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(Men's Journal)   During the 1950s the founder of Airstream, Inc., led caravans of his loyal customers' silver trailers to astonishingly remote places, rolling their way across six continents on international goodwill missions   (mensjournal.com) divider line 35
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2013-06-16 11:45:21 AM  
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You have to admit, a nice little tricked out Airstream would be a good way to see the country.
 
2013-06-16 01:39:02 PM  
There need to be more things like this.
 
2013-06-16 03:45:47 PM  
A snaking line of silver toasters created quite a stir wherever it went, generating buzz for the company and eventually a television miniseries narrated by Vincent Price.

If the trailer's not there, give Vincent Price a ring.
 
2013-06-16 03:48:16 PM  
We have a popup camper right now, but we definitely want an Airstream sometime in the future.
 
2013-06-16 04:05:56 PM  
Have a refurbished 1976 Airstream. WB club #76225.
When we camp I spend all of my time answering questions about it.
Unfortunately most owners are in their 70s and few younger people own them.
 
2013-06-16 04:10:35 PM  
Saw many of them and variants at the Grand Canyon last week.
 
2013-06-16 04:23:06 PM  
I love these things. I'd love to be snowbird in one.
 
2013-06-16 04:29:13 PM  
One of my uncles was Western Region VP for several years in the 70's. He and my Aunt virtually lived in one for many years. Yes, he was rich.
 
2013-06-16 04:43:22 PM  
 
2013-06-16 04:50:08 PM  
I lived in a travel trailer for 3 years, smartest move I ever made.

I was stuck in an oilfield boom town, paying premium apartment rates for a flophouse, so I bought a trailer for about a third of what it was costing.

Lived in it 3 years, bought for $2600, sold it for $2300.

Works out to about $0.27/day.
 
2013-06-16 04:55:54 PM  
When I and my wife retire, I'd like to do something like this. Get a little airstream trailer, a mobile phone with Netflix, HDMI out, unlimited data, and hotspot functionality, and drive around the country. I'd like to think such a thing will still be possible when I retire in 20-30 years.
 
2013-06-16 05:14:44 PM  
Wait wait wait ... these are people who actually  did things? Got busy and ... let me say it again ...  actually did things?

Holy fark, don't they know that makes them an enemy of the State? No no no, this cannot be allowed. It's unfair to couch potatoes, welfare frauds and pregnant Romania speaking hairy terriers ...

(grab a trailer, set yourself free. then run for the hills)
 
2013-06-16 05:17:22 PM  

Lord Dimwit: When I and my wife retire, I'd like to do something like this. Get a little airstream trailer, a mobile phone with Netflix, HDMI out, unlimited data, and hotspot functionality, and drive around the country. I'd like to think such a thing will still be possible when I retire in 20-30 years.


It will be except nobody will understand words and acronyms like mobile phone, Netflix, HDMI, unlimited data or hotspot functionality.

Airstream will still be around. Maybe they'll even be flying by then.
 
2013-06-16 05:24:55 PM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: Lord Dimwit: When I and my wife retire, I'd like to do something like this. Get a little airstream trailer, a mobile phone with Netflix, HDMI out, unlimited data, and hotspot functionality, and drive around the country. I'd like to think such a thing will still be possible when I retire in 20-30 years.

It will be except nobody will understand words and acronyms like mobile phone, Netflix, HDMI, unlimited data or hotspot functionality.

Airstream will still be around. Maybe they'll even be flying by then.


When I and my wife retire, I'd like to do something like this. Get a little airstream trailer, a mobile dreamweb device with dual input spikes and a bioagent free adapter set, and drive around the country fusing with the core mind.
 
2013-06-16 05:35:32 PM  
My grandfather was part of a club for people with Cortez motor homes. Funny how the whole concept of a motor home club seems to have largely disappeared.
 
2013-06-16 05:44:00 PM  
We love our Airstream.  It truly is our home away from home, sometimes far away.  It is comfortable
and tows better than most other trailers.
 
2013-06-16 05:51:20 PM  
I remember seeing one of the caravans when they were going through Alberta to Alaska on the Alaska highway in 1967.
They stopped in our little town and practically the whole town was there wandering around, talking to the travelers and looking at the cool trailers.
 
2013-06-16 06:07:24 PM  
Uganda? It looks like Florida!

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2013-06-16 07:00:49 PM  
About 30 years ago, I got the use of a couple of Airstream Motor Homes for vacation (one of them a Turbo Diesel). Now that is one SWEET way to travel!!

/couple of Airstreams, couple of vacations
//at the time, the Turbo Diesel model cost more than the house we were living in.
 
