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Old 05-10-2006, 12:13 PM   #1
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is it called an addiction or collection?

Hello, My name is Rose and I think I may be an Airstream Addict.
It all sort of just snuck up on me and started with an innocent purchase of a "neat little old trailer" we found that was low enough to the ground for Clyde (our 170 lb Mastiff with joint problems) to get into. There is a built-in/recessed step at the doorway and our dog was able to get in easily with the help of a short platform step we built.
So, our 1953, 17' Clipper needed work, and I started reading all sorts of Airstream info on the internet (mostly this Forum) and found that I really enjoyed working on or "playing" with my Airstream.
Well, now just a year or so later, our beloved dog is gone and I've filled the void with 2 more Airstreams. My husband doesn't say anything about my collection because I've convinced him it's all part of the grieving process after the loss of our precious Clyde.
I finally decided to register so I could search and post. I'm so glad to have found the Airstream Forum. It's kind of a relief to know I'm not the only one with a thing for Airstreams. The Forum is so helpful because each of my Airstreams are different and have unique personalities and quirks (problems) to be figured out. I may even get brave enough to post a question or reply about something I might be able to comment on.
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and Martha, the wonderful tow vehicle- 1974 International Travelall

* Actually, there is a question that I just don't seem to comprehend - My husband has asked me which one I'm keeping??
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Old 05-10-2006, 12:25 PM   #2
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* Actually, there is a question that I just don't seem to comprehend - My husband has asked me which one I'm keeping??
I have also been asked that question, and I usually employ one of the following tactics:
  • Create a diversion - usually, the cat is doing something REALLY interesting that must be observed right away.
  • Pour a drink - nothing changes the subject like announcing that it's martini time!
  • Hug the Airstreams - demonstrate the strong emotional bond between you and the Airstream. This will leave the questioner vaguely confused and frightened.
  • Announce that it might be a good idea to shop for additional tow vehicles so each trailer has its own. If your husband doesn't share your Airstream fever, maybe he likes cars better?
Good luck to you and welcome!
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Dear Airstream Addict

Men can usually be distracted with offers of beer, food, or sex.

Of course you risk increasing the frequency of the question if it is always followed by a reward. Perhaps if you had beer, food, or sex in a different Airstream each time he asks the question; then he would develop an affinity for Airstreams as well. It's certainly worth a try.
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is it called an addiction or collection?
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* Actually, there is a question that I just don't seem to comprehend - My husband has asked me which one I'm keeping??
My husband and I both share the same addiction (we own 3 Airstreams) and we get asked that same question all the time by other non-Airstream and (believe it or not) Airstream people all the time. I don't want to be rude and say if you have to ask then you just won't understand, so I just use the excuse that they are in various stages of restoration and we don't know what we plan on doing yet (which is the truth).
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Old 05-10-2006, 02:24 PM   #6
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Men can usually be distracted with offers of beer, food, or sex.....
What klevan said....
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What Kleven said but not necessarily in that particular order.

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Men can usually be distracted with offers of beer, food, or sex.

Of course you risk increasing the frequency of the question if it is always followed by a reward. Perhaps if you had beer, food, or sex in a different Airstream each time he asks the question; then he would develop an affinity for Airstreams as well. It's certainly worth a try.
I've used clicker training successfully on both my cat and dog (both males, btw) using a reward of food. Over time, I weaned them off the need to receive a tangible reward (i.e., food) and now just give praise. From what I've read on clicker training, this type of training works on other mammals too.
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I have found opposite.

Opposite from klevan's response. Like a reward system for a small child. If the hubby starts on the Airstreams you take away. Once he start to come around you then reward works pretty good around this house.
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I'm collecting salt/pepper shakers, corn holders, cookie jars, collectables like hot wheels and pottery barn. Maybe my wife won't notice another full size replica that I want to collect. I'll call it an addiction when they open a rehab center. Oh, is that what they call those Airstream parks in Florida? Yeah, six months down there to get it out of my system with all those that saw the Ed Sullivan show during the original run, not repeats. Oh wait, that's another thread. Alluminitus; not a collection, but addiction or disease - temporary inflamation.
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Opposite from klevan's response. Like a reward system for a small child. If the hubby starts on the Airstreams you take away. Once he start to come around you then reward works pretty good around this house.
Thanks for the hearty chuckle. I agree with you there! THAT works in this house too!

(Egads, I can't believe we are discussing our "chick tricks" on an open forum!!! )
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Welcome to the forum and Airstream life! I'm sorry you lost Clyde. My dog is a pure ghetto mut (he was actually a stray my partner found in a run down area of Sacramento) but more loveable than you can imagine and when the Airstream comes home from storage he's gets very excited because he knows we're probably going to the coast for the week end....he loves to run on the beach!

I've had Aluminitus for 18 years now but I have to say your case seems acute. I'm about to buy my fourth Airstream (a very slightly used 06 30' Classic) and I've never had more than two at a time. My first was a 65 Caravel that I wish I'd kept. It's still in Northern California and I still see it once in a while. The guy that bought it call it Lucky because he feels lucky to have found it.

There's no cure that I've heard of...but no one wants one! As long as it's not hurting anyone there's no reason for recovery and if it brings you happiness and contentment, then go with it.

I think your tow vehicle is way cool. I looked for a Travelall some years ago but now I have the Cummins Diesel Addiction to go with the Airstream Addiction....someone should study us and find out why we're this way...it might be intersting.

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I'm not addicted, I can stop gathering anytime, really.. I'm certain of it.. I have enough... Hey, did you see the one for sale over?????????
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....someone should study us and find out why we're this way...it might be intersting.

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A psychiatrist friend says it is because of a desire to attract attention, and something about conspicuous consumption.
A large, silver travel trailer being towed by a large (usually very) noisy diesel truck...That's not conspicuous, or attention-getting. Is it?
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