Length: 26 feet
Purchase Date: 6-19-2001
Purchase Location: Santa Cruz, California
This was our first trailer, our pride and joy. We
had heard about Airstreams from friends and family for years but never
looked into buying one until the summer of 2001. We logged onto the
handful of Airstream sites out there and got educated. Once we started
to get a feel for the market, and the years/models out there, we
responded to an add that sounded very tempting.
Here was the advertisement from Airstream.net:
For Sale: 1955 Overlander 26ft. 13 beautiful panels up front
with whale tail out back, straight dent free body with nice original
interior. Solid old trailer that tows well, yet can use some floor
work. "Park model" with twin beds at rear & toilet/shower at rear
street side, full kitchen & more. Hard to find unit in any condition
let alone as clean & orig. as this one.
Once we caught up with Michael G Peters, we were please to find he
lived near Santa Cruz, close to the town where I grew up. He was kind
and informative. We talked about the trailer and what we thought we
wanted. After several warm discussions we agreed that this one was the
trailer for us!
That week we sent some money to California and Michael put our new
trailer in a covered storage lot until we could arrange
Over the next few months we developed a nice friendship with Michael.
He is an enlightened and thoughtful person dealing with a major
aluminum fetish ;)
One hot day in September he called us up and gave us the good news. A
flat-bed had just pulled away from Santa Cruz with our trailer headed
towards Tucson. We were out of town when it arrived at our house, but
our neighbors were quick to greet the driver and our new travel
partner. When we got home it was September 10th, my birthday. There is
no better birthday present in the world than finding an Airstream in
your driveway. I guarantee it.