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Old 10-27-2012, 09:11 PM   #29
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Are you embarrassed by your Airstream?

If you really want to draw a crowd, select a Vintage Airstream or Argosy with a similar Vintage Convertible to tow the trailer. I don't know which generates more questions and interests when I am traveling . . . the Airstream Overlander, the Argosy Minuet, or the 1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible.

The combination above (1978 Argosy Minuet/1975 Cadillac Edlorado) was the combination that I took to the International Rally in 2008 in Bozeman, MT. My tour included nearly four weeks and 8,000 miles, and each fuel stop generated numerous questions about both vehicles . . . the only casualty of the trip was a blown alternator in the Cadillac on the first day . . . it was a new alternator with less than 200 miles of service. The exterior of the Minuet is far from restored, but it still generates plenty of interest . . . I have been accustomed to driving my collector cars while restoration was in progress so having a rig that is in the process of restoration doesn't bother me. The Cadillac provides ample opportunity to talk to curious onlookers as it only averages about nine or ten MPG towing with a 27 gallon fuel tank.

I have actually traveled to more destinations, but far fewer total miles with this combination. The 1964 Airstream Overlander Land Yacht International/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible is a seeming natural combination, but the final drive prevents it from being a good match for mountainous terrain. My first fuel stop after having the Airstream and Cadillac "mated" at Ace Fogdall RV in Cedar Falls, IA, resulted in a real litany of questions from the young attendant at the gas station . . . He was intrigued because my Cadillac lost traction on the off-ramp from the Interstate that approached his station . . . he couldn't understand why the front wheels were spinning . . . he couldn't believe that Cadillac built a front wheel drive vehicle before the 1980s . . . he was taken aback when I told him that the front drive coupes from GM began with the Oldsmobile Tornado in 1966. That frist trip is when I realized that it is an absolute necessity to get adequate weight transfer to the front axle of the Eldorado if you want any traction on wet pavement or loose gravel on modest grades. His second round of questions was in regard to how long it had been since the last Airstream was built . . . . . . . .

I learned to accept the attention generated by driving an unusual car years ago so the addition of an Airstream with the accompanying questions just seeems like part of the lifestyle.


P.S.: I have learned to be a little more fastidious about housekeeping when traveling with either of the above combinations as they generate quite a bit more intrest than when I tow with my 1999 GMC K2500 Suburban. A small dog is often my traveling companion so I have also learned to keep the door locked with the key in my pocket so someone doesn't open the door and let my dog out . . . she thinks that she is much larger than she actually is, but will create quite a scene when she thinks that she is protecting her "person".

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Old 10-27-2012, 09:24 PM   #30
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I have no problem showing off our A/S and get a kick out of talking about it. The most common thing I hear is "you mean that's a new trailer, no 50 years old?" seems as though most folks think Airstream stopped making trailers in the 60s.

What I don't like is when the very first question is "how much did that cost?" I find it in poor taste to open the conversation with a question like that. My last RV was the Roadtrek built on the Sprinter platform with the big Mercedes logo. When I had that it seemed like 80% of the questions were on price.

I don't mind answering the question but just not when it's the opening question.

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Old 10-27-2012, 09:28 PM   #31
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Right after I purchased mine in Feb I brought it home one Saturday. While I was pulling things apart to learn more about it. I heard someone yell, "hello?" It was a neighbor wanting to look inside. She had never seen one inside. Then another neighbor showed up a while later with his wife.

I am not embarrassed by those interested but perhaps have a sense of hesitation in sharing with other RVers, especially AS people. The reason is not because it isn't a nice unit but there is some rough edges - a scratch from the original owner, an imperfect rear bumper, etc. Oh, and although I am not concerned at all with the "sport" window type, others criticize the windows as undesirable. I admire those who have older or new models that are remodeled into fantastic condition. Mine is plain but I am happy to own one.
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:18 PM   #32
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Ours friends and relatives are the most interested and some have gotten to see all the different changes since we bought it.

