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Old 09-07-2007, 02:01 PM   #155
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very excellent sleuthing, Gentlemen. I thought it might be a single axle, but it just seemed too long.

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Old 09-07-2007, 04:54 PM   #156
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Smaller I think...

I really think the bottom trailer is smaller than 26'. Note, only one window
on the curb side and if you use the substitution method of theoretically placing the window multiple times in succession it comes out closer to 22' than 26'.

I'll go check on it tomorrow. Hopefully the gate will be open and I can get a closer look.
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Old 09-07-2007, 06:10 PM   #157
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Looks like about 26 to me...
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Old 09-07-2007, 06:14 PM   #158
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I really think the bottom trailer is smaller than 26'. Note, only one window on the curb side and if you use the substitution method of theoretically placing the window multiple times in succession it comes out closer to 22' than 26'. I'll go check on it tomorrow. Hopefully the gate will be open and I can get a closer look.
AirstreamGypsy: If you can get access, see if you can also get a serial number off it. That would really help in identification. Thanks!
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Old 09-07-2007, 06:23 PM   #159
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AirstreamGypsy: If you can get access, see if you can also get a serial number off it. That would really help in identification. Thanks!
Fred, the one with the differing end caps is serial 6557. No other numbers. The WBCCI number looks like 3866 or 3886.

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Old 09-07-2007, 08:18 PM   #160
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this is funny! what a movie plot! Sorta like CSI:airstream what's it gonna be? tune in next week.....
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Old 09-07-2007, 10:38 PM   #161
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OK - Time for my two cents.

I say the tandem Overlander is a 1957 because the Sloped wheel wells were only used in 1957 & 1958, but the 13-panel front end cap and Dutchman's rear were used from 1954 to mid 1957 for California built trailers only. I agree that the window configuration is a little unusual, but then there were many window variations in those years. It must be a 26' Overlander because tandems were not available on shorter lengths in 1957.

The single axel model is obviously from California because of the Dutchman rear and the length and window configurations also indicate it is a 26' Cruiser/Overlander. From the wheel well I'd say it can't be a 1957 because it is not sloped. From the windows I'd say it can't be a 1954 (I think those windows typical first showed up in 1955). That leaves me saying it is 1955 or 1956, but I can't be more exact.
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Old 09-07-2007, 11:40 PM   #162
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I can't be more exact.
The closest I came was. Yep, those are old Airstreams.

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Old 09-08-2007, 06:37 AM   #163
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Interesting to see these pictures. They reminded me of what we found here, just north of the border. In the search for a 57 or older Airstream our friends found a 55 or 56 26' CA rig in Abbotsford. Although it was parked in a commercial storage facility (non-RV related) he was able to track down the owner. It is still in very usable condition, and is now relegated to hunting season trips into the backwoods. It appeared to be fully functional, very original, and "well" used but without any major tears or dents. There have been practical upgrades to the interior over the many years, but nothing terrible or damaging. It does sit out in the elements through the year but at least now is stored on gravel and the belly pan was complete and tear free.

It's too big for either of us given we primarily use fifties station wagons as our TV's so if it does come up for sale we will grab a swack of pictures and as much info as we can and post them here. If I remember correctly the s/n showed it as being either the last 55 or the first 56. The owner did say he'd like to see it go to someone who would appreciate it for being a vintage Airstream so would call when he decided to give up his hunting trips.

It does have the desirable whale/dutch rear end.

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Old 09-08-2007, 10:07 AM   #164
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A-Merry-Can this is funny! what a movie plot! Sorta like CSI:airstream what's it gonna be? tune in next week.....
Okay! I am ready to go sleuthing... wish me luck
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Old 09-08-2007, 12:49 PM   #165
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Ouch!

I bow to Fred's ultimate knowledge.... here are a couple more photos of the WBCCI 1203.

It might be available or maybe already sold to someone else considering the inside.
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Old 09-08-2007, 12:50 PM   #166
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Street Side

skin is fine here other that the dark swirls which are not below the surface
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Old 09-08-2007, 12:52 PM   #167
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Note the number of front panels!
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Like this scare light...


and the serial number
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