For those who believe the Ohio factory misidentified Ron's 1958
trailer by (i) giving it a serial number from the mid-range of 1958
Ohio-built Flying Cloud serial numbers and (ii) by riveting a Flying Cloud name plate on it, here's more evidence of their carelessness. A shown below, they also misprinted their own sales literature!
It's obvious the Ohio factory could not distinguish a Flying Cloud from a Caravanner even as it built them. What did the factory know back then? Nothing! It's also amazing how wide spread and consistent that lack of knowledge was, covering both production and sales.
Unlike the Ohio factory that actually built this trailer back in the dark ages of 1958
, we are blessed with 52 years of hindsight that allows us to see their mistakes for what they are. All this just goes to show one cannot rely on an original VIN plate, on an original riveted name plate, or even on contemporary sales literature to properly identify vintage Airstreams. They are nothing but a string of errors . . .
Thankfully we have the internet to provide all the right answers, so we can disregard what is right before our eyes. The GPS also provides this benefit, so we no longer have to pay attention to the deteriorating condition or wrong direction of the roads we travel. Its such a relief that all the answers are in the air and not directly in front of us!
And if you believe that, I have a virtual bridge I just listed on ePay . . .
As hard as we try to ignore reality, sometimes the right answer is plain in front is us. Partial knowledge can be a dangerous thing. I'll give the Ohio factory the benefit of the doubt on Ron's trailer and say it they correctly serial numbered and named it a Flying Cloud.