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Old 01-09-2007, 11:07 AM   #15
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What is it about Airstreams?

I pulled into my winter campground where I'll spend the next two months, and the answer to how to hypnotize them just came to me.

Airstreams are in a class by themselves. You can fulltime or weekend camp in an Airstream regardless of it's age (or Argosy) and look cool. If you fulltime, people assume you are a rugged individualist, or at the worst an eccentric.

The other groups of campers are divided into two groups:
  1. the people with incredibly huge brand spanking new motor homes or huge humpbacked new 5th wheels - who are pretentious snobs
  2. the people with ratty looking old trailers - who look like they are one step above homeless.
That may sound a bit snobby, but I've been welcomed wherever I've gone with my Airstream, even in places where most RV'ers are not encouraged to visit. Once when I parked near an IHOP the manager comp'ed my breakfast just because I offered to give him a tour.

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Old 01-09-2007, 11:12 AM   #16
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Well...if they are REALLY good friends...you could let them camp once in yours.

Done deal.
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Old 01-09-2007, 11:20 AM   #17
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My uncle was a car salesman - award winning - in FLorida. He used to say, "People buy on emotion and then justify with Facts."

In our AS cult, we need to let potential candidates touch, feel, sit in, drive?, our ASs. The rest is easy.

"Sure we can afford it. We didn't want to retire next year anyway."

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Old 01-09-2007, 11:23 AM   #18
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Ten years ago we were part of 4 camping families , 3 of them bought new SOB's , I bought a 20 year old AS . They have all since replaced them with new SOB's and I'm happy as a pig with my 30 year old AS . In another 10 years my 40 year old AS will be worth more than all of their SOB's put together .The hit they took on depreciation could have bought 10 of mine .

The best part is when we go camping I'm the only one who has people knocking on the door and asking if they can take a look inside. I just smile and say ....sure thing
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Old 01-09-2007, 11:29 AM   #19
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6- And Rickandsandi, your idea takes the cake. Get married at a WBCCI rally (first I have to file for divorce and somehow trick hubby into remarrying me once he's free) then ask them to stand up in the wedding and in lieu of tuxedo and bridesmaid dress, I insist that the necessary overpriced, wear it one time accessory to be an attendant is an Airstream! Oh, I like it! Just manipulative enough to work. So, Rick, on the topic of having your wedding at a rally - I need to know who turned you on to Airstreams and what methods they used?....no reason.......

Keep the ideas coming!
Well the truth is that ever since I was wee lad I wanted an AS. They were just too cool. Then the Astronauts got to live in one while having all that space stuff removed from their skin and clothing. Then of course they showed up in Life Magazine. I have been camping since very young in tents and had continued to do so but always had the dream of pulling into Yellowstone NP with an Airstream. Well after all those years of camping under the canvas Sandi and I started planning our adventure out to Yellowstone. Along with that we had to purchase our AS. We picked up our Safari on tax day of 2005. While everyone else was worried about getting their tax returns in we were on our way to our first outing in an AS. And so the story continues, Sandi and I are getting married surrounded by Airstreams. JC believes this to be a first, but it is an actual WBCCI Rally June 1 - 4th sponsored by the New England Unit! So I am the first in my family to own an AS but not the last!
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Old 01-09-2007, 11:41 AM   #20
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Stinking pile of junk

Tell them if they buy an Airstream and keep it and use it more than about 5 to 10 years, it won't turn into a rotting, leaking, stinking pile of junk ready to retire to the hunting camp with $0 resale value (you have to pay someone to tow it away) like most other SOB trailers. (Avions, Silver Streaks, Spartans etc. excepted)

Like my 1953 Cruiser, what other brand of trailer is still useable and in good condition after 54 years?
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Old 01-09-2007, 12:37 PM   #21
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The other groups of campers are divided into two groups:
  1. the people with incredibly huge brand spanking new motor homes or huge humpbacked new 5th wheels - who are pretentious snobs
  2. the people with ratty looking old trailers - who look like they are one step above homeless.
Paula Ford

Good point, Paula.
Fearing the snobbish thing may appeal to them, I need to come up with an idea to convince that all SOB's fit into the "one step above homeless" group.
(hours of intense thought)
Eureeka!

