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Old 07-17-2014, 05:56 PM   #15
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Thumbs up saved me a big headache

Brad, you just saved us a big headache! Thanks!

I'm perfectly happy to keep it on the frame. I was a little nervous about relying on the floor and the aluminum to be all it had to be. The frame has a little superficial rust but should clean up well.

Now all I have to do (!!) is convince my husband that this is worth doing. Actually, I'm not sure myself yet that it's worth doing, it depends on how much it costs to assemble the 'toon part.

I'm waiting for a quote from u-fabboat.com. I suspect it will be too high for us, but my friend told me about them and I figured it's a place to start. Just crossing my fingers. I'll let you know what I find out.
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:41 PM   #16
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Jenni,

I would have hated for you to start the process of trying to remove the shell from the truck frame and then find out about the nails. I see your's is an 86 as well so I would be shocked if nails weren't used in the construction.

I understand why Airstream used them, as I'm sure they makes things a whole lot more rigid, but I'm also sure Airstream never planned on people trying to take them apart

If the pontoons end up costing to much you could always use a couple of logs

Sounds like a neat idea and if you end up doing it you'll obviously have to post pictures as you make the conversion.

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a couple of logs

I was vaguely starting to think about logs instead of pontoons! I imagine they would add a lot of weight, but that might be just what's needed for stability. It's not like we're going to operate this thing at high speed. I did just see a pontoon boat with a 115 HP engine, designed for waterskiing! Would you really use a pontoon boat for waterskiing? It just sounds absurd.

I think I will research the log option, if the pontoons turn out to be too expensive.

Of course there are a lot of used pontoon boats on the market now, but most of the ones I've run into so far are too short or too expensive.
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Actually I suggested logs more in jest than anything

I would think pontoons would need to be at least as long as the coach is so I'm guessing you're looking for 35' or 36' pontoons.

Here's one that's 32' long and would definitely be cool to set your 345 on!

Stern driven!

I'm guessing that somewhere online you should be able find out what a bare chassis Chevy P30 chassis weighs. That would go a long way in helping you determine what size pontoons you would need.

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I love that! Now I'm torn. Hmmmm

Oh, and don't worry, I knew you were joking about the logs. But I have a tendency to question assumptions, so I figured I'd just see how much they weigh. I'd need a big engine but if I use the 454 ... But it's probably way too noisy and inefficient. I like to reuse things when I can but maybe that's something someone else should reuse. Like someone going to Burning Man.


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