Dear First Timers,

Jan and I would like to thank you for registering for the 60th International Rally in Escanaba, Michigan. Everyone who attends the International Rally was once a first timer just like you. This year we are excited to have over 100 families attending their first International Rally. The first timer tips document should answer most of the questions you might have before you start your journey to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We have also put together a seminar at the beginning of the rally just to answer any questions you may have and to ensure you have a great time!

Parking 600 rigs at the Fairgrounds is going to be challenging, but we have a plan that will work and all we ask is for your patience, remember we are all volunteers. Take your time setting up; this will be your home for the rest of the rally. The bag you receive from the welcoming committee (first stop when you arrive) will contain an information pack to get you through your first days on the grounds. Later, when you go through the rally registration, you will receive your rally program, your rally ribbon, which is your pass to all the events, a first timer’s ribbon because you are very special to us and a gift that we have selected to memorialize your visit to Escanaba.

See you in Escanaba,
Richard and Jan

Information on the First Timer Seminar:

First Timer Tips:
FAQ Rally Questions: FAQ Rally Questions

Category: 2017 Escanaba, MI

Can I park with my buddy?
The parking team will make every effort to park you with your friends if you arrive together. Please plan to meet offsite and caravan to the grounds together.

How often are they going to pump-out?
The plan is to pump on a 4 day schedule.

Do I have to help or be there for my pump-out?
No, but if your valves are inside a compartment, leave that open on pump day to speed up the process. Also, have a clear path for the sanitation crew to get to your service access point. If the sanitation team cannot access your valves or access point, you will not be pumped that day.

Is there a pump-out station where I can do it myself, so it's more frequent?
Moving your rig during the rally is not advised and may not be possible. Transporting your waste in a tote to the dump station is the recommended procedure.

Are there bathrooms/shower houses near solar?
There are numerous bathroom/shower facilities on the fairground.

When will the rally agenda be ready for viewing?
The rally agenda is changing constantly. We will be releasing a list of confirmed events shortly.

For members parking offsite, will my vehicle that I drive to and from the rally be able to park fairly close to the rally activities?
The current plan is to use the bull pen for offsite parking during the rally. It is located a few hundred feet from the main building. There will also be a tram running during events to move people from this area to the main buildings.

How can I volunteer for a committee?
Julie at the club’s HQ should be contacted to volunteer. We will then get you in contact with a committee that has asked for assistance.

Will handicap parking help me get into the water, electric and pump-out camping area?
No, there are a limited number of electric sites available and these sites are currently reserved. Any member with documented special needs that have an electric site will be parked in the Handicapped section of the fairgrounds.

Will being an International, Region or Unit Officer give me a priority with registration?
No, all registrations have been processed on a first come, first served basis.

Do volunteers get priority with registration? (I have been in the band for 10 years!)
No, all registrations have been processed on a first come, first served basis.

What is the prospective parking date for the 2017 International Rally?
Your assigned parking date will be sent to you along with your registration pass.

Why don’t the International Officers plan better, and get a campground with more camp sites so more members can come?
Planning an International Rally begins 4 years before the event and it is necessary to book a site a minimum of 2 years ahead. The size of the facility is based on the size of the rallies at the time and the projected attendance. Based on projections made 3 years ago, a site with 400 spots was adequate. Every effort has been made to accommodate as many members as possible in 2017.

Do I have to park on my park date?
Parking days are assigned to ensure a manageable number of rigs are parked every day. We understand that because of the travel required to get to the rally, members will often arrive a day early or a day late. We will make every effort to accommodate these members. Please plan to arrive on your parking date.

Can I park on the fairgrounds before the rally begins?
The fairgrounds have public RV camping on a nightly basis for a fee payable to the fairground. However, if you are parked on the fairground when the club’s rental begins, you will be required to relocate to the bull pen to be processed and parked by the appropriate committees.

What do I do if I arrive after hours?
If you come to the rally after hours, follow the signs to the bull pen and park. Do not unhook as you will be parked as soon as the parkers return the next day. Please be ready to park when the parkers arrive.

Can I register for water, pump-out & generator and get on the standby list?
No, we are no longer accepting standbys.

Do you supply the generator or do I need to bring one?
No, we do not supply generators.

Does it have to be a quiet generator?
Please bring a generator that meets the National Park Service noise level requirements and always observe the generator hours (8am to 8pm). Your neighbors will appreciate a quiet generator.

Is there free Wi-Fi at the fairgrounds?
There is Wi-Fi in some buildings.

Are there activities for the children?
We have many activities planned for children.

I can only come for a few days, is there a daily rate?
For guest and member passes, it is $20 a day for 18 years and older, $7 a day for youth (13 -17 years) and a child 12 and under is free. Day pass attendees may attend all events on the calendar day they have paid for, but are not entitled to any complimentary promotional items or complimentary meals.

What if I want to just attend the IBT and/or delegates seminar/meeting?
Active members may attend any club business meeting at no charge. To attend any additional events, you will be charged the day pass fee.

Remember to bring: 
If your in Electric section you will have only 30Amp service, bring adapters for your rig.
50’ of electrical extension cord.

