Bob Muncy has completed the book “Silver Avions and Cayos” and it can be ordered by phoning (828) 963-6487.
Below is some information about the book’s content and the writing process. Bob and Jewel Dee have been great promoters of the vintage trailering through the Silver Avion Fellowship and TCT.
A REVIEW AND SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT THE BOOK:
“SILVER AVIONS AND CAYOS” by Robert J. Muncy
I began writing this book several years ago. My original purpose was to describe why Jewel Dee and I were attracted to travel soon after we married in December 1948 and later became captivated by what we considered to be the finest RV ever produced — the aircraft-constructed Silver Avion. It was, for us, an ideal traveling home on wheels. In the book, I speak of traveling as an important part of my “American Dream”. As a teenager, I was impressed to hear about the “land of the free and home of the brave” and, the pledge of allegiance to the American flag (i.e.,”..one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all…”) motivated me to be part of the American landscape and to see and experience first hand, the cultural and geographical differences that exist in our beautiful country.
Our Silver Avion has taken us east, west, north, and south in style. I soon undertook an effort to learn the history of the Silver Avion and the Cayo family that envisioned and built such a high quality RV. I spent considerable time visiting with the Cayos, others who worked for the Cayo Corporation, and some town folks in Benton Harbor, Michigan where the Cayo plant was located. Having been a member of the Avion Travelcade Club for more than 20 years and primarily responsible for beginning the Silver Avion Fellowship, I had many sources that contributed to my story.
While visiting one day with Bill Cayo, he graciously loaned me some old slides that were taken in the early years of the Avion plant. I also had some slides that I had taken of Avion Travelcade Club Rallies, Rendezvous, and Travelcades. When I added the photos of Silver Avion Fellowship activities, I had a lot of photos. I converted these photos to CDs and loaded them into my computer.
I continued to research the Cayo family, Julius Cayo, his three sons (two of whom were key founders of the Silver Avion factory in the mid 1950s). More and more, I developed profound respect for the Cayos. I have labeled the Cayo legacy as “quest for quality and honesty.”
There are sections covering the Cayo family, early years production of Silver Avions, changes that occurred in Avion history, the Avion Travelcade Club, the Silver Avion Fellowship, some selected Avioner stories, and some material describing my early life experiences that taught me respect for quality and honesty, the Cayo legacy.
The book has 176 pages and more than 80 pages of color photos (almost 200 photos). It has a quality paper (plasticized) cover that is stitched for durability. It is printed in 8 X 10 size to enhance the photos, all of which are captioned.
If you like (or love) Silver Avions, or if you just have curiosity about Avions, I believe you will find this book enjoyable. It is perfect as a coffee table book where you can go back and view the photos from time to time. You may recognize someone.
The cost: $24.95. If ordered (by credit card or check) through my son’s business, Muncy Winds Music Company, shipping and handling fee is $5.99 per book. You can call (828) 963-6487. They will take your order, pack the book and ship it to you.
This is not a money-making thing for us. We have funded the book, prepared the text and photos, and then paid to have it printed. At first, we have ordered a limited supply until we can determine the demand. We can re-print if needed. We have been notified that the first shipment will arrive between October 5-10. We are taking orders now.
Robert J. (Bob) Muncy