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Old 08-14-2005, 10:08 AM   #85
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Three in 2000 miles

I saw two in the opposite lane while on the way to St Louis and one while returning. With heavy traffic, I saw them at the last minute anddidn't even get to flash at them.

The one I saw while returning was kind of odd. He was northbound on I-55 in northern Arkansas as I was going south. It was a very new Safari, about 25', with a big sign taped on the side that read "CARGO" in about 18"-high letters. I'm still trying to figure that one out.
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Old 09-03-2005, 11:47 PM   #86
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Railroad Airstream!!

Our second trip to Portola, CA for a vacation, we came on the weekend of the annual "Railroad Days" festival. We rode a caboose at the Portola Railroad Museum, my Mom took these pictures of the (I think) Airstream they used there for a field office.

It's a LONG one! If you look closely you can see "WESTERN PACIFIC" on the side.
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Old 09-04-2005, 06:27 AM   #87
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I would say the "WESTERN PACIFIC" would have "the dreaded rear end droop "
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Old 09-04-2005, 12:50 PM   #88
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Heading north out of Florida and into Georgia on I-75, should you stop at the first rest stop (mile post 5), you can see a 31' Airstream parked in the campground across from the rest stop fence. It hasn't moved in over 3 years. Does anyone know anything about that unit?
I travel this route several times a year and having noticed Avions more and more as I travel and I have come to think that this coach may be an Avion instead of an Airstream. I only see it from the interstate and have never stopped at this rest stop to investigate, maybe on the next trip.

It is deep in the year-round shade of many trees draped in Spanish Moss so it is hard to tell from the interstate, but the flatness of the roof leads me to think it might be an Avion. I could be wrong because I only see the hitch end and not the side. I think it may have a retro-fit solar stone guard over the front window which ever make it might be, though.
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Old 09-04-2005, 02:18 PM   #89
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Our second trip to Portola, CA for a vacation, we came on the weekend of the annual "Railroad Days" festival. We rode a caboose at the Portola Railroad Museum, my Mom took these pictures of the (I think) Airstream they used there for a field office.

It's a LONG one! If you look closely you can see "WESTERN PACIFIC" on the side.
Wow! That is one long trailer. I think it is probably an Airstream. The endcaps appear to be 7-panel versions, which are unique to Airstream. They also place the date of the trailer between 1957 and 1963. The wheel well opening design suggests it is a 1962 or 1963 model. The furnace vent, if original, suggests it is a 1962 or older unit. My vote therefore goes for 1962.

I compared photo's to Airstreams documented on http://www.vintageairstream.com/archives/ and I'd guess this trailer is about 40 feet long, all riding on only two axles. I suspect that it was not meant to be moved too often.

There is no doubt with the length, double doors, and unique windows and window placements that this was a custom job. I wonder if the sliding windows are original? If so, could we guess that this unit was meant to be used on the back of a moving train?

Any way you look at it it is an interesting trailer. One worth rescuing and restoring as a unique part of Airstream History.
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Old 09-04-2005, 06:53 PM   #90
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Wow! That is one long trailer. I think it is probably an Airstream. The endcaps appear to be 7-panel versions, which are unique to Airstream. They also place the date of the trailer between 1957 and 1963. The wheel well opening design suggests it is a 1962 or 1963 model. The furnace vent, if original, suggests it is a 1962 or older unit. My vote therefore goes for 1962.

I compared photo's to Airstreams documented on http://www.vintageairstream.com/archives/ and I'd guess this trailer is about 40 feet long, all riding on only two axles. I suspect that it was not meant to be moved too often.

There is no doubt with the length, double doors, and unique windows and window placements that this was a custom job. I wonder if the sliding windows are original? If so, could we guess that this unit was meant to be used on the back of a moving train?

Any way you look at it it is an interesting trailer. One worth rescuing and restoring as a unique part of Airstream History.
It is 39' long, which is long enough to be placed on a 40' flatcar, and havew 6" on each end. I will check with some friends, but I think this one was customized by the railroad for an office for the Roadmaster.
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Old 09-04-2005, 09:07 PM   #91
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I read in either Burkhart's Airstream book, or the 75th Anniversary book, that special trailers were made for Santa Fe, and a few could still be spotted in railroad yards. It's neat that someone got a picture of one 'in the wild'.
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Wow 3 in one trip.
I don't get out on the road but a couple times a month now. I live 3.5miles from work.

Wednesday Oct 19 I75 between Macon and Marietta GA.

MH at 12:30pm right smack dab in the middle of Atlanta between Courtland and Spring Street exit headed North. I was looking over a retaining wall between bridge supports. Looked about the Size of Steven's, Heck might have been Steven. Could see if he had a toad or not.

A newer coach about Safari size being pulled by a H2 and another coach about the same size being pulled by a Dodge. a little later in the day. Both headed South south of Atlanta.
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Old 10-22-2005, 02:18 PM   #93
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Here in a NICE KOA on business. Last evening I pulled my truck back into camp and said to myself - hey it's another Airstream right next to me. As I got closer I saw it was a 10 meter 3 axle Avion. Spoke briefly to the owners but I've been tied up and so have they so we haven't gotten to the "you show my yours and I'll show you mine" stage yet.

They are heading to Florida but are in no hurry due to the hurricane. I'll be here through Monday, so perhaps we will have more chances to chat.


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Old 10-23-2005, 10:46 AM   #94
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We live off the Turnpike in Chandler, Oklahoma. From our home you can see old Route 66 too. We use the Turnpike to go down to the big city to shop. That would be Oklahoma City. We use Interstate 40 to go to our lake property. Both Interstate 40 and the Turnpike (Interstate 44) are extremely busy highways. However, we see Airstreams only occasionally. Probably have seen less than a dozen in the 3 years we've been here. We saw one Argosy and, since we own an Argosy, we were certainly excited. I think we need a sign to put in the window of the truck to say "Hey, we have one of those too", so folks won't think we are just nuts for staring at them. Had one Airstream owner get a little upset at me for slowing down to try to get him to pass me. I wanted to see his trailer but he got pretty upset. I even moved over to the other lane to see if he would pass. The more I slowed down, the more he slowed down. Maybe he though there was Highway Patrol around. Who knows.
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Here in a NICE KOA on business. Last evening I pulled my truck back into camp and said to myself - hey it's another Airstream right next to me. As I got closer I saw it was a 10 meter 3 axle Avion. Spoke briefly to the owners but I've been tied up and so have they so we haven't gotten to the "you show my yours and I'll show you mine" stage yet.

They are heading to Florida but are in no hurry due to the hurricane. I'll be here through Monday, so perhaps we will have more chances to chat.



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Was that the KOA in VaBch? and did the Avion have blue awnings on it? There was one in there last year when I was staying up there, but never caught up to the owner. But did meet a couple of other vintage owners...

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Old 10-23-2005, 03:09 PM   #96
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I'm in New Bern NC - near Cherry Point, just north of Camp Lejune. It's a KOA on Route 17. The Avion pulled out today so I didn't get a tour.

And I know of a nice Avion stored at the Holiday Trav-all Park in Virginia Beach. Looks like new outside. The owner stores it there. Vern (53FlyingCloud) and I spotted it in the storage yard while they were pulling his Airstream out.

I've never stayed at the KOA in Virginia Beach. It's HUGE but somewhat unimpressive.

I camp at Indian Cove most of the time.

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I'm interested in two things. Does anyone know how old this trailer might be, and for the newer one (which shows a VIN of 1969) how much it might be worth. Pretty rough inside, but serviceable for the lake property.
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The older trailer above has 13 end panels. Couldn't get closer to it.
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