international_rally1Hundreds of Airstream travel trailer owners cruised into the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., this week, parking their shiny, tin trailers and joining in the 2009 Wally Byam Caravan Club International Rally festivities. 

It’s the club’s 52nd annual convention, according to the Isthmus Daily Page, Madison. 

Somewhere in the midst of the Airstream maze on Monday, Don McKelvay tidied up his trailer. He and his wife, Kathy, represent the northeast United States branch of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International. Together, they’re in charge of about 18 caravan units, each ranging from about 10 to 400 trailers. It’s a pretty big responsibility for a man who never thought he’d own a trailer, let alone an iconic Airstream. 

“I had never intended on buying an Airstream,” says McKelvay. 

Now, he couldn’t be happier. “The Cadillac of travel trailers,” he calls it, pointing to his collection of convention stickers on the trailer’s back window. His newest addition: a sticker with a red border and Wisconsin’s capital building.