Thru this manual covers all Airstreams for the 1978 model year, it is also a valuable aid for Airstreams of other years that are a few years earlier or later - as most of the Airstream systems and design layout remained the same for years
The complete 340 page factory Service Manual on CD Rom can easily be read right on your computer. Covers in FULL detail the chassis, shell, interior, water and sewage system, gas and electrical, heating, air conditioning, appliances, and cabinet work.
Whether one simply wishes to know their Airstream better than the regular owners manual allows or one is doing a complete rebuild and restoration this factory service manual is invaluable. No need to dirty the the entire manual when working on your trailer, just print the pages you require.
The company was founded by Wally Byam, who began building Masonite trailers in his backyard in Los Angeles during the late 1920s. Byam, a lawyer by training, published a magazine selling "how-to" kits to customers wishing to build their own trailers. He then acquired the struggling Bowlus Company. In 1936 Byam introduced the "Airstream Clipper", which was essentially a rebadged 1935 Bowlus, with the door relocated. The design cut down on wind resistance and thus improved gas mileage. It was the first of the now familiar sausage-shaped, silver aluminum Airstream trailer. Of more than 400 trailer builders operating in 1936, Airstream was the only one to survive the Depression. During World War II, travel became a luxury most could not afford and non-military industries faced an acute aluminum shortage. When World War II ended, the economy boomed, and people's attention once again turned towards leisure travel. Byam's company went back into production in 1948.