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58th International Convention/Rally

Farmington, New Mexico   June 26 - July 4, 2015

 Farmington Web Site

Convention/Rally Fees for registrations received prior to January 1, 2015, will be $425 for couples, $350 for singles, and $125 for each additional adult. Convention/Rally fees for the first 575 to register include 30 amp electricity, water and regular pump outs (No 3 amp electricity or generator section available).


Rally Fees received after January 1, 2015, will be $450 for couples, $375 for singles, and $135 for additional adults.
Through the courtesy of Airstream, Inc., all members pre-registering on or before January 1, 2015, will be eligible to participate in a drawing for up to a total of $2,000 in awards. The award may be redeemed at any Airstream Dealership or at the Jackson Center Service Facility for parts and service.

Free parking in the Bull Pen, with no services, is permitted for one night only before your parking date. Additional nights prior to your parking date will be at the rate of $25/night, payable at verification.

FEE REFUND POLICY All convention/rally fee refund requests must be postmarked by May 15, 2015, and must include the complete pass receipt. All cancellations will be assessed a $30.00 administrative fee. There will be no refunds if postmarked after May 15 except as approved by the International Rally Committee.


Online registration is now available!!! ($15 fee to process Credit Card will be added)
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Rally Schedule Tentative (Updated April 25,2015)
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You say...Farmington, NM? Yup, that’s right, Joe & Sandy Perryman have chosen this location for their 2015 International Rally site. The fairgrounds will be the parking site for the Rally and are located off Highway 516 on Fairgrounds Road. This rally will provide you with water and electricity. There will be septic pumping during the rally.

Where is Farmington, NM? Elevations are about 5,200 feet. Farmington is located in the northwest corner of New Mexico off of Highway 491, North of I-40. Farmington is also South of Colorado’s Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and Mesa Verde National Park. Golfers, there is a huge Pinon Hills Golf Course North of the Fairgrounds. Pinon Hills Golf Course is rated a #4 Municipal Golf Course in the USA by Golfweek Magazine. The Four Corners Regional Airport is west of the fairgrounds.

Tourism is huge in New Mexico. You will be blown away by the beauty that will be available to you when you approach this 2015 Rally site of Farmington, NM. Come early to the State of New Mexico and do some touring. There will be future articles describing the beauty of this State. You can create your caravan to approach New Mexico. The major Interstates of I-40 and I-25 will lead you as you approach Farmington.  But, it is the other highways that lead you through the State of New Mexico before you head to Farmington or as you wend your way back home.

Colorado to the north has its charm and will be featured in future articles as well. To the west is Arizona. If you haven’t been to Grand Canyon...this is a must. Plus, prior to the Grand Canyon is the Petrified Forest National Park... check it out! The scenic route of I-40 lends much to your itinerary...so much to see, so little time...Hurry!

There will be guest writers that will give you a look at what is ahead of you for the 2015 Farmington, NM Rally. Be looking for something of interest for everyone with their articles. Be prepared to experience and enjoy the beautiful State of New Mexico at the International Rally.

...stay tuned and be ready to enjoy!

 


 

Hello WBCCI Members – Well we are getting close to our 58th International Convention/Rally in Farmington, New Mexico “The Land of Enchantment” June 26–July 4, 2015.  By the time you read your latest Blue Beret, many of you will be on your way travelling by one of the many Caravans expected to arrive at what promises to be a great Rally.
  Great entertainment, interesting seminars and round table discussions, with vendors to support your RV lifestyle, visiting with new and long time friends at Unit and Region luncheons,dinners and happy hours. Again this year the daily group happy hours enjoyed by members will be held so drop in for a visit and meet many more WBCCI friends.
  Our important annual meetings will be held at the Rally giving you, the member, the opportunity to have your say in the direction of your Club. This is your Rally and your Club, if you haven’t registered it is time to do so, registration is ongoing and if you make a last minute decision to come you will be welcome.
  President Joe Perryman and First Lady Sandy extend their personal invitation to join your fellow members of WBCCI at the 58th International Rally June 26–July 4, 2015 in beautiful Farmington, New Mexico.
  You really don’t want to miss this Rally and the many interesting different sights to be seen in the area along with all the various and interesting activities at the Rally. REGISTER NOW!! 
  Read now the article provided by guest writer, David Weddle, WBCCI #1550 as he provides information on “Camping with the Ancient Ones.

Camping with the Ancient Ones
Dave Weddle, #1550

In the summer of 2015, the WBCCI will hold the International Convention/Rally in Farmington, New Mexico, USA.  Farmington is situated in the northwest corner of the state and lies near the center of the most extensive, and best preserved, pre-Columbian archaeological sites in North America. In the period roughly between AD 850 and AD 1250, in a span of about 100 miles around Farmington, the Chacoan Culture arose, flourished and disappeared, leaving behind their pottery, kivas and multistoried stone buildings. The Chacoans did not have a written language and thus are referred to by a variety of names including, Ancient Puebloans, Anasazi or Ancient Ones, and Ancestral Puebloans. You will find many interesting things to see and do during your time at the Rally in Farmington; but if you have a couple of hours or a free day, visit one or more of these sites. You will be amazed and rewarded with what you find.
  Although I am not an archaeologist or even a native of New Mexico, there are three Chacoan sites that I would recommend. Two sites, Aztec and Salmon Ruins, are within a few minutes of Farmington; one site, Chaco Canyon, is more suited to a day trip. A brief description and directions to each site is as follows:

Aztec Ruins National Monument. Directions: from Farmington travel east on Hwy 516 about 14 miles, then turn left on Ruins Road to the site. Aztec Ruins is a fairly intact ruin, about 900 years old. Misnamed “Aztec” by earlier explorers, it is considered an outlier from the Chaco Canyon site. One of the most interesting features of this site is a fully reconstructed kiva. A kiva is a circular structure, partially below ground level, that served as a sanctuary of sorts for religious or social gatherings.  It is well worth taking the time to visit this site.

