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Old 05-09-2009, 02:00 AM   #1
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Hello,

I am glad to be here. I really love AS. Everything about them.

Does any have good suggestions for books about AS?

I am just beginning my journey to finding a perfect AS.
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Old 05-09-2009, 08:33 AM   #2
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Hello,

I am glad to be here. I really love AS. Everything about them.

Does any have good suggestions for books about AS?

I am just beginning my journey to finding a perfect AS.
No such thing as a "perfect Airstream."

That's why you buy one, or two, of them, and with some effort, you create what would be to you, "THE perfect Airstream."

Welcome to Airstreaming, well.........almost.

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I meant the perfect one for me. Not like in perfect condition. Thanks for the comment.
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Are you looking for a fairly new one. really old one, or one in the middle? What is your price point? Would you be able to do the work yourself or need to farm it out? The best advice I can give is the start reading here on this forum. The knowledge is tremendous. More than you will ever read in a book.

Read a lot on other restoration/renovations, decide which route you want to go. Some guy do it on a shoestring, some middle of the road and some, the skys the limit. What ever works for you. Just make sure your foundation is solid and your axels and tires are good. Then you're on your way.

Happy reading,

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P.S. I forgot to say, Welcome to the world of Airstreaming and you will find the "perfect" air stream for you just don't jump at the first one you find without doing your research first. That is what this forum is for, to help fellow air streamers. So start asking some questions!
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Hello, . . . Does any have good suggestions for books about AS?
The best two books on Airstreams are "Wanderlust - Airstream at 75" by Russ Banham (2005) and "Airstream - History of the Land Yacht" by Bryan Burkhart & David Hunt (2000). They will get you started down the incurable path.
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The best two books on Airstreams are "Wanderlust - Airstream at 75" by Russ Banham (2005) and "Airstream - History of the Land Yacht" by Bryan Burkhart & David Hunt (2000). They will get you started down the incurable path.
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bullydogsmom: Are you looking for a fairly new one. really old one, or one in the middle? What is your price point? Would you be able to do the work yourself or need to farm it out?

I think I am going to have to farm it out. At least the mechanical. I want to do the renovation myself. I don't think I will be doing a restoration just yet. I am working to save around 7000-8000 for the AS. I want the mechanical aspects to work, electrical, plumbing, etc. With a shell that has no large dents. But I want to do the rest myself. I minored in art, so I want to design something interesting. I am hoping to buy a functional AS, for around 5-7 and then with the left over remodel it. I am looking at the end of September to save up the money. If something nice comes along before that, I will get a loan. But I try not to have debt. I have no credit cards.

I also want to get a husky.....eventually.
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welcome to the site! when you logged on,you hit the mother load.the amount of information about airstreams,and support is unmatched.vintage to modern,experts to novice this is the place.I 've attended more than one college in the early 70's for art ed. ,art history,and fine art.coupled with my attraction to all rolling things vintage ,this airstream site talks to me.I'm sure you will find it's collected value an inspiration . when you find your streamer ,it will be like a magnet. it will draw you in .it's hopeless,in a good way of course.It looks from your picture you are standing on the blue ridge?
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The blue ridge was actually my backyard growing up. But that was taken in New Zealand, next to Avalanche Peak. I was a backpacker guide there for a short while.

I think I am going to like this site.
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I grew up in what might be called foot hills,not quite large enough to be mountains,part of the Allegheny mountains in up state ny.All along the east coast ,the blue ridge stretches north and south called by different names.The remnants of the blue ridge are in the florida panhandle as well.Torreya Park in the appalachiacola state park west of Tallahassee has a small unusual area[unusual for florida] which rises up from the river with large hardwoods.If you stood there,you'd swear it was the blue ridge.A nice place to hike in florida,and then go south and eat oysters at appalachiacola bay.
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I thought the blue ridge mountains were only in PA and WVA. You learn something new everyday.
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Airstreaming & Related Books

Greetings Streampowerd!

There are numerous books out there that either focus on Airstream or travel with Vintage RVs. My favorites include:



While not exactly about Airstreams, it is a humorous look at the travails of someone new to RVing. Set in 1951, many if not most of the situations encountered are familiar to anyone who RVs.



Another generic book, but another of my favorites. The focus of this book is from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. Heavily illustrated including Airstreams as wellas many of the competing brands.


The focus of this book is on Airstreaming, and while not terribly long, it is a very interesting look at the lifestyle.



While not Airstream specific, the travel trailers features in this book are all raw aluminum or anondized aluminum. A very interesting look at the shiny silver trailers.



This book and its companion video share an interesting look at the collecting and enjoyment of vintage RVs.



A specific look at the Vintage Airstreams. Many of the photos are archival from Airstream and the WBCCI. There are also numerous photos of Vintage Airstreams at recent Rallys and Caravans.



One of several videos related to Airstreaming and Vintage Airstreams, this is one the is on my bookshelf and that I enjoy viewing on a regular basis.

A listing of current as well as out-of-print books about Airstreaming and Vintage RVs can be found at the Vintage Airstream Club website. Over the years, I have acquired a number of these vintage books, and each has been quite enjoyable.

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The best book you'll read are these forums. Your best guide is actually going out and getting inside of Airstreams. Being in one will tell you more than anything written. Good luck, and welcome.
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I like the covers of those books. I hope my local library has got em'.

I like the forum, I have been reading a lot of the posts. I like when the info is all organized in a book though, it makes it easier.
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