NY metro area!
Any AS owners / forum members from the
New York metro area out there?
Where are you guys?!
It just seems that we never see anybody from our area on this forum.
We're a married couple in our late 20's, with 2 dogs and kids on the planning board.
Not yet retired...so planning only weekend trips for the time being.
Anyone out there in the same boots?
There was somebody here on the forum last winter who lived in NYC. Pretty much chronicled his purchase and delivery of a late 60's Airstream that he got from down south, several pictures as well. We were all wondering where the heck in NYC he would be able to store his Silver Bullet but turns out he had some wharf space down on the waterfront, very cool. Haven't heard from him in quite some time now.
Most people are pretty regular around here and some come and go like the wind, very interesting to watch!
There are some New Yorkers, i am from the Hudson Valley retired and looking for my first AS which would have to be 21 foot or smaller as i will tow with 302 Ford Van. I finally saw a number of AS trailers in the past couple of weeks mostly on the Thruway.
Long Island NY
I have an Argosy MH 24ft which will be on Long Island soon I hope. I am out near Riverhead.
Our trailer was first sold by a dealer in NJ - - we plan to travel this fall to NY State, near NJ, so my wife can attend her 50th class reunion in NJ. (Englewood) Looks like better RV facilities in NY. Oh, we're both originally from NJ, but have been in Texas for 48 yrs.:cool:
Don't want anything to do with the "The City". Almost mugged there last year (in front of Madison SQ Garden, about midnight), but that's another story.:mad:
Few but good!
Well, I guess it's just us then!
Any cool suggestions for weekend trips in our area with our AS?
Our gues would be Long Island.
Any AS reunions going on there?
We called the president of the WBCC for our area and he was of no help.
If you need a good AS dealer give the guys at "Shining Time Express" Darien Center, NY a call. They're great, helpful and incredibly honest!! They have by far, the best prices in our area.
I spent a good portion of my young life in Garfield NJ, and had relatives in Englewood. I also lived in Tucson, Arizona for a while and have relatives in Hereford Texas.
Fellow New Yorker
I live in Manhattan. I do not have an Airstream yet.
There is a rally almost every year at the Statue of Liberty. You might want to check it out.
www.wbcci.org Is the club site. There are things going on in your region. You are the same age edie and I were when we bought our first one, and it has been 10 years of Airstreaming for us.
IM in north Jersey west orange, my trailer is at Jersey shore haven an Airstream park you might try that for cool weekend get away Exit 17 GSP
Hi, Don in E Texas
IM currently working in Englewood installing a new pipe organ in Saint Paul's chapel on Engle Street..........small world
there are some trailers for sale at JSH,I can check them out for you and report back, let me know......you might try SouthJersey RV
Thomas in New Jersey
Hi fellow NY area AS lovers,
we're not that many but most of us seem to have a connection with Englewood.
By the way...we do too!
Maybe the next local WBCC meeting should take place in Englewood and we could all meet.
Are any of you members?
Do you use their services?
We've tried to get in contact with them but most efforts resulted in very dissapointing experiences.
The Liberty meeting was a couple of weeks ago. need to wait another year for that opportunity. Their other gatherings are long trips we can't participate. Need to work.
I assume you are talking about the Watchung NJ Unit
like you I have contacted them my, experience was similar to yours
most of the members are older married folks........Being a single 39yrs I did not have to much in common with them .......... During the late fall and winter they have dinners and luncheons that you can attend as a guess
I have meet a lot of there members at JSH,I have really enjoyed being around other airstreamers there really is a bond, and the stories from the old timers are great
when I do join the WBCCI it will be the Washington unit, the unofficial home of the VAC.............Thomas
Hi KIMLI and N.J. 74 Sovereign and other metro area Airstreamers,
I'm very interested to know more about your negative WBCCI experience for this region/area. I know that the club is mostly retired people but I heard there are some areas that the people in charge are younger. I'm in my early 20's and when I get my Airstream (hopefully soon) I'd love to be invovled in some caravans or trips- but I want it to be more like the actually Wally Byam Caravans. I know the club might not be for me and I'm wondering if you feel the same way. What other options are there out there?
please post your reply
PS should we start a new thread on this? I'm still kinda a newbie to this forum.
