1949 Airstream Trailwind Travel Trailer

Summary

This familiar riveted, aluminum-skinned trailer was introduced in 1936 by trailer manufacturer Wally Byam. As tourism flourished after World War II, the Airstream gained a reputation as the quality leader in the travel trailer industry. Its popularity spawned well-organized caravans to famous travel destinations across the country.

This familiar riveted, aluminum-skinned trailer was introduced in 1936 by trailer manufacturer Wally Byam. As tourism flourished after World War II, the Airstream gained a reputation as the quality leader in the travel trailer industry. Its popularity spawned well-organized caravans to famous travel destinations across the country.

Artifact

Travel trailer

Date Made

1949

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

87.178.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Aluminum (Metal)
Glass (Material)
Plastic (Organic material)
Rubber (Material)

Color

Silver (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 8 ft

Width: 7.4 ft

Length: 18 ft

Inscriptions

Plate at left of door: 5059 / AIRSTREAM / 1755 NO. MAIN ST. / LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA Under rear window: AIRSTREAM

Specifications

Make & Model: 1949 Airstream Trailwind travel trailer

Maker: Airstream, Inc., Los Angeles, California

Features: icebox, sink, propane stove, Byam-designed space heater, double bed, vinyl couch, electric or propane lighting

Height: 8 feet

Width: 7 feet 4 inches

Length (of body): 16 feet

Overall length: 18 feet

Weight: 1650 pounds

Price: $1,995

Average 1949 wage: $3,000 per year

Time you'd work to buy this trailer: about 8-1/2 months

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