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Old 11-25-2008, 04:53 AM   #1
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Any pics of Airstream carport or shed you have built?

I want to build a structure to park my airstream under. It does not have to be completely closed. I just want to keep the rain and sun off the top of the trailer. I would love to have one for my home and one for my property. I would like to look at pics of some of the designs and buildings you have done. I am looking to use recycled material or do a hoop type of structure that is sturdy. Post some pics so I can see all your artistic functional designs.

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Old 11-25-2008, 08:46 AM   #2
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Someone here posted their setup at one of the Airstream parks out East. I'll have to see if I can find it. It was a heavy timber affair.

Sorry, but I wasn't able to find it. The member belongs to one of those Airstream only parks. I remember reading the history of the place, started in 1972, if I recall. The structures were pretty neat looking.
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:51 AM   #3
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We had an open-sided pole barn for our Argosy, it did exactly what you are talking about. I'll see if I can dredge up a photo.
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:03 AM   #4
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purchased this canopy at tarp world in Tacoma Wa for under 1k it works great !!
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:08 AM   #5
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kelino, it looks as though you need to change you profile from 'Currently Looking..."
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:14 AM   #6
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Link to TCPC Airstream Shelter

If I am doing this right, the following link will take you to the post referred to in #2 above:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/show...2&postcount=19
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:57 AM   #7
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Now I like those structures. The hoop version I have thought of because I have been involved with horticulture my whole life. I might be able to pick up an old hoop house cheap. The wood version is great. I need to keep my out for some lumber that can be recycled

You people keep the pics coming in.

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Old 11-25-2008, 11:21 AM   #8
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If I am doing this right, the following link will take you to the post referred to in #2 above:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/show...2&postcount=19

That's the one! Thank you for finding it!
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:05 PM   #9
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Brian,

Ours is just a common carport, but sized to fit. They're pretty reasonable and can be customized to suit your needs. Delivery and Installation (setup) is included in the price. Ours is 18X24 ft with 9 ft legs and the heavy gauge option. It stood up to Ike (which bent my stainless steel schedule 40 flag pole.) I have the soft side for the southern exposure, but you can order the sheet metal side or sides if you want. Ordered through carports.com. They were good to work with.

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Old 11-29-2008, 08:50 AM   #10
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Had this built last year. It's designed so that it can be extended. Note that both ends are open so I can drive through, turn around and park it so it's ready to go. There's overhead lights and a 30 amp plug.


This is the second attempt to add photos to this post to no avail!!!
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Old 11-29-2008, 10:23 AM   #11
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NTAC solution

This is the way the North Texas Airstream Community has their shelters (called Villas because several have living quarters at the back of the "Airstream port").
Building material is steel sheathing which can shed hail and other nasty weather events.
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:22 PM   #12
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check out my avatar. I'll look for larger photos. In the process of adding partial sides and the rear wall to it. It has 30 amp elec and a dump site built in.
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:53 PM   #13
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We looked into all sorts of things from cheap (less than $200) to expensive (more than $2,000). Cheap things looked flimsy. Expensive things were expensive and some were ugly. Correction, all were ugly. There are covers of made of things like Technalon (recommended by 2air) that won't scratch an Airstream but they were well over $1,000.

Then we narrowed it down to a pole barn or nothing. Nothing has won out (for now). A pole barn is simply a structure without side or front and back walls. A pole barn would protect the top and with some panels a couple of feet down the side, offer more protection. A 2 in 12 shed roof could be done with rolled roofing. It's cheap. Maybe 6 treated 4x4's would hold it up for a 25' trailer. The biggest problem to me is putting in the footings. It's not too hard to build a pole barn and you can just put down gravel for the "floor".

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Old 11-29-2008, 07:09 PM   #14
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Heres our solution to the sun and rain. Its made by Shelter Logic.
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Old 11-29-2008, 08:39 PM   #15
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"It stood up to Ike (which bent my stainless steel schedule 40 flag pole.) "

Roy, did Hurricane Ike make it Pennsylvania? Didn't know that. I live in Alvin, TX, about 20 miles from where it came ashore, with eye passing right over my house. Severe property damage, house ok except for all the vinyl siding torn off one side. 2 weeks with no power and about $13K to clean up, BUT ... the '78 Argosy was tucked away in enclosed storage, not a scratch on her! Here she is after the storm ...

http://www.airforums.com/photos/show...i=20866&c=3128

PS we were out on our boat in Galveston today, STILL a mess down there, parts of buildings washed up, and even abandoned boats out there!
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Old 11-29-2008, 10:43 PM   #16
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Here is the free-standing roof that securely protects my 1948 Wee Wind from rain, hail, sun and most other dastardly elements:



The three vertical posts along each side rest on 6" x 6" x 12' long pressure-treated rectangular "logs" that run lengthwise along each side and extend a few inches beyond the end posts. These two rectangular logs sit on top of the ground. The nearest one, invisible under the snow, is bolted via "L" brackets at each end to threaded rods have been set into buried concrete footings. The taller garage wraps around two sides of the roof, behind it and to the right. This creates an alcove that blocks the prevailing winds from getting under the roof and lifting it. Instead, the winds flow over the roof and tend to push it down (well, at least in my mind that is what should happen).
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Old 11-30-2008, 05:28 AM   #17
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Fred - Your shed looks great, but 2 observations / questions from Central Texas (where our maybe once-a-year snows melt in 4 hours) -
1) Because your Wee Wind is so nicely protected, how come she's covered in snow?
2) Doesn't your "Trotter" feel neglected, abandoned, sorta, 2nd bananna'ish?

Great looking shed! Do you have any plans to add onto it, for The Trotter?
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:58 AM   #18
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Me too, so I obtained four used no-cost 26 foot long wooden power poles, and cut them in half to make eight vertical ready-treated timber poles about ten inches in diameter and about thirteen feet long. I dug eight holes for these and slid them into the holes to form the uprights for the pole barn, and bolted them to 8" x 2" treated timber horizontals and standard roof joists to support a steel roof. I built it single-handed in two long days, it cost $600 and it has stood in Florida for seven years.
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