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pan-european 03-19-2014 05:13 PM

Hello from Bavaria - Stainless Micro Airstream
Hello USA :-)

my name is Thomas and I live in Germany 100 miles east of Munich. I own a 1977 german/french Aluminum Eriba Touring Troll for use behind my car with my family.

And I ride a 1994 Honda ST1100 Pan European with now 153000 Kilometers.
Fascinated from Airstreams all my life, I decided to build my own unique and small Micro-Airstream to tow behind my bike.

Equipped with a torsion axle and a full aluminum frame and with a skin from stainless steel I hope to meet a weight below 300 lb.

Hope you appreciate my project.

Mit freundlichen Grüssen - Thomas

DKB_SATX 03-19-2014 05:20 PM

Willkommen Thomas!

I'm curious... if you're going to the effort of building an aluminum frame, why not skin it with aluminum instead of stainless?

pan-european 03-19-2014 05:26 PM

Thank you - I like the polished look of the Airstreams, but I don't want to polish my can twice a year. And stainless steel is only 20 lb heavier than aluminum.

This is my chassis.


bolerama 03-19-2014 08:29 PM


What a great project. Please post your progress pictures.


JimGolden 03-19-2014 08:50 PM


This is outstanding! Please keep us posted on your awesome project!

I ride motorcycles too, but have not done the miles (kilometers) you have!

Rock on dude!


pan-european 03-20-2014 01:57 AM

Thanks for your warm welcome :)

With this basic configuration I got my title and license plate.


pan-european 03-20-2014 07:30 AM

The reason if you see "Login to see photos without watermarks" on my pics is that I posted the photos in my User Gallery in the Teardrop and Tiny Trailer forum.

pan-european 03-20-2014 07:34 AM

Here is the next step: A ladder frame made from aluminum on my chassis.

Melody Ranch 03-20-2014 08:53 AM

Wonderful work. Please keep sending photos.

pan-european 03-20-2014 08:59 AM

And then I added a aluminum treadplate platform with a frame I bent by hand.

pan-european 03-20-2014 09:36 AM

as next step I added a second frame and wheel arches an connected it with a skirt of 0.6 mm stainless steel.

pan-european 03-20-2014 10:40 AM

And to complete my base trailer I closed the wheel houses ...

... and riveted all together !

The platform 3.3 ft wide and 6.6 ft long. The weight is 78 kg (172 lbs).


Foiled Again 03-20-2014 12:57 PM

Wow! Wish I had half your skills. Nice work. I look forward to seeing more.


pan-european 03-20-2014 03:18 PM

Here some more pics of my basecamp. It is approved for towing behind my bike and needs no further inspection and no extra insurance.

The airstream shaped sleeping box upon will be removable, if I want to use the trailer only as utility trailer. As payload I have more freedom in design and weight at the box.


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