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Old 01-30-2018, 07:29 PM   #15
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Andy....I have always wanted to say thank you to you for creating this forum and now is my chance. THANK YOU! I joined back in 2006 when I had just purchased my 1966 Airstream. I learned so much from the forums and it was very bittersweet to say goodbye to that old Airstream. But then, I bought my new 2016 Airstream in February of the same year. Hard to believe I have had it for two years now and I absolutely love it. All of this would not have happened in my life if this forum had not been here. Good job....thank you and lets keep moving onward and upward
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Old 01-30-2018, 09:00 PM   #16
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Your story reminds me somewhat of ActiveCaptain.com. It is the go-to place for crowdsourced reviews of marinas for the liveaboard boating set. Great resource. Small start, big growth, and then recently purchased by Garmin.
I know ActiveCaptain well from working with Marine forums. It's a neat system and many of the concepts will translate well for RVing.

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Hi Andy R,

Air Forums is a great resource as are your other Social Knowledge web sites. I participate in several of your forums and appreciate that members can support the web site for a reasonable fee and gain additional privileges.

Consequently, I was surprised to see the $39 annual fee for RV Trip Wizard. I realize membership comes with a 30-day unconditional refund policy but why not offer a "starter" membership at a lesser cost and this low level membership would allow the user to do planning but perhaps not print (or save) the data? I'm the type of person who wants to tinker with things for a while (much longer than 30 days) before I jump in and say I'm committed.

I realize it's your business and you can run it any way you see fit. Just wanted to provide another perspective.
I agree. Right now the price is the exact same as when we bought the site. I think a tiered system would be great. We have been thinking through lots of ideas. Right now support, API usage fees and development costs are creating a decent amount of overhead.

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Hi Andy,

I have supported Airforums almost from the time i joined. I find it an incredible resource for all things Airstream and try to contribute when I can. Thanks for setting it up!

I'll echo nvestysly's comments about RV Trip Wizard. I found it through a search for planning apps. It was listed as the best of several but the $39 fee put me off as I use the free Good Sam planner and see the benefits of RV Trip Wizard but would like to try it first. The demo doesn't help me much. I'd like to be able to actually plan a trip, maybe be guided through the process, before I buy. The 30 day refund mitigates my concern somewhat, but I just dislike the hassle of having to join and then back out.

Al
Another great idea and something we are going to test and optimize. We have to rebuild some "backend stuff" before we can implement a new registration process which would allow for a trial period.

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The link to RV Trip Wizard didn't work for me--"page not found."

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Try this link: www.rvtripwizard.com

Maybe we should figure out a way that if you are a Supporting Member here on AIR that you can get access to RV Trip Wizard for 50% off? Maybe that would be a perk that would encourage people to upgrade here and then save a little over there?
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Old 01-30-2018, 09:06 PM   #17
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Another Colorado guy also finds the story behind AIR and the other Forums interesting. I participate in 4 different forums. AIR was my first, and I have learned a lot about vintage Airstreams right here.

I salute the moderators. Some Forums are full of negative comments, cuss words and "trolls" looking for an argument. Air Forums seems to "moderate" that behavior thus keeping the site pleasant for all. We love to debate, but not insult. I try only to make comments that I would feel comfortable making face to face.

I hope AIR is on solid footing and will continue on for many years to come. I wonder how many of these Airstream Caravaners are AIR members? See photo.

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Old 01-30-2018, 09:58 PM   #18
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David, that's a lot of shiny silver in that photo!
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Little hijack, David do you know what year and location that vintage shot is from.
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Maybe we should figure out a way that if you are a Supporting Member here on AIR that you can get access to RV Trip Wizard for 50% off? Maybe that would be a perk that would encourage people to upgrade here and then save a little over there?
If you can combine a trial period that migrates to a discounted subscription price for supporting members of your other forums I think that would entice many members to make the transition and provide a great level of goodwill for loyal forum members. I like the way you're thinking!
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Hi: A friend sent that old photo to me via email. I don't have any history of it at all. I see a lot of early sixties vehicles in front of early sixties Airstreams. A big rally for sure.

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Thx David, I've seen a lot of vintage photo's but not that one, it was beautiful.
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Boy, couldn't we have a lot of fun arguing about which tow vehicle we see in this photo would be the "best" one.

Towing even a lightweight Airstream 55 years ago would require a lot more skill than the modern tow vehicles require.

Now back to the history of Air Foruns...

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If you can combine a trial period that migrates to a discounted subscription price for supporting members of your other forums I think that would entice many members to make the transition and provide a great level of goodwill for loyal forum members. I like the way you're thinking!
I agree that sounds like a nice setup. The problem we have right now is the backend system for RV Trip Wizard doesn't allow for us to give a trial followed by sign-up. It's all or nothing. That's why we have the 100% money back guarantee. In January we had less than 3% of the people who signed up request a refund.

We are currently working on a new back-end system. Once that is done we will be able to do trials periods and other cool stuff. Pretty much, most of the people who take time user/learn the system all love it. So one idea we had was to create a user promotion system where users who really enjoy the tool can earn a few months free access by promoting the Trip Wizard to other RVers. Another idea might be free access for members who contribute lots of content to our sites (posts, reviews, photos, etc). Basically, find a way to say thank you for those who are taking the time to help other RVers. Those are the fun ideas we look forward to exploring ASAP.

In the meantime, since planning season is going to be ramping up. I'm going to try and find a way to offer Supporting Members a discount. This will likely be a hack way of doing this just so we can provide this offer to our supporting members sooner until the new back-end is ready.
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