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Old 06-05-2013, 01:30 AM   #1
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2007 19' SE Sorta but not really

My name is Richard I have a wife Leanna and two daughters in college. We live in San Angelo Texas

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Always wanted an Airstream but they just don't make one that does what I want.

So I built one... In the process of putting finishing touches on it now.

I have been lurking on the forum for the last several months trying to learn all I could about the trailers. I finally purchased the 07 19' in April and she followed me home from the Dallas area to San Angelo.

Even after viewing many threads about al the issues that can arise I still let my emotions get the better of me and bought the trailer because it was the one I was looking for. Then we get home start playing with the new toy and realize there are a few issues. Soft spot in floor under dinette, water leaks in plumbing several places including pump from obvious freeze, and odd s and ends type stuff inside and out.

Fixed all but the floor it is only a spot about the size of basketball and under dinette where you never stand.

A few of the things that AS does not offer on a standard trailer that i require and or desire....lots of storage, more fresh water, more propane, more battery power, generator, air compressor,propane BBQ grill, and a way to haul all our different toys.

I'm not new to rv's or even custom made toy haulers but this is my first AS.

I know that some are going to be appalled that I molested such a beautiful little camper..... But I do not see it that way... I see it as putting the little 19' to good use providing fun and pride for years to come.

There are still some cosmetic touches to be made such as covering up the wheel wells, cleaning the front jack areas up a little to look smother, and transitioning the toy hauler portion into the trailer a little cleaner.



Few of the specs

75 gallons fresh water

40 gallon propane tank

40 feet of aluminum storage boxes

18 x 8.5 feet deck for toys

Quick connects for propane grill and air hose

Onan propane 5500 ( I have a welder , plasma torch, and air compressor need large generator plus it uses about the same fuel at half load as a smaller one at full load)

Two truck batteries

Hurricane tool chest under tongue

2 7500 pound torsion axles

Converted half of lights to LED so far

Bambi is a special edition sport ...the best I can tell its like a flying cloud package( some of you guys will no doubt know more on this)

Trailer built specifically for this project.


Anyway thought I would say thanks and share as this forum has been a help to me with this project.
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:32 AM   #2
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:00 AM   #3
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Hey, good for you! Things really are bigger in Texas.

A few curious practical questions. How do you climb up into the trailer? (Hope you made the awning "stick" longer!) How long is the whole thing? Are campgrounds/ATVing locations big enough for that size rig?

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Old 06-05-2013, 06:34 AM   #4
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GREAT outside the skin thinking!!!

Congrat's...keep posting.

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Old 06-05-2013, 07:19 AM   #5
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Goes to show you, good looks isn't everything.

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Old 06-05-2013, 09:25 AM   #6
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Hey, good for you! Things really are bigger in Texas.

A few curious practical questions. How do you climb up into the trailer? (Hope you made the awning "stick" longer!) How long is the whole thing? Are campgrounds/ATVing locations big enough for that size rig?

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LOL, bigger in Texas was the name of my first build it was 10' foot longer and 10,000 lbs heavier.

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I did make a longer awning stick.

Have never had problem with place to stay, the total length of combo from front of truck grill guard to rear of trailer is 56'
Smaller and lighter than most of your larger fifth wheel travel trailers. Legal length in Texas is 65'
My last motor home with tow vehicle was also 55' and never had a problem
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:43 AM   #7
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GREAT outside the skin thinking!!!

Congrat's...keep posting.

Thanks.. Will do

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Goes to show you, good looks isn't everything.

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It is funny that you appear to be from Minnesota as so was the guy trying to get me to name my price at the propane place on its first outing. He was visiting family at Goodfellow Base here in Angelo. He has since emailed asking if I would be interested in building one for him. So I am of the notion that you two guys opinions cancel each other out, lol.

In addition when searching for the airstream multiple questioned my choice of camper as they thought they where ugly. Opinions of beauty or lack of do not change how I feel about my AS. One of the many great things about this country is if you don't like something you have the right to do something different.
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