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Old 01-15-2009, 07:59 PM   #1
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1936 Flying Cloud sighting?

This 1937 video showed up on Youtube. It appears to be part of a newsreel.

Notice the "custom built deluxe model costing $8000" between minute 1:00 and 1:10. I'm no expert but it sure looks like an Airstream Flying Cloud. The last flat sided model before they started turning out the streamlined aluminum jobs.

I think the reporter got mixed up or someone was telling tall tales. There is no way a trailer like that cost $8000 at that time. $800 would be closer to the mark.

Anyway it's fun to see the prewar trailerite lifestyle. Wouldn't you like to rent a camp site today for $1 a week, plus 25 cents for electricity?

YouTube - The RV World of 1937
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:08 PM   #2
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Way cool video!!! Lots of cool "early" RV's'
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:19 PM   #3
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Way cool!!! Thank YOU! I agree the early years where way more interesting then today... even the SOB's...

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Heres a site that may bring a tear to your eye. I guess it's better than the salvage yard.
Was anyone else aware of this site?
@rap I never realized!!!!

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Old 01-16-2009, 07:51 AM   #5
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Yep, the Japan site has been around for quite a while..
The 37 RV video was a real treat~!!
Camping in Fla..
1$ per week, plus .25 cent for electricity ~!!
Kinda makes you wonder, just how many more of those films exist?
Thanks again for bring that one up~
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Camping in Fla..
1$ per week, plus .25 cent for electricity ~!!
If you figure in the inflation factor since 1937 the current numbers would be around $15 per week. Sounds like Quartzsite prices.
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:15 AM   #7
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Great video. Thanks for posting it.
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Silver Cloud

Cool video, thanks for sharing! Judging from the length of the "D" windows at the rear of the trailer I'd hazard a guess that it is a 1935 15' Airstream Silver Cloud. In 1936 it appears the "D" window was a bit shorter. I'm sorry the sales ad photo isn't better but it was copied from an eBay auction not too long ago that I failed to bid on. Still, you can see the similarity between the sales pic and the still from the movie.
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That is so KEWL...
Wonder if the 100$ differences in prices reflects: A unit with or without the mattress and stove?
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My mistake, it should be "Silver Cloud", the "Flying Cloud" model came much later.

Found some pics of a 1936 Silver Cloud plus a full page ad. The windows on this model are different from the unit in the movie. The movie trailer matches the 1935 ad so it seems, it must be a 1935 model.

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I agree. Way cool video but I do believe it is a Silver Cloud not a Flying cloud.
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Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks for the original video. It led to this one also. Name those trailers.....

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That is so KEWL...
Wonder if the 100$ differences in prices reflects: A unit with or without the mattress and stove?
It seems there was a 15 foot and a 16 foot model. This could account for the difference in price and also the different windows???
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