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Old 01-13-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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Towing a 31' Shell

Hello everyone, this is my first post and I am new to the forum. I hope to be an airstream owner really soon, which is why I am posting.

I found a 31' shell about 4 hours away. I am looking for some direction on how to secure the airstream and make sure I can get it back home safely. It doesn't have a floor. So, I was wondering if making sure the shell was secure to the frame and putting down a temporary floor with plywood would be sufficient to tow it securely.

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Old 01-13-2013, 07:13 PM   #2
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Tough, tough call. The Airstream is a monocoque structure. The floor definitely contributes to the structural integrity of the whole. Tow it without everything tied together an who knows?

I would have it flat-bedded home but that may be $$$.


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I think even with a flatbed at that height the shell will be wanting to move and sway. There is probably now way to do it safely without a floor properly secured and the whole trailer mounted again as a unit. Look up Colin Hyde in New York. They do a lot of rescues. Sounds like it will be a lot of work to get it 4 hours to you
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Its a little risky but I have seen it done and we have heard about it here a time or two. The shell is just bouncing around on the outriggers held in place by the original bolts? Is the belly wrap still in place or can the wind whip up inside? Freeway speeds might make an incredible news @ 10 story.

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You could secure the shell to the frame by using some strips of plywood that were the same thickness as the original floor. You would need to remove the bolts (which are probably rusty anyway if the floor rotted out) slide the strips of plywood into the c-channel and install new bolts through the c-channel and strips of plywood and into the outriggers. That should get you home.
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