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Old 01-18-2009, 09:46 PM   #21
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I left something out. Too light tongue loads (eg, < 10%) may result in a trailer that sways uncontrollably at anything more than the slowest speeds. Mid-1970 rear door Argosy trailers have very light tongue weights and display this instability if empty. This can develop into a very dangerous situation at speeds above 25 mph and well below highway speeds. Go into it with eyes open. Test drive away from other traffic & people.
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Old 01-20-2009, 07:43 AM   #22
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thank you all for exploring this brainstorm with me. and thanks for some numbers and better understanding, bob. if the trailer is every born, i will call it: Franken T, spawn of satan.

and please, if anyone has photos of airstream concession trailers for ideas that would be greatly appreciated. i found the www.cosmiccafefl.com which is VERY cute.
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:52 AM   #23
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:34 PM   #24
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Another consideration is that with each additional axle, the inside capacity for equipment goes down. The wheel wells stick up about 12" above the floor and about 12" into the space as well. They are about 24" long for a single axle. By the time you add another one (or two?) axle(s), the usable space along the sides has pretty much eaten up 3 or 4 feet on each side. In a GlobeTrotter, that's a lot. I would think you would want to have all that heavy equipment resting on the floor - not on the wheel wells.

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Old 01-21-2009, 08:00 AM   #25
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very good point shari. i guess i should explore the single beefy axle concept now that i have gone to the opposite extreme. i would like to hear some testimonials of those who have bigger vintage single axle airstreams and their experiences on the road when the worst happens. what does the trailer do when you get a flat? how does it act? i would imagine you can feel a flat coming? a blowout?
and thanks for the link, cameron. nice toaster!
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:14 AM   #26
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Best way to avoid a flat is prevention by keeping good tires under the trailer.
Well balance tire and wheel assembly.
Covered from UV damage when not traveling.
Replaced when the age of the tire is too old.
And a good condition axle if you have a torsion axle. (This includes the spindle on mid-1960's GT)

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Old 01-21-2009, 08:35 AM   #27
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very good point shari. i guess i should explore the single beefy axle concept now that i have gone to the opposite extreme. i would like to hear some testimonials of those who have bigger vintage single axle airstreams and their experiences on the road when the worst happens. what does the trailer do when you get a flat? how does it act? i would imagine you can feel a flat coming? a blowout?
and thanks for the link, cameron. nice toaster!
The single axle is ok, but a tandem offers much greater payload capacity, as well as safety.

No, you normally cannot feel a tire going soft. A "blowout" especially on a single axle trailer, can easily cause a loss of control accident, unless you have a "HUGE" tow vehicle, like a semi-truck.

Which way to go, for you???

You must start with drawings, placing each and every piece of equipment you wish to have, in it's place, at least for starters.

That will basically dictate what you should and must do.

Only you know what all you want the trailer to carry, and then have it reviewed by someone that can create your project.

Opinions are always great, but facts are far more reliable.

Which trailer you chose, is very important as Action pointed out.

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Old 01-21-2009, 10:11 AM   #28
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Shair's points about wanting to mount equipment solidly are certainly valid. However, by refrigerator is over the wheel well on my 34' Excella. It rests on a welded aluminum angle frame that supports the floor of the refrigerator compartment. You can see it in a couple of photos in this thread: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f425...aes-44474.html
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Old 01-21-2009, 06:18 PM   #29
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all my specs are real vague right now. i thought about building over the wheel wells too, but i have no idea of the dimensions or weight of any of the equiptment or even what equiptment and how its all going to fit together. so we continue to explore and learn. thanks all, for the input.
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