Salmon Ruins. Directions: from Farmington travel east on Hwy 64 about 10 miles. Salmon Ruins is adjacent to the highway on the right. The site is named for an early home-steader, not the fish. Salmon Ruins is similar in some respects to Aztec, and is considered an outlier of Chaco Culture with kivas and ruins of multi-storied buildings. In addition to the ruins there is a museum, research library and gift shop as well as the original homestead dwelling of George Salmon

Chaco Culture National Historic Park. Directions: from Farmington travel east on Hwy 64 10-12 miles to Bloomfield.  Turn south (right) on Hwy 550 and proceed for about 50 miles to the turnoff on the right to Chaco Culture National Historical Park, CR 7950. This road is paved for the first 5-6 miles, then becomes a dirt road for the remainder of the trip (about 13 miles). It is best to make the trip to Chaco during dry weather and leave your trailer or RV in Farmington (although some do camp at the park’s campground). Although somewhat difficult to reach, this is the most extensive and interesting of the three sites described in this article. First of all, Chaco is massive, containing thirteen major ruins, hundreds of kivas and multi-storied stone buildings. For perhaps 300 years this site was the cultural and religious center of Chaco Culture. There are so many kivas here that Chaco Canyon is sometimes referred to as the “Rome of the Americas.” Fortunately there is a circular road through the park with stops for short walks to some of the sites. However, Chaco Canyon is a great place to bike or take long hikes.  Bring plenty of drinking water, and for some of us...a Golden Age Passport!

There are many additional sites that are within a day’s drive of Farmington. Consider visiting Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona or Hovenweep National Monument in Utah, to name a few. So when we arrive in Farmington and set up camp in our Airstreams for the International Convention/Rally we will, in effect, be camping with the ancient ones, in the same area where the Chacoans and other ancient peoples lived and camped for thousands of years.

 


 

April, spring is underway, Airstreams are being prepared for summer travel, Units have geared up for the upcoming Caravan and Rally season. Hopefully the International Convention/Rally is high on your list of planning.
Farmington, New Mexico “The Land of Enchantment” awaits and promises to be a special place for our 58th International Convention/Rally June 26 - July 4, 2015. At the time of writing this article we have 341, and increasing, Units registered with approximately 680 people planning to attend this exciting Rally in this beautiful area. We are working hard to meet our goal or exceed of 400 plus Units and 800 plus members.
This month we will talk about things you want to know about attending the Rally and our all important annual meeting for WBCCI. The IBT Seminar will be held on June 25; this is your opportunity as a member to be heard and to help shape the future of your organization. June 30 is the Delegates meeting, again an opportunity for you, the member, to express through your delegate your interest in the future of the Club.
Evening entertainment is always popular and you can look forward to events on June 27-28-30 and July 1 & 2. We will have vendors on site that will provide RV supplies, fun items to purchase and good information to enhance your RV experience. We can also look forward to seminars and workshops including and more information on:

  • Internet Theft
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Personal Safety (Farmington Police Dept)
  • Aztec Ruins National Monuments
  • Convection & Microwave Cooking
  • First Timers Seminar
  • Convection Cooking
  • Tech Seminars
  • Member Idea Exchange
  • Staying out of the Emergency Room


Parking – we have a great parking area, level, clean with 575 well laid out two point hook-up with pump outs every four days. It is important to come in with empty tanks, depending on your arrival date and the pump out schedule you may have four days to wait. A dump station is on site for your convenience but it is better to arrive ready to be parked.
Early parking is available at the fairgrounds prior to your park date for $25.00 per night payable to the McGee Fairgrounds (note: you may be required to move to your Rally spot on your park date). Early parking would provide time to tour this amazing area before the busy Rally schedule starts.
President Joe Perryman and First Lady Sandy extend their personal invitation to join your fellow members of WBCCI at the 58 th International Rally June 26 - July 4, 2015 in beautiful Farmington, New Mexico. Also, have a look at NM Magazine at www.nmmagazine.com for some great information and reviews to add to your Rally experience.
You really don’t want to miss this Rally and the many interesting, different sights to be seen in the area along with all the various and interesting activities at the Rally. REGISTER NOW!!

Now, let’s enjoy the following article provided by New Mexico Unit Member Anne Werth and her guest writer Nancy
Werth on the benefits and fun of:

“13 Food Things to Know about New Mexico”

How can you tell that you have a New Mexican in your life? Do they have less freezer space because it is filled with green chile? Have they ever tried to order a green chile cheeseburger at their local burger joint? Don’t worry, it’s pretty much the thing to do in New Mexico.
Categorizing New Mexican food can be tricky. It’s not really Mexican and it’s definitely not Tex Mex. It lives somewhere between the two, in a world where there is a lot more cheese.

