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Old 07-29-2021, 05:44 PM   #1
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Hey guys. Kind of an odd duck here as I bought a rough on the inside but nice on the outside 1976 Caravanner to rebuild into a permanent home. Iíve got no desire to travel with it. As a 70 yr old widower in pretty good health my son and I have bought an interesting 30 acre piece of property to potentially build on. Heís planning on a conventional farm house on his part while I want something wellÖa bit different. My first thought was a $$ monolithic dome home, my second thought was a much more $ reasonable older Airstream. I want to do a pavilion for my trailer to live under. I want to elevate everything at least 4 ft off the ground and a wrap around deck under the pavilion. The photo is something I found on the internet but itís kinda what Iím thinking. The others are my Ď76. My sad Caravanner is unfortunately 2 states away so it will be August before my son and I can fly out, rent a truck and bring it home. I would appreciate any input from stationery Airstream owners. Thanks.
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Old 07-29-2021, 06:55 PM   #2
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Think creatively on how you will make it a true 4 season living space. I can't give you much advice, but there will be challenges in winter if you are in that type of climate. It's doable but will take forethought. Looking forward to following your story.
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Old 07-29-2021, 07:28 PM   #3
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That's an interesting idea! The ultimate downsize, and you have plenty of property to put it on. The Caravelles didn't have many walls inside so it should be an easy job to clear everything out and rebuild the way you want.

I could so do that, but Mrs. A would say, "Nay, nay, not today."

How will you get if four feet off the ground? Rent a crane?
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Old 07-29-2021, 07:34 PM   #4
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Sounds like a project! Keep us informed.
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Old 07-30-2021, 09:07 AM   #5
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As you design your "pavilion" work out where you will put a *big* propane tank. You will have a propane heated "house" and a truck filled "house sized" tank is very much the way to go. Also work out what permits will be required to do all of this. Septic is often a pain ....

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Old 07-30-2021, 10:58 AM   #6
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And before you get it 4 ft off the ground and property "tied down," make sure you have it more or less permanently secured, as Airstreams have the habit of picking up and moving away --- that is, being stolen if left unattended.

I especially like your proposed AS barn. Here's some photos of one I built for mine:
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Old 07-30-2021, 03:53 PM   #7
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Your idea sounds great. Plenty of property, close to family, small enough to take care of and still be independent.

If your property is close to Aurora NC your climate is not too severe but you will have challenges as AS is not really a 4 season trailer.

As already mentioned a large propane tank will help in winter when the cold uses up more propane. You will likely need a dehumidifier which will help with condensation and maybe only need it plugged in during the winter or extreme humidity. Check under the bed between mattress and wood as it can build up there because of the hollow space under the bed. Because it will be stationary you can add as much insulation as your weather dictates. You could also put a skirt around to help with cold air underneath the trailer.

A cover will keep off hail, heavy rain, falling branches, mossy green buildup and a possible unusual flurry of snow. The cover will also minimize leaks that always creep up regardless of how well you seal it.

Make sure to seal up well for critters that may want to live with you or explore your warm surroundings.

The cover and deck also give you the opportunity for outside living and cooking area when weather allows or the trailer feels a little snug.

The image is from Texas Airstream Harbor where lots of folks have a trailer, cover, cabana or rvdominium.

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Old 07-31-2021, 09:52 AM   #8
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One very big decision in all this: do you put it up on blocks or keep it on tires? If it's going to be on a 4' "patio", blocks might be the better option. The big gotcha there is you now are immobile. There's no way to haul the trailer here or there to get things repaired. If an A/C goes out, somebody has to come out and fix it.

All sorts of decisions !!!

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Old 09-16-2021, 08:33 AM   #9
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Anyone know who owns this or where it is? Are they on the forum? Looks like a clever idea. These are the only 2 photos that Iíve come across.
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Old 09-17-2021, 06:36 AM   #10
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There are a *lot* of folks who have done something similar. Many of them have posted threads on the forum. I'd guess that <1% of AS owners are active here. The odds of finding any one owner ... not good.

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