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Old 04-09-2011, 02:31 PM   #15
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Old 04-09-2011, 03:11 PM   #16
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The Liners had names that went with their interiors. It wasn't an exact science though. And there weren't that many so it was kind of a customized as they went along type of thing. ( I found out a few things when I was trying to buy a '47 Liner.) Someday I will still go after one, because they really, really captured my heart.
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Old 04-09-2011, 03:16 PM   #17
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Interesting link. This units plate looks the same, with the wave and all, but is brass. The numerical sequence in the lower right corner is not there.In fact it looks like this one in a link to a '48 Liner:

http://vintageairstream.com/archives...s/48Linerh.jpg

Also the pics in the '49 link have a frame that look like they have box beam coming out the back. This one has a round pipe.

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Old 04-09-2011, 03:17 PM   #18
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did ya catch the serial number? I think the year is correct, but it cannot be a Globetrotter. It was not introduce until 1961.
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The 22' Globe Trotter (or Globetrotter, take your pick) was a fully loaded Airstream introduced in 1949 (see floor plan). It was changed slightly and produced for the next few years, as seen in the photo. Enjoy!
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Old 04-09-2011, 03:28 PM   #19
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'48 Globetrotter - Axle, Belly Pan, etc.

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Dave and Martha Makel of "Trailer Buff" did a trailer like that back a couple of years ago. It was featured in Airstream Life Mag. Not sure if it's the same one. The one he did I think was put back to "original" no mod's like it was from the factory. Dave is known for his very high level of restoration's.

Don't remember which issues of Airstream Life it was in, I'll try and find it.

Not saying it's his work, but it could be.
The card in the 3rd pic of post no.3 says "Courtesy Airstream, Inc." right under identifying the unit as a '48 Globetrotter, so it could be one of those units kept at the factory that I have read about here. Might even have been done by them.

In terms of originality, I don't know but I think the axle has been replaced because it is straight, no drop, and rides very high. Imagine those wheel-well cover off, and picture the distance to the rim. Wow!

BTW, those are held on with 1/4 turn quick fasteners. I think the belly pan is also unique in that it it has some crimping, but lots of Phillips screws.

If it is a factory unit, it's kinda interesting knowing how they would do a restoration.

Anyone reaaally interested enough for me to stop back by and ask someone at the museum who it belongs too?

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Old 04-09-2011, 03:30 PM   #20
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Hi Frank:

The 22' Globe Trotter (or Globetrotter, take your pick) was a fully loaded Airstream introduced in 1949 (see floor plan). It was changed slightly and produced for the next few years, as seen in the photo. Enjoy!
If you click on this pic it is easy to see that the front has a pipe too, so the unit at the museum identified as a '48 has the pipe coming out the back only, so the frame has either been modified or replaced.

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Hi Frank:

The 22' Globe Trotter (or Globetrotter, take your pick) was a fully loaded Airstream introduced in 1949 (see floor plan). It was changed slightly and produced for the next few years, as seen in the photo. Enjoy!
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Old 04-09-2011, 04:33 PM   #22
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Seems like most of these trailers I've seen that have frames replaced keep the pipe in the center for the "look" - but replace with a ladder frame along to the back........

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Old 02-12-2014, 11:16 AM   #23
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love to see these old trailers. We have redone the frame under the floor but left the pipeframe just reinforced and added too and replaced the floor. Since it was in pretty usable condition we are resurfacing the stove and fridge and putting it back together and up for sale. 1950 Globetrotter with back crossbed and front dinette/bed. It has been upgraded with a 30 gal. fresh water tank and pump and 12v lights. It has also been polished and will be ready to entrust to another fan come early Spring.
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I know this is an older thread but I wanted to post this info. I found the mounts for the wheel well covers interesting. They match the brackets that are on my 1950 liner perfectly. Only 2 of the 6 brackets are still attached and they aren't 1/4 turn brackets originally. Looking at the 2 left on mine (so rusty and worn, they are more than likely original) they have 2 screws to hold the bracket to the shell. The center screw on each bracket held the cover on. Where the bracket is missing, the center hole looks to be about a 1/2" hole drilled deep to give the mounting screw clearance so that screw went through the cover and into the bracket only. Link to photos in the thread I posted asking what they were below:

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Old 08-07-2018, 10:01 AM   #25
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My wife and I just purchased a 1948 22' Globe Trotter (Liner?). It has spent it's life in the southwest in an arid climate, but of course has some issues that we'll have to investigate, but first, we have to get it home to Pennsylvania. I have three options: 1st, tow it home, this may be problematic just from the standpoint of it's age although I am told by the current owner that it is road-worthy, he has re-packed the bearings and he has put new tires on it. But, after reading up on the history of these, those earlier year models had a tubular frame and a tubular axle(?) and cannot be towed at speeds greater than 45-50 mph. My second option is to haul it home myself, I have years of experience hauling and have no hesitation in driving a trailer that far (1800 miles), my concern is whether an 18' long bed (on my flat bed) will properly (safely) haul a 22' long Airstream on it. It can overhang on both ends of my flat-bed (the overall length of my flat-bed is 23'), so it'd have about 2' hanging off the rear of the flat-bed. My concern is not only the length, but the height (about 9') which when added to the trailer height = about 12'. So, if anyone out there has ever hauled an Airstream on a flat-bed, please enlighten me on the issues. My third option is having it professionally hauled. The only concern here is finding a reputable company to haul it at a reasonable price. I've been quoted from $2000.00 to $4000.00. If anyone out there knows of a good trucking company, please forward me their contact information. I've always wanted one of these and the earlier model years just seem to have that post-war airplane-without-wings construction that we appreciate. If anyone out there has any experience with this model, I'd like to talk to you.
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I did it. It took me three weeks to get that shine. I had to tilt it on its side to polish the underside.

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Old 08-07-2018, 10:26 AM   #26
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I am not only totally new to Airstream(ing), but forums like this as well. I earlier posted a reply to a post from 2011, so I don't know whether or not it will get much of a response, it was lengthy so rather than rewrite it, please take a look, my "name" is 48isgreat. It has questions regarding how to get a 1948 Airstream from one end of the country to the other (without going crazy and/or broke). But, I also wanted to know if anyone has any idea how many 1948 models (22' Globe Trotter/Liner) are out there. I think there were originally about 400?? made.
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Help identifying!

Any help identifying this beauty would be great! It measures 18 without the hitch and 21-22 with. The only numbers on it are on a square silver plate by the door that says 3016 and 1755 N. Main, Los Angeles. Windows open, has a bathroom in back with a dinette in the front. Kitchen counter/sink across from the entry door without a stove.
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Thanks for also posting the photos on your thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...am-186133.html

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