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Old 10-03-2006, 10:23 AM   #15
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I can understand the thinking old = in bad shape. However I do not think it is fair. They ought to at least offer a spot if the trailer is in good condition. I have seen some 1970's airstreams that look better than my 2006!
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Old 10-03-2006, 10:37 AM   #16
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We have had the opposite experience. Several times other campers thought that our 2005 Safari was a vintage model. These campers thought that Airstream had been out of business for many years. The conversation usually starts with "boy, that thing is in good shape". When I tell them it's a 2005, the response is "I didn't know they still made those things".

Every time this happens, we are very flattered. It goes to show that the Airstream design is not only iconic, but timeless. An Airstream transcends model year. Any well maintained Airstream is always current and always vintage. An Airstream is an Airstream.
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Old 10-03-2006, 10:56 AM   #17
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Well, I hate to hear about CG's that deny entry to anyone who is an honest camper. Snobbery in camping is about the dumbest thing I have ever seen. That extends to vintage units, tenters, popups, MOHOs, and camper vans. Camping is camping. If there is a park that disallows you because maybe you aren't rich enough to own an expensive new unit, then that's not a campground, but a parking lot for RVs. A parking lot. That's not camping, and it's pretentious and facetious to state that it is.
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Old 10-03-2006, 10:10 PM   #18
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Hi all,

We have never been denied access to any campground or been asked to leave. Probably dull folks... However, once a number of years ago I was looking for camping spots in Southern California and called a commercial spot to inquire about staying in their campground for a few days. At the time we owned an older SOB. But it looked fine... Anyway, they had some kind of age limit and we didn't "qualify". Needless to say we didn't make reservations there! I was appalled that they had the gall to ask me what year my camper was, and then tell me I couldn't stay. But that was the only time I have run across any such thing.

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Old 10-04-2006, 12:36 AM   #19
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Not denied, but certainly wasn't made to feel welcome.

I know what people mean about folks being mistaken about the age of the airstream - even with the Boop's beauty marks, many people think she's younger than the '71 she actually is.

During the summer we stayed for a month at a campground in Fort St. John, BC. A couple of days into the visit the water pump on our tow vehicle (a 1996 diesel van) went, which means that coolant started weeping out of the pump. I immediately put a pan underneath to catch it. Since it was Saturday, I made plans to take it in for repairs on Monday. The park manager freaked, and you'd think we were storing nuclear waste on our campsite. I asked her that out of the thousands of campers they've had here, in one of the largest cities on the Alaska Highway between Dawson Creek and Whitehorse... she'd never had anyone with a coolant leak? She said they hadn't. After getting it repaired to top it off, she insisted that we were going to have to move to an unserviced site before the July long weekend. I got the impression she wanted to have a nice, new SOB fifth wheel or motorhome in our spot. We ended up staying, but I never felt welcome afterwards.
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Old 10-04-2006, 07:46 AM   #20
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Related stories may be those from people who have been ordered to remove their campers from their driveways due to local restrictions (too ugly, too old or too many). I can't say that I would blame the neighbors for sneering at "old paint" behind her back. But I can't say I care either. I can't afford the $50 a month to store her off site outside so she's sat in our tiny shared driveway for 2 years now.

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