a quick introduction to another Airstream story:
My name is Joerg, I'm German and my family of four and I just returned from a three year assignment in Michigan. We all enjoy the great outdoors and we love old, classic "stuff", American and European vintage and design items. Just to give you an idea of the stuff around us, it's ranging from a KitchenAid, a flea market farm bell, a Jeep, a Leatherman, to a vintage French club chair carried home in an old German travel trailer from a vacation at the Mediteranien Sea (yes we had to take the rear window out to get it inside..)
So far so good, being in the US and always having appreciated the beautiful shape of the Airstream we went out and bought OUR 1967
Airstream Overland from a passionate trailer collector in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
That was in 2007, I towed it home to the Detroit area and we started the restoration process. Having renovated our 200+ year old home in Germany and more than one automotive restoration, it wasn't too difficult but the amount of work required was quite impressive...
That winter we went out winter camping to Canada, it worked great. The 4-door Wrangler easily managed through the snow banks and the inside of our Airstream named "Roly Poly" by the kids, kept us warm and cosy.
When it was time to leave the US and return to Germany we decided to go for the "Grand American Road Trip"! We had five weeks time and traveled all the way from Michigan to California. It was the time of our life!
Now being back in Germany we miss our piece of Americana and are about to prepare shipping to Germany. Thank's to the economic crisis shipping cost have gone down by more than 60%. It still costs more than we paid for the trailer...
So we will probably soon be traveling with one of the rarest trailers in Europe. Before we can do that, I will have to convert the axles and the hitch to European standards. Electric brakes are not street legal here, man they don't know what they are missing!
So if you guys don't mind me being on the "wrong side of the ocean" or if there are any other European Vintage Airstreamers, let me know where you are and say hello.
I will post some pictures of our trip as soon as I find out how it works.
Regards and enjoy the Great Outdoors!
There is no better camping than in the US National Parks!