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Old 02-13-2019, 10:35 AM   #15
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I was wondering if an airstream could have a small porch on top or even a collapsable canvas room to sleep in on the top of an airstream. I figure a bit of reinforcement would be due but i cant see why it couldnt.
Sure you can...

But it's going to end up being an awfully expensive mistake (and perhaps a source of embarrassment when trying to explain what happened to fellow Airstreamers)...

I'm with tjdonahoe on this one...
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Old 02-13-2019, 12:09 PM   #16
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What is the make and model of that truck bed tent?

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I think it is possible with the right reinforcement for example my satellite dish
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Old 02-13-2019, 01:01 PM   #19
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Buy a pre-owned Skydeck motorhome if you want to play on the roof.


Unfortunately, you cannot put any weight on a conventional Airstream or Argosy RV roof outside of the rivet lines, and even then, not a lot of weight.
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I learned about the roof, the hard way. My 64 Streamline has lots of ribs
and several lengthwise parallel ribs but is still subject to "dishing" if you
are careless about walking on it. I scrupulously avoided walking on the roof and it was in good shape. I took it to a local Nevada City repair place to get doors remade and vents replaced-- and I told them do not let anyone walk on the roof without some plywood to protect the roof. The next time I pulled in to check on the work, there the guy was up on the roof without any protection, he said he was "walking on the ribs". As it turns out that was consistent with the rest of his work, too. The sheet metal is not strong enough to step on without something to spread the weight out on. I now have several roof panels that are dished in, which may or may not be a problem requiring a roof sealer of some kind.
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Over the years the structure of the top of Airstream's have evolved. Prior to the introduction of the widebody models in the early 90's it was important to take great care were or even if one walked on the top.
With the introduction of widebody's the production method of the top of coaches changed dramatically. The inclusion of ducted air further added structure. I have, and will continue to walk on the top of my coach when necessary.
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Over the years the structure of the top of Airstream's have evolved. Prior to the introduction of the widebody models in the early 90's it was important to take great care were or even if one walked on the top.
With the introduction of widebody's the production method of the top of coaches changed dramatically. The inclusion of ducted air further added structure. I have, and will continue to walk on the top of my coach when necessary.

My 2004 widebody, when at the factory, the tech took significant care when walking on top. When talking with them they said as long as you stay on the rivet line you will be fine, but you should stay on the rivet line.


With the introduction of the ducted A/C, I don't know what additional supports they have placed in there, but even widebody, prior to ducted a/c I was specifically told by the factory service center that care and caution should be used if going on the roof of my 2004 widebody.
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The short answer is No, It is hard to even walk up there to performance maintenance items. Best to stand on ladder. I have new dent in my roof from dealer when the AC units were cleaned
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"I was wondering if an airstream could have a small porch on top or even a collapsable canvas room to sleep in on the top of an airstream. I figure a bit of reinforcement would be due but i cant see why it couldnt." Sure, it can be done. Probably won't cost much over $150,000.


Seriously, as others have said, this isn't a job for an amateur. First you will need to figure out just where there might be enough space to actually use. Then you will need some structural analysis to figure out if you can add any additional stresses in that area, and if so, where and how much. THEN you can start to think about what that new structure will look like, and how that will affect the aerodynamics of your Airstream.


Even other brands that have "flat" roofs have weight limits for them, and the roof isn't really flat, either. There will be a crown to make sure that water doesn't stay there. Some motor homes do have provisions for using the roof for more than just holding the air conditioners, but they were made that way from the beginning.
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