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Old 01-22-2006, 10:01 PM   #1
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Talking How long could an Airstream be....

and still be legal.....45 ft....hitch to rear bumper....could i put 2 soverigns together...weld frame to frame....reskin...floor placement...and build an interior to my specs and be a 45 ft...i would name it the 2007 Airstream XL....xl for extra long....just something that i have been tossing around in my skull cap for the last couple of days....

what are some things to consider....electric hitch...self-leveling jacks (hydra)...cross frames ....a third axel....

feel free to jump in and let me know where i am going wrong...there must be some weight to steel frame ratio or something about ribs....that i am just not catching .....

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Old 01-22-2006, 10:10 PM   #2
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I know there is a total rig length, as well as a maximum square foot issue.
Also, since our coaches are designed to flex as they go down the road, eventually you will get to a point where the frame and body flex will be so severe you will be spending more time welding broken frame members and replacing rivets, than you will spend camping.
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Old 01-22-2006, 10:11 PM   #3
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A little early for April 1st?

Most states limit overall length including tow vehicle to 55' or 60', so a 40' trailer wouldn't work behind long truck... Also forbidden is pulling a trailer behind a trailer (though I 've seen it done...). Turning a corner would likely be impossible using a tow hitch, and weight of Airstreams is approx 3K to 4K pounds per 10 feet of coach, so you'd be in range of 15K+ pounds, stressing truck and triple axle layout...

Other than that, seems reasonable...

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Old 01-22-2006, 10:37 PM   #4
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Been there, seen that...

... on eBay of course. A year or so back somebody tried to sell an "Airstream" that was actually a shell placed on a substantially heavier, longer frame that they'd concocted themselves. This was a heavily reframed unit. Did they extend behind the rear bumper and put a storage box back there? Was there an air conditioner on the tongue? I dunno -- doubt anybody kept a picture. The whole banana wrap symmetry was gone. T'wasn't pretty and I know it got very minimal bidding. We all can't be the 'Iowa Boys', eh?
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Most states limit overall length including tow vehicle to 55' or 60', so a 40' trailer wouldn't work behind long truck... Also forbidden is pulling a trailer behind a trailer (though I 've seen it done...). Turning a corner would likely be impossible using a tow hitch, and weight of Airstreams is approx 3K to 4K pounds per 10 feet of coach, so you'd be in range of 15K+ pounds, stressing truck and triple axle layout...

Other than that, seems reasonable...

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Trailer behind trailer is legal in many states. You see it mostly on the interstate with the 18 wheelers, but it is also legal (and crazy) with other types of trailers. Backing up has got to be a real challange!
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Old 01-23-2006, 06:33 AM   #6
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.....45 ft....hitch to rear bumper......weld frame to frame....reskin...floor placement...

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Articulated Airstream?

So how 'bout a 325 motorhome and a 32' Excella done as articulated unit ala' articulated bus style?

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i would name it the 2007 Airstream XL....xl for extra long....
or extreme looniness........
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why make your own......

thor already has a 41+foot model with a slide or two......and only a double axle.....saw another brand last summer that was a triple axle....i think it was 44/45 footer......

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