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Old 06-24-2019, 02:22 PM   #1
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AS mounted on a column foundation?

My riverfront lot in Lee, Florida is in a flood zone. Has anyone ever put a large trailer on a column foundation w/ a deck 10+ft off the ground? I want to also put a pole barn style roof over all for protection. I really think it might work and be less costly than a stick built cabin.
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I originally meant this to be funny, but it could work too.

Use a pontoon platform, then you would have 1. An Airstream 2. A Houseboat and 3. Flood protection
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Hoisting the AS up onto the platform is going to be "interesting". They really aren't designed for you to do that. One work around might be to build the platform, get the AS (permanently / solidly) located on it, and then have the giant crane lift the whole thing onto the supports.

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Ha! A man after my own heary. Multipurposing.... There was a bad flood in '09 that reached one foot below a friend's cabin that sat on a 10' founadion. Trailers on the ground were washed away and/or flooded. One man drowned trying to rescue his dog.
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Hoisting the AS up onto the platform is going to be "interesting". They really aren't designed for you to do that. One work around might be to build the platform, get the AS (permanently / solidly) located on it, and then have the giant crane lift the whole thing onto the supports.

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I was thinking of one of those huge lumber yard fork lifts.
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Contact a CONEX box shipping company. They have fork trucks that will pick it up that high, easy. It's just those clamp marks on the ends may show . . .
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AS mounted on a column foundation?

Id put the Airstream on a platform, lock it in place, and then have them lift that without touching the Airstream.

Or, maybe park the Airstream on that floating pontoon platform, and anchor the pontoon platform in place the same way one would do with a floating boat house.

Crazier things have been done, I suspect.
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The problem (if one actually was going to do this) is the leveling / tie down / safety process as you hoist (likely) 10 tons into place. There are a lot of rules about just how you need to do it. I have only seen it done with cranes in the past. My guess is that there is a reason for that.

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Hoisting the AS up onto the platform is going to be "interesting". They really aren't designed for you to do that. One work around might be to build the platform, get the AS (permanently / solidly) located on it, and then have the giant crane lift the whole thing onto the supports.

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I concur.
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The system you propose will work. There is a fellow with an AS on top of a building. It's mounted on sleepers and was spotted with a crane. Drop the forklift idea.

However, my advice is to sell the AS and construct a purpose built cabin. No pole barn roof required. Can be just a scosh wider. Can have big windows, proper insulation, nice eve overhangs and the layout with doors for privacy and comfort. Cabin can be prefabed at home and assembled on the site.

Sounds like a great project. Pat
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Thanks Pat. I think yours is the best advice although we all on this thread thought it was a fun idea. It is just too problematic for what it's worth. Would need an engineer's sign off too I suspect.
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I think hoisting your Airsteam 10 feet in the air is a great idea.

Every neighborhood needs at least 1 trailer.

Yours would be front and center!
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Just think of the next flyover shot, house tops, light poles, high & dry Airstream with the awning out, neighbor's rubber boats all nuzzled up like piglets on teats for coffee the morning after. Might want to rethink this one.
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