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Old 02-11-2011, 06:44 PM   #15
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The rear end cap will be very expensive to replace. Pulling aluminum dents cannot be done. All those damaged panels will need to be replaced. RUN away from this.

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Old 02-11-2011, 08:34 PM   #16
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I can second, third, and fourth those comments

My son in law said it best after he walked into the Albatross the first week we had it and said "So you bought a hitch and a shell?" I said "Now Dave! It isn't that bad!" Little did we know that basically we bought a hitch and a shell. It is turning into a lot of work and money even with a fairly decent shell. I am going to have to agree with the last few comments.

If we were to buy another vintage AS, we would be much wiser and understand how much you have to put into them to get them to the point you can safely and comfortably use them. So the next one we get will be....wait, did I just say "The next one we get??"

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Old 02-14-2011, 01:29 AM   #17
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Hi, All -

I'm new to learning the nitty-gritty of Airstreams, though I've long lusted for them, and have a basic question.

I'm considering buying a gutted trailer, much like the one pictured, and installing some display shelving for my business, much like plumbers and carpenters do with step vans, but in a more attractive, finished-looking version, as clients would at times have to look inside. It seems many of you would steer clear of this "shell" in light of all the work involved to fix it up--would the fact that, in my case, I wouldn't be trying to restore it to its original, inhabitable condition change your opinion of such a project? It's hard for me to visualize how much work would be involved into basically just turning this type of shell into a nicely decorated open room without the gauchos, cabinets, etc.

Many thanks for any insights!
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:15 PM   #18
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What merchandise are you hauling/showing? Airstreams were made to be light weight and can't really handle being heavily loaded inside. You also have to be sure the load distribution is good (most weight near axles, less on rear end, etc.) so it pulls well.

In the case of this trailer just to make it a display box, you would still need to fix any frame rusting, replace the wood floor, seal any leaks, replace broken windows, check and possibly replace running gear and electrical for towing lights. You would still have dents in the shell (mostly visual if you sealed from leaks) that may not "show" well to your customers which you might opt to repair.

Your still looking at everything to make this a habitable trailer minus the cabinetry. That being said, it would be a very cool hauling display case
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:47 PM   #19
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Grundgetta--love it!

Thank you so much for your insights. Enormously helpful as I wade around trying to determine the best configuration. I was intending to haul home furnishings. No big furniture, so I don't think I'd exceed the weight limitations. Love the idea of a vintage Airstream, just worried about the money/time drain it could be. Pondering, pondering . . . .

PS - apologies for hijacking this thread!
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:44 PM   #20
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"... in exceptional condition. Minimal work required for the chickens and other poultry to be comfy and cozy!"
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:08 PM   #21
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If I wanted a cargo trailer, Airscream would be my last choice. I'd pick a Haulmark with tandem axles and a ramp door. They have a heavy frame and according to my experience, they don't leak.

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