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Old 05-13-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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My wife and i are the proud owners of a vintage 1959 airstream tradewind and members of the wbcci and vintage club. We enjoy running into other airstreamers on the road and are always excited when we spot another vintage model in passing or at a camp ground. To date we've only passed other vintage trailers on the road twice. This past wkd we spotted an eddie bauer edition trailer coming our way and got excited to pass "the wave" two fellow airstreamers. Traffic was slow and we passed each other at 5 mph. We were shocked when the other driver didnt ever give us a glance let alone a wave. 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?
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:39 AM   #2
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Eddie Bauers are weird. Sending you a wave from another 59 TW.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:48 AM   #3
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:05 AM   #4
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And a wave from a gaggle of 70s Airstreams.

I find a different pride of ownership (in general, not everyone, and maybe it's a different kind of pride) in Vintage Owners compared to people who buy new and don't have to reengineer their Airstream.

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Since you have a '59 you deserved a salute. Maybe Eddie Bauer was too busy texting while towing.
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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?
Seems like not even fellow Airstreamers notice my Interstate on the road, despite having my Big Red Numbers™ proudly displayed front and rear. Whenever I see an Airstream on the road, I wave, if driving conditions allow me to take a hand off the wheel, but I'm universally ignored. Not one Airstreaer has ever waved back. Is it just because my Airstream isn't shiny aluminum?

On edit— I take it back. One time, a fellow Airstreamer on I-10 waved back. He was driving an Airstream Westfalia and we were in adjacent lanes in rush-hour traffic.

So I understand your concerns over the lack of cameraderie displayed by some Airstream owners. I get the same thing, in spades.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:25 AM   #7
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I used to ride Motorcycles and almost all motorcycle riders wave at each other, one notable exception have been riders of a famous american brand. I am not saying that they did not wave, but it seemed that less than 50% of them did.

I own a 2008 Safari and although I have only seen one or two other Airstreams on the road I have waved to them, and promise to do so for any other Airstreamer.

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I wave at all Airstreams. Not sure about an Interstate. Doesn't meet my criteria.
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I wave at all Airstreams. Not sure about an Interstate. Doesn't meet my criteria.
You prove my point. All too often, the attitude is that Interstates aren't really Airstreams. How's that for cameraderie?
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I've been dealing with this for a while now. No Wave Backs - Airstream Forums
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:25 PM   #11
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Hmmm...I even wave at Airstreams that are parked for winter storage! Maybe we will pass on the road some day
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Waving at you from Ohio!
Larry and I tend to wave at anything that resembles an AS or any year.....even when we aren't towing. I will bet that there are a number of folks wondering who those cuckoos were waving at them out windows etc.
We think most Airstreamers are very friendly!
Be sure and stop if you get to our neck of the woods.
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You prove my point. All too often, the attitude is that Interstates aren't really Airstreams. How's that for cameraderie?
We've noticed this, too.

We wave at all Airstreams and all Class B's. .


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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.

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You prove my point. All too often, the attitude is that Interstates aren't really Airstreams. How's that for cameraderie?
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