The Airstream Legacy

Some of the best memories of my youth, are of camping in my families Airstream.

When my wife and I decided to embrace the RV lifestyle, I couldn’t warm up to anything but a Silver Bullet.  Yeah, Airstreams are generally smaller, have less storage, and cost roughly 5x what a similar SOB (standard old box) cost… but so what?  I didn’t grow up seeing the country in a Holiday Rambler, or Prowler.

My Dad had three Airstreams.  The ’65 Overlander was before my time.  The ’76 Sovereign was what I remember, and the ’05 Classic 31′ was his retirement vehicle (That he graciously lent to me before my wife and I decided to buy our 2008 Classic S/O).

1965 Overlander. My Dad's first trailer. Pulled it to Yosemite NP from Detroit.
1965 Overlander. My Dad’s first trailer. Pulled it to Yosemite NP from Detroit for its maiden voyage. They went all over the map with this one; Yellowstone, Petrified Forest, Miami, Quebec City.  I screen capped this shot from an old Super8 film… great footage.
The 1976 Sovereign of my youth.  Hooked up to a matching E-350.  We camped everywhere east of the Mississippi in this one, all 12 of us.  It had a 'Tropic' screened porch, that basically doubled the living space.
The 1976 Sovereign of my youth. Hooked up to a matching E-350. We camped everywhere east of the Mississippi in this one, all 12 of us. It had a ‘Tropic’ screened porch, that basically doubled the living space.
My Dad's 2005 Classic 31'. We borrowed it for a trip to Mackinaw.
My Dad’s 2005 Classic 31′. We borrowed it for a trip to Mackinaw.
A 1966 Ambassador my brothers and I are currently restoring.
A 1966 Ambassador my brothers and I are currently restoring.
Our 2008 Classic S/O. What we're currently using as a family escape pod.
Our 2008 Classic S/O. What we’re currently using as a family escape pod.

 

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

-Mark Twain

 

 

 

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