NorCal Airstream Club

Welcome to the Northern California unit of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI). The NorCal Airstream Club is a group of people who own Airstreams, love to travel and have fun. Most of our members are from Northern California, including San Joaquin, the North Coast, Sierras, Sacramento Valley and San Francisco Bay area.

PoppyNorCal is large enough to support a great program of rallies and caravans, yet small enough that members easily establish life-long friendships. We tend to be retired or near retirement, although we have seen a recent increase in new members in mid-career. This group has diverse interests including ham radio, fishing, bicycling, quilting, art and history. An underlying theme is the Airstream lifestyle so there is regular chatter about trailer ambiance, maintenance, repair and towing skills. We host a minimum of eight unit rallies a year, mostly in Northern and Central California with an occasional foray into Nevada. Read more…

Grass Valley Rally

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Ray B. and the NorCal group toured Grass Valley’s KVMR community radio station. Photo by Cam M.

The NorCal WBCCI Airstream Club had 31 rigs for the rally at the Nevada County Fairground in Grass Valley, CA.

Next Rally: June 3-7 Oakhurst-Yosemite National Park and Bass Lake rally.

Cali-Rally

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2015 Region 12 Cali-Rally at Camatta Ranch near Santa Margarita, CA. Photos by Kent S.

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Clockwise from upper left: Eating under the shade trees; Parked on the grassland; A 15-year-old fiddle prodigy entertained us; The chili contest. Photos by Kent. S.

Several NorCal members attended the 2015 inaugural Region 12 Cali-Rally at Camatta Ranch near Santa Margarita, CA. More than 60 Airstreamers had perfect spring weather for this dry-camping rally. Several NorCal members pitched in to help Region 12 organize the rally.  Tom and Hedda took on the morning breakfast and coffee chores. Brian and Juliet ran the chili cook-off. It was one of the best tasting chili cook-offs that I’ve attended (we should ask Marcia to serve her white chili at a rally). Juliet led the early morning exercisers in yoga despite some pesky little flying bugs that disturbed our karma. Affiliates Judy and Ken were heavily involved in getting the party organized. April 2015.  Here are some more photos at this link by John Barrett.

Salad Bowl Rally

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Clockwise from top picture: The paved level campsites and sunny weather were conducive to outdoor gatherings; Tom washed a lot of dishes; three couples lost their green ribbons; the San Juan mission tour, and Barry handing out materials.

The NorCal Airstream Club gathered at Betabel RV Campground near San Juan Bautista for the “salad bowl rally.” The group had sunny days with cool evenings. The first full day of the rally was spent exploring San Juan Bautista and the old mission. Several of the Airstreamers also spent part of their day at nearby Santa Cruz or Carmel. The second day of the rally was spent in Gilroy, which has an expansive discount shopping mall. The hosts, Pat, Barry and Claudia prepared several meals, including strawberry shortcake. April 2015

Next: April 29-May 3 rally at Nevada County Fairgrounds at Grass Valley.

Salinas/Pinnacles Rally

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The first full day of activities included a visit to Pinnacles National Park, which has a rugged and scenic volcanic field. The Pinnacles tunnel was pitch black and required the use of flashlights.

 

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The Airstream group visited the Steinbeck Museum and found time for some local wine tasting. Photos by Kent S.

The March rally was held March 4-8 at the highly-rated and new Yanks RV Resort in Greenfield, CA. The first full day of activities included a visit to Pinnacles National Park, which has a rugged and scenic volcanic field. On Friday the group went to the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. It is a museum devoted to author John Steinbeck. Steinbeck wrote one of the classic American travel novels,  “Travels with Charley.” Charley was Steinbeck’s dog and the two of them boondocked around the country in a pickup truck camper in 1960. Pictures show hiking at Pinnacles National Park and climbing through a tunnel within the park, a visit to the Steinbeck Center, wine tasting, and a views of our Airstreams at the park.  March 2015. Photos by Kent S.
Next Rally: April 12-16 at Betabel RV Park in San Juan Bautista, CA. The registration coupon deadline is March 27. Notice that this rally is an abnormal Sunday to Thursday schedule. Following the rally, some members will caravan to the District 12 Cali-Rally near Santa Margarita, CA.


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Streaming to Fun in the Southwest Caravan

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The 2015 NorCal caravan, Streaming to Fun in the Southwest, began in Bakersfield and concluded in Tucson. Pictures clockwise from the upper left: Valley of Fire state park near Las Vegas; Orange Grove RV Park near Bakersfield; Rafting the Colorado River below Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, Valley of Fire petroglyphs, and the group at Willow Beach park on the Colorado River. The Willow Beach group picture was used on a special NBC network television broadcast story about Airstream. Photos by Dace, John, Bob, Jill and Kent.

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Clockwise from upper left: John, Don and Tom cooked pancakes at Lost Dutchman campground; Carol, Jill, Marcia and Jane viewing the artist work at Alumafiesta; Cam thanks our caravan leaders Deanna and Tom; Shirley showing off her prize lavender seeds; Cam thanking caravan leaders Elain and John; a tour of DeGrazia Gallery; tea tasting in Tucson, and Basil in the middle of all the action.

A short Airstream caravan led by the Northern California unit of WBCCI. It was a two-week unit caravan with stops at Bakersfield, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Willow Beach, AZ; Apache Junction, AZ, and Tucson, AZ.  The caravan concluded at the beginning of Alumafiesta in Tucson, AZ. We have a large volume of additional pictures on our group Facebook page, 2015 Streaming to Fun in the Southwest.
Next: Pinnacles/Salinas Rally set for March 4-8 at Yanks RV Resort in Greenfield, CA.


 

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A tally of trailers and motorhomes that were used at the NorCal WBCCI rallies during 2014 shows that the 25 foot length was most popular.

NorCal WBCCI Airstream Club Members

This geo chart shows where most of our members live. Not all are included because there are several from outside the Northern California and Nevada region.

This geo chart shows where most of our members live. Not all are included because there are several from outside the Northern California and Nevada region.

 

 (Webmaster’s note: We try to avoid using last names and personal email addresses in the public portion of our website in our attempt to be good stewards of our members’ private information. All our members are on a first name basis anyway. If you have a question or comment, please go to the “Contact Us” tab and you can send me an email. Some club officers, such as membership, rally, editor and webmaster, have an email address shown on the website so you can contact them directly.)
 
The NorCal Airstream Club is the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI) chapter in Northern California.

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