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Old 02-24-2013, 03:23 PM   #43
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No reason you couldn't, if you engineer it right. Watch out for stress risers where bolts go through the frame (like for axle mounts, etc.) But other than that, it's certainly doable.

However, if I were going to that much work, I'd be tempted to make a composite shell as well. Sort of like a Casita on steroids....or like that new one from Keystone...the Vantage. Sort of like a composite Airstream.

Cool thing about composites is they don't fatigue and they don't corrode. Man you could be the first to do it!

Best of luck,

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Old 03-04-2013, 09:25 PM   #44
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Very interesting discussion.

Btw, if you think airstream was clever with lightweight skimponeering you should see an Argosy frame.

I tend to over-build things. I'm not an engineer and the only pie in my life is Apple or Lemon thank you. I do however believe that you will hear fewer complaints about the item that you over built then the item that broke because it was under built.

On the Argosies they used 2 2x4 sleepers to support the plywood. It wastes a ton of space in the frame.

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