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Old 03-18-2008, 08:11 PM   #15
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Thanks!

I have literally googled these peoples names for nearly two years almost every Sunday morning. I hit the jackpot this weekend and they answered me right away. We are communicating via email right now and hope to talk on the phone by this weekend.

This is so much fun!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-18-2008, 08:12 PM   #16
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I can't wait to hear more. I'd also like to hear more about your motivation. I'm sure many vintage owners have seen and perhaps kept changes made by previous owners and may have even wondered about them but would not have gone on a quest to locate them spanning two years.

A wonderful story....
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Old 03-18-2008, 08:30 PM   #17
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Hi Sharon,

My motivation revolves around wanting to know everything possible I can learn about the trailer. I am a sentimental person and am very fond of "vintage" things. I love history and know that all vintage items have stories to tell.

When I first started reading posts on this site, it struck me how much passion there is amongst owners of Airstreams for their wonderful trailers, the comraderie we share with each other and the generosity we all have in sharing ideas, stories, "how to's" etc.....

I knew, when I first saw my trailer and the name of a family and their children painted on the side that someone just had to have loved this trailer very much. I made up my mind to start looking and there were many frustrating dead ends. It finally paid off and I am going to embrace everything they share with me, document it and feel even closer to this piece of aluminum that I have fallen in love with.

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Old 03-18-2008, 08:33 PM   #18
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Congrats Steve! That's great that you found them and that they are so eager to share with you too. What a wonderful turn of events!
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Old 03-18-2008, 08:39 PM   #19
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I should try this?????????? I have the original owners manual and the name on the first log line...this thread gives me an idea to try it sometime.
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Old 03-18-2008, 08:51 PM   #20
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I also have the orginal owners manual with the names It was purchased in Tallahassee Florida I gought it from a guy in Mo. so there is a story of it travels somewhere It would be interesting to track it down...SAM
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:25 PM   #21
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Any updates??
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Old 04-19-2008, 12:54 PM   #22
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Thanks for checking in Mike! I haven't posted any updates yet. We are still communicating back and forth and they are looking for some pics to send to me showing my trailer in her younger years.

I am trying to be patient and not push too hard so that I don't lose them
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Old 04-19-2008, 01:15 PM   #23
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I am trying to be patient and not push too hard so that I don't lose them
great work steve. remember you are probably much more excited about this whole thing than they are, so you don't want to push to hard.

with that said, any chance of you travelling with the trailer to meet them? imagine the news story then. you could have airstream life people with you and i'm sure they're local news people would be interested.

if you were to do that, you'd probably also get access to a lot more history on the trailer. you could probably copy or scan a bunch of things. if i was in their shoes, i'd be leary to part with old original photos and they probably don't have the time or desire to get copies made or scan them, etc. and then mail them out, but i think if you really made yourself available and went there and made a trip out of it, sort of a quest, and spent some time with them (even a day or so) you'd really reap the rewards of the stories they would tell.

keep us posted, but one other thing. if airstream life or some other magazine really wanted to do a news story on it, they probably wouldn't want the info to already be out on the forums, they want to be the first to feature it. something to keep in mind.

good luck and i can't wait to find out how it turns out.
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Thanks for checking in Mike! I haven't posted any updates yet. We are still communicating back and forth and they are looking for some pics to send to me showing my trailer in her younger years.

I am trying to be patient and not push too hard so that I don't lose them
Thanks for the update Steve.Your excitement eminates throughout this thread.
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Thanks so much for the input David and Mike........I am being very careful not to push these folks away and they are being very kind so far. I like the idea of the trip.

My Dad and I are considering a trip to Jackson Center next spring and could swing on up to the area where these folks live also.

I am a history buff and really enjoy exploring where things came from, the stories about them etc.....as an example, I have a 1929 Frigidaire Commercial refrigerator in my kitchen. Glass doors and all. This refrigerator spent it's life in the drugstore in the small town where my family is from. My Mom remembers it behind the soda fountain when she was a little girl. When the drugstore closed down a few years ago....there it sat. Guess who bought it? Whenever someone new comes to the house and falls in love with it they have to bear listening to me go on and on about it's history.

I feel the same way about the Airstream.....she has so much to tell. I am a patient man and will gather her history a piece at a time and then put it all together.

I am trying to think of some nice gesture I could do for the original owner family to get a little closer to them......ideas?
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I too spent some effort to locate the previous owners and finally found who I believe is the original purchacer. Unfortunately public records indicate the fellow is 92 years old now so I don't think I'll push it. That being the case I have found where he traded it in, the second owners (I have made contact with them), where they traded, who bought it next and how the folks I bought it from obtained it from them.
Kinda like an Aluminum Family Tree!
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don't write off the 92 y/o. ingrid is now 99! you might try sending him a picture of the trailer now. maybe all he remembers now is the airstream ;-)
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