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Old January 27th, 2011, 02:59 PM   #121
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Jim, this is for you....I'm bored at home with a sick kid (nevermind doing something useful around the house whiel he's napping) so I got crazy with photoshop. I even edited most of the pics to get rid of the wheel wells

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Old January 27th, 2011, 05:09 PM   #122
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Thank you. You are no longer an embarrassment.
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Old January 27th, 2011, 05:48 PM   #123
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Fewww, thank you! I wish I could say the same for you, lol
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Old January 30th, 2011, 06:43 AM   #124
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Fewww, thank you! I wish I could say the same for you, lol
Ouch.
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Nice work Andrew. Looks like a serious upgrade to the Andrew / Brent Canadian love shack. :-)
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Old April 24th, 2011, 09:45 AM   #126
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Awesome, totally awesome!
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Old May 1st, 2011, 10:35 PM   #127
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Nice work Andrew. Looks like a serious upgrade to the Andrew / Brent Canadian love shack. :-)
you're just wishing you could shack up with us....was talking about our trip yesterday, it still gives me chills thinking about waking up in the morning, that was COLD!!!

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Thanks!

I rolled it out of storage today, sanitized the water system put a new battery in going tomorrow to get 4 more new tires on it and heading out next weekend for some camping, to bad my Jeep is in pieces otherwise I'd toss it on to see how the whole rig does before we goto Harlan in a few weeks....probably throw my wife's car on just to see and to counter balance some of the weight, truck squats big time without something on the back. I think it's time to get the airbags on!
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Old May 1st, 2011, 10:45 PM   #128
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probably throw my wife's car on just to see and to counter balance some of the weight, truck squats big time without something on the back. I think it's time to get the airbags on!
I could imagine.. Id almost say you could've gone a little forward with the axles..
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Old May 1st, 2011, 10:52 PM   #129
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I could imagine.. Id almost say you could've gone a little forward with the axles..
actually it's dead nuts on with my Jeep on there, 3000lb tongue weight (without it's 4000lb). I wanted it setup to ride best with the Jeep and I wanted the front end of the Jeep riding ontop of the axles. I wish the weights would've worked so I could've actually slid all the axles under the rear deck so I don't have to worry about a tire taking out the side of my camper. We'll probably only do 2-3 trips in Michigan without the Jeep so I wasn't to worried about it.
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actually it's dead nuts on with my Jeep on there, 3000lb tongue weight (without it's 4000lb). I wanted it setup to ride best with the Jeep and I wanted the front end of the Jeep riding ontop of the axles. I wish the weights would've worked so I could've actually slid all the axles under the rear deck so I don't have to worry about a tire taking out the side of my camper. We'll probably only do 2-3 trips in Michigan without the Jeep so I wasn't to worried about it.
Right on
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Old May 9th, 2011, 09:50 PM   #131
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threw some air bags on the truck and took it camping last weekend without the Jeep or anything on the back besides a Barbie Jeep, Flinstones Truck, and a kids bike. Towed awesome with airbags on the truck and no weight on the back of the trailer. One of the front landing gear decided to strip out, time for some semi landing gear don't feel like dealing with breakdowns on the jacks.

Off to Kentucky in a few weeks....if my Jeep is back together!
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Old May 31st, 2011, 10:28 PM   #132
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took our first big trip with the rig down to Harlan, KY and WOW, all I can say is absolutely f'n awesome!!!!!!!! It couldn't have towed any better, it handled so well I was amazed.

Put in a prodigy P2 brake controller, added the DP-Tuner decel tune and had them change the shift PWM. I got between 7.6-8.5mpg, didn't matter if I went 65 or 75, the truck had the best powerband at 2200-2500rpm, so I set the cruise at 70mph (2200rpm), had absolutely no issue in any of the Kentucky mountains. EGT's running the DP-Tuner 20hp tow tune never saw above 1250deg holding it to the wood at times too. I also upgraded to a 6.0L transmission cooler and the trans stayed at 165deg in 95deg heat hauling through the mountains.

