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Old 10-20-2016, 09:51 PM   #241
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there were/are two reasons we have not joined. first I am not putting big red numbers on my AS. two it seems more rules than results driven. I am more relaxed and like to be relaxed. I don't want hassles. I would love to get a sense that these things are changing but I haven't heard that yet.
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Old 10-21-2016, 12:01 AM   #242
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I agree with you Monty. We can go camping together and we won't have to pay extra. I promise not to put red letters on mine if you do the same.

I see no benefit to a national club.
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Old 10-21-2016, 02:01 AM   #243
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I agree, no one has to join a national club to enjoy camping but it does give you the opportunity to talk Airstream around the original Social Media, the campfire. And we have met some wonderful friends we would never have met if we had not joined the club, we hear that all the time from members.

The best reason to put on the red numbers as the former owner of my Airstream said, is to find your way home after a happy Happy Hour. But we have no rules that you have to put red numbers on your Airstream when you belong to the club.

I can't believe you both just happen to live in the State with the Wally Byam Airstream Club that is one of the most progressive units in the club and have never been to one of our rallies. We have 20 rallies next year, something for everyone, we would love to have you join us, 250 Oregon members can't be wrong.

The National Club is changing by leaps and bounds too, good group of leaders, our Prez is an Airforums Mod. Times are a changin.

As we have traveled in the US and Canada I have found the WB rallies we have attended have been inclusive and welcoming, fun and inexpensive (as we travel we look for rallies to attend, not only for the people we meet but also the low cost camping, and travel information about the area)

As my husband says, membership in the club is worth the 2 Dutch Bros. coffees a month it costs.
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Old 10-21-2016, 04:51 AM   #244
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A lot of people think the trailers with numbers on them are rental units.
That is exactly what I thought when I bought mine with the numbers on it- that it was a rental unit!

I joined this month after five years of being on Airforums and owning an Airstream. I contacted my local unit and was told they may disband. Then I was asked to come to their November rally.

I do not know what benefit there is yet but I decided to try it out and see for a few years.
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Old 10-21-2016, 05:21 AM   #245
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WBCCI is a national travel trailer/mobile home club that focuses on Caravans(adventure through touring) and Rallies(local social events/national special national events). If you are not interested in those kind of activities, do not join. If you are interested in meeting and traveling with an interesting collection of people with an aluminum fetish, it is a good deal. If you're just a "local camper", Good Sam is a better deal. Check out the wide variety of local units and chapters by visiting their websites and decide if their activities are something you wish to join. Most units will allow you to visit without the need to commit to paying membership dues.
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Old 10-21-2016, 06:53 AM   #246
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I haven't found any situation where Good Sam would be beneficial to me.
Good Sam does not get you a discount in state parks, corps of engineers parks, or forest service parks, only privately owned RV parks. We only stay in a privately owned RV park a couple of times and would not save the $25 fee.
We are only able to attend one WBCCI rally per year, but I keep paying dues for when we are able to attend more rallies and to keep the big red numbers on my trailer.
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Old 10-21-2016, 07:17 AM   #247
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I think it comes down to your local unit to a point. We love our local unit (Oregon) and as Theresa points out things are changing nationally too. Our local unit does tons of stuff for younger families and kids, and has a very diverse group of members from retired to just out of college and everything in between. They have a great variety of different rallies throughout the year all over the geographic region. We weren't happy with the more local unit so we tried the next state over, let's just say it was more than worth the extra travel...
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Old 10-21-2016, 10:06 AM   #248
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Look into the Escapees. Besides the local chapters, BOF's and annual escapade, there is Days End, the listing of free and inexpensive camping. Escapees have a number of campground, either owned by the club or co-ops.
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Old 10-21-2016, 10:37 AM   #249
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I agree that Escapees are worth looking into, to see if their programs meet your needs. Teresa has a lifestyle that best matches WBCCI's many programs and has the time and desire to make the best use of her membership. Scott and Hony can make use of the local opportunities, but miss out on the WBCCI national opportunities. WBCCI is not the idea club for everyone. I have been a member for 20 years and have seen the club become less formal. It still may not be Monty's cup of tea. AirForums (a non-club club) rallies are the least formal.
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Old 10-21-2016, 02:12 PM   #250
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I think it comes down to your local unit to a point. We love our local unit (Oregon) and as Theresa points out things are changing nationally too. Our local unit does tons of stuff for younger families and kids, and has a very diverse group of members from retired to just out of college and everything in between. They have a great variety of different rallies throughout the year all over the geographic region. We weren't happy with the more local unit so we tried the next state over, let's just say it was more than worth the extra travel...

I agree.
I held off joining for a couple of years until I stumbled upon our great local unit- Region 6, Unit 56, Mississippi Unit.


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Old 10-21-2016, 07:42 PM   #251
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We are on the fence about joining. In our case we are not real social, group-activity kinds of people, so probably would just get an at-large membership and wouldn't attend any rallies. But, we think the red numbers are pretty cool (assuming they can be easily removed without a trace -- vinyl overlay seems to be the way to go.) Having just written all this I quess joining just to display red number is a waste of money.

