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Old 12-25-2010, 01:21 PM   #43
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When do we get to see pictures?
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Old 12-25-2010, 01:28 PM   #44
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When do we get to see pictures?
My money is on this unit being mythical.
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Old 12-25-2010, 05:32 PM   #45
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lol, what a compliment. It's right there in my profile pic. Alright, alright, I'll figure this picture thing out again.
A lot of what I've done is in trial mode. I was going to post pics of the macerator setup, but decided it could be better. The shower works great but the plastic looks bad.
Then I don't want to fix or install anything because I knew at some point the shell would come off.
So I guess I'm in the shame, compile, plan mode.

But it does, very much so, exist.

I was going to say your's doesn't exist, and that your all probably working for the man trying to keep the fun down.
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Old 12-25-2010, 05:33 PM   #46
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hahaha trying to keep the crack off the streets
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Old 12-25-2010, 05:39 PM   #47
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Just finished reading this thread and my only comment is: ARE YOU KIDDING?

I have worked on just about every type of RV out there and for what you are going to spend trying to cobble together a huge amount of dis-similar parts and pieces, not to mention the HUGE amount of hours that you will expend, there are a large variety of RVs out there that would more than suit your purpose.

Need a garage? Look into an SOB toy hauler motor home from Renegade or one of the several manufacturers that custom build them for race teams. They will offer you all the horse power that you need AND all of the storage you could want. Plus, depending on the model, they have hydraulic tail gates and are rated to pull trailers up to 30,000 lb.!!!!!

Just buy it, load your tools and take off. OR.......get a used bus-type motor home with all of the basement storage you want, put your tools on heavy-duty slide-out mechanisms in the lower bays (lots already exist), set up your truck/car/van as a toad and drag it flat four down behind you.

You seem to be hell bent on re-inventing the wheel just 'cause you can and will wind up with 'Franken-RV' as a result that is neither re-salable nor roadworthy! Unfortunately, Airstream in NOT THE MANUFACTURER for you, as their market and construction techniques do not even come close to providing what you seek.

Remember, just because you CAN doesn't mean that you SHOULD!

And please, if you DO go thru with this folly, please keep the Forum Folk updated on your progress and travel plans so we can scrupulously AVOID being within 200 miles of you at any given time!!!!!!!

And yes, I have a Masters in Engineering and am an RVIA Certified Master Technician.
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Old 12-25-2010, 05:46 PM   #48
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Ok, ere are some limitations. Most states require Class B licenses past 10,000 lbs. The width limit in most states is 8' 6". The height limit in most states is 14'. In a few states, combined weights over 16000 lbs or 20000 lbs require Class A or B license.

In Tennessee, the height limit is 13'6", width limit is 8'0".

I just don't think you can do what you want to do.

Towing laws by state.
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Old 12-25-2010, 07:42 PM   #49
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I know why you want to stay 200 miles away, you don't want to have to admit how awesome it is.
yep, that's it!

Well I need to build the truck box regardless of what happens on the AS. I should build it, load it up and hit the scales. I'll also weight with the AS and go from there.
The only new weight would be the dishwasher, washer/dryer combo, and new frame/axles.
I can drag the main beams, they can't be that bad. The axles are heavy, but I'm removing the old ones. I'm sure I could figure what the beams weigh with out loading them up.

Buses and motor homes seem way more expensive to maintain. I don't move that often.
I picked the AS up for 3000 and slowly added and fixed. That's way less than a normal toyhauler, and they are ugly as can be, and they will be a pile of rust in ten years.

I'm curious which is easier to maneuver into tight spaces, a bus or a 31' trailer and truck?
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Old 12-25-2010, 07:54 PM   #50
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I didn't want to widen the wheel base anyways. By the time I get the ac off, the end height would not be but a few inches taller than original.
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Twenty five posts and no pics, what gives?
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Quote: I'm curious which is easier to maneuver into tight spaces, a bus or a 31' trailer and truck?

I don't think you are going to have any trouble maneuvering yourself into a tight space..
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Quote: I'm curious which is easier to maneuver into tight spaces, a bus or a 31' trailer and truck?

I don't think you are going to have any trouble maneuvering yourself into a tight space..
As with anything else............it depends.......... on your driving ability!

I've seen OTR drivers maneuver rigs with 53' trailers into spaces so tight you could not get a piece of cardboard in between the rigs, and I've seen drivers of compact cars have problems pulling into a parking space with 4'+ to either side.
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Old 12-25-2010, 11:01 PM   #54
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Why not just buy a used fifth-wheel trailer? They are not that expensive, and many have the features you are seeking. No second motor to maintain.

This sounds like something that would be created for Cousin Eddie in the movie National Lampoon Vacation!
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Old 12-26-2010, 12:20 PM   #55
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Well my name is Eddie lol.
The fifth wheel would completely destroy the tool box idea. Loading and unloading tools takes a lot of time, and bringing "only what I need" to a job site, never works.
The bus pulling my truck and tools, sounds ideal. It's by far not living in an Airstream.

I was wondering if a bus can make just as tight of a turn, and if the over all dynamics of it is easier to deal with. Reverse is a completely different creature between the two, does it make your life easier, or do you stay away from spots that you would have been able to manage easier with a trailer.

I could always, do a shell off, build a single layer frame with what I have?, sell off the axles and tires, buy new axles with more fitting ratings, possibly replace my original wheels with a higher rating as well, install the two roof ac/heat pumps, install a small dishwasher in the kitchen, install a combo clothes unit in the back closet or push my bed back into the closet and put the unit under the existing oven??, move my batteries to under the couch, maybe trade out my water heaters for an instant gas, keep the electric w/h tank under the sink, and keep the generator/s in my truck. I could also keep the water bags in the truck when boondocking/walmart.
I guess if I had a clean way of running an, easy connecting, umbilical cord to the truck, it would look good.
I would still add the scooter rack, and put the Lp tanks in the tongue. I would always have the option of mounting a gen, extra propane, ect.

Sound better?
It sounds top heavy, if I installed the two penguins. They are heavy! Can the AS support two heavy units on top? I have a ripple in front of the wheel well, I attributed it to the rear sag, but maybe the a/c helped the problem?
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That means everything is compact, hard to work on, and all the systems running through other systems and furniture. That also makes it more difficult to keep it up to date. I guess welcome to Airstream.
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