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Old 09-23-2015, 04:32 PM   #29
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Old 09-23-2015, 04:36 PM   #30
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I fully appreciate the love of privacy, and you should realize that your situation is the exception rather than the norm. I hope that people you encounter don't bug you too much, but on the other hand you never know who you might meet! Or, maybe consider getting a portable electric fence setup that you can put around your campsite. I really like the idea of crime scene tape, or maybe BIOHAZARD warning signs!

It's a hard balancing act..... on one hand, you're out to "get away from it all", but then you DO have a trailer that is definitely NOT run-of-the-mill. Unless you camp somewhere WAYYYYY away from people, you're going to get a lot of the friendly types that assume you are, too. I get the same thing with our Avion. I have found that most travel trailer'ers are very social, friendly folks that LOVE to share stories of their trailers and their travels. Occasionally, I run into folks who are obviously NOT the social types and I give them plenty of respect. Lots of people have no clue about aluminum-skinned trailers. I LOVE talking to people about their trailers, tow vehicles, and stuff in general. It's probably as hard for you to understand the more "social" types as it is for others to understand your perspective. Respect goes both ways.
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:10 PM   #31
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Love it. I don't mind having people stop by, but I just might have to hang this poster up anyway because it's so funny!
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:23 PM   #32
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Wow! All of a sudden I'm a little unsre wether I should say hello to fellow Airstreamers. I think our decision to go with an Airstream was when we were staying in a Class C in Baker City OR. They were having a rally and as we walked around admiring the different rigs, everyone was friendly and having a great time. We really felt like we wanted to be a part of the Airstream fraternity.

We've met some really great people over the last five years and we love talking airstream wether to an owner or not. I understand that some people want more privacy than others but we always thought this went with the territory.
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:37 PM   #33
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Been there done that - both good and bad. Airstream ownership is like getting married to a celebrity and discovering the paparazzi are always hanging around for the most inconvenient moment to appear or autograph seekers at your table in a restaurant. Sadly for some it comes as an unwelcome surprise, for others it is adapting to new "rules of engagement."
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:53 PM   #34
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I guess I'm used to folks wanting to see my trailer. I owned a Hi-Lo for 14 years and at least one time a year someone would see the top of the unit going up and down upon arrival or departure and come over wanting to ask me about the trailer and seeing what the inside looks like.

I've had my Classic slide out for 10 years now and it's not unusual for someone to come by who has never seen a slide out on an Airstream. Quite honestly I've always found these folks very respectful and if they came at an inopportune time, I'd invite them to come back and visit at another time.

Not everyone has a local Airstream dealer or an RV show to see an Airstream close up. Personally it's an ice breaker in meeting folks and we enjoy visiting.

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Old 09-23-2015, 06:00 PM   #35
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We tend to be friendly but won't ever be "showing" our Airstream insides. Will never do that. Let me explain. We were camped at a really nice resort campground in Crede Colorado several years ago in our new Motorhome. Some nice people camped by us came over and said how much they liked it. One thing lead to another and they ask to peak inside. Like a good neighbor I took them on a tour. Well, my wife and I took a walk to the clubhouse and never thought anything about it. Later after these nice neighbors left the campground my wife noticed she was missing something. A very nice emerald ring I had bought her. No lectures please I know you shouldn't travel with stuff like that but she brought it and it went missing. We learned a big lesson that trip. We lock our door even if we are just out for a walk and never ever show a stranger our home on wheels. Nope Nada Never!!
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Old 09-23-2015, 06:30 PM   #36
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Wow, what a thread. Probably more answer than the original poster had in mind. Yes as one poster put it, owning an AS is like owning a Ferrari, or maybe a Lamborghini, people admire and have questions. Owning an obviously OLD one is even more so, like my friend who has a 1937 Bentley, it draws a crowd everywhere, and he loves it.

Some people love people and love Airstreams and love to talk, share, and socialize. I've learned more from fellow Airstreamers about how to take care of our AS, what to watch out for, etc. And we have passed it on to other newbies.

I didn't realize there were so many people who bought an AS and didn't want to interact at all, so now I know, if you have an EBOLA or QUARANTINE sign posted by your AS I will definitely not knock on your door, and will definitely leave you alone.
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Old 09-23-2015, 06:38 PM   #37
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Some random thoughts...

My dad (who is in his 90's) handles unwanted sales calls by interrupting early on and asking what the caller is wearing. It stops the call cold - very effective. How about a sign in your window that says "ask me about (shocking topic here)"
Ask me about nude-streaming
Ask me about burial insurance
Mobile Knacker
Ginsu Knife Representative....
For some folks their Airstream is a personal sanctuary and they would no more give a tour than they would invite strangers into their master bedrooms. Fair enough.

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Old 09-23-2015, 06:51 PM   #38
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Thanks for the input everyone. The car analogy is close to home, I own a 1966 Porsche 911 and yes people will comment about it, but I have never been asked if they could take it for drive or sit in it. Does seem odd that a travel trailer can draw so much attention. We just wanted something of a high quality than other SOB trailers.

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Old 09-23-2015, 07:33 PM   #39
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"People are funny "

That about sums it up Joe! Gotta have that sense of humour!
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Get a NO VISITORS sign.....or maybe a strip of CRIME SCENE yellow tape.
or post a sign that says contact precautions! Keep away 50 ft.
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Old 09-23-2015, 08:56 PM   #41
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:16 PM   #42
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I don't currently own an Airstream but I owned on previously. I was always proud that I owned an "American Icon" and I was always proud to show off my camper.
I'm guessing you are either a first time RV owner or you came to an Airstream from a very expensive motorhome or fifth wheel.
I have traveled to 46 states in my lifetime and I've found that the majority of RV owners are friendly and nice people. I have owned everything from a tent, to several travel trailers (mostly some other brand) a couple of fifth wheels, a small class C motorhome and then finally a new, in 2000, Airstream 25 foot Safari.
In all of my travels I have noticed that the bigger and the more expensive the RV is the less friendly the owners are. I have camped very near a couple of "Prevost" motorhomes, that I know cost well over a million dollars. After they pulled into their sites they sat in their RV's leveled them from the drivers seat, usually never bothered to open their awnings and usually the "man of the RV" would come outside and hook up the utilities. The next time I might see them is the others with him would come out, get in their car (or whatever they towed behind the Prevost) and they would go out to dinner, come back and never see them set outside.
I've noticed almost the same thing with large Fifth Wheel's.
To me, it would be like owning a Classic Car and then being upset if someone asked to look at it. I know because I know many people who do own classic cars and for the most part they take them to "Cruise Ins" to show them off.
When you own an Airstream, most everyone else either envy's your camper or they have one of their own and most people enjoy the camaraderie with "like minded" other people.
That's true for Airstreams and many other unique brands of RV's, cars, such as Corvettes, boats, such as a Cobalt, and so on.
Personally I really enjoy riding a bicycle. I own a top of the line TREK carbon fiber road bike. My grown kids thought I was crazy for spending so much money for a bicycle. When I'm out riding if someone compliments me on my bike I smile and say thanks. By the way, I do use it, I got it in 2010 and I have rode at least 2,000 miles per year ever since.

Everyone has a right to their own privacy. Part of the reason I go camping is the camaraderie of fellow campers.

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