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Old 07-24-2010, 12:21 AM   #57
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Rivet Helps To, Whenever Going Over The Road...

To pray allot! It helped us immeasurably along our journey and to this very day.
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:27 PM   #58
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Rivet I Know How Ya'all Love Photos...

So with your permission, here's a couple more.

On our trip west, we eventually found the desert...

Photo # 1. My Sister Linda learning all about open shoes, among cactus.

Photo # 2. Please keep music in your heart at all times...
Our bought used luggage trailer had a bent axle that snuck under the radar, so to speak, before we started our journey in the first place. It had some flat tires for breakfast, as I recall...
However, we pushed on and affectionately named her ' Rascal Flats '!

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Terry I'm really enjoying your photos, stories, & esprit!
Thank you so much~
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Old 07-27-2010, 06:02 PM   #60
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Terry I'm really enjoying your photos, stories, & esprit!
Thank you so much~
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You are very welcome, and thank you for your comments!

We endured many trials and tribulations along our journey, however we enjoyed being together in the experience. ' A WOW For Sure '!... We were born to share. This wonderful website gives us the opportunity!

As long as folks are interested, I will keep posting about, ' The Long Long Trailer '! With A Big Smile,
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Im still watching.. I cant believe how big that trailer is compared to the tow vehicle. Keep the pictures coming..
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Im still watching.. I cant believe how big that trailer is compared to the tow vehicle. Keep the pictures coming..

Hi Airslide!

Let me remind you that when my Dad took this rig out for a shakedown cruise in Stoneham Ma. before we started the trip, he had already equipped the 1949 Buick tow vehicle with an heavy duty trailer hitch and overload rear springs mounted. Well he learned that the Buick was more than capable, springs too, but the hitch bent down to the point of almost disconnecting from the trailer. ...
Now, this 46'er was under designed, as it only had two axles that were mounted in such a way so as to put way too much tongue weight on said tow vehicle. My Dad got on the phone and summoned more help.

He tested out a few different solutions, and settled with an similarly designed aircraft air over hydraulic triple tiered tongue dolly. Now hang on here... I just happen to have a picture that will help splaine...

Here again, this took place back in 1952! As I remember, Flash Gordon was just getting his shower cap wet!

Seriously, I don't know that there was another human being of the day, that we would be able to do what we did, without Our Mom and Dad...
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Im still watching.. I cant believe how big that trailer is compared to the tow vehicle. Keep the pictures coming..

Hi Airslide!

Let me remind you that when my Dad took this rig out for a shakedown cruise in Stoneham Ma. before we started the trip, he had already equipped the 1949 Buick tow vehicle with an heavy duty trailer hitch and overload rear springs mounted. Well he learned that the Buick was more than capable, springs too, but the hitch bent down to the point of almost disconnecting from the trailer. ...
Now, this 46'er was under designed, as it only had two axles that were mounted in such a way so as to put way too much tongue weight on said tow vehicle. My Dad got on the phone and summoned more help.

He tested out a few different solutions, and settled with an similarly designed aircraft air over hydraulic triple tiered tongue dolly. Now hang on here... I just happen to have a picture that will help splaine...

Here again, this took place back in 1952! As I remember, Flash Gordon was just getting his shower cap wet!

Seriously, I don't know that there was another human being of the day, that we would be able to do what we did, without Our Mom and Dad...
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Terry, please keep the posts going. This is a fascinating experience. At one point, you mentioned a book in the making. Is that still a possibility?
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Terry, please keep the posts going. This is a fascinating experience. At one point, you mentioned a book in the making. Is that still a possibility?


Hi Aviator,
You are reading some excerpts, as we speak... Not being the smartest apple that fell from the tree, so to speak, and a further ineptness for the modern computer skills, hopefully folks can acquire a taste of what we experienced.

Our book is being worked on however, AirStream Forums has a view! Just remember, Huge Families weren't born just yesterday!
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Should I Need To Remind...

Our 19 and 49 Buick was also equipped with all of the very latest technology of the day, that included an back up camera, just for hookup purposes...

I just happen to have a photo of that there too...

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Smile Oh, We Were Such Kids...

View of the front... Sister Doa, and O'l two finger, Brother Brynn... He had the best seat in the house! Got to watch all them Flash Gordon movies up front on the over head carCam, while the rest of us were playing license plate watch from afar!... . I'll tell you what, they never made enough amicones to express what we enjoyed though!

DOO the WOOSH, and align your AirStream to encounter some of this!
OH, it's soooo Fun! You Got To Try It!

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And, If You Are Looking For A Cheap Lunch On The Water

Do not invite us!... A very simple $2.99 cent lunch could take off and run into the tens or more thousands of dollars in a heartbeat!
So maybe some would ask, how we did what we did????

First of all, our Mom and Dad were the Best!... Did I ever tell how they cooked? No contest, they were the best! Now, shut my face!
Grand Parents, Grand Great Parents and so on and on have embodied our very existence since history got invented here!
By the way, they did a wonderful job!

The world is getting and multiplying faster than Nascar, these days, kind of needs our collective help, so to speak...

The glass half full, has been replaced with ' our world on top ', if you will.
Let us keep it all going forward...
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With A Rugg Sized Family...

It helped to have a little sense of humor.

My and our Very Dear Uncle George absolutely Drenched himself in this!
He was the Commercial Artist that spilled the beans to Life Magazine about us leaving the Boston area for California in the first place... Life got very interesting quick!... '[ The Paparazzi got invented, Right there, That Day in Stoneham Ma. back in 1952. ]'... Oh and the celebs of today think that they were picked on! ... Thank God Colgate kept my teeth bright back in them days! Can't you tell, we need a sponsor over here!

It was a hot day, as I remember, summer in the NorthEast!...

Uncle George presented us with another one of his Masterpieces, what and with his rendition about us on our journey to the west coast?

'YIKES'!...

Kind, and cute though! ...

His original was smooch large and alowed for many many friends signatures, front and back, kind a tickles all over, if you will! [ no pun intended ] !

Got more signatures than our original Constitution, as I remember!

Photo # 1 From right to left, Many Gifts Along our way, sister June, Mom, sister Linda, and brother Mel in the baseball cap. Picture the signatures.

Photo # 2 Uncle George's painting!
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Just found this thread! Love your story and photos. What issue of Life magazine was the story featured in?
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