50’ of water hose (not garden hose that contain carcinogens)

Water hose “Y” (connectors without valves are best)

Where can I get my propane tank refilled?
Due to regulations there will not be any tanks filled at the fairgrounds.

Local Propane Vendors:

Hilltop RV
2509 North Lincoln Road
Open M-F 9 - 6 and Saturday 9 - 4

Bosk Equipment Rental
2100 North Lincoln Road
Open M-F 7 - 5, Saturday 7 - 5 and Sunday 8 - 1

Suburban Propane
6731 US Highway 2/41/M35
Open M-F 8 - 5

Mel's Lawn and Garden
1620 6th Avenue North
M-F 7 - 6:30, Saturday 7 - 5

Tractor Supply
2501 North Lincoln Road
M-Sat - 8 – 8, Sunday 9 - 7

Category: 2017 Escanaba, MI

Wally Byam Caravan Club International

2018 Salem logo reduced

61st Wally Byam Airstream Club
June 23-30, 2018 in Salem, Oregon

2018 Salem International Rally Registration Update

Although the rally site has plenty of capacity remaining the rally committee has suspended sale of registrations for 30amp sites for the 2018 International Rally, At this time you may choose to:

1. Register for a dry camping site (either solar or generator) on

2. Place your name on the standby list for a 30 amp site AND register for either solar or generator sites on  Be sure to check YES for "Add to Stand By List" on the Registration Form.

3. Place your name on the standby list for a 30 amp site only, at no cost, by calling Julie Rethman at 937-596-5211 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will be notified if a 30 amp site becomes available. This does not guarantee you a site unless a 30amp site becomes available.

Cancellations or added capacity will allow moving members to 30 amp sites in the same order they joined the standby list.

Click HERE to Register Online.

ORDER RALLY SHIRTS FROM A & W DESIGNS – Place orders for Salem rally shirts and hats with A & W Designs by printing the form below and e-mailing, mailing or calling them with your order. Shirts can be sent directly to you for a small shipping fee or sent to Salem for free and picked up at the rally.

Click here to download the order form:


Rally Fees – $225.00 for an RV On-Site with 30amp electric, water and pump outs; $110.00 for each Adult (18+); $40.00 for each Youth 13-17; Free for Children (12 & Under); Lifetime Member Discount $20.00 (limit 1 per registration); Dry Camping Discount $30.00. There will be two (2) sections for Dry Camping: #1 – Solar Area (no generators permitted) and #2 – Generator Area where usage will be allowed between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm. Dry Camping includes pump outs. Members who arrive on site and have not preregistered will be charged an additional $50.00. Payments by PayPal or Credit Card will be assessed a $12.00 service fee.

Handicapped Parking – Special parking, if requested, is near the central rally area for members with a doctor-approved state/government issued permit on file with the Corporate Manager of WBCCI prior to arriving at the rally site.

Early Registrations – Through the courtesy of Airstream, Inc., all members registering for the rally on or before January 1, 2018 will be eligible to participate in a drawing for up to a total of $2,000.00 in awards. The award may be redeemed at any Airstream Dealership or at the Jackson Center Service Facility for parts and service.

Bull Pen – We will make every attempt to park you on your assigned parking date. We offer members arriving after 5:0-0pm can spend the night in the Bull Pen at no cost, but with no services.

FEE REFUND POLICY – Refund requests must be postmarked by April 30, 2018 and must include the Rally pass if issued. All cancellations are assessed a $50.00 administrative fee. Refund requests after May 1, 2018 are subject to a 50% penalty. NO refunds after June 1, 2018.

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Top ten need-to-know items to help you plan for next year’s WBCCI International Rally:
1. Location: Salem, Oregon
2. Salem - the Oregon state capital - lies in the heart of the green and gorgeous Willamette Valley, only one hour south of Portland (one of the best tourist cities in the country) and about an hour east of the Oregon Coast.
3. Circle the dates on your calendar: June 17-30, 2018
4. Parking starts Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (and concludes Saturday). The 2018 International Rally will open with a vintage parade on Saturday, June 23.
5. 600 to 700 Airstreams are expected to gather at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.
6. Hookups are available (30amp power and water) for
600 Airstreams. A dry camping area will also be open, and all registered rigs will get a pump-out every four days.
7. Big plans are underway for exciting entertainment, food and gear vendors, and offsite tours!
8. Vintage ‘streamers, you’ll love this rally! Join in the vibrant community of vintage Airstream owners caravanning to Salem and be a part of all the vintage activities on site and around town.
9. Installation of new WBCCI officers and the closing ceremony will take place June 29; the summer International Board of Trustees (IBT) meeting will be held June 30. All are welcome to attend (and you may be present at the IBT meeting even if you missed the rally).
10. Registration is now open! Sign up online at or, or call the Club office at 937-596-5211, 8am to 4pm weekdays.

The first International Rally out West in a decade is an outstanding opportunity to explore the western USA and make new Airstream friends on the left coast.
Look for more information about Salem, Oregon and details to help you plan to attend the 2018 International Rally in the next issues of your Blue Beret.


