1962 AIRSTREAM GLOBETROTTER VINTAGE TRAILER – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 617

1962 AIRSTREAM GLOBETROTTER VINTAGE TRAILER – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 617 – Fireball and Kathie head north to The Murphy Auto Museum in a Jeep Wagoneer and the 2017 Chevy Bolt. Learn about the 1962 Airstream Globetrotter Vintage Trailer and drive a Rat Hot Rod! Whew!

From WIKI… AIRSTREAM is an American brand of luxury trailers (“caravans” in British English) which are easily recognized by the distinctive shape of their rounded, polished aluminum coachwork.

This body shape dates back to the 1930s and is based on designs created by Hawley Bowlus, who had earlier overseen construction of Charles Lindbergh’s aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis.

Airstream trailers and recreational vehicles are manufactured in Jackson Center, Ohio, USA. The company, a division of Thor Industries, now employs more than 600 people, and is the oldest in the industry.

The company was created by Wally Byam, a lawyer by training, who began building trailers out of Masonite in his backyard in Los Angeles during the late 1920s. Byam published a magazine selling “how-to” kits to customers wishing to build their own trailers.

After helping market Hawley Bowlus’ trailer, Byam acquired the struggling Bowlus Company. In 1936, Byam introduced the “Airstream Clipper”, which was essentially a rebadged 1935 Bowlus, with the door relocated from the front to the side.

The design cut down on wind resistance and thus improved fuel efficiency. It was the first of the now familiar sausage-shaped, silver aluminum Airstream trailers. The first Airstream, called the “Clipper” in 1936, was named after the first trans-Atlantic seaplane.

It slept four, carried its own water supply, was fitted with electric lights and cost $1,200. Of more than 400 travel trailer builders operating in 1936, Airstream was the sole survivor of the Depression.

During World War II, travel became a luxury most could not afford and non-military industries faced an acute aluminum shortage. When 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. 1979 saw the last #Airstreams to be manufactured in California.

In 1974, Airstream began manufacturing a Class A motorhome, badged “Argosy”.[1] They began as painted 20- and 24-foot (6.1 and 7.3 m) models, and were followed in 1979 by the first examples of the Classic model motorhome, with an unpainted aluminum body much like the trailers.

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