’40 years of Airstreams’


Paula Fahle writes in the Helena, Mont. News-Messenger about how a family tradition of camping turned into a family business.

“Paul and Betty Ruth, of Helena, took their family camping when they were young. While they were on their outings, Paul Ruth always admired the aluminum clad Airstream travel trailers that he would see.

“In 1967, he found a used Airstream from a Toledo (Mont.) dealer that needed repairs. He decided he would try his hand at fixing it up so he bought it. He and his son Steve, who was about 21 at the time, cleaned and polished it to a mirror shine.”

More projects followed. “It didn’t take long to see that the part-time business needed to become a full-time occupation. Thus began the P&S Trailer Service of Helena.”

Read more in ‘Forty years of Airstreams

Photo: Kenny Plummer polishes a 1964 Airstream trailer at P&S Trailer Service in Helena, Mont.  (Photos by Charlie Longton/ News-Messenger)

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