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Old 08-11-2008, 11:50 PM   #1
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information about Bubbles

Hey folks. I bought a 1957 Bubble. It's in good shape but needs some tlc (polishing, updating, etc.) Does anybody know where I can get information about Bubbles, i.e., how many were made? rare or common? history? Also, can anybody recommend a good overall restoration reference book?
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Old 08-12-2008, 12:28 AM   #2
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Congrats on your new find. Was it the one in Arkansas by chance?

Here is what you need.

1957 Bubble
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Old 08-12-2008, 01:35 AM   #3
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Thanks soldiermedic. It was not one from Arkansas. It was a CA made #490 that has been sitting in a driveway in my neighborhood for 10+ years. I asked about it and found out that the owner lived in Ore. I got her number, called her up and she was happy to sell it to someone who would love it and do a quality restoration.
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:44 AM   #4
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Wow....awesome deal!

When do we get some pics?

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Old 08-19-2008, 06:26 PM   #5
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Congrats on your new find. Was it the one in Arkansas by chance?
I was just wondering if you knew anything about the bubble in Arkansas? My wife and I are considering buying it for a second trailer. I'm suspicious of why it has not sold yet. Any thoughts?
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:49 PM   #6
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I have a buddy that was looking pretty seriously at it for a while here in Memphis. I think he tried to get the guy to come of the price and he wouldn't budge. Last I heard it was still for sale.
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:54 PM   #7
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Hey folks. I bought a 1957 Bubble. It's in good shape but needs some tlc (polishing, updating, etc.) Does anybody know where I can get information about Bubbles, i.e., how many were made? rare or common? history? Also, can anybody recommend a good overall restoration reference book?
Congratulations on your find...err, STEAL!

Unfortunately, there weren't real Owner's Manuals back then...mostly little brochures or flyers about the appliances or special features. Some of these may be helpful ~

VAC Library

While they may not be exactly for your year/model the information was pretty much the same year-to-year.

One of the best information bases is right here on the forums. Post a specific question and most likely someone will have an answer or will have faced a similar situation.

Bubbles were only made 4 years or so...being one of the shorter lengths with MAJOR "cute-factor", they are pretty desirable and you don't see them come up very often.

Oh yeah...we LOVE pictures!

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Old 10-29-2009, 08:47 AM   #8
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Anyone know how many Bubble trailers were built?
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Old 10-29-2009, 08:59 AM   #9
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Airstream Service Center has a 1957 Bubble for sale also.
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Old 10-30-2009, 01:03 PM   #10
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Do you know how much the Airstream Service Center is asking or have a link?
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Old 10-31-2009, 07:10 AM   #11
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I believe around $9000 No body damage --original interior
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Old 02-14-2010, 06:52 PM   #12
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Just Put my Bubble on Ebay

Hey, all you bubble lovers, I just put my bubble up for sale on ebay. It's a sad day, but I've lost my free storage location and can't afford to rent another at the moment. In the event anybody out there is interested, or know someone who is…pass the word along. Thanks!
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:01 PM   #13
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Interested? We're ALL interested! Possibly the most awesome-est travel trailer ever made! You'll probably get a bundle of money for it on ebay..what's the link?

and congrats RWinward....a once-in-a-lifetime story many of us would like to have happen to us at least once...
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Old 02-15-2010, 12:05 AM   #14
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Here's the link: Vintage 1957 16ft AIRSTREAM BUBBLE Travel Trailer, rare : eBay Motors (item 180469244487 end time Feb-23-10 16:46:35 PST)
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