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Old 03-17-2008, 07:12 PM   #1
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I Found The Original Owners!!

I am so proud of my Vintage Airstream and have been searching for the original owners for almost two years. Yesterday I finally found them via a link on the internet and sent them an email. Today they answered and they have volunteered lots of information.

I was particularly interested in finding them because their last name, their children's names, a city in florida and palm tree are painted on the side of the trailer as well as their initial is in a large letter in the middle of the screen door. I have always know that this was a special trailer to someone at some time.

I am currently corresponding with one of the sons of the original owner and he has started sharing stories. I am printing each one out to put in a scrapbook and carry in the trailer to share with others who are interested in the history of these wonderful trailers. I can't wait for the pictures to start arriving so I can see the earlier life of my trailer.

As part of my restoration, I plan to keep their name and art painted on the side of the trailer. It's part of the history of the trailer and it wouldn't be the same without it.

I will continue to add to this thread as I learn more.

Can You tell I am excited???
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:16 PM   #2
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congrats

Congrats on a successful end to your search and to what the future reveals.
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:18 PM   #3
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Very Cool, and a great story to read. I bet they have lots of fond memories to share. It would be great to have their take on why they did some things to the trailer, the art, the mods, etc. Sounds like a good time for all.
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:35 PM   #4
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I am so excited.....can't stand it!! I feel so lucky to have found them!!

I can tell that they are happy I contacted them and am blessed that they are willing to share information. This all makes my passion for this trailer stronger.

I love all things vintage....for example, I have a 1929 Frigidaire restaurant refrigerator in my kitchen. It's the refrigerator that was in the drug store from my hometown and my mom remembers it from when she was a child. I restored it and people always want to buy it when they see it. I also have a 1952 Vulcan restaurant six burner that I restored in the kitchen.

So....you can see why I am so excited to have found the original family that owned my Airstream....It makes me feel like I have something precious that deserves extra care as I learn more and more about her past.
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Old 03-17-2008, 08:22 PM   #5
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Very cool Steve! Can't wait to hear the stories...

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Old 03-17-2008, 08:32 PM   #6
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Thanks Shari!

I will keep posting updates and, of course, can share pics etc... with you at a rally
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Old 03-17-2008, 08:53 PM   #7
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ALthough I'm not a vintage owner, stories like this are totally cool! I'd love to hear more
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:06 PM   #8
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Maybe there is "Gold" in them thar hills....

Steve -

Just kinda thinking out loud here, but perhaps that are other AS's that this original owner remembers, knows about, can share about (caravans, campgrounds, owner or trailer names/ numbers, places, times, problems, etc.....) and perhaps that is a way to pass all that out into the AS ether, for others that might have an interest similar to yours..... Afterall, maybe they have a trove of photos that could offer illumination to lots of others.

Heck, the WBCCI was a really swingin group back then, right?

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Old 03-17-2008, 09:24 PM   #9
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Thanks Jimandrod!!!

Axel/Silvertoy.....thanks also for your input! I will definitely ask them for any information they can provide. They have agreed to dig out their old photo's and share them. I will be sure to post any that have other Airstream trailers in them as well as pass on information that they may share about rallies etc....

I am so excited about this today.....I need to slow down and get some sleep.
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This sounds like a great story for Airstream Life magazine. You ought to get a hold of Rich.
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Old 03-18-2008, 07:55 PM   #11
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Tom....that's so funny that you just posted the Airstream Life idea. I was just on the phone with a friend sharing all the news I am learning and she said the same thing.

My mind has been whirling around lot's of ideas on how to document the history of this trailer since I have been so lucky to find these folks.

Thanks for suggesting that!

I will be posting more as soon as I receive more details from this gracious family.
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Old 03-18-2008, 07:59 PM   #12
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Have to second that! Preserving the history of the trailer has got to be as rewarding as preserving the coach itself.
Sharing it with the community just makes it all the more interesting.

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Old 03-18-2008, 08:05 PM   #13
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Thanks Tom!

It makes me feel even more respect for the trailer, it's history and the good times these people must have had in her. If the trailer could talk what stories she could tell. The next best thing is learning from this family and sharing in their memories.

I feel so lucky.....you can be assured I will share the story, pics and whatever else I can with everyone.

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Very cool work. Nice story!
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