I've heard of this affliction called Aluminitus and I got bit.
International I believe. The man I bought it from
has used it for storage for 16/17 years.....man he bought
it from was a similar story. (Good news is that it's not been
on the road for something like 30 years!!!!)
The bad: totally gutted with rotten floors
The good: totally gutted but fairly dent free exterior. Especially
the end curved caps are very good. Sides and roof very straight.
The bad: Where there was the water heater a hack job
of a patch so the whole lower road side panel aft is going
to have to be replaced. Aft storage is capped off. two cracked
The good: the axels and belly pan under look ok.
The bad: someone used a torch to cut off the bumper.
This is going to be a major mission. But I'm going to keep it
very, very $imple. I will NOT try to restore this trailer to original.
This is going to be a serious Boon docking machine with all solar/LED and
propane. A good friend of mine who is a wicked smart engineer out fit his 42' sailboat to live off grid for at least a month and will advise me. I'm fairly handy and know basic yacht carpentry and electrical, plumbing etc.
My current trailer Tinbad (home) has taught me a lot about these babies and the Airstream Forums have all the accumulated knowledge needed for my journey into the deep dark recesses of Airstream history and repair.
FIRST QUESTION: As I will be keeping interior cabinetry to a minimum for as open a floor plan as possible (and light weight).......Does the shell some how rely on the interior cabinetry for support and rigidity?
SECOND QUESTION: At what point in weight savings does the trailer become susceptible to being blown over in a high wind.??? Or truck air disturbance??
Here's a couple first pics. Hope fully the PO will deliver it to me tomorrow morning (fingers crossed, no tags, insurance but it's all back roads).
Scared and Excited PS: Assuming all goes well tomorrow this trailer will be named after Sinbad's (Tinbad"s) wife....well, sort of, lore has it that her name was Princess Parissa....There for she'll be Tarissa for the black top I hope to have her travel on. Sorry Tinbad that I could'ent afford a younger gal for ya but we'll gussy her up. Why are there no "female" emoticons?