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Old 01-09-2007, 08:29 AM   #1
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Brainwashing new cultmembers

As with any good cult, recruiting and successfully brainwashing new members is a priority.

Our non-camping friends who decided to join us on one camping trip now go with us every chance they get. We even talked them into joining us on our end of Nov, beginning of Dec Kentucky adventure - impressive dedication from the camping converts! (patting self on back for successfully "showing them the light.") So here's my dillemma. When they decided to purchase a camper, the only piece of advice I had to offer them was "whatever you do, don't buy a pop-up." Now, 6 months later, they're ready to trade in the pop-up (that'll teach 'em for not listening to me!) and buy a hardside.

Of course, casually I suggest an Airstream. You think that they would have learned from the whole pop-up fiasco that I know everything. Not so.....he tells me he's not interested in the hype - would prefer to buy something simpler, cheaper, and fully functional (the older, more affordable models have bugs to work out). *gasp* (why didn't I learn last time - use reverse psychology?! Should have said, "whatever you do, DON'T BUY AN AIRSTREAM!") So it goes.....

Okay, I need all the help I can get, fellow cultmembers. This is my first chance at recruiting new members and I don't want them to get away. How do I brainwash and FORCE them to get an Airstream. Physical violence, torture, starvation, and sleep depravation are certainly options. I was hoping to take them willingly - but I think I'm already past that point. We're going to need to break them down.

Help would be appreciated ASAP.
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:37 AM   #2
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Well, I hear you're good at hypnotizing chickens....
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:40 AM   #3
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There is only one sure way and that would be to buy it for them.
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:42 AM   #4
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...How do I brainwash and FORCE them to get an Airstream. ...
Your most effective tool is...REASON. Give them all the beneficial statistics about the high percentage of Airstreams still on the road, resale value, enduring legacy, etc... Oh, and how Airstreamers are the nicest people

Then again some folk are just made for SOB's.

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Talking Brainwashing

First you must find out if there is something to wash.
Second if there is,there may be some hope for them.
Third after buying a popup camper and geting wet and cold they have not learned from you about the benefits of having and Airstream or a Argosy I would just give up and let them make their own mistakes. They will learn the hard way. The best is that the airstream keeps its value for ever but the rest of the trailers become junk and are worthless after few years.
You can also tell them that an 1985 Airstream is worth more than any other 1995 trailer. Airstreams keep their value as long as they are in a decent shape. My 1985 Sovereign is worth as much as when it was new.
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:58 AM   #6
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If you can't buy it for them, you might have to find it for them. For this particular cult member recruit I would recommend a recent model, not new, but not too old, one with the bugs worked out and with the newer doo-dads and gizmos to get their eyes all sparkly. That will be enough to hypnotize them and you can go in with some Airstream meditation -- a look at the future with them out camping with friends and family and having good times in their shiny silver pod. Once they're in this trance, it's all over.
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You're correct; it is a cult thing. Some folks are drawn the Airstreams and some aren't. You have shown them that camping is fun, and that is more fun in a self-contained than in a pop-up. Bringing them into the Airstream fold is another matter. Most other campers think that their SOB is just as good as any Airstream for half the price. We, of course, know they're wrong.

The only rational arguments for buying an Airstream are:

1. If you want to have the very best tavel trailer in the world; Airstream is it.

2. Resale value. An Airstream has one.

3. Longevity - even though Airstreams represent only a small portion of the tavel trailer production in the US, it represents a major persentage of travel trailers in use that are over 15 years old.
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Go ahead and let him buy his "simpler, cheaper, and fully functional" trailer for now. In six months, you will probably have a better shot at getting him to trade that in for an Airstream.
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Let them get SOB, if the get an Airstream they would be cutting into the supply for the rest of us.

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There are several ways to get someone into an Airstream. Take my brother for instance; he is going to be my best man at my upcoming wedding in June. When I asked him he was honored and very happy. Then I told him Sandi and I were getting married at a WBCCI Rally and in order to attend he would need an Airstream and since I bestowed upon him the honor of being my Best Man he would need one. Hence, he now a proud AS owner. See, there is always a way!
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You think that they would have learned from the whole pop-up fiasco that I know everything. Not so.....he tells me he's not interested in the hype - would prefer to buy something simpler, cheaper, and fully functional (the older, more affordable models have bugs to work out). *gasp* (why didn't I learn last time - use reverse psychology?! Should have said, "whatever you do, DON'T BUY AN AIRSTREAM!") So it goes.....
Well duh, Tracy! Avoiding the hype is what an Argosy is all about!!

Okay, nose off the ceiling... If they're economy inclined and by a used SOB, it'll already be >50% toward the boneyard. Yes, a trailer as old as Argosy will require more work the first couple years and with new axles it's good for another thirty! They'd be more ready to go, face a few systems issues and avoid the 8'6" wide biggies if they looked at an early 1990s Airstream -- but even newer trailers (Airstreams too) will face systems problems after a few years (out of warranty, etc). And an SOB will make them wring their hands over what they got into when they experience the "it's wearing out" syndrome. They've got ASForums and a pretty dense population of Midwest members to help think thru the hard parts.

They'll spend how much beyond what you're talking if they buy new or nearly new? Then they'd only get 10 years out of it, if that. And hate the stapled together cabinetry from the get-go.

They don't have to go vintage to look at the classifieds here or at the Vintage Airstream Club. I haven't spent much time at Airstream's classifieds ... but there are a lot of ways to put feelers out.

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?).

Have them at least try signing up here and looking around for a while. Be at their side on the signup page and put in your username to take credit for the referral. Send them this thread? Have 'em keep the popup long enough to attend the next Midwest Rally and join us to look around; there's no big time guilt or snobbiness handed around.. And let them do what they will -- they'll remain friends, right?
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Old 01-09-2007, 09:52 AM   #12
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Reading through this post I realize, I have come to the right place. These are some great ideas...this is good stuff... so far here are my options:

1- Hipnotizing them (like chickens) please refer to post titled "eggs" in which, using screen name "Tracy Lawrence," I explain, in detail, how to hipnotize a chicken: priceless information. And like all of my posts, very informative in the world of Airstreams. As suggested, I'm going to try chicken hipnosis on my friends. If it works, I am uncertain how to get them to buy the Airstream once hipnotized?
2- Buy it for them. Hmmm....I'm not quite sure I'm that dedicated to the cult, but still an option. Perhaps another more dedicated cultmember could help me out? Just send the Airstream to my house and I'll deliver it to them....
3- Rational ideas, Reason, statistics, etc. Who would've thought? That can't possibly work.....That'll be my last resort -I'll try that only if the torture doesn't work.
4- Find it for them/hipnotize with sparkle/Airstream meditation - this sounds more like it! Airstream meditation - please elaborate...
5- Let them buy SOB and learn from their mistakes and win them over in the longrun. Nice idea, simple, most likely effective. Could be fun .......if I add sabotage. "Oh look, poisonous snakes in the gray tank - very common with SOB's, never happens in Airstreams."
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!
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7 - Take them to an Airstream rally.

8 - Take them to an RV show and make them look at a sea of ugly, badly manufactured SOBs...then show them the Airstreams
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5- Let them buy SOB and learn from their mistakes and win them over in the longrun. Nice idea, simple, most likely effective. Could be fun .......if I add sabotage. "Oh look, poisonous snakes in the gray tank - very common with SOB's, never happens in Airstreams."
Way to take it to the next level! The amusement you could get from that seems like it would offset your frustration that they didn't buy an Airstream in the first place...
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