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Old 07-26-2009, 03:00 PM   #1
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Perception of Airstreamers

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 07-26-2009, 03:10 PM   #2
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I recently posed this question on a couple of other forums I participate in, and none of my friends on the BMW Motorcycle Owner's, Wine and Cigar Affectionados, or the Elite Coffee Connoisseurs think Muffy and I are the least bit snobby.

Snippy maybe, but snobby...Never.



Actually I think that the perception exists in some circumstances, but it's really hard to come accross as anyone serious when you camp in a 33 year old AS with pink flamingos strapped to the LP tanks.

Now if you'll excuse me, my Latte is ready.......
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:13 PM   #3
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. . . More to the point, will no one help me back the sucker into the site?
Would you want help from someone who might harbor a secret Airstream envy?
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Can't tell you how relieved I am. Thanks.

I'll go back to decanting this bottle of '59 Lafite.

BTW, I was in Rock Hill in 1999 for four months on a job. Didn't see a Starbuck's.
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Would you want help from someone who might harbor a secret Airstream envy?
Good point. Pull-throughs or nothing.
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:25 PM   #6
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I get the feeling that almost every brand-specific forum for something that is a bit out of the ordinary can viewed as clique-ish by those outside. The T@B people love their T@Bs, the TrailManor folks love their trailers, etc.

Last weekend I towed my T@B - adorable little trailer that everyone seems to like - with a Mercedes GL 320 Bluetec I had borrowed from work. I'm not sure what people felt; well, probably that we were twits from Connecticut (Bernie Madoff's kids?!?), but whatever.

I guess the question boils down to this: would you buy a different RV to avoid the possiblity of a certain perception? I say get what you want and just be nice to people - and let them come in for a tour if they want.

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Old 07-26-2009, 03:28 PM   #7
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We have never experienced any anti-Airstream prejudice in our extensive Airstream travels. We have experienced a lot of interest in our Airtream and a lot of questions about it.

What we do experience is other campers asking us for technical assistance. Some RVers think that if you are pulling an Airstream, you must be some kind of RV expert.

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Old 07-26-2009, 03:30 PM   #8
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The little people in their white boxes always are eager to help their betters back in. If they don't, they know they'll be whipped.

I just don't understand why my tires are all flat in the morning and my hose has been cut.

Well I'm off to bow down in front of a Prevost now and offer help to my master, but after dark….

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I guess the question boils down to this: would you buy a different RV to avoid the possiblity of a certain perception? I say get what you want and just be nice to people - and let them come in for a tour if they want.

Tom[/QUOTE]

Absolutely. Like I said, I really don't care what some people might think, but was curious if there was actually overt hostility out there.
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:42 PM   #10
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We have never felt that folks in a campground held it against us because we are pulling an Airstream....to the contrary, most folks we talk to want to know more about it, are interested in it, etc etc... Even those with the big ol' class A rigs that cost your first born seem to be OK with our little Bambi parked next to them....and they are equally curious and respectful. We are fairly gregarious when in a campground and always make ourselves approachable to neighbors...we say "hey" to everyone that passes by and we do the same when we walk the dogs in the campground. I think just being friendly helps defuse any preconceived notion of being snobs just because we tow an AS.

As far as being cliquish goes...some of that may be because no matter how old or new an AS is, they all basically look the same so it's easier for "us" to recognize and acknowledge one another which may come off as being cliquish from afar. But that's just a matter of brand recognition between owners... I have never heard anyone say "Look! There's another Jayco!"...and perhaps the reason for that is that the basic design of any given brand changes through they years, which has not been the case with Airstreams. That, and the fact that we do have a strong, tangible sense of community through both WBCCI and the Forums.

Could you please pass the Grey Poupon...
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Maybe they HAVE thought such and I didn't know it, but I've never felt that other campers thought I was some kind of holier-than-though uppity snob because I owned an Airstream. The Airstream seems to be more of a conversation starter than anything. Seems everyone has a story.

That being said, Airstreamers do tend to gravitate towards each other in a campground even when perfect strangers. Thus the cliqishness. Are we elitists? When you see a campsite complete with wicker sofa and cushions, and a table set with linens and full china place settings, wine chilling in a fashionable vessel, stemware, flowers on the table, well . . . yeah, it just might be an Airstreamer.
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I guess the question boils down to this: would you buy a different RV to avoid the possiblity of a certain perception? I say get what you want and just be nice to people - and let them come in for a tour if they want.

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Absolutely. Like I said, I really don't care what some people might think, but was curious if there was actually overt hostility out there.[/quote]

Earlier joking aside, we've never experienced any off comments, or behavior. We have received numerous compliments, which are always pleasing.

We like anything with an awning attached to it, thought our preference is to silver, or vintage...Period. We take our Avion out to many largely Airstream functions, and we're always welcome.

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Can't tell you how relieved I am. Thanks.

I'll go back to decanting this bottle of '59 Lafite.

BTW, I was in Rock Hill in 1999 for four months on a job. Didn't see a Starbuck's.
Starbucks???

Most of the folks around here think star bucks are something you see during hunting season. "Did y'all see em star bucks come through here a while ago?"

Actually we do have one in town, and it is funny watching some deer hunters in camo, and 4WD trucks pulling through the drive-thru ordering venti, pumpkin spice, skinny, no-whip, lattes.


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Our experience is that there are some RV'ers, regardless of what they are driving and/or towing who seem a bit elitist. People are who they are, wherever they are and whatever they are in. We bought our Interstate because we loved it and still do, smile and say hello to everyone. We also get lots of questions, which we willingly answer and show the interior to anyone who is remotely interested.
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