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Old 04-28-2020, 03:52 PM   #1
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Old Airstream Film

I'm sure this has been posted here before, but to pass the pandemic, I ran across this on youtube; a link to a 1969 film about Airstream
https://youtu.be/g4cegxy41Jc

In particular, loved the bit with the bikini blonde sitting comfortably inside "the best insulated trailer on the market) while supposedly in a freeze chamber. Yeah, right.

Also notable, the shots of the trailers being towed through mud ruts at like 30mph or more.

The whole "Mad Men" type chauvinism of that era is on full display, too, for some grins.

In some ways not much has changed about how they are built 50 years later, (hey, what happened to all the cool white NASA-type lab coats everyone in the factory wears?) but I don't think AS could get away today with making all the obviously not accurate claims made in this film. (sound-proof, vermin proof fiberglass insulation? - HA!)
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I'm sure this has been posted here before, but to pass the pandemic, I ran across this on youtube; a link to a 1969 film about Airstream
https://youtu.be/g4cegxy41Jc

In particular, loved the bit with the bikini blonde sitting comfortably inside "the best insulated trailer on the market) while supposedly in a freeze chamber. Yeah, right.

Also notable, the shots of the trailers being towed through mud ruts at like 30mph or more.

The whole "Mad Men" type chauvinism of that era is on full display, too, for some grins.

In some ways not much has changed about how they are built 50 years later, (hey, what happened to all the cool white NASA-type lab coats everyone in the factory wears?) but I don't think AS could get away today with making all the obviously not accurate claims made in this film. (sound-proof, vermin proof fiberglass insulation? - HA!)

Take that, all you "Need an F-250 and nothing less to tow an Airstream!"


Thanks for the video.
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Old 04-28-2020, 05:07 PM   #4
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Guess they don't make'em like they use to!

Hi, are you talking about the trailers or the girls?????
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Take that, all you "Need an F-250 and nothing less to tow an Airstream!"
I've searched for those last two minutes over and over. Especially during the "A F-150 can't tow a Bambi" discussions.
Or, "Put a bicycle on the back and it just tips over standing still."
Some Keyboard Kommandos just had a coronary.
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At the risk of stoking (but hopefully quenching) an old debate, all I’ll say is that the trailers of that era shot in this old films were measurably much, much lighter in those days than they are today. Additionally, I am also sure that the producers undoubtedly had the trailers empty and and unloaded while filming.

Check the inner pipes for the Trailer weights of 1969 and earlier. You will find that year after year the trailers kept getting heavier and heavier.
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Smile Thank you Skyguyscott!

I just stumbled upon this post and have to thank you so much for posting it. I have been looking for as much historical footage and info of vintage airstreams as possible and this is awesome!

BTW, I own a '65 Caravel and it is indeed very light - 2200 lbs.

Yay, thanks!
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You’re welcome

While you are on YouTube, if you haven’t already, check out some of the old caravan films, at least one of them is narrated by Vincent Price. Enjoy!
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