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Old 12-30-2012, 09:35 AM   #1081
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So what are you going to do with the bus? It always sort of pained me that you removed that much of the bus...I would have left a bit more and had less deck space, but obviously that's *me*. You planning to get rid of the bus now? Or are you wishing you had just kept more of the bus body in there and just used it as a lighter duty puller?


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I like the propotions now much better than before and am still glad I modified it the 2nd time.

Unless I can put it to good use and justify keeping it it will probably get rid of it eventually.

One thing it will do better than the Kenworth is going to riding events when not taking the camper along.
I used it several times this summer going to MX races and it worked awesome, and the double doors provide easy access to the inside.

For that reason and all the work I put into it I'd like to keep it.
Also, if not required to pull heavy weight it could pull 3.31 gears with the 5.9 under the hood, improving it's cruise speed dramatically.

On the other hand if I got rid of it I could add a 2013 XC 350 to my fleet and keep the Berg.

One way or another it's not going anywhere soon, unless I get an offer I can't refuse.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:45 AM   #1082
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I first saw it locally parked at a trucking outfit.

I called just hoping that it might still be available.

It was and here it is.
The Karma is strong in this one!


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Old 12-30-2012, 12:35 PM   #1083
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It would be but it's way too long as it is, the wheelbase is 27 feet.

I can barely get out of the driveway without making a three point turn.
so you could shorten it by 10', put a 10" box/garage and still have 4' for a hitch deck..., wow that thing is looooong.


Are there front axle weight concerns when empty on a truck like that?
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:02 AM   #1084
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:24 AM   #1085
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so you could shorten it by 10', put a 10" box/garage and still have 4' for a hitch deck..., wow that thing is looooong.


Are there front axle weight concerns when empty on a truck like that?
This one has a 12,000 lb front axle and a 21,000 lb rear axle so weight isn't a concern for my purposes anyway.
I forgot to mention this thing has a condo sleeper, which includes a fridge ,microwave,a spot for a TV ,power inverter and a double bunk too.
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:00 AM   #1086
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How about a trailer like this.



Built with this in mind.



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Old 12-31-2012, 06:18 AM   #1087
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How about a trailer like this.






All I can say is WOW.
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:23 AM   #1088
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All I can say is WOW.
Same here. That's a serious piece of art-deco that really captures my heart. I'd love to have it....along with the bankroll to maintain and use it.
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:41 AM   #1089
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Same here. That's a serious piece of art-deco that really captures my heart. I'd love to have it....along with the bankroll to maintain and use it.
That's the Curtis Vagabond, only a few were built.

There was a story on them in a camper mag a few years ago, very interesting.
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:38 AM   #1090
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That's the Curtis Vagabond, only a few were built.

There was a story on them in a camper mag a few years ago, very interesting.
Turns out that's a '38 Curtiss Aerocar, nicknamed "Vagabond". The tractor is a '38 REO. I didn't find any production numbers for that actual model, but, did find that they only made a couple hundred campers, in the company's lifetime. Looking at the time period, lack of technology, and complexity of what they did build, I'm surprised they even built that many.
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:46 AM   #1091
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Turns out that's a '38 Curtiss Aerocar, nicknamed "Vagabond". The tractor is a '38 REO. I didn't find any production numbers for that actual model, but, did find that they only made a couple hundred campers, in the company's lifetime. Looking at the time period, lack of technology, and complexity of what they did build, I'm surprised they even built that many.
Ahhh, I knew it was something to that effect.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:30 PM   #1092
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They have an example of a Curtiss trailer being pulled by a woody at the Glen Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport NY. He even patented a 5th wheel hitch using a car tire and rim to cushion the hitch connection between the car and trailer.
Looking forward to seeing what happens to your new truck.
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:02 AM   #1093
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That shot is taken in the parking lot at the Petersen Automotive Museum. An interesting bit of history. I'll get the details the next time I'm down there.

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Old 01-01-2013, 02:31 PM   #1094
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I hate to get so far off the original subject, but the roof lines of that truck look just like an upside down boat. I always thought that an old boat hull flipped like that would make for a good aerodynamic clamshell type bike hauler. I'm sure it would look quite hillbilly but it wouldn't create such a huge sucking vortex like most trailers do. Lower towing MPGs should be marginal.
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I hate to get so far off the original subject, but the roof lines of that truck look just like an upside down boat. I always thought that an old boat hull flipped like that would make for a good aerodynamic clamshell type bike hauler. I'm sure it would look quite hillbilly but it wouldn't create such a huge sucking vortex like most trailers do. Lower towing MPGs should be marginal.
Which truck, the REO?

I've been fascinated with the Areocar ever since I first laid eyes on the photos so talk it up all you want.
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