Vintage Airstream Club visits California

One of the older trailers on the road for this Vintage Club tour is on the right. The box style trailer at the left is one which was made only a few years.

One of the older trailers on the road for this Vintage Club tour is on the right. The box style trailer at the left is one which was made only a few years. Photo by David Wilson.

A long line of Airstream trailers owned by members of the Vintage Airstream Club stopped in at the historic Eitzen Mansion and were treated to tours and lunch courtesy of Rich and Pam Green.

The club had a rally at the State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, which is ideal for travel trailers because of the large number of hookups.

Bob Stansbury arranged the stop after visiting California and the mansion last year. He felt that, as a vintage club, the 1895 mansion was an ideal stop.

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Several members of the Vintage Airstream Club pose Saturday, June 23, during the tour of the Eitzen Mansion. Mansion owner Rich Green, left, is conducting the tour.

Members of the Vintage Airstream Club own Airstream trailers at least 25 years old.

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The decals on this vintage Airstream, possibly dating to the 1940s, indicate the New York licensed trailer has been in caravans which have traveled to Alaska, Canada and the Southwest U.S.

Stansbury said Airstream trailers have been made since 1933. They have been made in Ohio since the end of World War II when the builder Wally Byam bought a bazooka manufacturing factory.

Although each member of the club owns a vintage Airstream, many own more than one and take the newer one. James Polk, Ojai, Calif., made the trip in a 2012 Airstream towed by a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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A long line of Airstream trailers belonging to the Vintage Airstream Club in front of the Eitzen Mansion in California on Saturday.

Although the trailers themselves may be vintage, most of the interiors have been upgraded and modernized. The Airstreams made for the North American market are wider than they were a few years ago, but the old sizes and styles are being produced for Europe, with the European 220 volt electric system.

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