While not necessarily Airstream related, I ran across these two photos late last night. The first is of the truck camper that my family purchased in 1969 after having listened to our friends stories about RVing (veteran Airstream owners having owned a 1957
Airstream that was followed by a brand new 1964
Airstream), and my pleas to go on camping trips like our friends. My parents weren't impressed by the idea of towing a trailer, and didn't want to invest in something as costly as an Airstream without knowing whether it would be used and enjoyed. The truck camper was not a hit with any of us and departed our family in 1971.
Later, in 1980, I ventured into RVing again. This time, it was with a travel trailer, but still not the Airstream that I wanted. All of my family and friends advised "buy new", and since I couldn't afford a new Airstream or Argosy for that matter the Nomad became a third choice. It was a nice trailer initially, but shortcuts in the build quality became apparent very quickly. In addition, after having an accident with the trailer in 1982, it was discovered that the trailer was beyond the weight rating of its axle even when completely empty. The Nomad became a part of my RVing history in 1982 a few months after the accident damage was repaired. The tow-vehicle shown with the trailer, however, is a keeper - - it is stored in my garage waiting its turn at restoration when it will become a tow vehcile for my Minuet and possibly see ocassional use with the Airstream. The photo was taken at Cloud Nine Ranch in Caufiled, Missouri in late summer of 1980.
I finally purchased the Airstream of my dream in 1995. A 1964
Overlander (mistakenly advertised by its previous owner as a 28' Ambassador) center twin that was identical to the one that my family's friends had purchased new in 1964
. The interesting thing was that it was discovered about one year later that it was actually the trailer that my family's friends had owned.
The picture below is the trailer following its restoration in 2001-2002.
About the time that the restoration was nearing completion on the Overlander, I was again bitten by the Vintage Aluminum bug and purchased the 1978 Argosy Minuet pictured below.