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Old 10-28-2008, 08:16 AM   #15
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To make matters worse (if possible), the funding for the destruction of this historic trailer is being funded through a grant. I doubt that the trailer's owner will see any of these posts because he has not been back to this site since his original post last year. The funding for this project is being paid for by:

The Creative Work Fund
One Lombard Street, Suite 305
San Francisco, CA 94111
For information, call 415-402-2793
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Old 10-28-2008, 08:27 AM   #16
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Hmmm...wonder if the grant donors are aware of how their monies are destroying a bit of history? Guess it's too late to do any good ~

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Old 10-28-2008, 08:49 AM   #17
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Having owned a 63 Safari...I'm really pissed.

Ours was very special to US, this one was important to ALL OF US.

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Old 10-28-2008, 08:54 AM   #18
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I have just sent an email to the director of the fund, I will post the reply if and when I get one...
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Old 10-28-2008, 09:33 AM   #19
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Is this a missing one too?

I am sick about this story.
This is a picture of an abandoned Airstream near me. Does the Wally Caravan logo have significance? I included a close up of the Red Numbers so it can be searched out.
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Old 10-28-2008, 09:38 AM   #20
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Any vintage Airstream has some significance to me, especially one with a Wally Byam Caravan sticker. Is there any way to get a pix of the name plate with serial number of this trailer? Looks like a Safari model with the entry door so close to the wheelwell. Is this for sale or just rotting away in someone's back pasture? Sad indeed.

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Old 10-28-2008, 10:20 AM   #21
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I wish I had the money to offer Rob to buy it. Enough of the green stuff usually talks, and would have him looking for another unit. Anyone out there have any $$$ left (considering the current state of banking. stocks and bonds!)!!!
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Old 10-28-2008, 10:25 AM   #22
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I just PMed him to check out these possible outs for him.
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Old 10-28-2008, 10:39 AM   #23
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The reply I received makes me believe that the trailer owner knew it's fate when it was purchased.

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Thank you for your message and for your concern about the vintage Airstream trailer.

I am afraid that the grant was awarded two years ago and it is not in my power to take the money back. I will communicate with Mr. Keller about your concerns. I know he intends to create an educational exhibit that will be a public service.

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Old 10-28-2008, 11:11 AM   #24
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My gut tells me Rob does not totally understand the impact of his remodeling efforts. I have reread his post, and am hopeful someone out there can help him find an alternative for appreciating the exterior and interior kept as one original unit.

hello:
my name is rob and i have recently purchased one of the 47 airstreams that wally took on the world tour in 63/64. are there any other members who might have world tour trailers i could talk with? i have a little knowledge about the trip but where would one find out more about this special trailer?
very excited to be an airstreamer,
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Old 10-28-2008, 11:26 AM   #25
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I think unless someone wants to buy his trailer and offer him another one for his project, there's not much point in berating him. As another pointed out above, he doesn't read this forum, and hasn't been back since his single post. If someone does have the money to rescue it, then answer his CL ad, buy the interior and shell, and put it back together. If you don't have the money, then just let it go.

As someone who saw their usable vintage Bambi abused by it's subsequent owners and then gutted and turned into a mobile radio station, I understand the loss of a vintage trailer - especially one with a history, who wouldn't want to own and care for that! But really it's his trailer to do with as he pleases, unless you've got a better offer for him.
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Old 10-28-2008, 11:56 AM   #26
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The way government grants usually work, is the grant was awarded to refit that particukar serial number only, and he would get into massive trouble if he sold the trailer, even though he got a replacement.
It was the luck of the draw that he wound up with that particular trailer the way he did.
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Old 10-28-2008, 12:23 PM   #27
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Stef,

The situation on THIS trailer is different. We did a story in the Vintage Advantage newsletter and several people worked with Rob to get him information about this historic trailer and were given assurances that the trailer's integrity and history would be respected and preserved. This trailer actually has more documented history behind it than practically any other trailer out there.
Rob was offered on more than one occasion to sell the trailer so that its history could be preserved. He refused that offer because he wanted that piece of history.
Now, after a few years of use, this trailer is destined for the scrap heap.
Perhaps that is not a big deal to you but to others who have been involved in this since it first hit eBay, or those who were touched by the story in the VA, it is a sad situation.
You can't just let that go...

Terry, I don't think it was a government grant and I do believe the grant was given to him prior to the purchase of the trailer. I suspect that he did not have to do much in the way of documenting which trailer he purchased.
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Old 10-28-2008, 12:37 PM   #28
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Is there a physical address for him? I could be there in 45 minutes.. would love to atleast see it and get pictures..
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