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Old 01-14-2008, 02:59 PM   #1
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What are your 'make it light weight' tricks?

Greets,

I'm planning in my small brain little interior modifications here and there to replace missing items and upgrade to newer convenience and styling. Have an unusable gaucho that's missing parts, new countertop formica, non-melted light fixtures,the list goes on.

The airstream is new to me, and one of the things I'm fascinated with is how they kept the weight down. Flimsy little aluminum rails & wood that when assembled make a sturdy bed, etc. You then compare the total dry weight of my 29 footer to a new 'feather weight' SOB trailer, and they all seem to weigh in heavier, even some that are 10 foot shorter. I don't want to turn my Ambassador into a 7500lb "light weight."

My goal is to update and have some features found on modern rigs (graywater tank, wine cooler...microwave...), while still maintaining the primitive parts that allow extended boondocking, with minimal increase in weight.

So, my question here is, what ideas do you have on making things light? For example, I'm thinking of re-framing the walls between the center bedroom and closets (rear bath), and in doing so just make a skeleton and skin it with aluminum or fiberglass.

Erik
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Old 01-14-2008, 03:21 PM   #2
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hi erik and welcome to the forums!

i only buy wine that comes in a box....

i've found u can save hundreds of pounds not carrying all of those glass bottles!

look around some there are several threads on 'weight saving tips' and light rehab tricks...

there is also a cost/benefit issue like with bicycles or diets, dropping the first 5 lbs isn't expensive or hard...

but trimming the last 8 ounces may cost big bucks...

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Old 01-14-2008, 03:41 PM   #3
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i've found u can save hundreds of pounds not carrying all of those glass bottles!
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Good point. Just throw the box in the trash.

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there is also a cost/benefit issue like with bicycles or diets, dropping the first 5 lbs isn't expensive or hard...
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Hey now.... that's no way to talk about my dog! He's big boned!
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Old 01-14-2008, 03:50 PM   #4
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I've always been partial to the "fill it with helium" idea...
My wife likes bringing along boxes of anvils, so saving weight everywhere else is a must. I'm currently removing my (broken) furnace, which will net me a 50 pound weight savings. Another weight-saving idea is to use 20 pound aluminum LP tanks, instead of 30's, saving another 20 pounds. Buying your supplies when you are almost at your destination will also help travel weight, as will aluminum cookware instead of Corning ware, Corelle or Melamine flatware instead of china, emptying your holding tanks before traveling, aluminum wheels on your trailer instead of the factory steel wheels. Removing carpeting, and replacing with vinyl flooring will save you some weight as well.
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Copper pipe/pex
Steel duct/flex pipe
Old fridge/new
old AC/new
Oven/stove top
wet insulation/ 1/4" foil
old converter/new
Steel propane/ Alum

There's a lot places to save weight.

I'm about 1,000 lbs lighter than most 31'

That saves fuel, easier to tow
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