Pick a caravan that suits your needs and wishes. Caravans are often lasting from ten days to over two months.
The cost can vary widely. It is dependent on the cost of facilities used and the quantity of events included in the Kitty Fee. In any case, WBCCI Caravans are operated AT COST and any funds not used are returned to the caravanners - this means that our per day cost is about 50% of what a commercial caravan can offer.
WBCCI Units, Regions and National sponsor caravans. Unit Caravans tend to be shorter in length and may be limited to local areas. Region Caravans often travel within the limits of an individual Region since the leaders may have intimate knowledge of that area. National Caravans that travel throughout the US, Canada (and soon to Mexico) tend to be extensive and repeated year after year if popularity demands it. WBCCI also conducts overseas Caravans in conjunction with the International Caravanning Association, these Caravans are advertised in the “Blue Beret” magazine.
National Caravan information can be found on this WEB Site and in the monthly club magazine, the “Blue Beret”. Region Caravan information can be found on the calendar page of the WBCCI WEB Site and in the “Blue Beret”. Unit Caravan information can be found on he calendar page of the WBCCI WEB Site under the individual Unit listings and in the same section of the “Blue Beret”.
There is no better way to meet people, make new friends, and see the country than going on a Caravan. By all means, get on a Caravan and find out what WBCCI Fun, Fellowship, and Adventure is all about.
You must be a member of WBCCI to go on a club Caravan.
Caravans often fill up quickly and are filled on a first come, first served basis. So sign up as soon as you see one that interest you.
Contact the Leaders of the Caravan. They will tell you what they need and what the deposit is. There is a coupon on this WEB site in the NEWS section. You may print it, complete the information, include a deposit, and mail it to the Caravan Leader. There is also a coupon in the Blue Beret magazine.
A deposit will insure your place on the member or standby list for the Caravan. There may be a payment schedule or just one payment for the entire Caravan. The Leaders will inform you of that in documentation you receive from them. A personal check is the preferred means of payment.
Each Caravan varies a bit, but the general process is: There will be a $50 cancellation fee up to a specific date (usually the date that the Leader must start to make deposits to the vendors used by the Caravan). After that date your refund will depend on what deposits the Leader is able to recover.
Our National Caravans are usually planned for a given number of participants because of facilities and cost considerations. Campgrounds may only have room for a certain number of Airstreams; busses may only hold a certain number of people; and price breaks or special tours or events may require a minimum number. In many cases there is also a non-refundable prepayment required for an event. A Caravan Leader may spend up to 2 years planning and scheduling a Caravan to offer the maximum content/cost experience and will be depending on a given number of participants. Based on all of the above, it is very difficult to add part time members (or lose members) on a Caravan. It is also often impossible to guarantee a refund for committed events because the cost is shared between all of the planned caravan members.
Caravans are designed to provide the best taste of an area possible without traveling too far in any one day or moving too often.
Caravans RARELY travel in a convoy. Most times you will travel in small groups of 3 or 4 for companionship and safety, however if you prefer you may travel by yourself.
At the beginning of the Caravan you will be given a “Drivers Manual”. It will contain information about the operation of the Caravan and detailed driving directions from stop to stop.
Our Caravans try to explore all of the areas that we travel through. As a result, camping accommodations may range from Full hookup sites to dry camping in ball fields or parking lots. Your “Drivers Manual” will contain information about each site so that you can be prepared.
We encourage you to explore the areas we travel to. If possible plans are made to stay at a stopping location for 2 or 3 days (sometimes more).
There will be group tours arranged to highlight things of local interest, plus you will have plenty of time to explore on your own.
There will be plenty of time to explore on your own.
You will be provided with a list of telephone numbers of the campgrounds where we will stop along. You may provide this list to someone at home so that they can contact you. If you have to leave the Caravan because of an emergency, the Leaders will make every attempt to recover prepaid expenses and return them to you as soon as they can.
You are responsible for handling any medical or equipment emergency on your own. However, there will be many people on the Caravan that will pitch in and help you all they can. On travel days there will be an assigned “Caboose” to stop with you if you run into trouble on the road. They will not be able to fix your problem, but will stay with you until a solution has been found.
You will be provided a list of mailing addresses where your mail can be sent. There will be a “postman” assigned from the Caravan that will gather the mail and deliver it to Caravan members.
Certainly, pets are welcome on our Caravans. You must take care of your pets and clean up after them every time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
WBCCI Central Office803 E. Pike StreetP.O. Box 612Jackson Center,OH 45334Ph 937-596-5211Fax 937-596-5542