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Old 02-20-2006, 03:52 PM   #1
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An intro...

Hello all.
Long time lurker, now with something to post. We are now the proud owners of a 1954 18 footer, with LOTS of work to be done. She came to us stripped clean on the inside. We're looking for more of a reinvention than a restoration. Plan to park in the yard and enjoy as a guest room/studio.
First order of buisness is to figure out just what the heck she is. I know in 1954 the model names were not printed on the name plates. Our best guess is a Flying Cloud or a Globetrotter. Any ideas for deciphering the mystery? Title says body style CT.
Looking forward to lots of info being shared!

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Old 02-20-2006, 03:58 PM   #2
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If 18 feet is the length of the body, then you have either a Safari or a Flying Cloud both of which are 22 feet long. Airstreams are measured ball to bumper. If you look at http://www.vintageairstream.com/ You will find a tremendous amount of information on the various sizes on the picture archive section. You will also find information on restoring, resources and general history.

Good luck in your adventures and welcome to the forums.

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Old 02-20-2006, 04:46 PM   #3
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Try this link, looks like a Flying Cloud.
http://www.vintageairstream.com/arch...4FC/index.html
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Old 02-20-2006, 04:53 PM   #4
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Welcome Kittycatalina...looks like you have a great rig...we love the
austin area and hope to move to the Hill Country someday...now hanging out in San Francisco...good luck on your restoration project...joe...
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Old 02-20-2006, 04:56 PM   #5
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Nice find. It looks like you have a fine AS there. The serial number will tell you lots of information. The pictures look very much like it is a 22 foot. Streetside windows would indicate a Flying Cloud. Post the total length and ss# and you will get more information than you thought possible I bet.
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Old 02-20-2006, 04:58 PM   #6
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Welcome and congratulations on your purchase. Without going outside to get my book I'm going to guess it is a Flying Cloud. How do you know it is 18'?
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Old 02-20-2006, 05:03 PM   #7
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Welcome Kittycatalina, I think I remember that trailer on ebay a while back. If that is the one, I remember the inside was very empty. You can design your own custom interior. Have fun, take lots of pictures and keep us updated!
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Old 02-20-2006, 05:14 PM   #8
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Welcome to the forum. As the new owner of a 58 Overlander, I'm gaining a new respect for these old Airstreams. I notice that yours may be the victim of the same thing that lots of these old trailers suffer. Does your have the bottom of the tongue jack? Mine has what's left of the bent bottom part. Another forum member's new old trailer doesn't have the tongue jack either. Looks like people just drive off with them down and break them off. It's a beautiful trailer you have no matter what.
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Old 02-20-2006, 05:36 PM   #9
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If 18 feet is the length of the body, then you have either a Safari or a Flying Cloud both of which are 22 feet long. Airstreams are measured ball to bumper. If you look at http://www.vintageairstream.com/ You will find a tremendous amount of information on the various sizes on the picture archive section. You will also find information on restoring, resources and general history.

Good luck in your adventures and welcome to the forums.

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I've checked out that page, and you're right, it is a great resource. Not as good as the amount of know how here though!
I have an 18 foot interior, and ball to bumper is 222'', that's 18 and a half feet.
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Try this link, looks like a Flying Cloud.
http://www.vintageairstream.com/arch...4FC/index.html
Looks pretty close to me too, thanks for the link!
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Old 02-20-2006, 05:42 PM   #11
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Nice find. It looks like you have a fine AS there. The serial number will tell you lots of information. The pictures look very much like it is a 22 foot. Streetside windows would indicate a Flying Cloud. Post the total length and ss# and you will get more information than you thought possible I bet.

Body Style CT
Width 85" or 7'
Length 222" or 18'5"
S/N: 1999
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kitycatalina, Your numbers just do not add up. If your interior is 18 feet and ball to bumber is 18 1/2 feet that means your bumper, tongue and space between the inside and outside walls only adds up to 6 inches. On my 75 I have 10 inches of rear bumper and 36 inches of tongue. That adds up to a 21 foot interior and 25 foot ball to bumper.
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Welcome Kittycatalina, I think I remember that trailer on ebay a while back. If that is the one, I remember the inside was very empty. You can design your own custom interior. Have fun, take lots of pictures and keep us updated!
Yep, that's the one. It is pretty empty, but perfect for my purposes.
I was outbid in the last 14 seconds. About a month later, I noticed the tranaction still was lacking feedback. I emailed the seller and told them if the original buyer backed out, I would be interested in a second chance offer. Got an offer back within days!
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Old 02-20-2006, 06:18 PM   #14
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kitycatalina, Your numbers just do not add up. If your interior is 18 feet and ball to bumber is 18 1/2 feet that means your bumper, tongue and space between the inside and outside walls only adds up to 6 inches. On my 75 I have 10 inches of rear bumper and 36 inches of tongue. That adds up to a 21 foot interior and 25 foot ball to bumper.
Well, to be perfectly honest, the 222'' is off the bill of sale. I measured 18 feet by 7 feet interior myself, so I took it at it's word. I'm thinking the guy who wrote up the info was off. The interior measure is what mattered most to me, really.
It's about 40 degrees and raining but I've a mind to go out with a tape measure.
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