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Old 08-07-2009, 06:52 PM   #29
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Last summer as we traveled through six states and spent thirty nights on the road, we saw one other AS on the road - never in any CG. A couple weekends ago, we headed for a small campground for a long weekend here in Ohio, pulling our International and, lo and behold, two other Internationals were in that park! Three of us in the same park - not planned, and noone knowing the other. Couldn't wait to go visit them the next morning but they had both pulled out before breakfast. So, I learned nothing about them but I'm still amazed to have seen two others and both Internationals - a very rare happening.

We spent about ten nights in Virginia last summer - Aquia Pines area and then Misty Mountian, outside Charlottesville. We saw a single AS traveling soutn on I 95 - and one in one of the campgrounds. Nobody in the one we saw in the cg so we learned nothing about it or them.

It is very rare to see ASs on the the road - keep looking and we will too. Maybe, one of these days, we'll end up in the same place.
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Old 08-08-2009, 08:20 AM   #30
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Hi Pilgrim,

We live about 10 miles from Misty Mountain in Charlottesville.

Send me a message next time you're in the area and we'll get together.

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Old 08-08-2009, 08:40 AM   #31
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This summer my wife and I have made several treks to Virgina's Eastern Shore and the Northern Neck (the area between the Potomac and Rappohannock Rivers)

We have stayed in several campgrounds and visited others in this area. It amazes me that we hardly ever see any other Airstreams.

Both Grey's Point and Bethpage campgrounds each had over 200 campers and no Airstreams! We have visited several Virginia state parks and other campgrounds and very rarely see another Airstream.

Back In March we stayed in a Georgia state park and saw two others, the most we have seen in our 15 years of weekend and vacation Airstreaming

Is this typical? Where is everybody? Or am I just picking the wrong places?
there all parked in the driveway being worked on as a hobby.
not for camping. just something to pass the time.
in the last 20 yrs of camping i might of seen a half dozen.
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Old 08-08-2009, 01:35 PM   #32
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We just returned to Madison, WI from 1,100-mile (one-way) trip to New Iberia, Louisiana (heart of Cajun country) to pick up our 2005 19-foot Bambi. Saw 4 Airstreams on way down and 3 on way back. Only camped two nights on way back. Were unique in each campground. But kids would bicycle up to take a look and say "cool!" Even the toll taker in N. Illinois said, "Nice Airstream." I don't mind the exclusivity factor. I am learning that these things have a premium price but would not consider any other make. Other makes just look trashy, to me. There's a Bambi in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. For good reason. It's sitting in my driveway now. I just love looking at it.
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:32 PM   #33
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Mindshare vs Marketshare

"Airstream commands about 1 percent of the travel trailer market, less so in motor homes, but it has about 50 percent of the mind-share or brand-share in the industry because of who Airstream is," said Dicky Riegel, the company's chief executive since May 2002. "It's an authentic American product."

Airstream trailers: icons built to last Ohio's Signature Companies

It's an event for us too whenever and wherever we see one, and that's part of the charm.... even after 70 years of the same basic design. I'd be happier to see more of them though! We're "the Airstream couple" at our campground since we have the only AS ever seen here and yes, hard to believe there are many who still don't know what an Airstream is, but even they know they're different... and special.

For the most part, I enjoy "what it is" more than value being unique or exclusive. I'll admit we were already used to it even before we got our AS, though. Over the past 10 years we've road-tripped extensively in our '65 Sting Ray convertible and rarely do we see another midyear Corvette on the road. It's an expected delight to see others at car shows like Corvettes at Carlisle, but it's also great fun to enjoy spontaneous smiles and suprise from other folks when we're just "passing through." Sometimes, over longer trips we actually forget what we're in, just enjoying the moment, then somebody yells or waves with big approving smiles and reminds us how special these icons are to so many.

Jennie and I weren't thinking it would happen all over again, but we saw the same response on the way back from Florida with our '79 AS and the bright old orange and white '75 Chevy pickup truck we hauled her with. Part of the great vintage fun are the many memories people share with us with their experiences too. We live (relive?) those warm memories of yesteryear.

We hope to attend an AS rally someday to enjoy other folks "icons", just like we do every year at Carlisle, although there it's easier for us to bring our own car than the trailer.

So maybe ours is the same reason we all don't see more AS on the open road. Maybe we're too comfortable to have it all set up at a seaonal site than hitch up, pay add'l gas and haul it around someplace new. This fall, our next southwest tour will once again be in the Corvette. While we'd love to have our AS at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and so many other places, we've decided to also camp a little with small backpack gear in the 'vette so it's an easier compromise.

If only we could take it all, right!?!
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:49 PM   #34
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Were up in Grand Marias, MN. Saw an older classic and Excella and two excellas that seem to be more permanent fixtures that were unoccupied. Saw two on our way up from the twin cities. Were headed to schroeder next, will see if the old 5th wheel is still there. ha.
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Old 08-08-2009, 10:26 PM   #35
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We just finished an 11 state trip through Ark,Mo. Ill,Ind, Ky, Ten, Go, Fl.Al, Miss.Lo. Tx. Had one Airstream in the park at Montian View, Ark. and saw a couple while going to St.Louis but that was it. But the cool thing is that ever where we went poeple would ask us about our 1975 Airstream. The second most asked question was how I like my Hensly Arrow and does it really work as they say it does. The answers were yes I like it very much and yes it works as they say it does. Yes there are alot of Airsterams in Texas and if you want the see alot of them at one time in one place come join us at Conroe Texas the first weekend in Feb, for the Texas Ventage Ralley. Last year we had around 40 Ventage unit and some where around another 80 to 100 unit present. So if you want to see Airstream trailers Texas in Feburary is the place to be.
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