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Old December 5th, 2010, 08:48 PM   #101
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Don't drive like an idiot and 95% of the time you will be perfectly fine. Illinois is one of the Nazi Gestapo states though. I've heard that Wisconsin is bad too. I never follow the truck speed limit in MI either. So far I've been lucky. I'm sitting at about 63' and drove through both Illinois and Indiana, but that has been a few years ago though.
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Sweet build Andy! coming to Moab with us?
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Thanks! Jim mentioned it but I'm to broke from this, go figure it's over budget & over my contingency budget too....but that just the generator I'm getting for it. I'd love to since I may not ever make it before they close moab.
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Thanks! Jim mentioned it but I'm to broke from this, go figure it's over budget & over my contingency budget too....but that just the generator I'm getting for it. I'd love to since I may not ever make it before they close moab.
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Don't drive like an idiot and 95% of the time you will be perfectly fine. Illinois is one of the Nazi Gestapo states though. I've heard that Wisconsin is bad too. I never follow the truck speed limit in MI either. So far I've been lucky. I'm sitting at about 63' and drove through both Illinois and Indiana, but that has been a few years ago though.
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Wasn't saying you do. Was just saying that in general if people don't drive like idiots, the popo won't screw with them. I doubt that 25% of the officers in the country could recite the trailer length and speed limit laws for their states.
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Andy, saw this sitting behind the old Modern Metalcraft place on Wackerly last week. Looking good! Is that where you built it at? If so wish I would of know, would of stopped by and bs'd with you for a bit.
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Wasn't saying you do. Was just saying that in general if people don't drive like idiots, the popo won't screw with them. I doubt that 25% of the officers in the country could recite the trailer length and speed limit laws for their states.
I was just giving you shit. There's no choice but driving smart with this load, especially with my wife, 3yr old & 1yr old.

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Yup that's where we did it at. You wouldn't have fit in, we were actually working not just flapping our jaw . haha, j/k. I'll be up there from time to time, I'll let ya know when I'll be spending a day there, one of the days inbetween xmas & new years I plan to add a second motor to my landing gear to have enough power to lift this thing.

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Pretty much. I also have a 7.3L and bought the power pack bundle from http://www.stealth-automotive.com/ It was 4" turbo back exhaust, Gauges, Tony Wildman chip for around $1000 I believe. Really woke up the truck. I also did the oil crossover for around $50 which really quited the motor down and did the DIY intake.

Can't imagine going back to the stock form. . . . thought I'd pass it along and once again very impressed!

Bones on here, Bill is also a 7.3L guru who I'm sure wouldn't mind questions if you have them. Well, he didn't mind mine atleast
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Pretty much. I also have a 7.3L and bought the power pack bundle from http://www.stealth-automotive.com/ It was 4" turbo back exhaust, Gauges, Tony Wildman chip for around $1000 I believe. Really woke up the truck. I also did the oil crossover for around $50 which really quited the motor down and did the DIY intake.

Can't imagine going back to the stock form. . . . thought I'd pass it along and once again very impressed!

Bones on here, Bill is also a 7.3L guru who I'm sure wouldn't mind questions if you have them. Well, he didn't mind mine atleast
thanks for the info, I ended up with the DIY intake, MBRP 4" Turbo back exhaust, DP-Tuner with 120 race , 80 econo, 60 tow (for tag trailer w/Jeep) & 20 tow (for this setup). I'm gonna send my DP back in and have them add a decel tune, super ubber nice setup, they use the factory exhaust back pressure valve as an exhaust brake, add a TC lockup and bump up the trans line pressure to actually be useful...all for another $40 tune. Only down side is I have to switch into it, there's another system out there by SP Diesel (I think) that is seperate and works through your cruise control buttons, it's awesome but at $500 I'll try the DP setup and see if I like it. That should help slow this down a ton and keep me off the brakes on down grades through the mountains. The only thing I sorta (but not really) wish I would've done is get the manual trans. I still need to put a bigger trans cooler in, but other than that I should be pretty steup at this point on the truck. I'll add air bags if necessary but I want to get one decent trip in before I decide on that.

