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Old 07-24-2011, 09:08 PM   #15
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I had not thought of it in this way, but when I was single divorced in my 50's I was not received well in some campgrounds. People seem to be suspicious of a single person in a travel trailer, till they get to know them.

And what's wrong with being a WASP? 25% of the population are, and I am too.
I did not say anything is wrong with being a WASP. Just an observation that the majority of RVers seem to fit that particular demographic.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:20 PM   #16
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We're DINK'S and are discriminated against on a regular basis.

Want to join our club?

We could call it friends of DINK'S.
Sure. DINKS in Canada are discriminated against when it comes to the tax laws.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:20 PM   #17
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Lol! But there would be confusion when you call it FOD!

I've never had an issue at any CG. Most people are nice and love the AS! I guess it's how you behave act etc. We love to camp and that's the common denominator, I don't think most people care. Happy camping!
Glad to hear you haven't been hassled.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:22 PM   #18
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I'm solo traveler. Mostly stick to myself, not tremendously outgoing. But do take walks around the campground and occasionally strike up a conversation. I frequently sit outside my trailer in nice weather. In spite of myself I've had some very enjoyable conversations over the years, invited to a neighbor's campfire, etc.

Any and all cold shoulders etc. I'd just attribute to the normal "you connect with some people, others you don't."

My observation is public campgrounds have a younger, less rigid crowd than parks catering exclusively to RVs. When I traveled in your area in Canada long ago I remember some beautiful public campgrounds which would accommodate a nice Airstream. What has been your experience in these?
I haven't gone camping anywhere yet. And yes, we have some beautiful provincial camp grounds here.

Good comment about folks. We just won't click with some, regardless.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:23 PM   #19
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Interesting idea. We've had a couple of flustered front-desk attendants when checking into a room with 1 bed. The funniest was in Birmingham, England. It was a very Fawlty Towers-style place, from the outside it looked like a really big house in a nice garden, and was run by a couple who lived there.

She stammered a bit about only having a room with 1 bed, and I confirmed that was exactly what we'd reserved. She turned a funny color and looked back and forth between me and my partner for a few seconds and gave in.

Generally it's happened in more business-oriented hotels that the person working the front desk wants to make sure that there wasn't a mistake, in case we might be coworkers or something I suppose. We've never had anyone deny us a room.

Our interest in the Airstream is more about traveling with the dogs and being able to cook on a trip, and "sleep in our own beds" (even though it's not the same as our bed at home, the "ours" part makes a difference.)
I like what you said - it's all about the dogs. You and your partner must love animals. Bless you.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:25 PM   #20
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We have never incurred any problems.

It's always hard to assess what someone may be thinking (they could be having a bad day with work, they could be dealing with family issues, they could be dealing with health issues, they could be dealing with some financial issues, the list can go on and on and on). It's easier to just give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that there is no hidden agenda and move on.

We're all unique and I guess that's what makes for an interesting world, right? I recognize I'll never be liked by everyone just as I don't like everyone.
Another good comment about putting yourself in another person's shoes. Their reaction may be more about their personal situation vs. you and your partner's.
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When we started RVing (pre-Airstream) we were a bit concerned about how we'd be "received" in RV parks and campgrounds and the RV culture in general. Turns out, it has never been an issue. We have have nice experiences virtually everywhere we've been, even years later. In fact, we've met some really nice people (gay and straight) in campgrounds and RV parks and no one has been uptight or uneasy with us. I think lots of it has to do with how comfortbale you are with yourself. If you are comfortable in your own skin, most people will be comfortable with you. I have heard that some women traveling alone have not felt well-received here and there, which I don't get at all. I think it's great when a lady does what she enjoys on her own. Interestingly, we have me a few solo women on the road who are in relationship,s but they prefer to camp and travel alone sometimes. More power to them!
The woman I spoke to was in her 20's and I wasn't going to say this, but now I will. She said the "old biddies" at the RV parks thought she was after their husbands.

I'm not 20, but I'm a long ways from being an "old biddie" and I can tell you, I'm not after anyone's husband. Too bad that green-eyes monster called jealousy has to rear its ugly head amidst the recreating.

