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Equipment
  • How will I know what to wear?
  • Just like most WBCCI activities, Caravans are informal. However, they do travel through many areas of the country, a wide range of altitudes and weather conditions, and sometimes for a significant amount of time. You should be prepared for any eventuality – from very hot to very cold and wet. Layering always is best and it is the most practical way to pack clothing for your trip. Sometimes the final Banquet for a Caravan is a more formal affair so you should consider bringing something a little more formal (Sport coat for men, dress or nice slacks for women). OH – don’t forget your camera.

  • How should I prepare my Airstream?
  • We do not bring a mechanic on WBCCI Caravans so your Airstream and tow vehicle should be in top condition before you arrive. Make sure you have checked the brakes, wheel bearings, belts and hoses, and have good tires and spare (be sure to check the air pressure in the spare). Check to see your cooling system is clean and in good condition. Check your hitch ball regularly for tightness, cracks, and broken welds. Check hitch platform bolts and wheel lugs. Be sure you have working fire extinguishers, good batteries, and that your water pump, water heater, and refrigerator work well. Gas bottles should be full and have current certification.

  • What equipment should I carry on my Airstream?
  • You should carry, at a minimum: 1 25ft and 1 50ft 5/8in dia. Non-toxic (white) water hose, 2 free flowing Y’s with caps, 1 shut off Y, 10ft (min) sewer hose, 1 short and 1 long (25ft min) sanitary drain hose (non white), a 2 gallon waste water container or bucket, wheel chocks, leveling blocks, tow cable, highway hazard safety triangles, 50ft electrical extension (10 or 12 gage), and a water pressure regulator. Mark all loose equipment with your member number.

  • What if I have a break down?
  • Your travel companions or the “Caboose” will stop with you until you are able to get the problem fixed or have professional help if you need it.

  • Will I need to cook?
  • There will be many planned meals on the Caravan, but you will need to cook on your own as well. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to get to grocery stores for food as you need it.

  • How will we communicate?
  • There will be a “Drivers Meeting” before each move to review travel plans. While you are on the road (and often in a campsite) the CB will be used.

  • I have a diesel engine, will fuel be available?
  • Although our Caravans do travel into some remote and interesting spots, there is always access to fuel (Diesel, Gasoline, and Propane).

     

     

    About the Wally Byam Caravan Club International

          The Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI) is the RV Club of Airstream Owners. It is named for Wally Byam who was the inventor of the Airstream travel trailer. It is a nonprofit organization with headquarters in Jackson Center, Ohio. To be a member and participate in club activities, you must own a self-contained recreational vehicle made by Airstream Inc. - also located in Jackson Center, Ohio.

          In 1951, Wally Byam conducted the first group RV Tour (Caravan) in history. He did it to encourage people to get out and use their travel trailers, to see and enjoy the world around them, and to be used as a test environment for the travel trailers he manufactured. This first Caravan traveled to Mexico. Wally continued his Caravan activity and eventually operated Caravans that traveled almost everywhere in the world.       It was on one of these Caravans to Eastern Canada in 1955 that the Wally Byam Caravan Club International was formed. The goal of the club was to foster Fun, Fellowship, and Adventure as members enjoyed the lifestyle offered by traveling in an Airstream. As the club grew (to more than 25,000 members at one point), more management and organization was required. An organization of Units (local), Regions (several states), and National (the whole club) was created to better respond to the members needs.

          Activities at all levels consisted of lunches, dinners, rallies, and caravans – anything that could be enjoyed by members as they traveled around in their Airstreams. However, in 1972 it was recognized that groups that conducted Caravans seemed to be more successful. To encourage more Caravans, a Caravan Handbook was created to help those who were not sure of what to do (the WBCCI Caravan Handbook is included in this web site). A numbering system was developed to recognize any group that conducted more extensive Caravans and to track the club’s Caravan activity.

          A Caravan need not be numbered to be fully supported by WBCCI, but participants in a numbered Caravan will have the numbers of the Caravans they have completed listed behind their names in the annual Membership Directory. In fact, non-numbered Caravans exceed those that are numbered.

          Since the number system was started in 1972, WBCCI has conducted over 1000 such Caravans (an average of 30 per year). We still operate around 30 numbered Caravans each year. This continued experience makes WBCCI the leader in what has become a major activity in the RV industry today.

          Because we are a nonprofit club, our Caravans are operated at cost and led by experienced volunteers. The Caravan Leader will have pre-planned the entire Caravan, arranged for campsites, set up group meals, and arranged many interesting tours. The participants in the Caravan (caravanners) pay a “Kitty” fee that has been established by the Leader to cover expenses for the Caravan. Any money that is left in the Kitty at the end of the Caravan is returned to the caravanners.

          Caravans range in length from 10 to 60 or more days and can include 15 to 40 Airstreams. An average cost for a Caravan is $50 to $60 per day for 2 people in an Airstream, but this varies with the cost of campsites, the number of group meals, and the extent of tours that are included in the Kitty fee. Our Caravans do not rush from stop to stop; we try to give everyone plenty of time to get familiar with the areas we travel through. Since we are traveling as a group, we can often arrange tours and visits to locations that are not available to the general public. There is also ample opportunity to sightsee on your own.

          WBCCI Caravans offer a wide choice for those who like to travel. Although specific Caravan offerings can change from year to year (a list of current Caravans is included in this Web Site and appears in the club monthly magazine - the Blue Beret) we do have many that are popular enough to run frequently.

    . For those who enjoy sports, you can go fishing in British Columbia or golfing in a new area each year.

    . For the history buff, you can travel the Oregon Trail, explore the Lewis & Clark Trail, or visit Civil War sites.

    . If you want to see and enjoy the country, you can travel with us to Alaska, Western Canada, Eastern Canada, Newfoundland, Cajun Country, the Great Southwest, many National Parks and Monuments, and much, much more.

          If you already own an Airstream, pick out a Caravan, contact the Leader to make your reservation, and get prepared to enjoy yourself. If you do not own an Airstream, now is your chance to find one and join with us on a WBCCI Caravan for Fun, Fellowship, and Adventure.
    Category: Caravans & Rallies