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Old 02-23-2011, 12:19 AM   #1
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Airstream 5th wheel

I took these photos several years ago, but did not post them at the time since there was a possibility of a magazine article. I just ran across them again.

This trailer was at Camper Clinic in Buda, Texas for repairs. I understand that it is currently on a ranch in the area in a permanent location.

It was supposed to have been owned by Howard Hughes, but that seems very improbable. It is a combination of some very expensive outside modifications coupled with some real southern engineering inside. With all of the wood, it has to be grossly overweight.

I will post more photos tomorrow.
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:17 AM   #2
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Netto! Id love to have a 5th Wheel Airstream, but it have to be shiny aluminum of course! Neat though, thanks for sharing!
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:01 AM   #3
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The outside is very well done, but that interior is horrible.
And aren't ALL 5th wheels grossly overweight??
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:49 AM   #4
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I believe that's the trailer that was built by Dee Howard at the Dee Howard company here in San Antonio years ago. He passed away a few years ago.

Anyway, the Dee Howard Company specialized in modifying and refurbishing the interiors of large aircraft for anyone willing to pay the price (mostly middle east oil countries) and was located at the San Antonio airport.

I'll show this thread to a friend of mine who used to work there to be sure.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:24 PM   #5
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OK, just confirmed it with a guy that used to work at Dee Howard's, and that's the trailer that was built there.
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That does look like a Dee Howard-styled & colored paint job! He was one talented guy:

From: Airport-Journals.com





The Howard 500 an executive transport heavy twin powered by DC-6 engines.


Cool enough that there is a FlightSim for it!

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Old 02-24-2011, 12:14 AM   #7
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gooseneck

saw a gooseneck airstream in pampa, texas a few years agoClick image for larger version

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Old 02-24-2011, 12:26 AM   #8
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saw a gooseneck airstream in pampa, texas a few years ago<img src="http://www.airforums.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=122948"/>
Wow wonder what that was like to tow? Without changing the suspension wouldn't that be difficult to tow level?
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Believe I'd rather put the A/S on a flatbed gooseneck trailer than trust that conversion.
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Some more photos

Big hunking generator hung under the overhang. Hydraulic jacks driven from manual valves on side of trailer. Fancy control panel.

Some of the woodwork was impeccable, other details were quite crude.

I wonder who this was built for. The owner claimed it was Howard Hughes, but I can't find any evidence that that could be true. Obviously, there was a pile of money put into that conversion.

Forgot to add the photos. They will be on next post.
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The photos

The photos.

It really looks like it was never completed. Maybe they ran out of money.
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Came across these pics recently,I believe it was built by Dee Howard.I had an experience with this rig in the mid 90's.I was was working for Jim Goode ,the founder of Goode Company BBQ in Houston.He bought this trailer & we made it into a portable fishing camp.It actually pulled very easily with a one ton dually power stroke.if I remember correctly the floor was either pecan or mesquite hardwood.the wallls were cedar tongue and groove.This trailer was very nice when we completed all 40' of it.it had dual bunk beds electric refrigerators,dual roof airs ,hydraulic levellers ,propane generator.The hitch was an upside down fifth wheel with the pin on the truck bed.I hauled this rig all up and down the Texas coast to different fishing sites for Jim..God Rest His Soul as he passed last year.lost all track after I left there in 98. jg
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Hmm,... I thought it was common knowledge that AS made 5th wheels. Didn't make too many of them, not too popular. Nobody wanted a "Squarestream". But they were made nonetheless.

Take a looky here:

http://www.viewrvs.com/5th-wheel/air...5thwheel_b.php

Actually I wouldn't mind having one at all!

PS. Don't believe the claim that only 5 were made. It may have been in the low hundreds.
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Jo Ann likes the looks of that one. I wonder if any are for sale? Have to look.
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