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Old 05-16-2006, 08:57 PM   #1
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Are "Airstream Only" Parks Really "Silver Only"?

Howdy All,

I've been doing some looking at Streamline and Silver Streak trailers and have to say I really like them. This got me to wondering:

You see these campgrounds that are "Airstream Only." If you rolled in there with a Streamline or Silver Streak, would they let you in or tell you to hit the road? Are they truly Airstream Only, or Silver Only?

My grandpa used to stay at a campground that switched to Airstream Only while he had his owned/leased/whatever-you-call-it site with his 35' Holiday Rambler. They let him keep it there, but he had to pay more than the Airstreamers. He since sold the Rambler and got a '73 25' Airstream. Paid less, but he didn't like the loss of room. Not sure what he's going to do...the '73 is for sale and he's got two motorhomes. He's also got a '58 Traveler that I'm trying to get from him to supplement the Excella.

Anyway, I really like the looks of the Streamline trailers, and was just wondering if they'd let you in to an Airstream Only park or run you off.


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Old 05-16-2006, 09:08 PM   #2
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Let's think about this: "Airstream Only". Sounds like pretty plain English to me.

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Old 05-16-2006, 09:14 PM   #3
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It couldn't hurt to call and ask, maybe two or three parks, and see what they say. I'd guess they all have different answers. Are there a lot of them?
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Old 05-16-2006, 09:32 PM   #4
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I'm betting that they are having to pay their mortgage much as the rest of us do. I'd be surprised to see one quibble over a few Blue letters and turn down a good customer in a Streamline.
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Try Top of Georgia or Mystic Springs and see how far you don't get with that non Airstream or non WBCCI for that matter even with an Airstream.
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Old 05-17-2006, 06:18 AM   #6
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We're excited about staying with our fellow Airstreamers at Highland Haven Airstream Park in the VA highlands next month. Upon calling to make arrangements, no mention was made of WBCCI membership as a prerequisite for staying with them for a night or a month. Hmmmm. Friends who just purchased a spot at HH will be picking out their spot this weekend so maybe we'll learn more from them about the fine points of membership.
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Old 05-17-2006, 07:04 AM   #7
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There are so few Airstream-only parks that, to me, they would not be a factor in purchasing a trailer. But I much prefer Forest Service and State Park campgrounds over full-hookup trailer parks, so your priorities may vary.
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Old 05-17-2006, 08:08 AM   #8
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Well I was just curious. I find it strangely amusing, humorous in fact. It borders on being hoity-toity.

If one does the history, they find that Streamline was created by some guys at Airstream who thought the quality was slipping and so set out to build a better mouse trap. Those guys later on couldn't agree on how beefy to build the frame and Silver Streak was born. I believe Streamline uses two main frame rails (generally beefier than Airstream used) whereas Silver Streak used three.

As well, Wally Bam didn't invent the aluminum semi-monocoque trailer. Hawley Bowlus (a former production manager at an airplane factory) did, and Wally was one of hs salesmen who bought him out when the company was going under.

I own an Airstream, I like it a lot. I've not yet made a side by side comparison to a Streamline or a Silver Streak. Nobody I know has either of the other two. But from everything I've been able to find out about them, they are made at least as well as Airstreams are. Most people say they're made better.

It puts me in mind of the Harley Davidson guys. I've ridden Harleys. Some of them are nice bikes, but there are other brands that are at least as good and some are much better in many regards.

A person posted some pics on here just the other night taken at a storage facility of a bunch of Airstreams. Several of them were actually Streamlines and Silver Streaks.

Anyway, I was just curious if it was Airstream brand specific or Airstream in the generic, as the term "Airstream" is pretty much used like the term "Kleenex" or "Windex" or "Scoth Tape" to describe any riveted aluminum semi-monocoque style trailer.

Personally I treat campers pretty much like I do bikes. There are several really good ones out there and I like many of them.
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Old 05-17-2006, 09:58 AM   #9
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Highland Haven

We did just join Highland Haven Airstream Park.

