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Old 03-17-2012, 04:55 PM   #1
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Has anyone heard this history myth?

Well, I don't know if it's a myth or not, but a friend mentioned it last night when we were talking about camping and I mentioned my vintage Airstream. He said he had heard that when Airstreams were first built, way back in the day, they all came out of the factory with individual names. Not just model names, and not just the names their owners give them, but that the factory sent each new hand-built Airstream home with it's own name. Has anyone ever heard that one before?
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Old 03-17-2012, 05:11 PM   #2
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I know if you milk cows, it's hard to find new names for them after the first hundred.
I imagine it's the same with trailers.
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That's very intriguing information. I would love to know if there is anything to it.

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Actually, I think it was you give every car you're going to steal a name.

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Well, I know as I work on mine it has acquired several "names". Some in haste and taken back, others not quite so bad

It will be interesting to find out the answer, if that is possible.
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I know if you milk cows, it's hard to find new names for them after the first hundred.
I imagine it's the same with trailers.
I agree. But by the same token, I wouldn't be shocked at all to learn that Wally named the first dozen or so trailers.
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I agree. But by the same token, I wouldn't be shocked at all to learn that Wally named the first dozen or so trailers.
I have number 23 built in 1947. Once I tear into it I'll look for any special names
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Who is your friend? Where did he hear it from? Does he have a special knowledge base?
Nope, just an average Joe, grew up in Texas. They're good friends of ours, a bit older than us, maybe in their 50's, and own a 35' 5-er, and we were comparing camping stories and it came up. Seems even folks who have never owned an Airstream have stories about them!
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True or not, it's great urban legend material.

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If I recall there have been some references here where people have found names inside cabinets and walls that are apart for repairs or rehab.
They might be from line workers or repairman who thought they might leave a bit of their legacy.
I've left dates and initials inside furniture I've built.
Most myths, urban legends and tall tails all started with a small fact that was embellished over the years.

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Riveted under the rear AS badge I found the name Pedro scratched in tiny little letters.
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I don't know about factory given names, but my Bambi II has the name Jerry (something) written inside one of the cabinets. I have heard that was common for the furniture craftsmen to do that as they were rightly proud of their work.
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Working on recovering the gaucho

Just trying to recover our gaucho in our 1992 Excella, I was pleased to find this little hidden treasure. I know all the previous owners and none have had any work on the gaucho so we know it is from the factory.

I think I will add mine to the list, and put a date for future reference.
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