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Old 09-03-2004, 12:12 AM   #1
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Can ANYONE tell me what this is?!?!

I bought this trailer about a year ago, in all that time I have yet to find anything like it. I would like to know WHAT it is and about how old. The laster year it was registerd with the DMV was 1990 and they don't have files back that far, there is no S/N, NamePlate, or anyother identifying marks on the trailer.

If anyone knows what this is or has a good guess please let me know!

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Old 09-03-2004, 07:26 AM   #2
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super rare

that is a super super rare wally barnumn cuper. oh hell i have no idea what it is.
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Old 09-03-2004, 09:33 AM   #3
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That is really cool. Although I have no clue as to its make, I would like to see interior pictures.

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Old 09-03-2004, 09:46 AM   #4
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My first impression as a complete non-expert is that it looks like some kind of homemade kit from the 1940's.

Maybe a backyard builder who couldn't afford an Airstream but had some genuine parts lying around (Bargman tail lights, fridge vent?) The fact you haven't found any official tags or nameplates reinforces my guess.
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Old 09-03-2004, 09:52 AM   #5
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One of the other comapnies building Aluminum shell coaches in the 50's and 60's did have a Bambi sized coach and I bet thats it. Should still have some badging I would think or atleast a place where the badging went. I don't buy it being a home built with the formed corners. That's not something sombody can do in their garage.
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Old 09-03-2004, 09:56 AM   #6
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Then again, you don't really need our opinion.

Just head over to airstreamdreams.com, and get yourself some validation! Who's gonna argue with you... nobody knows what Wally built in his garage during the weekends!

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That thing is driving me nuts. I want to know what it is.

Here is my Observation. The windows look like the same Hehr's that Airstream used in the 50's. Airstream stopped with that style 58-59. It looks like the Hehr company stopped even making that style then because I have never seen a coach of any brand newer the 60 with them. Between that and the tail lights we know it's older then 60. The tail lights may have a date on them if they are original then that might help. In the 40's most of the coaches had colored glass tail lights to again that looks to put it in the 50's

Now the thing that really throws me is the top corners. Stamping aluminum like that was not very common and in the 50's to stamp somethign that large would be expensive. Airstream didn't get into stamping the caps near that side till again the late 50's. So I think it was made between 55-60. It was done and it was even done in the 40's but to do it in your garage is near impossible with out some big press.

That makes me think that it wasn't a home built unless there was a company selling a kit that included those corners. If it was a company doing even that then there has to be some refference.

The appliance might have some dates on it and that would put you within a 12 month window if they do.

It sort of looks like a Vagabond but they usually had an angled tail on them.
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http://www.allmanufacturedhomes.com/...bile_homes.htm
Looked at nearly everything from 55- 60 with no match.
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Looks a bit like the 1944 schult in your great link

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Looks a bit like the 1944 schult in your great link

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Yeah it sort of does. Looks like 40's Vagabonds as well. The problem is the tail lights. They look like Bargman 99's. Unless they were swtiched that still says mid 50's.

I did more looking and all the streamline's and silverstreaks seem to have curved top doors like Airstream.
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Old 09-03-2004, 12:29 PM   #10
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You can also try

http://www.vintagecampers.com/

http://www.tincantourists.com/

http://www.oldtrailernet.com/ (pretty new but familiar software).

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I been looking at the Tin Can Tourist site and it looks a LOT like a Westcraft. Short door, stamped corners very simular build. but the westcrafts I find still have different windows and tail lights as well as the rar being angled.
http://www.tincantourists.com/images/03rally/img_2003Rallyy%20049%20(Medium).html
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No drip caps over the windows... no mention of any serial number, from the photo it doesn't appear there was ever any nameplates on the curbside whatsoever... That piece over the wheel is bugging me, that looks like some kind of 1950's chimney hood (for keeping the rain out) that's been repurposed as a wheel skirt.

Still looks homemade to me. I'm down with the fact that the corners couldn't have been done at home, but they're not even close to the same radius of the Westcraft (pretty close to the corners on that Schult though.)

Could it be that perhaps it was one of these, but has been so extensively repaired and modified over the decades that there's hardly anything left to recognize?
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Here's a 1950 Schult - not even close:



Duke: Maybe a couple more detail shots? How about from the front, and something from the inside that may be original looking?
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Back then there were several companies making aluminum trailers to compete with Airstream - my guess is a trailer that had limited market. Lots of home built trailers back then also - I agree, those corners would be hard to form which would suggest a kit or someone had those corners made

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