Maybe I should put a sign outside the AS with the flamingos...."Married? Good for you! I'm not interested. You can have him!"
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The woman I spoke to was in her 20's and I wasn't going to say this, but now I will. She said the "old biddies" at the RV parks thought she was after their husbands.

I'm not 20, but I'm a long ways from being an "old biddie" and I can tell you, I'm not after anyone's husband. Too bad that green-eyes monster called jealousy has to rear its ugly head amidst the recreating.

Maybe I should put a sign outside the AS with the flamingos...."Married? Good for you! I'm not interested. You can have him!"
Well there's a standard human psychology issue for you. The "old biddies" are afraid their HUSBANDS would at least want to be after your acquaintance, but they can't get away with being snippy to their husbands unless they catch them at it so they take it out on someone they don't know.
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Well there's a standard human psychology issue for you. The "old biddies" are afraid their HUSBANDS would at least want to be after your acquaintance, but they can't get away with being snippy to their husbands unless they catch them at it so they take it out on someone they don't know.
Me thinks that snippiness happens w/o the proximity of a younger female travelling alone.

Now I know why some RV parks have a sign by the exit that reads "Did you forget your spouse?" Must be from experience, ie some of those snipping "old biddies" have been left holding the water hose.
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Secondly, I have not been privy to a lot of RV parks, but they seem to be
WASP bastions - the typical guests are older, conservative, and straight.
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That's because the young, liberal crowd prefers to stay in hotels and the latest hotspots.
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The woman I spoke to was in her 20's and I wasn't going to say this, but now I will. She said the "old biddies" at the RV parks thought she was after their husbands.
Too funny that this is what prompted (at least a portion) of your post.... As I was reading through the comments I was thinking of this situation exactly! In all honesty though, I don't know if this has actually ever happened to me. But I always wonder if someone might misunderstand my intentions - just a natural concern that I developed early in my career after several experiences with co-workers' young, attractive brides. Geeze, some really sported a Jelly-Face and made after work socials tough.

I often camp with my girl friends and their children. Their husbands seldom join - once in about 20 trips. There have been times when other campers have inferred that we are gay and we just laugh about it. It's never bothered me in the least .... well, not until the time that I met the (unattached) male owner of the canoe outpost. I kinda wanted him to know I was not *spoken for* by my camping partners!!!

I too chose to move from a tent to a trailer to better accommodate my pups. Now I see there are many more advantages.

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That's because the young, liberal crowd prefers to stay in hotels and the latest hotspots.
Either that, or they tend to whoop it up with a tent in a provincial camground.
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Too funny that this is what prompted (at least a portion) of your post.... As I was reading through the comments I was thinking of this situation exactly! In all honesty though, I don't know if this has actually ever happened to me. But I always wonder if someone might misunderstand my intentions - just a natural concern that I developed early in my career after several experiences with co-workers' young, attractive brides. Geeze, some really sported a Jelly-Face and made after work socials tough.

I often camp with my girl friends and their children. Their husbands seldom join - once in about 20 trips. There have been times when other campers have inferred that we are gay and we just laugh about it. It's never bothered me in the least .... well, not until the time that I met the (unattached) male owner of the canoe outpost. I kinda wanted him to know I was not *spoken for* by my camping partners!!!

I too chose to move from a tent to a trailer to better accommodate my pups. Now I see there are many more advantages.

Live and let live! Laura
The funny thing is that my Airstream salesman inferred the same thing.
He must have assumed I was a lesbian because he said "Airstreams are popular with gays and lesbians." I don't know why he felt a need to point that out. Regardless, it didn't affect my decision either way.

I agree - live and let live. And assumptions are often far from the truth.

Glad you let it be known to that canoe outpost owner that were not spoken for. It's a lot easier to paddle downstream when making those kinds of moves.

Now.....I've always wondered about making love in a canoe.....
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Now.....I've always wondered about making love in a canoe.....
They're really tippy. That's all I'm sayin'.
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