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The classic Airstream of the thirties is not just a museum piece. Still in use today, it is as sturdy and modern in appearance as the first day it swung into traffic. As a result, an Airstream is always "in style'. Our little Airstream goes in back of our little Pedal Car model.

Airstream Classic Travel Trailer downloadable cardmodel from Fiddlersgreen

Airstream Classic Travel Trailer downloadable cardmodel from Fiddlersgreen

Airstream in the woods

In 1936 Byam introduced the "Airstream Clipper". The design cut down on wind resistance and thus improved gas mileage. It was the first of the now familiar sausage-shaped, silver aluminum Airstream trailers. In 1936, Airstream was the only one to survive the Depression. During World War II, travel became a luxury most could not afford and non-military industries faced an acute aluminum shortage.

Airstream DWRWhen World War II ended, the economy boomed, and people's attention once again turned towards leisure travel. Byam's company went back into production in 1948. In July 1952 a new facility in Jackson Center, Ohio, was established. In 1979 Airstream manufactured the Classic model, with an unpainted aluminum body much like the trailers.

Airstream parked on padAirstreamers are a group of RVers who share a community spirit because of their mutual love of the trailers. In the early 1950s, Airstream company founder Wally Byam began leading groups of owners on travels to many portions of the world, where the towed trailers were quite remarkable. Photos taken of the trailers in front of many famous tourist sites were common. This promoted a mystique which surrounded Airstreams and persists to this day.

Airstream Safari The Wally Byam Caravan Club was formed during the 1955 rally in Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada. Later, the word "International" was added to the club name, resulting in the acronym "WBCCI" and more commonly known as the "Wally Club".

 

Club members join together for one large International Rally each summer (which by club rules always includes the dates of July 1 and July 4), and hundreds of smaller local rallies are held coast-to-coast by "units" (chapters).

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Airstream gets a washThere are about a dozen Airstream parks throughout the United States. These are RV resorts or campgrounds where owners of Airstream-manufactured units are allowed to buy, rent or lease a site. Airstreams are more popular than ever, and restoration of older models is a passion shared by many. Some of these facilities welcome non-Airstream products, while others are more strict in their admission. Some of the parks require membership in the WBCCI to be admitted. Several of the resorts are owned and operated by the local unit of the WBCCI.

Airstream 3 Way View

The aluminum motorhomes were followed by fiberglass models in the '90s for a more traditional look. The rounded frame remains one of the most easily recognized features of the Airstream. A recent bus model, the Skydeck, featured interior stairs leading to a deck on the roof. Airstream, still based in Jackson Center, is owned by Thor, Inc. The company presently manufactures approximately 2,000 trailers and motorhomes per year.

Airstream construction

 

Airstream cute picture
Airstream sitting under the awning
Airstream on the road
Airstream smoke from camp

Other Escape Capsules:
Trotwood Trailer
Pedal Car
Gypsy Caravan
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