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Old 03-27-2003, 09:25 AM   #43
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Beauty has always been in the eye of the beholder!

What may shine for one may hurt the eyes of another.

So subjective.


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Old 03-27-2003, 06:41 PM   #44
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What version of the Safari do you have?



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Old 03-27-2003, 10:37 PM   #45
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This "legend" aspect of AS's might be the reason mine will stay in the backyard for my enjoyment, but I will use a SOB on the road.
I am fed up to the brim by all those people invading my privacy as soon as I stop. I am fed up of conducting guided tours, and answering the same questions over and over again. Even when I leave the campsite I know people are hanging around and peep thru the windows...knock on the body & so on...I don't need this type of permanent conversation subject.
Am I the only one with opinion?

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Old 03-28-2003, 06:52 AM   #46
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We have taken our Airstream to 6 different campgrounds, in 3 states this past year. Have NEVER run into people "invading" our privacy. Usually someone will pass by and make a nice comment or two. Never had anyone request a "tour". Only tour we gave was to the previous owners, whom we ran into at a local campground with their new Layton! qqq, maybe you should frequent Ohio, Indiana or Pennsylvania. People won't bother you there!

I will say that GM pickup trucks have made massive improvements in quality and reliability in the last 30 years. My first truck out of high school was a 1973 3/4 ton. Payments were only $97 a month for 3 years!!!! But the darn thing rusted out in the wheel wells in 18 months, and had oil leaks and low oil pressure by 70,000 miles. I was lucky to get 10 mpg stock. I put a lot of money into the engine with high performance racing components and got the freeway mileage up over 17. I ended up swapping the engine out to a 327, and finally got rid of the darn thing in 1977, with 97,000 miles on it. It was shot! In contrast my 1990 short bed had about the same mileage and was like new in appearance and performance. I see my current truck going to the 200K mark and beyond.

I see my Airstream lasting the rest of my life, if I choose to keep her that long. Having been in many of the newer model Airstreams, I can say, I really don't care for the newer interiors. I would like to have a 22 footer some day for touring the National Parks out West.
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Originally posted by qqq
This "legend" aspect of AS's might be the reason mine will stay in the backyard for my enjoyment, but I will use a SOB on the road.
Am I the only one with opinion?

Wow, I don't know where you camp but other that some pleasant conversations with my camping neighbors, usually when I pull in, I haven't had this type of experience with my Safari.

The closest thing to your experience was when I owned a Hi-Lo. Folks used to come over to see how it went up and down and what the insides looked like, but it never was to excess or to the point where I dreaded talking to folks.

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Old 03-28-2003, 08:53 AM   #48
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Eric - I have a 2003 Safari 25 LS 6-sleeper.

Pick - I agree about vehicle longevity today vs 20-30 years ago. I had a 1972 Jeep that was badly rusted when it was 4 years old. Back then 100,000 miles was the life of a car. Now we can go 200,000 miles with reasonable care. My earlier post was concerned with the emphasis of product comparisons on superficial features vs longevity.

Hart - I'm surprised by your experience. In the many years that my Dad owned his Airstream we had occasional positive comments by fellow campers, nothing invasive or annoying. I enjoy meeting people, so I hope my new trailer won't become annoying.
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In 15 years of owning "unique" trailers, most recently the Airstream,I have only once anyone invade my privacy in any way.

The only person who ever looked into a window was some old codger from a big 5th-wheel, many years back when I had a Scamp 5th-wheel. He had his nose right up against the rear window, trying to see thru the tint I had applied. My wife happened to be sitting there reading, so she popped up in front of him and scared the wits out of him. He must have almost had a heart attack. She said she never saw an old goat scuttle away that fast.

On almost every trip now, someone will stop me out on the road (never yet in my site), and comment on how pretty the International is. I enjoy the interaction. Depending on the person and what I am doing at the moment, I often invite them in for a look inside. I have never found anyone to be pushy, nor have anyone asked to go inside without me offering first.
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Old 03-28-2003, 09:18 AM   #50
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qqq I can respect your attitude. What are you gonna do with it? a potting shed or a bath house by the pool?

I have never had mine in a campground yet but would not want visitors inside until plans (dreams perhaps) pan out. Except for the type of visitors who could advise on some project. If I get it where I hope to I guess I'll want to show it off a little to some.

If it became a nuisance perhaps a sign could be fashioned that said "Tours only on ___________".(holy days, leap years,third Tuesdays or whatever.
Or perhaps a sign saying "you show me your's first".Then never go look at theirs.

My favorite "We're Touring You Aren't"

How bout "Hey nosey the inside's cozy, but you'll just have to take our word for it" . or "Tours.?..Don't Ask!"

Or how bout telling them that you are ministers of some order and that all tours are preceded with a sermon and a prayer offering and a magazine purchase is necessary to enter the sanctuary.
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Old 03-28-2003, 10:33 AM   #51
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I am fed up to the brim by all those people invading my privacy as soon as I stop
Without going as far as QQQ on that, I have to partially agree.

Around 1995, we went off the Interstate in WV (big error), to find cheap gas. (towing with van then)

As Mike was backing up the final feet to the pump, I was distracted by a well meaning onlooker, with the usual question :"I did not know they still made them,....blablabla....."

As a result, the ridiculously low metal gas station sign (all banged up form previous encounters), made more than an impression on our 1971 TW. This, I have to admit was the most ennoying of all the invasions of privacy we had to suffer.

We too, had to give tours to the trailer. Not too often, I suspect, thanks to our circonstances. The trailer is "attached" to the back of our vending tent, people realize we are working, and while answering a few questions is acceptable, giving a tour is a real imposition.
That does not of course prevent us from taking our trailer on the road. I think we may get a lot less questions now with a 1990.
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Old 03-28-2003, 12:51 PM   #52
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I had another profound thought about what make the Airstream such a legend.

People like you and me with every post we send off..........and on it goes....

On the subject of privacy, I can see how being questioned to death would be bothersome after awhile, but it's like a classic car, people can't help but want to look and talk about it I suppose.

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Hi everyone; Even though i am very new to trailers or anything of the sort. I think I can give a good answer to this question. Airstreams are cuddly. Ya see one that you think is cute and ya just wanna go over and give it a hug. Maybe take it home with ya. How else could you explain some of the basket cases that have ended up in some of our's backyard. Then you have this URGE to put this humpdy dumpty back together again. The Airstream look, thier uniqueness is cause to a magnetic attraction that draws people in closer, (sometimes to close). Airstreams are a legend because they have traveled the ends of the Earth, and have pictures to back it up. So do we. How many of us can say that we really love any of the things that we possess? I would put money on it that a large mageority of all of us could say that about our Airstreams. Vintage keepers overwhelmingly, I would bet. I have been following this thread for a while so I thought I would add my two cents. All of you have covered subject well. With much more I will be expecting Silverhawk
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Old 01-09-2004, 11:44 AM   #54
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All these wonderful comments of adoration, just make me love my A/S even more. The pride keeps growing. In my opinion my trailer is a home, inside the materials, the solid feel, and the ease of sprucing it up with supplies from the Home Depot. Outside it commands notice, and just begs to be entered enshrouding you in the warmth and comforts of real wood and fine fabrics. Almost all the SOB's by comparison seem more like toys to be played with, broken and then discarded. An Airstream will always be a timeless, and worthy endeavor whose value will only increase with time.

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Old 01-09-2004, 12:10 PM   #55
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I think that the "legend" started way back with Wally's caravans to distant lands, and all the publicity surrounding them.
Shiny trailers being pulled by big expensive Suburbans didn't hurt either.
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