nwgs motorhome addiction and therapy thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by nwgs, May 20, 2009.

  1. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    Thats one of the reasons that I got it-

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  2. sailwing2003

    sailwing2003 Been here awhile

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  3. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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  4. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    First deployment of the new (to me) truck and trailer. Both are a work in progress and need some cosmetics but the truck ran well for about 150 miles at a steady 50-55 and is returning excellent fuel mileage for an RV. The trailer is very stable and tracks well, and so far I am very happy with the space, comfort, and general livability of the trailer.

    It's really nice not to have an RV that wanders all around the road I'll tell ya!

    And also not bad for a travel trailer that was built the year BEFORE I got out of college and a truck that isn't much newer!

    Sometimes they really don't make 'me like they used to.

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    Sometimes however all is not perfect. I made a really sharp U-turn in the dark. The truck is incredibly maneuverable. The trailer is nimble. Guess that I need to recalculate those clearances however.

    Oh well. A patch should be fine. Can you bend diamond plate aluminum?

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    That cell phone booster on a mast may be a bit jerry rigged but I have to say that I am really, really pleasantly surprised at how well it's working. Out here where the coyotes were literally howling last night when I went to bed it's nice having a strong phone signal and good internet.

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  5. AdamFL

    AdamFL Been here awhile

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    Ouch. You can order Allclad aluminum fairly cheaply from airparts.com and use cherrymax rivets to patch, or screws for that matter.
  6. MeterPig

    MeterPig Meh

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    What about lengthening the toungue?

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  7. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    that's what she said!!!! :evil :lol3

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    Sure, you kin bend DP Aluminum. I'd use huck rivets. (probably hafta borrow the gun/tool though.)
  8. MeterPig

    MeterPig Meh

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    I have a soft spot for older classics.

    Much like the Clippers, it appears this Cobra has a fiberglass body. Fiberglass in my mind is better than stick and tin. I might go check it out. Love the old Dodge B van bodies.

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  9. PaddedHat

    PaddedHat Been here awhile

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    Not that I have a clue on this particular RV, but there were some really weird fiberglass rigs "back in the day" Some builders did glass walls in a real similar manner to old style sticks and tin rigs. They literally ran the stuff like aluminum siding, then used molded caps at each end of the rig. I have seen rigs that were 25 Y.O and beyond, that had nice solid end caps and glass siding you could poke your finger through. It seems that the siding wasn't nearly the quality of the caps, and the sun pretty much turned it to mulch. Don't know what you're gonna' find on this one, but watch the sides and make sure that it isn't about shot. Good luck.
  10. PirateJohn

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    thanks Adam! :clap
  11. svs

    svs All Hands on Deck!

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    You'd like mine then... 1988, getting close to "classic" status. Takes me the Misses and that Damn Motorcycle camping just fine, thank you very much!

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  12. PirateJohn

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    Maybe having it pierced? :lol3

    We were shooting the breeze about that this morning on FB. I kinda hate to because the truck/trailer combination is so well balanced. I am kinda leaning towards using diamond plate aluminum to make some patches that are basically disposable and perhaps double as access panels to the wiring under the skin.

    Here's an idea. Hide my keg beer behind fake wiring panels. :lol3


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  13. MeterPig

    MeterPig Meh

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    Well....just as I went to call on the cobra.... It had been sold.

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  14. Big Bird 928

    Big Bird 928 Long timer

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    I would go with the lengthened tongue, I HATE damaging equipment and if you have to be mindful of how sharp your turn is then the two vehicles do not go well together in my opinion.

    Another option is to cut the corners off of your flatbed, you won't loose a whole lot of space and can end up with something that looks like this.

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    How sharp were you angled to hit? By loosing just a little bit of the corners you gain a lot in turning.
  15. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    I like the large window. :clap
  16. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    I did a VERY tight u-turn in a Texas biker bar parking lot. :lol3

    When I get back to civilization (which could be weeks or months - we never know) I'll worry about it. Cutting the corners off the bed is a real possibility. That's a good idea! :clap It looks like the rails actually hit and those will probably be coming off anyway.

    To be honest I was working up a check list of mods to the truck and trailer this morning. Right now I am thinking about putting a lift for a trike in the bed of the truck. I am carrying two spare tires in the load space and considering having carriers made to carry them on the sides behind the tool boxes. Top tool box is probably coming off.

    Six months ago my plans were quite different. Not too many weeks ago I briefly even toyed with getting another truck for modification.

    "If you want to hear God laugh then tell him your plans." Or post them in advance on a forum. :deal:evil

    So we shall see. Probably not going to do much more than patch the hole until I get a garage/workshop set up and start organizing my tools and spare parts. That might happen as soon as later in 2014.
  17. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    My first motorhome was a Cobra same color and size, but on a chevy chassis, mine had the door where your big window is, it had a 350 not near enough power for the blue ridge parkway. :lol3

    the only thing about fiberglass rigs is the dry rotting and the separation problems some have.

    I put some miles on it though, I kinda miss it all but the mpg's:eek1
  18. Berto

    Berto Inherently Floridian

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    The good ones go really quick

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  19. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    So far the old Avion trailer continues to impress. I unhitched the trailer from the truck and raised the front end about 1.5 inches. Not much, but the bath tub wasn't draining completely. The trailer has bubble level gauges on the exterior and they are pretty precise.

    The photo is the base of the cell booster mast. It's strapped to the trailer so now it's about an inch and a half up in the air.

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    The trailer has 4 very hefty hand-cranked leveling jacks as well as an electrically operated landing gear. So it's pretty easy to level and adjust, although I do back the wheels up onto blocks initially.

    One thing that has pleasantly surprised me is how stable this thing is, especially with the jacks down, because it's usually pretty windy out here. Rocking back and forth in a cross wind gets old, and may have some explanation for why I am fighting vertigo these days.


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    I really like some of the quality retro features of this thing but intentionally was looking for an Avion that was suitable for remodeling. Not too nice, not too much of a fixer upper. I want to combine the quality wooden cabinetry for example with some more modern items.

    Anyway, I love this information center. I think that I have the clock working well again (duct tape works for anything - no joke!) with the exception of the radio which is dead at this point. I am thinking that a modern auto radio would be a nice retrofit.

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  20. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    One with a CD player and an AUX jack so you can plug in an MP3 player. :deal
    An iPod Shuffle would keep your place rocking around the clock for very few $$.