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
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 bathroom.
|This is a Ground up Restoration
Click HERE to follow it's Journey