Originally Posted by Grand Master
This is an interesting Airstream. The back bumper looks like a pre 1960
bumper, but your Grandfather might have had a complete new bumper made when he added the spare tire. If it was a 1959
(as indicated by the bumper) then the Airstream badge should be below the window rather than above.
I don't believe the bumper is that easy of an identifier. There appear to be factory differences and differences depending upon trailer length, model, and trim level. It seems the flat bumper may have been used longer at the California factory.
I believe there were a few years that the basic flat bumper was used on lower trim levels (base and maybe Land Yacht), while the fancier "guard rail" contoured bumper was used on the "International" trim level.
I know I have seen 1960
24' and maybe 26' Airstreams with the flat bumper after which these more expensive Airstreams may have only used the contoured bumper.
I have seen some California 19' and 22' Airstreams as late as 1962
that have the flat bumper, but after that they seem to have converted to the contoured bumper.
Bambi's and Bambi II's seem to have used the flat bumper through 1964
That said, since this appears to be a California built 1959-61 22' Safari Twin or 24' Tradewind, a flat bumper may be correct up thru 1960 or even 1961
. I cannot rule out the possibility that at least some 1961
California 24' footers didn't have the flat bumper on at least lower trim levels.
As for eventually finding this trailer, the rear bumper bracing around the spare tire mount on this trailer is different than any others I have seen (although that does not mean there weren't any others, just that Airstream with rear mounted spares usually looked somewhat different), so that may be the easiest way to identify it if a potential candidate trailer is spotted, since the club did not retain serial number records.