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Old 04-27-2011, 11:16 AM   #1
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1940s-50s Airstream Community Subforum Idea

The idea of having a sub group for vintage trailers could be quite compelling. Especially, for the 40's and 50's models that have very similar builds, problems, interests etc. This designation exists in the gallaries area but not in forums except by style name. Some style names have numbers of airstreams in the thousands and are quite active while others like Wee Wind and Trailwind only have 50-60 ever built. I have a 1949 Airstream but feel a kinship to other vintage Airstream owners from the 40s and 50s. This has probably been proposed before but I believe there is a real interest.

I would appreciate input from other Airstream owners as to interest and administrators and moderators on feasiblity. Thank you for your interest and/or consideration.
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:40 AM   #2
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My guess is that people who share your thoughts merely start threads that clearly show what it is they want to talk about.

If you do something like that and it is bombarded by activity, then you will have solid evidence that there is need for dividing them into your particular interest group.

In fact, you just did start a thread about them right here.
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:40 PM   #3
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Sure

I would be interested. Moreover I would be interested in learning some of the characteristics that the 40's and 50's share. I am learning quite a lot about the 50's through my work, and someday I would like to get my grubby hands on a 40's model something...

Anyways...i'm for it.
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:42 PM   #4
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Yeah, I think we need to distinguish between a common thread and sub forum. I for one would like to see the 40's and 50's have a complete separate sub forum so as to keep it streamlined. For instance, if you click on forum listings it takes you to the page with all the sub forum topics, everything under the sun including repairs, cooking ideas, pets, solar, whathaveyou. This is all good stuff but can be a real headache to sift through and get good communication going for these vintage trailers. It's nice to have each individual model sub forums but I think we could take it a step further by adding this feature. It's similar to the classifieds page where it separates the old from the new. This could be a very helpful tool for the small community of vintage airstream owners!!!!
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The Airstream Model Forums in the Airstream Knowledge Sharing Forum are already broken down by model type and then further by model year. Seems pretty conveniently arranged already. See here:

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Old 04-27-2011, 02:33 PM   #6
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Early Airstreams

Hi Cameront120,
Thank you for your input and I'm glad you are able to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow Tradewind owners. From what I can see the Tradewind was manufactured from 1959 to at least 1979. The 1959 model has nearly 50 AIR forum members listing it as their number one trailer and I'm sure numerous memebers from the other 19 model years making for a wonderful sub-community.

From my count there are fewer than 60 members with a pre-1950 trailer listed as their number one trailer. It is very possible the number of Tradewind memebers exceeds all the members of every pre-1960 Airstream combined. It is for this very reason that I am suggesting that owners of 1940s and 1950s Airstreams consider voicing their desire to have a sub-forum dedicated to their common vintage, mechanical challenges and shared interests.

If you are the owner of a pre-1960 Airstream and have an interest in a sub-forum dedicated to you please consider voicing your opinion on this thread. Thank you and happy trails.
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:51 PM   #7
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So, Tom and whoever is reading this, from what year to year are considered vintage airstream? has this been documented? the link may help us to define the vintage airstream community.
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Definition of Vintage Airstream

The word vintage means different things to different people. In terms of automobiles vintage is considered anyting 30 years and older which would mean prior to 1982.

For this sub-forum I'm thinking about pre-1960 (1940s and 1950s). This is not to say 1960-1981 are not vintage they are, but Airstream was making larger numbers of trailers during this period with more modern features. In my mind this makes them different than the 1940s and 1950s models. The pre-1960 models have much commonality in looks and mechanics with fewer numbers produced and fewer having survived that are road worthy.
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To clarify why a 40's-50's Vintage Airstream Community Sub Forum is needed, consider the small number of owners within each Vintage Model Sub Forum. Trailwind currently has 2 members. As stated, we would like to discuss issues specific to this time period with other vintage owners, without having to scour the rest of the Model Sub Forums.

I think the 40's-50's Vintage Airstream Community Sub Forum should be placed here. See attached photo.
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Why not do a forum for 13 panel, one for seven panel and one for 5 panel endcaps. This would break it down by body style if that is what you are looking for
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End Cap Panel Variations

Hi BradS,
End cap panels is another way to break down vintage Airstreams for a subforum.
I tend to think about vintage based on years of manufacture because it covers similar styles, interior and exterior, wood usage, fixtures, type of frame, axels, etc.

Personally I feel a sort of kinship to those who have an Airstream over 50 years old even if the number of end cap panels might differ, but I appreciate your viewpoint.
Thanks for your interest and input.
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Is yours "vintage" ?

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The idea of having a sub group for vintage trailers could be quite compelling. Especially, for the 40's and 50's models that have very similar builds, problems, interests etc. This designation exists in the gallaries area but not in forums except by style name. Some style names have numbers of airstreams in the thousands and are quite active while others like Wee Wind and Trailwind only have 50-60 ever built. I have a 1949 Airstream but feel a kinship to other vintage Airstream owners from the 40s and 50s. This has probably been proposed before but I believe there is a real interest.

I would appreciate input from other Airstream owners as to interest and administrators and moderators on feasiblity. Thank you for your interest and/or consideration.
I consider my '63 Safari "vintage" but don't think I need anything over and above the way the sub-forums are currently structured. I get good ideas from everyone!

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I think, it is like with the furnishings, for old pieces one goes directly to antiques-store, or?
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I'm interested. I think it's a good idea.
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