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Old 05-06-2008, 06:33 AM   #1
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Rivet Wally's 1955 Bubble for sale?!

This is not mine, I have not connection to it in any way, I just stumbled across it on the 'net.

The unit is listed as a 1955 Bubble, owned by Wally and Stella Byam, though the trip info on the side starts with 1947 Europe tour.

Here is a link to the sale info (scroll all the way down to the bottom)
Airstreamguy.com - Airstreams for sale...Scroll down for more Airstreams or check out the Airstreams for sale by Airstream guy link on the left or click below*http://www.airstreamguy.com/airstreams_for_sale_by_airstream_guy*Newest FSBO (For Sale by

And here is the link to more pics
http://share.shutterfly.com/action/w...cOWLjo&notag=1

Looks like the real deal, to my novice eyes.

I'm not buyin', but thought it might be of interest to someone here if still available
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Old 05-06-2008, 08:07 AM   #2
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can I just say......WOW

This is a amazing collectable trailer.
Where has this been hiding? Not abused, but not loved either. I would buy it right away except for a minor cash flow problem at the moment. The Airstream company should have this as part of their trailer museum.......but they are too busy spending 300k on moronic harley show bikes.
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Old 05-06-2008, 08:24 AM   #3
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Yea, thats why its 16 grand! I saw this not to long ago, but all the markings are the same as the real thing, so I guess it could very well be.
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it's driving me crazy!

I cannot stop thinking about this trailer - it is SO cool!

Don't have the money or the skills to go for it though
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Come on Lynda, ill help you!!
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you gonna lend me $16,500 Laura?!

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I think someone should send that information to Airstream. They should be very very interested I would think? And it might shed some light as to the authenticity of this trailer. Some here must have some insight with the factory to get this noticed???
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surprised they didn't eBay it! Would go for a LOT!
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It looks like the same trailer as in the photo here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/556291-post41.html
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nope - this one has the countrys visited written to the right of the caravan name, not under it
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Sure Lynda, i have the 17 grand in the bank with your name on it!
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It looks like the same trailer as in the photo here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/556291-post41.html
Good link and great photo, but actually proves it's NOT the same one!
Compare the differences in:
- how the caravans are listed,
- there's a reflector mounting bracket between Stella's name and the front window in the one for sale, but no room for that in the b/w photo

I'm sure they had multiple trailers, including obviously the gold one. But I completely agree that Jackson Center should be purchasing this one - it's easily more important and valuable to the history of the company than a Jesse James bike, and would be perfect if they ever plan to build an indoor museum with "Old Grandad", the gold trailer, and some other important ones from their history.
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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.
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The greater "shame" is that, it will end up in Europe, most likely..
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Wally and Stel's 1955 European Bambi

A few pictures of their trailer.

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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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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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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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