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Old 03-04-2007, 08:35 AM   #1
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Road etiquette

When on the road what if anything do you do or not do when passing or being passed by another AS?

Or seeing one gong the opposite direction.

Wave, horn, flash lights or nothing?
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:39 AM   #2
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When passing another Airstream, wave, when being past. Regardless if passed by an Airstream trailer or other trailer, semi, etc, flash the lights to let them know they have cleared my rig. A lot of truckers do the same for me when I pass them. Really helps when overtaking another vehicle.
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:39 AM   #3
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I always wave.
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:43 AM   #4
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I have passed by many in the opposite direction. We always flash and wave, everyone has returned the same. The only Airstream I have passed or been passed by was when we were stuck in traffic one night going south on I-17 into Phoenix. Traffic was at a crawl, but I made my way next to them and chatted for a few minutes.

I always do the lane is clear flash for rigs passing me as twink discribed....
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:46 AM   #5
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We wave and flash our lights when meeting another Airstreamer.
A flash of lights for clearance as a courtesy after any big rig passes us is always used along with, of course, a wave if it's another Airstreamer.
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:54 AM   #6
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It's called the "Airstream wave". I flash the headlights when passing an Airstream going in the opposite direction. Of course, back in the 60's, we used to flash our headlights at other people driving Volkswagens, too.
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:06 AM   #7
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We tried and tried to find out what "ICC Blink" meant on the momentary rocker switch on the dash in our 310. Finally dug it out of the manual--it blinks the marker lights, which you are supposed to do as a "thank you" after someone has signalled you are clear to pull in front of them. It says in the manual it is a thanks shown when someone on the road has done you a courtesy. (I.C.C. stands for Interstate Commerce Commission, BTW.)

I turn my headlights off and back on to signal clearance--that is what all the truckers do, so I follow suit and have always done this. In my opinion, it is easier to interpret than a brights flash, since headlights can seem to flash from hitting a bump in the road or something. And when I didn't have ICC Blink (before the last two weeks! ), I would pop my flashers briefly to say thanks when someone signalled to me that I was clear.

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Old 03-04-2007, 09:21 AM   #8
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Ditto on #2,4 and 5. We also try the various CB channels to see if they have one and if it's turned on. If so we get a few moments of chat time. Lot's of fun.

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Old 03-04-2007, 09:28 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Silvertwinkie
....... Regardless if passed by an Airstream trailer or other trailer, semi, etc, flash the lights to let them know they have cleared my rig. A lot of truckers do the same for me when I pass them. Really helps when overtaking another vehicle.
Actually, this rasies an issue I have been wondering about. Is there a good way to "flicker" my tail lights once I am pass another vehicle to say thanks? Currently, I am doing this by turning the lights off and on with the main switch.

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momentary rocker switch
Is this what I need? I saw this was posted while I paused in writing this response (biscuts were done, and they wont wait).
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We tried and tried to find out what "ICC Blink" meant on the momentary rocker switch on the dash in our 310. Finally dug it out of the manual--it blinks the marker lights, which you are supposed to do as a "thank you" after someone has signalled you are clear to pull in front of them. It says in the manual it is a thanks shown when someone on the road has done you a courtesy. (I.C.C. stands for Interstate Commerce Commission, BTW.)
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Our 1985 345 has the ICC blink switch, but it doesn't appear to work. I think the law changed making it illegal or something and Airstream just didn't hook it up any more.
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:50 AM   #11
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Wave only. flashing lights has too many other meanings.
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I wave or flash, depending on circumstances.
Then sometimes I'm watching my own lane and the mirrors, and don't notice the A/S in the other direction until they are beside us and gone.
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Old 03-04-2007, 12:15 PM   #13
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I rememember to remind myself to be humble.

I get dirty looks when I am just driving my van without my trailer. People
hate to drive behind me. I am sure it is because I block their vision. They go to great and dangerous lengths to get in front of me. I don't take it personally, but sometimes it's hard to not get annoyed. Last week a driver cut me off to express his displeasure that I wasn't driving a BMW. I think
it was because he was a more important person than me. I value being
alive more than being important and try not to pass when towing.
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