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Old 11-17-2006, 08:07 AM   #15
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37 & 38 with 10, 7 & 5 year olds. We definately lack common age Airstreamers in our area (or common age campers for that matter). We do have a couple our age around the corner from us with a pop-up but we never seem to have the same weekend's free.

Interestingly, the RV industry shows the 30 - 50 set as the fastest growing age bracket for RVing. I do think the perceived high cost of an Airstream (many of our friends don't know their still made and assume vintage units are very expensive) keeps people in SOB.

On a related side note, I just received a copy of RVXtreme magazine. It's targeted to this "new" RVing age group and seems to recognize that lack of content and resources for younger campers (still working). While it is a little heavy on product reviews that most 30 something can't afford (Marathon Coach, Safari Class A Toy Hauler) but the lifestyle articles were about sand rails, mountain biking and camping with kids. Much more my speed. It seemed to be a good first effort at this demographic.
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Old 11-17-2006, 08:11 AM   #16
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A funny thought

Ya know what....I may not be in my own post demographic by the time I get this thing put back together .
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Old 11-17-2006, 08:42 AM   #17
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Forgot to add I am 46 and my wife is old enough for me just a hint she is 9 months and X years younger than me

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Old 11-17-2006, 09:25 AM   #18
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We are in our early 40s and our boys just turned 7 and 10.

We have always been tent campers, and my friends in their 20s and 30s are infrequent campers at best, and then in tents. I find that dragging friends along with us is the best way to create new campers. But I don't see them buying an RV -- too expensive, too difficult to store, and they won't use it enough to make it worthwhile. Maybe later in life, when they're mature like us.

If we were going to keep doing the camping we've been doing -- short trips, county and state parks -- we would have stuck to the tent. We only bought an RV because we have some long, cross-country trips planned.
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Old 11-17-2006, 09:51 AM   #19
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Young is relative!
My dad is 93 and thinks that younger means 70ish.
I'm 48 and so my idea of younger means 30ish.
I have an 18 year old son - he thinks that younger means 15 year olds.

So just exactly when is it that we begin to think we're "old"?
I asked my dad - he's not sure, but says he thinks that when you stop planning for the future, dreaming up stuff you'ld like to do and when you stop looking forward to the adventure of new experiences, you're old.

So.... who's old?
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:11 AM   #20
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SM---I understand your desire to meet and mix with other Airstreamers your age. It's true "birds of a feather flock togather". Each age group has their particular things in common with one another. Older folks are the same way, different generations even speak different languages to some extent, enjoy different music and entertainment etc. That said, to exclude each other is to miss out on some great things we each have to offer the other. From my limited observation,we of the "Older Generation" are more guilty of this than you that are young. I know there are exceptions but the WBCCI folks I've been around, not so much in words, but in actions say, "children are not welcome''. We reciently attended a top of georga fall forum gathering with all ages, lots young folks with their kids. It was great!!! This was after we had been to a WBCCI rally. The WBCCI rally was fun but was, quite frankly, "Sterile". There was "Nothing" for any young people and I'm sure that's the way they wanted it. I really think if this thinking is ever to change it will be due to the efforts of the "Forum Members to seek change and encourage mix. ----pieman
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:50 AM   #21
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WOW!!! AStreamers again prove to be more inspiring than the homes. Thankyou all!!!!
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Old 11-17-2006, 12:08 PM   #22
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ok camperski...

i LIKE that new signature line!

hello soldiermedic and welcome to airstream'n,

ignore the wb for the sake of this dialog,
yes they have some very young thinking members of all ages,
and some local units with younger families
but seldom are wb events focused on this demographic....

especially any units close to you...

now instead consider the FORUMS RALLY EVENTS...

i've been to several and usually about 1/3 of the attendees are <30 with children...

i've been to some events with 8-10 little ones running around (and that's just till's family )

you are really close by the midwest rally in leRoy ill. and the fall rally in northern ill.

these are 2-5 day events (come when ya can and leave when ya must) with very friendly folks and many young families...

pot lucks, movies, campfires and kids on bicycles....

what could be better....

i purchased the first a/s at age 25 and kept in for 25 years...

now i'm 2 year into #2.... as 2air', so you do the age math...

at the midwest rally this year,
there was a great young couple with a new bambi...
pretty sure they were barely 1 score + 5 years.
they seemed to have fun with us....
check out their picture link (annussia) in the midwest rally thread...

http://www.airforums.com/forum...cap-23413.html

also jackcanervera posted lots of photos in his link...

anyway my point is at FORUMS EVENTS you are likely to find many young families, children, simple camping fun and links to further airstream good times...

a mixture of all ages, family units and lifestyles makes for more fun and interesting chats,
than having everyone from one subset...

