I won’t go into all the details, but I will say I learned a lot. First, Chuck and Kate Coffman were not really the original owners. That explains the 1962 license receipt bearing a different owner name. Elvis was first a full time home to a student in Stillwater, OK, probably at OSU. Chuck and Kate bought the trailer from them in 1962. Seems they had the wanderlust, wanted a travel trailer, saw the ad in the paper, and Kate liked the Airstream. Good for you Kate! You had great taste.
If only these old Airstreams could talk. This evening Elvis got as close to talking as it gets. Using a little Internet sleuthing I finally located a grandson of Chuck Coffman, the original owner. He graciously forwarded the email to his father, Chuck’s oldest son. I just spent the last hour on the phone learning about Elvis’ past. This is just WAY too cool! This son was the primary maintenance man for his parent’s Airstream and filled me in on several things I’d been wondering about. We talked about everything from original plumbing to his Mom’s little “bugs” she crafted from vinyl lacing and safety pins.
I learned that Chuck towed Elvis with a 1946 Chrysler New Yorker and later upgraded to a 1965 Chrysler New Yorker.
I learned that Elvis has seen some major mileage including the entire Alaska Highway in 1966 (when much was still unpaved) and multiple trips into Canada. I heard of favorite memories like the time Kate ventured up into the hills picking wild blueberries while Chuck and his son were fishing in Whiteshell, Manitoba. They returned to fresh blueberry pie right out of the Airstream oven. Then they told Kate about the bears in the area. The blueberry picking ceased immediately.
I learned neat stuff like how Chuck and Kate’s Siamese cat always traveled in the Airstream sleeping between the covers of the streetside twin. I learned that Kate loved cooking in her Airstream kitchen as much as I do. No major WBCCI rallies or caravans with Elvis, but the Coffman’s spent months at a time in this Airstream and enjoyed every minute of it.
Chuck’s oldest son and former Airstream caretaker seemed pleased that his parent’s Airstream is still well loved and will be on the road again soon. He even chuckled at the new name. I hope we can stay in touch.