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Old 02-20-2013, 07:54 PM   #1
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what is it?

I was fortunate enough to find two airstreams in a field within 20 miles of home. One is a 68 safari 23, the other I have no clue. I retrieved both this week, and need help identifying the earlier model It is 25 ft, the airstream number on front is AS 17348(what do those numbers mean), the serial number on the only badge it has is 04181. there are no other identifying badges or plates, the owner could not find the title, yet. Her father bought it in the 50's, she can remember camping in it as a child, it has been in one spot for 30 years, we dug it out today. good thing I have 4wd. I managed to get new tire on it, taped all the broken windows shut, and pulled her home. It is complete, but everything is bad inside, it has had open windows for years, but I love it. it does have the 13 panel front and rear caps, flat glas windows, and does not have split rim wheels.bearings were good, i repacked them anyway. Hope someone sees this and can tell me what I have, closest idea I can find on the AS site is either a 56 cruiser, or a "custom trailer" ... what the heck is that? thanks, Richard in Texas
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:06 PM   #2
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:08 PM   #3
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Does the 1950 one look like this: 1954 Crusier 25'/26' - Vintage Airstream a 1954 Ohio build Cruiser?

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I was fortunate enough to find two airstreams in a field within 20 miles of home. One is a 68 safari 23, the other I have no clue. I retrieved both this week, and need help identifying the earlier model It is 25 ft, the airstream number on front is AS 17348(what do those numbers mean), the serial number on the only badge it has is 04181. there are no other identifying badges or plates, the owner could not find the title, yet. Her father bought it in the 50's, she can remember camping in it as a child, it has been in one spot for 30 years, we dug it out today. good thing I have 4wd. I managed to get new tire on it, taped all the broken windows shut, and pulled her home. It is complete, but everything is bad inside, it has had open windows for years, but I love it. it does have the 13 panel front and rear caps, flat glas windows, and does not have split rim wheels.bearings were good, i repacked them anyway. Hope someone sees this and can tell me what I have, closest idea I can find on the AS site is either a 56 cruiser, or a "custom trailer" ... what the heck is that? thanks, Richard in Texas
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:21 PM   #4
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By the serial number it looks like the next to the last build of an Ohio built cruiser. The last serial number was 4182 according to vintage airstreams
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:23 PM   #5
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:12 PM   #6
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Thanks for finding this. I think it is identical to the one in the picture. So, it is a 1954 cruiser. I have been on this forum searching for 5 months, and have not ever even heard of a cruiser. Were they unpopular or just not very many of them? anything I can find out is helpful. It is definitely unusual looking. looks like a submarine,.. has the submarine door and everything. I am assuming that it is worth restoring..
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:15 PM   #7
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Big red numbers

Those numbers are the WBCCI membership number of the owner of the unit at that time. Some of us have collections of old club directories and may be able to look up the member's name, once we establish when the numbers were put on the unit.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:21 PM   #8
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The owners name was Finligim, thats what his daughter told me. I am starting the title seach tomorrow. i am real happy to get it, wish i could get the pictures to post. Maybe I can do it through flicker.
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I can post them for you Richard if I have your permission
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That would be great, we are cleaning 40 years of trash out of the cruiser this morning, and I will email better pictures of it, and interior. maybe you could step me through how to post in the forum. I tried, and got as far as the browse, but the pictures would not load. Richard
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:36 AM   #11
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The previous owner for the cruiser was Alf Filingham. Beaumont Texas..I mis spelled it in the previous post.
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Thanks for finding this. I think it is identical to the one in the picture. So, it is a 1954 cruiser. I have been on this forum searching for 5 months, and have not ever even heard of a cruiser. Were they unpopular or just not very many of them? anything I can find out is helpful. It is definitely unusual looking. looks like a submarine,.. has the submarine door and everything. I am assuming that it is worth restoring..

Great looking trailer, exterior and window frames appear to be in decent shape which is about all you can ask for in a field find like that. I'd say it looks like a good restoration candidate.

The Cruisers basically became Overlanders in the late 50s and eventually sprouted a second axle.

Good luck, please keep us posted on your progress, this looks like a fun one.

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Wow

You have rescued a true vintage Airstream. Someone else may have just hauled it off for scrap. That old trailer will now have a new life and will shine for you one day. Keep us up to date with pictures on your progress.
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