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Old 07-30-2009, 06:16 PM   #1
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Airstream sightings on Campobello Island

I saw some Airstreams coming onto the island yesterday as I was going off the island. (there is a bridge) I went to the campground this evening to introduce myself and to possibly gain some knowledge. ( I am restoring a '65 Overlander) There were 14 Airstreams and the all the people I spoke with were unbelievable snobs. There was a "cruise director" of sorts wearing a whistle on a lanyard around his neck running around giving directions and whistling. He had no time for me. I accosted a woman by herself heading toward a trailer and she RAN away from me. I spoke with another couple who would only talk about the post and beam house that Ted Benson had built for them on Marthas' Vineyard. They had a '78 that was totally restored and they assured me that they did NONE of the work on it themselves. I was not invited to view any of the trailers.

I am a fairly presentable person, from Massachusetts, educated at Boston University, Air Force veteran of Viet Nam, fairly successful business operator until I retired, married a Canadian and moved to Campobello. I was actually shunned by this group. True, I do not wear my sweater with the arms tied around my neck, and true, my fingernails were dirty from working on my Airstream all day, but, I really do not fit with these people and really want nothing to do with them. The Forum members mostly seem like grunts, just like myself. I believe I will stay with the forum, ripping out rotten plywood, drilling rivets, emptying black tanks, and getting my hands dirty. I'm happy to be a member here.

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Old 07-30-2009, 07:18 PM   #2
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Wow, Ronald, that's a really sad story! I'm sure my heart rate would have gone up if I'd seen that many AS's in one place! I'm sure, like you, I would have gone & tried to "talk Airstream" to those people too. What a disappointment for you! I think you're right about the people on the forum here. They really are kind & down to earth people. I've lurked on some other forums (not AS forums), and the people are rude to newbies & use foul language to one another. I really enjoy reading other people's fixes & travels on this forum. You can have a tour of my Airstream any time!


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Old 07-30-2009, 07:23 PM   #3
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That's a shame. Too bad they are too full of themselves to get to know you.

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Old 07-31-2009, 07:38 AM   #4
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Hmmmmmmmm. Let's all not be like that.
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Old 07-31-2009, 07:43 AM   #5
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You're welcome for a tour and AS talk anytime. Heck, I'll even throw in a beverage or two. That's just plain upsetting that fellow AS'ers would feel the need to be that way. I guess you know where that whistle should go...

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Old 07-31-2009, 08:55 AM   #6
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Did they all have big red numbers on their trailers? Was this actually a WBCCI caravan? If it was, they do not represent the average WBCCI membership. We do have a few old snobs around, but that is not the average. The people traveling in vintage units, they restored themselves, are particularly interesting people. If you are looking for a good time, you may want to contact one of the other competing local units. All local units are unique and have distinctive characters and characteristics.
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:55 AM   #7
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That's funny but sad! You painted such a great picture with your words. Do you have any idea what group it was? Were they a WBCCI group? I agree with you, Ronald. I'm stickin' with the forum group! What a great bunch we have here. You can tour my trailer anytime!
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Old 07-31-2009, 05:34 PM   #8
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The trailers all had bright red numbers, front and back. On some of them old removed numbers could be seen under the new red. One of them told me that they each carry a book that lists all members. I guess if they see a broken down trailer they can look to see if it is one of "THEIRS".

These trailers came from all over the U.S. I was told by the Grand Poobah that they would be on the road for over 60 days.

The campground is part of a provincial (state) park. The Grand Poobah had a sign on his trailer that stated that if anyone had any question about anything in the campground they were, under no circumstance, to approach any campground personnel, they were to see him.

The Poobah, actually the Poobah's son, allowed me to walk around and examine his trailer, I commented on the sealant on top of the beltline molding. He quickly stated that They did not apply the sealant and told me who did. (some dealer in New Jersey)

The oldest trailer there,a '78 Safari, owned by the Ted Benson couple, was absolutely mint and could easily pass for new. I sure that they had more money invested in the trailer than I have in my house.

