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Old 05-13-2009, 09:00 PM   #1
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Smile Any stories why you got into airstreaming?

I have a big one the airstream I am renovation rite now was used my my grandfather when he came up to New hampshire to visit for the summer from Florida. My dad bought it for him to give him some freedom but keep him close to us I still remember visiting him at 6 am while he was eating breakfast which was toast and coffee . Well my Grandfather died @15 years ago and my father closed up the trailer for that 15 years wrapped in a cacoon. Well four years ago my father passed away and something was calling me to open that trailer up and air it out . Well I did and when I did it smelled so bad like dead animals . It seems that the electrical mice deterant had been disconnected and the mice had made home of the trailer. Well first though was lets bring out in front of house and give it a good looking . I did that and I was so upset the mice had allmost destroyed the trailer with feces and nests. Well I was about to put trailer back into the back yard when as I was walking out the front door with no smell of mice urine I smelt toast and coffee like it was being made rite there and then turned around and like a breeze it filled my lungs. My friends if that was not a sign from the other side I dont know what was and from that point on I have be renovating this 1977 Airstream Landyaht international sovereign .
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:05 PM   #2
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I have a big one the airstream I am renovation rite now was used my my grandfather when he came up to New hampshire to visit for the summer from Florida. My dad bought it for him to give him some freedom but keep him close to us I still remember visiting him at 6 am while he was eating breakfast which was toast and coffee . Well my Grandfather died @15 years ago and my father closed up the trailer for that 15 years wrapped in a cacoon. Well four years ago my father passed away and something was calling me to open that trailer up and air it out . Well I did and when I did it smelled so bad like dead animals . It seems that the electrical mice deterant had been disconnected and the mice had made home of the trailer. Well first though was lets bring out in front of house and give it a good looking . I did that and I was so upset the mice had allmost destroyed the trailer with feces and nests. Well I was about to put trailer back into the back yard when as I was walking out the front door with no smell of mice urine I smelt toast and coffee like it was being made rite there and then turned around and like a breeze it filled my lungs. My friends if that was not a sign from the other side I dont know what was and from that point on I have be renovating this 1977 Airstream Landyaht international sovereign .
Oh and I have named the trailer Seamus one of my dad's favorate names.
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:27 PM   #3
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I was a few blocks away from the World Trade Center when the towers were struck on 911. I was in a meeting and we evacuated the building to come out to the street and see the towers in flames, my military training kicked in and I grabbed the 24 year old kid I was with and told him it was time to get the hell out of there and do it now. We walked all over Manhattan and by the end of the day he couldn't walk anymore but I was still ready to go. I had a lot of time to think and I knew that I need a way to leave my home and take my family with me to safety. When I returned home I purchased a 68 Globetrotter and restored it and used it to Evacuate for 2 Hurricanes, Katrina being the major one. Shortly after Katrina my mother-in-law moved in with us so I sold the Globetrotter and purchased my current 25' Safari to use for Evacuations, it was used last year for Gustav. In addition to an escape pod the Airstream serves as a vacation home, pool house, guest house, storage shed, and flag holder.
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Old 05-14-2009, 03:21 AM   #4
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Wow great story..

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I was a few blocks away from the World Trade Center when the towers were struck on 911. I was in a meeting and we evacuated the building to come out to the street and see the towers in flames, my military training kicked in and I grabbed the 24 year old kid I was with and told him it was time to get the hell out of there and do it now. We walked all over Manhattan and by the end of the day he couldn't walk anymore but I was still ready to go. I had a lot of time to think and I knew that I need a way to leave my home and take my family with me to safety. When I returned home I purchased a 68 Globetrotter and restored it and used it to Evacuate for 2 Hurricanes, Katrina being the major one. Shortly after Katrina my mother-in-law moved in with us so I sold the Globetrotter and purchased my current 25' Safari to use for Evacuations, it was used last year for Gustav. In addition to an escape pod the Airstream serves as a vacation home, pool house, guest house, storage shed, and flag holder.
Thanks Jim for Sharing..
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Old 05-14-2009, 05:24 AM   #5
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two great stories! mine is very boring in comparison. about 5 years ago we met friends down in the everglades and we camped in our tent beside their airstream. we liked the airstream a lot more than our soggy tent! when we were expecting a family we decided we needed a travel trailer and started looking at pop ups we could tow with our vw. Somehow though, don't ask me how, we ended up with a 34' airstream and a 3/4 ton truck!
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Any story's why you got into airstreaming?

Some of my earliest memories include summer visits to my mother's family farm where we would often find friends of the family camping in their Airstream. Those early experiences linked camping and RVing to only one brand Airstream. Then, to make the linkage even more ingrained, our friends invited me to spend a weekend with them when they were trying out their new 1964 Airstream Overlander -- it was late spring in 1964, and I was five years old.

Over the years, my family tried many different forms of camping and RVing. Nothing tried ever compared to Airstreaming. Finally, in 1995, I began searching in earnest for an Airstream. Looked at the new coaches, but didn't find a single floorplan that I liked in my price range. The search then turned to pre-owned. After nearly six months of searching, I ran across a 1964 28' Airstream travel trailer advertised in a local trader publication. The coach was like stepping into a 1964 time capsule -- less than two hours later, I was writing a deposit check and making arrangements to pick the coach up in two weeks. A few months later, I learned that the coach was the same one that our friends had purchased new -- I am its third owner.



My 1964 Overlander in the setting where we first became acquainted -- on my mother's family farm in 1968.




The 1969 Chevrolet C-20 Pickup with 1969 Sunway Truck-Camper that was my family's introduction to RVing in the spring of 1969.



