View Poll Results: What do you think the bubble "dry" and tongue weight results were on 2/18/11?
2,054 lbs total 253 lbs tongue 4 33.33%
2,332 lbs total 312 lbs tongue 5 41.67%
2,560 lbs total 386 lbs tongue 2 16.67%
2,745 lbs total 390 lbs tongue 1 8.33%
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:51 PM   #169
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We just sold our odyssey so we could tow the flying cloud. The new (used) navigator is nice and powerful, but the odyssey is hands down the most convenient car we have owned to date. They have perfected the family car.

You need to make a YouTube video of people coming out of the bubble. Like the old days when they used to pack as many people in a volkswagen bug. I think I had 13 people in my 69 vw. By that standard you should be able to get at least 30 in the bubble.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:08 PM   #170
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Oregon Plate Question, Electric brake test, AND PROBLEM DISCOVERED In BUBBLE LAND

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Hello friends,
Do any of you know if you are allowed to use a vintage plate as a special interest plates for a vintage trailer like classic cars? I have an original "pacific wonderland" 1964 plate for my volvo and would love to get a 56 plate for my bubble if they would allow. Let me know what you know.


PROBLEM DISCOVERED--Well i discovered that now.... all but one trailer light worked aaaaaaahhhhh! after the arduous task of refitting the tow vehicle with alot of new parts, a new umbilical and junction box in the trailer--man that was a sinking feeling because a day before everything worked fine.
My TROUBLESHOOTING: So I took a piece of 12 gauge piece of wire and jumped it from the battery to the tail/clearance light terminal in my junction box (a great reason to put that box near the battery instead of outside or under the trailer) --i got a nasty shower of sparks and new that something was getting grounded out. So after little investigation I discovered the problem. I found that when I fed the new brake wire from the junction box--through the floor--though the belly pan--through a rubber grommet--and back under the trailer--i pulled one light wire loose that was located near the same spot I was coming down through that linked up and went back to my rear left tail light. I was so happy to see a loose wire because i could actually access it. So a new crimp job and heat shrink. whew--all is well again.

In the process of hooking up the lights with this hot tail light wire laying on the belly pan I blew both 7.5 fuses in the honda wiring harness and aux fuse box up front. I guess they did their job. All is now fine in Bubble land tonight. All the lights do what they are supposed to do!--I can sleep well!

TEST RUN: So after that I pulled the bubble out for a test run with the new electric brakes and prodigy brake controller installed, a couple new saftey chain hooks . i set the controller on level 6 and then increased to 10 to get a good grab without locking up. That's pretty cool. I can't wait to weigh the trailer to see if I can pull it with my vintage volvo. The tongue doesn't look heavy on the honda so I'm hoping for 250-275 lbs max. that would be great.
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:11 AM   #171
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We wanted to get one of the special designer plates but could only get the ugly school bus yellow one. I would think the state would be money ahead letting us pay extra for the fun plates.
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Old 02-01-2011, 02:18 AM   #172
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I don't know about there, but California doesn't make it easy, but it is possible. From what I learned, everything has to match up. The year the plate was released has to match the year the trailer first sold. It has to be a number that was issued to a trailer. This is all hear say and could be totally wrong. But I'm going with it until corrected otherwise.

I'm rooting you on with that odyssey! Nothing beats a roadtrip in a car that has 13 or so cupholders!
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:54 AM   #173
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Each state has different laws regarding historic or year-of-manufacture plates. I just picked up a 1959 AZ trailer plate and had it bead blasted after I found out on the AZ Dept. of Transportation that this number is available. I'm going to repaint it this week and give it a go with one of those title registration places my Neighbor has used and recommends. As long as his name isn't Peggy like the guy from US Prime Credit, I hope to get this done. LOL

Good job on the trailer wiring fix. Sparks bad.

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Old 02-23-2011, 11:09 PM   #174
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Guess my weight---You know my age: 1956 Bubble

hello friends,
I licensed the bubble a week ago and and went out for a road test and also went to my friends agricultural scales to weigh in. So i thought it might be interesting for you to make a guess so I set up a poll on top of the page for fun. This is a dry weight in the bubble's current build state. I thought i'd get a weight even though i'm not done yet (upolstry, curtains/blinds remain to be done...i.e. saved $ for). cheers. ted
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:30 AM   #175
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She's looking good and glad you were able to troubleshoot the light problem.

Are you going to polish her or are you going for the patina look?
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:45 PM   #176
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Thanks mike. I'm planning to use the trailer as soon as I'm done with the general rebuild so the exterior won't get any immediate attention.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:00 PM   #177
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And the winners of the poll are everyone who estimated the bubble dry weight at 2332 lbs and a tongue weight of 312. I was hoping to be closer to 2000 even though the original bubbles weighed around 1800 lbs but no luck. I realize the extra Weight is due to the woodie clad interior, a several hundred extra rivets, the built to last cabinetry, larger trailer tires, and the honking battery for 12 vt supply. So now I'm sure I won't want to tow with my vintage Volvo. I think it would be too much on the clutch and 4 cylinder push rod engine. I originally was going to build a teardrop but ended up finding the bubble while I was in the planning stages. Anyway our Honda tows it easily. Have a good day. I'm in the middle of completely rebuilding a gutted bathroom in our craftsman home so I have to put a hold on the trailer. Cheers
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:36 PM   #178
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:24 AM   #179
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Craftsman homes...our favorite.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:48 AM   #180
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Yes we live in a 1910 craftsman they really new how to make function of space while keeping beauty in mind. I just gutted a bathroom last weekend so I'll show you a couple before and after pics when I'm done. I may not be posting much on my thread for a while until I find some money for upolstery. You have any extra!
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Old 03-10-2011, 01:01 PM   #181
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:36 PM   #182
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Hey friends. There's a 1964 Bambi 2 for sale 5 miles up the road from my house. Looks like a well used ratty original with well worn interior and exterior. Looks like a good project for someone.
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