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Old 12-01-2008, 08:56 AM   #1
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No Wave Backs

We went to Garner last week and saw lots of AS's. Several on the road and 4or 5 in the park. Our camp sight was not very close to them but we flashed our lights at the ones on the road and waved at all of them when passing or getting passed by in the park (2 rigs) and none waved back at us, unless I did not see it but i don't think they did. I was going to walk up and visit but it made me a bit uneasy to do so when nobody seemed very friendly. I also noticed that none had Air Forums stickers on the backs of the ones I could see.
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Old 12-01-2008, 09:14 AM   #2
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During our tow down the 301/95 eastern corridor we didn't get many waves... though we did have one young woman open her window and crane her neck around to see the Overlander.
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Old 12-01-2008, 09:25 AM   #3
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We wave all the time, too (and then struggle to get out the WBCCI book to see who we waved at). Some people wave back, and some don't. The wavers are the neat people; the non-wavers are swineolas.

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Old 12-01-2008, 09:27 AM   #4
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Wavebacks and flashing lights seem to bee in the past. There may be a lot of tradition that is not adhered to or the owners of A/S products are not aware of the tradition. How do you convey this information to A/S owners? Get the word out. Maybe have it part of the learning curve when a person/family purchases an A/S.
I do know that we try to visit with any A/S in a park when we stay overnight and we appreciate it when an A/S'r stops by our campsite to visit.
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Old 12-01-2008, 09:29 AM   #5
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We always flash oncoming Airstreams on the road and usually they flash back. When they fail to respond, I don't think that it is unfriendliness. It it probably that all too common driving disease, cranial rectumitis.

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Old 12-01-2008, 11:18 AM   #7
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I get waved at all the time...People are always so friendly...I just can't figure out why it's always one finger instead of five....
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Old 12-01-2008, 01:14 PM   #9
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Out here in rural nowhere, people, usually men in pickups, used to give a one finger wave—it's the index finger flicked upward while the hand rests on the steering wheel. That has pretty much ended and I expect will eventually be replaced with the urban one finger salute.

We flash our lights at other Airstreams when we see them. We can't always tell through the windows—tinted on some vehicles—whether they are waving, especially on interstates with wide medians. Some vehicles have their headlights on all the time and can only flash highbeams and may not realize that. People used to flash their lights to warn of danger ahead (or cops with speed guns), but I don't see that much anymore either.

So, I think it's a combination of declining friendliness everywhere and sometimes just not seeing them in time or the other things I mentioned. The friendliness part may be a decline in the importance of community in the US—I've seen a number of articles about that in recent years and maybe this is part of it. The Forum indicates community isn't dead, but may be weaker than in years past.

In our year of ownership, hardly anyone has visited from another Airstream at a campground. One in the NW came over to talk plus the owner of a Silver Streak who was interested in our truck, not our trailer. I have talked to some other owners at campgrounds at my initiative if they were parked close and were outside. More often it's someone with SOB that wants to talk about our Safari. We get a lot of compliments from them and some people want to see the inside. Sometimes it seems they want me to offer to show them, but inevitably it's when my wife is taking a shower and probably wouldn't be very welcoming. Maybe once they get an A/S, they become less friendly.

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Wavebacks and flashing lights seem to bee in the past.
In our 8 years of towing an Airstream we have always got a "wave back" from our wave to other Airstreamers.

Back in the 50's and 60's my dad towed SOB's and would wave to all RV'ers and got the wave back from most. Getting a wave back from an Airstreamer back then was a "special treat"!
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In my younger days I drove a small British sports car and just about everyone with sports cars waved at each other...later, when riding a motorcycle, most all fellow 'bikers' waved at each other...

In the late 70's we got a class-C Moho to haul our family around camping - I tried waving at other similar Moho's and got almost no response...strange looks, like 'what's that guy's problem'...I gave up waving, as it seemed that RV's like ours just weren't the 'waving' kind of folks...

A few years back, we got a Lance Camper mounted on a lifted F-350 Super Duty and I again tried the 'waving' thing...again mixed reactions with fellow Truck Camper types...most that waved seemed to be surprised...it seems you can tell when you get a 'friendly' wave, or just a 'ho-hum' kind of obligation type wave...

Now with our AS trailer, we again do the wave thing...we haven't been on any long road trips yet to see enough AS's to get a response...But, locally we've had good luck with 'return waves' the few times we've had the chance...

We also like to say 'hello' to fellow AS'ers when we're camped, and most often get friendly receptions...it's always fun to trade hints, check out each other's towing set-up, etc...isn't that what it's all about... sharing stories and such!
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I'm not so sure that lack of waves is always a sign of unfriendliness. One thing I noticed this past summer was a large number of folks out there on what is supposed to be vacation are functioning in a near manic-sleep deprived mode trying to make up for a year poorly spent in 10 days on the road. It may be that what passes for rudeness may just be numbness. On the other hand, they could just be jerks.
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Have you ever noticed that as the road gets smaller, from a huge interstate down to a gravel backroad, that the waves become more frequent? It is a proportional thing, I am sure...and maybe, the fewer the people the more friendly we become.
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