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Old 05-14-2013, 05:37 AM   #15
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I got flamed last time I said this, but I'll say it again anyway: I wave when I can, traffic, attention, and other conditions permitting. We'd all prefer safety over being distracted and getting into an accident.

I've gotten waved back many times. Sometimes not. It happens. I just give them the benefit of doubt and move on with my life. I'm sure I've missed a few waves tossed in our direction. If I think of it, I usually post in the spotted thread.

Protagonist, the Sprinters are hard to distinguish as Airstreams from a distance, just like the Airstream Class A fiberglass motorhomes are. Usually we aren't sure they're an Airstream until we're pretty much right on top, and then it's often too late. The Big Red Numbers would help, but we don't see many with them. We'd definitely wave if we recognize it as an Airstream, though. (As a former B190 owner, I know what you mean about the camaraderie, although in person every Airstream owner I've chatted with has been friendly.)

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Old 05-14-2013, 07:06 AM   #16
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Maybe it is my semi-rural upbringing, or the interest I have in all things roadworthy, but ( if safety allows ) I wave to anyone looking at our TV/AS combo when my wife and I are on the road, and a lot of vehicles that just seem interesting to me. If I catch a wave back, great. If not, at least I haven't snubbed anyone. I actively wave at anyone with even a vaguely related rig.

Having gone through stages of VW enthusiasm, Audi interest, and vintage Chevy truck restoration, plus vintage SOB's while looking for the AS, I figure the friendlier I am, the better. As for the guy/gal who doesn't wave back, who knows. I've had bad days and other things on my mind, too.

Here's a wave from a beat(but slowly improving) old 66 AS and 69 Chevy owner!

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Old 05-14-2013, 07:31 AM   #17
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Hmmm.....We wave too but seldom get a response. thought it was because we tow with a Ridgeline.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:04 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by jpons View Post
Interstates are just not as easily recognizable as regular airstream travel trailers. So it could be that most of us don't even recognize what we're seeing until it's too late to wave.
Okay, I'll choose to think that's the reason.....most of the time.

We do, however, have AIRSTREAM in big black letters on the front.

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Old 05-14-2013, 08:08 AM   #19
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Nah...that's a cool rig. I know 3 people with Ridgelines, and all three are very happy with them. In fact the guy I bought my AS from has the same color as yours and everything(and I wave to him with his new pop-up SOB.)

I think many folks just don't wave to anyone. I notice fewer people waving back than I used to. Won't stop me from being friendly, though. I'd rather be part of the solution than part of the problem!
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:18 AM   #20
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I wave like an idiot to every AirStream I see... even though mine's not towable at the moment. But now I'm stepping it up a notch. Not only will I wave at the AS's, but I'll start flipping off the Eddie Bauer's and the SOB's... unless they're vintage, of course.
-Red, with a great big goofy wave to everybody in this thread, and a few not in it...
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:32 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by steveirving View Post
This drove my wife and i into a discussion exploring the idea that there may be better camaraderie and pride of ownership between vintage airstream owners than "new" owners. Thoughts by any of you?
As a new, last fall, Airstream owner, and an Eddie Bauer to boot I don't think it is a much an issue of of any lack of pride or ownership or camaraderie as it is lack of knowledge of this tradition. I find the same thing with the Jeep Wave, this is a tradition amoung Jeep owners (real Jeeps CJ's, Wranglers etc not, Liberty, Cherakee, etc) the newer the model the less likely to return the wave.

We don't see many Airstreams of any flavor up here but now that we know we'll wave if we see you coming our way.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:53 AM   #22
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I'll wave at any Airstream I see, moving or not. I wouldn't know a vintage trailer if it jumped out and bit me but I do know it's an Airstream so it gets a wave. The trouble with the Interstates is that there are a number of bus companies in these parts that use the same platform and look strikingly similar; I'll just wave to anything I think!

We did catch up with an older Airstream being towed towards Toronto a few months back. It was swaying around a bit because it was just on the ball; no sway or WD, and the guys driving the truck resolutely ignored us waving at them. I decided they were delivering, so not Airstream owners or they'd have waved back.
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:58 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by MrUKToad View Post
We did catch up with an older Airstream being towed towards Toronto a few months back. It was swaying around a bit because it was just on the ball; no sway or WD, and the guys driving the truck resolutely ignored us waving at them. I decided they were delivering, so not Airstream owners or they'd have waved back.
Or they had a white-knuckle grip on something solid due to the swaying, and were scared to pry a hand free!
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:09 PM   #24
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The Wave

We have had our tin can (2013 16' Bambi) 9 months and have had it out on three trips. My girlfriend has become the official AS spotter while we drive down the road.

First time we met a nice couple with the same AS at a campground , second trip out one vintage AS and one older AS MH. Both flashed and waved back.

Our last trip out to Arizona we met a nice couple in a brand new Interstate who where on their maiden voyage from Vancouver, BC while gassing up in Tuscon and flashed and waved to an AS passing us on the interstate.

I thought I'd see more on the road than we have but with our next trip out coming up in July hopefully more will be out on the road. We are prior Casita owners so looking out for fellow AS owners is part of the enjoyment of having an AS.

Flashing and waving in So Cal.

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Old 06-02-2013, 06:06 PM   #25
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Why wave? Yes, I know it's a sign of solidarity and pride in ownership, but it also seems to be the height of a self-serving ego to be insulted when another AS owner does not return a wave. Is the idea that waving to another AS owner strokes something infantile within ourselves? I know that I enjoy seeing other Airstreams buzzing down the road and across the campground from me and I know I have a lot of pride in my camper, but when I wave at another AS, it feels either like I'm trying to prove something foolish and selfish or examining my own penial inadequates.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:04 PM   #26
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When I rode Harleys for years, there was always a wave between Harleys. When I rode BMWs, riders on other brands as well as the BMWs seem to never respond. My primary bike is a Gold Wing now and I still wave to all brands, the first in this list usually does not respond. The advantage to the motorcycle salute is your arm is already outside and can be easily seen.

With all the tinted glass, one can hardly see if there is a driver in that oncoming vehicle let alone get a window down and wave when your mind comprehends the silver shape sticking just above the roof of the pickup truck is an Airstream.

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