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Old 08-27-2007, 12:33 AM   #15
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finally some of the 'modular' bits and pieces..

least you not believe me that the frames are bolted together...

here are some shots of the erector set piles of parts that become a frame...

i'm tellin ya this is something!

would I want a boltedtogetherairstreamframe...

evenifallthepiecesaregalvanized...

no.

but i've never been to holland either.

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Old 08-27-2007, 12:37 AM   #16
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the axles aren't dexter or henschens...

they too are from BPW again they make a boat load of caravan or heavy duty truck axles...

drum brakes and the aforementioned cable parking brake...

housings are galvanized too.

notice the bundle of brake cables bundled with the axles?

brand and part number are stamped in the hub housings...

wonder IF they are balanced

u enjoy the pics and i'll enjoy the replies...

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Old 08-27-2007, 01:03 AM   #17
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the axles aren't dexter or henschens . . . cheers, 2air'
Hummmmnn . . . they look like they might be . . . BPW Galvatorques?
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Hummmmnn . . . they look like they might be . . . BPW Galvatorques?
you should have been in marketing...



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here is the euro a/s tt full color brochure...

great interior pix, full option list, weights and so on...

as you can see the interiors are a mix of ccd, safari, and ikea like euro flare

i tried to up load earlier...

very nice, enjoy!

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Old 08-27-2007, 02:01 AM   #20
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and while the server is relaxin'

here is the caravan review piece from february...

lots of fun to read, ratings are pretty fair.

notice they had issues with 'condensation'

i love watchin the brits cook...

and the writing style.

and cassette toilet.

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Old 08-27-2007, 06:29 AM   #21
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wonder IF they are balanced
I would say an emphatic NO. There are no spots in the drums where heavy spots are machined off, nor metal chunks tack-welded on the light spots. Of course, they could have some highfalutin' balancing device I know nothing about.
Maybe they don't feel balancing them is needed. Isn't the standard speed limit for travel trailers something like 49 mph? If I did 49 with my Airstream, I not only wouldn't need the drums balanced, I wouldn't need the tires balanced, either, and probably no sway control.
Also, personally, I have to walk my dog, I don't think I'd want to walk my toilet as well. My neighbors would stare...
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Old 08-27-2007, 08:08 AM   #22
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Was that frame finished? I'm alluding to there only being like two crossmembers. I'm not sure how that new flooring would hold up if it's got to span that 12' x 6' space? Maybe there's more crossmembers to be added?

I like the parking brake idea, but a chock block is good (and visible).

Either way, I agree that I'd rather worry about a frame rusting thru than whether or not the guy "who bolted my frame together" arms got tired toward the end of the week.
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Old 08-27-2007, 08:28 AM   #23
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Wow, thanks Joe! I dunno, I'm not too worried about that bolt together frame, I wonder just how much that thing weighs as a frame alone vs ours. I'm sure it would save some weight. I think Euro roads are probably smoother than ours though.....

Sandwich floor... new housing uses a simular technique, OSB bound with foam for good effect, of course, those roads don't go down the road, do they? :> I think aluminum and foam would be nice (heck, even galvanized steel and foam)... think old Argosy floors but cheaper...

Are some Thor SOB's made with these frames? The Tada seems close.
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Old 08-27-2007, 11:30 AM   #24
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Right on about the speed limit for trailers, 80 kmph, same as the "lastwagens" or trucks.
Here's the difference between trailering in Europe and the USA. The long vacations mean that there is one long yearly trip from home to the campground where the trailer is sited. Usually the camping plot is leased for a season, some even include a garden plot. In the summertime the roads are full of those little trailers. Parking and setting up is a Major Operation, that's why there are handles on the corners of the units; people move them around by hand.
I used to belong to the Camping Club of Great Britian and Ireland, and this paid off several times because this included privileges and discounts at member campgrounds, as well as the monthly magazine.
Different world, different trailers, and I don't think European units would stand up to American roads and travel habits. Just my opinion.
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good perspective herrgirdner...

a garden spot would be nice, just so there is no mowing...

wonder IF they get to pull on the autobahn?

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wonder IF they get to pull on the autobahn?
IIRC, right lane only, 80kph max.
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The more I look at that frame, the more I'd like to take a crack at building one! Looks like my kind of fun! Joe, did they use some sort of jig to align it, or is it self aligning?

Wonder if I could get someone to press me a new frame for the Argy...
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, did they use some sort of jig to align it, or is it self aligning?...
didn't see a jig but it's possible. i don't think frame alignment is an issue...

in the same way axle/hub alignment is, but i'm guessing.

i think these units may have an automatic or power step too...

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