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Old 05-06-2008, 12:55 PM   #15
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Wally and Stel's 1955 European Bambi

A few pictures of their trailer.

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Old 05-06-2008, 01:06 PM   #16
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General Discussion Regarding Wally and Stel's Trip to Europe in 1955

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This is a cool find. Hope someone who appreciates it being Wally's trailer will buy it. Perhaps Peewee can look at the photos and help determine it's authenticity. It looks a little small for the owner of Airstream to be traveling in. I guess Wally had every size at his disposal depending on the length of the caravan and terrain to be traversed. Of course, this could have been his "weekender" for short trips.
Wally and Stel towed the 16 footer with a VW rag top. Wally left his trailer behind in Eastern Canada to be returned to Jackson Center. Wally always had a few trailers around. The gold trailer had a longer life with Wally than any other 1957 until his death.

If any of you looked on the website showing the 27 pictures, note the "AIRSTREAM" on the inside of the door. Wally always tried to Airstream showing when pictures were taken inside or outside, with door opened or closed.

Most, but not all, of Wally's trailers had a 12 x 12 (or there abouts) vent in the floor of his trailers. This allowed him to open his roof vents, the floor vent and allow a flow of air without opening the windows. Allowed sleeping without all of the "extra" noise.
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Old 05-06-2008, 01:33 PM   #17
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Names, Lengths, Production years...I don't know.

I can ID some items regarding trailers.

It's gold. It's new. It's Wally and Stel's. Beyond that I don't know a Bambi from a Bubble.

Above I said Bambi, I should have said Bubble.

That bursts my bubble.

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Old 05-06-2008, 01:57 PM   #18
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hmm... guess nobody told him that his tow vehicle wasn't big enough.
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I can ID some items regarding trailers.

It's gold. It's new. It's Wally and Stel's. Beyond that I don't know a Bambi from a Bubble.

Above I said Bambi, I should have said Bubble.
PeeWee,

We recently visited the factory with my buddy's '61 Caravel in-tow. Our tour guide asked "who's got the old Bambi parked outside?" Even though I told him it's a Caravel - several times during the tour he continued to refer to it as "your Bambi."

So...you're not the only one.

BTW, he also kept telling us it is worth $15,000
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hmm... guess nobody told him that his tow vehicle wasn't big enough.
It's O.K. It has a Hensley Arrow.
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Old 05-06-2008, 05:42 PM   #21
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PeeWee,

We recently visited the factory with my buddy's '61 Caravel in-tow. Our tour guide asked "who's got the old Bambi parked outside?" Even though I told him it's a Caravel - several times during the tour he continued to refer to it as "your Bambi."

So...you're not the only one.

BTW, he also kept telling us it is worth $15,000
Hi Steve,
Everyone's just Bambi crazy. and they are all worth 15,000 right. I had a guy stop by last week and asked if my trailer was a Baby....I said do you mean a Bambi?
Bubble, Bambi, by Jeezy his is a great little trailer! So much history and in good orginal condition. But now that you are a season Caravel traveller this could be just a bit too small for a family of four.
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Old 05-06-2008, 06:52 PM   #22
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Most, but not all, of Wally's trailers had a 12 x 12 (or there abouts) vent in the floor of his trailers. This allowed him to open his roof vents, the floor vent and allow a flow of air without opening the windows. Allowed sleeping without all of the "extra" noise.
Do you have any photos of the "floor vent"? For those of us in less hot, but wet, areas, it may be an idea to install one for ventilation without resorting to air conditioning.
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Old 05-06-2008, 07:46 PM   #23
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Do you have any photos of the "floor vent"? For those of us in less hot, but wet, areas, it may be an idea to install one for ventilation without resorting to air conditioning.
I don't have pictures of the floor vent.

The only trailer that is available that "had" ad floor vent was the gold trailer. Because of modifications it is probably gone.

The 1947 Byam/Vanderbilt European trailer had a floor vent.

Wally's 1951 trailer used on the 1st Caravan had one.

If the "Bubble" owner in this thread can take a picture of the floor it may show a floor vent.

As mentioned not all of Wally's trailers had floor vents, but most of them did.

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Old 05-06-2008, 08:36 PM   #24
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Hi Pee Wee,

I started the thread because I stumbled across this apparent piece of Airstream history and was surprised by it, but I do not own this unit.

Not sure if the owner is a forums member, but it is not advertised here. Seems like this was news when I sent it in, not old news.

Would love to know if this is really one of Wally Byam's trailers, it appears to match the great photos you sent in (thanks!). Seems like an amazing piece of history which ought to be properly preserved. If I had the money and skills I'd go for it
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Old 05-06-2008, 09:40 PM   #25
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This Airstream sat at the entrance to the Texas Vintage Ralley a few months ago. It never did come into the Vintage group area....just sat in the common KOA parking area at the entrance lot. Asking price was 21000 and dropped to (I heard) 12000 by Saturday night. It was REALLY rough and needed everything to make it usable. I like restoration projects but this was out of the question.
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Old 05-06-2008, 10:01 PM   #26
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thank you Melody Ranch - nice to hear from someone who has actually seen this puppy!

I wondered what kind of shape it could be in after such extensive travel, and seemingly neglected for who knows how long after that.

Not buying, so it really doesn't matter, but does it's history count for anything?

Just wondering.

Also wondering why this was listed as a '55 when the travel itinerary on it indicates a voyage in '47?
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Pretty Rough

In early Feb there was a Vintage Airstream Rally at Montgomery Texas. There was a man came by on Sat pulling a trailer like this one. It had the caravan date listed like this one. I looked inside and it was in pretty rough shape. It would take lots of TLC to restore the interior. There were some long time airstreamers questioning if it was really Wally's trailer. Something about certain dates and locations . Since I was only looking , I didn't listen to a lot of the discussion. The man was pulling it with an old model pickup. He drove around the campgrounds and stopped in the parking lot for us to look.

Maybe somebody that was at the rally and looked at it with more knowledge than I have about models will look at the ad and chime in on this.

This is listed as at College Sta. Tx and that is only abour 55 miles from the rally location. I have a friend from College Sta. that worked on some wiring in my MH in Jan. He told me his ex-brother-in-law claimed to have an airstream that had been owned by Wally B. May be the same one.

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Old 05-07-2008, 09:18 AM   #28
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Wally and Stella's Travels

What peaks my interest is this, the trailer may or may not be original I think it is just to much work to fake. Pee Wee stated that Wally had several trailers, I don't necessarily think the dates on the trailer refer to where the trailer has been but where Wally and Stella had been. Wally was a good promoter and would of had his iteanrry added to any trailer he used to promote his Caravans. Only Pee Wee would know about the Airstream sign on the inside of the door. I think the trailer is one of many Wally used, has it traveled on all of the Caravans listed not likely. Great trailer would love to have it.
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