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Old 12-26-2018, 08:36 PM   #1
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60's Silver Streak Needs New Frame

We just acquired a mid 60's Silver Streak Sabre (17 footer) in need of restoration. Has any one out there built a new frame for one of these classics? I would like to make one out of aluminum if possible. Any Suggestions? This is our first post and we are in desperate need of restoration advise. We would like to post photos of our progress so all could see how the restoration is taking shape.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:34 PM   #2
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Why do you want a new frame? Is there something the matter with the old one? That model came with a very good frame, they seldom give trouble. I should think the frame would be the last thing you need to worry about.
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Old 01-26-2019, 07:37 AM   #3
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Why do you want a new frame? Is there something the matter with the old one? That model came with a very good frame, they seldom give trouble. I should think the frame would be the last thing you need to worry about.
Thank you for your response to my post. In fact, you are the first person to have responded from my original post. When I first acquired the Silver Streak, I discovered that water had damages not just the flooring when you step into the trailer through the front door, but when I exposed the frame, it had completely rusted the area where the water had gotten to it. It is still winter here, and when it warms up I want to pull the aluminum belly and expose the rest of the frame. Looking through some of the posts on this site, I discovered a post where someone had built a new frame for his vintage trailer and it looked like it could be done. I appreciate your feedback
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These frames are good quality as stated before. and often when they need replacement, at all, they have been living on the beach. That will rust out anything. Unless the main frame rails are rusted through the outriggers can be fairly easily replaced.

Aluminum has a problem with fatigue cracks. IT can be done, but still not recommended most of the time. I'd use galvanized steel if I was going to replace a frame. It would be built/welded up, then coated.
That naked steel frame lasted for 50 years. Are you planning on owning it longer than that?


I have a 23 ft Sabre completely restored.WWW.Silverlodger.com for picture of the whole process.
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After thought here. you need to join the Streamline Royal Rovers Group.
Facebook page too. That is the remainder of the old Royal Rovers club for streamline trailers but it is now combined with Silver Streak, and Avion and any of the silver Trailers. We have a great event planned this fall at Dolores River park near Durango Co.We would all love to meet you. You may belong already.
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After thought here. you need to join the Streamline Royal Rovers Group.
Facebook page too. That is the remainder of the old Royal Rovers club for streamline trailers but it is now combined with Silver Streak, and Avion and any of the silver Trailers. We have a great event planned this fall at Dolores River park near Durango Co.We would all love to meet you. You may belong already.
Good Morning from rainy Southeastern Arizona, Thank you for the information about the Streamline Royal Rovers Group. We will look into joining your group. What a great place to meet and camp in Durango, Colorado especially during the summer. Right now I'm watching our SS Sabre get wet in this soaking rain. Thank you for your interest in our restoration of our Sabre. About the frame, I know there is rust and water damage to the frame and wooden flooring as you enter the coach. Our restoration will begin in earnest when the weather warms. We will be doing the restoration outside in our cul-de-sac. I hope I can do what you have done with your rig. We hope to meet with you and swap stories someday.
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Recommend a shell off restoration. Do you have any pictures of your rusted frame? Hard to believe that you need a new frame.

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Recommend a shell off restoration. Do you have any pictures of your rusted frame? Hard to believe that you need a new frame.

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At the moment and until we can pull up the wooden flooring, much of which has rotted out due to water damage, especially around the door, sink plumbing, etc., we are not sure of the entire frame's condition. Once we have the aluminum belly pan removed and expose the frame, we will be able to determine what needs to be done to the frame. Thank you for your comment and we will continue showing our restoration progress on this site.
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