Check out the website if you want more information. As far as WBCCI, there is no mention of that in our rules and regulations.
As far as RVs :
"Any RV, other than Airstreams used by guests or relatives of a member, will be permitted in the park as long as the stockholder is present and space is available. Applicable rates apply. No other brand of RV's will be refused one night's parking, however non-Airstreams will be requested to find another campground the next day."
Sounds sort of like a buddy rally, I can invite others as long as I am there and any other RV can spend the night just to check out the place.

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Old 05-17-2006, 10:16 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by JimGolden
Well I was just curious. I find it strangely amusing, humorous in fact. It borders on being hoity-toity.

We stayed at the Top of Georgia Airstream park recently and found them to be anything but "hoity- toity." The people were very friendly. No one complained about our dog who walks with me everywhere I go and sometimes even off of the leash. The facilities were top notch and you could not beat the price. It was fun walking through the park and seeing all of the Airstreams. Although we do have our red numbers on Chummy they did not ask for proof of membership in WBCCI. When we arrived they were more concerned we got into a spot of our liking and that we knew we were welcome. After a few days we did leave in favor of a state park only because of our love of camp fire cooking and long hiking trails.
Top of Georgia is high on my list of friendly satisfying campgrounds. If you are pulling or driving an Airstream and are anywhere in their area plan to stop for a spell, you will not be disappointed.
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Old 05-17-2006, 10:32 AM   #11
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My wife and I spent last Friday night at Highland Haven. This is a beautiful campground and the description on their web site is true. No hype. We felt welcome, and certainly plan to drop by in the future. The nearby town of Floyd is well worth a visit as it is much like the small towns used to be before Sam Walton destroyed them.
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Old 05-17-2006, 12:32 PM   #12
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HH sounds pretty good

I'm going to have to check out Highland Heaven. It does sound nice, and I'm not that far away.

Hope I didn't offend anybody, but I've even ridden a Goldwing to a bike rally (99% H-D)...I just parked WAYYYYY out back

I saw in this book I have where there's a couple of all silver ralleys. The guy who wrote the book took a lot of pics there. It was predominantly Airstream, but they had a few of the other brands too. It was cool to see them all. Someday I'd like to attend one. Like I said, I've never even seen a real Streamline or Silver Streak. Actually, I don't see that many Airstreams on the road...mainly just white boxes
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Old 05-17-2006, 12:49 PM   #13
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hi jim and others

some of the parks are wbcci and/or airstream exclusive while others have relaxed the rules to allow sobs....

there is nothing hotty totty about this....
many of these 'land yachts harbors' are cooperatively owned and governed by the memberships....
some folks buy lots exactly because of the rules/limits about who or what will be next door.

these are homeowners assoications or private clubs with rules that reflect this....
wbbci membership might be the main issue and IT IS one of the perks of membership.

since traveling with an airstream is somewhat uncommon.....
camping in a general and public campground means the airstream owner sticks out.....
leading to questions, comments and judgements by others.....
this is ok sometimes, other times the comments aren't proper or welcome.

sometimes i just wanna camp.
after 25 years in an a/s i don't spend every waking moment thinking about the visiting a land yacht harbor is comforting....finally we can just blend into the masses.

i've thought about a '5th wheel cover' to mask the air.....
but i do still like looking at it...always and on every trip.

the best way to enjoy any of the vintage silver tubes from days past
is to go to the tincan tourist rallies or other vintage functions....
all of the variety and well cared for units.....are amazing.

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Old 05-17-2006, 04:00 PM   #14
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Top of Georgia is Airstream/WBCCI ONLY.

Mystic Springs just requires an Airstream. WBCCI is not required but you will hear a pitch. Nice place. Mystic does allow non-Airstreams traveling with a fellow Airstreamer in a caravan (last time ai checked).

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