sure looks fun. I love vintage open houses. We belong to Tin Can Tourists--they just tuck us out of sight.

There's the joint caravan to Perry of which my new unit is cohosting but so far no VAC associate plans on where non vintage would go.
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Old 02-08-2007, 02:28 PM   #22
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But Nuvi where are your pancakes flipping?
We always try to make the Region 7 VAC rally. This year it will be a joint effort with Region 5. It's at a vintage airplane airport in Poplar Grove, IL and runs from June 14 - 17. (Usually its later in the summer.) Note: There are two Poplar Groves in IL. This is the one near Rockford.

Region 7 VAC rallies are always buddy rallies so you are welcome in your new-fangled trailer. For more information see the VAC home page, The Vintage Airstream Club.

Although there will be a schedule, VAC rallies tend to be very un-regimented and happy hour runs pretty much all day.

One of these years we want to make it to the Rocky Mountain VAC rally but haven't managed to yet.

Hey, hope you can make it to the Poplar Grove rally!

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Old 02-08-2007, 02:45 PM   #23
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One of these years we want to make it to the Rocky Mountain VAC rally but haven't managed to yet.
Hey...I hope you do! The mid-west is very well represented this year ~

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Old 02-08-2007, 03:00 PM   #24
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That's near our old stomping grounds! We have camped at Rock Cut SP near Rockford and lived in Spring Grove and McHenry for many years. If I didn't have the Rivettes Summer Solstice back to back with the International in June I would seriously consider it for this year and pop on over. Thanks and maybe next time we will be able to buddy up. I have never attended a dedicated WBCCI vintage rally. I have visited the Vintage section at the Internationals and enjoy the open house as the high point.
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Old 02-08-2007, 04:30 PM   #25
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Wheel,

Yeah, we've stayed at Rock Cut on the way to points north. Interesting park. The entrance practically goes through a shopping center but the park is teeming with crittters of all kinds.

A couple of general comments, VAC is big in Region 7. Past WI Unit president is Ed Emerick, current VAC president. Current SD Unit president is also VAC.

If you are in that neck of the woods you might want to attend this years Region 7 rally in Huron, SD this August. I'm sure there will be several Vintage units there as well as good Region 7 midwestern hospitality.

I'm not sure where the 2008 Region 7 VAC rally will be. There was talk of Huron, but I don't know if that is still in the cards since the Region 7 rally will be there this year. The SD Unit is working hard to put SD on the WBCCI map.

Usually the Region 7 VAC rally is in WI or MN. If you will be coming to the rally from home, a neat way to do it is to come across Lake Michigan on the SS Badger from Ludington to Manitowoc. (The Badger is a vintage ship!) We have done the crossing several times with our Pacer. You don't have to worry about putting your rig on board because they do it, and they're good.

Anyhow, see you down the road one of these days!

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Old 02-08-2007, 05:24 PM   #26
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Hey we definitely have to hook up with region 7 somewhere down the road. We just have toooo much in common. We usually camped in Wisconsin State Parks. Love the Northern Lakes and did a tour around it a year ago starting with the USS Badger!!!! That is the coolest ship.
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