Here are some highlights about New Mexico food:

1. There is a difference between chili and chile. Chili is a stew with meat and beans. Chile is a fruit. Chile can be turned into chili but not the opposite.
2. Sopapillas can be eaten for any meal. Sopapillas are fried dough. Stuffed with eggs, they are breakfast. Put some meat inside and cover in chile (see #3), you have lunch or dinner. Drizzle with honey and you have dessert.
3. Christmas is not just a holiday, it’s a food choice. You can smother your burrito with red chile sauce or green chile sauce. Can’t decide – tell the waitress “Christmas”. When your food comes, you’ll get both!
4. The smell of roasting chile makes you think of fall. It’s a ritual, like going to the New Mexico State Fair or heading back to school. And it smells pretty fantastic.
5. You’ve felt the pain firsthand of not wearing gloves to peel the roasted green chile mentioned above. The burn is no joke! Forget once...you’ll never forget again.
6. Feeling sick? Someone’ll bring you green chile stew. Stub your toe – green chile helps. Celebrating a special event? Green chile’s on the menu.
7. All pizza shops should offer green chile as a topping. It’s the tastiest topping of all time and green chile has more Vitamin C than an orange so it’s good for you.
8. You can eat anything on a tortilla.  You name it – burgers, melted cheese and even chocolate sauce.
9. Even though they are made of food, chile ristras are just for decoration. 
Chile ristras make a lovely pop of color on your front porch as the bright red chile pods are strung on a string; however, they get moldy and are a good home for spiders or bugs.
10. If someone is selling breakfast burritos from their trunk, you should buy them. They are about as authentic as you can get and they are extremely portable to eat while towing your trailer.
11. A McDonald’s Green Chile Cheeseburger should only be eaten in the event there is absolutely nothing else to eat.  They are much tastier than the regular cheeseburger and the green chile will counteract the effects of the cheeseburger. Remember, there is more Vitamin C in a serving of green chile than in an orange.
12. When in doubt, order the combo plate.  Because sometimes you just need a taco, enchilada and a tamale. And be brave and have your enchilada smothered Christmas-style. (See #3)
13. Green chile is hotter than red chile. Trust me on this one. Red is universally known as HOT but it’s sometimes reversed here in New Mexico.
HAPPY EATINGS!


 

Hello Everyone, it’s March and Airstream Snowbirds should be returning home from the warm south, others are preparing for summer travel and many are preparing to travel to the 58th International Rally in Farmington, New Mexico, “The Land of Enchantment.” If you haven’t registered, now is the time to do so – you don’t want to miss this one June 26 – July 4, 2015.

New this year, will be a FREE DAY – June 29, 2015 is your day to tour this amazing area. Within driving distance you can experience:

Canyon de Chelly National Monument    
Navajo Lake State Park        
Monument Valley
Anasazi Arch
Pinon Hills Golf Course
Aztec Ruins

Fishing on the San Juan River 
Angel Peak Scenic Area    
Historic Bloomfield
Mesa Verde National Park            
Salmon Ruins Museum        
Chaco Canyon
Four Corners Monument            
Wines of the San Juan        
the Dusty Attic
Historic Downtown Farmington         
Durango-Silverton Area    
Shiprock Pinnacle

And I know I have missed some, all these areas are spectacular and you don’t want to miss them!
On arrival at the Rally site, you will receive a registration/welcome package with information on all the amazing events and tours that will be part of your Rally experience.
A golf tournament is being planned for the golf enthusiast so be sure to bring your golf clubs and enjoy a round at the Pinon Hills Golf Course, ranked 4th in courses in the United States. Not an opportunity you want to miss.
Guided tours for some of these locations can be arranged at the Rally Tour desk while detailed information can be obtained on other locations for self-guided tours. As shown above there is so much to do and see you can’t possibly do everything during your time at the Rally.
Many Units are planning caravans before and after the Rally to see all the amazing sites in this area. If your Unit has not planned a caravan now is the time to consider one, you and your fellow Airstreamers will enjoy every minute of the trip. If traveling on your own is your preference, this is a trip you shouldn’t miss, this is why you own and enjoy your Airstream. This is your opportunity for Adventure and beauty culminated with Fun and Fellowship at the International Rally.
President Joe Perryman and First Lady Sandy extend their personal invitation to join your fellow members of WBCCI at the 58th International Rally June 26 – July 4, 2015 in beautiful Farmington, New Mexico.  Also, have a look at NMMagazine at www.nmmagazine.com for some great information and reviews to add to your Rally experience.
You really don’t want to miss this Rally and the many interesting different sights to be seen in the area along with all the various and interesting activities at the Rally. REGISTER NOW!!


 

Do you want up-to-the minute information about:

1. The Care and Feeding of Your RV
2. Batteries, Chargers, Inverters and Solar Systems
3. Troubleshooting and Repair of Water Heaters, Furnaces & Refrigerators
4. Troubleshooting and Repair of your Air Conditioning System
5. Setting up a Typical Towing System
6. How to Run an Old Fashioned Maintenance Rally & Why You Should Every Year
7. Trailer and Motorhome Round Table (Major safety concerns of refrigerator recalls - Propane safety and quick-release connections - Fire, Propane and Carbon Monoxide safety sensors - How to determine the proper RV tire pressure - How to test your breakaway switch - Proper hook-up of a motorhome towed vehicle - Repair of the primary tow vehicle electrical cable - Selection of motorhome break controllers - Deciding when you need a professional repair
technician - How to control trailer sway)

Only at the WBCCI International Rally can you experience “Hands-on Tech Seminars” presented by Technical Support Standing Committee Chairman, Howard Lefkowitz. This premiere event is often standing room only and can only be experienced at the International Rally. The information is invaluable and part of your Rally experience; you don’t want to miss
them. Read on for details of these very informative Seminars.

1. The Care and Feeding of Your RV
The purpose of this seminar is to help you be prepared with spare parts, special tools and the knowledge to minimize any unhappy experiences the next time you use your RV. Even if you are a klutz and have no ability to do any repairs, you can usually find several helpers who will be happy to assist you. However, you are responsible for having the spare parts and unusual supplies that are necessary for your RV. A little education can go a long way to minimizing repair costs and providing extra funds to buy that new gadget.
I will address both trailers and motorhomes that overlap in many of our most important appliances. I will also examine some of the unique aspects of these two RV types.
It is called preventive maintenance and it works. If you always wait until something fails before you repair it, you are doomed to breakdowns, usually at the most inopportune times. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The service shops just love these people. Try fixing things before they break for a change. If wheel bearings last 100,000 miles then lets change them at 95,000 miles. I remember a Caravan where one of the tow vehicles lost an entire wheel while traveling on a side trip. The bearing just fell apart. Of course, it was a front tire. The Airstreamer did not understand how this could have happened since he had faithfully repacked the bearings at the recommended intervals for the last 125,000 miles. I tried to explain that this did not insure that the bearing would last forever. Wheel bearings are a constant wear item and will eventually die of old age. I strongly suggested that he have both of the front bearings changed but he was from the “if it ain’t broke” school. I hope I am not around when the other wheel falls off since that surely will elicit an “I told you so”.

