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Old 11-19-2012, 02:59 PM   #211
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I wonder if the difference in view comes from one using state/federal campgrounds verses commercial parks. I ask that because I could easily agree with both points if I section out my camping by type. The majority of the state/federal campgrounds have been great. While the majority of the commercial parks suck I have visited suck.
No, I've actually had great stays at everything from many nights parked in gravel pits along the Alaskan highway, to holidays at Fort Wilderness at Disney World. I frequently use rvparkreviews.com to get a reasonably honest appraisal of a campground before I make a reservation, or blindly pull up to the door. You're right, a significant minority of privately owned campgrounds truely suck. but thanks to the interwebs, they are easily avoided.
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:49 AM   #212
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Summation: If you could figure out a way to pull a fifth wheel trailer with a Jeep you would have it made.



Hmmm. I'm going to noodle around with that.....
Throw some 1 ton running gear and a Cummins in that bitch, a good hitch and a dolly! PROBLEM SOLVED!!

Not all of them though, you'd NEED a jake, upgraded brakes, cooling, and a healthy cage in case something STOOPID happened.

ALL YOU NEED IS CUBIC DOLLARS!
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:36 AM   #213
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I like that!

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Yeah, but for me that means waiting around until 2038.

For those of you who are not really into computers the year 2038 will represent another Y2K problem for the computer industry. Time values are typically stored in a 32-bit value with time 0 being January 1st, 1970. A 32-bit integer will run out of space in 2038 and will roll over and the clocks will think it's 1970 again. I'm sure folks will be smarter this time around and upgrade long before hand.
You,sir, are an OPTIMIST! You should know by now that people aren't getting smarter, the computers are just getting better!LOL!! Forethought reguires thought, says so right in the word. HAHAHAHA!!

I can see everyone in panic mode now, scrambling around, buying everything in site waiting for.............. NUTTIN".
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:12 AM   #214
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I am having some issues reading all of this since I am using an iPhone and Tappatalk so y'all bear with me please.

Donnie, if I put a dromedary box (garage for you Newbs ;) on the frame rails, what is the best way to load a motorcycle or two?

I have looked at the Rampage Power Ramp systems but those are designed for pickups and I am not sure how they would handle the extra height of a class 8 chassis.

Also, any thoughts on the relative costs of having a box built (or perhaps modified from a take-off truck cargo box) and/or a modest frame stretch?

My understanding is that most folks that single out a twin screw tractor retain the forward axle; I am thinking that retaining the rear axle would give me enough wheelbase for a drom box and space for a 5th wheel trailer hitch.

I am inclined to think in terms of retaining the existing 5th wheel but move it back over the center of the rear axle; when we ran boat hauling Kenworths that was the setup that we used and my future plans don't call for that much weight so I should be good for an RV toter.


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Check out Kelderman suspensions, they have some AMAZING stuff on their website, I saw a lift they built on there for a guy to put his road glide behind his tractor. When it loaded or unloaded it was flat on the ground, just ride on, strap on, and lift it into place, hydraulically. I think they had a video of it in use. They also do custom air suspensions for anything.

The Volvos also turn better, I could u turn in a 4 lane street with a 36' trailer, with the same size International I'd need to back up for more room on the same street. PLUS, The Volvos ride like a Caddy, especially if you can find one with an air ride front axle, hard to find, but they exist.

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Old 01-06-2015, 02:58 AM   #215
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So Lobby, where did you finally wind up? Still making plans or did you give up on the idea?
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Old 01-06-2015, 10:07 AM   #216
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In 2009, when I started this thread, I was 18 months into retirement and looking for adventure. I thought perhaps that full time RV'ing might be our next path in life.

But the retirement journey I've been on since then has shown me much about myself.

I've found out I'm an absolute failure at retirement. Yeah. Up until about 3 years ago, I really struggled with retirement. I needed something to do, something to create.

About the only time I was happy was when I was on the bike, riding over the U.S. or Mexico. But that kind of travel wears on you also; like eating prime rib every night, even wonderful things in excess can lose their appeal.

So I started a little high tech gold buying biz (I'm a chemical engineer), and that's evolved into a small jewelry manufacturing biz (using 3d CAD modeling and 3d printing). So I still get to play with engineering and chemistry, but doing the stuff I like. (more info in my sig line)

I've been invited to take a trip this coming summer with another AdvRider who owns a small, Sprinter based RV. He doesn't know it yet, but in my mind I've accepted his invitation. That trip should serve to answer a bunch of questions on traveling / living in an RV.

Let's see. Let's hope.

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