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Old 05-16-2016, 08:25 PM   #1
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Vintage Camper Trailers Airstream edition

Just thought I would pass this along since I know more than a few Airstream owners contribute regularly and their are others that just enjoy history.
The current edition of Vintage Camper Trailers is dedicated to Airstream. Tons of interesting articles and pictures.
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I got to meet Doc Holman Sr. at the 2001 International Rally in Sioux Falls SD and tour his '35 Torpedo. He was a celebrity there and quite the character. I think that the '35 Torpedo was up for auction since both he and Doc Homan Jr. both passed away. Here's a link to some photos from the 2001 Rally:

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And a shot of Doc Holman Sr. in his '35 Torpedo

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1935 Airstream Torpedo for sale

By the way, I believe that Doc Holman's Torpedo is still for sale by sealed bid...

1935 Airstream Torpedo For Sale (Oldest & rarest in the world!)
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Always nice to see a little history.....and the men/women who create it. What did the first fiberglass campers look like? Who were the first few companies?
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Always nice to see a little history.....and the men/women who create it. What did the first fiberglass campers look like? Who were the first few companies?
I'd be interested in this, too. Maybe a separate thread?

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I'd be interested in this, too. Maybe a separate thread?

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Here's a good place to start: Egg History- Boler descendants
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Here's a good place to start: Egg History- Boler descendants
Thanks, Donna. Looks like there's a book to be written on the history of molded-fiberglass campers in North America.

Were there any before the Boler?

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By the way, I believe that Doc Holman's Torpedo is still for sale by sealed bid...

1935 Airstream Torpedo For Sale (Oldest & rarest in the world!)
It sold and is now permanently at the Sizemore RV Fusion in Amarillo Texas.


The story of the Doc and the trailer was/is very cool. Who know we had him to thank for not having to use a hand pump only in our trailers!
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Thanks, Donna. Looks like there's a book to be written on the history of molded-fiberglass campers in North America.

Were there any before the Boler?

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Cloud 9 trailers' production apparently goes back at least as far 1965; with Burro being their heir-apparent. And the Airstream Wally-Bee in '63. I don't know of any other production trailers that are older than those, although there may be some one-offs.
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There is the 1959-1960 Geographic trailer.

Not sure if you would count it as a "production" model. It appears to have been intended for production, anyway. Several were made, but as far as I know, only one remains, and it recently sold to a buyer in France.
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Here's a thread about the 1957 Champ: 1957 Little Champ
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Here's one that's similar to the Little Champ, built in 1958. A Pleasurecraft: 1958 Very RARE fiberglass with fins pleasurecraft trailer LOOK
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Then there's the 1954-1956 Ranger pop-ups... while they're not a full egg-style trailer, the body and top IS molded fiberglass.

This one lived for some period in Spencer, IA

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