2013-06-16 07:01:25 PM  

Lord Dimwit: IamKaiserSoze!!!: Lord Dimwit: When I and my wife retire, I'd like to do something like this. Get a little airstream trailer, a mobile phone with Netflix, HDMI out, unlimited data, and hotspot functionality, and drive around the country. I'd like to think such a thing will still be possible when I retire in 20-30 years.

It will be except nobody will understand words and acronyms like mobile phone, Netflix, HDMI, unlimited data or hotspot functionality.

Airstream will still be around. Maybe they'll even be flying by then.

When I and my wife retire, I'd like to do something like this. Get a little airstream trailer, a mobile dreamweb device with dual input spikes and a bioagent free adapter set, and drive around the country fusing with the core mind.


Awesome.
 
2013-06-16 07:20:08 PM  
I love airstreams, but it's a bit big for me. The day I get my hands on a Wesphalia, though, I'm outta here.
 
2013-06-16 07:56:38 PM  
There are a few folks who have Airstreams around here. There's a dealer about 20 minutes away.

 We'd love to get one someday.

 Sadly, they are expensive as fark so that day may be a ways off yet.

/darn good construction and layout though, so the price is understandable.
 
2013-06-16 09:03:33 PM  
I remember going to an RV show in Philly with my favorite uncle sometime in the late '70s. I didn't understand the Airstream aesthetic AT ALL. I made some comment about the ugly trailer, and my uncle said, "ugly?!" He let me walk inside the one on display, my eyes went wide, and I'd swear I heard angels singing. SOOOO pretty.
 
2013-06-16 09:14:09 PM  

basemetal: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 504x325]
You have to admit, a nice little tricked out Airstream would be a good way to see the country.


Bonus points: if you ever get bored, it's a guerilla weinermobile with about 2 coats of paint..
 
2013-06-16 11:11:09 PM  

trailerpimp: Have a refurbished 1976 Airstream. WB club #76225.
When we camp I spend all of my time answering questions about it.
Unfortunately most owners are in their 70s and few younger people own them.


I want one... SO bad.
 
2013-06-17 12:06:47 AM  
Needs more Jack Rebney
http://winnebagoman.com/about

watch the police & taxman miss me...
http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1531
 
2013-06-17 07:22:53 AM  
USEFUL TRIVIA:  A travel trailer drops half its value in the first five years, after which the value flattens out and it hardly loses any value at all.

If you pick it up ten years old, it might have had fifty days of actual use and is nearly new, so you could live in it for five years, sell it for nearly as much as you paid, and put the money down on a house.

\\\\ That's how I bought my first house.
 
2013-06-17 08:24:24 AM  
Bought a '71, 31 footer back in 2002. Have done quite a bit of restoration, new floor, countertop, new axles, tires, etc. Have not used it much in the last 2 years, though. May do some "boon docking" 4th of July weekend on the Suwannee river.
 
2013-06-17 08:31:44 AM  
"Jumpin' German Jesus, it's the Jetsons!"
 
2013-06-17 09:21:08 AM  
Got a pop-up for now and my family has been having a blast with it.  When the kids get a little bit older (and aren't prone to tearing shiat up as much) we will be buying a 5 year old 30 foot travel trailer.  Already got a used 3/4 ton diesel truck to pull it.

Pretty cheap entertainment over all.
 
2013-06-17 01:54:38 PM  
I was born in Africa and grew up there. I remember as a kid in the 50's my dad coming home from work and excitedly piling the family into the car and hauling us down to the local campground on the beachfront.

There, in glorious splendour was row upon row of these gleaming silver, aerodynamically shaped trailers. The article is absolutely correct about the stir these caravans caused. Townsfolk were flocking to the campground and scores of people were wandering around in wide eyed wonder, and possibly with more than a little envy.

Its an event that I have never forgotten. I guess that was the Cairo to Cape Town expedition.
 
2013-06-17 02:36:22 PM  
Camping around Michigan back in the day, the pecking order in the trailer parks was Airstreams and Holiday Ramblers followed by everyone else.  In the state park campgrounds, everyone had to tote water to the trailer but the Airstream guys could just flick a button to pressurize the system instead of banging away with a bicycle pump.
 
2013-06-17 05:31:24 PM  
 
2013-06-17 09:07:25 PM  

booger42: "Jumpin' German Jesus, it's the Jetsons!"


"DON'T TOUCH THE SIDE OF THE TENT, OR IT WILL LEAK!"
 
2013-06-17 10:37:35 PM  

good_2_go: booger42: "Jumpin' German Jesus, it's the Jetsons!"

"DON'T TOUCH THE SIDE OF THE TENT, OR IT WILL LEAK!"


I'm not!!

Now I am...
 
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