2. Batteries, Chargers, Inverters and Solar Systems
Batteries
We use two basic battery types in our RV’s:
1. Engine start in a motorhome or tow vehicle (starter battery)
2. Coach unit for running 12 volt appliances, lights and various electronic boards (deep cycle battery).
To obtain the best performance and optimum life, each of these battery types represents a completely different design.  In small boat applications, where there is only room for a single battery, manufacturers have made a compromise design to serve both functions.
In our RV’s we have both types. Obviously, the best cost/highest performance batteries will be those optimized for the two separate RV functions.
Chargers
The best chargers provide four stages of computer chip controlled charge current. This type of charger will provide the best battery performance and the longest useful life. They usually have switches and sensors to optimize charge parameters for different types of deep cell batteries and the ambient temperature. This allows you to keep the batteries on continuous
charge. If you have a source of shore power your batteries can be left in the RV during the winter months with no danger of freezing. Once I changed to a computer chip controller, I have kept my batteries on charge, continuously, since 1989. They are always charged and ready to go on one of my winter camping trips.
Inverters
The converters (chargers) described in the last section essentially convert 120 VAC to 12 plus volts DC. An inverter is just the opposite it converts, 12 volts DC from a battery to 120 VAC to run appliances in your RV. It draws amp/hours from the battery system to power the things we would like when we do not have shore power. Some of our appliances work directly from the batteries i.e. water heater, furnace, refrigerator, lights, radio, etc. (some of them with a little help from the propane). Things we would like to have that cannot be run from DC include hair dryer, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, TV, hi-fi stereo, computer, vacuum cleaner, satellite TV, small battery chargers for phones and I-pods. Large motor homes usually include combination converter/inverter units that provide several kilowatts of AC power as well as a computer controlled charger. Some of these include multiple large 4D or 8D batteries that can easily power large microwave units. These are built in with all the needed wiring and control circuits available. Several of the appliances are already connected to the inverter through multiple use receptacles that are also shore powered, when it is available. Adding this capability to a trailer
or motorhome, after the fact, would be an extremely difficult and expensive undertaking which I do not usually recommend.
Solar Power
When we withdraw amp/hours from our battery vault we have to return them as soon as we have a source available. This could be shore-power, an alternator (from the tow vehicle or motorhome), a generator or a solar panel system. Solar energy is free, however, collecting and processing it is fairly expensive. Let’s examine a typical system and determine the costs, efficiency, system configuration and effectiveness for our individual camping choices.


3. Troubleshooting and Repair of Water Heaters, Furnaces & Refrigerators
One of the key secrets to troubleshooting a piece of equipment is to have some idea about how it works. We usually know what the input and output are supposed to be but have no idea how we get from here to there. A water heater takes cold water and delivers hot water using propane; a furnace provides hot air using propane; an air conditioner provides cool air using 120 VAC; a refrigerator provides cool and frozen food using propane or 120 VAC or sometimes 12 VDC; a generator provides 120 VAC from either gas, diesel or propane; a charger keeps our batteries working properly using 120 VAC or an alternator;
an inverter changes our 12 VDC into 120 VAC; a solar panel helps keep our batteries charged using sunlight; etc., etc.
We take all of this equipment, stick it into a box, leave it outside all year long and subject it to extremely hot and cold temperatures. We dump water and dirt all over it and then periodically shake the heck out of it. No wonder our RV appliances and equipment constantly need care and feeding. Lots of little critters like the smell of propane so they build nests in the equipment that can block the flow of air or gas. Exposure to the weather and dirt can cause short circuits on printed circuit boards. Occasionally, manufacturers may have done a poor design or used an unreliable component which will eventually cause a failure. I know it’s hard to believe but some of us might actually not take care of our expensive RV systems (sometimes referred to as MAINTENANCE) resulting in failures at the most inopportune times.
In this seminar we are going to cover water heaters, furnaces and refrigerators. This is not intended to be a detailed step by step troubleshooting manual for a technician. We will provide a basic outline of how the equipment works, maintenance you should be doing on a routine basis and an outline of what usually goes bad. Many of you should be able to do the simpler
repairs yourselves and gain some knowledge in order to make the decision when you need to visit a professional repair shop.

4. Troubleshooting and Repair of your Air Conditioning System
To cool your RV you must remove the heat from inside the vehicle and release it to the outside air. This process is essentially the same for your RV, automobile or house air conditioning system. The components may be somewhat different but the functions performed are identical. You require some refrigerant that can be pressurized and then converted to a liquid (usually Freon). Getting the cool air inside the RV and the heated air outside is accomplished by circulating the Freon through two sets of coils (similar to your water based automobile radiator). By blowing on the coils with two fans, the cool inside air can be circulated in the vehicle while the heat removed from the RV is discharged to the outside. Figure (1), illustrates
the basic components of a home air conditioning system. Since we are constantly discharging the warm air (externally) and circulating the cold air (internally), we only need one motor to drive both fans. A squirrel-cage fan blade is used to circulate the high airflow inside (cool air) and a conventional fan blade for the outside (hot air) discharge. The compressor does the
main work by circulating the refrigerant in order to provide the heat transfer. The evaporator, condenser and refrigerant are all part of an inter-connected sealed system that is usually not serviceable. The compressor itself is also a sealed unit with no serviceable parts. An internal failure usually means replacement of the complete unit. After about 15 to 20 years if your compressor has failed, it is time to replace the entire A-C unit.

