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Old 12-15-2012, 07:45 AM   #57
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:00 AM   #58

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Wink Imbareassed......kind'a

Really rather rare though...after all we're a bunch of elite snobs, right?

More-so with the Classic than our first....a 22' 63 Safari.

Scales up when $$$$ are introduced.


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Old 12-15-2012, 09:52 AM   #59
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My favorite 'embarassing moment'. if it's such. was when fueling our '71 Buick convertible (always a comment starter) up at a gas station with the '66 Trade Wind in tow a suited gent suddenly swerved his luxery car up along side of me. "Excuse, me", he began, "What year is it"? I proudly replied, "It's a '71 Buick Cen......"....."No, no, the Airstream"? he interrupted. I thought....old American iron has been upstaged by old American aluminum.

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Old 12-15-2012, 10:22 AM   #60
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they're really hard to run a traveling meth lab in, that's for sure! you can never get any cooking done without some gomer wanting to come by and have a look.
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:32 PM   #61
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Are you embarrassed by your Airstream?

Greetings Condoluminum!

Originally Posted by Condoluminum View Post
One standard feature of Airstreams is "Conversation Starter"... If you enjoy camping in complete anonymity the shiny aluminum is going to be a problem.. Whether strangers or other Airstreams or fellow campers at a Rally, Airstreams attract attention and lead to conversations.. You have the option to expand and enjoy, or shut it down and avoid, but there is no way to be "invisible" as most owners of white boxes are... Fortunately, I too enjoy talking about ours, and can handle semi-rude questions about cost, since we bought it well used.. It's almost fun watching some folks' faces fall when they realize they too coulda had an Airstream...
I agree . . . it is virtually impossible to escape a fuel stop un-noticed. Sometimes, I think a first generation Argosy can start even more questions. With my Minuet, I have gotten questions at fuel stops that have included: "Why is your Airstream painted?", "Did your Airstream come from the factory that way (painted)?", "Why would you paint a trailer as valuable as a Bambi?". The questions double when the tow vehicle is a collector car such as my '75 Cadillac Eldorado convertible. With that variable added to the combination, I get reactions such as: "My parents/grandparents towed their Airstream with a Cadillac.", "I thought that you had to tow with a truck.", "Isn't it difficult to tow a trailer with a car?". With my Vintage coaches, my response when asked about cost is that the original cost when new was $6,000. The effect of time between 1964 and 1978 is evident as the original purchase price on my 1964 Overlander was just a little more than $6,000 as was the price of my Minuet in 1978.

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Old 12-15-2012, 12:58 PM   #62
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The embarrassed/bashful types might like this....

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Old 12-15-2012, 01:16 PM   #63
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Originally Posted by mstephens View Post
The only question I don't like is, "How much did this cost?" I try first with, "Well, they're a bit expensive." But that often doesn't work - they want to know really how much. I am not comfortable talking about what I spend with friends, let alone passers by. The few times they work the number out of me they are shocked.
i tell them i don't know, it was a gift. :-)
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:47 PM   #64
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The embarrassed/bashful types might like this....

That wasn't really necessary since Canada is invisible to most Americans anyway.

As for the question, how much did it cost? Plea old age and that you don't remember what you paid—actually, I don't remember.

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Old 12-16-2012, 02:57 PM   #65
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FLY - - Thats the same paper that predicted the Maple Leafs would win the Stanley Cup last year.
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:36 PM   #66
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well, i heard...

that the US MILITARY discovered a way to see through walls...they call it a window.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:56 PM   #67
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So I finally picked up my 77' Excella 500 from the PO and when I parked her on a street to get her weight distributed two separate gentlemen came up...One very hippy like said "SHE'S SO COOL!!!!" the other guy asked "What year is she?". So it already started and yes got a bunch of honks and waves on the drive home. I guess I would be embarrassed if I didn't know know much about my AS but I am now a PROUD owner. You couldnt offer me a million dollars to take her off my hands since she's my first
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:44 PM   #68
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"How much is it worth?"

"$100,000 but today only you can have it for $50,000 and I'll throw in the tow vehicle".

Ha ha ha you should see the looks you get.
Living in the trailer park of sense, looking out the window at a tornado of stupidity.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:37 PM   #69
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How much? Well, according to the title, the original owner paid $xx,xxx in 1999 dollars." I don't tell them how much I paid for it 11 years later.

Actually, no non-airstreamer has asked for a tour of my 34' yet, although the few I've invited inside love the space.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:43 PM   #70
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Originally Posted by Alumaholic View Post
Once while camping at Cochiti Lake we had a grandmother, a mother, and her daughter all queue up in front of our 1976 Safari 23 insisting on a peek inside. These were not small women, and they all insisted on wedging themselves into our Airstream the same time. Deciding it was a good time to check the relative bearing grease, I bailed out leaving my wife to entertain.
She reported that they observed loudly to one another that though it was very cute on the outside, it was exceeding cramped on the inside. Wondering out loud why we had such a tiny trailer they made a hasty departure back to their humongously, huge fifth-wheel.
Very, very funny story, Alumaholic!! I really did LOL!

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