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Old 01-13-2010, 04:23 PM   #1
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Making a Toy Hauler!

I have a 63 19' Globetrotter and it is completely gutted and needing new floor and axle from what i can tell. I am tinkering with the idea of cutting open the back to make a door and adding a heavier axle to make a one of a kind toy hauler. Any suggestions warnings thoughts or insight from the experienced would be greatly appreciated! Thanks Christopher
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:25 PM   #2
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I have a 63 19' Globetrotter and it is completely gutted and needing new floor and axle from what i can tell. I am tinkering with the idea of cutting open the back to make a door and adding a heavier axle to make a one of a kind toy hauler. Any suggestions warnings thoughts or insight from the experienced would be greatly appreciated! Thanks Christopher
That can be done, "IF" the trailer has a proper weight and balance.

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Old 01-13-2010, 04:27 PM   #3
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Terrible idea. Sell it and buy a toy hauler.
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Whats terrible about it? lots of room solid frame, starting from scratch anyways?
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:35 PM   #5
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Frames on Airstreams are not strong, a 1963, if skin is in good shape and is restorable is a trailer that is going up in value not down like an AS converted to a toyhauler would do. Just think it would be a shame....
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if you had a chevelle,that needed some framework ,would you butcher it up ? or fix it into what it should/could be ?
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Okay feeling a lot of negative energy towards the idea in the 5 minutes the post has been up. Let me say this is an idea thats why i am asking i havent started yet and butcher isnt a good word bc i wouldnt butcher it, i would retain the stock appearance as much as possible cutting along seems anyways i dont want an ugly or half A$sed trailer. I want something i can use and enjoy and be able to take my vintage motorcycles with me as well.
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It would be a shame to cut the skin on a 63', but on the other hand it's yours. So I say do what you want with it.
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Old 01-13-2010, 05:02 PM   #9
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well....we do LOVE our little puppies... hurts to see them go under the knife ;-) plus, the general anesthesia is REALLY hard on them after...they mope around for DAYS..

free country though, property rights 'n all that..

I will suggest you look at the awesome work here by Carlos Ferguson who, I believe made a "pod" from two end caps that he shows 16mm films in,, maybe?... check him out.. I think the link below is another renov, but the pod is here somewhere

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f321...ari-15592.html

...just keep us posted with pix, the gory-er the better ..
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If it's well done people will be thrilled with it. There are a lot of considerations to be made with regard to weight, balance, and strength. The first thing that comes to my mind is that the weakest point in the Airstream is generally at the rear, where you would be cutting away a lot of the support, so you need to re-engineer that area so your floor is much better attached to the shell. The shell will probably have a lot of flex at the back after you cut away the area for the doors. I would make it so the doors are a structural element, so when closed they will help maintain the shape at the back, much like a big-rig back door. You may not need a heavy-duty axle if you are not going to add everything back that was there originally. The weight needs to be determined before you start looking at axles.

That should give you something to mull over for a bit....

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The construction of an Airstream is semi monocoque, which means the shell carries a significant amount of the load. Being of this type construction the frames are not as robust as a toy hauler (per say). With cutting the back off of the shell you will lose the frame to shell intigrity and you will most likely cause a rear frame to shell seperation. The rear shell to frame area would have to be greatly modified to replace the load carrying capabilities of the portion removed to create the door. I hope that you have the aircraft structural background to make this happen, because if do don't have the proper skill sets, you are setting yourself up to failure before you even start.
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no mention of WHAT TOYS may be hauled...

frankenstreams like this are ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS.

if it needs a floor AND axles (and brakes) the project is likely to cost as much (or more) than just buying a dedicated used tow hauler.

frame/floor/ribs/inner/outer skin and END CAPS matter for shell integrity...

and for a NEW subfloor to contribute to the structure a LOT will need to be done (shell OFF?) to get this right.

so open up the back and one must reinforce many other bits.

besides it will be NARROW for some toy needs (wheel well intrusions) and the windows/vents and so on may still leak or break,

it's been done, but it isn't a good way to save money on a real hauler.

so forget about the "holiness" of an old stream, it's just not a great starting point for a hauler.

a true a/s enthusiast might do a great job on a project like this, for example towed behind a classic a/s moho...

that's been done here too.

what's the budget and toys?

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If you have an excellent car hauler maybe (maaaaybe) cut the deck down and put the AS shell on it....
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i saw airstream motorhome a few years back that was made into a toy hauler. had a large door that let down in the back for a ramp, had the rear skin on it, was a good job. it was at tom johnson rv in marion nc. real good fit on rear door with seal trim.
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