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Old 11-15-2004, 07:44 PM   #1
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This is a little morbid, but

I was recently perusing the Fred's Airstream Motorhome Class A Archives from a link I found in another post and noticed that there were three mid-80's ('84 & two '85's) Airstream Classic Motorhome Hearses in the ads for sale. I also have seen one in the photo section of this forum (maybe one of those). Did Airstream make a hearse during the mid-80's or is it just coincidence that two, or three, funeral homes each just happened to have one during the same period of time? Were these factory conversions or factory models or was there a custom shop somewhere that did these for the industry (funeral industry)?
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Airstream Hearse

Nope... it was a production model for Airstream; probably by special order only, but the must have built quite a few of them. I've seen two on eBay just in the past couple of months.

There are copies of the sales brochure for the Airstream Hearse around to be had.

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Do you know the years they were produced? What was their cost? A buddy of mine is a mortician in his family funeral business and he once told me when they bought a new hearse a couple of years ago they purchased a new Cadillac and had it converted to a hearse. I think he said the conversion was about $20k making the total about $62k. The entire roof is fiberglass from the windshield back. I think the rear quarter panels might be fiberglass, too. But the rear doors are new because they are longer to match the lengthened wheel base. I'll have to ask him if he knew about the Airstream Hearses. His Dad probably did.
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Old 11-15-2004, 08:42 PM   #4
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Pretty sure one of the members here owns one of them
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I don't own one, but I did spot one here in Nashville a while back. It belonged to a country singer whose dad was a mortician. Seems dad had used it for its intended purpose for a number of years, then the son refitted the interior and used it as a tour vehicle. He told me the former coffin area would hold a lot of amps and guitars!

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Be sure to see the article on Classic MHs in the next "Airstream Life".
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Now I'm a little more curious. Where did Airstream get the idea to make a hearse? I would guess (not assume because we all know what happens then) that they were intended for the pall bearers so they would arrive with the deceased and flowers and would require only one driver as opposed to three. Did someone make a conversion first and give Airstream the idea or was that an in-house concept? I guess it was a good idea if the deceased was really into camping, but not sure how that might appear to the mourners if he/she wasn't.
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Old 11-16-2004, 07:15 AM   #8
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Here are the links to the three funeral coaches.

1984 Funeral Coach (A)

1984 Funeral Coach (B)

1985 Funeral Coach (A)

My hunch would be that Airstream was looking for alternative uses for their services and factory. There are also some buses and an ambulance version.
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The hearse was a suggestion by a former As salesperson who was also an undertaker. It gave the ability to do the viewing in the rear area, with in and out access.
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Fred, it's interesting that all three examples you have came from Iowa!

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There were a couple of brochures describing the Airstream hearse on eBay about a month ago. The person selling was in the Netherlands.
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I noticed the Iowa plates also. I spent two years in Iowa so I know the plates (as they match the two hanging in my garage!). It is a unique place! I can now say I've seen a "Sun Dog" and driven through a "MixMaster".
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I noticed the Iowa plates, too. That's why I thought they may have been after market conversions that took place at a shop in Iowa or perhaps just for a particular funeral home. Anyway, its different!
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It is a unique place! I can now say I've seen a "Sun Dog" and driven through a "MixMaster".
What is a "Sun Dog"?

A "MixMaster" is an intersection of interstates...that one I know.
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What is a "Sun Dog"?
It is essentially a light/prism thing on a very cold and sunny winter day where it appears that there are two suns in the sky. I thought it was a joke until I was driving to work one day and saw it (or them..... )
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ever seen the Northern lights? Quite awesome.
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It has to do with the refraction of light by airborne ice crystals at some level of the atmosphere. I've got some photos around somewhere... It's an interesting phenomina.

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Another "unique" MoHo for Fred!

Check this out!

A 345 Mobile Command Center.

Bet Walley would have used one when he "circled the wagons".


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