WBCC for working people!
Actually we contacted the NY metro area unit through the numbers found on the blue beret.
No young guys there and who we contacted seemed to have no interest in us joining.
We have your same intentions, caravans etc. and are seriously wondering on the help the WBCC can give us. Maybe we should start a new WBCC, a "Junior branch" of it.
I'd been thinking about it since after reading several issues of the blue beret and viewing the WBCC website.
All their organization is geared and set up for retired people who have extended time available for travelling. Unfortunately, we are not in that situation and therefore our needs are very different from what they offer.
I'd started a letter to the President of AS and the President of the WBCC to indtroduce them to our idea of a "Junior Branch of the WBCC", but didn't yet finish it.
What do you guys think about it?
LONG LIVE WALLY
I would just throw the letter away! I know that sounds horrible but major change won't occur with the club anytime soon. In addition, you don't need permission from Airstream or the club to hold events- they just won't be WBCCI sanctioned events. who cares about that anyway?
I love Wally but I'm not interested in putting up with the hassle of the club if its a negative experience. I have heard from more than one person I know that they quit the club (both were under 45).
We should just start our own 'club'.
ps. I don't think the club or airstream has exclusive rights to Wally Byam anything! LONG LIVE WALLY
WBCC NY Metro area
I finally got to talk to someone - very helpful - and guess what they told me?
Yes, the NY Metro area WBCC Unit is folding!
No one left to take care of it. The person I spoke to has moved to Arizona and she was one of the people in charge of it.
They're trying to hook us up with the Watchung unit but that's too far for us.
Plus its really not that suited for our situation.
So, what about strating our "AS NY metro area club"??!!
A unit in the club can be chartered by forming a new charter and meeting some criteria for intial members. This is what it may take to start the younger trend in the club. New unit's with no ties to the "old ways".
There are many benifits in being part of the club as a whole. One is liability insurance for rallies and gatherings. As much as you hate to think that your freind would sue if something happened at a rally, it can and they will. The Club sancioned events cover this kind of thing so as a member or event coordinator you are absolved of liability.
There are many other benifits but you would need to contact Jackson Center for the guidlines to charter.
Kimili & other NY'ers!
We just returned from the Statue of Liberty Rally. Wow, what a great time! It was so cool camping and looking over across the water at South Manhattan. Unbelievable. Did you see us over there on the Jersey shore?
We still consider ourselves the younger crowd. Not retired by any means! The WBCCI'ers are mostly older, but the vintage club is definitely the reason we're so happy to be members. I don't know how to say it, but the people in the VAC are really great folks who want to have a good time, get to know each other, and help one another. Our local unit has some nice folks for sure, but there is also a high fuddy-duddy factor!!!
As someone mentioned earlier, consider joining the DC unit which is essentially made up of VAC members from all over the country. I think I can speak on their behalf that they would welcome you and make you feel at home. I know not all of you have vintage trailers, but I don't think that matters at all! I jealous of that 2004 CCD! Wow...that would be THE trailer I'd buy if I had the $$$.
Have you seen the Happy Camper site? I met the originator at the International in VT. She's a NYC resident.
I'd be interested if you start something in NYC. I'm about to join the WBCCI as a member at large. I'm not young but still not ready for retirement. I live in Manhattan during the week and go to Connecticut for weekends. Which is where I keep my AS. I'm new to Airstreams, so I'm on a steep learning curve right now.
We finally heard back from the "NY Metro" unit. We spoke to the membership Chairman, a very helpful lady, who told us they've decided not to fold anymore and will continue with the unit.
Every year around October/November, they have a dinner/meeting at a chinese restaurant in Brooklyn, for all new, old and possible members.
She was very honest with us and told us that the average member in their unit is a good 30yrs older than us, but she invited us to the dinner anyway, so that we may meet them and then decide if we want to join.
We think it would be a great idea if we, "the new airstreamers", all went and got to know each other. As well as proposing/starting a "newer" branch of the unit, with their support and guidance.
It could be the start of many fantstic trips and caravans in pure Wally Beam style!!!!!
Anyone interested? let us know.
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