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13 Airstreams That Made the Silver Bullet So Iconic

Cheapism Logo By Scott Nyerges of Cheapism | Slide 2 of 14: Businessman Wally Byam loved road travel so much that he decided to build a crude tent on wheels that he and his wife, Marion, could sleep in while vacationing. Byam's contraption, built on a Ford Model T platform, wasn't easy to assemble and not very weatherproof. But as a concept, says Samantha Martin, it was brilliant. He revised his plans, replacing the canvas tent with a plywood structure, adding a few creature comforts like a stove and ice chest, and advertised plans for the trailer in Popular Mechanics magazine as a DIY project. Byam dubbed the teardrop-shaped trailer Airstream.
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The 'Airstream' DIY Trailer (1929)

Businessman Wally Byam loved road travel so much that he decided to build a crude tent on wheels that he and his wife, Marion, could sleep in while vacationing. Byam's contraption, built on a Ford Model T platform, wasn't easy to assemble and not very weatherproof. But as a concept, says Samantha Martin, it was brilliant. He revised his plans, replacing the canvas tent with a plywood structure, adding a few creature comforts like a stove and ice chest, and advertised plans for the trailer in Popular Mechanics magazine as a DIY project. Byam dubbed the teardrop-shaped trailer Airstream.

Related: DIY RVs and Vans You Have to See to Believe

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