My first travel trailer -- a 1980 Skyling Nomad Model 1720 lightweight special being towed by my 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible in 1981 at the Cloud Nine Ranch in Caufield, MO.



My 1964 Overlander as it appeared when I purchased it in 1995.



My 1964 Overlander as it appears today with the P & S Trailer Service treatment to return it to its 1964 appearance.

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Old 05-14-2009, 05:31 PM   #7
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I do remember camping with my dads 17 foot Caravel

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Oh and I have named the trailer Seamus one of my dad's favorate names.
That trailer was my first true experience with airstreams and camping. That is parked at my folks weekend camp. It is in great shape just needs some TLC . I might use that this year to give the kids a idea what it is all about. Well will see I need to devote more time to the sovereign though there is not enough time to do these things but I make time.
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Old 05-14-2009, 05:35 PM   #8
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Some of my earliest memories include summer visits to my mother's family farm where we would often find friends of the family camping in their Airstream. Those early experiences linked camping and RVing to only one brand Airstream. Then, to make the linkage even more ingrained, our friends invited me to spend a weekend with them when they were trying out their new 1964 Airstream Overlander -- it was late spring in 1964, and I was five years old.

Over the years, my family tried many different forms of camping and RVing. Nothing tried ever compared to Airstreaming. Finally, in 1995, I began searching in earnest for an Airstream. Looked at the new coaches, but didn't find a single floorplan that I liked in my price range. The search then turned to pre-owned. After nearly six months of searching, I ran across a 1964 28' Airstream travel trailer advertised in a local trader publication. The coach was like stepping into a 1964 time capsule -- less than two hours later, I was writing a deposit check and making arrangements to pick the coach up in two weeks. A few months later, I learned that the coach was the same one that our friends had purchased new -- I am its third owner.



My 1964 Overlander in the setting where we first became acquainted -- on my mother's family farm in 1968.




The 1969 Chevrolet C-20 Pickup with 1969 Sunway Truck-Camper that was my family's introduction to RVing in the spring of 1969.



My first travel trailer -- a 1980 Skyling Nomad Model 1720 lightweight special being towed by my 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible in 1981 at the Cloud Nine Ranch in Caufield, MO.



My 1964 Overlander as it appeared when I purchased it in 1995.



My 1964 Overlander as it appears today with the P & S Trailer Service treatment to return it to its 1964 appearance.

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Great story I only seem to remember great times with the airstreams and great memorys. I can't wait to get my Sovereign all up and running
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My first experience with an Airstream. I was a lab tech and back in the 60's my lab was being remodled. The Pathologist owned an Airstream which he converted into a lab in the parking lot. Oh , I never had a job like that ever again. Lots of sweaters got knitted, lots of cards were played and lots of books were read.
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My brother Brad and his wife Julie restored a beautiful 1959 Trade Wind and brought it all the way to Iowa from Arizona for a family reunion. I was so impressed with the craftsmanship in the work they did and that this Airstream was worthy of all of this time, love and attention in it's restoration was not lost on me. Years later I was lucky enough to come across a vintage Airstream and Brad consulted with me on it and also ever since. It has brought us closer together too as we talk weekly about our shared passion for aluminum! Thanks brother.
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My brother Brad and his wife Julie restored a beautiful 1959 Trade Wind and drove it all the way to Iowa from Arizona. I was so impressed with the craftsmanship in the work they did and that an Airstream was worthy of all of this time, love and attention was not lost on me. Years later I was lucky enough to come across a vintage Airstream and Brad consulted with me on it and also ever since. It has brought us closer together too as we talk weekly about our shared passion for aluminum! Thanks brother.
Interesting enough, the same guy got me into the Airstream world as well. Brad and I have been members of the same Fly Fishing Club for many years. Several years ago on one of our club outings (Cyclone Lake), he shows up with his 59 TW. Jan and I get the tour and we are sold. Brad also help me select the 75 TW that I now own.

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My wife's aunt and uncle took delivery of the '59 Tradewind new 50 years, 4 months and six days ago. This summer I hope we can reprise her trip to Yellowstone 50 years ago.

It's not a 50th Anniversary Cape (Town) to Cairo excursion, but we'll enjoy it.
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My story isn't nearly as interesting as the others, but it's important to me and it has changed my life. My husband had always wanted an Airstream. I didn't get it. I had never owned a trailer, never been in a trailer, and didn't want a trailer...until I stepped foot in one earlier this year. Shortly thereafter, we sold almost everything and hit the road. My husband works from the road and I blog about our experiences and travels. I've never been happier. In fact, I feel guilty for enjoying life so much right now. I don't know how long we'll do this but this opportunity has been outstanding. I can't believe I resisted the Airstream for as long as I did. What was I thinking?!?
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Suppose I better chime in here since I've been mentioned twice. I was asked if i wanted to go on a weekend fishing trip with a friend of mine in his vintage Airstream. I had known Jim through our flyfishing club but hadn't been to his place. When he mentioned traveling with his vintage '60 Airstream TradeWind, I was stoked. On the way home, I told him that I just had to get one of these. I liked the size, the layout and especially the kewlness factor. I found one through the internet in mid 2001 and went out to central CA to look at it. After a couple of days discussing it with my DW, we made the purchase. Jim offered to drive out and pick it up as I didn't have a tow vehicle. I took him up on his generous offer and here's a pic of its trip home.

This is my first trailer and have always enjoyed camping but since leaving home, had used mostly tents and then got a mini-van to sleep in. Let me tell you, this was a serious upgrade and I have loved every minute of it. Plus Airstreamers are the friendliest people and that was a bonus.

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