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Old 05-11-2009, 09:38 AM   #15
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What great stories...

My grandparents lived in WV but lived in their Airstream about 9 months out of the year. Three or four months each year they *hunkered down* at the (now defunct) Port-O-Call Airstream Park in Melbourne FL - just 15 miles from my parents home. I spent quite a bit of time during the summers with them. The other 4-5 months were spent in Mexico and South/Central America. They were very active in the WBCCI.

I remember my grandmother laying in the sun on her *porch* and always preparing great meals in their trailer. Now that I have my own trailer, I really respect their ability to *coexist* in such close quarters. Their lives were so different than mine in my trailer ---- they were always up at 5:30am, fully dressed (she in a dress, he in dress pants and button down shirt), cooking, sewing, repairing bikes, having cocktail hour and lots of other entertaining, in bed by 10:00 after writing letters to friends they'd met on their travels. Whereas mine is sitting around the campfire in jeans & a T, drinking beer and grilling something outside before dozing off in the lounge. But I think we all enjoy the time in our Silver Gem alike.

In case anyone is interested; here's a bit more of my family history and vintage pics.

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Old 05-11-2009, 10:07 AM   #16
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Ours is a more practical affection. My wife and I decided we wanted to take a slice of pre-retirement in a couple of years after the youngest child leaves the house. After many years of tent camping, we liked the idea of buying a travel trailer that would serve us well for many years. The "same old box" coaches were, well, pretty hideous. We knew of Airstreams, but had nothing like a lifelong love affair with them. We liked the new Airstreams better than anything else on the market, but it still didn't have the right "vibe." Then, we started looked at vintage trailers... Spartans, Avions, Airstreams. We choose Airstream for some practical reasons. There is a strong aftermarket for parts. These forums provide tons of great advice. The 60s Airstreams are more roomy (particular in headroom) than the 40s Spartans. The Overlander was the perfect length for two people. It was about a million times more "us" than any modern box trailer. So... is it love? After six months living fulltime, we'll see.

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Old 05-11-2009, 10:26 AM   #17
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Passion? I guess. I'm finding it more of a spiritual journey. Having just started this stuff in November afer purchasing a 2008, I'm finding more and more people coming out of the woodwork, either saying "wow, an airstream!", or "wow, what is that thing?", or worse, just thinking that I'm an uppity snob (which is NOT the case, if you smell coffee, come on in Wally!).

The want/need for an RV ran strong with me. I've been described by an overgrown boy scout (that's what the wife says anyway) and the need to get outside was necessitated by my profession (I'm a geek). So I took the then girlfriend (now wife) to RV shows, where she said the one thing that made the difference.

I don't camp in anything ugly.
New or old, has to be cute. Or kitsch.
Where's the airstreams?

At the time, couldn't afford one, and my mind was on a popup for 7 years. Bought it, introduced the wife to my style of camping (where the site is the headquarters for local adventures). She loved it! But hated the setup and lack of amenities.
Flash forward 2 years. Hey, economy has tanked, let's go to New Jersey and see what we could deal up. Bingo, found the one that we had been drooling over, bought it.
As for me, I LOVE the fact that with proper care, it will outlive me and the adventure WILL continue on in my absence. Once again, spiritual journey. Try that with a SOB.
Oh yeah, rivets. Not particle board, 2 by 4's, fiberglass and hope that it won't develop a leak in 10 years.
As you could probably tell, my wife's the aesthetic. She loves it, and she's the one that sold me on it's durability, and all the other good stuff that comes with an airstream.

I also love the retro stuff. i too rebuilt model a fords with my father in the backyard.
I'm in the hopes of in my travels finding an old airstream sitting in a field waiting to get picked up to get remodelled for my wife's business. Hey, you never know.
No matter where you go, there you are.
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Old 05-11-2009, 06:35 PM   #18
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It's probably not a popular opinion, but I grew up around both Airstream trailers and motorhomes, and to me Airstream means quality more than anything else. The aluminum is pretty neat, mind you, but even my B-van just screams "Airstream" once you see how well put together it is inside - for example, it has solid oak cabinets - and this is why so many of them are still on the road (how many other '90s-era B-vans do you see running around?). The first time I looked at my B-van, I just kept saying, "It's definitely an Airstream."

In my case, I own a car that I simply love driving and take to an annual event, and that car cannot tow a trailer, so for at least the next few years, barring any drastic changes in life, I'm going to be a motorhome owner. Someday, though, I'll probably switch to an Airstream trailer.
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:13 PM   #19
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I remember seeing an Airstream caravan on a family camping trip to the west coast in 1969 when I was 9 years old. I remember a line of silver trailers going past in the opposite direction, first one, then two, then they just kept coming and coming. I don't remember thinking about Airstreams between then and the summer of 1998. We had just had our third and fourth child (twins) the year before, and I decided that if we wanted to take up camping again a travel trailer was the way to go. We were driving from Midland to Gladwin, MI when I saw an old Airstream along the road, and suddenly that memory from 1969 came flooding back and I was hooked on the idea of getting an Airstream. It was the early days of the Internet and as soon as we got home I hit the computer to see what I could learn. We bought our '64 Overlander a few weeks later.
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Old 05-11-2009, 08:27 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by Streampowerd View Post
Hello Everybody,

I just found this site by a google search, and I am excited to be surrounded by others that share my passion for AS. I am currently searching for my first AS.

I wanted to hear from everybody where they first discovered an AS. And how they feel in love with Airstreams.

For me, it was when I was a kid, and I was camping in Uniontown. In our campsite was this beautiful authentic piece of America. It was shining and I looked at myself in the reflection and I knew I was in love.

It was so unique, and so beautiful. I knew one day I would have one for myself. I am currently working, and saving up for one. I plan on buying one, and becoming full timer.

Andrew, you need to check out PENN WOODS Airstream Park. It's about an hour and a half north of Pittsburgh. There are many Airstreamers there and last time I visited, several units were for sale.

Looking at Airstreams on or even on the classifieds here won't give you a realistic idea of what staying in any Airstream will really be like. Finding a dealer with a big inventory, visiting a forum rally (or one by WBCCI) or making the Haj to Jackson Center Ohio and seeing the factory is where you'll find "the right one". Or of course visiting an Airstream only RV park.

Right now the factory is a bit sad due to layoffs.

Good luck in your search and I hope you'll enjoy visiting Penn Woods - lots of great people there.

Oh, How I first encountered Airstreams? My Aunt Jean had two during the early 60's - she called her Overlander "The Silver Suppository" which tells you a lot about her sense of humor.

Happy Trails.

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Old 05-12-2009, 06:47 AM   #21
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Oh, How I first encountered Airstreams? My Aunt Jean had two during the early 60's - she called her Overlander "The Silver Suppository" which tells you a lot about her sense of humor.

Happy Trails.


Now that's interesting...

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