Thanks for all of your condolences, I guess my rant is over, they have moved on. Their next stop is St. John, New Brunswick,about 150 miles. If they travel 150 miles at a time, for 60 days, that's 9,000 miles. If I was aboard that ship I would cause a mutiny.
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Old 07-31-2009, 06:37 PM   #9
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It was probably this caravan:

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We will stop in the Rhode Island, Cape Cod, and Boston areas; then on to St. John and Moncton NB. Moving on to Nova Scotia we will visit Springhill, Windsor, Hall's Harbour, Annapolis Royal, Lunenburg, Halifax, Antigonish, Louisbourg, Baddeck, Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail. The caravan will end on Prince Edward Island. This trip offers many "Kodak moments" and several great golfing opportunities. Kitty fee includes camping, many tours, ice cream socials, and the final banquet. Most stops are in campgrounds or fairgrounds with hookups, but there are two stops with limited electricity, and a possible overnight on the PEI ferry dock. Start: 07/09/2009End: 08/31/2009
Rendezvous:Richmond, RIStop 1:East Wareham, MAStop 2:Topsfield, MAStop 3:Boothbay, MEStop 4:Ellsworth, MEStop 5:Campobello IslandStop 6:St. John, NBStop 7:Moncton, NBStop 8:Windsor, NSStop 9:Parker's Cove, NSStop 10:Lunenberg, NSStop 11:Halifax, NSStop 12:Antigonish, NSStop 13:Louisbourg, NSStop 14:Baddeck, NSStop 15:Ferry dock at CaribouStop 16:Cornwall, P.E.I.
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Hey Ronald,

Is it possible that you're being too harsh? It sounds as though you violated the first rule of camping, don't pester someone who has just rolled in and is setting up. A caravan is often on a tight schedule (hence the Poobah with whistle). Participants sometimes arrive tired, are old, preoccupied with their own responsibilities and just don't have the energy to match your enthusiasm. It might not have anything to do with them being snobs, but instead have everything to do with your expectations being set too high. Not everyone out there who owns an Airstream has to be a fanatic about Airstreams, or share your level of interest in Airstreams. To them it might just be an RV. And really, there's nothing wrong with that.
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Old 08-01-2009, 06:24 PM   #11
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Mr. McClure,

Your first rule of camping is one of the first rules of common courtesy. The caravan rolled in here around 2 in the afternoon. I went to visit at 2:30 the FOLLOWING afternoon. As far as having energy and enthusiam, I am 65 years old, 100% disabled veteran and recently had a stroke. Enthusiam for me is waking up in the morning. I doubt if the Poobah can match that. My expectation is common courtesy in return. True, I only shave every other day but I am obviously not slovenly in neither appearance nor speech. There is no reason for anyone to avoid me. Again, true, not everyone who owns an Airstream has to be a fanatic about Airstreams or share my level of interest in Airstreams but, someone who spends fifty or sixty thousand dollars restoring a thirty year old trailer must be fanatic about something.

Like Forest Gump said "That's all I have to say in this matter".

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Old 08-01-2009, 06:45 PM   #12
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Like the man said, airstream or square box, tent or diesel pusher, it's about common courtesy. Period.
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Old 08-01-2009, 07:02 PM   #13
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Old 08-01-2009, 09:20 PM   #14
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re:campabello sighting

I read with great interest your statements of our meeting in Herring Cove Provincial Park.

I am the Caravan Leader of the WBCCI Nor' by Nor' East Caravan. Your recollection of the events is very different from mine.
First if you counted 14 units, the whole caravan was not parked yet, and we were in the process of parking them when we had our conversation.

We talked long enough for you to tell me of your restoration of your trailer. We talked about other Airstream subjects as well. My son talked to you for about 20 minutes about installing a wash water tank in your trailer. I also invited you to talk to some of the owners, as you must have done, as you commented about one of the owners who had the work done to his restored trailer instead of doing it himself. Some people don't have the ability to do the work themselves, and therefore choose to have it done for them. Nothing wrong with that.

As far as my having a whistle around my neck and going around blowing it, it actually was my WBCCI name tag, that we all wear when on a caravan. We don't go around blowing whistles.

I feel you were not only treated with the courtesy we treat every visitor, but your statements about us being snobs is a total untruth. We on the caravan are hurt by your untruths about us.

We are not snobs, as we treat everyone the same, Airstream owners, or any other person who approaches us. We are friendly to everyone alike.

As far as the sign on the front of my trailer, I as the caravan leader am the spokesperson for the caravan to the campground. Anyone who has any complaints comes to me and I do the talking for the group.

You not only didn't tell the truth about our meeting, but you continued to bash us, when we deserved none of your abuse

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