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Old 07-20-2007, 10:23 PM   #43
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Thumbs up Great thread, interesting stories...

My parents never went camping in any form, and I can't even recall visiting a state park when I was a kid. Did some tent camping in the Boy Scouts, and always enjoyed sleeping outside. During, and after college, I did a lot of hitch hiking across half of the U.S. and parts of Canada, and ended up sleeping on the ground, in trees, barns, on beaches, under the mangroves in south Florida, and some other places I don't even care to think about. My journey was cut short by a commitment I had to fulfill.

One thing for sure, I was always fascinated by Airstreams. As a teenager, I can remember seeing one go through town and think, WOW... maybe someday. Before we bought the Trade Wind about 12 years ago, we never owned a tent or any kind of camper or had much interest in camping in the traditional sense, so it's probably a bit of an anomaly that I spent the majority of my career working in and around campgrounds. I was also impressed by those large groups of Airstream owners that would occasionally spend a few days in one of our campgrounds, and then move on. Those were unique rigs, owned by a whole different breed of camper. With those big red numbers and flags, I figured it was some kind of club.

So, here I am, less than two weeks from retirement, and anxious to continue my journey to see the rest of this country.

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Old 07-21-2007, 04:43 AM   #44
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Originally Posted by Foureagles
My Cherokee Grandpa taught me a lot about getting along in the world, and how it's the hawk that gives the rabbit its speed.
Maybe my Cherokee heritage is behind it all. We've always been campers. We tent camped when I was growing up. I love being out in nature and I'm teaching my kids to love and respect it, as well.

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Old 07-21-2007, 06:35 AM   #45
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We don't camp, we Airstream.
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Old 07-21-2007, 07:41 AM   #46
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Originally Posted by PWRSTRK
We don't camp, we Airstream.
Now you're talking....... .

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Old 07-21-2007, 09:39 AM   #47
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We got into because of AS. Actually we bought the AS we get out of our rental apartment then we end up in a campground... but didn't think at it first... and we liked it...
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:24 AM   #48
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I started as a boater and soon realized that Airstreams were less problematic than boats of the same size. Also Airstreams are easier to integrate into more trips that we take. (You can make a trip to Grandma's a mini vacation. Love the flexibility
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Old 07-23-2007, 07:24 AM   #49
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Originally Posted by PWRSTRK
We don't camp, we Airstream.
I concur.
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Old 07-23-2007, 08:04 AM   #50
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My family started camping (tents) back in 1963 - the summer I turned 5. We tented for a few years until Dad bought a 1968 Hilltop pop-up trailer. We used that trailer until 1975 when my folks bought a 20' SOB travel trailer (I can't remember what brand it was). I went off to the Army in '76 and did my camping the hard way, a shelter half and a rubber lady, until 1985 when my wife and I started tent camping together. We bought a slide in truck camper (big mistake) in '94 and quickly found ourselves back in a tent. We got away from the campgrounds for a few years starting in the late 90's until last year when we bought our Basecamp.
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Old 07-23-2007, 11:04 AM   #51
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My first camping experience was in the Marine Corps. Afterward, married with four children we tried tenting, but it was a disaster. Upgraded to a tent camper which we used for 13 years and traveled most of the U.S.A. Kids grown and gone I got into motorcycle touring and camped off of the motorcycle for about 10 years. Sold the m/c and back to tent camping. Then setting up the tent camp at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon was one too many times and all of the sudden I had it with the tent.

I asked my wife it she would consider an RV (Thanks to Stew Olsen of RV Today which I watched every Sunday) she said yes. I only considered an Airstream and knew I would join the Airstream club, WBCCI. The rest is history.
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Old 07-23-2007, 12:54 PM   #52
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Studebakers led to Airstreams...

Five years ago my husband and I were at the Studebaker International Meet in South Bend, Indiana, and we saw a very cute light yellow Lark convertible towing a beautiful Dorsett boat. I decided that I wanted to "accessorize" our Studebakers with a small travel trailer that would be MY project. So we started looking for a small project trailer, got online (TinCanTourist and other vintage trailer sites), and found that the Serro Scotty trailers were small, cute, and relatively common enough to find.

A friend of ours asked, "Why not get an Airstream? They're the coolest trailers to have." We entertained the idea but didn't see ourselves putting much time or money into a car "accessory," so we settled on a Scotty. After a few weeks, we found a Scotty for $500 and ended up doing a "frame-off" restoration. In the following few months, we acquired three more Scottys. (See note below.) A guy down the street from my husband's hobby shop stopped by to see the Scotty Highlander that we rescued from a storage lot, and he asked if Will would trade for an Airstream. (Whaa???? Yeah, we still can't figure that one out...)

Well, the Airstream was too big and stinky for me to want to work on, so I asked Will if he would get rid of it if I found a smaller Airstream to replace it. By this time, Will was enthralled with the quality and qualities of the Airstream (the Scotty was just plywood, masonite, and light aluminum siding). We visited a Studebaker friend of ours who also has many silver-sided trailers (Airstreams, Boles, Spartans...), and talked him into parting with a 1959 Globetrotter.

The rest, as they say, is history. We finally went camping for the first time in our 1975 Sovereign late last summer. Oh, and this summer, we towed that 1959 Globetrotter with our 1963 Studebaker station wagon to the Studebaker International Meet in South Bend followed by our first WBCCI Rally in Perry. We had a blast! We really enjoy Airstreaming more than we ever thought we would, thanks to the many helpful and fun friends we've made along the way!

***Side note: I think Will has some type of undiagnosed OCD where he needs to own multiples of almost everything he has. Currently we have three Scottys, two M Systems (1950 travel coaches), six Airstreams, and around 35-40 Studebakers. Keep in mind that these are NOT all restored and functioning---his reasoning is that "we need spare parts---that's a parts car/trailer."

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