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post #1 of 9 Old Jul 3rd, 2007, 4:01 pm Thread Starter
 
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Goodby Southeast

Well the bikes are loaded and we are heading west to cooler temp this weekend. Chama was 36 deg. this morning and 76 deg for the high. Now that's motorcycling temperatures. I won't mention the humidity in that area to keep some of you from hanging yourselves tonight. Anyone heading west give me a shout. I'll probably be there until next summer.

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post #2 of 9 Old Jul 3rd, 2007, 5:50 pm
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Have a great time out west Rick. If you are still out there when I do my Cali trip in the spring time, I'll look you up.

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post #3 of 9 Old Jul 4th, 2007, 4:25 am
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Rick, ya'll come back to see us, that a good trip...

Third weekend in October in WNC at Ironhorse should be really nice weather as well.

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Enjoy your time out there, Rick.

Your pictures caught my eye. What are we looking at there? Looks like a serious RV or OTR truck, with your own onboard crane? Is it used specifically for lifting the bikes onto what looks like a custom two-up bike rack? Tell us more...

I see from your profile that you are a fulltime RVer. That's gotta be a great lifestyle. Good for you.

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post #5 of 9 Old Jul 4th, 2007, 10:59 am
 
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You are right Howard ....how COOL is that setup. Talk about never seeing an LT on the road "I sure ain't scene anyting like dat" That going somewhere!

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Howard,

The truck is a medium duty (Class 6) International. With everything loaded we have a GCVW of 39,000#. We pull a 36' Teton 5th that is almost 20,000# with all the solar, inverters, batteries, and things you have to have if you don't have a sticks and bricks house. So the truck is a mere 19,000# loaded.

The truck has a removable roof fairing/storage that houses our Bushtec trailer, BOB bicycle trailer, and a few extra tanks for boondocking/dry camping. Goes from 12'6'' high to under 8' high with the removal of a couple of pins and 2 minutes with the crane.

The scooter on top is a Burgman 400 and can be on the ground and driven away in under 4 minutes with Vicki operating the crane. The LT is on the bottom and takes about an additional 10 minutes to unload/uncrate/install windshield and drive away. Both bikes come off with out removing the fairing

The big semi circular (to get max storage and still swing under the trailer) wooden/fiberglass box on the back behind the fifth wheel hitch houses a 6.5KW generator, propane tanks, welder, tablesaw, and other wood/metal working equipment. It has legs that drop out, remove a couple of pins, and then dump the truck suspension and leave behind at the campsite. This all gets the truck down to the size of a pickup for driving around.

I'm going to post some pictures of the process of loading the truck soon. I'm still under construction but the major pieces are together, just finish work and paint. I use a lot of wood and foam covered with fiberglass along with steel support structures. Takes lots of time to finish.
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Rick, apologies for continuing to derail your original post, but man -- that is impressive. What was your inspiration for this setup -- did someone else have a similar rig, or are you one of those guys who can build a 747 out of spare parts in your back yard?

I'm also curious if you looked at any of the higher-end toy haulers. There are some impressive 5th wheel and Class A motorhome units with garages.

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Howard,

When you move out of of a half mill house they don't make a tow hauler you can live in full time. In fact most of the RV forums have never come up with a fulltime tow hauler. Most RV units specify in the fine print "for occasional or weekend use only". We thought about a nice diesel pusher with a trailer for all the stuff, but you still have 70' (illegal in some states) of stuff and sometimes no place to park the extra trailer. MH vs fifth wheel is a long debate but I like the extra space in a fifth and the taller ceilings through most of the unit. With all the stuff I'm at 56' and legal in all 50 states.

As far as the ideas, I'm one of those people who just sits back and thinks about the best way to do the job. I look at as many ideas as I can but with the mindset that they are not always the best way to do the job. Most of the time the first idea turns out to be a bad idea. I've wasted a few dollars on some designs, but that is the good thing about building it myself, a few dollars. My biggest problem is trying to incorporate something I've already built into the new design. This is my third design on this truck in 4 years. It's a weird way to entertain myself but then I retired at 50 and have to do something.
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Very kewl set up, Rick. I'd like to see more when you get a chance.



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