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Old 05-17-2010, 11:05 PM   #225
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Wow just read the whole thread what a great story! Reads like a fairy tale, maybe Alice in wonderland!!! Looking forward to updates.
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Old 11-30-2011, 12:51 PM   #226
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7-14.5 Wheels w Goodyear Hi-Lander tires Brand New!

Hi, Airstream people!

I was reading this older thread and I have 3 brand new Goodyear tires in the 7-14.5 size. I didn't realize they were unique to 1958-1959. (Same year I love my guitar amplifiers from).

I am thinking someone out there might want them. They even still have the nubbies on the tread, so you can tell they have never been run. I'm in Minnesota and they have just been sitting in storage and are in perfect condition.

The wheels they are on are the open center variety and the wheels are not pristine like the tires, but are pretty nice.

I should probably put up a classified, but I thought I would just throw this out there.

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Old 03-13-2017, 07:11 PM   #227
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Time to wake up an old thread. I made a new discovery today. Alice may have had a California sibling, a possible second California built World Traveler!

I need to clarify that I think I may have found evidence from 1960 of a second California built World Traveler, but I have no idea if that trailer still exists and if so where it is today.

By accident while looking for something else, I found the attached advertisement for the Kohler Electric Plant (an early gasoline or diesel fuel generator) in the May 1960 issue of Trailer Topics magazine. The article includes a photo of a truck and Airstream said to belong to a "Mr. and Mrs. William H. McKinley" and states that they used a 2500W Kohler plant to power the Air Conditioner on their Airstream during trips to Alaska and Central America.

The trailer in the photos in that ad looks like a 1958 California built World Traveler. It has the entry door, curb side window, CB antenna, and International Globe Badge in the typical World Traveler locations. The front window is a Hehr Clear View, while the side window is an older Hehr style with internal supports, which are correct for a 1958 World Traveler. The wheel well shape is appropriate for a 1958 California built Airstream. Other than the presence of a roof mounted air conditioner and possibly a slightly lower position for the International Globe Badge, this trailer looks almost like a clone of Alice. For accuracy it also appears to lack the white roof and extra peice of trim over the front window that were on Alice in her photos from the 1960 WBCCI International Rally in Colorado.

I looked up the McKinleys in old WBCCI Membership Directories and see that William and Elizabeth McKinley joined in 1958 and were assigned #1315, and 1958 was the first year #1315 was used. The McKinleys were from El Cajon, CA which is very appropriate for a California built Airstream, and they are credited with participating on Caravans 16 - Mexico Winter 1958 and 17 - Central America Winter 1958. I confirmed that the McKinleys were WBCCI members at least thru 1967, but did not check further.

Interestingly, the McKinleys would not have had the only World Traveler on those two 1958 caravans, because Wally and Stella Byam were on those caravans in their Gold Trailer, which was built in early 1957 and was the prototype for the later World Traveler production models.

I wish I knew where this newly discovered California World Traveler is, but at the current time I have no way of tracing it's whereabouts since the 1960 ad.
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Time to wake up an old thread. I made a new discovery today. Alice may have had a California sibling, a possible second California built World Traveler!

I need to clarify that I think I may have found evidence from 1960 of a second California built World Traveler, but I have no idea if that trailer still exists and if so where it is today.

By accident while looking for something else, I found the attached advertisement for the Kohler Electric Plant (an early gasoline or diesel fuel generator) in the May 1960 issue of Trailer Topics magazine. The article includes a photo of a truck and Airstream said to belong to a "Mr. and Mrs. William H. McKinley" and states that they used a 2500W Kohler plant to power the Air Conditioner on their Airstream during trips to Alaska and Central America.

The trailer in the photos in that ad looks like a 1958 California built World Traveler. It has the entry door, curb side window, CB antenna, and International Globe Badge in the typical World Traveler locations. The front window is a Hehr Clear View, while the side window is an older Hehr style with internal supports, which are correct for a 1958 World Traveler. The wheel well shape is appropriate for a 1958 California built Airstream. Other than the presence of a roof mounted air conditioner and possibly a slightly lower position for the International Globe Badge, this trailer looks almost like a clone of Alice. For accuracy it also appears to lack the white roof and extra peice of trim over the front window that were on Alice in her photos from the 1960 WBCCI International Rally in Colorado.

I looked up the McKinleys in old WBCCI Membership Directories and see that William and Elizabeth McKinley joined in 1958 and were assigned #1315, and 1958 was the first year #1315 was used. The McKinleys were from El Cajon, CA which is very appropriate for a California built Airstream, and they are credited with participating on Caravans 16 - Mexico Winter 1958 and 17 - Central America Winter 1958. I confirmed that the McKinleys were WBCCI members at least thru 1967, but did not check further.

Interestingly, the McKinleys would not have had the only World Traveler on those two 1958 caravans, because Wally and Stella Byam were on those caravans in their Gold Trailer, which was built in early 1957 and was the prototype for the later World Traveler production models.

I wish I knew where this newly discovered California World Traveler is, but at the current time I have no way of tracing it's whereabouts since the 1960 ad.


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