Archive for July, 2007

GM trailer hitches – Safety Warning Recall

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

A couple of years ago this came up and the GM hitches at the rally were inspected.  We now have some new members and people have put some miles on their rigs.  It might be time to get down under and check them again.  Always hitch your brake activating lanyard to the bumper not the hitch.

NHTSA Action Number: PE07025 Make/Models: Model/Build Years: Chevrolet/Avalanche 2500 2002 Chevrolet/Silverado 2500 2002 Chevrolet/Suburban 2500 2002 GMC/Sierra 2500 2002 GMC/Sierra 2500 HD 2002 GMC/Yukon XL 2500 2002 Manufacturer: General Motors Corp. Component: Trailer HitchesSummary:ODI has received four consumer complaints alleging the factory installed (OEM) trailer hitch receiver failed. Two owner reports allege bending/deformation of the pin box area while towing. One owner report alleges welds failed around the pin box area and another report alleges complete weld failure of the pin box leading to a full separation of the trailer from the tow vehicle. In this last report, the trailer safety chain and emergency brakes were not activated as both safety features were still attached to the two openings in the pin box that broke off with the trailer. No crash or injury resulted as the vehicle and trailer were maneuvering in a storage lot. An investigation is being opened for further assessment and study of this issue.For more information, owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327– 4236 or visit

WBCCI Northern Illinois Unit launches new website!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

The Wally Byam Caravan Club International – (The Airstream RV Owner’s Association), in 2007 launched a set of new home addresses on the internet for the use of the individual units and IntraClubs.  The addresses are under the headline. The Northern Illinois site is (but you already know that if you are here).   The  ( sites will be maintained internally and by the units and their webmasters.  Several of the interclubs and standing committees also maintain sites at these addresses.

WBCCI relaunched a new International website in June of 2012.  At that time, the site was moved from an outside contractor and is now maintained by the HQ staff and a group of volunteers (ECC) from the membership.   The ECC technically supports and maintains the infrastructure of the .net sites, but the individual .net sites are maintained by the responsible unit , Interclub, or caravan webmasters.