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Old 01-24-2003, 10:29 PM   #15
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Vintage Rally In Austin

Hi,
We're interested in attending the rally and will be driving in from Montgomery (TX) in the morning. As we do not yet own a trailer (still shopping), can anyone suggest a nearby place to stay?

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Cheryl & Carl
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Old 01-25-2003, 09:34 PM   #16
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Well, guess I am the first to give a report on the vintage meet. I didn't get to bring my Minuet as I sold it and delivered it on Friday afternoon. My Overlander is not quite yet ready for travel so I went trailerless. Doggone it, missed show-n-tell!! The weather was a little wet and cold, probably a nice spring day if you are from the frozen tundra up north. Finally got to see a few of the folks on the forum, Motorhome Peter and John Irwin, who by the way can definitely pick a banjo. Saw a few other folks as well but didn't get to talk with them, I believe the Jackson's from Montgomery and a crazy bunch of WBCCI'ers that drafted the wife and I into the club.

(note to self; research a group called the WBCCI that I just joined)

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good times at the Texas Vintage Rally.
The Texas Highland Lakes Unit are a bunch of great people and we enjoyed spending time with them.
Finally got to meet Pahaska (john Irwing) and felt like I knew him all my life. During the great bbq lunch I kept on saying to my wife that I knew this guy on the other table from somewhere. Well, it happened to be Chas, but I never saw him or a picture before.
The star of the show was Bud Cooper with his 1948, who drove 8 hours to attend the rally.
Airstreamforums was mentioned several times as a great source of information.
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the 48

One more picture of Bud Coopers 1948
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Bud Coopers 1948

As Peter and Chas have said, the weather was terrible; spitting rain and cold all day. It didn't keep frolks from coming out, though, including some clear from Houston. It was really neat to meet Peter, Chas, Jim Whitworth, et al, and put faces to names. As Peter said, it was like we had known each other for a long time.

During lunch I (along with the rest of the band) played some banjo with stiff fingers.

Peter's motorhome is terrific. I really admire the interior with his Pergo floor and all the beautiful woodwork. Another couple had a Bambi and a B-Van for sale; they had just bought a Classic motorhome in San Angelo but hadn't taken delivery yet.

Without a doubt, the most interesting Airstream at the rally was Bud Cooper's 1948. This was the 5th vintage Airstream that Bud Cooper has restored. I had the enjoyment of sitting across from Bud and his wife at dinner at Rosie's Taco House Saturday night. They are definitely interesting folks to talk to.

The original tube frame of the 1948 was beyond use, so Bud designed and had built a channel frame. The approximately 600 pound shell was then transplanted from the old frame to the new. For authentic appearance, a tube still protrudes from under the rear of the trailer; Bud keeps his sewer hose in it.

Even the construction of the bumper was an interesting tale. At the first attempt, the shop bent the bumper "inside out". Fortunately, Bud could only buy the aluminum channel in 24' lengths, so there was enough material to bend one in the right direction.

The center-mountedtail light is original and is "grandfathered" to be legal. Bud added the turn signals for safety reasons.
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Yellow Bird

Camper Clinic brought this "yellow bird" to the rally. The intention is to loan the trailer out to events such as charitable walks and the like where there is a need for a place to count money or keep records.

The interior is in the process of restoration. Notice that there are no propane bottles. Everything is 120v electric. This is so there is no RV expertise required of the loadees and so that the trailer can be used in places like malls where the propane would not be welcome (or legal).

Nice way to get advertising in front of the public and at the same time do a good deed.
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Old Bambi

They towed it in with a van, but they went home and came back with the car just so it would look nice. This Bambi has the wierd crooked dinette table. There was a big discussion among the ladies as to how you would make up the resulting bed.

Folks lined up in the rain to see the old trailers (and my new 2003 International at left).
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Grandma's trailer

One of our Highland Lakes Unit Members was given this old Airstream by his grandmother. The trailer was unfortunately stored under a tarpaulion, hence the black marks on the end cap.

Restoration has not yet begun. The bathroom was off-limits due to a rotted floor. He did spend the night in it with the help of an electric heater.

The fire in the foreground was a very popular place to gather around all day.
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Peter's Classic (almost vintage)

Here is a shot of Peter's (PeterH-79MH) classic motorhome which is 11 months from being considered vintage. Next to him is the 1948 trailer.

Peter's Pergo floor looked great. He showed me some neat features in his unit that I have never seen before.
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By the way ...

We had a report by Region 9 person on goings on at Airstream.

The classic motorhome is coming back. end caps will be fiberglass, painted aluminum. Body will be aluminum. Unit will be raised a foot to allow basement storage.

The class C motorhome will not be produced. The prototype is for sale at a bargain price.

The big seller is the CCD. Buyers typically are in their 30s and 40s. No wonder they brought out the 16' and 28' CCD models.

In recent years, Airstream motorhomes outsold trailers. beginning in about 2002, trailers outsell motorhomes 2 to 1. CCds are the biggest part of the turnaround.
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inside the 48

The sink cabinet (stainless steel?) and the stove (just a small corner is visible in the pic) were two of the only things Bud Cooper was able to salvage. It used to have a real "ice" box, which is now replaced with a modern refer.
Bathrooms were not an option in those years, because interstate transportation of raw sewage was prohibited.
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48 Airstream

I was amazed that the cross-section of the 48 seemed so tiny next to the cross-section of my 2003 that was parked next to it, yet the 48 felt quite roomy inside. The '48 is very narrow.

From the outside, I judged that it would be quite claustrophobic, but it was not so at all. There is as much moving-around space as there is in my 22' 2003. Of course, it is 2' longer than mine and, as Peter says, there is no bathroom to eat up space.

BTW: Mrs. Cooper told us at dinner that the sink was not stainless although it appeared to be. It is apparently made of aluminum.
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It was raining but ...

folks would huddle in the rain every time someone came on something interesting about the vintage trailers. This old Bambi created a lot of interest.

That's my trailer in the foreground. Under that roll-away locking bed cover on my truck is my Honda 1000w generator I brought along in case we needed some heat. As it was, we could warm up inside and I never started the generator.
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A cold banjo player

Our banjo band played while the rest of the folks ate lunch. We were on the porch with a plastic sheet as a windbreak and a small heater, but the guys voted it the third coldest gig in remembered history of the band.

Fred Hazen took this shot of me playing with frozen fingers. The banjo is my gold-plated 1932 Bacon & Day Montana #1. Out of my four tenor banjos, this banjo is my favorite because it was built the same year I entered this world.

I've asked Fred for any photos of the whole band he might have.
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