I literally couldn't have been any happier with how well it all performed.



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Old June 1st, 2011, 07:36 AM   #133
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Good! How did it fit in the parking lot? It was kinda tight for the motorhomes with trailers when we went and there was hardly anyone there. I imagine there were a lot more people there over memorial day weekend.
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Old June 1st, 2011, 09:15 PM   #134
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Good! How did it fit in the parking lot? It was kinda tight for the motorhomes with trailers when we went and there was hardly anyone there. I imagine there were a lot more people there over memorial day weekend.
we stayed at the Putney campground, it was plenty big enough. We stopped at a KOA in KY on the way home that was pretty tight, but no issues, used the rollers on the back leaving that place. It's easier to maneuver backing up than going forward.
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Old August 12th, 2011, 07:24 PM   #135
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In case anyone ever gets the ambition to try something like this I figured I'd keep this thread updated with the different things I've run into. But honestly, not much of any issues so far with about 3000miles on it to date and about 20-25days staying in the camper. The biggest thing is that I'm getting some flex between the camper & deck, gonna stiffen it up with some more steel, piece of 5x3x3/16 under the frame rail (gonna do 20' pieces on each frame rail), picked that size because I need to lift the back of the camper 5" to level it out driving down the road and I'm going to tie the deck steel into the camper frame a few feet in each direction. Lastly, since I'm spacing the axles I'm going to move them back about 20"+/- because the rear axle looks like it's getting a bit more load than the rest but that's as far back as I can go without relocating the genny, and I don't really want to go much further back since it'll just increase my turning radius.

Getting into campsites hasn't been too bad, even though we went up to St. Ignace - Straits State Park and tried to get in the lower section...that was tight so we just drove through and went back up to the upper section and got a pull thru site. We also stayed at Yogi Bear in Silver Lake, I thought that was going to be tight but it was a breeze getting in/out of there.

For now I figured I'd post a few pics of the mods I've done to the landing gear & genny mount. I picked up a set of semi 2-speed landing gear for $100 from a scrap yard, dealt with the hand crank for a few months before I got enough ambition to mod on one of the electric motors from the old landing gear. First I tried just the motor but it wasn't tuff enough so I had to use the gear box that came with the motor as well as the 2-speed gear box on the semi landing gear. It still functions as a 2 speed, but I forgot to take a pic of the final setup with the 2nd gearbox, it just slides on/off for going down the road and has a quick plug for electrical, reuses the existing toggle switch.

Genny isn't anything special, just a home for it is all, still need to wire it up direct and get a remote start for it. Honestly at this point I'm not in a rush on that, only place we've used it is at home on 90+deg days w/100% humidity loading it up for a trip since I don't have a 30amp plug to hook the camper up to on the house.

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Old August 13th, 2011, 08:30 PM   #136
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I love it when a plan comes together. Enjoyable build thread.
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Old August 14th, 2011, 06:58 AM   #137
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damn wish my pockets were that deep......nice work
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Old August 15th, 2011, 11:55 AM   #138
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Andrew, I didn't realize you lived in Midland. Drove by your house Friday night, only knew it was your house because the trailer/truck was in the street. Nice setup looks better in person than in the pics. Nice generator, I have the same one for camping :)
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Old December 30th, 2011, 09:49 PM   #139
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Andrew, I didn't realize you lived in Midland. Drove by your house Friday night, only knew it was your house because the trailer/truck was in the street. Nice setup looks better in person than in the pics. Nice generator, I have the same one for camping :)
Mike, I must have missed this you should've stopped and said hi. I HATE living in the city, it's killing me but the stupid housing market still sucks and I don't feel like loosing $ since I don't HAVE to move.

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Old January 18th, 2012, 07:37 PM   #140
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Dars got a sick setup...and now you do to. Me like
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