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What's Happening at Salem?

Here's a preview so you can plan your week and share our excitement about this very special International Rally. 

The Salem Rally is offering 70+ learning opportunities on a wide variety of topics: Airstream Technical and Non-Technical, Traveling, Club Related, Hobbies and Activities, Digital Technology and much more.  The presentation venues are large, modern, clean, and equipped with audio-visual equipment. 

There are two categories of presentations.  To see a full list of Presentations and Round Tables click HERE.

A "Presentation" (previously called "Seminar") will have a presenter with expertise in the topic to share with the audience.  Whenever possible, presentation notes will be posted to


  • 3 Airstream Mashups (Photoshop), by Frank DiBona
  • Daily informal Q&A sessions with the Airstream Tech Team - Bring Your Own Chair
  • Airstream Systems - How They Really Work, by Luke Bernander (Extraordinary Resource)
  • Drones 101, by Jim Polk
  • Towing for Significant Others, by Patti Reed
  • Fly Fishing for Beginners (Half Day), by Oregon Fish & Wildlife - all equipment provided,
  • Oregon History, by The Willamette Historical Society
  • Boondocking and Caravaning, by Jay Thompson
  • Social Media for Units and Regions, by JR Dominic
  • 5 Presentations on Vintage Airstreams and Caravans by the Vintage Airstream Club and WBCCI historian Joe Peplinski
  • Successful Rally Planning, by Terri Warren and John Leake
  • 45 more (Including 15 Technical Airstream Presentations)

A "Round Table" is a new format for us. It’s an opportunity for members to share their experiences and knowledge with each other and for new Airstream owners to learn from and interact with more experienced Airstreamers on specific topics.  Each Round Table will have a facilitator to keep the discussion focused.

Round Tables / Member Sharing:
  • Boosting Your WiFi Signal
  • Care and Feeding of the Modern Diesel Engine
  • Organizing Your Trailer
  • Instant Pot Cooking
  • Organizing Urban Camping Events
  • + 16 more

Vendor Presentations list will be published in April.

So much to do, so little time . . .

So that you can begin planning your time in Salem, here is a link to the Preliminary Rally Schedule.  Please remember that this schedule is subject to change. Revised versions will be published and posted to and beginning in April.

An Update on Rally Tours from our Tour Organizer Terri Warren:

It’s only 25 degrees here in Portland this morning but spring is definitely on the way – the tulips are up and the days are longer and we all know what that means:  CAMPING!   So I have two jobs with the International Rally – one is working on the entertainment committee.  We are building a really fun nightclub evening with a big dance band for one night.  Music will come from all generations so bring your dancing shoes (or boots)  - there will something for everyone.  My second task is arranging the tours for the rally.  I jumped on this one as we have so many wonderful things to do and see in Oregon.  Five general guided tours have been arranged as well as several wine tasting tours and some fun self-guided tours.  For now, I would like to tempt you with the five guided tours with bus transportation included. 

  • Forest Park Tour  For Portland, Forest Park is a bit like Central park is for New York.  It’s a huge forest in the middle of our urban area, and the tour will start with a visit to the Portland Rose Garden.  This huge garden will be in full bloom at this time in June, with competitions going on for best roses in various categories.  From there, we will head into the Japanese Garden.  This peaceful oasis will draw you in with its lovely architectural plan, shady paths and tinkling water features.  Next we will head to Elephants Deli for a quick lunch in NW Portland.  The tour will end up at the Pittock Mansion, a lovely historic mansion overlooking the city.
  • The Pearl in Portland Tour  We’ll start out at the Chinese Garden – such fun!  Calligraphy classes, Tai Chi, tea service and a lovely garden.  From there, we’ll travel to world-renown Powell’s Books.  About a block full of books - if you can’t find it here, it likely hasn’t been written yet.  After the books, people are welcome to browse the many restaurants in the Pearl District for lunch.  We’re planning on a play matinee at Portland Center Stage, schedules permitting. 
  • The Ultimate Airstream Tour Ultimate Airstream provides custom work on Airstream trailers – everything from adding a cabinet to making an Airstream a food truck.  Touring the facility is fascinating – you will be amazed at all they can do.  From there, we will head to the World of Speed.  From drag racing and land speed records displays to hydroplanes and NASCAR, they have it all!  You can even drive a simulator.  My husband could spend all day here.  Then we’ll have lunch as a group and travel to the Oregon Garden and Frank Lloyd Wright House for the afternoon – a full and fun day.
  • The Mt. Hood Tour  We’ll head up to Multnomah Falls in the morning.  While there has been much fire damage, the main trail to the falls will be open.  We’ll have lunch at this historic lodge that firefighters worked so hard to save from the devastating fires in 2017.  After lunch, we’ll head up to Hood River, a lovely town right on the Columbia where we can take a moment to watch the windsurfers who swarm the Columbia River with their brightly colored kites.  There will be time to look around Hood River and do a little wine tasting.  Then up across the mountain, with a stop at historic Timberline Lodge for some libations and a look around before heading back to Salem.

  • The Tillamook Tour  Who doesn’t love Tillamook Cheese?  We’ll visit the cheese factory, which was the favorite tour of the 2006 rally in Salem.  And yes, you can take home all the cheese you want plus taste samples.   We’ll have lunch in Netarts, OR, right on Netarts Bay at the Schooner Restaurant.  We’ll leave time for a walk on the beach so you can look for sand dollars.  From there we will head to the Tillamook Air Museum where WW 2 blimps used to live.  Now there are all sorts of historic aircraft to see.  Next we’ll drive south along the coast, stopping at a glass blowing shop with demonstrations near Lincoln City, then back to the Fairgrounds.

Be aware that changes might need to be made but we’ll try hard to stick with the original plans.  Registration for these tours will open online April 8th.  Costs range from $60 to $124 and include bus transportation but do not include whatever people might choose for lunches.  Each tour will be guided by an Oregon Airstream Club member.

Want to Volunteer at the Rally?

There's no better way to get involved in the rally than volunteering.  Here is a current list of rally committees that are looking for volunteers.  If you see something that interests you, please contact the person responsible to sign up. 
Band – Barbara Lambrecht
Cargo – Gary Shelton
Club Store – Mike Zimmermann
Member Services –  Betty Foley
Property Control – Jim Kubalic
Sanitation – Wilfred Schexnayder 
Sign Shop – Pete Schwarz
Tables & Chairs – Jeanne Scheitler
Games Chair – Barry Bell

Odds and Ends

Parking Dates will be assigned and sent to you via email (or letter for those without email addresses) before April 1, 2018.  Be sure to check your Spam and Promotions Folders in March.  Unless you are working on a committee that requires you to arrive earlier, you will be assigned one of the general parking dates June 20th through 23rd.  We ask that you try to arrive as early as possible on your assigned date.  However, we will try our best to park everyone who arrives before dark.
It’s not too late to order your Salem rally shirts and hats.  You can place orders with A&W Designs by printing the form below and e-mailing, mailing or calling them with your order. Shirts can be sent directly to you for a small shipping fee or sent to Salem for free and picked up at the rally. Click here to download the order form.
Order your Salem earrings and necklaces from Mary Butler at Coastal Reflections by calling 956-425-7858 or 956-245-4410 or e-mailing her at  You can buy all or any parts you want.  Free shipping on orders over $15; under $15 shipping will be $3.
Lastly, if you missed any of the Salem articles in the Blue Beret, you can read them on-line at the Salem page on

Thank you, Airstream Adventures Northwest, our extraordinary Rally partner.

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