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Old 03-19-2014, 04:13 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 03-19-2014, 04:20 PM   #2
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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?
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Old 03-19-2014, 04:26 PM   #3
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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.



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Old 03-19-2014, 07:29 PM   #4
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What a great project. Please post your progress pictures.

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Old 03-19-2014, 07:50 PM   #5
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Awesome!

Thomas,

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!

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Old 03-20-2014, 12:57 AM   #6
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Thanks for your warm welcome

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

http://www.tnttt.com/gallery/image.p...mage_id=102762

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Old 03-20-2014, 06:30 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:34 AM   #8
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Here is the next step: A ladder frame made from aluminum on my chassis.

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Old 03-20-2014, 07:53 AM   #9
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And then I added a aluminum treadplate platform with a frame I bent by hand.

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

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Old 03-20-2014, 09:40 AM   #12
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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).



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

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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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One question to the people here !

Is there a better place to post my homebuilt progress inside the Airstream forum ?

I'm not sure, am I in the right place here with my "baby airstream" ?

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Tom, nice work!
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Notice who has responded - Rivet Masters and a Moderator - and none of us negatively.

I can't speak for the others... but are you single? NOW do you feel like you are welcome here?

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One question to the people here !

Is there a better place to post my homebuilt progress inside the Airstream forum ?

I'm not sure, am I in the right place here with my "baby airstream" ?

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Hello, Tom! Quite a pretty little trailer, and I also love the ST-1100 sport-touring bike. I had a CB900F for a few years, and always longed for the 1100.

As for where to put your thread, I agree we should get it out of the 'Welcome' sub-forum, but there is no obvious place to put it that I see. I will move it to the 'Airstream Trailer' forum for now, with a link to it from where it is now, and that will give you some time to look around and consider your alternatives.

The Forums has a blog section, there is a spot where you can place member photos, for example, and that one supports text, too.

Have a look around, and see what you think!

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Excellent craftsmanship Thomas, excellent!
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Please dont move this, I am anixous to watch the progress, that mini is beautiful. Welcome.
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