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Old 09-25-2015, 01:04 AM   #71
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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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I didn't realize what I was joining when I too bought a Airstream. My first was the 2008 22' Safari Sport. Soon as we hit the road, we noticed the interest at 90% of all fuel stops. We bought a Panamerica and scheduled a service appointment while we'd be at JC for Alumapalooza. The moment we parked on the Terraport and settled in for the evening - the line started forming. Got worst in the service bay: came in to check on progress; people LITERALLY were inside on self-conducted tours!! I had to lock her up to stop the bold intrusions. The difference; I get it. However, there are types that WILL take you to the height of (fill in the words) if YOU don't assert control EQUAL to their BOLD/RUDE behavior(s) or questions. The double-takes we get are even MORE comical as we have traveled the USA! LOL!!
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Old 09-25-2015, 05:02 AM   #72
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I'm usually not pulled out of the yard or set up at a campground before someone comes by-
It even happens at fuel stops and fast food joints-


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Old 09-25-2015, 07:41 AM   #73
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I have a question? I have reed all the post on this tread, Now I'm at a loss. So do I not make friends with other Airstreams or do? I now have the fear that I won't know who I can speak to or who will hate me for just saying hi. After 5 kid's, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 hamster, 1 guinea pig, and 8 chickens (which I sill have) that I was looking forward to some adult chit chat, meeting new people and finding out more about them and there Airstream. so Am I wrong?
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Old 09-25-2015, 08:02 AM   #74
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I have a question? I have reed all the post on this tread, Now I'm at a loss. So do I not make friends with other Airstreams or do? I now have the fear that I won't know who I can speak to or who will hate me for just saying hi. After 5 kid's, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 hamster, 1 guinea pig, and 8 chickens (which I sill have) that I was looking forward to some adult chit chat, meeting new people and finding out more about them and there Airstream. so Am I wrong?
I am hoping that there is a dash of sarcasm in your response. Be yourself - don't let one anti-social attitude ruin your idea of the ideal Airstream experience.
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Old 09-25-2015, 09:34 AM   #75
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I have had a few ask me why spend that kind of money on a Airstream ?

I tell them, BECAUSE I CAN.
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Old 09-25-2015, 10:15 AM   #76
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No, Sorry. no sarcasm here. I am really one of those people that if I see an Airstream , I want to run over and meet the people there. I want to get to know them and make new Friends. I have not yet met RED, (will in Jan) but I can tell from his post that I can't wait to met him and his wife. And yet I see a post like this that makes you fear you will upset someone for just walking up to them. I now will wait to see if they speck first.Then go from there. I pray most will be some what like me.
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Old 09-25-2015, 10:54 AM   #77
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I have a question? I have reed all the post on this tread, Now I'm at a loss. So do I not make friends with other Airstreams or do? I now have the fear that I won't know who I can speak to or who will hate me for just saying hi. After 5 kid's, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 hamster, 1 guinea pig, and 8 chickens (which I sill have) that I was looking forward to some adult chit chat, meeting new people and finding out more about them and there Airstream. so Am I wrong?
I highly doubt that anyone will "hate you" for saying hi. It's just that a lot of people don't know where to draw the line.

You have to remember not everyone is interesting in stopping their reading, train of thought, project etc to answer the same questions over and over.

Like people knocking on your door when you are clearly inside all buttoned up taking a nap or something to say "hi", or like the one guy who got shouted at from a boat from some crazy woman saying "we are coming to see inside your airstream".

Ya, sure you are...
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Old 09-25-2015, 11:52 AM   #78
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Old 09-25-2015, 12:16 PM   #79
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funny? Funny Peculiar or Funny Ha-Ha?

I get a lot less noticed for the Airstream now than I did when I bought my first one in 2005. There ARE a lot more new ones on the road now than there were then. And there is a lot more prominent product placement now too.

What I got noticed for most in my latest major trek (to California and back) was rather "OMG are you ALONE?" They were startled that a senior citizen woman was towing, hooking up, and OMG BACKING into a space - all by herself. Out west they walked right up and made a point of starting a conversation about my "no husband" status. Back home when I visit a new campground I usually draw a glance or two, but very few people come up and say anything direct.

I know there are quite a few Amish, Mennonite, Hutterite and old order LDS polygamists out West ... but not one of the questioners appeared to belong to any of those segments. Maybe westerners are just more "Howdy - I'm outgoing" types. I don't find it offensive - unless of course I just finished torquing all my lug bolts, checking the tire pressure, and hauling the Hensley receiver around - and that's only because I'm in bad need of a SHOWER.

May I suggest getting some tourist repellant? Put big green letters on the glass on your unit that says "YES I do have a pet python aboard" or "Ask me about my snakes" Of course a dried out old rattlesnake skin lying on the dashboard of your car, and another in the front window of your Airstream works too.

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I've always thought that Airstreamers were pretty adept at reading others body language, non verbal cues and the like. I don't think I'm bipolar but sometimes I fell like being friendly and sometimes don't.
I can usually tell if someone wants to give a quick tour or not just by making eye contact and a giving a friendly little smile. If you look away or turn around I'm not going to bother you.
I expect the same courtesy in return.
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Old 09-25-2015, 02:10 PM   #81
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The last campground we visited I was walking trash to the dumpsters and was passing the check-in area. A twin to our AS was sitting there being towed by a VW Toureg. The owner was walking towards it and I asked him about his model and we spoke as he went towards his TV. Later that evening he and his wife walked by with their pups and stopped - we had a nice conversation with them about campers and all kinds of things. If we had of been in a SOB or our old popup we probably would not of even acknowledged each other as they walked by. My wife and I enjoy the experiences we are having just by owning our AS. It is a great icebreaker to meeting nice people enjoying the same hobby as all of us here - camping.
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What I got noticed for most in my latest major trek (to California and back) was rather "OMG are you ALONE?" They were startled that a senior citizen woman was towing, hooking up, and OMG BACKING into a space - all by herself.
Having been told all my life that women cannot go do things ALONE - walking, hiking, exploring, etc - I hope those folks were just amazed at the fact that you are still safe and alive, and (if women) were hoping they could do the same someday. Because I have to say that is my fascination with that.

On the topic of visitors - I love them! I have let many folks have a peep inside our wee little trailer. Most want to see the bathroom because they don't believe it can have a complete bathroom hidden in there. I do not mind answering questions about it (and all the work that came with it) at all.

On the other hand, I will not disturb another Airstreamer unless I see them outside. I recognize not everyone is as friendly as I am. But for the record, pretty much 100% of the Airstreamers I have met HAVE been, and have even given us traveling tips and told us local sights we might have missed. Because they are kind of awesome people

To me having an Airstream just opens the door to meeting more great people.
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I just toured a trailer and gave a tour of my trailer-
68twind's trailer is awesome. It still has the Airstream Central Control console!


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I would hate to subtract the friends and good people we have casually met at campgrounds and on the road in the last 50 years.

To each his own.
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