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Old 07-06-2014, 05:21 PM   #1
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Would you miss the fame?

You probably know how it is, park in any campground and someone will compliment you on your trailer or ask a few of the usual questions about it. (Do they still make those?) Maybe you are walking your dog around the campground and overhear some conversation, 'an Airstream pulled in here a while ago, sure wish I had one.'

Now I'll admit to having a bit of an ego, but anytime I think of selling my Airstream for SOB which might have some big slide-outs, more outdoor accessible storage, and more than 25 gallons of gray water capacity, I realize that I would miss the fame and notoriety that comes from owning one.

Anyone else agree?
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Old 07-06-2014, 05:28 PM   #2
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Yep, yep! LOL. My AS gets lots of looks and compliments and generally stands out. It would be easy sell and "upgrade" to SOB, but I'd have to be out of my mind and I'd have to get past my kids (12 & 9) who are in love with "the Bambi"! Definitely gonna stick with AS. :-)Click image for larger version

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Old 07-06-2014, 05:34 PM   #3
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I find it somewhat annoying. My 2014 20' FC draws people to it like a magnet and they always want to talk in detail at the most inconvenient time (to me, of course).

My same size Argosy attracts almost no attention from anyone and I am left alone. I prefer that.

Maybe I should paint the Airstream.
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Old 07-06-2014, 05:44 PM   #4
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I like the Fame

I will also have to admit that I enjoy having something that is perceived as "special" by others. I have only had two things in my entire life that put me in this category. One is owning an Airstream travel trailer. The other is my 1956 Ford Thunderbird.

Over the years, I have noticed that when you pull into the campground with an Airstream, you are often regraded as a minor celebrity. I have also noticed that when you are camped with an Airstream, other campers often ask you technical questions. I think that they assume that you must be a very experienced and knowledgeable camper because you have an Airstream.

As we all know, none of this is warranted, but I enjoy it anyway.

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Old 07-06-2014, 06:06 PM   #5
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Yes, like most of us I have folks come over to chat at gas stations (you'll notice I didn't say "service stations") and campgrounds, the usual questions, comments & mostly compliments. And yes, I do get a kind of nice inner feeling that I made at least ONE excellent decision in my life ;-) and so far I've haven't minded the attention or sometime even the time delays. It's all good fun.
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Old 07-06-2014, 06:31 PM   #6
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Since I have done all of the work on my overlander, I really enjoy talking about the trailer and showing it to people in campgrounds. It's always nice when people appreciate classic trailers!Click image for larger version

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Old 07-06-2014, 06:37 PM   #7
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I do get a kind of nice inner feeling that I made at least ONE excellent decision in my life ;-)
YES!

We took a trip this weekend and stopped at the neighborhood gas station to air up the spare, and in less than three minutes we had two different families come up to ask about it. One guy who had recently gotten a vintage kin of his own practically hugged it when he saw it! It is nice to meet other folks who appreciate the coolness of an Airstream. I think of it as bringing like-minded folks together!

And yes, we also got a bit of celebrity treatment when we checked into the campground. I do kind of enjoy the fuss it creates
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:19 PM   #8
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Used to it...

We've always been the center of attention in a campground setting. Sometimes it is nice, sometimes not.

Shortly after this picture was taken, Lynn and I literally went for a walk to escape the constant barrage of inquisitive people who wanted to know more about our "old Chevy van." Happened all the time.

Then we went with the 1961 Scotty camper...all silver and pretty and tiny. Still drew tons of questions.

I told Lynn recently, it will not end with Bambi II and could be worse. Sometimes it is cool to be noticed, but It would also be nice to be incognito sometimes as well.
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:19 PM   #9
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I rather like the attention my Airstream draws. A good friend and mentor once pointed out to me that a valid reason for buying particular things is "pride of ownership". Not the only reason but one of many. I have that "pride of ownership" for my AS and people's interest confirm that I should have that pride.
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:31 PM   #10
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We get it all the time, especially with the slide out.
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:58 PM   #11
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The reason I jumped into Airstreams a few years ago was the envy of seeing them at campsites. Now I get the thumbs up as people drive by and the random questions about its age etc. and I don't mind at all.
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:58 AM   #12
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One of the best comment camping this weekend was "Nothing says American better than an Airstream on Fourth of July"
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:59 AM   #13
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I really miss our Classic 36! We sold her to buy a home and now I regret it...

We're sitting at the Molly Pitcher rest area in NJ right now waiting as our next possible Airstream motorhome gets a look over at a truck/RV service shop to make sure everything chassis/engine/trans is fine. She's not a Classic but she is an Airstream with a unique story of her own!

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.... other campers often ask you technical questions. I think that they assume that you must be a very experienced and knowledgeable camper because you have an Airstream.

As we all know, none of this is warranted, but I enjoy it anyway.

Brian
This is so true! If you have an old Airstream, it seems like others assume that you had to pull it from the brink of extinction, and that knowledge is somehow pertinent to their trailer. I am pretty chatty and love to make camp friends, so the notoriety doesn't bother me.
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