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Old 01-18-2007, 09:06 AM   #1
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Don't paint with a broad brush ...

The VAC warmly welcomes all types of 25 year old and older Airstreams and their cousins: Curtis Wright Industries model numbers 2 and 5, Wally Byam Holidays, any plastic Airstreams if found and resurrected, all Argosy trailers and motorhomes, and when they become eligible, Squarestreams. The intra-club you confuse the VAC with is the The Classic Airstreram Club, which allows only silver tubular Airstreams and no others. That is the discriminatory intraclub; we're just a bunch of uncontrollable punsters and fun loving people. So buy an old oddball Airstream or cousin and join us for some informal fun and good times. And please put a finer point on that brush. Thanks!
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Old 01-19-2007, 12:22 AM   #2
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The VAC warmly welcomes all types of 25 year old and older Airstreams and their cousins: Curtis Wright Industries model numbers 2 and 5, Wally Byam Holidays, any plastic Airstreams if found and resurrected, all Argosy trailers and motorhomes, and when they become eligible, Squarestreams. The intra-club you confuse the VAC with is the The Classic Airstreram Club, which allows only silver tubular Airstreams and no others. That is the discriminatory intraclub; we're just a bunch of uncontrollable punsters and fun loving people. So buy an old oddball Airstream or cousin and join us for some informal fun and good times. And please put a finer point on that brush. Thanks!
Good evening Fred,

Even though I am a member my remarks do not represent the WBCCI but my own opinions.

I don't think I was speaking in confusion. I was wondering if the Vac would ever consider making any changes to include newer trailers. There are always so many motions for change in the parent club considered, I thought it wouldn't be such a stretch for the Vac to consider a change to be more inclusive of subsequent production years.
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Old 01-19-2007, 09:04 AM   #3
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Good evening Fred ... I was wondering if the VAC would ever consider making any changes to include newer trailers. There are always so many motions for change in the parent club considered, I thought it wouldn't be such a stretch for the VAC to consider a change to be more inclusive of subsequent production years.
Hi Carol:

Sorry, I didn't recognize that question within your earlier post. The Vintage Airtstream Club has two levels of membership:

Member - A Wally Byam Caravan Club International member that [who] owns a recreational cehicle manufactured by Airstream that is 25 or more years old.

Associate - A Wally Byam Caravan Club International member that [who] owns a recreational vehicle manufactured by Airstream that is 24 or less years old.

Our membership requirements parallel those of the WBCCI, but with a 25 year trailing lag for VAC Members and none for Associates. For example, anyone owning a Basecamp can immediately become a VAC Associate. So today, with your new Airstream, you could become an Associate member and receive our neat quarterly newsletter.

The VAC has a clear, stable vision of its mission: celebrating and keeping the wheels rolling under Airstreams (and Clippers, Holidays and Argosies) that are 25 years old or older. We leave the politics and blazers to the parent club and focus on having fun and just going camping.

So yes, the young of heart who own an Airstream 24 or fewer years of age can become a VAC Associate. Once your Airstream has properly aged, like the finest steaks, cheeses and wines, you too can become a full fledged VAC member. Or if you simply can't wait that long, you can purchase a properly aged Airstream and immediately become a VAC Member. In the meantime, you are more than welcome to Associate with us.

I hope this answers your question.
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Old 01-19-2007, 09:19 AM   #4
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Fred,with that kind of attitude you just might find a lot of current WBCCI members looking to become VAC associates as an alternative to all the political goings on in the mother ship.
Sounds like you got it right.
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Old 01-19-2007, 09:55 AM   #5
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Hi Jamie:

Members get to vote for officers and on club business, Associates have no vote. We all pay dues, receive the quarterly newsletter, and share in fun and comraderie. For more information on other VAC benefits, see:

The Vintage Airstream Club
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Old 01-19-2007, 10:01 AM   #6
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Fred,with that kind of attitude you just might find a lot of current WBCCI members looking to become VAC associates as an alternative to all the political goings on in the mother ship.
Sounds like you got it right.
It should be noted that members of the VAC are required to be active members of the WBCCI.
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Old 01-19-2007, 10:07 AM   #7
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Hi Jamie:

Members get to vote for officers and on club business, Associates have no vote. We all pay dues, receive the quarterly newsletter, and share in fun and comraderie. For more information on other VAC benefits, see:

The Vintage Airstream Club

What about rallies and events? Can I attend with a non-vintage unit? Is the parking and everything the same as for vintage units?

