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Old 03-28-2010, 03:56 PM   #1
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Hi from across the pond, I hope this is in the right thread, Just a quick note to show you people, those who are interested of course of my latest project, I have owned a 1962 VW Campmobile for a number of years and have always wanted an Airstream to pull behind it for camping, meets and shows, But alas the price of airstreams over here is way beyond my pocket, and a little 1500cc single port engine aint the best muscle to haul. So I decided to make a mini Airstream type trailer.
I bought an old trailer off ebay and pulled it to bits, made a new chassis and plywood floor.
The frame or ribs I have made with a product used in construction to form internal walls in housing called gypframe its a U channel made from tin, I snipped the sides to make a nice curve with 2 pieces snipped and curved, 1 slotted into the other then formed round a template of the curve I wanted these are then rivetted together to to make a sturdy box frame.
The skin is made from .8mm ally sheet and is currently ongoing.
If anyone is interested in a mad Brit trying to reproduce an American Icon I will post more if wanted
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Old 03-28-2010, 04:23 PM   #2
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Post the entire deal,looks like it may be a very nice luggage hauler.
And welcome to the Forum,always room for a few more crazy people. Dave
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Old 03-28-2010, 04:31 PM   #3
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Luggage hauler The Grandkids are going in there..................................only joking. I will probably fill it with stuff we only use once in a blue moon.
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Old 03-28-2010, 05:00 PM   #4
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I like it!
This is not just a luggage hauler. The grandkids would probably throw all the luggage out to make room for them. Maybe this is a prototype for what Airstream should be building.
Thanks. Please share the rest of the build.
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Old 03-28-2010, 05:13 PM   #5
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I've often thought about making a smaller trailer to tow behind my classic AS MH. I would love to see more photos as you progress.

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Old 03-29-2010, 12:51 AM   #6
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OK thanks for the encouragement.
A smaller section of aluminium angle was used to construct the front section tighter curves as the gypframe prove to be too wide.

The rivets I decided on are a stainless steel blind rivet with a neoprene washer. I pull the rivet to a point where the washer is sealed to the frame, then cut the of the rivet off and grind the remainder with a dremel. No rivet shavers here, too expensive.
Homemade cleco's made the job of holding the panels together a lot easier as well.
The skins have been sealed with sikaflex and isolated from the the ribs with gaffa tape to stop any corrosion from the dissimilar metals.
The hard bit is acheiving the nice rounded look with the segments, this is just trial and error, as is nearly all of this project
I'll update more later
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:16 AM   #7
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Hi, this is really neat. Keep the story and pictures coming. I like it.
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I like what you are making also. With me, however, I find that when I build my own projects they usually cost more than buying a factory made product. BUT, the feeling of building ones own....well that is PRICELESS.
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Ok.. we've got to come up with a name for this... it's so cute. The Bee?? I can't wait to see it from all sides. It would be a very nice "tin tent" to go camping with-- I like it! Rae
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I wish I had the skills to make a slide in camper like that for my TV,something like the Avion. Dave
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Great project, Lucifar, it's looking really good so far. I really like your home-made clecos, quite clever.

I don't know if you've seen it, but there is a an AirForums member who cut down a larger Airstream to make a much smaller one. It's not quite the same as yours, since you are constructing yours from scratch, but if you're interested in seeing what he did, his thread is here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f191...pod-37710.html

Please keep the updates coming.

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Really looking Great!!!
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I like what you are making also. With me, however, I find that when I build my own projects they usually cost more than buying a factory made product. BUT, the feeling of building ones own....well that is PRICELESS.
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I know what you mean Neil, I have a good friend who has given me the rivets and the ally angle, If I had to buy that gear my budget would be well gone, I am reckoning about 600/$900 to complete. Considering a decent vintage Bambi goes for about 14000/$21000, The ally sheet is the biggest cost about 20/$30 a sq/m and like you say the acheivement of constructing from something from scratch, puts the cost in perspective.
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Great project, Lucifar, it's looking really good so far. I really like your home-made clecos, quite clever.

I don't know if you've seen it, but there is a an AirForums member who cut down a larger Airstream to make a much smaller one. It's not quite the same as yours, since you are constructing yours from scratch, but if you're interested in seeing what he did, his thread is here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f191...pod-37710.html

Please keep the updates coming.

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That is unbelievable, The quality of work is second to none, I wish I could produce that quality beavering away in my small garage, Oh to have plasma cutters and loads of bench space. Maybe one day
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