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Old 01-30-2008, 12:01 PM   #1
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New Retro LP Tank Cover

I'm thinking about building a LP tank cover and conceptulized one that matches the design ques of the trailer. Has anyone seen one like this? I know my '77 is not a 15 panel endcap but I think it would look ok.

I have a hard time imagining nobody has built a tank cover similar.
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I could use one for my 13 panel...
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Very cool. Could you make me one too?
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Old 01-30-2008, 12:21 PM   #4
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Nice! Build several and we will buy.

How do you plan to secure it in place and do you intend to make the top open for access to bottle valves?

I'm in for one.

great idea
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Looks cool. Is it going to be riveted? Because those panels on the curve are mightly small, that's going to be a bunch of rows of rivets right together. It might drastically change the look.
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Old 01-30-2008, 01:30 PM   #6
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Looks cool. Is it going to be riveted? Because those panels on the curve are mightly small, that's going to be a bunch of rows of rivets right together. It might drastically change the look.
I'm just getting into the details and the first thing was rivit spacing , specifically near the junction of all the segments. It won't be waterproof so the spacing may be further than we have on our trailers, say 2 - 3 inches. I may reduce the # of segments and see what that looks like.

Walter1 -The original plan was for it to be a single piece design that lifts off to access the valves. I could look at adding a top-center lid, good idea.

At this point it's an idea for feasability review, but I think it would look COOL
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Cool!

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...use-25056.html

Remember the Birdhouse? If I had any real talent I might have run the segments at a 90 degree angle from what you've chosen, though your choice is mighty attractive.

Your design could draw somewhat on the spirit of the birdhouse... or of a mini-trailer I saw at Penn Woods. On both The body including the endcaps was made from one piece of aluminum. The ends were just cut in pie shapes, the whole thing was rolled, and the "segments" were held with a single rivet that went through the pointy end of each pie shape. With that design you should be able to hinge the top easily.

I'm soooooo impressed even though I have a new Airstream, this is a truly creative idea. Patent it before Airstream adds it to the new 08 line!

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Very cool. I'm in.

Go for it. If you can design in a hatch it will be handy and retro cool looking.

Once I put my newer AS tank cover with opening lid on the '64 I don't know how I ever dealt with having to remove the whole cover to get to the valves everytime.
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Looks nice. But something that looks that good will also need a stainless steel rock guard. Wouldn't want it to get dented.
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Great idea HiHo. I love that look. It would be the perfect way to complete the front end of the Airstream. Very retro-cool.

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Remember the Birdhouse? If I had any real talent I might have run the segments at a 90 degree angle from what you've chosen, though your choice is mighty attractive.

Your design could draw somewhat on the spirit of the birdhouse... or of a mini-trailer I saw at Penn Woods. On both The body including the endcaps was made from one piece of aluminum. The ends were just cut in pie shapes, the whole thing was rolled, and the "segments" were held with a single rivet that went through the pointy end of each pie shape. With that design you should be able to hinge the top easily.

I'm soooooo impressed even though I have a new Airstream, this is a truly creative idea. Patent it before Airstream adds it to the new 08 line!

Paula
Thanks for the link Paula, I hadn't run across the mystery "Bird house" but had seen mention of it. Yeah, rotating the segments 90 degrees would make it MUCH simpler but I think I'll try to keep them in the same orientation as the front of the trailer. I am going to reduce the number of segments and see how it goes. I might post some images tomorrow.

Hopefully I can generate a lid for visual purposes. We still have a few weeks of cold weather and I don't have a Feathercraft ito play with, I might just bang one of these out.
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I think I like this version better, even though the form fixtures are getting a little complicated.
Probably not much progress this week. Upper management has decided to train me as a trainer...
Don't they know old dogs aren't supposed to learn new tricks?
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This is a nice design!
Did you pursue building one?
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Hows the tank cover project going?
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