We just joined and think the red numbers are pretty cool. After reading all these comments, I'm really scared about what to expect....you can get kicked out?? I guess we will give it a try and hope for the best
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Old 10-21-2016, 08:47 PM   #252
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We just joined and think the red numbers are pretty cool. After reading all these comments, I'm really scared about what to expect....you can get kicked out?? I guess we will give it a try and hope for the best
Welcome to the club from Dewey, Arizona.

The big red numbers are very cool, IMO. The club is about fun, friendship and adventure. Go to a rally, make some new friends and you will be hooked!
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Old 10-22-2016, 04:59 AM   #253
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Join WBCCI OR NOT ?

If you want to, do; if not, don't. Neither is wrong. Our caravan trips to Alaska, Newfoundland, etc. have cost half regular commercial ones and been with compatible souls. I am not required to wear a beret nor be on a committee, and get free use of the forum....as do those who freely criticize Wallyites. Is there an irony here? Travel safely.
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Old 10-22-2016, 10:22 AM   #254
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Happy member here. The club is one reason I have an Airstream. If you cannot go on caravans then the club will be less interesting, I guess. You still get to talk to a lot of Airstream owners and see a number of different rigs and TV's and how they work. Real life trumps the Forums for me.

WBBCI is financially sound and successful. It also tends to do things they way it has done things.
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Old 10-23-2016, 06:50 AM   #255
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To etc.

Interesting how civilly the disagreements are presented....my compliments.
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Old 10-24-2016, 08:40 AM   #256
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Happy member here. The club is one reason I have an Airstream. If you cannot go on caravans then the club will be less interesting, I guess. You still get to talk to a lot of Airstream owners and see a number of different rigs and TV's and how they work. Real life trumps the Forums for me.

WBBCI is financially sound and successful. It also tends to do things they way it has done things.
We are not national caravan travelers (working folks) but typically travel within a few hours of our home (4 day weekends) and camp several times a year with our KY Unit 049. We go to many different campgrounds and I have seen more our state in the past few years than ever before. Our unit always finds something new and interesting to explore. Some of the older members have good advice on what is worthwhile spending money on. Our unit membes are also very open to seeing new things and new experiences.
For us the WBCCI has been good for both local camping and the longer caravans.
If one gets involved in the unit leadership you can have some influence in the units activities. Make a plan and folks will show up!
Besides making new camping friends some of the most fun I have had was leading a 10 day caravan (working mans special) from KY to Michigan. While the preparation was a bit of work we had a blast on the caravan.
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Old 10-31-2016, 09:21 AM   #257
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I agree.
I held off joining for a couple of years until I stumbled upon our great local unit- Region 6, Unit 56, Mississippi Unit.

+1 on this unit! Really nice people and quite informal--just my style.
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Old 11-09-2016, 06:02 PM   #258
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Haven't looked at this thread for a while. It's interesting to see how the pro & con of WBCCI are perceived by both members and non-members.

For us it's the proverbial no-brainer... we are members. You can do as much or as little as you want in the club. Yes, you may be asked to join a committee or be a unit officer. You can decline those if you want and be active in other ways.

Committees and officers are very important but so is showing up for events such as rallies and luncheons. Get involved by helping set up the chairs or clean up after the breakfast buffet. Offer your talents to make a presentation to the group - even if it's not specifically RV related. Lots of ways to be involved and supportive of the club without being an officer.

We haven't taken time to participate in official caravans but have been on ad-hoc caravans with other Airstreamers. We have attended the International Rally twice and enjoyed both. We've been to local rallies as well as special event rallies. Lots of fun, fellowship and adventure within WBCCI.

If you choose not to join that's okay too. But don't let the $65 keep you away.
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Old 11-10-2016, 09:43 AM   #259
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Hi from AZ. . . OK, I'm finally going to jump into this discussion ! We have been members for several years & have enjoyed our interaction with fellow Airstreamers a lot. . . . Our 1st rally was not a great experience due to the clique ish nature of that group. I'm a very outgoing fellow, but did not feel 'included' at all. We subsequently moved West & joined the local unit out here, the infamous Four Corners Unit After several rallies, get togethers for coffee or lunch, & having met several AF members in person, we're hooked. It's a very inclusive group, younger these days, gay, straight, retired, still working, & from all over the country, we enjoy getting together with ALL of them. And I hope we bring something to the group as well. There is no requirement to put red #'s on your AS, but we did so proudly. Kathy & I are 'hosting' our 1st unit rally soon & we're excited. I've heard several people say 'we're not really joiners' ! Why Not ? ........come join us, OK, I done, thanx for listening, over & out.........Craig
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Welcome to the club from Dewey, Arizona.



The big red numbers are very cool, IMO. The club is about fun, friendship and adventure. Go to a rally, make some new friends and you will be hooked!

Thank you for the welcome. Joined Alberta Saskatchewan Unit 120. That's all I know. Hehe.
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