A fun and inexpensive way to see the country and the world, caravans are typically a group of 10 to 60 Airstream owners on a road trip together to destinations along a designated route. Sponsored by local Units, Regions, and the International Club, caravans range in duration from days to months and operate on an actual cost basis.
Caravans are led by volunteer hosts—International Caravan Committee members instructed through the WBCCI Caravan Training Program—who are well acquainted with the caravan route, campgrounds, and sightseeing opportunities.
Popular caravans include “Ghost on the East Coast”, “Maple Leaf Trail”, “Taste of the Blue Ridge”, “Springtime in Kentucky”, “Louisiana Cajun Heritage”, “Landmarks West” (following the Lewis and Clark Trail), “Southwest Adventure”, and excursions to historic Civil War sites.
Overseas “rent-a-rig” caravans are also organized by the Wally Byam Overseas Club (sponsored by the International Relations Committee) for touring Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
Interested members can learn more about caravanning or becoming a caravan leader by attending the Introduction to Caravanning seminar at the International Convention, and by visiting LINK.
In addition to caravans, Airstream rallies are planned and hosted by local Units. Held at a fixed location in places of interest throughout the nearby states and regions, rallies are typically three-to four-day weekend excursions with Airstreaming friends a short distance from members’ homes.
Membership in a local Unit permits attendance at any and all Unit rallies—over 1,200 each year—that members are welcome to join as they travel across the country.
Additionally, several Units may join together to host a rally, and most Regions have an annual Region Rally. A number of yearly national rallies, sponsored by local units, are planned around an event or theme of national interest (including the St. Augustine Easter festival in Florida, the Mardi Gras Rally in Louisiana, and the Pendleton Round-Up in Oregon). Examples of Special Event rallies are the Sun Vally Jazz Jamboree in Idaho, the Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico, the Galax Fiddler’s Convention in Virginia, and the Rose Parade in California.
Community Service Rallies are also organized at the Unit level, providing the opportunity to help clean up a park or participate in local fundraisers. Non-Airstream owners may join the fun at a designated “buddy rally”.
Most rallies include full RV hookups (with water, power and sewer connections), but some are offered for dry camping without outside services. Well suited for these “boondocking” adventures, self contained Airstream trailers allow members to bring the comforts of home to remote locations.
New Airstream owners are encouraged to attend a local rally to meet other Airstreamers and learn the benefits of WBCCI membership.
Interested members can learn more about caravanning or becoming a caravan leader by attending the Introduction to Caravanning seminar at the International Convention, and by downloading the Caravan Manual.