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Old 11-15-2014, 06:28 PM   #15
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The tub is not heavy

Honestly, this is a mostly aluminum tub. It weighs 20-25 lbs and I can pick it up easy. There are attachments available to create a shower curtain surrounding it for a shower. Showers tend to use more water than bathing does.

And when I am stopped and hooked up to water and sewage, I want to be able to have a bath if I so choose. Of course, there is no water in it while actually traveling.

The rest of that bathroom us a bit over the top, but living full time in a space without a cramped bathroom is really what I am looking for.
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:34 PM   #16
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Corvus,

For what you want to do, have you considered an Avion instead? They are similar to Airstream, but have much heavier frames. For example, most Airstreams have two 5" channel sections making up the main frame. The really old ones had two 4" channel. My '87 Avion has three 6" box sections for the main frame, but it also has an 8" deep suspension frame that the trailer frame sits on top of. So you have 14" of frame where the bending moment is the highest.

I offer this in case you didn't want to fabricate a new frame or a bunch of bracing for your custom heavy bathroom.

I think your idea is cool. I'd do it myself if I had the time. But, you have to be extra careful with weight on an Airstream. They like big weights in the middle.

Silver Streak uses a heavier frame as well. In fact, I believe Streamline did as well.

If the cost of a new shell is prohibitive, and you are deadset on it being Airstream, I would recommend you look for a mid 70's 31 footer with a good shell that is not all beat up. You can buy those fairly cheap. Don't worry if the axles are shot. You just want the shell. I'd then weld up a new frame using 8" or 10" deep rails (I-beams are light and stiff) and swap the whole shell over. You can find creative ways to get rid of the interior.

I've often thought of getting two of the longer trailers, and making one super jumbo out of it. Take the front 2/3 of one and the rear 2/3 of the other

Best of luck with your project.
I had not looked at or considered Avions in general, since most of what I want falls into the weight guidelines for a two-axle Airstream. The tub that everyone is assuming is heavy is not. Nor would it have water in it while traveling. But I appreciate you mentioning Avions cause I can expand my searches to include them. So thanks!
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:39 PM   #17
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Just curious, will your Airstream be permanently parked; or do you plan on taking it on roadtrips?

The reason I ask is that the bathtub in your photo wouldn't be very practical for us. I suspect it holds more water than the combined capacities of our fresh-, gray- and black-water tanks.
The assumption for me is not that I am going to fill it up and take a bath everyday while traveling. Rather, it is an option for when I have access to electric and sewage hook-up, that I can have a soak.

The tub is an aluminum alloy that weighs about 20-25 pounds and I can pick up no problem. I do plan on spending long periods of time in one place, but will be traveling about every 3-6 months.
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:41 PM   #18
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I'm not sure how much water that tub holds,I would guess 30 gallons ?

That would be 250 lbs of water,plus a person or two

That could be alot of weight in the rear of an airstream,maybe put the tub over the axles would help ?

Also,it might be hard to heat 30 gallons of water with a 6 or 10 gallon RV water heater.

If the trailer isn't going to be towed than none of this really matters,in which case finding a 1970s 31' might be the best way to go.
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:43 PM   #19
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Getting rid of interior - $1,000.00!

Rent a Dempsey Dumpster, fill it up. They charge by the number of times they empty. Depending where you live, shouldn't cost that much. I rented one for a month - weekly emptying and cost $162.00 total. Inside of Airstream shouldn't take more than three loads or four in normal dumpster.
I currently reside in New Mexico. There is no Dempsey Dumster here, although there are other options locally. My problem is that I intend to work on my trailer in little increments as I have time. There is really no place in my residential neighborhood that I could have a dumster for any period of time.

Now, if I were intending to do it all in one shot, then yes, it is an idea that I have already contemplated.
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I wouldn't be surprised if a new "can" was $50-$60k from airstream.
Yeah, I'm waiting on a reply from the email I sent earlier today. I don't expect anything till later this week. But, I, too, expect it to be fairly pricey. Which is weird, considering that there is less parts and labor involved.

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