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Old 02-05-2011, 01:46 PM   #391
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I agree with the idea of renting something that you don't use very often. I haven't had a truck for over ten years because I just didn't have enough need for it to justify the expense.

Now with a dirt bike things are a bit different, but I could still get something smaller than the full sized truck I bought. But as I near retirement age, I am thinking about plans to build up something more than a simple dirt bike hauler - more of a camper. So for the next year or two I will get the mechanicals working right and fix that all up, then start serious plans for some kind of camper build that can accomodate one or two people and a bike or two on a trip of several weeks.
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:13 PM   #392
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In the mean time I appreciate everyone's help but maybe I should ask the question over at the jeep forum from others who've actually done it instead of just speculating on the various and sundry ways bueller will end up road pizza
Please forgive the intrusion.
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:15 PM   #393
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That is really cool, but I'll bet it rides like a Landcruiser.
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:50 PM   #394
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That is really cool, but I'll bet it rides like a Landcruiser.
Yeah well, it is from a LandCruiser forum so I guess they are used to it.

The build thread I supplied a link to gives some pretty interesting info with kewl pics. This is not your father's LandCruiser BTW - it is a hybrid of old and new, not to mention the really kewl shell.

I like LCs, but it is a bit small for what I am planning, however the hardsided popup camper is very nice and that is a small version (about 1/2 scale) of what I would like to do for my truck.
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Old 02-05-2011, 05:36 PM   #395
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Please forgive the intrusion.
No intrusion, I just didn't see any point in going back and forth about whether or not it is unsafe. It may not be ideal, but there's really not anything unsafe about it. If you take a freeway as part of your commute every day, you probably pass hundreds of vehicles a day that are a much greater risk to your safety than a 2009 Rubicon towing a 14 foot trailer weighing less than 3000 pounds loaded.
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Old 02-05-2011, 05:50 PM   #396
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Last sidetrack from me. I just had to post this as an example of what other options are out there. I knew last night that I should have made an offer on it:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...K%3AMEWAX%3AIT
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Old 02-05-2011, 05:53 PM   #397
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I notice my camper towing with my FZJ-80 LC. No real issues, slow down plan ahead type stuff. expansion joints on a freeway suck though, and sometimes you hit them just right and that gets old fast. I need to add airbags to the rear to help with the bouncing.


the only thing I don't like are windy days, and getting passed by big rigs.
tail wagging the dog comes to mind....
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:12 PM   #398
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This was behind me last weekend at DVD. It was the owner of the company that built them. HIGH quality.

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Old 02-05-2011, 06:47 PM   #399
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This was behind me last weekend at DVD. It was the owner of the company that built them. HIGH quality.

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Old 02-05-2011, 07:15 PM   #400
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Well designed, well built. The doors even had two sets of weather stripping to keep the dust out on dirt roads. LED lighting, the works.


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Old 02-05-2011, 10:22 PM   #401
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Last sidetrack from me. I just had to post this as an example of what other options are out there. I knew last night that I should have made an offer on it:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...K%3AMEWAX%3AIT
WOW! That was a steal.
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:01 AM   #402
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If you take a freeway as part of your commute every day...
A daily commute. I should be so lucky.

Point taken, though.
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:05 AM   #403
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Yes, it was.
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:19 AM   #404
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A note about older RV's and class C's in particular:

The manner in which they were cared for is absolutely key. In my current profession I've seen motorhomes, 5th wheels, and bumper pull trailers literally become nearly worthless only 3 years after purchase because the owner didn't remove/replace the lap sealant on the roof every year. I've seen brand new RV's already leaking before sale to the first owner because they were left sitting through a northern winter with the slideouts extended, It isn't hard or expensive to maintain these things, but when you don't do it the resultant water intrusion can quickly damage the vehicle to the point of being a total loss. As for class C RV's, they are particularly suceptible to separation, leakage, and delamination around seams in the nose, and just due to general flexing going down the road they will eventually develop leakage where the body of the RV joins the cab. The difference between a good used RV and a pile of moldy shit is whether or not the previous owners knew enough or cared enough to keep up with these issues.

Personally I wouldn't buy any RV without inspecting the roof for leaks and soft spots, the floor for soft spots, the walls for delamination, the interior for any evidence of mold or water damage, the plumbing for leakage, and the wheel wells for unrepaired damage from tire blowouts (very common). And even if all of that checks out ok, keep in mind the roof on most RV's is wood overlaid with a rubber membrane. This rubber deteriorates with age and exposure to sun. Using a 30 foot RV as an example, figure the cost of replacing a rubber roof membrane at about $5000. That's just the cost of if there is no significant substrate damage or interior damage. If you start considering repair costs like that it becomes easy to see that buying a 10 year old RV 25% below NADA is only a good deal if it is truly in good condition. There is a reason why a $100,000 motorhome 10 years ago might only bring $15,000 on the open market today, even with low mileage. The reason is among other things because of the cost of maintenance and repair to the RV itself. There are lots of low mileage units out there whose powertrains are going to far outlast the rest of the RV. Don't be swooned just because something looks good in a photo and/or has low mileage. Get someone to check it out thoroughly so you know what you are really about to purchase.

I'm not an expert on this stuff, but I have been through training, toured the factories, learned repair techniques, and I write estimates on them every day for owners across the country. You might be surprised to find just how much of this stuff quite possibly isn't covered by your insurance company. Moldy, soft wood is almost always excluded, and any water damage from leakage due to lack of maintenance is generally denied.
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:00 AM   #405
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