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Old 09-24-2015, 06:08 AM   #43
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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.


We are not 1st timers and did not own a large Rv or fith wheel. We had a small SOB and just wanted to purchase a higher quality trailer. We are under 50yrs old, still work full time and travel for leasure and to get away from the rat race. I started this thread more about the expectation that owning an Airstream somehow people have made an assumesion that we want to show it off and thats what we want to talk about or is who or what we are about. When it is not of real importance to you talking about it or being expected to somehow be an expert in Airstream produces is kind of boring. We are so much more than a trailer. Photographers, mountain biker, kayakers, snowmobilers, classic car owners, dog owners, horse owners, hikers, ect just didn't think a trailer would define use as (I don;t know what).

We stay at mostly National Forest, state campground or Army Corp sites with limited hook ups and have no interest in the mega campgrounds. We do not have children anddo not need a resort, we enjoy the outdoors thats way we "camp"


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Old 09-24-2015, 06:43 AM   #44
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In the 25+ years I've been an Airstream Owner I've been asked only once by a stranger to see inside.
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Old 09-24-2015, 06:50 AM   #45
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I started this thread more about the expectation that owning an Airstream somehow people have made an assumesion that we want to show it off and thats what we want to talk about


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Curious why you joined the forum, if you don't want to hear or talk about Airstreams.
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Again folks more snide remarks have been removed. See post 29 if you have questions.

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Old 09-24-2015, 07:28 AM   #47
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We are not 1st timers and did not own a large Rv or fith wheel. We had a small SOB and just wanted to purchase a higher quality trailer. We are under 50yrs old, still work full time and travel for leasure and to get away from the rat race. I started this thread more about the expectation that owning an Airstream somehow people have made an assumesion that we want to show it off and thats what we want to talk about or is who or what we are about. When it is not of real importance to you talking about it or being expected to somehow be an expert in Airstream produces is kind of boring. We are so much more than a trailer. Photographers, mountain biker, kayakers, snowmobilers, classic car owners, dog owners, horse owners, hikers, ect just didn't think a trailer would define use as (I don;t know what).

We stay at mostly National Forest, state campground or Army Corp sites with limited hook ups and have no interest in the mega campgrounds. We do not have children anddo not need a resort, we enjoy the outdoors thats way we "camp"


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I can't even get the trailer parked before I'm mobbed by people....

I never let it bother me too much, but sometimes it happens at just the wrong time, like when I'm trying to swing the nose of the truck around somebodies poorly parked vehicle right in my way.... other than if I'm really busy, grab a beer, grab a chair, what's up...

I'm usually embarrassed about the cost more than anything... I've noticed there's a guessing game on the cost, always, - and the ever present "wish I had bought one" confessions. We call this "The Airstream Confessions" ... goes something like this..

"Boy that sure is a fine shiny machine you got there.."
"Thanks! We really like it"
"Boy I bet that thing cost a pretty penny, is it new?"
"Yeah pretty new..."
"Ya know back in 1987, I had the chance to buy one of them der aisteams, and I shore wish ia had.... i bet they are even more expensive today....."
"Uhmm, yeah,.... I suppose so..."
"Oh back den, they cost a bunch... i coulda picked one up for 13,000 but.... I imagine today they cost prolly........??"
"........................."
"But nope, I bought me a used pop up camper fer $1000, and it leaked water all up on mah head, i finally gave it to mah son and he didn't take care of it, and it just fell apart in my backyard, heck half of it's still there..."
"........................."
"I reckon you paid a pretty penny fer that one, she's shiny as can be.... I reckon you might'a given......?
"........................"
"... what you say... I reckon $25,000??"
"...................... Yeah she wasn't cheap exactly, but that's ok...."
"Boy I wishd i had'a boughten' that one back den, I betcha I'd still have her today.... but instead I bought that dang-gunned pop up trailer, then i bought me a used 1985 quicksilver stallion, you know da one, with that arched up back to it, but then the wheels fell off it on the interstate, and I said to heck with dat, so then next I got me dat 1992 trailer right over der... see it? the one with the tarp over the end... it started leakin' on mah head the other day, but boy for all dat money spent, I could had me dat airsteam way back den.... well Ill let you two get back to parking that beauty....."

