This 1936 Airstream is believed to have been a pre-production model
built by Wally Byam, the founder of Airstream. It was rescued from a
ranch in the Northern California town of Laytonville by a vintage trailer
collector in the late 1980's. The vintage trailer collector bought it from
an older woman who said it had belonged to her late husband. This
unique trailer with skylights had been on their neighbors' ranch. The
neighbor was a friend of Wally Byam, and this neighbor had worked
for the forestry service, loved archery, and used it to camp in. It was a
hunting/fishing cabin for about 50 years.
The collector had it for a couple of years before passing it on to Sierra
Trailer Restoration who later restored it for Gary Elrod (restoration
work beginning in Spring 2010 and finishing in December 2011).
|HISTORY OF THIS 1936 AIRSTREAM
THOUGHT TO BE "ONE OF A KIND"
Ground Up Restoration
When this 1936 trailer was found, it had about six inches of moss
covering the entire outside surface. Incredibly, quite a bit of the
original interior stainless steel was in excellent condition, and it still
had a hand pump for water and even a galvanized tray that would
hold blocks of ice for camping (remember, there
were no interior refrigerators in the 1930s). Also in good condition
were the interior lights which Pete Snyder, of Sierra Trailer
Restoration, preserved and re-wired for 12v battery and 110 volt.
Exceptional care was taken to preserve all original items (the
skylights, interior lights and stainless steel) ... down to the smallest
details, such as the original brass door stop and lock set on the
door. The restoration included adding a small shower and small
|This is a Ground up Restoration
Click HERE to follow it's Journey