It Matters Tremendously Who/Where You Get Your Information From...
This situation is so hilariously illustrative of where you're likely to end up if you're talking
to a knucklehead vs someone who actually tries to get you the correct information, or
knows something at all about the subject matter and addresses your inquiry with seriousness & respect.
Eddie is one of the second variety [see below].
The One That Got Away...
"I saw this on Craigslist a few weeks ago...There were no pictures posted and a very brief description."
I wish I understood how someone could possibly arrive at this conclusion with "no photos" and
"a very brief description". Tea Leaves? Tarrot Cards?
This Silverline has been sitting where it is shown in these photos for months being serviced & updated.
My shop. Its never been on Craigslist. Sorry.
But please, if you insist on trying to convince us you're Madam Rosinka...dont steal someone else's
copyrighted intellectual property to do it?
"Genius is not having the answer to all the questions, but knowing where to find the right answers
when the situation arrises."
Ive always remembered this quote. Then I got an email from TX. What followed was a great exchange
of information and several lengthy phone conversations with an extremely knowledgeable person about
this rare little '69 Silverline. Nice guy too.
Im reprinting parts of the conversation here due to the value of the information to other Streamline owners.
Hi. Great coach & photos!!!!!
In 30 years of Streamline following, yours would be the first polishable, not anodized exterior skin, the
polishable known/thought to have ended with the 1966 year models in both the trailers and the motor homes.
Would you please look at your documentation and title work since you say this is a one-owner and see if this
was/could have sold/titled in 1969, but could actually be manufactured in 1966 or earlier? All Streamlines
became/began anodized exterior skins with the 1967 year model, could not be polished, but yours
could indeed be the exception which would indeed change all our research and registries.
We know Newell (Miami OK) bought out the Motor Home Division in 1967, but there were some NOS Newell
put their name on and sold as 1968's. Maybe yours was NOS 1966 and sold as 1969? Most interesting if
you have a 1969 polishable skin Streamline Prince. Huffstetter web site. Patterson web site.
Eddie in Houston...Thank you.Hi,
I am in Houston, see Tom Patterson daily, and likely you know him through the VALlist at http://TomPatterson.com
or the SSList also at his site. We keep a registry of the Streamline Motor Coaches, a portion shown on his site.
I have Streamlines both in Trailers and in the Motor Homes as does Tom. I also have Silver Streaks both in the
trailers and in the Motor Homes. Actually I have about 33 vintage RV's of many brands.
As you likely know, not only are the Streamline Trailers exceptional construction to all others and rare, but even
more rare are the Streamline Travel Homes and even more rare, are the Silver Streak Class A Motor Homes. I
also have two each of those.
The Silver Streak Trailers are indeed extremely well constructed, and the only maker of this well crafted vintage
that made the very rare center bath trailer. Streamline never made a center bath trailer, but I do have a Class A
Streamline Motor Coach with Center Bath, rear parlor bedroom. The rear porch model Class A Streamline had
only a rear bath. I have both of those as well.
Your coach the Prince, would indeed be most exceptional as the polishable exterior skins stopped with the 1966
year model. The new and big deal for most all mfgrs of Anodized exterior maintenance free skins began in 1967.
The anodizing process was done with Nichol and was extraordinarily hard, tough, and durable akin to stainless
steel. Impervious to almost anything, it was the rage and lasts indefinitely. I cannot be polished however and grinding
off the anodization is extremely impossible in my opinion since it is so hard. I have seen three efforts at this, but I think
the result horrible.
It does not matter if yours is a 1966 titled and sold as a 1969, except that if so, it would make yours even more rare.
Anyway, you certainly have an unusual rare find in exceptional shape, highly unusual and exceptional interior build-out,
with what appears to be a VERY unusual and rare interior wood cabinet and doors above standard and very
expensive special ordered wood build-out. I have seen this only one time before and it was done in Teak. I cannot
tell by your pictures what type of wood, but I can tell you this is a most very special interior cabinetry fascia that
was NOT the standard for any of the trailers. This is indeed a very fine interior that is just never seen.
Keep in mind the costs of these trailers and what peoples income was of the age period. These were not something
an average working man could ever afford, the costs being that of a house!
I did forget to thank you for your kind reply. Thank you.
It would be curious to correlate the VIN number of your Prince with the other years, maybe the owner kept his original
sales receipt, maybe the title data would reveal date of sale with some other papers that might reveal this as a special
ordered upgraded interior of a 1966 Prince purchased and titled in the year of sale back then, 1969. Likely though, we
will never know. Does not matter. It is what it is.
Important also is that it looks like your water heater exterior cover is still there and unmolested. I can't really see
from the pics, but looks like it is still there and just needs polishing.
The 1966 Steamline Countess shown and featured on my little site http://www.Huffstetter.com came from area near you.