History buffs, you’ll love Salem - the capital of Oregonand the site chosen for the WBCCI 2018 International Rally.

The first residents of what is now Salem were the KalapuyaNative Americans, and the tribe lived there seasonally nearthe Willamette River for more than 5,000 years. Descendants of the Kalapuya continue to live in the area.The first European-Americans, most working as trappers and food gatherers for the nearby fur trading companies, arrived inthe area in 1812 and set up residence in log homes. The city of Salem was founded in the mid-1800s at the former site of the Kalapuya village when it was “rediscovered” by a Methodist missionary group led by Jason Lee, who brought his group all the way from New England on the Oregon Trail. All manner of immigrants and pioneers from the Eastern United States soon arrived by riverboat and wagon to establish their homes in the fertile Willamette Valley.

A historic marker stands where Jason Lee built his primitive sawmill, establishing Salem as a lumber town. (Lee’s house and several other pre-territorial buildings are preserved and open to the public at the Willamette Heritage Center.) His Methodist missionaries also organized the Oregon Institute - precursor to Willamette University, the first university in the West.

Salem soon became a center of government and commerce and by 1855 residents had raised schools, churches, industries,and agricultural enterprises. During this same period, Marion County built its first wood frame courthouse on the location still held by the present-day county courthouse.Oregon became the 33rd member of the United States on February 14, 1859 and in 1864 voters affirmed the selection of Salem as the official capital.

In the mid-nineteenth century “The Hoosier” arrived - a steamboat that traveled the Willamette River south to the city of Eugene and north to Oregon City, near Portland. The Hoosier ferried passengers, mail and outbound freight including food and agricultural products for the gold miners in California.

Salem experienced a few backslides: the capitol building burned down – twice - and seasonal flooding from the overflowing Willamette river occasionally wreaked havoc on the town. One of the worst floods in 1861 destroyed entire farms and food processing and manufacturing plants.

The capitol town in the beautiful, lush valley continued to thrive and the population grew from 2,500 in 1880 to be the second largest city in Oregon with a population today of nearly 168,000.

Salem also boasts some Airstream history: the WBCCI held International Rallies there in 1971 and 2006 - one of only two West Coast locations in 60 years.

Salem, the heart of Oregon state government, is a beautiful,mid-sized city that offers shopping, strolling, outdoor recreation,culinary experiences and more in addition to historic landmarks and learning opportunities.

Don’t miss these historic attractions while you’re in Salem for the 2018 International Rally!

Willamette Heritage Center - Tour the famous Thomas Kay Woolen Mill and the oldest timber-frame structures in the state on the five-acre campus.

Lee Mission Cemetery - The final resting place of many missionaries and pioneers including Jason Lee, Methodist missionary to Oregon in 1834.

Newell Pioneer Village - Inside: Robert Newell House Museum, Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin, Butteville School,and the Butteville Jail.

Bush House Museum - Tour the museum and walk the 4.5 acres of manicured and historic gardens; the Queen Anne Victorian residence built in 1878 features Eastern GoldenOak and Povey stained glass windows, original fittings and furnishings, and Salem’s first indoor bathroom.

Gaiety Hill-Bush’s Pasture Park Historic District - Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this area encompasses19 city blocks and features architectural styles popular in Oregon during 1878-1938. Four of the properties in thedistrict are listed on the National Register; many more are on existing cultural resources inventories.

Deepwood Museum & Gardens - Public park and historic house museum established more than 120 years ago.

Salem Pioneer Cemetery - The burial place of Oregon government leaders and others making up Salem’s diverse,vibrant early society.

Court-Chemeketa Residential Historic District - Historic homes and traces of the pioneer settlement.

Historic Downtown Salem - Visitors appreciate Salem’s beautiful architecture, mix of delicious eateries, unique shops,art galleries, salons and major department stores downtown.

Also in the area:

Colony National Historic District in Aurora - A unique 19th Century town, founded by German and Swiss immigrants in1856. Vintage and antique shops, art galleries, wine tasting,and restaurants.

Historic Gentle House in Monmouth - The Gentle Family loved to entertain; the old house and museum are decorated in the style of the 1920’s.

Santiam Heritage Foundation in Stayton - Inside the exceptional 1903 Charles and Martha Brown House that served as Stayton’s first hospital during the 1920s and 30s; now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Independence Heritage Museum in Independence - Located in the historic First Baptist Church you’ll find collections of area artifacts, documents and photographs.

Polk County Historic Courthouse in Dallas - a distinctive structure built in 1899, the third to replace the wooden courthouse destroyed by fire in 1898.

Polk County Historical Society & Museum in Rickreall -Enjoy 14,000 square feet of remarkable displays and artifacts,including historic maps and unique exhibits on logging, agriculture,pioneer town sites and the Kalapuya tribe.

Rally general parking - June 20-23, 2018 (Opening ceremony - June 24; Closing ceremony - June 29)

Category: 2018 Salem, OR

62nd WBCCI International Rally

July 20-27, 2019

Doswell, VA

More details will be announced at the 2018 Rally in Salem, OR

Category: 2019 Doswell, VA


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