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Old 07-11-2016, 12:24 PM   #1
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Ever since I bought my AS, numerous people come up to me and family and always say something nice about the AS.

I am one who feels uncomfortable about getting compliments like that. Not sure why.

My wife and I always smile after they leave and feel a sense of pride. We say thank you after a minute of small talk.

What are some of the responses you give? I am worried I will come out sounding condescending or prideful. I want to ease into the humble response.
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Old 07-11-2016, 12:30 PM   #2
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Ever since I bought my AS, numerous people come up to me and family and always say something nice about the AS.

I am one who feels uncomfortable about getting compliments like that. Not sure why.
When it comes to psychology I'm an excellent engineer, so take this for what it's worth and not a penny more…

It's perfectly natural to feel uncomfortable about being complimented on what you've bought rather than what you've built. The more of you is in the thing being complimented, the more the compliment actually means. The longer you own your Airstream, the more you will personalize it, and the more of you that will be in it. And eventually you'll become very comfortable with the compliments you receive for it.
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Old 07-11-2016, 12:43 PM   #3
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AS etiquette

I used to be an extreme introvert...

Now days it is seldom that I feel uncomfortable around anyone at all no matter the circumstance.

Am I saying that either position is right or wrong? No....

At some point I think I just asked myself why in the world would would I be uncomfortable? we are all people after all.


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Old 07-11-2016, 12:43 PM   #4
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Just tell em "Thanks, we love it"

Wait till the "Airstream Confessions" start

This is when someone tells you that they once had a chance to buy one, and regret not doing so....

I think what makes ME uncomfortable is when someone asks "How much did you give for that thing? 25?? 30?? ..."
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Wish I had that answer BUT, we're making headway on it... I'm thinking we could be paid off by the end of the year, leaving us with only a mortgage, again.. that would be nice.
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When I first brought our new Airstream home, A neighbor said "Those things are so ugly." She is my only neighbor that hasn't been invited to see the inside, and never will be. The response I get from most people is "Do they still make those?"

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Mine is the only Airstream in an RV park of almost 500 sites. I haven't had anyone come over asking to see it. But I am not the friendly type.
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When people compliment me on my Interstate, I tell them thank you.

Unless sorely pressed for time, I always ask if they want to see the inside...then show it to them, explain the features, and answer any questions they may have.

When they ask the year, I tell them it's an 06, and they say it looks brand new, I tell them it's been very well taken care of....and, it has.

Any questions they have about the what and how of traveling in it, I willingly share.

We have shown it so many times, and answered so many questions... Airstream has gotten a lot of free publicity and advertising from us over the past 9+ years.


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When people compliment me on my Interstate, I tell them thank you.

Unless sorely pressed for time, I always ask if they want to see the inside...then show it to them, explain the features, and answer any questions they may have.

When they ask the year, I tell them it's an 06, and they say it looks brand new, I tell them it's been very well taken care of....and, it has.

Any questions they have about the what and how of traveling in it, I willingly share.

We have shown it so many times, and answered so many questions... Airstream has gotten a lot of free publicity and advertising from us over the past 9+ years.


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wait a minute, wait a minute. You actually offer them to see the inside? I know they all look some what the same, but what makes you comfortable enough to show them the inside? That is one thing that would seem to me like a line is crossed. I am not saying I have anything private or embarrassing or anything. Would that be considered "Rv'ing" etiquette to allow people to see the inside? (or ask to see the inside) Especially with shoes ON? I'm of the asian culture where no shoes inside is our norm.
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I usually get "love your AS" followed by "do they still make them?"

Have had people leave a gas station, fight traffic to return, then ask questions.

We typically don't give tours because of the dogs being so very territorial, and protective of the silver dog crate, and we don't allow shoes inside either. If the pups are in the TV you might get a lean in and look from outside the open door.

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"Grandparents had one" "You pull it with a diesel Jeep?" "It must've cost a fortune to restore, since they don't make them anymore".

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Cazual it's quite common to show off the inside however that's s VERY individual thing.

There was a very interesting thread here not to long ago from a member with a counter perspective. He said he was generally happy to greet, nod or return a wave but he didn't want to visit constantly while he was trying to enjoy his rare time away. That really resonated with me and reminded me that just because we have the same make of the trailers doesn't mean you want to chitty chat about it. I pay more attention to body language when we're doing the casual stroll by and greeting. You can usually tell who's more open to longer in depth conversations.

Someone responded about a camp out where someone in a passing boat hollered out "I'm coming to see the inside of your Airstream" and they thought like heck you are.

I would never think to allow a stranger, even a nice one, into my home after they just walked down the street and said hi.

If at a rally during open house maybe and with our local unit yes but it's not a given.

And always tell them how it's appropriate, please leave your drink, cigarette, dog, children etc outside. Or just get comfortable saying thanks but we don't do tours.
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wait a minute, wait a minute. You actually offer them to see the inside? I know they all look some what the same, but what makes you comfortable enough to show them the inside? That is one thing that would seem to me like a line is crossed. I am not saying I have anything private or embarrassing or anything. Would that be considered "Rv'ing" etiquette to allow people to see the inside? (or ask to see the inside) Especially with shoes ON? I'm of the asian culture where no shoes inside is our norm.
People are generally curious, and if you've ever been to a rally you would know that checking out each other's rigs is simply what is done.

I show mine wherever I happen to be...campground, parking lot, wherever they ask...and late hubby and I did the same.

If people want to see it, we show them.

Most people step just inside to look, sometimes I open the rear doors and let them see that way.


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