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Old 02-15-2009, 01:36 PM   #1
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Hello,

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!

Joerg
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Old 02-15-2009, 03:37 PM   #2
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Joerg,

Thanks for posting and welcome to the forums. There are many europeans that post here, and love to travel in Europe with thier airstreams.

Good luck on the conversions to make it street legal in Germany, and with shipping Roly Poly over there.

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Joerg,

Welcome to the forums. Glad to hear that you are taking your slice of Americana home with you to Germany. Your're correct, the costs for shipping have come down, but they are still relatively expensive. We are shipping 1,000 tons of material out of Venice to Houston next week.

Your Overlander is sure to stand out here in Europe. All I’ve seen in the last three weeks are Fiat RV’s and Laika’s. I photographed this old one in a scrap yard near Prata (PN) two weeks ago. Check out the big pile of aluminum scrap next to it..

Welcome again,

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Welcome Joerg! I often travel through Stuttgart on my way to Schorndorf. I keep looking for Airstreams on the autobahn but haven't seen any yet. Hopefully, I'll see yours on the road soon. I hope you are able to connect up with other airstreamers in Germany.
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