"thanks"


How exactly to you do say.... Yeppers, I forked over 65k .........
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Old 09-24-2015, 07:51 AM   #48
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I think the most common statement to me is "that's a new one isn't it?". Then the surprise when I tell them it's not.

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Old 09-24-2015, 07:55 AM   #49
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I think the most common statement to me is "that's a new one isn't it?". Then the surprise when I tell them it's not.

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Totally, it's very hard to tell which units are new and which aren't... they all look brand new
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:25 AM   #50
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We have been camping all over the country in our Airstreams for ten years now. We are now up to almost 1,700 nights out in our Airstream. We have found that camping in an Airstream gets us more attention than other RV's would muster. We enjoy this minor notoriety. It had led us to many nice interactions with others.

We also have a 1956 Ford Thunderbird that we have had for thirty years. Even more so than the Airstream, this car draws a crowd everywhere we go in it. When we take the T-Bird to the grocery store, we park way out at the far end of the parking lot. Very often, when we return to the car, there is a small crowd gathered around it. We always end up "giving interviews" about the car. We also enjoy this notoriety that borders on celebrity.

One thing that we have found out over the years is that if you want to buy ice cream, don't take the T-Bird to Publix.

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Old 09-24-2015, 09:20 AM   #51
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We are so much more than a trailer. Photographers, mountain biker, kayakers, snowmobilers, classic car owners, dog owners, horse owners, hikers, ect just didn't think a trailer would define use as (I don;t know what).
I've found that most Airstreamers are just like this - fascinating folks with interesting and diverse interests. They have a taste for adventure. In all fairness I think most rvers are the same but the shiny Airstream is a jumping off place for a discussion and very visible in a park. By choosing one you have set yourself up for approaches by friendly folks. If you dislike these you'll need to find a kind way to deflect these inquiries because they are likely to continue. OTOH sometimes it's nice to be the popular kid
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Old 09-24-2015, 09:32 AM   #52
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Sorry you are experiencing this annoyance when you are trying to enjoy and unwind.

Sometimes you just got to be direct with folks. I like the sign ideas:

"No visitors please"

"No tours, no questions, not a dealer"

"No Soliciting"

"Beware of Dog"

"Beware of Owner"

"No trespassing"

"Move along nothing here to see"

"Privacy Please"

"Do not enter"

No you shouldn't have to post a sign. We jokingly say we bought a magnet. At rallies and organized Airstream gatherings open houses and coffee clatches followed by happy hours are so common. We need to remember to give people their space.

If they can't read:
"Sorry we are not up for visitors"
"Sorry not here to socialize"
"Sorry we'd like our privacy"

Enjoy, don't' wave to much from the campsites and we should all note that not everyone wants to chitty chat.
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In the 25+ years I've been an Airstream Owner I've been asked only once by a stranger to see inside.

Really?
We get curious onlookers nearly every week.


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Old 09-24-2015, 01:48 PM   #54
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We pull our 25FB with a Ford F150 Raptor SVT so we not only get onlookers for our AS but also for the TV. While we don't advertise that we want visitors all in our business we do answer questions and enjoy all of the nice (and sometimes nosy) people we meet at the places we camp.

We did not think about the Airstream being so iconic at campgrounds and going down the road before we bought it but as soon as we purchased the light bulb went off and we realized that we are now the center of attention and don't mind it at all.
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Old 09-24-2015, 02:23 PM   #56
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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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No one has ever asked to see the inside of my Airstream, except friends and family that visited my home while it was parked out in the yard. I do get numerous compliments and questions, but no one has ever been rude. I always tell people that part of the experience in camping, particularly in National Parks, is meeting and conversing with fellow campers from all over the USA and from different countries. If I want to be left alone, I stay inside or boondock somewhere.
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