My name is Adam from Denver. I purchased a 1966 H24 from a friend that was almost completely restored and is beautiful. However, when we removed the belly skin to do some plumbing and LP lines, we noticed the frame is shot! This is so disheartening, and we are lost for an answer other than replacing this single axle beast of a frame. Any suggestions, frames for sale, fabrication services, willing buyers as is, or any and all advice? Please help, as we sincerely thought we were going to make so many memories with our young boys, and now we have a 4000lb paper weight!!
Hi Adam, welcome and sorry to hear of your unpleasant surprise.
Many of the Airstream type trailers with metal bellies have some pretty nasty rust going on with the frame. The enclosure contributes to the rot by trapping moisture. We even have that problem with our little campers with metal bellies.
One recourse is to talk to a local welder who may be able to help you. There was a guy in Florida who rebuilt an older 'Stream, which included the frame, which he did himself. It was totally rusted thru in many places. Check out the Airstream forum here: www.airforums.com/forums/ They will have a lot of info for and understand what the problems are.