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Old 01-30-2016, 02:52 PM   #15
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That last picture looks familiar
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Old 01-31-2016, 02:01 AM   #16
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Probably a reason for that ��
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Old 01-31-2016, 02:32 AM   #17
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thank you so much dingo girl. Can you tell me what year your AS is and what was the last piece of metal spanning across? Seems some years had one piece of angle iron like a sill and others had an additional ladder cross member.
Mine is a 67 .
The last crossmember in mine was about 2 feet from the rear of the trailer. There was no angle piece from it to the rear of the trailer. I added one . It seemed like an awfully large span with no support in the bath area.
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:44 AM   #18
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Wow, it seems incredible that Airstream would not provide support for the shell and subfloor along the straight, rear section of the trailer. I imagine that area gets a lot of "accelerations", or forces from road bumps. Rear baths and their fixtures are relatively heavy. My trailer rear interior end cap is fiberglass, which is heavier than aluminum. My trailer has a 50 pound battery, a 10 pound converter, a black tank (which I moved forward), and a little storage. All this weight bouncing around like a big man on a diving board. I can't imagine Airstream making a trailer frame with no support for the subfloor and shell in that area.

My 66 Trade Wind has a structure angle welded there. But it is only about 1 & 1/2" piece and no more than 3/16 thick. I was happy it wasn't rusted away. It it was, I would have replaced it, no question.

KrisE is wise to have this important support added to her trailer. So is Dingo Girl.

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Old 01-31-2016, 01:31 PM   #19
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Sorry my error. The last crossmember is under the back window. The last one I replaced was two feet from the rear of trailer.
I tied those two together with an extra stringer.
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I think I'll keep with the plan of adding another cross member at the end. Sure can't hurt anything. I like your analogy dbj. Airstream did a great job w/mine, but I'm adding so much more "stuff". The only booboo I see with my build is the step coming in didn't have flooring underneath far enough to attach door threshold, but that could have been done 30 years ago by one of her owners.

She's gonna be pink and hold her rear high in the air.
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Old 06-11-2016, 09:01 AM   #21
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Onto the next, right?

I had my welder put a great new trunk in the back with some heavy duty structure as well replacing that rotten tiny angle iron that went at the back. He also made a black tank holder out of sheet metal that screws into the frame for easier removal. The two grey tanks are also ready, but only strapped at the base rather than mounted with bolts.

My other helper broke his leg, but before that, he took my nicely sorted plumbing pieces and grouped them in one pile. Now I have to figure out what goes to what... dang!!!

Today, we're cutting the holes in the steel tank holds for the plumbing, changing out one outrigger I got from VTS and hopefully I'm going to figure out this clusterF of plumbing parts. The pictures probably do a better job of what I'm talking about with the end brace
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