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Old 03-15-2008, 04:51 PM   #1
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1954 Wally Byams Holiday

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I was hoping some of you could provide some information about a 1954 Wally Byams Holiday 15 foot travel trailer. My son-in-law lives out in Colorado and currently has an older Southwind that he's looking to trade for the Holiday 15 he found. It needs a fair amount of work on it, but appears to be solid. We can't seem to find much info on it. I know that only 100 or so were produced back them and they look to be pretty hard to come by. Are these something of a collectors item? It appears to be all original inside and out. From what we understand, it has been sitting in it's current location unused for about 40 years. Any info you could provide us would be greatly appreciated. I also have some pics of the Holiday trailer if you would like to see them. Any information would be greatly appreciated...

Thanks, Rick
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Old 03-15-2008, 05:00 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum Rick.

They are quite rare I believe. You might want to check this site to see if they show up on here Vintage Airstream Photo Archives

I believe a couple joined recently from CA who had acquired one, and there was also one on eBay in the past year - I'm not sure if they are one and the same. Perhaps they will see your thread and respond.

Pictures would be great.

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Old 03-15-2008, 05:15 PM   #3
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Rick, welcome and please show us those pictures!
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Old 03-15-2008, 05:40 PM   #4
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These folks have a 1954 Wally Byam Holiday

http://www.airforums.com/forums/members/shan-25976.html

You may want to email them and see if they can shed any light on your find.

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Old 03-15-2008, 08:34 PM   #5
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and if memory serves me correctly, Airstream Life did a feature on the Holidays at one point. I will look thru my back issues and try to find it and post the exact issue. might not have as much tech info as your looking for but a good intro anyway..
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Old 03-15-2008, 08:46 PM   #6
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and if memory serves me correctly, Airstream Life did a feature on the Holidays at one point. I will look thru my back issues and try to find it and post the exact issue. might not have as much tech info as your looking for but a good intro anyway..
It's on pages 62 to 68 in the Spring 2006 issue of Airstream Life, available as a back issue here: Airstream Life.
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Old 03-15-2008, 09:12 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forums, Rick. I would love to see pictures of the Byam Holiday. Correct me if I'm wrong, Fred, but I seem to remember hearing on an older Vintage Airstream Podcast that the Byam Holiday wasn' actually made by Airstream. However, it was a trailer created by Wally Byam and as such is part of the family. It would certainly be a coach worthy of restoration.
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Wow, thank you all so much for the warm welcome and great info. I will pass this onto my son-in-law and hopefully we can learn more about this old classic. I have attached some pics he took of it the other day. I wish the outside ones were better. He said he will send me some others in the next day or two. Thank you all and it's very much appreciated....

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And some more..
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Thumbs up Awesome!

Cool. So much of it looks original. Even looks like an old ice box there.

I see the name plate DOES say Jackson Center, OH. So maybe they were made at the Airstream factory. Maybe I need to get my ears checked.
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Welcome to the forums, Rick. I would love to see pictures of the Byam Holiday. Correct me if I'm wrong, Fred, but I seem to remember hearing on an older Vintage Airstream Podcast that the Byam Holiday wasn' actually made by Airstream. However, it was a trailer created by Wally Byam and as such is part of the family. It would certainly be a coach worthy of restoration.
Sugarfoot: You have a great memory. The Wally Byam Holiday trailers were made in Jackson Center, Ohio but by a different company than Airstream. Because they were designed by Wally, their owners are welcome to join the WBCCI as full members. Wally on! Rick: That Holiday looks nice and original, a very neat find.
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We have another one!

A good friend of mine just found another Holiday - serial # 1100 .... close by too... it's quite original and in decent shape too...
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There must be a rip in the Airstream space-time curve for these to be showing up now and in such good shape.
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Old 05-31-2008, 06:23 PM   #14
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There must be a rip in the Airstream space-time curve for these to be showing up now and in such good shape.
I have no doubt that you are correct....

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