Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-20-2002, 08:55 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 92

I recently hauled a 1957 Bubble home to evidently rebuild - I'd thought a little spriffing up would be all that was required but found some wood rot and started poking around and am now about 70% finished gutting the poor little thing. I don't know what I'm doing but everytime I see some crummy, I yank it out. I now have a pretty good stack of stuff: 3 burner stove/oven; marine toilet; floor furnace, etc. Before I head for the dump, is there any market for this stuff? I can't see putting in the time/$$ to salvage it.
Also I suspect the floor is at least rotten around the edges and from what I've read on this forum, that's a sort of death knell. Is there anyone out there close to me - I'm in San Luis Obispo, CA. Thanks. Jo Ann
smallfry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2002, 09:02 PM   #2
4 Rivet Member
airstreamcaravel's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 414
Images: 17
Market for this stuff?


You would be surprised! Dump the idea of the dump! Somewhere out there a person is (our will be) restoring a similar
bubble and would kill to have those original parts.

Put them on e-bay or offer then here.

As for San Luis Obispo, Am and just about sure we have some members in your area.

Moderators ... can we search by state from the database?

airstreamcaravel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2002, 09:03 PM   #3
Rivet Master
InsideOut's Avatar

1956 22' Safari
Vintage Kin Owner
Conifer/Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 12,128
Images: 108
ABSOLUTELY!!!! You may want to check out some of the recently closed auctions on'd be amazed!
Might help subsidize your restoration!


P.S. Do you have a Jack Plate???
InsideOut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2002, 09:52 PM   #4
2 Rivet Member
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 92
Jack Plate?

I assume that is something you put under the jack, no - under the trailer and between the jack and the bottom of the trailer to keep from jacking up THROUGH the floor of the trailer, or the belly pan or something? Let me just say that if I've got one, I haven't found it yet. I still need to get a flashlite and crawl into the rear storage area. So far, a whole bunch of leaf-footed plant bugs have shown up while I was at work inside the Bubble - I'm thinking they were cozy'ed up for the winter until I hauled their sorry little hinnies back to warmer climes so now I'm stepping on them fast as I can. I wear boots for this.
smallfry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2002, 10:08 PM   #5
Rivet Master
InsideOut's Avatar

1956 22' Safari
Vintage Kin Owner
Conifer/Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 12,128
Images: 108
It goes on the ground, to hold the wheel on the tongue jack. Here's what one looks like...

Jack Plate

One recently sold on ebay for $585! This one doesn't appear to be doing as well...

InsideOut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2002, 05:09 AM   #6
Rivet Master
BobbyW's Avatar
1965 20' Globetrotter
Currently Looking...
Houston , Texas
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 1,002
Images: 9
I would not get rid of anything until the restoration is completed.

Especially the cabinets. They can be used as patterns for new wood replacement.

As you progress and hang out here, you will discover how hard it is to find things for an Airstream as vintage as yours. I would rather hang on to something for a year than regret having tossed it. I rented a small storage locker for the guts of a Globetrotter to keep everything in one place and out of the way and dry.

Parts for the oven/stove are hard to come by. If you are replacing it, someone could probably use the parts. Knobs, burners, grills...

If you are ever planning on selling the Bubble, the value will lie in how original the restoration is. The Bubble is a valued find and restored right will bring you top dollar and value, not to mention a sense of accomplishment.

The floor repair will only work and last if you do it right. This would require replacing whole pieces and not trying to just patch it. Probably the worst thing to have to work on. Be glad you have a small trailer and not a 27 footer.

Keep us informed on your progress and discoveries.

AIR# 123

-"You want to make it two inches - or, if you're working in centimeters, make sure it's enough centimeters for two inches."-Red Green
BobbyW is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New Furnace Needed 74SovereignInt. Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 4 11-24-2002 12:03 AM
1957 Bubble International... BobbyW Our Community 0 05-18-2002 09:56 AM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:55 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.