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Old 08-07-2007, 07:37 PM   #1
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Japanese tour bus attraction

While coming back from Utah on Sunday, we pulled into a rest area on I80 by Valmy. I went inside to use the bathroom and came out to see a Japenese tourist (from a bus coming back from Yellowstone) looking at the back of the trailer and trying to look in the window. At first I was a bit peeved until I went outside and he was just saying how beautiful the AS was. Soooooo, what the heck. I put down the step and invited him to go inside. Within 15 seconds there were a bunch of other bus riders trying to get in. Then the flood started and people were RUNNING to look inside. They had their friends sit on the couch and have their pictures taken. At one time we had 8 people inside and looking around. One lady spoke very good English and knew quite a bit about the AS. I don't know if they have them in Japan but they were quite a hit with the tourists here. I just wish we had the presence of mind to film the hoard trying to get a look.
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Old 08-07-2007, 08:14 PM   #2
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Way to go, show tham some good ole American hardware.....
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Old 08-07-2007, 08:16 PM   #3
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Maybe next time you'll have the presence of mind to charge admission!
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Old 08-07-2007, 08:22 PM   #4
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Geez- I had the same problem the last 2 weeks while camping at Lake Tahoe- except my visitors were chipmunks! lol
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Old 08-07-2007, 08:30 PM   #5
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Okay, being a wiseguy here...

Careful, next thing you know they will be making them smaller, cheaper, better and faster, and selling them for half price...
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Old 08-07-2007, 09:20 PM   #6
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Careful, next thing you know they will be making them smaller, cheaper, better and faster, and selling them for half price...
Sign me up for a dealership!!
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Old 08-07-2007, 10:03 PM   #7
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Careful, next thing you know they will be making them smaller, cheaper, better and faster, and selling them for half price...
No kidding... and they'd probably have the sense to hire someone to do QC and give them the authority to ensure the work was done right the first time.
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Old 08-08-2007, 08:30 AM   #8
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Old 08-08-2007, 10:54 AM   #9
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Then they will make a left hand turn from the right hand lane without using a turn signal
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Then they will make a left hand turn from the right hand lane without using a turn signal
They must be from around here.
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Memories... we stopped past the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fran one trip to make nachos and checkout the view.... a bus stopped, and all came out to look at our clapped out Argosy! Lots of pictures done then too!
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Hi Terry,

Not a chance. Our number one export to Japan is cool. Not only do we think we’re cooler than they are, they are certain of it. Witness the exodus of vintage Fender Stratocasters and cars. Harleys are hugely popular in Japan. They wouldn’t want a Japanese version. Ouch, someone in the US might buy it, though.

I’m scared now. Gotta go.

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What a neat experience, albeit a tad time consuming I'm sure. How many times we've been on holidays and seen something we really wanted a picture of but the caretaker/owner/whatever wasn't keen on us capturing the beauty or uniqueness of their house or car/truck/tractor/barn whatever. These "markers" for want of another word of where we've been and something unique that really caught our eye are the things we remember for years to come.

Good for you to realize that for these people who have traveled so far and at so much cost it's a tremendous treat to be able to go home and show family and friends a REAL Airstream. You are right, it would have been fun to look back at pictures of all of them trying to get a look at your rig. Those folks will remember two things - the Airstream and also the wonderful folks who let them check it out.

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How fun! We had a similar experience last year on the way to the TCT Mt Baker rally. My parents were pulling our Caravel with the '65 Suburban, and stopped at a rest area. Up pulled a bus filled with tourists from Australia. Within minutes, my parents were juggling cameras and taking pictures of people in front of the Caravel. My mother was baffled, and said, "This sort of thing never happens to us when we pull our (5th wheel) trailer!"
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