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Old 07-13-2016, 10:12 AM   #141
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We haven't attended Alumapalooza in a few years so I'm not familiar with the schedule of events for this year. Many times at rallies there is a period of open house in which you can see the inside of many trailers/RVs. Otherwise, even at Alumapalooza and similar events, I wouldn't expect to strike up conversations and tour another's RV. It's difficult to attend a rally as a "day person." Much of a rally involves meeting people and hanging out but not simply making cold calls on people you haven't already met or seen at seminars, happy hours, etc.
Yeah, most of Alumapalooza was full of events for "schmoozing" with other Airstream owners, but there were two afternoons at the end of the week that were open to day guests. I thought perhaps more people would be willing to give tours during that time, but the reverse seemed to be the case.

I didn't make this post to complain about reclusive Airstream owners, though I was disappointed to miss seeing a couple of trailers that I really wanted to see. The point was that even at a "social" Airstream event you can still find people who don't want to be social, at least some of the time. And like I said, I really appreciated those who gave us a tour and lots of helpful advice. I just think that some people are more social than others, and it's true of Airstream owners just like everybody else. At this point I wouldn't expect an Airstream owner at a campground to be any more or less welcoming of random guests than owners of other RVs.
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Old 07-13-2016, 10:30 AM   #142
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I have never asked to see the inside of any rig, Airstream or not.

But if I did, I would have to assess the situation first. A young family or dink couple - I would never ask because their R & R time together is a rare commodity.

As to whether or not to knock on any doors at a "social" gathering like Alumapalooza, some signage would help, i.e. "Open for Tours - noon - 4 pm." Or, "No Tours - sorry."
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Old 07-13-2016, 10:48 AM   #143
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I bought an Airstream so....

We set aside time at the forums Moraine View rally for optional trailer tours. Having a slide out is somewhat uncommon so I'm used to folks coming by if they see us outside. The AirFourms decals have sometimes been seen by other forum members which has led to some visits. I remember a couple in Door County Wi who just bought a new Airstream and came over to visit when they saw the decal. When I introduced myself they chuckled and noted that they were carrying some printed forum posts from me.

All in all I'm used to meeting folks as they pass by. I had a HI-Lo that used to also generate a lot of interest.

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Old 07-13-2016, 10:50 AM   #144
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Yeah, most of Alumapalooza was full of events for "schmoozing" with other Airstream owners, but there were two afternoons at the end of the week that were open to day guests. I thought perhaps more people would be willing to give tours during that time, but the reverse seemed to be the case.

I didn't make this post to complain about reclusive Airstream owners, though I was disappointed to miss seeing a couple of trailers that I really wanted to see. The point was that even at a "social" Airstream event you can still find people who don't want to be social, at least some of the time. And like I said, I really appreciated those who gave us a tour and lots of helpful advice. I just think that some people are more social than others, and it's true of Airstream owners just like everybody else. At this point I wouldn't expect an Airstream owner at a campground to be any more or less welcoming of random guests than owners of other RVs.
The truth is, too, that a lot of people...Airstream owners, and otherwise...are somewhat fearful of strangers. Period.

Many don't want to talk with strangers, much less open a door and allow them to look inside their rigs.




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Old 07-13-2016, 11:39 AM   #145
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The forums...
You get to a rally and people already know you, but by your handle rather than your given name...
"Oh yeah, I read your post on such and such."
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Old 07-13-2016, 11:45 AM   #146
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Old 07-13-2016, 05:03 PM   #147
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Old 07-14-2016, 06:41 AM   #148
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I think we Airstream owners are generally very nice, interesting people, but like any group of people, some are more extroverted, others more private, and some days are better than others. Our AS is our home when we are away from home, and my wife doesn't want to "show' our AS if the dishes are waiting to be done, or a meal is in preparation, or Sasha's kitty fur needs vacuuming. Many of our neighbors at home have said if it's ever possible, they would love to see our AS up close. Often we take them right to it, but sometimes if we are busy we suggest finding a time later.

I think we project too many expectations on other people, often at higher levels than we ourselves would wish to function. That said, we often pick up on people's interest in our AS in campgrounds, and ask if they would like to see the inside. And at AS rallies that happens a lot, even with similar models. We have gotten wonderful ideas for our 1990 Excella 29' by seeing the inside of similar models, and what others have done. Its fun to share great ideas.

At Lewisburg WBCCI the Vintage area had signs that said OPEN on one side and CLOSED on the other, and there was a time for tours of all AS with an OPEN. It was absolutely fascinating.
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At Lewisburg WBCCI the Vintage area had signs that said OPEN on one side and CLOSED on the other, and there was a time for tours of all AS with an OPEN. It was absolutely fascinating.
I like this idea.
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I think the Canopener rally in January every year at Topsail Hill Beach in Santa Rosa Beach, FL is basically for tours of trailers on Saturday afternoon.
I think the name comes from opening their aluminum cans to show others.
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Old 07-14-2016, 07:33 AM   #151
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I pur. first AS in1963 still cont. owner but left left all Wally Byum functions in 1970 as it became snobbish and doesn't look like much has changed over the yrs. Yes I have made friendships since. Attend 3 or 4 forum rallys none of people are snobbish but like stated above many WBBCI members still are.
You do realize that Alumapolluza is not a WBCCI rally, right?
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Old 07-14-2016, 08:18 AM   #152
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The last Tin Can tourist get together I was at, at the time set aside for walk through, one member had a cooler full of free beer. At these events the club charges outside people a small fee to tour the trailers. The money goes to a local charity. There are specific times set aside and it is not mandatory, although most members decorate to show off. A different way to look at it.
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Old 07-14-2016, 09:47 AM   #153
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Have always wanted to go to a Tin Can Tourist rally just to see different trailers. Hopefully this year! When we camped in our Argosy people were always curious about it & I liked to let folks look it.
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We pulled into a rest area on I 90 in Pa. and a tour bus full of Koreans that we had just passed a few miles before pulled in beside us. One guy came over because he wanted to meet the brave lady who had been driving. It blew his mind that my DW Laura was at the wheel. Laura invited him in for a look around tour as he had never seen such a thing before. Wouldn't you know the whole bus wanted to see the rig. many photos were taken. Lots of thumbs up signs given. We were having a break from driving and enjoying our coffee. It was fun and we did not feel imposed upon.
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