airstream for a cabin, weight of conventional aluminum cabin

Discussion in 'Materials' started by adamanderr, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. adamanderr
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    adamanderr Junior Member

    i have an airstream train 27 foot and have always wanted a houseboat. im wondering if the airstream could be a good readymade cabin for the hull. what is the approximate weight of a conventional bay/river style houseboat and what are they usual made of. i believe the airstream weights about 4500 lbs and of course a bit less without the trailer frame.
  2. SamSam
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    SamSam Senior Member

    Without the frame you probably wouldn't have a trailer. Maybe you can utilize the trailer frame as a main part of the hull.
  3. science abuse
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    science abuse Junior Member

    I would actually be inclined to remove the frame and save it for later use *as* the trailer.

    Weigh the thing without the heavy steel chassis, then figure out how much bouyancy you need to float it. If you have the bullocks to go "full-Hillbilly", your options are cheap and endless. :)
  4. Submarine Tom

    Submarine Tom Previous Member

    Put it on a ramped barge and you've got some real flexibility.

    The next question would be, power the barge or tow it...?


  5. BriggsMonteith
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    BriggsMonteith Junior Member

    "Full-hillbilly" love it.

    You'll have to post some pictures : )
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