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Old 11-15-2008, 09:56 AM   #15
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Speaking of hard-to-find, out-of-print Airstream books...I won a ebay auction for a copy of "Home Was Never Like This" by Etta Payne a book about the first WB Caravan to Europe in 1956. It's signed w/a dust jacket...I've been searching for this one for a couple of years and finally, I was happy to win the auction at under $60...I won't say how much I was willing to pay, but I was pleased.

I think the only reason there weren't more bidders, is it didn't say "Airstream" anywhere in the ebay listing.

Can't wait to get it later this week ~

Shari

Good friends Etta and Oscar.

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Old 12-26-2009, 06:11 PM   #16
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Thumbs up overlander64...

I was doing some research and found your comments here about "The Long Long Trailer Novel by Clinton Twiss"!

Trails have been told long and since we all can remember... Now. Since I have been a gear-head from birth, and keep in mind, that AirStream is and may it always be, "The Cadillac Of Comfort, when it comes to that very special over the road feeling, that many have enjoyed of our nomad & gypsy spirit".

Cart before the horse?... I am still trying to figure this out...

1950; My Mom And Dad with 9 children started to think about a trip west to California from Stoneham Ma, at the time. Now, keep in mind that at the time I was 5 years old and wasn't preview of all of their thoughts. "And In No Way Neglected"!

You will find a part of this story out at a blog that I started out at a very delicious part of our beloved United States, in NH.
My blog; Winnipesaukee Forum - Blog Entries

I would ask of you all, for you're help and support in this matter...
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:18 AM   #17
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Interesting story

A quick google search shows the big Buick in 49 weighed 4,500lbs.

Roadmasters shared GM's C-body platform, riding a 126-in. wheelbase and measuring 214.125 in. overall. They were powered by Buick's biggest valve-in-head straight eight, a 320.2-cubic-inch unit that cranked out 150 bhp on a 6.9:1 compression ratio.
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Interesting story

A quick google search shows the big Buick in 49 weighed 4,500lbs.

Roadmasters shared GM's C-body platform, riding a 126-in. wheelbase and measuring 214.125 in. overall. They were powered by Buick's biggest valve-in-head straight eight, a 320.2-cubic-inch unit that cranked out 150 bhp on a 6.9:1 compression ratio.
Hi Road R,

It was a powerhouse, that's for sure. Being a custom built trailer with accommodations for 11 people, plus all of the provisions loaded inside, it took a lot of torque just to get the thing rolling. This is where the Dynaflow transmission shined!
Although the 1948 Buick had the same engine, it was a three speed standard shift, and if we tried to tow the big trailer with it, we probably never would have made it out of Stoneham without burning up a clutch!

Shortly after getting to California, my folks decided to sell the 49, as it was brutal on fuel. California law wouldn't permit a house trailer that size, to be towed over the road. My Dad was in Transportation Management, and got transfured up to Santa Maria. We had to load the house traler on a flatbead tracter trailer unit, by crane, to bring it up there.
My Dad and I went down to the trucking co's yard to tow the trailer to the park and set it up on the lot. Well it didn't take very long and you could smell that old clutch burn'in up!! Only had to tow it about three and a half miles, and we made it okay, but had to replace the clutch that week!

Thank you for you're interest RR.

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If anyone is still looking for funny old trailer books, try to find a copy of "Folding Bedouins or Adrift in a Trailer", 1936, by Howard Vincent O'Brian. I borrowed it through inter-library loan and thought it was great fun.

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Old 12-31-2009, 08:34 PM   #20
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The Fallowing Portion Of Our Journey...

I remember very well and would like to share it with Y'all.

I was 7 years old, pushing 8.
We had spent the day in Salt Lake City before travelling south into Las Vegas.
On this leg of our trip, the bought used luggage trailer had a bent axle and would strip the rubber off a new tire on a pretty regular basis, especially in the heat of day... It and we experienced two flat tires, which slowed us down immeasurably. The decision was made in Las Vegas to cross the Mojave Desert at night.

