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Old 11-06-2016, 11:14 AM   #1
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Need renovation advice!

Hello all!
I recently purchased a 1971 31 ft land yacht to turn into a concession truck. I need some of your expert opinions. I am wondering where the best place to put my heavy equipment is. I know the bathroom of these models tend to sag so I know not to put anything back there but am wondering where would be most supportive of a few pieces of equipment like a freezer or refrigerator, up front by the hitch or toward the middle? Any input is very much appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 11-06-2016, 12:05 PM   #2
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I believe your heavier loads should be over or just in front of your wheels. If you load the rear end, you're going to have loss of control, as your hitch weight will be too light. Likewise, if you load the front end, it will adversely affect your hitch weight.
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Hi steamroller. I recommend you thoroughly assess your 71 Sovereign for structural integrity before you outfit it into a business trailer. Many Forum members have restored or renovated these lovely old trailers. Typical areas needing repair include the axles, brakes, rear frame, subfloor, plumbing, wiring, leaks, et al. Maybe all this has been done already.

Adding heavy commercial equipment to a rusty rotted weak trailer is a recipe for trouble. Airstreams were built lightweight for easier towing. And they have a lot of seams and joints that leak rainwater that causes the rot. Seventies trailers, and the southeast moist environment would make me want to know all is strong and ready for the weight you want to add.

Timeless Travel Trailers in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, builds many converted Airstreams for commercial use. They are nice folks. Take a look at their website for some ideas.

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