The camper all loaded definetly slows the truck down on acceleration of course, but once it's up to speed set the cruise and let her drink. Oh, I'm thinking I'll add a 45gallon auxillary tank in the bed since it's gonna be thirsty hauling this load, I'm betting 8-9mpg. Not bad considering my 2003 GMC 2500 w/ 8.1big block got that with just the Jeep on a flat bed.
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thanks for the info, I ended up with the DIY intake, MBRP 4" Turbo back exhaust, DP-Tuner with 120 race , 80 econo, 60 tow (for tag trailer w/Jeep) & 20 tow (for this setup). I'm gonna send my DP back in and have them add a decel tune, super ubber nice setup, they use the factory exhaust back pressure valve as an exhaust brake, add a TC lockup and bump up the trans line pressure to actually be useful...all for another $40 tune. Only down side is I have to switch into it, there's another system out there by SP Diesel (I think) that is seperate and works through your cruise control buttons, it's awesome but at $500 I'll try the DP setup and see if I like it. That should help slow this down a ton and keep me off the brakes on down grades through the mountains. The only thing I sorta (but not really) wish I would've done is get the manual trans. I still need to put a bigger trans cooler in, but other than that I should be pretty steup at this point on the truck. I'll add air bags if necessary but I want to get one decent trip in before I decide on that.

The camper all loaded definetly slows the truck down on acceleration of course, but once it's up to speed set the cruise and let her drink. Oh, I'm thinking I'll add a 45gallon auxillary tank in the bed since it's gonna be thirsty hauling this load, I'm betting 8-9mpg. Not bad considering my 2003 GMC 2500 w/ 8.1big block got that with just the Jeep on a flat bed.
Sorry if I missed you already posting that and wow I thought you'd be getting better MPGs.

With my truck camper, trailer and jeep I was netting around 14 in the mountains and 16-18 on flat land. What gears are in the beast?

and yes, it is a TON of weight so maybe that's a good number when compared to your gasser
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It's gonna catch a lot of wind, triple axle plus my truck being a dually is a lot of tires on the road. It's got 4.10's in it running 235/85/16 tires. Dually's only get 13-15 with a tuner, unless you drive like a grandpa. I usually do 75 with just the flatbed trailer....I'll be slowing it down a little with this load. Your SRW will do much better MPG wise anywhere any time....but my bro hauled his 5th wheel up to Boyne today for the winter with his 2002, 7.3 SRW and only got 8.3mpg.
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True over 2g rpm thry are thirsty. Once again very nice! I wish you lots of fantastic trips!
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I think it was Knaffle who built one with a pick up camper and swapped the taillights on the camper for LED flood lights.. Awesome idea to illuminate the deck. just switch em independently.. this is one of the top hauler builds ive seen so far, nice work!
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definetly going to do that, I have lots of "little" projects to do.....I just got the new aluminum to cover over the wheel wells, a 2nd motor for the electric Jacks. I'm going to have lots of things that I'll be doing for quite some time.

I'm taking a break until after xmas, then I'll get going on a few things.
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Old January 16th, 2011, 10:16 PM   #117
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now that christmas is over with I've gotten a few things done.

Installed the 2nd motor on the other landing gear & 2nd switch, lifts the trailer great now. Pic of the new shaft to accept the motor, had to rotate the jack 180degrees. Put a new hole in the side of the trailer for the manual over-ride, not that I'll ever use it, that's what a floor jack is for.


Got rid of the wheel wells finally too, looking more like it was meant to be. A few thousand miles and the shiny new metal should look like the original.





Also picked up a Honda EU3000i from a Dar with very low hours, the space the space I was hoping to use for the genny is right over an axle and this Honda is too deep to fit there. I didn't know what I'd end up with for a generator so I'm not surprised. I'm just going to cut an opening in the bottom of one of the in-floor storage behind the axles and make it work.

I think the next thing on my list, even though it's the least important, is to strip those ugly a$$ windmill & dutchmen stickers off. I thought I'd be content with the wheel wells gone, but it's killing me.
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Yeah Andrew, better get those stickers off before you embarrass the rest of us.
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Old January 26th, 2011, 11:27 AM   #119
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Awesome setup! Nice to meet you yesterday.....see you around work.

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Thanks Jason, good to meet you to I'll see you around the plant.

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