Well, there just happened to be a raging wind and sandstorm and my Dad had his hands full trying to keep the high profile rig in one lane. Here comes a State Trooper that had been following us for a while, he pulled us over and made us put up at a truck stop over night until the storm blew over.
Now, even after the sunset it was HOT. Neither the Buicks or the Magic Carpet had air conditioning. I was tired and went to bed early that evening.
Before my Mom and Dad turned in for the night, they left the front door open with just the screen door closed for ventilation.
Next, and this could have been the early creation of how Brinks Home Security got started.

They took out Every pot & pan, piled them on the kitchen counter, tied a string from them and over to the screen door handle, so as any would-be intruder would at least wake us up!
So guess who wakes up thirsty in the middle of the night, stumbles out to the kitchen and streight away sets this crude but very effective devise off!
'HE, double hocky sticks' broke loose, and the pain of the pots & pans bouncing off of my bare toes, and my own family coming at me with rolling pins, baseball bats and guns, you can talk all you want about seeing you're life flash before you're very EYES!!
Oh, and take another guess who was on everyones dung list for a few days, to boot!
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Back On Topic...

While living on Lake Winnipesaukee in NH, I showed a copy of the Life Magazine story about my families journey back in the fifties to a friend that I met there. He and his Dad enjoyed the story very much. This friend was an old movie buff and happened to have a cassette copy of the movie with Lucile Ball & Desi Arnaz, ' The Long Long Trailer ' that he gave to me to watch. Wow, did that movie ever bring me back to the day!!

I highly recommend to everone here to check it out! It's an awesome movie!!
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Loved the home security story Terry!!! Thanks for sharing.
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Rivet Happy That You Enjoyed...

that segment of our trip. ( no pun intended ).

Our 4,376 mile, 34 day trek had many highlights for us, sight seeing and all, along the way. As a large family we had lots of fun then and now, sharing and talking about it. Many wonderful memories.

Thank you CarolJ
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I have the forums set up to open on new posts and most recent first so I have begun to read back further to your blog.

I remember Queen for a Day very well. We watched it very often. What a large family you had growing up. Which one is you? Look at all those towels, sheets and blankets. It boogles the mind to see and think of just that part of the work involved in raising a family that size! It is no wonder Time Life picked up the story. This is book material. And you write so well. I am thoroughly enjoying the voyage.

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Post Hi CarolJ...

About Queen for a Day, our Mom won on that show, and of coarse all of us children got to watch the live episode at home on TV. You may remember the Host at the time was Jack Bailey.
For those interested in taking a little trip down memory lane, here's a link with some video clips from the show.
Queen for a Day


That be me, standing in the back of the luggage trailer, over sized lunch pail and the guitar, with the ('Compression ) on my face.


" the young child", is my younger sister Doņa. Just a very happy and free spirited and wonderful sister to this very day!

I have to thank you again for you're very sweet and kind comments and interest!

And just remember that I'm getting just as big a kick out of all of this as you are!
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CarolJ,

The two photos in you're post I believe were taken by Life photographer, Wallace Kirkland. After our story was published, Life Magazine presented us with a huge album with some of twenty thousand ( Their Estimate ) pictures taken by them and us, published and unpublished, of our journey.

I have been very blessed with a very wonderful family, however I lack some of the composing/writing skills that could bring our story to you all. Now, at the same time I will do my very best to make this story as interesting as I can.

There is lots more to come, and I am dedicated and committed to bring it to this Awesome Forum and share.

Oh and, as you may all find out, I am not skilled computer wise but I can tell you that I am very appriciative to have found this WebSite!!!!
I thank y'all.
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That is a huge album! We shall all appreciate hearing the story as it unfolds Terry. Especially me... I had no siblings!
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That is a huge album! We shall all appreciate hearing the story as it unfolds Terry. Especially me... I had no siblings!

Just know that you have been added to my beloved ones. Life, has taught us from an very early age to enjoy and welcome everyone. God knows and helps to keep the lid on, so to speak.

I love you're writings as well, and appreciate the chance to contribute here.
Looking forward to meeting you in person.
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