5. Setting up a Typical Towing System
This seminar will provide guides for selecting the hitch, determining the correct ball mount height, selecting the weight distribution bar and determining the gross trailer tow weight (GTW) and the tongue weight (TW). Selecting a proper tow vehicle and hooking it up correctly will be discussed. Wiring running and turn signal lights, trailer charge lines and brake lines will be presented. Minimizing sway and how anti sway systems can help. How brake controllers work and how to select them. How to adjust an equalizer hitch. Making sure your tow vehicle chains, electrical cable and safety brake are set up correctly.

6. How to Run an Old Fashioned Maintenance Rally & Why You Should Every Year
This seminar will describe, in detail, how to run a maintenance rally. Forms and check off lists will be provided with descriptions as needed. Required tools and chemicals will be detailed as well as the needed methodology. This is set up for a Friday to Sunday Rally with lots of time to provide demonstrations and discuss individual member’s special problems.  Each member does his own maintenance with the guidance, special tools and fluids provided by the Rally Master. Besides de-winterizing, every participant goes home with a rig that is ready for the coming year’s camping events. This Rally is usually run in April.  Open the Rally and invite anyone with an Airstream to attend, meet your Unit members and learn how to effectively use
their RV’s. They will quickly understand the value of joining WBCCI.

7. Trailer and Motorhome Round Table
This is an open discussion of any topic of concern to the members. Recent discussions have included:
1. Major safety concerns of refrigerator recalls
2. Propane safety and quick-release connections
3. Fire, propane and carbon monoxide safety sensors
4. How to determine the proper RV tire pressure
5. How to test your breakaway switch
6. Proper hook-up of a motorhome towed vehicle
7. Repair of the primary tow vehicle electrical cable
8. Selection of motorhome brake controllers
9. Deciding when you need a professional repair technician
10. How to control trailer sway

President Joe Perryman and First Lady Sandy extend their personal invitation to join your fellow members of WBCCI at the 58th International Rally June 26-July 4, 2015 in beautiful Farmington, New Mexico.  Also, have a look at NWMagazine at www.nwmagazine.com for some great information and reviews to add to your Rally experience.
You really don’t want to miss this Rally and the many interesting and different sights to be seen in the area along with all the various activities at the Rally. Register now!


Hello Everyone;
Hopefully plans are being made for your upcoming trip to Farmington, New Mexico and the 58th International WBCCI Convention/Rally – June 26– July 4, 2015.
International President Joe and First Lady Sandy Perryman extend their personal invitation to join them and fellow members of WBCCI at this fun-filled event.
If you haven’t registered you are encouraged to do so before January 1, 2015 to save up to $25.00 on your registration.
This year we have been able, through careful planning and the elimination of the contribution to headquarters from the International Rally fund, to provide a lower Rally fee while still maintaining all the events and activities you want and expect at your International Convention/Rally.
Registration is now available online or you can still submit your registration to headquarters using the registration form in the Blue Beret. If you attend an event with one of the Executive Committee members present, your EC members have registration forms, bags and Rally shirts available and they will be happy to get you registered and on your way to attending this great event. Registration costs increase in January so don’t delay; Register Now!
To help you make your decision to join your fellow Airstreamers, the following is a brief outline of the activities you can expect from opening day to closing of the Rally along with added Pre-Rally information on events and activities prior to the opening ceremony. It has been noted and acknowledged that members have arrived at the Rally to find events have taken place and they have missed them because of misunderstanding of Rally dates.

This article will serve as the first outline of the Rally events and as we draw closer to the Rally more information will be provided with firm times and dates of various events; for now let’s consider a general outline of the upcoming Farmington Rally.

RALLY DATE: JUNE 26– JULY 4

This is the official Rally time frame and represents the time in which the Official Business of the Club takes place.
June 26 – Opening Ceremony
June 30 – Delegates Seminar and Meeting, Election of Officers, Voting on Business brought forward before the Club to be determined by the Unit Delegates
July 3 – Installation of Officers
July 4 – Closing Ceremony


The events outlined above are the dates of the business that must take place while our membership is in attendance.
During this time there are also a very large number of individual events happening such as Unit and Region breakfasts, luncheons, dinners and meetings. Also during this time there are many seminars, demonstrations of various types, workshops, vendors and this year at Farmington, a free day to tour and visit this beautiful area.
So - now that we have filled up these important business days June 26-July 4, we know that we will need more time to
get in the rest of these important seminars, workshops, demonstrations, breakfasts, luncheons, dinners, meetings and visit our vendors. We now need to turn our attention to what would be best called our Pre-Rally events, all of which are important and fun.
Two important dates to note in this “Pre-Rally” time are:
June 25 – IBT Seminar and Meeting, open to all members in attendance for discussion of events and direction of our reat Club.
June 25 – Unit Presidents Dinner (by invitation to current Unit Presidents)


These dates, along with other events will be published in later Rally promotion reports. Other dates related to the International Convention/Rally in Farmington, NM are the extremely important volunteer rally set up dates. WBCCI is a strictly volunteer organization and it takes a considerable number of volunteers to set up the Rally events and ensure that all functions are ready when the members arrive to enjoy their International Convention/Rally. Volunteers are always needed and afford another opportunity for you, as a WBCCI member, to both contribute and enjoy all the activities of the Rally.
We sincerely hope this information answers some of your questions and encourages you to register for your International Convention/Rally; we will keep you apprised of events and specific dates as they are confirmed and the Rally draws closer.


