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Old 04-04-2014, 11:16 AM   #15
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your trailer, do what you want. However, if I ever cut one, it would be to take a long one and remove the inner section

Here's an option. Take the 31 footer, cut the center section out. Make that have glass at both ends. Then, take your two end caps and bring those back together to make a super small bambi type.
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:27 AM   #16
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Another vote for "go for it" or do whatever blows your hair back. It is after all your concept as well as your AS.
Now about that Airstream Stonehenge….I believe that's the Airstream Ranch in FL. It's a take on the Cadillac Ranch in TX, not Stonehenge.
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:37 AM   #17
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Those LONG Airstreams can be had around here for a song pretty much any day of the week. I think it's the perfect platform for experimenting with, and there's nothing wrong with that. Besides, it's yours to do with as you please.

Do you have a picture of the railroad car you saw cut and used that way?
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:49 AM   #18
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your trailer, do what you want. However, if I ever cut one, it would be to take a long one and remove the inner section

Here's an option. Take the 31 footer, cut the center section out. Make that have glass at both ends. Then, take your two end caps and bring those back together to make a super small bambi type.
Hey Robwok, that is a very interesting idea! I suspect in this case, to please both me and my husband, we're both going to want to have an endcap and a "glass cap," but maybe we'll do that with the next one!
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:54 AM   #19
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Another vote for "go for it" or do whatever blows your hair back. It is after all your concept as well as your AS.
Now about that Airstream StonehengeÖ.I believe that's the Airstream Ranch in FL. It's a take on the Cadillac Ranch in TX, not Stonehenge.
Oh! I have heard of Cadillac Ranch but I've never actually understood exactly what it was. Now I've got to see it. Well, for that matter, I haven't seen the Airstream ranch either. The bucket list is getting longer. Here's a pic of Stonehenge, just for grins and in case anyone here hasn't seen it. You may be able to see why I thought they were related:

https://www.google.com/search?q=ston...w=1520&bih=795
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Those LONG Airstreams can be had around here for a song pretty much any day of the week. I think it's the perfect platform for experimenting with, and there's nothing wrong with that. Besides, it's yours to do with as you please.

Do you have a picture of the railroad car you saw cut and used that way?
Yes Stefrobrts, here's a photo of that houseboat. The problem is it's a terrible pic (which is why I didn't post it before) because you can't get any sense of the engineering that went into it and you can't even tell what an amazing visual effect it has. In fact, this image is so unlike the one I have been in on the waterfront in Sausalito that it's hard to believe it's the same one. If it weren't for the fact that they describe it as being in Sausalito, I wouldn't have thought they were the same.

(Note the Taj Mahal, farther down the page. It's another houseboat in Sausalito.)

https://www.google.com/search?q=rail...w=1520&bih=795

The thing to do, if you ever are in Sausalito in September, is to go on the houseboat tour where you will see some wonderful houseboat creations. You will only be able to visit some of them, but you can tell a lot about others from the dock.
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:06 PM   #21
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Nuff said.
The hacked up Airstream capitol of the world has got to be Austin, Texas. Dozens of them used to sell donuts, BBQ and cupcakes.
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:13 PM   #22
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What the hacker said

Hey, I just spoke to Eric, the guy that Chxtoy put me onto, who shortens ASs and here's what he said:

It's not too hard to do, as long as you keep the whole structure intact without trying to remove the shell alone, which, as we know, has very little structural integrity. Then get a crimper and an L-shaped C-channel of aluminum and expand it on one side and contract it on the other side to make an end piece that will cover the whole edge. Use two steel vertical supports at the end, dividing the opening roughly into thirds and install the wall - glass, whatever.

We may be on our way, but I still gotta talk to the local trades to see if I can afford this folly.

And I just added Austin Texas to the bucket list, thanks Newroswell! (Well, actually, it was on the list anyway, but for other reasons.)
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Jenniflow, there are a few good threads here on this subject. Here's one for inspiration, I think the photos start on page 2. I'll be honest though, I would hate to see a 34'er sawed on. They're more rare than the abundant 29, 30, 31's. I guarantee you will be spending more money on this than just selling it and finding one the size you want.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...eam-31076.html
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The thing to do, if you ever are in Sausalito in September, is to go on the houseboat tour where you will see some wonderful houseboat creations. You will only be able to visit some of them, but you can tell a lot about others from the dock.
Thanks for the link, that is pretty cool. Last year we had a company outing that was a cruise up and down the Willamette River in Portland, and there was a surprising number of funky little houseboats to see along the way. I had no idea that was even a thing! I'm a fan of all those Home shows about funky, unique homes, so I think that's all pretty cool.
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I saw all of them standing on there ends yesterday it broke my heart.do you think they would mind if could get one of those door handles?
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Let's not forget the Cosmic Muffin. which is/was a houseboat converted from one Howard Hughes former airplanes. Cosmic Muffin, a boat that was once an airplane | Amusing Planet
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:20 PM   #27
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Jenniflow, there are a few good threads here on this subject. Here's one for inspiration, I think the photos start on page 2. I'll be honest though, I would hate to see a 34'er sawed on. They're more rare than the abundant 29, 30, 31's. I guarantee you will be spending more money on this than just selling it and finding one the size you want.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...eam-31076.html
That is a great thread. I doubt I could stand spending much time in a 10 ft trailer but it is adorable. I'll read more about it, thanks.

Also, about the unusual length. This is very interesting. It has been my impression that there are more of the long ones around, as another poster said. We also have a classic 345 MH which seems more common than the shorter ones of that era. Maybe the big ones didn't get used as much?

Is that a common observation? that there are fewer longer trailers around?

There certainly don't seem to be a lot of people posting about the Limiteds, which this one is, but looking at it, I'm hard put to tell much of a difference between this Limited and the Excellas it's modified from.
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:42 PM   #28
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Buy a couple of Wrecks!

The Airstreams that were grounded were wrecked first. Is that installation still there? It WAS a big attraction for BATES RV in Florida, but they recently sold to new owners.

Since you'll have a road worthy Airstream after you do this project, why not consider buying wrecks? Salvage title, that can't be used on the road again.

Unfortunately there are always a few that get the rear end or front crushed by a tree. Insurance companies sell them cheap. Colaw's Salvage is where many end up... but to save $$$ you want to get them from the insurance auction.

It wouldn't be the same as one that had been cut in two but most people would never notice. There was a thread long ago about a man who had just finished refurbing his Airstream and was rear-ended, totalling it. He did something very similar to what you're contemplating - chopped off the rear curved segments and made a little porch, then installed it as a garden gazebo.

Go to the Google search and explore!

Last suggestion tinyhouses.com Not Airstreams, but Henry David Thoreau would approve.

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