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Old 01-19-2007, 10:10 AM   #8
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It should be noted that members of the VAC are required to be active members of the WBCCI.
Active? How active? I can get around just fine on my own two feet, but I don't climb mountains very often anymore.

Just kidding...

What about MALs, are they active enough? Some in WBCCI think they aren't .

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It should be noted that members of the VAC are required to be active members of the WBCCI.
Of course you are correct and I should have mentioned that in my post. The point I was trying to get across was that the VAC's seems to be a little more relaxed on some of the pomp and circumstance that is prevalent in the mother ship.

I am getting a little disappointed with the continual attempts to change the name and now the motorhome issue.My impression of the VAC's activities(right or wrong) seems to be more what the club was founded on.

Some of today's units also seem to have it right.
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Old 01-19-2007, 12:36 PM   #10
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What about rallies and events? Can I attend with a non-vintage unit? Is the parking and everything the same as for vintage units? -Jamie
Hi Jamie:

Non vintage trailers are welcome at Vintage Rallies. Most vintage rallies are held in conjunction with a regular WBCCI rally, so naturally there is a mix. There are very few wholly separate Vintage Rallies, and for that reason we encourage people to bring their vintage trailer to those few rallies instead of a newer one.

We've had Associates attend our Rocky Mt. Rally with their new trailer, like what they saw, then buy and bring a vintage Airstreram to our next Rally. We've infected quite a few that way, once they got close to us. To get a flavor of a Vintage rally, visit the Vintage area if you will be attending International, it's pretty laid back.

There is no fixed formula for vintage parking, it depends on each rally. Most, I imagine, are mixed parking based on time of arrival.

At the 5 day Rocky Mt. Vintage Rally we assign parking spaces by length of stay, and accommodate people who wish to be adjacent to each other. Those staying the longest are parked at the center or core, and those staying the least time are parked on the periphery. That way as the rally winds down and participants leave, those remaining are still parked next to each other. Last year we sprinkled the Planning Committee throughout the core so we could get to know our guests better. This year we have room for only 70 trailers, and typically over 60 of them will be vintage, with many recidivists.

I could foresee a rally where all vintage trailers might be parked together to create the look of an old time rally scene, especially if a media photograhper will be present. In some older trailer parks, motorhomes may be parked separately to get longer pull through spaces or because the park has motorhome spaces in one area. That's usually not an issue at newer rv parks.

As an aside, all our Denver WBCCI Unit rallies are very informal and less structured than our Rocky Mt. Vintage Rally, which has many scheduled activities. The only WBCCI rally I've been to with any pomp and circumstance is the International, and I simply do not attend those events so the p&s doesn't bother me at all. Some people love that stuff, and I'm not going to deny them the opportunity to do whatever makes them happy. It's just not my bag. Heck, I don't enjoy Olympic opening or closing ceremonies either, but I see no reason to get rid of them while I do something else. Many people find those ceremonies the highlight of the Olympics. Well, that's fine with me as long as they don't force me to watch.

Some people like to wear jackets and ties while camping. If that's their turn on, so be it. Just don't make me dress up too, I get enough of that during the work week. And so far no one has made me dress up at any WBCCI Rally.
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Thanks, Fred. This is all good information and just what I was looking for. I guess until I go vintage again (only 24 years away!) I can work on the look of my future vintage Bambi. For now, I can "associate."

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We were full members of the VAC when we owned our 1975 Tradewind and did not want to leave VAC when we sold it so we kept an associate membership until Chummy turned 25 this year and we became full members again. I really like the idea of the associate membership.
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I know its a little late for those any distance from here to consider coming, but since we're discussing Vintage Rallies, I'd like to invite everyone to the Texas Vintage Rally to be held Jan. 31st - Feb. 4th in Montgomery, Texas. We are expecting close to 100 trailers as more than 70 were signed up some time back. There will be, I believe, eight seminars by experts in their fields such as David Tidmore of Roger Williams Airstream in Weatherford, our own Pahaska, and a representative from Airstream. We'll have good food, fellowship, a swap meet, and all the many fun things you've come to expect whenever the vintage folks get together with none of the pomp and circumstance of some functions of this size. Units are coming from Florida, Oklahoma and other distant places. There are rumors we'll have a squarestream and an Airstream Prodigy 5th wheel on display along with many new units including a Base Camp. If your schedule permits, consider joining us. We still have some sites available as we have now reserved an additional 30 sites totaling 130 sites in all. You may register and see a schedule of events by clicking on the revolving add that appears on this site's portal page. Hope to see you there!
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:01 AM   #14
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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?
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