Register Now! We want to count you in the Fun-Fellowship and Adventure. More registration information is
available at our new Facebook page called "WBCCI Farmington Rally 2015". All sites have the link to online registration and are updated immediately, as information becomes available.


 

Having left Gillette, Wyoming and the 57th WBCCI International Convention/Rally behind, we began our forward planning trip to Farmington, New Mexico in preparation for the 58th WBCCI International Convention/Rally.
Travelling to Farmington, NM with the Executive Committee and committee Chairman Leslie Heckenswiler and Chairman Ronnie Erb was busy but a great experience. This forward planning caravan lead by International President, Joe Perryman and First Lady Sandy is very busy as the participants review all facets of the previous Rally; they review all Committee Chairmen reports and identify areas for change, improvement or enhancement.
An in-depth review of the facilities at the McGee Fairgrounds, the site of the 58th International Convention/Rally was made. Rooms are assigned for various functions, campground requirements are identified, bank accounts and a Post Office box are opened and caterers are contacted. Visits to the Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitor Bureau are made (have a look at www.farmingtonnm.org) for great information on this amazing area we are about to visit.
Every possible detail is reviewed to ensure you the members of WBCCI can experience a great Convention/Rally next year.
Now, speaking of a great Convention/Rally you should start making plans for a fun WBCCI event; the fairgrounds are excellent for our Rally, parking will be 2 point hook-up with pump outs every 4 days, the sites are level, spacious on a good fine gravel base with trees around the camp area. The buildings are in excellent condition and very clean, sound systems appear to be very good, offices, class rooms and vendor areas are more than satisfactory. Sounds like a great venue for our Convention/Rally in 2015.
In addition to our excellent site, right next door within walking distance is the “Sun Ray Park and Casino” providing, if you are interested, gaming, entertainment, horse racing, bingo and a multitude of restaurants and dining rooms for various Region and Unit events.
The Rally and area will keep you busy; however you will want to visit the City of Farmington. This is a drive of about 5 1/2 miles from the fairgrounds and provides everything you will need in the form of shopping, restaurants, vehicle service, banking, Laundromats and much, much more.
The area of New Mexico as well as the sights you will experience as you travel to the 58th WBCCI International
Convention/Rally are nothing short of amazing; this is another Bucket List Trip don’t miss this opportunity, put your plans in order to enjoy this great Rally.
President Joe Perryman and First lady Sandy extend their personal invitation to you – registration information is included in the Blue Beret and on WBCCI website at http://wbcci.org/home/rallies-caravans/international-rally

 


 

We are continuing our travels throughout New Mexico leading us to Farmington, NM for the 2015 International Rally. Salinas Pueblo Missions are in a part of New Mexico that will whet your appetite for the beauty that this state brings. The Salinas Pueblo Missions are located in Mountainair, NM. The Missions are a National Monument with the visitor center located in Mountainair, NM west of U.S. 60 and NM 55 Junction. Camping sites are located nearby for you to spend some time exploring The Missions.
The stones are echoes of the communities that were there 300 years ago... vacated in the 1670’s. The Pueblo Indians developed agricultural techniques to support their lifestyles. The stone and adobe homes were indicative of the development of pueblo society down the road. Further development over the next few hundred years occurred in the Salinas Valley, becoming a major trade center and populous parts of the Pueblo world...reaching 10,000 or so dwellers in the 1600’s. They traded maize, pinon nuts, beans, squash, salt and cotton goods for dried buffalo meat, hides, flints and shells. The Ancestral Puebloans (called Anasazi and Mogollon), were rooted as far back at 7,000 years ago. Prior to the development of the communities, the Indians lived in pit houses, covered with pole and mud frames. The evolution provided Missions with hundreds of rooms and kiva plazas. The agricultural techniques evolved into raising turkeys, hunting of rabbits, deer, antelope and bison. The animal hides provided for robes, blankets, rugs and other household items. The Pueblos were gifted weavers, basket makers, and black-on-white pottery which the Salinas Pueblos “borrowed” from the Rio Grand Pueblos. The Salinas drew from other more advanced groups, adapting useful information to their cultures. Their villages were abandoned in the 1670’s and their peoples dispersed.
Fit the visit to the Salinas Pueblo Missions into your travel schedules. History abounds! This is just a little bit of the history of the Missions, check them out for yourselves!

By Anne Werth

 

Category: 2015 Farmington, NM

The 2016 International Rally will be in Lewisburg, WV at the State Fair Campgrounds.

June 28, 2016 to July 5, 2016

More details will be announced at the 2015 International Rally.

Category: 2016 Lewisburg, WV

The 2017 International Rally will be at the fairgrounds in Escanaba, MI.

Please note: the dates are July 22nd - 29th, 2017

More details will be announced at the 2016 International Rally

Category: 2017 Escanaba, MI

2015 NATIONAL AND SPECIAL EVENT RALLY LIST

April 23 – 26, 2015

Tennessee State Rally,   TCPC Airstream Park,  Crossville, Tennessee

The Tennessee WBCCI Units will host the State Rally. Come join us for springtime on the Cumberland Plateau. Don't miss TCPC with the redbuds, dogwoods, and hardwoods in the springtime. Golf on Thursday or Friday, flea market at TCPC, visit Crossville, Muddy Pond Mennonites & 3 wineries. Join us for dutch oven cooking, evening campfire, country music entertainment and food, fun & fellowship. Add a side trip to Music City, Smoky Mountains, Chattanooga or Big South Fork. Contact Howard Hodges, 931-946-2914 or 931-256-5396, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

April 28 – May 3, 2015

Region 8 Rally, Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, Tonganoxie, Kansas

Come join the members of Region 8 as we "Light Up The Trails West". We will explore the trails that went west through the area. The rally fee will include tours of Kansas City, the first city in Kansas, and all admission fees. You will also enjoy 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners. There will be entertainment after dinner and lunch. Also included will be a hobby show, a flea market and a joker tournament. We can also view the 4-H weigh in. This will be a much different Region Rally from past ones. Plan to join Region 8 this year in Kansas. Online registration after February 1 at wbcci.org/region8rally. For information contact Region 8 President Glenn Waters 618-210-7743.

