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Old 07-18-2009, 11:41 AM   #15
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yeah Stefrobrts I will consider all input thats why I'm asking. I do not have the moneys for a full resto.

I have not seen this in person either and was wondering if its even movable with the floor out? 50-60 miles
Moving it depends on how the floor was removed. the floor is sandwiched between the frame and the shell. As long as it is still connected it should stay together, but the overall trailer won't have the rigidity it would have with the floor intact. The frame is actually quite weak. It needs all three parts - frame, floor, shell - for strength. If it were my project I would have it moved on a flatbed, but that's just me.
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Old 07-18-2009, 11:44 AM   #16
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I've had similar dreams for a cool open porch on the back. I would've used a classic MH. Don't know if the TT frame could support the cycles weight rolling down the road. I almost bought a funeral coach a few montha ago. Thought the flip down stairs for the flower area would make a great entrance.

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Old 07-18-2009, 11:51 AM   #17
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i'll buy any windows, hatched or doors you cut out of that thing. The axles are not the only thing not able to carry the weight. The frame is also under rated for what you want to do.
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Old 07-18-2009, 02:26 PM   #18
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I like the idea but you have a serious problem !!!!!!!

1. First the axle is probably shot and new one is $800 and you would need a 5000 lb one probably, more money.

2. The frame is no where strong enough to support that kind of weight.. The shell helps hold up the frame. Thus you would have to reinforce it past the axles, which would add more weight... Have you seen an AS frame. they aren't made of much...

3. With that much weight behind the single axle it would tend to sway and swing.

I think you would be putting more money into it than you would want too. You need an 80's trailer. Most 60-70's trailers need new axles and that is nearly $2000 for a double axle...
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First off, I probably have no idea what I am saying structurally/or how you would do it...but here goes. If you found a double axle trailer in the 80's range and could do double doors on the side (opening opposite of each other), toward the front where the load can take it better, would that opening be wide enough for bikes up a ramp? Then, remodel the rear for living? Weight distribution is a very big thing in trailers - I found out the hard way
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Old 07-18-2009, 02:44 PM   #20
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If ya want a toy hauler GO cut up an ole SOB U can probably fine one that will do the job for 4 or 5 hundred. It would be a travesty to cut up that FC. What everyone has told ya is the truth. When ya start messing wiff the shell it weakens every other thing. Seeing its a MONO COUPE design and each part rely s on everyother part to make the overall strength. Find an SOB that has a channel or I beam frame and a tandem to carry the weight. But no matter what we say here you will do what U want ITS YOUR $800 bucks. But my thought it would be a sin to cut up that particular trailer. Just my thoughts
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Old 07-18-2009, 02:48 PM   #21
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It sounds like that particular trailer may already be sold anyway. That's another problem with Airstreams, when you decide you want one, you really have to jump on it! I spent about 6 months looking for mine, getting beat out every time I found one, until I finally placed a wanted ad in teh local paper. This time of year especially they are hard to score
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Here's another possibility, especially if you are a do-it-yourselfer. Keep looking for an AS, but make it a motorhome (yea, they cost a bit more, but if you watch-who knows!). Then you have the AS for living & can tow the bikes in something else.... maybe much less costly in the long run
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You would have to build a ridged frame and set your shell on it. Check out older Avions, they were a little stiffer. Silver Streak was ever stiffer yet, some with a 3 rail frame. There's a guy up here with your idea. He has an old 30 ft Spartinett, aluminum but flatside. He's cutting 5 ft out of the middle, bringing the ends togather. He's putting a door in both sides on the back, and using ramps. Drive his bike in one side & out the other! Front 2/3s for living. Gonna try to use his appliances way to the front for ballance. Bet you could tripple your money on that cloud!
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It would be a crying shame to cut that baby up. The frame and single axle aren't strong enough anyway. You'd be better off finding a SOB or wrecked, newer Airstream.
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Well y'all I thank you for your input seems someone beat me to that one thankfully!!
I found a double axle 1971 and have decided I can carry bikes in the tow vehical.
I looked at the brand new AS today at camping world ...man they are slick!!
I will look at the 71 tommorrow, its complete with soft bathroom area and everything is intact not saying where I found it ...seems some of you can't have enough A.S.

I'm sure it will need some work, camping areas are not the cleanest enviroment, so I'm thinking of aluminium diamond plating the floor... is there any body who has done this?

what is a SOB?
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My father-in-law (Bob) says SOB stands for Sweet Old Bob. But we also call non-airstreams, Some Other Box, or a variation there of.
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some old box hmmm thanks I;ll rememner that one

where do the water supply lines run in the 71 models? it appears I will need to run al new lines

tomorrow will be interesting I'll take pics and confer with y'all
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ITs SOME OTHER BRAND also. If ya diamond plate the floor you will run into a weight problem. Why do u have to modify a perfectly good thing.? But it appears you have mods on your mind and will not be swayed. Its your investment that you are destroying.If you go to those extremes it will not be usable to anyone else in the future and will end up in the salvage yard.
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