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LongRoofian December 16, 2012 Last Call, Weekend Edition 17 Comments

Apparently, Airstream at one point in the 1980s tried to market its RV as a funeral coach, designed to transport the deceased and family and flowers all at once from the funeral home to the cemetery. Because nothing puts the fun in funeral more than sittin’ on top of a casket in a motorhome.

Image and Text Courtesy Hemmings Blog. Thanks Daniel.

  • Rover1

    And there was no market for this in Florida?

  • https://secure.flickr.com/photos/deadelvis/collections/72157607912481786/ dead_elvis

    This needs to be converted to a food truck.

  • $kaycog

    Wow! That's to die for!

  • http://www.hooniverse.com LTDScott

    Oh man, I'd love to have one of those for one a particular buddy of mine dies.

    • https://secure.flickr.com/photos/deadelvis/collections/72157607912481786/ dead_elvis

      You sound like you're really looking forward to that. Just how good a friend is he?

  • http://www.flowerpowerkc.com Alff

    If there isn't such a thing as the Dead Sam Club, there should be.

    • Irishzombieman

      Beer, meet Sinuses.

  • Van_Sarockin

    There's a bunch of errors there. It should have bee a rear loader, with a pull out tray. (Maybe there is an engine packaging issue that governs that decision?) The flower holders could have flanked the casket to the sides, with longer windows. The passenger windows should have been taller and narrower. And they should have stuck with all gloss black paint, with maybe a vertical chrome landau bar or long grab hold to visually separate the passengers from the cargo.

    Not a bad idea, really. Maybe funeral homes preferred being able to bill for the use of more vehicles, with each being a more modest price than one RV? With goodly passenger capacity, the Airstream can do the work of four other cars.

    • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

      Those are front-engine machines, so I think they just went with 'easy' on this.

      • Van_Sarockin

        I would have thought these would be pushers. Not just pushers-up-of-daisies. Helps explain why these were DOA.

    • http://hooniverse.com/ Batshitbox

      I wonder if that's a pass-through or you have to load from the street side rather than the curb side. Maybe that's not an issue in the funeral biz.

      • Vairship

        Loading from the street side generates more customers!

  • POLAЯ

    I know some dead who woulda been grateful to have this bus.

    <img src="http://rockhall.com/media/assets/inductees/default/the-grateful-dead.jpg"&gt;

  • gypsyguy

    That sure is a lot of RV for a "sleeps one". In fact, i'd say it is overKill.

  • topdeadcentre

    This idea was probably inspired by all-in-one funeral streetcars.
    <img src="http://i.ebayimg.com/t/ELMLAWN-FUNERAL-TROLLEY-CAR-INTERNATIONAL-RAILWAY-BUFFALO-NEW-YORK-STATE-/00/s/NjgxWDEwMjQ=/$%28KGrHqUOKjkE6,,rd5g1BO%29Gc,T35%21%7E%7E60_57.JPG" width="450/">
    There were some cemeteries that had a trolley car line passing through, or at least up to the gates, and for a while trolley-car funerals were quite popular and less expensive than renting all the horses and carriages that were considered far more dignified and dependable than early automobiles. On the "Elmlawn" pictured above, the casket doors are towards the end of the car closer to the camera, under the "shorter" windows.

  • HTWHLS

    Want it! and I believe it loaded from both sides..IIRC.

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