 

April 29 – May 3, 2015

Region 3 Rally, Low Country Reflections, Charleston, South Carolina

The Region 3 Rally will be held at Exchange Park near Charleston, SC.  Three point hookups are $30/night plus rally fees (TBD).  Four breakfasts and one dinner provided.  Tours, kayaking, and other Low Country experiences will be available.  Register at:  http://region3.wbcci.net/region-3-rally-registration/  or Contact Alicia Rafter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

April 30 – May 4, 2015

9th National Texas Vintage Airstream Round-Up Rally, Bellville, Texas

Old and new Airstreams are welcome to attend WBCCI’s Texas Highland Lakes Unit 9th Vintage Airstream Round-Up National Rally, April 30-May 4, 2015, at Coushatte Recreation Ranch, Bellville, Texas. Full hook-ups on grass with trees, catered meals, seminars, panel discussions, campfires and entertainment provided. WBCCI or VAC membership NOT required. Registration found at www.thlu.org or contact Harvey Craig, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 512-633-0380.

 

May 18 – 24, 2015

Region 4 Rally   Richland County Fairgrounds, Mansfield, OH

“Roundup the Wagon Train” Region 4 Rally will be held at the Richland County Fairgrounds. Activities include flea market, hobby show, entertainment, catered grub, line dancing, raffles, door prizes, golf, games, business meetings, seminars, tours and Sunday worship. Contact Marjorie Lotz 937-441-1129, Gary Olinger 740-603-3677 or Don Hetzler 937-335-3301.

 

June 26 – July 4, 2015

58th International Rally   “Explore the Possibilities!”                                              LOGO

Farmington, New Mexico

International President Joe Perryman offers a special invitation to non-member Airstream owners to join the members of the Wally Byam Caravan Club at the International Convention/Rally, June 26 – July 4, in Farmington, New Mexico. The International Convention/Rally is WBCCI’s largest and longest running rally. It is a showcase of the Wally Byam Way of Life. Approximately 500 Airstream trailers and motorhomes are anticipated. It is a unique opportunity for non-members to experience the quality of membership in WBCCI. The activities, Airstream related seminars and entertainment are boundless. See the latest Airstream products and tow vehicles on display. Enjoy the opportunity to talk firsthand with club members, officials and employees of Airstream, Inc. Any non-member interested in attending the International Convention/Rally should contact WBCCI Headquarters at the address listed in this brochure. A registration coupon and all pertinent information will be provided to you. Why not give WBCCI a try. There is no obligation. However, if WBCCI membership is your choice, you will be provided the opportunity to join WBCCI as a member at large, or better yet, speak directly to the members and officers from the Unit in your area. Don’t miss this opportunity. Contact WBCCI Headquarters today.

 

August 2 – 8, 2015

Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention, Special Event Rally, Galax, Virginia

Region 3 will be the host of the 14th Special Event Rally in Galax, Virginia for the 80th Old Time Fiddler’s Convention August 2-8. The Fiddler’s Convention is six days of continuous entertainment, while the rally will have special concerts by Wayne Henderson and Friends, and the Junior Appalachian Musicians as well as a tour of Wayne’s shop and his extraordinary museum, a breakfast, dinner, and melon “cutting” included. Rally fee is $50 per person, $20 children 12-16. Limited to 45 rigs. The rally campsites will be at the Cool Breeze Campground that has three point hook-ups, 30 and 50-amp service, cable TV, and wireless Internet for $30 per night. The website address is: http://coolbreezecampground.com and phone number is 866-342-0300. There is no sign-up coupon or check to send, just call the campground to reserve your campsite and spot in the rally. Pay the rally fee on your arrival. Note: entrance fee to the Fiddlers Convention is not included in the rally fee. The Region 3 website www/region3.wbcci.net will have a page about the rally as will the region calendar.

 

August 3 – 9, 2015

Potlatch & Salmon Rally, Olympia (Lacey), Washington

You will want to experience the festivities planned for Potlatch 2015 at the Washington Land Yacht Harbor August 3-9, 2015. This year’s theme is “Fun in the Sun” and will include live music, comedy night, plenty of outdoor activities, salmon dinner and much more. Come join us at WLYH this August for a heck of a good time. RV site reservations can be made by calling 360-491-3750. Hosted by Mike & Marti Gebbie, 360-485-6549 or 360-250-2054.

 

August 5 – 9, 2015

Michigan State Rally, Ravenna, Michigan

Join us at Crockery Creek RV Park in the village of Ravenna, Michigan for the 2015 Michigan State Rally located between Muskegon and Grand Rapids. The park has many amenities including a General Store, swimming pool and a game room! They will also have tours, meals and fun times for everyone. We hope you will join us August 5-9. Contact Ken & Anita Briggs at 517-543-0636, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

September 9 – 13, 2015

Region 5 Rally, Elkhart County Fairgrounds. Goshen, Indiana

The 40th annual Region 5 Rally will be held at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen IN. The dates will be September 9-13, 2015. There will be tours to the Studebaker museum and mansion, RV hall of fame, Shipshewana and all things Amish. There will be a lot of home cooking on "A Trip to Grandma's." Plus a dinner at an authentic Amish farm. Hope to see you there. You may contact Monte Barksdale for more information at 815-458-3895 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

