Originally Posted by crispyboy
can someone recommend any good books or videos - general in nature but focused on airstream trailers?
The list below includes books and videos that I currently have on my bookshelf:
1.) Silver Palace: An American Travel Adventure (1992)
. This video focuses on a variety of Airstreams and owners including how the coaches are utilized and enjoyed. There are several currently active WBCCI/VAC members in various segments.
2.) Ready to Roll: A Celebration of the Classic American Travel Trailer
. This is a relatively recent addition to my collection that I am currently reading. The photography in this book includes some very interesting coaches.
3.) Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America
. This is one of my all-time favorites, but is more a general history of the industry rather than a more specific focus upon Airstream.
4.) Airstream: The History of the Land Yacht
. Probably my all-time favorite, this book sets the standard for Airstream pictorial histories (IMHO).
5.) Airstream by Robert Landau
. This is among the earlier of the pictorial historys of Airstream (published in 1984), and can be quite difficult to find today. I have had my copy for more than a decade, but find myself going back to it many times for a nostalgic look back.
6.) Airstream Caravan Movies on DVD - by the Vintage Airstream Club (2002)
. This DVD is a compilation of Videos produced by Airstream and/or the WBCCI during the 1950s through 1960s. The videos focus upon caravans and rallys as well as a few Airstream promotional videos. This DVD is among my favorites of this genre as it is purely focused upon Airstream.
7.) Roam Sweet Home by Ellen Spiro
. This documentary that I believe was originally aired on PBS features the author taking a cross-country trip in a small, single axle Airstream. The video feature Airstreamers that she met along the way including a number of WBCCI/VAC members.
8.) Airstreamers an American Family
. This is one of my all-time favorite VHS format Airstream documentaries. It features a number of interviews with people active in the VAC including Bud and Bettye Cooper, Preston Pearson, Kathy Hunt and several others who are familiar to almost anyone who has parked in the Vintage section at recent International Rallys.
9.) A Journey Down Route 66
. While not focused on Airstreams, this video focuses upon travel during the pre-interstate era with a nostalgic look back at Route 66 - - it is one of my two favorite movies for a winter evening.
10.) The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
. My all-time favorite travel-related movie, this one will brighten any winter day. Unfortunately, you will only see two Airstreams - - each for a brief time of less than 30 seconds. It portrays many experiences shared by novice "trailerites"; especially the "stange" experience of towing a travel trailer with a convertible having the top down.
Good luck with your research!