Hi ya'll, thought I would give a quick intro and explain why I've been lurking here so long, and why you will see me for quite some time in the future. I live in Dallas, TX and have wanted to own my own home for a while, but after talking to a bunch of my friends who own homes I have realized the immense expense involved - the actual mortgage, property insurance, property tax, unexpected repairs, and incredibly intrusive HOA's, plus the massive transaction cost of buying and selling a home, in time and money. So over a year ago I decided to shift my dream from a House to a Home, and for a year I really wanted an Airstream. While driving down I45 to Houston one day I saw a Silver Streak parked on the side of the road, thought it was a custom Airstream, so I pulled over and checked it out. Well, I was impressed, to say the least, and after doing extensive research on these forums I have decided that I want a late 70's or 80's model Silver Streak 34ft. I love the huge wrap around windows and increased interior space over the airstreams. Ideally I want to completely gut the whole thing and do my own remodel and design of the interior. I realize this is a long process - finding the right trailer, then buying it and getting it to my warehouse, then gutting it, then 2,000 hours of design and $20,000 worth of rebuilding. I am 25 years old now and I hope to be finished by my 30th birthday. I want to create the ultimate trailer home with all of the things a small apartment would have, including washer/dryer, dishwasher, mini gym and an office. The Silver Streak 34 is definitely big enough for all of this, especially because I have a good design eye and an engineering-type mind. Maybe with the help of Andrew T I can get my BMW X5 tow vehicle to work with it, but I will probably end up getting a Quadrasteer 1500
series truck when I actually near completion of the project. I think the 34, or even 36, length makes the most sense simply because I will be buying this for the very long term - I want to design it now to be fully functioning for the next 30+ years, which I think is feasible considering there are still 1980's trailers working well now.
One of the things I am trying to figure out is: how can I create a pass-through urinal system? I started a thread on Boondocking, something i am very interested in, and someone had a great suggestion: you fill up your tanks at a much slower rate if you Pee outside. Well, what if I added a 2nd, smaller toilet, that was a urinal only, and basically create a pipe pass through to the bottom of the trailer, with a fine mesh screen to prevent bugs and other creepy crawlers from coming in. The other problem with this is that I would need to figure out how to create a "cut off" as to completely insulate the trailer.
Another thing I have thought of is creating a Roof entrance, exactly like a submarine. There are tons of reasons to do this, for safety primarily (what if there is something preventing you from leaving the only regular door), but this is something that I would need to put a lot of thought into.
If ya'll have any thoughts feel free to voice them! Its a beautiful day here, wish I was Airstreaming!