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Old 02-12-2017, 07:36 PM   #1
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Helicopter Lift

Has anyone or know of anyone that has lifted an airstream via helicopter. I would like to place one in the back part of my lot. The wow factor being how did this get here.
( it's cheaper that putting in a road)
I have an idea how to rig it but just wondering if there are any pitfalls with doing it.
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Old 02-12-2017, 07:47 PM   #2
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Subscribed. This should be interesting.

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Flying air streams there will be video
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Old 02-12-2017, 07:57 PM   #4
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I would think a large crane would be able to do the job if access is possible to get into the right spot.
Probably cost less than a helo lift, Not as exciting either
How ever you lift it, make sure they use wide spreaders on the straps to avoid crushing loads on sides and roof.

Will need video of how ever you do the job.

One thought to consider , is that once you start using it you may want to take it on the road.

Good luck in getting it where you want it.

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Old 02-12-2017, 07:57 PM   #5
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Back in the day of the Wally caravans they loaded Airstream's onto ships by rigging under the tires and a line to the tongue they would lift from those points.

Do a search for the caravans and you might find pictures of this.
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Old 02-12-2017, 08:03 PM   #6
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I work in the HVAC field. We have air conditioning units that are lifted to building rooftops.

We typically only use a helicopter to lift if locations prevent reaching by crane. I suggest checking out crane yards in your area first for a quote. A crane would be most likely a 4 hour minimum, and additional costs incurred to move any utility lines or other problems with egress. There may be municipal requirements as well.
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not a good idea

When you mentioned road, it sounds like the distance is not simply at the back of a city lot as would be an application that a large crane could handle. Therefore the helicopter is needed.

It is likely possible, but difficult. As mentioned, air conditioners are lifted when time is an issue. A fellow used a helicopter to deliver concrete, because the distance as the crow flew was considerably less difficult and shorter than the road to his house.

However, an AS will weigh enough to require a larger bird and the rigging will need to be more complex than what would be required for an air conditioner. Something like the skids used to carry military vehicles and a secure tie down system. Contacting a lifting service to discuss options is not a bad first step.

It really sounds more difficult than the shock value is worth and the coach would likely be lost to future use. Consequently, not proceeding seems to be the advisable coarse of action. A tiny house built in sections that are easily transported might be a better solution. Pat
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They lifted Airstreams onto the rooftop of this hotel. Don't know how they got em up there but might be worth investigating.
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I have wanted to do this for years and will follow this thread. I built a huge pond in my back yard and would love to have an Airstream office where I could go out there to work and watch the waterfall while the snow is falling. Kind of cozy
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If you have no road, how will you get supplies and other heavy/bulky gear out there?
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It's well out of reach of a crane . I am a crane driver so know the field well. It's up and over some 100 ft trees.
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The helicopter company is all over it . Quite easy in there minds. With their smaller helicopter they can lift 8000 lbs.
12 minutes fly time each way from the air port so leaves 36 minutes to do the lift to keep it with in a hour. 5k Canadian $
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There is a deer path which I can expand into a quad Road very easy.
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