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Old 01-03-2004, 03:33 PM   #1
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Airstream Auto trailer

Did Airstream ever make an auto trailer? Has anyone ever made an Airstream into an auto trailer?

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Old 01-03-2004, 10:33 PM   #2
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Not in this life...but perhaps in a parallel universe!

I'm sure it can be done, just costs cash, time and know how!

Personally, I think it would look pretty cool, but I too would cringe as I saw an old unit being carved up like a roast to do it!
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Old 01-03-2004, 11:49 PM   #3
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Is that your car in the link??? SWEET!!!!
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Old 01-04-2004, 12:03 AM   #4
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You mean a trailer for carrying a car?

1. The floor of an Airstream is narrower than the beltline. Unless you used a wide body ('95 and up - and not all models even then), you are going to have clearance problems. Unless you are hauling Morris Minors.

2. An Airstream is a monocoque structure. Its strength depends upon continuity. You just can't go opening up major sections without supplying very rigid framing. It is axiomatic in today's RV market that you must have slideouts to survive. So while competitors have 2, 3, even 5 slides, Airstream stuggled to produce even one tiny little slide, and that at an enormous weight penalty.

It is a little known fact that there was only one exception to this - the 1985 25', but only the model with the corner bed. They were designed for just this sort of conversion. As luck would have it, I have one that I could trade for your Continental.

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Old 01-04-2004, 08:13 AM   #5
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Auto trailer

Mark:
Is it just a coincidence that the '56 Mark II also had the rare 'corner double bed'? It was an option, most people preferred the twin bed model.

Anyway, I doubt there are any Airstream frames that would support a car that must weight over 6000#.
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Old 01-04-2004, 08:19 AM   #6
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can't remember where or when, but someone posted a pic of a airstream with a garage door on the back.

as i recall, it was rear ended in a accident and was rebuilt that way.

maybe after the photo site is back up i could dig around and see if i can find it.

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found it!

there are two photos of a "dune buggy hauler" on roger's odd airstream page.

scroll down a bit.

http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/rojohn1st...c=ph%26.view=t

thanks for keeping these pics roger!

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Airstream Toybox

My brother has told me that in the Reno area there is a shop that deals with quads and other sand toys that has a airstream toybox. He said that the rear opens like a clamshell. I have asked for pictures but have not seen anything yet.
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Old 01-04-2004, 10:07 AM   #9
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Nice Continental!


It would not be extremely hard to take a conventional car trailer and body it with a Airstream. Have to widen the body to fit the width and you would have to relocate the door or possible create a door to alow access to the side to alow entry to the vehicle. The biggest problem will be making the entry for the car. That will take some doing.

Most of us will cry if we see a other wise salvagable Airstream carved up but to each his own. It would be very unique. Just keep us vintage guys in mind if you do this and offer up the parts you strip off.
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Old 01-04-2004, 11:21 AM   #10
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Is there a database where I could look at the various configurations of Airstream trailers.

For those interested, the car weighs 5,300 lbs and is 18' 2 1/2" long and 6' 5 1/2" wide.

Thanks to all that left compliments.

The story of this vehicle is on page 2 of:

http://www.cardomain.com/id/barry2952

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Re database

Barry, if you're thinking of a vintage trailer, check out the VINTAGE ARCHIVE.
They have photos and specs on nearly all AS trailers 1936 thru 1978.
If you do decide to go forward with an Airstream toyhauler, I echo the earlier comment by 59toaster: "please offer up the parts you strip off".

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Old 01-04-2004, 05:29 PM   #12
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Thanks Rog,

I checked out the Archives and found them very helpful. I now know that I would need to use a 28' to 31' trailer because of the double axles. I read that the Airstreams got wider in the 60's but there was no chart of those measurements. What is the inside width and height of a 28-31' Airstream?

I'd be all to happy to salvage the discarded interior parts for anyone that could use them.

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Re: measurements

Barry, below is a link to dimensions for the 2003 AS Classic trailers. Other than wide bodys, I don't think these have changed much over the years, but I won't swear by it so use your own due diligence.

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http://www.paulsherryrvs.com/2003_classic_specs.asp
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Old 01-05-2004, 08:02 AM   #14
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Barry,

I have an even better idea, why don't you throw a hitch on that Lincoln and actually pull a vintage Airstream with it?

Now that would surely get you noticed at the next car show!!

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