The VAC Rendezvous - Little Airstreams on the Prairie

Plans are underway for the VAC to circle the Airstreams in DeSmet, South Dakota, on the grounds of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead. Yes, this is the same Laura Ingalls who wrote the Little House on the Prairie and the Little House book series. The Homestead has fun for the whole family with tours of the grounds, where Laura was inspired to write her books, covered wagon rides, an 1880’s school session, Ma’s Little House, ponies and horses, a Prairie Exhibit and other pioneering activities, and a well-stocked gift shop. It is a beautiful prairie landscape, where the view hasn’t changed much since Ingalls experienced it first hand. This is a themed gathering. Our goal is to become the “Little Airstreams on the Prairie” for one evening. As part of the festivities, we will be encouraging participants to dress in period costume for the day, evening, or how about just a bonnet or western hat!

We are also working on a special surprise in the evening for those attending. This will be an overnight stop before we caravan to the International Rally grounds in Huron, South Dakota in the grandest fashion we can present—a caravan of silver wagons heading to the Vintage Parking area. Limited space will be available for the rendezvous and caravan, so save the dates and plan on making your reservations early. A sign-up form will be posted, after the first of the year on the website. This should prove to be a very fitting and enjoyable end to the Wagon Wheel Caravan, and hopefully a truly memorable and historic VAC Rendezvous. Stay tuned to the website for more information, too. All attendees must be registered for the International Rally—Go to wbcci.org for more information.

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50th Anniversary Around the World Wagon Wheel Caravan

Schedule

June 19th - 1:00pm Check-in starts at KOA Hot Springs SD (full hook ups)

- 4:30pm Happy Hour (even WBCCI numbers bring appetizers)

- 6:00pm Catered Bar B-Q Dinner

 

June 20th - KOA Pancake Breakfast (not included in Caravan fees)

- Day open for touring

- 4:30pm Happy Hour (odd WBCCI numbers bring appetizers)

- 6:00pm Open Grill and Bring a side dish to share

 

June 21st - KOA Pancake Breakfast (not included in Caravan fees)

- Depart KOA Hot Springs (Check-out 11:00am)

- 9:30am Optional Mammoth Site tour and lunch (you will need to bring your trailers)

- 1:00pm Check-in Starts Trailside Park Resort Hill City SD (full hook ups)

- 4:30pm Happy Hour (even WBCCI numbers)

- 6:00pm Open grill and bring a side dish to share

 

June 22nd - 7:00 to 9:00am VAC Presidents Pancake Breakfast (included)

- Day open for touring

- 3:00pm Optional 1880 Vintage Train with wine and cheese

- Dinner on your own

 

 June 23rd - Depart Trailside Park Resort (Check-out 11:00am)

 - Your route and stops are open (choose wisely because you can not see it all)

 - 1:00pm Check-in starts Interior SD KOA White River (full hook ups)

 - 4:30pm Happy Hour (odd WBCCI numbers)

 - 6:00pm Dinner (Hamburgers provided bring a side to share)

 

 June 24th - KOA Pancake Breakfast (not included in Caravan fee)

 - Depart KOA Interior (Check-out 11:00am)

 - 11:30am Optional Picnic Lunch Oahe Dam parking lot

 - 1:00pm Optional tour Oahe Dam and Power Plant

 - 4:00pm Check-in starts Oahe Downstream Recreation Area ( electric only at site, dump and fresh water available)

 - 5:00pm Happy Hour (even numbers)

 - Dinner on your own

 

 June 25th - 7:00 to 9:00am Pancake Breakfast (included)

 - Depart Oahe Downstream (Check out 4:00pm)

 - Your route and stops are open

 - Check-in starts Laura Ingalls Homestead in De Smet SD (No electric, No dump)

- 5:00 Happy Hour

 

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Vintage Airstreaming is becoming more and more popular. As a member of the VAC you will have the opportunity to learn more about your vintage beauty. You’ll also meet other owners of these classy and historic RVs and possibly learn from their experiences and mistakes.

Look below at the numerous resources and year-round events that your $20 VAC membership brings. You’ll also receive a VAC club decal to display in your vintage trailer window — wear it with pride!

The VAC is an Intra-Club of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International Inc. (WBCCI).
For More Information on joining the WBCCI, go to wbcci.org and then to the Membership Info page.

vintageairstreamclub.com A Web site containing the history of Airstream, membership information, a forums, member’s only section, a list of VAC officers and contact information, VAC Classified Advertising as well as photos and links to other Airstream related sites. Our Webmaster is Tim Kendziorski, #17330.
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An Archive of how-to information in written, video/film and on-line formats, that is continually being updated. Materials are gathered from members and other resources whenever and wherever possible.
Our archivist is Joe Peplinski, #6768.

The Vintage Advantage the VAC’s own news publication. Interesting articles, written by vintage owners sharing their experiences, together with articles on restoration, repair and VAC news will keep you updated and inspired. Our editor is Kimber Moore, #11281. CLICK HERE to read our sample issue.
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The information trio of the Vintage Advantage, Archives and Web site constitute a well-rounded tutorial of trailer tales, repair, restoration and operation.

An annual International Rally with social and technical programs that cater to our shared interests, a VAC Rally caravan and Vintage Section parking. Here you can meet the officers, attend an annual membership meeting and enjoy a week of camaraderie with many other vintage trailer enthusiasts.

The Concours d’Elegance vintage trailer show and competition, held each year at the International Rally and at selected regional rallies. This is one of the only trailer concours programs in the world. The Concours Chair is Paul Fancey #6998 and he can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Open Houses where guests can see that gracious living in Airstream trailers has taken place for over 70 years. Some of these trailers are historic and extremely rare. The Open House is tremendously popular – attracting many outsiders who are curious to see what trailer life is all about.

Joins us in the Vintage Airstream Club. We’re looking forward to having you as a member of the largest and most enthusiastic Intra-Club of the WBCCI! There are many great adventures and events ahead and an abundance of information for you on renovations and maintenance issues that you may be facing. Happy Vintage Trails!

 

 

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Is your recreational vehicle made by Airstream AND 25 years or older? Are you a member of the WBCCI?

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Check out the WBCCI and then sign up (WBCCI Membership). Check out the Unit Guide & Map-to know what area and region you are in. Find a unit near you or one that suits your preferences. Then come back here and sigh up with the VAC and start discovering the joys of the vintage lifestyle!

 

 

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