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Old 06-19-2006, 12:26 AM   #239
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Yes! That's it! Latte da!



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Milwaukeeans find nothing trashy about Airstream trailers

By Molly Snyder Edler
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Published Feb. 27, 2003 at 5:31 a.m.
The first time I saw an Airstream was in Florida in the mid-'80s. I was instantly smitten with the silver orb hitched to a station wagon and desperately wanted to see what it looked like inside. I imagined it to be very funky with fuzzy leopard-print pillows and a beaded curtain, much like the 1970 Land Yacht Safari Airstream now parked in my backyard.
You either understand Airstream love or you don't. On the road, I often receive honks, peace signs and smiles from other drivers, but some simply don't get it, saying things like, "You own a TRAILER?" (For the record, I prefer the word "camper.")
Lee Shauer definitely gets it. She and her husband, Doug Friedrich, own Latte Da, a drive-through coffee shop that's inside a 1979, 23-foot Airstream. "The Airstream has so much history," says Shauer, who lives on Milwaukee's North Side. "The shape, the sleekness, it's all so retro-American."
Parked on HWY C in Cedarburg, Latte Da recently announced its two-year anniversary by placing a huge coffee cup with two candles atop their shiny bubble-shaped camper.
Although Shauer wishes she and her family could stop the bean grinding and milk steaming for a few weeks and take their Airstream on the road, she recognizes this is unrealistic with three kids and a new business. However, when the couple purchased the Airstream off of the Internet six months before opening Latte Da, they had lots of fun camping in their driveway.
"The Airstream really has a cult-like following," says Shauer. "You really have to own an Airstream to understand it."
Airstreams, often referred to as the Rolls Royce of RVs, have gained popularity in Hollywood, too. Sean Penn, Anthony Edwards, Tim Burton, Francis Ford Coppola and Andy Garcia are all avid Airstreamers, and Martha Stewart recently vacationed in one.
Airstreams have also appeared in many films, including "The Right Stuff," "Independence Day," "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "Raising Arizona," "Space Cowboys," "Leaving Normal" and "Rocky and Bullwinkle." Although it doesn't feature an Airstream, Lucille Ball's "The Long, Long Trailer" is also a favorite among silver bullet owners.
The Airstream was invented in the 1930s by Wally Byam when his wife refused to go camping unless she could take her kitchen with her. Today, the Ohio-based company has manufactured more than 100,000 trailers, with 70,000 still on the road.
Byam, who was an articulate advertising executive, is most famous for the quote, "It was impossible, so it took a little longer." He traveled all over the world in Airstreams, including Africa and Egypt.
Airstreams are made from aluminum and therefore don't rust, one of the reasons why they are so poular with Midwesterners. They range in size from 16 feet to over 30 feet and most include a table, two benches that double as twin beds, a sink, fridge, stove, small bathroom and sleeping area.
The cost of a high-end Airstream is around $60,000, but most enthusiasts find them on the Internet or parked at the side of rural highways for under $10,000 and desperately in need of TLC. But for many, fixing up the 'Stream is half the fun.
"I just think they're cool and fascinating," says Richard Kirchen, an Airstream enthusiast from Milwaukee. "They're very '50s futuristic."
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Old 06-19-2006, 10:21 AM   #240
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I never would have imagined you were both. Neat trick. Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

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Ha! I guess that does sound kinda weird. Maybe this will make it sound a little more normal. The Boy Scout part should be self-explanitory. We have three daughters and no sons. My girls are all Girl Scouts. Susan and I are both trained Girl Scout LEADERS. The girls always kid me about being a Girl Scout, so it kinda stuck. I do like to tell people that I am a Girl Scout just because of the type a reaction I just got from y'all. People do a double- take until they think about it for a minute.

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Old 06-19-2006, 08:28 PM   #241
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I hope I didn't steal your fire. Still counts as a sighting for you! And do post a pic when you get out there next!
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Old 06-19-2006, 09:18 PM   #242
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Who was that masked man?

As I merged onto I77 today in Rock Hill SC I saw passing in a flash WBCCI#31592. It was a tandem axle TT but other than that and a white license plate that was the last I saw. Tried in vain to catch up to wave but he was moving at 70+ and I only had two exits to go.
I only see AS's moving against my direction most days and then they're gone. This was a closer near miss.

Live tonight from Wal-Mart in West Charlotte NC...
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Old 06-19-2006, 10:11 PM   #243
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I'm a 1000 Miles from Nowhere.....

time don't matter to me.... Opps sorry just singing to myself... We have traveled 1400 miles in our new AS and only until now did we see our first 'Rolling Down the Highway Airstream' on Fathers Day about Noon PST…AZ Hwy 260 eastbound late 70's 27'-31' washed out WBCCI numbers Chevy 3/4 tow.........
WOW is it just me? or was that a lot of miles with no AS sightings.

On the road again.. just can't wait to get back..........
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Old 06-19-2006, 10:37 PM   #244
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time don't matter to me.... Opps sorry just singing to myself... We have traveled 1400 miles in our new AS and only until now did we see our first 'Rolling Down the Highway Airstream' on Fathers Day about Noon PST…AZ Hwy 260 eastbound late 70's 27'-31' washed out WBCCI numbers Chevy 3/4 tow.........
WOW is it just me? or was that a lot of miles with no AS sightings.

On the road again.. just can't wait to get back..........
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Old 06-19-2006, 10:48 PM   #245
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Camped at Hawley Lake.. Wow! We had a blast and on Sat we played in a branch of the North Fork of the White River I can't remember the name it starts with a P.. it is just south of 260 a mile south on hwy 473 and just east on a FR. Have you done any flyfishing there?

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If you are talking about the stream you pass over on the way to Hawley Lake, no. I pass it every year (Memorial Day) and say that I need to fish here. We were at Cyclone Lake which is just North and East of Hawley. It's a rent a lake.
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Old 06-20-2006, 12:04 AM   #247
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I don't have a pic but, I saw a mid 70's single axle going south on I-5 here in Portland that had been rear ended. Was being pulled by a newer yellow Ford. Sure was a shame to see that much damage. The whole back end was caved in.

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There sure is a lot of aluminum passing thru here ( Portland ). There must be something big going on ?
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Old 06-20-2006, 09:16 AM   #249
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FLASH---ALUMIVADERS hit Oregon!!!

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Chris---I think you could be on to something---I am seeing the same thing east of the Cascade Mountains. On the way from centeral Ore (Redmond) to Wasco, to the north about 120 miles, I saw seven silver pull-behinds, and one classic 345 MOHO!

I'll watch this side of the mountains if you will watch that side. Rumor has it that the main invasion force may hit Salem!!!!!!!!

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time don't matter to me.... Opps sorry just singing to myself... We have traveled 1400 miles in our new AS and only until now did we see our first 'Rolling Down the Highway Airstream' on Fathers Day about Noon PST…AZ Hwy 260 eastbound late 70's 27'-31' washed out WBCCI numbers Chevy 3/4 tow.........
WOW is it just me? or was that a lot of miles with no AS sightings.

On the road again.. just can't wait to get back..........
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the Streaming to Chama, New Mexico Vintage Trailer Rally ended fathers day, and we had 6 units just as you described, heading in that direction... kevbo
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Oregon, Hwy 101, North of Coos Bay, I saw my first probable International Rally Airstream. #16437, if I have the numbers right. The directory shows them from Austin, TX. I hope to see more!
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#19264, at least in a former life, a mid-seventies international 31 (I think) that looks like a work in which the progress that hasn't started yet, is sitting across from me in the RV park! Not a soul around, but I'll find out who they are... and what brings them to the edge of the swamp.

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