There I found and recovered that to Houston from Ohio on the Great Lakes. Also a one owner, it is unused pristine
and unmolested except that I had to remake the water heater cover in polished aluminum due to my upgrading
the water heater. All of us upgrade these coaches to modern water systems, LED's, Intellipower, etc. We of course
put the high polished LP tanks and so on.
http://www.davidjanssen.net/SilverBullet.htm is a Streamline Motor Coach I found and gave away to the
movie director Chris Soldo in Santa Barbara. He does mention my efforts about 2/3rds down the page. This was a
many-years successful quest-endeavor. It is worth the read as he photo documents the moving of this coach.
#5015 is Tom Patterson's 1965 Streamline Travel Home, rear porch model.
#5028 is Chris Soldo's-David Janssen's 1965 Streamline Travel Home, rear parlor bedroom, center bath.
#5050 is my 1966 Streamline Travel Home, rear parlor bedroom, center bath.
#5053 is my 1966 Streamline Travel Home, rear porch model, rear bath.
Robert Madrigal has a Newell, 1968, rear bedroom, and the Streamline logo overlaid by the Newell badge.
Robert Madrigal just acquired a 1965 rear porch model, number unknown since he forgot to get that info.
He is in the process of flatbedding out of Sacramento area to Santa Cruz area. Robert is in a suburb of LA.
Tom Patterson has two Duchesses, and several other Streamline trailers. I have several myself. I do not have a Prince.
Neither does Tom.
The Royal Rovers Streamline Group is still monthly active with Rally's. Streamline and Silver Streak have a mutual
history, each once being the same and there was a rift and split thus the two companies. The two coaches
are most similar in quality of construction, since after the split up each company continued to make basically
the same coach. Silver Streaks did not have the aluminum skinned interiors like all the Streamlines do. Streamline
ribs are very unique and special in that the rib structure is one-piece extruded U shaped continuous from the bottom
of one side at the floor, up and over the entire coach and down to the other side at the floor. The construction is nothing
like the piece-meal Spartan ribs.
Your coach has the one piece very strong and good rib construction. Additionally your coach has a triple beam box
frame tongue to tail. I love your choice of aluminum wheels. Have not seen that style before. Your pictures are extremely
I got to know and become friends with Don and Janette Boles, in my Boles Aero interests. Sadly, Don recently died.
I did not know of you either, but should have since I recognize your signature company. I'm sure we both know Steve
at VTS. Anyway, good to know you.
-Eddie- Houston, TXThen an email exchange with some very nice local folks.....G,
What size tires did you put on the wheels? Thanks for everything!
-Eddie- Houston, TX
I can't believe it! We are in WNC in Rutherfordton and have the same trailer! We also have never seen another one
and have looked. Only to find there is another one in NC. Where are you located in NC? Congratulations on owning
this wonderful unit! This unit is a fantastic trailer and we haven't found any other that can compare to this one as far a
towing, style and functionality! Well worth the price you are asking!
Brona and ThomasHi ,
Thanks for getting back to us. You didn't mention what town you are located in. If we were home, we would have loved
to come to see it. However right now we are travelling. When we return, you are welcome to come for a visit if you are interested.
Yes, ours is also a 1969. It was purchased through Ebay in 2007. The outside is in good shape with the usual
beauty marks. We had to do a lot of work to ours, replacing the fan, ice box with a 3 way frig that fits under the counter,
reworked the side goucho making it into a couch that converts to a full size bed and doing new cushions in a dark
blue very similar to yours.
There was a soft spot at the door on the floor which meant replacement of the area of subfloor and all new vinyl
on the floor throughout. The sink is the original cast iron double sink. We did replace the original toliet just for comfort.
The original avacodo green 3 burner range works like a dream and looks almost new still. About 98% of the pipes
have been replaced with PEX. A 20 gallon water tank was added under the couch because the original was
missing. A new heater was also installed.
Most of the light fixtures have been replaced and are now LED. However, we have no microwave or air conditioner like
yours has. Your refrigerator rises above the counter while ours fits under the counter. We have added 480 watts of solar
on the roof and charge 4 - 12 volt Trojans. Some folks prefer the wood interior instead of replacing the cabnets, we painted
white which gives the interior a much larger feel and appearance.
Some folks prefer to keep their units completely vintage however we wanted to be more comfortable and make it "ours"
while making as little modifications as possible. Thanks for sending the information on the forum.
We will sign up in the next day or so.
There are several other groups that we are members of also. Mostly we lurk. If you start a group for "other thans"
we would join that one as well. Do you have rallies? It would be good to find a group that has rallies but that boondocks
so that the fees would be less or nothing.
At this moment we are traveling. If you would like to follow us, our blog is www.PresentPleasures.blogspot.com.
I am a little behind but hope to catch it up in the next couple of days. There are links to the photos on the blog.
The photos are on www.SilverSerenity.shutterfly.com. Take a look and hope you enjoy.
Keep in touch,
Brona and Thomas