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Old 05-27-2016, 10:05 AM   #15
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My employees know about my bambi, now 10. I had no idea someone would think to look up price and question you. At end of day youbwork very hard, your wife supports you and it is really no business of your staff. I sign shop could make you replacement badges of your choice. Welcome to forum and enjoy your Airstream.
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:21 AM   #16
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To the uninitiated, an Airstream is an Airstream is an Airstream. Airstreams as a brand are iconic, with no distinction made between different models, because of their distinctive shape and materials. There is no way to visually devalue yours without actually devaluing it by ruining itó such as (badly) painting it some lurid color or denting the bejeezus out of it. Merely debadging or rebadging it will not do the trick, because it will still look like an Airstream to the average person.

Very true. Our 76 gets all kinds of attention and might as well be a 2016 to those unfamiliar with the brand. Badge removal will only confuse the initiated, it will make no difference to the average passerby.

Loud cruiser motorcycles are Harley-Davidson's to many non-motorcyclists, same goes for Airstreams for most folks. If it is a shiny travel trailer, it must be an Airstream and therefore expensive.
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:25 AM   #17
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The trailer will still be identifiable as a Classic by the arrangement of the windows, door, refrigerator vent, furnace cover, water heater cover, awning locations
There is no need to de-badge the trailer.
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:32 AM   #18
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...Expensive option. Get a sign shop to do a full body graphics wrap so that it looks old with lots of scratches and dings and filiform. Would be easier to remove later than having the local Army reserve use it for painting practice in desert camouflage....
I like that! Wonderful idea, with lots of options.
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:44 AM   #19
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From my encounters with the general public neighbors and friends, the fact that my previous Airstream was labeled Safari and my current Classic made no difference on how they perceived the trailer.

The one common comment that I hear the most is "you bought the Cadillac of trailers". So bottom line as most everyone has told you, they aren't going to be on the web site searching prices, they will always know you spent a bundle.

You can probably use the analogy based on they kind of car you drive. If you show up to work in a Caddy or any type of luxury car, the folks don't rush down to figure out the model and whether it's the "cheap" one or expensive one. The brand of the vehicle makes the statement.

My advice is to quit worrying about how others perceive you. No matter what you do to your Classic, it will make no difference to the haters. If you pay your folks a fair wage for the work they do, then the majority of them understand in this day and age that the folks at the top make the most bucks. Always has been that way and always will.

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Old 05-27-2016, 10:47 AM   #20
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:49 AM   #21
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It's your trailer, do what you want to it! You could even rebadge it as "Winnebago" and just let people think what they want.
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:52 AM   #22
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Omg!!

The very act of owning a Airstream put you and WIFE in a high profile airspace - PERIOD! No matter the age or model, you're tagged a different breed of folks. You can't hide.
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Hello All.

I am new on here and am wondering if it is possible to debadge a 2016 classic? I know it sounds funny but I want be low key about my purchase and would like to either put different custom badges(maybe with my Last name or something else) or maybe no badge at all.

I live in a small town and don't want anyone googling the value with the make and model shown. Silly I know, but people can be haters.

I even thought of putting "sport" badges on it. Lol

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If you decide to change badges be sure to use all aluminum type. Other metals react to the Alumimum when touching each other and causes corrosion to the Alumimum.
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I've got some 1973 Excella 500 badges I'll sell.
That would really screw them up.
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Q: If you debadge a Rolls Royce, will folks in your town think it's a kit-car??

A: Highly unlikely.

Bottom line - I don't think folks in your town are as gullible as you think.

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In my opinion, if people are going to snoop, then they will snoop. There is little you can do about other's behavior. If anyone is truly that curious, they can probably look up the on any number of websites what things cost.

That doesn't mean that you need to act flashy about what you have.

When I am asked about how much my trailer costs, I reply that it costs about what a nice truck costs. Nice vague answer.

And every time we camp, I see people in popups, tents, 5th wheels, buses, and everything in between. So you are always around a range of price points when out and about.

I think that removing the classic badge would add only about a 2 minute delay for those curious to actually be looking up your rig.
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