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Old 10-04-2010, 03:39 AM   #21
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[QUOTE=2airishuman;901967]nice thread bret

are you suggesting they use a DIFFERENT frame mfg for these 1 off units?
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These are Dexter chassis. They aren't one-off builds but they aren't available as an option on travel trailers nor will they be coming to a dealer near you.
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i like the idea of a beefier frame, obviously the axles are rated appropriately...

so in this unit that would be 6,500 lbs each?
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The beefier frame comes with a higher base weight, 6500# axles, the appropriate coupler capacity, and a very stiff ride until it is properly loaded.
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does a/s do any shell reinforcements related to your spec/needs?

are more ribs or strategically placed ribbing used?
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The bodies are 23' standard or front bedroom units depending on where our client needs the entry door. For the factory to install ribs in any non-standard location would be very inefficient since the wall panels are built in specific jigs. It is not all that efficient to leave off parts, such as windows, since our vehicles have to flow through each work station on the production line until they reach the water test station where they exit the building. We install additional ribs (standard factory or our extra heavy ones) per our engineers' designs. We also install headers across large openings and heavy aluminum backers for the later mounting of exhaust hoods and fans, overshelves, A/V equipment, etc.
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do they do ANYTHING extra to the frame/shell connection?
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No. The standard bolts are installed through the wing beams, flooring and wall channel. We sometimes separate the body from the chassis, remove the plywood floor and replace it with 1/4" aluminum deck plate (depending on the order and the budget). When we do so we go back in with stainless bolts and nuts and insulate the floor panels from the steel chassis to prevent corrosion. Basically, we ignore any structural strength the body may add to the overall trailer structure. Because of the major modifications we make to the body we essentially use the chassis as a platform trailer to carry our load plus the weight of the body.
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or is everything related to the shell for these commercial units done in your shop?
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The process is very similar to ordering a livery or funeral car. You can't walk into your local Lincoln or Cadillac dealer and buy a stretch limo or a hearse. Ford or GM builds cars specifically for these markets and sells them only through a couple of custom coach builders. In our case, most units are one-offs with very little repetition due to meeting individual customer requirements.

thanks for sharing the pics!
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You are most welcome. It is part of the fun of being in this unique business!
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:01 PM   #23
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This was done about 10 years ago.

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The Snapple Conversion
What this is all about is "gettin' your hair dyed" some very different and very rainbow colors! The Snapple Man goes from event to event, setting up with other booths and quickly becomes one of the main attractions. A quick visit to his converted Airstream and he'll color you hair for you -- and the color will be your favorite Snapple color! We hear tell he was just in Long Beach, California and recently was on the lot of Merv Griffin Studios. What a guy! Thanks, Mr. Snapple, for letting us show off your very colorful and perfectly wonderful adaptation!
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This was done about 10 years ago.

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The Snapple Conversion
What this is all about is "gettin' your hair dyed" some very different and very rainbow colors! The Snapple Man goes from event to event, setting up with other booths and quickly becomes one of the main attractions. A quick visit to his converted Airstream and he'll color you hair for you -- and the color will be your favorite Snapple color! We hear tell he was just in Long Beach, California and recently was on the lot of Merv Griffin Studios. What a guy! Thanks, Mr. Snapple, for letting us show off your very colorful and perfectly wonderful adaptation!
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