Remember the movie, "Funny Farm?" That's my inspiration:

I take them to a campground filled with Airstreamers. I pay $50 to anyone performing any Norman Rockwellish behavior in the company of our friends. ("cue the deer!")

Then, the next weekend I take them to a SOB infested (like roaches?) campground. I pay people $50 to act.....hold on, make that ten bucks....a buck.....no, wait case of beer......a shot...........fresh roadkill.......hold on a minute. We've spent more than a few weekends at shady campgrounds, and I'm not talking about the trees.......I know I don't have to pay anyone for loud use of the "F" word in casual conversation, public drunkenness from sunrise to sunset, public urination, drunken vommiting and passing out on the beach and the list continues - especially on a holiday weekend in a parkinglot style campground. Okay. So the price of campsite is all that experience will cost me.


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"People buy on emotion and then justify with Facts."
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Another good point.....
Won't that give them food for thought?
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Old 01-09-2007, 12:49 PM   #22
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Lert them buy their SOB, it will give them an appreciation for an Airstream when the SOB falls apart, and they are looking for another trailer in 6 months to a year.
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Old 01-09-2007, 03:20 PM   #23
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Give friendly advise. Let them make their own decisions and mistakes. Give friendly advise again.
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Old 01-09-2007, 03:23 PM   #24
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Looks like combining the advice from posts 22 and 23 would give the best results.
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Old 01-09-2007, 03:48 PM   #25
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I say let 'em by an SOB....3-5 years from now, they'll finally get it.
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Old 01-09-2007, 04:01 PM   #26
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Take 'em by surprise

You could always invite them to go looking at trailers with you. Pretext... (You are looking to obtain a newer one too) Then take them to new-ish A/S trailers that you have "pre-screened" and feel they may "fall in love with"! Sometimes you just have to "Lead a Horse to Water". What the heck could it cost you?...... The price of gas to shepherd them to known good prospective trailers may just put one in their future. It doesn't have to be Vintage to get their attention... just well maintained will work! Also be sure yourself that everything works b4 they are "shown around" the trailers. Devious! Brainwashed! Hypnotized! Or lead like lemmings! What ever it takes...Right? Ed
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Old 01-10-2007, 08:39 AM   #27
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Well duh, Tracy! Avoiding the hype is what an Argosy is all about!!
And let them do what they will -- they'll remain friends, right?
They'll remain our friends if they do what I tell them. Otherwise, I'm cutting them off.

Kidding aside,
I guess, being new to camping, the only trailer they see every time they go is an Argosy - ours. So being a non-conformist, I can see why he would prefer to get something different. The hype he speaks of: we're always declaring our devotion to our Minuet. And strangers often stop to look at it, ask questions about it. As with any passion, we're happy to talk. But those of you who have met us at the Midwest Rally know, we're not too hung up on perfection. Everything works, some things don't look too pretty, could use some paint, we figure the window air conditioning unit that the previous owner installed in the wrap around window works out just fine and saves us a few bucks despite looking hillbilly and obstructing the view. And the list goes on and on. Fact is, we probably fit into the one step above homeless category. I think what "wows" our friends is walking into a new trailer after looking at ours for so long. He's probably wondering how that old, run down tube can have such power over our entire family? Heck, we're just shy of hugging and smooching it. So, here I am, faced with the reality that maybe our camper is what turns them off when they consider Airstream......

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Are they wanting to go much bigger than your Minuet? Do they have a larger tow vehicle? I sure wouldn't want an ultralight falling apart behind me as I tow -- and many of those have push-out beds like a pop-up and aren't good in bear country (or even allowed in Yellowstone?).
The ultralight with pull out beds is exactly what they've been looking for because they currently drive a minivan. They are a family of 5 so they need more space than what their van can tow with a traditional hardside trailer. Still, I think the Yellowstone thing is definitely a point worth making - we've talked about taking that trip in the very near future. Though I joke about minipulating them, it's only in good fun and I really don't say much about or care what they get - just love having their company so often. They're fun people with children the same ages as ours. We bought our Argosy after years spent loving our pop-up, and before that, loving our tent. We just love camping. Seems they feel the same way. But I still keep hoping that maybe, some day, I'll lure them over to the shiny side.......
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