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Old 11-06-2009, 07:13 AM   #15
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Wonder what his tow vehicle is?
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:32 AM   #16
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That is a stunning trailer inside. Love that floorplan, particularly the huge rear bed and the center bath. Maybe when I hit the Lotto I could have something similar done with a 24' Argosy...

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Old 11-06-2009, 09:40 AM   #17
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^^ Goes with the territory. I don't feel bad for any "celebrity". They make enough $$ to more than make up for any loss of privacy. Besides there are photos of that trailer all over GSMs website.
Given the success of supermarket tabloids, you are no doubt in the majority.

I just don't see the rational nexus between making a lot of money and the right for complete strangers to intrude on another person's private life. I've seen fans repeatedly interrupt the dinner of professional athletes to ask for autographs. Because the guy makes $5m a year playing football, he's not entitled to a quiet meal with his family? Because a person watches a few games and buy the merchandise, he or she is entitled to intrude?

McConaughey is an actor. A person pays $10 (or whatever the silly price of going to the movies is these days) and in return, they get to watch him on "the big screen." Or they rent a DVD for a few bucks less. Just because the guy makes a very comfortable living acting, I don't think he has any less right to privacy than you or me.

If GSM wants to use the trailer to promote the business, fine. If McConaughey has agreed to let them use his name/image, OK. He clearly posed for a few pictures which was nice... but the 51 pictures posted were clearly taken by someone other than the photographer for whom McConaughey was posing and included his "significant other" who what? Lost her right to privacy because she's attached to someone famous?

I don't have any problem admiring the trailer, which seems to be a nice bit of work. I just feel badly that the guy can't adjust his boxers without film at 11.
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Old 11-06-2009, 12:47 PM   #18
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Don't get me wrong, I think privacy is good--for everybody. All I am saying is it goes with the territory. You want to be a big time actor, athlete, celebrity, politician, etc, be ready to lose a bit of privacy. That just how it is, thanks to the american publics insatiable appetite for private details on the celebs.

I do not feel sorry for them, however.
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:19 PM   #19
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If lack of privacy is so bad, why is it celebrities have publicists on their staffs? It is their job to keep their clients in the public eye. When the cameras finally do go away, the celebs they know their ride is over.

The only time it really sucks for them is when lies are spewed. But even then the celeb sues the media outlet that disparaged their name and they make more money.
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Old 11-07-2009, 09:49 PM   #20
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I totally agree with Hamp38 ~ the money we might spend on entertainment, be it sports folks, singers or basketweavers does not entitle us to entrude in their private lives. Yes, they sometimes need a bit of publicity, and their agents arrange that, on some talk show, dancing competition and now wrestling (of all things!!?). But this obsession with every aspect of their private lives is, to my way of looking at it, pretty sick.
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Old 11-08-2009, 05:30 AM   #21
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the funny thing about this entire discussion is that it was started to have you talk about the very guy who's privacy or lack of it you are so worried about. Don't you find it odd that someone would become a member, post about the MM trailer, know exactly about who built it, then post no more? I tried to point that out in the very first post, but no one picked up on it. Not sure if it was MM's publicist or one hired by GSM, but we all were part of spreading the hype about that trailer.
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Old 11-08-2009, 09:39 AM   #22
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the funny thing about this entire discussion is that it was started to have you talk about the very guy who's privacy or lack of it you are so worried about. Don't you find it odd that someone would become a member, post about the MM trailer, know exactly about who built it, then post no more? I tried to point that out in the very first post, but no one picked up on it. Not sure if it was MM's publicist or one hired by GSM, but we all were part of spreading the hype about that trailer.
Interesting points Frank....

BUT, if this is an attempt at publicity for either the trailer project or MM it is kind of weak.

Celebrity trailer projects are always a double edged sword as the desires of the client and the potential for advertising benefits of the people doing the restoration can be in conflict.

It can certainly be a huge feather in the hat to get a project like this and bring it to completion. But it can also be a big negative if the restorer becomes known for expensive and extended budget busters. We all dream about the project that could be completed "if money were no object". But it has been demonstrated that this can also produce some strange fruit when it come to travel trailers.

After all, it is supposed to be a vehicle first designed to travel. The addition of high tech gizmos that may make life simplier at home may complicate the occasional nature experience. But as we have seen many of us use our trailers as an extension of other interests. My point is sometimes the added compliction and expense is not worth the trouble.

This brings me back to the "WHAT IF WE ADD THIS" to the redesign of the vintage trailer. Sometimes not being able to afford a flat screen built in during restoration pays off later. Just sayin'

So if someone is leaking news about this trailer it has been done so in a strange way. Hype? Publicity? Advertising? Not sure which.

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Old 11-08-2009, 12:13 PM   #23
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Hello , A person who becomes famous loses a side of their self to the public as the public is responsible for helping the fame. Privacy is gone when they are out in the public and so it goes. Better yet these huge money earners should be giving back as Matt does with his new foundation. I think it is V .............
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Old 11-08-2009, 12:18 PM   #24
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Sometimes not being able to afford a flat screen built in during restoration pays off later. Just sayin'
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Old 11-08-2009, 12:54 PM   #25
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Matts & GSM

I had my trailer at GSM, for some work.I was impressed with their work ethic.No wonder why Matt,chose GSM.I did saw Matts Airstream while I was there.I was impressed, a total frame up rebuild. Those GSM guys are very talented craftmen. Its amazing .
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:43 PM   #26
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Well, seeing that the major brains behind GSM has left, I wonder if maybe they did place the article to drum up business...
hmmmmm
Edit - just saw the rear... not a fan..
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:57 PM   #27
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Well, seeing that the major brains behind GSM has left, I wonder if maybe they did place the article to drum up business..
That would make sense to me. If this thread is an attempt for publicity, it doesn't matter if it's kinda "weak." It does the job - state that GSM is still in business and is still completing trailers. Also consider the audience - it's forum members who would know the backstory, and it's forum members who would be their most rich source of clients, especially if you lose the networking (VAP, WBCCI technical advisor) that Colin brought. They need to keep that business flowing in.

Their new website doesn't hurt either, even if the principal of the company's bio sure doesn't mention much about working on trailers....

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Old 11-08-2009, 04:00 PM   #28
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