We've heard the usual questions—"Do they still make them?" and "How much did it cost" (Answer: "Too much"). Sometimes there's a tour at a campground, but usually we are inside or out somewhere, so we don't meet many people. Sometimes I see another Airstream nearby and go over and talk to the people and most are nice, but some are churlish, but, there's no personality test to buy an Airstream. Traveling to Alaska we would see the same Airstreams at other parks and a couple from Minnesota we met at a campground at Lake Louise, found us at a campground near Fairbanks, well up the highways more than 1,000 miles.

A couple stopped us at a truck stop and wanted to take pictures of it, our truck and themselves in front of it. They were both truck drivers and were sure they would get the same truck, same color and same Airstream. They had obviously been talking about this for a long time and were excited to see the same combination as we had. They wanted the photos so they could look at them while they dreamed their dreams over the long miles over the road. By then we were taking it for granted, so it was fun to be with this couple who were still dreaming. I hope they realized that dream by now.

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Old 10-28-2012, 09:19 AM   #33
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Airstreams will attract people from 5 to 95. I've had very small children approach cautiously lots of times. Once, an elderly gentleman drove his pickup through the grass of the campsite at a state park to look at my 74 Ambassador. As he leaned out the window to admire my polished trailer he proceeded to ask "did you put new skin on that thing?" Regardless of what you learned in 2nd grade science there are some instances when aluminum has magnetic properties.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:33 AM   #34
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The only thing I am embarrassed about is how little I have paid for how much enjoyment I have gotten. My only regret is I did not do it 15 years ago!
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:50 AM   #35
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The only thing I am embarrassed about is how little I have paid for how much enjoyment I have gotten. My only regret is I did not do it 15 years ago!
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:33 AM   #36
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Hello all,
We get at least one person ask about our 31 footer on each camping trip. They're curious about the interior.
In August, someone with a tent trailer told me ours was a 'creative purchase.'
Creative? Hardly. I'd say it's a no-brainer.
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:07 PM   #37
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We're not much for campgrounds. Usually you'll find us out in the middle of the desert.

We've had people stop by on motorcycles and in 4X4's to talk about our trailer. It starts with. "You towed that here?" and goes on to the usual. They still make those. They are so cool etc.

These folks rarely ask for a tour I think because they are often dirty or dusty from riding or 4wheeling and don't want to dirty the trailer but they do peek in the door.

When asked how much it cost which to me is a pretty rude question. I just shrug and say I have no idea. I won it in a poker game.
I'd rather be boon docking in the desert.

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Old 10-28-2012, 02:14 PM   #38
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I seem to get "how cool" more than "how cute". In the eyes of my college aged kids, buying the airstream is the only "cool" thing I have done in decades!
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:50 PM   #39
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We've not had an overwhelming number of direct requests for a tour, but about once per outing we get a question on how much our Bambi cost. Or maybe a comment about Airstreams being expensive.

An instinctive reaction might be, "Compared to what? A Class A motorhome towing a jeep, or a monster 5th wheel towed by a huge new truck?"

However, usually we explain that the cost comes down considerably if you buy a used one.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:04 PM   #40
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Some requests but mostly comments while on the road at a gas station. Never had even one with our sob white trailer for 5 years. And always enjoy the other AS that we encounter. It is all a factor in the enjoyment of airstreaming.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:11 PM   #41
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It's very rare for anyone to inquire about our AS ... except other AS owners. I guess we Canadians are too reserved.
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:55 PM   #42
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I've only made approximately 5 trips with Ethel, but so far, every time I've had at least two inquiries and tours. The first trip was in a large campground with over 150 sites, so we got a LOT of attention. My wife and I had a conversation about whether or not we were going to need to rehearse a speech. We had 7 people stop and talk to us.

So far, EVERY campground host has stopped by and requested a tour. We figure they must not have seen many Airstreams... they seem to be like unicorns down here.

After all the work I've put into my trailer, I'm more than happy to talk to anyone who'll listen, ha.

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