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Old 08-03-2009, 12:00 PM   #1
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Rivet Where are the Airstreams?

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?

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Old 08-03-2009, 12:03 PM   #2
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:22 PM   #3
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Just got back from a +3,000 road trip to the Midwest. We only saw about 5 on the road, and zero in any of the state park campgrounds where we stayed. In my experience, that's about the average. About a month ago we stayed at a private campground in New Jersey that had over 480 sites (many seasonal), and there was no silver to be seen anywhere. Again, that's not unusual.
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:43 PM   #4
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We left our home in the Sacramento Delta on Thursday morning, and headed east on Interstate 80. So far we have seen six Airstreams headed west on 80. Non where we have stayed until we got here to Cheyenne WY, where there were three others in the RV Park, all from different places, all headed for different places.

We are headed for the Vintage Airstream Rally in Laramie starting Thursday. There will be a bunch there.
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:54 PM   #5
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between july 17-26 the wife and i drove across country from AZ to MA to pick-up our 2005 AS. for the most part we drove on all main roads.

as a lark we tried to keep track of the AS's we saw. at the very MOST we saw a total of 15. [plently of other types].

maybe they all travel in clumps up north.

maybe we'll see more now that we have our own AS and start to do more RVing.

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Old 08-03-2009, 01:00 PM   #6
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We travelled 5,000 miles from Colorado to JC, then to northern Michigan, Wisc., Minn. and a bit of Canada, then Montana, Wyo., and home. We saw about 5 on the road (2 MH's, traveling together included), a few more in campgrounds, and a bunch in JC.

I think a very large proportion of Airstreams are in Fla., Ariz., possibly Texas, and Calif. (and JC), and that's where to see them.

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Old 08-03-2009, 01:08 PM   #7
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Who was it who started a similar thread just a couple weeks ago? I think they traveled from Montana to Georgia without seeing one. SilverRanger's post is similar to my experience.

Fifty miles either side of Duluth, MN, I saw 4 on a trip in mid-July. I was slow on the draw with one. Flashed my lights at the other three - got no response. Traveling from Anchorage to Homer, AK, last week I saw 2 Airstreams and a Silver Streak long-term parked. I saw a 1980s blue striped Airstream traveling toward Homer. I saw a Caravel camped on the Homer spit; the owners must have been away halibut fishing -- nobody home.

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Old 08-03-2009, 01:34 PM   #8
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Fifty miles either side of Duluth, MN, I saw 4 on a trip in mid-July.
How could I forget! So easily it turns out...

I saw this fiberglass mid-90s Airstream 5th wheel at the campground where we stayed in Schroeder, MN on this trip --
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I never saw these owners at their campsite. They don't seem to be registered at AIR.

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Old 08-03-2009, 01:58 PM   #9
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Now I know why canoestream hasn't been posting lately—he's in the wilderness. When we were in Alaska in 2002, cell service was only in Anchorage and Fairbanks and I don't know if wireless existed there. Bob, how is the electronic world these days in Alaska and the Alaska Hwy in Canada?

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Just got back from a week long trip to Indiana. Only saw one other Airstream on the highway going home. Looked like a mid 80's excella. Just like us! Have never seen another AS in a campground without being at a rally.
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:07 PM   #11
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I see some Airstreams at campgrounds. Not a lot but enough that I'm not surprised when I do see them. Last summer, I was in Indianapolis for a week, and there was a couple there that was on their way to Jackson Center to have theirs serviced. They stopped by and chatted with me a bit. Coincidentally, we ended up leaving at the same time Sunday, so I followed them for a while on I-70.

Just last weekend my fiancee and I were on our way to her parents' place, and I saw an Airstream going west as we were getting on the PA Turnpike at Harrisburg East. She barely saw the back of it after I said, "Airstream!" I saw enough of it to notice it didn't have WBCCI numbers on the front and that it was a relatively new model, but not much else.
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:14 PM   #12
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We normally just stay in private campgrounds and the most I have seen is 2 in addition to ours.... that includes seasonal campers also. Most of the time it is just us.
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:19 PM   #13
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There are many of us spread around the country, but when you think about the number of Airstreams on the road as compared to SOBs, we're vastly out numbered. When I see an AS or vintage TT rolling down the road, it truly is a chance encounter most of the time.

But that's the beauty of being unique in ownership...Not to mention personality

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During the 4th in Panama City, we had 3 Airstreams in neighboring sites.
Without any planning...and we had never met.
And there were 2 or 3 others in the campground also.

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