September 10 – 13, 2015

Old Threshers Special Event Rally. Yuma, Colorado

Yuma is a small farming community located 2 hours east of Denver. This is a fun filled Rally, from the skillet toss to the tractor pull, and all the events in between! The Old Threshers group is made up of local people with the love of doing things the old fashioned way. They have built a small town where all the festivities take place, including a BBQ lunch, music, parades, wheat threshing, wood splitting, antique and craft vendors, just to mention a few things. Come and join us as we step back in time, if only for a few days. Golf carts are available for rental or there are free wagon rides for those who don’t enjoy walking. Contact: Dee Walker 970-774-5250 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

September 14 – 20, 2015

50th Annual Pendleton Round-up Rally, Pendleton, Oregon

Join the Oregon Unit for true western hospitality and one of the top 10 rodeos in North America. This rally is more than rodeo, famous Pendleton Woolen Mills, Native American Art and national dance competition along with the Oregon Heritage Pageant. Check out our Facebook page Pendleton Airstream Rally and oregonunit.wbcci.net for more information. Questions? Contact Teresa Taylor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Janet Howell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

September 26 - October 4, 2015

53rd Annual Swiss Festival National Rally, Sugarcreek, OH

Welcome to the 53rd Swiss Festival National Rally. This is the longest continuously running rally in WBCCI. You’re greeted at the gate by the Welcome Committee dressed in Swiss dress for a week of tours, entertainment and, of course, our famous bean soup. If you have ever said someday I would like to go to the Swiss Festival, the time is now. Contact: Chairman Karin Kurkowski, 586-214-1777.

 

September 30 – October 4, 2015

Storytelling Festival Special Event Rally, Jonesborough, Tennessee

In an age of fast technology, it seems unlikely that thousands of people can spend a weekend mesmerized by the voices of storytellers, yet at this event, that’s exactly what happens. The National Storytelling Festival began in 1973 when 60 gathered to hear a few Appalachian tales told from the back of a hay wagon. Those 60 have grown to 10,000 and the hay wagon has been replaced with large circus tents. The East Tennessee Unit provides you a unique opportunity to attend this popular festival in your Airstream.   $115.00 rally fee includes 5 nights parking w/full hook-ups. Each person is responsible for purchasing his or her tickets to the Storytelling Festival.   Early parking begins Sunday, September 27 @ $23.00 a night. Contact Harry or Teresa Herrmann at 865-966-2222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

October 2 – 6, 2015

Balloon Fiesta National Rally, Albuquerque, New Mexico

This is a rally that Region 12 is sponsoring even though it is not in Region 12. We normally have 200 parking sites at this event but this year we will only have 150. Reserving your spot early will be important this year. Our location at the event is superb. All the 500 plus balloons fly right over our rigs. It is a five-minute walk to the launch area. This rally should be on everyone’s “Bucket List” to see at least one time. Jim & Lynda Polk 805-646-7293 or 310-502-5967.

 

October 6 - 11, 2015

Region 12 Rally, “Bringing Silver Back to the Comstock,” Silver City RV Park, Minden, Nevada

This will be our annual rally and business meeting. We will have 3 theme days that include activities and tours of Lake Tahoe, Virginia City and Carson City, Nevada. BBQ picnic, catered meals and professional entertainment will be provided. We will also have our usual informative workshops and trailer repair seminars. Look for ham radio classes and technology classes as well. Come to beautiful northern Nevada for a great five-day Rally. Robert & Cecelia Stansbury 775-750-0174 or 925-200-4360.

 

October 9 – 11, 2015

Virginia Commonwealth Rally, Waynesboro, Virginia

The Virginia Commonwealth Rally will be held October 9-11, 2015 at the 340 North Campground in Waynesboro Virginia. Enjoy the beautiful Shenandoah Valley fall foliage, the Annual Fall Festival in Waynesboro, the Blue Ridge Parkway and more. Attendees will enjoy a community dinner theatre, a chili and cornbread catered dinner, and an omelet to-your-order breakfast. More details to follow. Contact for more information: Paige Landes 540-289-5389, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

October 13 – 16, 2015

Region 6 Rally,  Sun Roamers RV Resort, Picayune, Mississippi

Our Deep South Region invites you to join us for our Fall Rally in Picayune, MS at Sun Roamers RV Resort. Sun Roamers is located at 41 Mississippi Pines Blvd. Our host at Sun Roamers (a WBCCI member) has a fantastic park for us to enjoy. Amenities galore, great food. Ample time to visit New Orleans, LA or the Mississippi Gulf Coast, only 45 minutes away. Contact Helen Bourgeois at 225-278-1500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information. Also, please check our Region website for updates at http://region6.wbcci.net.

 

October 22 – 25, 2015

Carolinas State Rally, "Mountain Jamboree",  Palmetto Cove Rally Park,  Cleveland, South Carolina

The Carolinas State Rally is back! Come join us at "the Cove" October 22-25 for 4 days of fun and fellowship, including seminars, crafts, entertainment and of course great food. All in the shadows of Table Rock and Caesars Head Mountains, just off SC scenic Hwy. 11. Enjoy the crisp fall air and beautiful colors while parked in a splendid, full hookup rally park. Fellow Carolinians, you will not want to miss this one. For more info contact John Leake at 803-984-7225 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Details forthcoming in the Blue Beret. You will like it!

 

December 28, 2015 – January 1, 2016

Rose Parade Rally, Pasadena, California

This DRY CAMPING event is held four blocks south of Colorado Blvd. where the parade is held. We are now providing bleacher seating for viewing the parade. There is so much to do in Pasadena during this time of year. There are many pre and post parade activities. Band reviews, equestrian shows, float building, after parade float viewing, museums, shopping, restaurants, etc. This is another “Bucket List” rally if you have not experienced this event. Tom Smithson 916-802-0443.

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