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Old 07-27-2009, 08:18 AM   #29
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Well, at least all of you aren't asked at every stop "why did you paint your Airstream!" lol
Al, do lots of people recognize the shape enough to ask that? Interesting...

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Old 07-27-2009, 08:20 AM   #30
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Maybe it's not the Airstream per se, but rather the feeling that Airstreamers take their RVing very seriously and are willing to part with significant time and/or money to do it.

But that's just a wild stab in the dark.


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Old 07-27-2009, 08:29 AM   #31
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OK, this might be a delicate subject, but I'm new, so here goes:

Since I've become obsessed with the Airstream Nation lifestyle, I have been scouring the internet for as much info as I can, this forum being a major source. But there are others.

I have caught a whiff of an impression on some boards that Airstreamers are considered snobs, and/or arrogant, and/or clique-ish in the eyes of other rv'ers.

Now, I can imagine envy playing a big part here and a form of stereotyping and profiling, whatever. Frankly, I couldn't care less what others think of me or my (future) rig, but when I pull into a campground that is 99.9% non-Airstream, am I going to be judged as a holier-than-thou elitist before I even land the thing?

More to the point, will no one help me back the sucker into the site?

So, what say you guys? Have you experienced an anti-Airstream prejudice to the point of it ever being a problem, or am I getting paranoid over nothing?
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Old 07-27-2009, 09:04 AM   #32
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They have an Airstream Argosy. Those came from the factory painted. More history here;

Airstream History.com, Silver Wheels
Ya know, that's a good idea. I sure get alot of interest, I'm tempted to print a few of those up and keep them with me. I make alot of friends explaining the Argosy vs Airstream story.
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Old 07-27-2009, 09:12 AM   #33
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I encountered one camper (moho dude), who said, "You're one of those Airstream people." I just smiled and said... "ummmmm... whatever!" and batted my baby blues.


All in all, I've never really experienced that snobbery at all with folks... just that one guy....

He spent his whole weekend at the campground with a spray bottle and a rag preening his unit... The nerve of some moho people! Hahahahahaaha!

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Old 07-27-2009, 09:14 AM   #34
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Al, do lots of people recognize the shape enough to ask that? Interesting...

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Most certainly......it's funny when we are out, from the gas station to the campsite. We seem to be the object of staring! lol Most are really friendly and really curious.

We just got back from a trip to Indiana. At a station outside Memphis we went in to gt a drink. When we came out there were 5 or 6 people walking around her looking in the windows and such. It took another twenty minutes to get out of there. Most said it was the first time they'd seen a painted Airstream.

I wonder if they think I had the Argosy plates made for it? In any case I guess I asked for it, especially painting her black.

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Old 07-27-2009, 09:32 AM   #35
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The most frequent comment is: "what a beautiful trailer".

Tied for 2nd, and far behind the first: "do they still make those?" and, "I've always wanted one."

Strangest experience: at a truck stop a couple comes over and wants to take pictures of our trailer and the Tundra. This was just the combination they wanted, even to the color of the Tundra. They wanted pictures of us in front of it and for me to take a picture of them in front. I think they followed us into the truck stop.

I think people are friendlier at RV campgrounds than at motels because at campgrounds we have to spend more time outside—just setting up and breaking down takes time. Some people sit outside a lot which increases personal contact. On the other hand, motels are more and more big rectangular boxes entered through a several doors, some locked, and then down impersonal hallways. Older ones, where you park outside the door, allowed more contact, but not as much as campgrounds. At motels the only thing you do is carry stuff in, carry stuff out, or go to the car, leave the car.

If I see another Airstream parked nearby, I'll go over and say hello when someone is outside. Usually they are friendly, but it's pretty infrequent they come over to our trailer. Many of the campgrounds we stop at are pretty much just a place to stop for the night, or somewhere to be while we look around the area, so we don't spend a lot of time outside other than taking care of business.

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Old 07-27-2009, 09:59 AM   #36
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If you are worried about being perceived as an aluminum snob from my perspective as a cynical ex-hippy now working for the establishment I have 2 sure fire cures:

1. paint your wagon psychedelic ala your 60s Rolling Stones avatar.

or, depending on the social class system you frequent:

2. camoflage.
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My parents were Airstreamers in the '80's and '90's, until my dad passed away 10 years ago: Mom once referred to non-airstreamers (which included us at the time) as "riffraff". She still denies it........ and we still laugh about it!

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We usually get smiles and nods when pull up somewhere. Since these silver twinkies have been around so long I think many people have fond memories we reawaken.
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Old 07-27-2009, 11:30 AM   #39
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If you are worried about being perceived as an aluminum snob from my perspective as a cynical ex-hippy now working for the establishment I have 2 sure fire cures:

1. paint your wagon psychedelic ala your 60s Rolling Stones avatar.

or, depending on the social class system you frequent:

2. camoflage.

1.Hah. Oh yeah, or maybe when I finally take the plunge, I'll start a group, "Airstream Rolling Stones". Kind of appropriate, actually.

2. Not so much.
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well, i have never experienced it camping...but maybe thats because i have an Avion instead of an Airstream. Although, come to think of it, almost every person who stops to talk about the trailer assumes it is an AS.

On the other hand, its always interesting to see when the AS/Avion discussion comes up on this forum or others. definately more of the Chevy/Ford thing (or maybe i should say Chevy/AMC?)
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well, i have never experienced it camping...but maybe thats because i have an Avion instead of an Airstream. Although, come to think of it, almost every person who stops to talk about the trailer assumes it is an AS.

On the other hand, its always interesting to see when the AS/Avion discussion comes up on this forum or others. definately more of the Chevy/Ford thing (or maybe i should say Chevy/AMC?)
Avion was a separate company, right? No connection to AS at all except for the aluminum skin concept, correct?

So, without starting a family fight, what was their raison d'etre? Better, cheaper, hipper than AS's? Just curious.
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well, i have never experienced it camping...but maybe thats because i have an Avion instead of an Airstream. Although, come to think of it, almost every person who stops to talk about the trailer assumes it is an AS.

On the other hand, its always interesting to see when the AS/Avion discussion comes up on this forum or others. definately more of the Chevy/Ford thing (or maybe i should say Chevy/AMC?)

We bought an Avion last year, and my SO thought it was an AS until we were discussing during last week's camping trip....

Funny how perceptions are...If you ride a cruiser most everyone assumes it's a Harley. And as far as being a BMW motorcycle owner, I can't begin to tell you how many times I've heard "Oh, I did'nt know BMW made motorcycles".

Rolling with the flow,

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