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Old 12-10-2009, 06:38 PM   #15
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Well I'll be...........An electric organ in an Airstream.


Good article.
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:57 PM   #16
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I guess since I have an old pipe frame I know what I can recycle it into ;-) ha ha!
Can you imagine the acoustics inside an Airstream? It would be like living inside a speaker! I actually know of a boat that has an organ onboard, so why not. This forum gets more and more interesting everyday!
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Old 12-10-2009, 07:34 PM   #17
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PLEASE, end this thread before my wife sees it. She thinks that we have to carry her full keyboard and amp and speakers in our 25 foot. She says we'll never know when someone wants to do a sing along at the campfire.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:36 PM   #18
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Rivet Great Article

Thanks so much Gary!

It's as much fun as I remembered.

From now on, I'm going to respectfully refer all questions about satellite dishes to the photo on page 77.

I remembered the photo at Mont-Saint-Michel too. Check out the tow vehicles in that shot.

Arggh!!! Now I'm really jealous. Not only do they have an organ, the curbside window in front of the door in the door opens. Some friends have that option (the window, not the organ) and I really wish I did.
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:27 PM   #19
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Glad you enjoyed it... your window next to the door doesn't open - which of your Airstreams?

Anyone know if the symbol on the roof locker above their heads, in the Sargent's' trailer, is something normal for that unit. Don't believe I've ever seen that before....
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:31 PM   #20
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We had a picture of it up on the wall at the store and wound up installing a few more over the years including Frank Sergent's.

Frank first invented the plastic dump valve in 1963 before that dump valves were brass, you can just imagine how that would have worked. The next thing was the plastic toilet valve and toilet. The portapoti he invented later but he built them all over the world. Frank was also the driving force behind the series of China Caravans in the late 80's.

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Andy,

Frank is mentioned in the .pdf of the Smithsonian article in Ganglin's post right after yours. Makes for great reading.

Thanks, Ganglin!
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Glad you enjoyed it... your window next to the door doesn't open - which of your Airstreams?
My 1983 34' Excella. Otherwise there are a lot of similarities between it and the front of theirs. The Corning windows on the Trade Wind all open, but there is less window space and more aluminum.
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Anyone know if the symbol on the roof locker above their heads, in the Sargent's' trailer, is something normal for that unit. Don't believe I've ever seen that before....
That symbol is another of the differences. My tambour doors are wider leaving a narrower center section than the one they have where the symbol is. They also have a light under the center section that I don't.

Our control panels look identical except that their AC power light works. Mine never did, so a workaround when replacing the Univolt was a non-issue.

You can see the front of my Excella here: http://airforums.com/photos/showimag...0&userid=17830. I don't have the ducks flanking the control panel over the tambours either.
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Thanks for the article, we both enjoyed it.
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The black door between the front cabinates housed the sterio but the logo is not an Airstream Item. I think it might be the logo for the China Caravan. My sister and mother went on the caravan in 88 and she has a bunch memorabilia from it.

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The black door between the front cabinates housed the sterio but the logo is not an Airstream Item. I think it might be the logo for the China Caravan. My sister and mother went on the caravan in 88 and she has a bunch memorabilia from it.

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Nice photo, but since the logo in question is in the December 1985 issue of Smithsonian, it is unlikely that it is from a caravan that took place in 1988.

Unless you meant another caravan?

That is a great China photo, though. Wish I had been there.
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Hi Vaughan

The China Caravan was actually about 12 caravans. The Airstreams and special diesel suburbans were shipped there. A group traveled about 1500 miles north through China then flew home and the next group picked them up and did a return trip and so on. In the end they were turned over to the chinese government. I think the first Caravan was in 1986 but Frank worked for years on the project before it acutally happened.

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Hi Andrew,

Thanks for the additional information.

The black door covering the stereo makes perfect sense. If you replace the credenza, it has to go somewhere else.
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I stopped at the Washington Land Yacht Harbor on Friday and will pose the question about the pipe organ in the 1959 Airstream in their next newsletter. Hopefully someone there will know. I loved the Smithsonian article. Thanks so much for sharing.
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Great thread.
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