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Old 04-23-2015, 01:58 PM   #1
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Since all of us are obviously members of some strange vehicular cult, I figure this is place to ask a question that I was asked recently by a nice guy with a "white box." Since 1936, how many "real" Airstreams has the company built and sold? Not Argosys not motorhomes, just Tin Twinkies?
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I say they built all of them.
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That would also be my guess!
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I say they built all of them.
Yes, I agree. But we do not see nearly as much silver as we do white.
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I'm not sure which part of the question is more annoying - the implication that Airstreams made in Airstream's factory by Airstream employees aren't "real" Airstreams because they have a drivetrain underneath, or the "Tin Twinkies" moniker, which is both metallurgically and nutritionally incorrect.

I like the "all of them" answer. It's the best answer to this question.
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Since all of us are obviously members of some strange vehicular cult, I figure this is place to ask a question that I was asked recently by a nice guy with a "white box." Since 1936, how many "real" Airstreams has the company built and sold? Not Argosys not motorhomes, just Tin Twinkies?
That is a good question for your next visit to Jackson Center. Take the tour.
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That is a good question for your next visit to Jackson Center. Take the tour.
Ended up in Jackson Center on a Sunday night in 2014. Turned out, Monday wasn't a work day at Airstream, so we had a big Amish breakfast and went on to the East. Will I be back in Jackson Center? Who knows. We've wandered in all the lower 48 and are signed up for the 2016 Alaska Caravan (wait listed at this time).

Are the AS motorhomes really Airstreams? Sure, but almost everybody associates the name with the trailers. That's an Airstream to pretty much everybody. Deal with it.

As far as being offensive...get real. It's an RV, recreational vehicle, it's supposed to be FUN. I'm an engineer, I know the difference between tin plated steel and aluminum. I even possess the rivet spinning tools to do skin repairs (I restored a '65 AS in the early 2000's). If someone finds my Tin Twinkie license plate frame offensive, they need to get a life. Go look at a Twinkie and tell me the shape isn't the same. 1936 aerodynamics are not those of 2015. That has nothing to do with why the Airstream is great.

I got the May edition on the Blue Beret yesterday and the Airstream sales VP is named in it. I'll ask him.
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A very nice gentleman, Mr. Humphreys, at Airstream has emailed me (off the Forum) that records were not well kept back in the Wally Byam days or in the Beatrice days, but their best estimate is somewhere around 120,000 Airstream trailers have been built.

That's a bunch.
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Twinkie?

The Twinkie, with cream filing, was invented in 1930. Is in coincidence that in 1936 Mr. Byam created a vehicle with the same shape? I don' think so...
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