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Old 07-11-2016, 09:14 PM   #29
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I have no problem showing anyone anything I own and don't mind telling them what something costs or is worth on the current market.

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Old 07-11-2016, 09:34 PM   #30
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I'm in a little different bucket than the rest of you, as mine is a turbo diesel Classic motorhome which draws looks of incredulity where ever she goes. Not a lot of people know that Airstream made motorhomes in aluminium, let alone ever see one on the road.

I'm proud of what I have accomplished restoring her so far and have no problems showing her to people that are interested. I answer all questions with as much humour as possible.

As far as money goes; I always tell people that getting, having or spending the money is the easy part....finding someone willing to sell you his or her Classic motorhome coach, especially turbo diesel, is the really hard part; sometimes owners have even been known to sell at a lower price to the "right" person.

These Queens of the Road are needles in a haystack of trailers. I know of only three turbo diesel Classics in Canada.


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Old 07-11-2016, 10:32 PM   #31
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We're OK with being chatted up about the AS (most recently yesterday by one of the BC inland ferry workers while we waited at the ferry landing,) and do occasionally offer "tours" of the inside if the visitors seem nice and genuine. Definitely yes, if they're friends or family members.

I do find it rude to be asked how much we paid for it. Which happens pretty often. Worse, yesterday someone else asked us, "Did you buy it or are you just renting it?"

To compliments, we pretty much just say thanks, or "We've had a lot of fun with it."
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Old 07-11-2016, 11:55 PM   #32
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Last week we were leaving 7 Feathers Casino RV Resort in Canyonville, OR at their diesel pump and an older gent with a thick German accent asked if my Airstream was very old, I replied 2014, he was genuinely surprised and stated it is new? Just at that moment a beautifully polished 1980 that had been in the park went by and I pointed it out, the look on his face said he didn't believe me about one or both!
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Old 07-12-2016, 04:31 AM   #33
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Often when crossing the border the Customs & Immigration person wants the key to the trailer. I really don't think they are concerned that we have any contraband inside, but are just curious to see interior as they usually come back with a smile on their face.
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Old 07-12-2016, 06:42 AM   #34
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Food for thought:

Learned a lot about the Airstream and the Airforums community. I guess several post on this thread were so nasty they had to be deleted.

Etiquette is a very personal choice not for the masses to decide. Enjoy YOUR Airstream Your way. Safe travels.

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Old 07-12-2016, 07:34 AM   #35
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When we bought our first RV - a SOB we learned that setting out 2 extra lawn chairs meant we were open to receiving guests. Otherwise it was OK to say "Like your rig", then judge whether to stay and talk or move on based on the response.
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Old 07-12-2016, 08:38 AM   #36
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Dexter/Joe thx for linking the other thread.

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Old 07-12-2016, 08:44 AM   #37
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Answer to how much "new ones are about 100"
I like the look that comes over their faces.

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Old 07-12-2016, 08:57 AM   #38
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I like Protangonist's response. One of the reasons I like old Porsches and old Airstreams as opposed to new ones is that they requires a lot of work and attention from me, which I find very satisfying. I take great pleasure from making something older function and look new (well, almost new when it comes to my AS).

I haven't invested anywhere near as much time and effort as a lot of folks here, many with trailers much older than mine, who have done truly impressive work. But I have worked on old Nellie a lot and when someone compliments her it genuinely pleases me and I simply say "Thank you.".

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Old 07-12-2016, 07:10 PM   #39
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We've had a few people compliment us on our 69. I just say thank you, we enjoy it. If they ever bring up price I just tell them we bought it used and put a lot of time in it. We usually get "I've heard those things sell for about $30,000.00" I usually tell them if it sold for 30k they probably had twice that in it.

It's funny the comments you do get. I've had several tell me that the Airstreams are really good because they have a lifetime warranty on roof leaks. Where do I file my claim?

Oddest thing we had was on our trip to Alabama. We stopped in Lafayette, LA for the night and my wife was using the bathroom. We had the back window cracked open a bit and she caught our neighbors wife at the back of the trailer tapping on the aluminum and trying to lift the lid on the bumper storage. I'm sure just curious, but definitely strange.
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Old 07-13-2016, 01:21 PM   #40
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When I first joined this Forum and stated a dollar value, it didn't seemed welcomed. So I have been very careful on this forum not to mention dollar values. I have told close friends how much I bought it for and how much more I had to put like, spoons, forks, gens, solar,etc that added a few more dollars. I think I'll go with a few deflect answers from the others when it comes to pricing. Owning an AS to me was unrealistic reality until the wife surprised me and signed while I was drooling at the accessories. It was our biggest impulsive purchase to say the least. So technically, there is A LOT of me on this trailer. Not exactly hands on as some of you are, but indirectly through my hard earned dollar that I put in it. Is that fair to say?
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Old 07-13-2016, 04:55 PM   #41
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When a visitor starts into my camper and asks if they need to remove their shoes, I say "Only if you want to mess up your socks"
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Old 07-14-2016, 06:21 AM   #42
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When a visitor starts into my camper and asks if they need to remove their shoes, I say "Only if you want to mess up your socks"
Yes! We let people into ours but don't keep it very neat. If they are shocked, and some are, that's their problem. We camp comfortably, not neatly.

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