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Old 09-15-2008, 12:14 PM   #1
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Thumbs up The Long, Long, Trailer by Clinton Twiss

The Long, Long, Trailer is often mentioned in various posts, but we most often think of the movie starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The movie was actually based upon a book by the same name written by Clinton Twiss in 1951. I had seen this book mentioned in the jacket notes on my VHS tape for years, and my curiosity finally got the best of me and I went in search of a copy. I found and purchased a copy through Amazon.com.

During the past 30 hours, we had a power outage so I took the opportunity to read the book cover-to-cover. It is just as funny as the movie, and has several twists and quirks that ween't part of the movie.


The book was the chronicle of a couples year-long journey in a 28' Airway Zephyr ($4,200) towed by a Chrysler New Yorker convertible ($3,500) both purchased new just for the adventure. The one thing that the movie and book did not share in common was that the Twiss' were not newleyweds. The movie takes several of the experience out of their original order, and the book has a few incidents that the movie didn't meniton including:
  • The shopping trip to purchase all of the accessories for the trailer's interior.
  • The spun connecting rod bearing on the Chrysler.
  • The geyser that errupted when pressure was applied to the pressurized water system.
  • The Chivary that welcomed two newlyweds to their trailer home late one night in California.
  • The audience that gathered when Oliver practiced maneuvering the trailer in the California desert.
  • The Culpeppers, a family who would become their near constant traveling companions for a week (the Culpeppers were towing a Vagabond trailer with a matching Cadillac towcar -- both painted fuschia).
  • The tire incident with the trailer dolly.
  • Getting stuck in the mud when exiting their site in a trailer park.
  • Taking the trailer and car on ferry only to become stuck on the entrance ramp.
  • The fact that Merle (Oliver's wife) had difficulty interpreting maps yet acted as navigator.
  • The system of co-lookouts as they traveled -- Oliver watched the left while Merle watched the right for traffic whenever the need to change lanes arose.
  • The short tour of Mexico that resulted when they became embroiled in a traffice line-up that was headed across the border.
  • The incident where they became temporarily stranded in a tunnel.
  • The return to California where the agricultural inspection created an absoloutely hillarious situation.
  • The assorted array of trailer parks that the couple experienced.
The book is enthralling, and I had difficulty putting it down. Somehow, I feel like I have company -- others who travel with Murphy's Law as a constant companion. The book is at least as funny as the movie, and possibly more hillarious.

If you are looking for a funny look at traveling this book definitely provides that look and more -- the down-side is that Airstream is only mentioned once.

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Thanks for the information and the details. I will get the book.
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Thanks, I will look for the book too. About what does the book go for? I assume it is out of print?

Apologies for this slight diversion, but I'm looking for a copy of Thank You Marco Polo at a reasonable price. Amazon.com has it but is a bit pricey. Send me a PM if you can help.
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Ouch, $30 on amazon! I'd love to read it, but I'll have to hold out a bit longer for that. Maybe we need to organize an airstream 'lending library'
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The Long, Long, Trailer by Clinton Twiss

My research turned up copies from $30.00 on up to $100. The higher priced copies were near mint with original dust jackets. Since I will be utilizing mine in my open house display next the television playing the movie version of the book, I went with one of the books toward the top of the price range to get the original dust cover. One that a I missed out on in an E-Bay auction went for a little over $50.

I suspect that the collector interest in Vintage RVs has helped to fuel the value of this book as it could be of interest to just about anyone who is interested in Vintage RVs.

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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 ~

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I love reading those travelogue types of books, even modern ones. Makes me want to sell my house and hit the road!

Are there any other cool old books like that on your reading list?
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You might get it through interlibrary loan

I get books all the time through interlibrary loan. It's a national service and is often free - some places I've lived I had to pay for the postage. Ask at your local library and they can probably borrow it for you. As a book-a-holic if I didn't use inter library loan I'd barely be able to eat - never mind getting an airstream! -
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Ouch, $30 on amazon! I'd love to read it, but I'll have to hold out a bit longer for that. Maybe we need to organize an airstream 'lending library'
I'm sure getting a lending library off the ground would take some work, but I second that idea and would be willing to help
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Are there any other cool old books like that on your reading list?
There's a good list of them on the VAC website, check the "Out of Print" section.

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Hey the book sounds fun! Thanks Kevin. There are pictures of the author and wife and trailer here Trailerite.com - Celebrating Clinton Twiss, One of the first Full Time RVers
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The Long, Long, Trailer by Clinton Twiss

Greetings Carol!

Thanks for the link! I hadn't thought about doing a search for more about the author -- the picture of the trailer even shows the tow dolly.

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What a cool trailer! Front and back doors, each with it's own fancy awning, and porthole windows?

C'mon, AS, get with it, we want that "modern" design!
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I'm a bookseller looking for info to sell a copy of The Long, Long Trailer

and lo and behold: Google's search engine brought your thread here up to the top of the heap! Ya'll enlightened me.

Thanks Carol, for the link with the picture of Mr. Twiss. Funny guy.
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