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Old 06-11-2006, 11:11 AM   #1
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Commercial AS converted to camper

Iíve never seen an Airstream converted from a commercial use to a camper until we saw one in Topeka, KS at Lake Shawnee campground. They parked right beside us. My wife commented to me as they backed into their site right next to usÖ..hey thatís an AirstreamÖÖ..and I looked in disbelief, until I saw the logo on the AC and front. They were from Lubbock, TX and came to watch the National Drag races at Topeka Raceway. The story behind this is quite interesting. Itís a 1998, which had been used as a mobile mammography unit until it went over a railroad crossing and the airbags in the rear deflated and caused the rear to buckle up the floor. The young couple bought it for $8,000 and were able to correct the buckled floor and replace the airbags. Then they bought a rolled SOB RV and scavenged the cabinets, toilet and sinks, etc to put into their AS. They have a king-sized bed in the back of the unit. It has a 20,000 watt diesel powered generator (picture of the door housing the unit on the side) that was previously used to power the x-ray unit. They rarely use it because it uses about a half a tank of diesel per day. It also has lead-lined walls to contain scatter radiation!
The only downside to this motor home that I could see was the lack of windows to enjoy the views from inside their unit. I didnít ask them if they were going to try to add windows or even if itís feasible.
Anyway, I thought this was interesting, so Iím posting some pictures of the unit so that if anyone sees a commercial unit for sale, there is hope that it can be converted into a camper!
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Old 06-11-2006, 12:07 PM   #2
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20KW generator, WOW!!

That is larger than most of the big all-electric Prevost conversions that have 17.5 KW Powertech units. They have sufficient power to run their entire house during a black-out if they desired. Better yet, they can probably sell the jumbo unit as a home emergency generator and relace it with something they could actually a 7.5 KW Onan Quiet Diesel. It would pay for their entire bus!!!

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Old 06-11-2006, 10:04 PM   #3
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Looks like they did a nice job on the conversion. $8K for a deisel pusher....not bad.
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Old 06-11-2006, 10:51 PM   #4
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WOW. What a great deal. Even if you had to put 5g's into it, it would still be a good deal.
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