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Old 09-24-2007, 10:49 PM   #15
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Hello all and thanks for the info.

I do have a whale tail model. The beds in the back are in (or were) the shape of an L in the back. One was curb side and the other accross the rear. I uploaded more pics so you can look at them and tell me what you think. not much left of the inside.

Got a lot of planning and research to do before I get started on the project. It is safe and secure though now.



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Old 09-25-2007, 07:50 AM   #16
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Ah, yes . . . the ever so cool whale tale. In spite of what the storage people did to your interior, it is a trailer worth saving. Having the double axle is a big plus. Good luck with your restoration and keep us posted.

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Old 09-25-2007, 09:27 AM   #17
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Thanks for the pictures in your gallery. The body is in nice shape! Swamp cooler? That's interesting....

Weight could become an issue. You would want to pay some attention to the approximate amount of materials in an original Airstream as you consider fitting out your Cruiser. I'd take it to a truck scale the way it is. I think your rebuild could reasonably increase the weight by one or two hundred pounds over original dry weight but you'd still need to keep an eye on how you camp (just like the rest of us!).

A good member by the name of Sugarfoot posted the weight chart a couple weeks back. It doesn't give the GVWR (subtract the dry weight from GVWR and you'd have the net carrying capacity). The frames were lighter in those days but a rough guess might be that an additional 800 pounds is in the ballpark. I don't know if Airstream put that info in the manuals back then -- it could be worth seeing if we can find a member who still has a manual from that era.

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Old 09-25-2007, 10:43 PM   #18
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pretty lucky with the condition....think that has a lot to do with why the thief wanted it. I have been thinking about switching the swamp cooler to an A/C unit. The few drawbacks I can think of is the power requirement and the noise. The swamp cooler also makes me think that this trailer was a park model.

I have seen a site where they reinforced the floor. As long as it is pretty much gutted been condsidering that. what do you think? Would it be worth the time and money?


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