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Old 11-17-2006, 12:26 PM   #23
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I am sure that when I eventually get this thing road worthy we will be able to get out and have fun. I think that will take me about a year (I only get to work on it 1 day per week). While pulling off some more belly today I noticed a great deal more frame damage...ARG!!!!
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Old 11-17-2006, 12:29 PM   #24
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This age demogaphic poll may give you a little insight as to Airstreamers ages...
http://www.airforums.com/forum...tudy-1988.html
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Old 11-17-2006, 12:53 PM   #25
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2air didnt mean to crowd your handle....but she did say i cna"t have a 3rd one. I honestly didn't get your handle without the spaces, that dominate "ski" gene sometimes, i kept thinking it was something "irish"LOL sorry
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Old 11-17-2006, 01:04 PM   #26
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Smile No age limit for kindred spirits

Great posts everyone. Soldier medic I'm sure you'll find kindred spirits along the way. Enjoy camping with your lovely trailer and family!

I do love to meet people of all ages, and its nice to have that connection with those of similar ages/tastes who know Dr. John from Dr. Phil no offense intended..

Guess it just depends on the person. I remember trying to get grandma to get out and join a senior group so she could play with kids her own age and she refused she didn't want to be with a bunch of "old folks" (she was 80 then) who talked about their ailments all day long.. She liked to hang out with the younger family members and she was a lot of fun too. Never met a better scrabble player yet. We camped all over the west with grandma and had a blast. Guess I'm saying what's been said, kindred spirits come in all shapes, sizes, colors, ages, and genders!
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Old 11-17-2006, 02:38 PM   #27
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2 air,
again I appreciate this forum, I can see that a forum rally might be different (not better, not worse) than a local rally. When I visited a local rally and commented that I was surprised by the number of people there because no one been signed up on the forum, I got a puzzled look and an" ok now that your here, lets meet some people" so I'm looking forward to both! Now that the first phase of this is doen for me (i have something to go in), just gotta go!
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hi camperski and others who just wanna camp, chat, play outside and share a meal ...

and a bowl of rivets!

you are right, not better or worse, just different...

most wb rally goers keep going back because they like it!

some local unit wb'rs do greatly enjoy their events and each other...

that is one of the reasons the wbcci has lasted so long... and why some of us want to see it grow again...

the forum rally side is simpler...

no roll calls, no officers, no real protocols...

maybe trailer tours, certainly a pot luck, hopefully a campfire or 2....

without the responsibility to follow any wb guides anything can happen...

like bradk i'd like to see an occasional 'activity' like a bike ride or hike or canoe/kayak excursion...

and folks in any camping unit or just visiting are ALWAYS welcome...

didn't bring food? no problem, share mine and a cup of java too...

most forum folks are just so happy to finally be camping...

away from home and the phone, IN their airstream with others....

after the random introductions it's fun to see folks clearly winding down...

from a life too tight.

playing with the family or others, starting a fire or packing wheel bearings!

recently chasing racoons and eating bacon were prime events at the oregon rally!

its funny some rallys have lots of tech talk and other NONE....

so get out there and go camping....

i love arriving a few days early or staying as folks leave...

it's like watching a mobile village rise and fall...

some of us always have trouble leaving and stay longer...

aluminum IS clearly magnetic!

cheers
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and back to soldiermedic and his/her original notion....

another member started a thread last year on a 'younger sub forum'....

his demographics were under 25, but lots of 30 somethin's posted....

http://www.airforums.com/forum...th-17057.html?

and here is the 'next tier'...

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ers-18491.html

age, it's a moving target...
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