Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-15-2004, 08:44 PM   #1
Tom, the Uber Disney Fan
 
Minnie's Mate's Avatar
 
2006 30' Safari
Orlando , Florida
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 4,693
Images: 7
This is a little morbid, but

I was recently perusing the Fred's Airstream Motorhome Class A Archives from a link I found in another post and noticed that there were three mid-80's ('84 & two '85's) Airstream Classic Motorhome Hearses in the ads for sale. I also have seen one in the photo section of this forum (maybe one of those). Did Airstream make a hearse during the mid-80's or is it just coincidence that two, or three, funeral homes each just happened to have one during the same period of time? Were these factory conversions or factory models or was there a custom shop somewhere that did these for the industry (funeral industry)?
__________________

__________________
Minnie's Mate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2004, 09:08 PM   #2
Just an old timer...
 
85MH325's Avatar

 
Tipton , Iowa
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 4,031
Images: 37
Airstream Hearse

Nope... it was a production model for Airstream; probably by special order only, but the must have built quite a few of them. I've seen two on eBay just in the past couple of months.

There are copies of the sales brochure for the Airstream Hearse around to be had.

Roger
__________________

__________________
AIR 2053 Current: 2006 Born Free 32 RQ Kodiak Chassis, & 1995 Coachmen B-van
Former Airstreams: 1953 Flying Cloud, 1957 Overlander, 1961 Bambi, 1970 Safari Special, 1978 Argosy Minuet, 1985 325 Moho, 1994 Limited 34' Two-door, 1994 B190 "B-Van"
85MH325 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2004, 09:28 PM   #3
Tom, the Uber Disney Fan
 
Minnie's Mate's Avatar
 
2006 30' Safari
Orlando , Florida
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 4,693
Images: 7
Do you know the years they were produced? What was their cost? A buddy of mine is a mortician in his family funeral business and he once told me when they bought a new hearse a couple of years ago they purchased a new Cadillac and had it converted to a hearse. I think he said the conversion was about $20k making the total about $62k. The entire roof is fiberglass from the windshield back. I think the rear quarter panels might be fiberglass, too. But the rear doors are new because they are longer to match the lengthened wheel base. I'll have to ask him if he knew about the Airstream Hearses. His Dad probably did.
__________________
Minnie's Mate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2004, 09:42 PM   #4
RivetAddict
 
swebster's Avatar
 
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Louisville , Kentucky
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 1,861
Images: 4
Pretty sure one of the members here owns one of them
__________________
Steven Webster
1986 Airstream 345 Classic Motorhome
AIR 1760
swebster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2004, 10:33 PM   #5
3 Rivet Member
 
mcneon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 189
Images: 4
I don't own one, but I did spot one here in Nashville a while back. It belonged to a country singer whose dad was a mortician. Seems dad had used it for its intended purpose for a number of years, then the son refitted the interior and used it as a tour vehicle. He told me the former coffin area would hold a lot of amps and guitars!

Bob
__________________
mcneon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2004, 06:27 AM   #6
Rivet Master
 
ALANSD's Avatar

 
1966 26' Overlander
Woodstock , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 8,462
Be sure to see the article on Classic MHs in the next "Airstream Life".
__________________
1966 Overlander
AIR #005
Please visit our blogs and web pages:
OUR AIRSTREAM PASSION! BLOG
RESTORING AN AIRSTREAM
Our AIRSTREAM and TIN CAN TOURIST Rallys
ALANSD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2004, 07:39 AM   #7
Tom, the Uber Disney Fan
 
Minnie's Mate's Avatar
 
2006 30' Safari
Orlando , Florida
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 4,693
Images: 7
Now I'm a little more curious. Where did Airstream get the idea to make a hearse? I would guess (not assume because we all know what happens then) that they were intended for the pall bearers so they would arrive with the deceased and flowers and would require only one driver as opposed to three. Did someone make a conversion first and give Airstream the idea or was that an in-house concept? I guess it was a good idea if the deceased was really into camping, but not sure how that might appear to the mourners if he/she wasn't.
__________________
Minnie's Mate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2004, 08:15 AM   #8
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
ViewRVs's Avatar
 
1977 20' Argosy 20
Charleston , West Virginia
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 1,226
Images: 9
Send a message via Yahoo to ViewRVs
Here are the links to the three funeral coaches.

1984 Funeral Coach (A)

1984 Funeral Coach (B)

1985 Funeral Coach (A)

My hunch would be that Airstream was looking for alternative uses for their services and factory. There are also some buses and an ambulance version.
__________________
Fred H.
1977 Argosy 20' Motorhome
Fred's Airstream Archives @ ViewRVs.com
ViewRVs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2004, 08:40 AM   #9
Rivet Master
 
ALANSD's Avatar

 
1966 26' Overlander
Woodstock , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 8,462
The hearse was a suggestion by a former As salesperson who was also an undertaker. It gave the ability to do the viewing in the rear area, with in and out access.
__________________
1966 Overlander
AIR #005
Please visit our blogs and web pages:
OUR AIRSTREAM PASSION! BLOG
RESTORING AN AIRSTREAM
Our AIRSTREAM and TIN CAN TOURIST Rallys
ALANSD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2004, 08:55 AM   #10
Just an old timer...
 
85MH325's Avatar

 
Tipton , Iowa
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 4,031
Images: 37
Fred, it's interesting that all three examples you have came from Iowa!

Roger
__________________
AIR 2053 Current: 2006 Born Free 32 RQ Kodiak Chassis, & 1995 Coachmen B-van
Former Airstreams: 1953 Flying Cloud, 1957 Overlander, 1961 Bambi, 1970 Safari Special, 1978 Argosy Minuet, 1985 325 Moho, 1994 Limited 34' Two-door, 1994 B190 "B-Van"
85MH325 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2004, 09:19 AM   #11
Craftsman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
There were a couple of brochures describing the Airstream hearse on eBay about a month ago. The person selling was in the Netherlands.
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2004, 10:24 AM   #12
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
ViewRVs's Avatar
 
1977 20' Argosy 20
Charleston , West Virginia
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 1,226
Images: 9
Send a message via Yahoo to ViewRVs
I noticed the Iowa plates also. I spent two years in Iowa so I know the plates (as they match the two hanging in my garage!). It is a unique place! I can now say I've seen a "Sun Dog" and driven through a "MixMaster".
__________________
Fred H.
1977 Argosy 20' Motorhome
Fred's Airstream Archives @ ViewRVs.com
ViewRVs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2004, 11:58 AM   #13
Tom, the Uber Disney Fan
 
Minnie's Mate's Avatar
 
2006 30' Safari
Orlando , Florida
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 4,693
Images: 7
I noticed the Iowa plates, too. That's why I thought they may have been after market conversions that took place at a shop in Iowa or perhaps just for a particular funeral home. Anyway, its different!
__________________
Minnie's Mate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2004, 12:27 PM   #14
Rivet Master
 
sovereignrwe's Avatar
 
1972 31' Sovereign
Oakdale , Minnesota
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 586
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1985air345
It is a unique place! I can now say I've seen a "Sun Dog" and driven through a "MixMaster".
What is a "Sun Dog"?

A "MixMaster" is an intersection of interstates...that one I know.
__________________

__________________
Mark
72 Sovereign: L couch, mid-twin, rear-bath
"When you come to a fork in the road, take it"
"It was impossible to get a conversation going; everybody was talking too much."
"If you don't know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else." - Yogi Berra

sovereignrwe is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:37 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.