The Airstream Dream: What is an Airstreamer?

What-Is-An-AirstreamerTo some, the word Airstream evokes an image of nothing more than a historically popular trailer. But to those who call themselves Airstreamers, it’s more than the name of an RV- it’s a lifestyle. When Wally Byam created the Airstream in 1931, he probably didn’t realize the impact it would have on RV culture throughout the world. More than 80 years later, the aluminum skinned trailer he created to appease his wife who wouldn’t camp without a kitchen is one of the most recognizable vehicles on the road. With a passionate and dedicated following of loyal customers, rallies for “Wally’s Club” are held all over the world, and with nearly 70% of all Airstreams ever made still on the road, restoring and refinishing these trailers is practically a national pastime.
The official name of the “Wally Club,” founded in 1955, is The Wally Byam Caravan Club. As popularity and membership spread outside of the United States, the word “International” was added and the acronym “WBCCI” was often used in reference to the group. Airstreamers are drawn to each other by a mutual love for the Airstream brand and a community spirit based on a love of travel and adventure. Members often participate in large rallies that draw huge crowds of devoted Airstreamers, with a record 4,493 Airstreams attending the 1974 event in Lexington, Kentucky. View full post…

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