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Old 08-24-2011, 01:22 PM   #1
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The INFAMOUS "Tricked Out Tailgate Trailer"

OK everyone,

I am almost afraid to post this because of the enthusiasts of keeping the AS original but here I go...

I saw the trailer on Ebay about 4 years ago while looking to purchase a vintage one to restore. I saw the starting bid of $32,500 and thought wow if I could afford that I would buy it. It looked so awesome to me and got me thinking, I love football and how cool would it be to roll up in this. It had so many expensive upgrades. Viking everything like Grill, cooktop, oven hood, microwave, ice maker, wine cooler. All brand new and never used. It also had a Fisher Paykel dish washer, Briggs And Stratton generator, Playstation, 42” Pioneer Plasma TV and 2- 19” LCD etc. When I added it all up it came to over $32,000. Well I did not bid on it because it was out of my budget. No one ever bid on it. It must have had something to do with the disclaimers on the listing which I will talk about later. A week later it goes up for $24,000 starting bid, and I thought to myself, I am sure someone is going to buy it now. Well a few days before the auction ends I send an email to the seller. “I see you have an AS up for sale and it is not getting any offers. If you want to get rid of it I would be willing to offer $7500. I get an email back stating that it has a few problems. It leaks from the modifications and it is not road worthy. I called her and found a few things out. It seams that they cut a 4’ section out of a 1962 30 foot Sovereign making it shorter in order for it to have a large 4’ door on the side to gain access for tailgating. They also tried to use air shocks of some kind and that too failed. She said if no one bids she will call me to take a look at it. Well it did not sell. Kristeen called me and told me it was being stored in Patterson NJ only 15 miles from my job. She was selling it for her client “The Food Network”? I went over during my lunch break one day and the owner of the storage company told me a lot about the trailer. He was the one who gave the clear details as to what needed to be done in order to get it ready to tow. He told me of a company 1 mile from his facility who works on trailers for FEDEX and USPS to name a few. Just to get it road worthy would cost $2500. I was told they needed to cut the axle off and put a new frame and axle to the existing frame. Seemed like too much for me so I called Kristeen back and told her that it was too big a job for me and I was sorry to have wasted her time. The next day I emailed her and told her I did not want to offend her client but I would give $2,500 no questions asked. She emailed me back an hour later. “DONE” She will call me with the details. I found out when I picked it up that it was stored there for over a year at $500 a month storage fee.

5 years later it is still a project for me. I got the trailer road worthy as I have taken tailgating every year since I got it and took it to WV from NJ and many other places without a problem. The water sometimes is an issue but I got it just about water tight. It dripped a little through a sky light during a torrential downpour last week. I am always trying to improve it because it looks great and the concept is awesome but they did not execute it very well. One of the best things about it is that everywhere I go, people gather around and admire it. Even better than that is we enjoy it camping or tailgating and I know it is “One of a Kind”. Since I bought it 5+ years ago, we had 2 additions to the family. My two young boys (3-4) think it is the coolest thing on Earth. I will try to upload some photos at a later time.

The reason I am on this site is I will be asking for advice to problems I run into. I hope you all will be able to help even though they may be unorthodox in nature. My first issue is with the door lock. I tried to take it off to bring to a locksmith to get it keyed but it fell apart. What should I do? Take everything to a locksmith and ask him to put it back together or does anyone know where I can buy another one with a key?
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:42 PM   #2
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We will all forgive you if you tow it to a few Rallies and cook up some grub! ;-)
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:56 PM   #3
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check out vintage trailer supply or inland marine to get a new one...might be your best bet
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:02 PM   #4
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oh and one more thing...it doesn't have to be all original to be still be cool!
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:38 PM   #5
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What a fun read Please post pictures...would love to see this!
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:57 PM   #6
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:29 PM   #7
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I agree, I would love to see pics! Love the story! Welcome to the site. I am new too and I think everyone seems to be addicted to Airstreams and pictures of Airstreams!
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:41 PM   #8
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You got some pics. That would be cool to see. Sounds pretty neat
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:47 PM   #9
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Wow! What a story! Show us a picture of that door handle so we can help you.
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:14 PM   #10
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I'm new here, so without sticking my nose out too far...

Will somebody just call BS already?


Pics or it didn't happen.
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:52 PM   #11
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Few of pics on the site from back when it was being sold. I can see how that would leak.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...lly-28652.html







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Old 08-24-2011, 08:57 PM   #12
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That is really cool!!! I love it. Only thing, can you get rid of the food network sign? is it painted on or decal.
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:53 PM   #13
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My husband is a locksmith. He said one can definitely help you, be sure to save all the parts!
Awesome rig!!!!
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Old 08-25-2011, 01:44 AM   #14
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Neat trailer! Definitely one of a kind - and a great story about how you got it to boot Welcome!
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