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Old 03-24-2011, 08:50 PM   #1
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Landyacht History?

What was Wally's thinking for bringing our the "LandYacht" travel trailer series? What is different about these trailers? Just curious...thx!

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Old 03-31-2011, 09:16 PM   #2
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The theme in the AS names seems to rotate around two ideas: glamour and mystique.

A Caravan moving across the sands of the Sahara, a Globetrotter (which is self-explanatory) is perhaps off on a Safari, the phrase Sovereign of the Road invokes royalty, and so on.

One oddity; the Romany was meant to invoke the Gypsy spirit. Apparently, the name must have been a bit too exotic for the Airstream buyers, since there are very few of them about today, and the name was eventually discarded.

The Flying Cloud is another old name that was recently revived, and talks of dreams, perhaps soaring.

And finally, a Land Yacht invokes a large, luxurious earthbound craft, and an International has an air of "savoir faire" and a vehicle with no bounds.

Personally, I find them all well-chosen. Unfortunately, over the years the names have been somewhat smeared making comparisons to older trailers difficult. For example, my Sovereign is also an International Land Yacht.

Another bit of fun, huh?
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:58 PM   #3
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Thanks Aage....makes me want to go get another Airstream...the only problem: which one!

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Personally, I find them all well-chosen. Unfortunately, over the years the names have been somewhat smeared making comparisons to older trailers difficult. For example, my Sovereign is also an International Land Yacht.

Another bit of fun, huh?


i was wondering about this too. I also have a sovereign that says International on a large plaque amid ships, and of course a lovely font that says the best of all (IMHO) LandYacht. when someone asks me, "what kind of AR to you have?" i'm not sure what the answer actually is... and i own the trailer! I didn't actually know which was the actually model till i started reading this forum.
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One oddity; the Romany was meant to invoke the Gypsy spirit. Apparently, the name must have been a bit too exotic for the Airstream buyers, since there are very few of them about today, and the name was eventually discarded.
Gypsies protested the usage of Romany by Airstream since that word is representative of their language and culture. Legend is they camped out at the factory until their demands were met.
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Though I think Aege has made some very good points, Wally Byam had the sea in mind with these names also. What was the first model names? Clipper, Torpedo. The name, Flying Cloud, though it might evoke lofty thoughts by some was a very historic ship. The Caravel was also a small and very fast boat. The Pacer, yep, also a boat. Cruisette, the Silver Cloud, Falcon, Cruiser, Liner, you get the drift? Even Bubble has a nautical ring to it.
Then there is also the Wee Wind, Whirl Wind, Tradewind, Trailwind. All of these are nautical terms sailors use for types of wind.

I think with all this, it becomes obvious why it is a Land Yacht.

Oddly when looking into Safari as a name, I found that Airstream and Chevrolet both used the name Safari in 1954 for the first time. The Safari looks to be the perfect fit for a Safari. I wonder if the Safari could be ordered with safari windows like was standard issue on the Safari.
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Can any one tell me what the numbers stenciled on the front and back top panels mean?
The # is 4565
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:34 AM   #8
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Prior to his death Wally had built a blue water sailboat and planned to sail around the world. Sadly he died before he could live that dream.
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Can any one tell me what the numbers stenciled on the front and back top panels mean?
The # is 4565
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Those are the WBCCI (airstream club) numbers. Each member is assigned a number and that is where they go. At rallies it is a great way to identify people. I suppose you cant just say "i'm in the silver airstream" .
The numbers go with the owner, so if you get a new airstream the numbers move to the new trailer.
The numbers have started to be recycled nowadays. I was assigned a low number. The ghost numbers on my rig were 5 digits. If you join WBCCI you can request the same numbers that are on your trailer if they have not been assigned to someone else.
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