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Old 10-03-2008, 10:49 AM   #1
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Here's the plan:

We currently are considering going to a Class 8, or possibly custom DP chassis. The reason is we feel that we can get more what WE want instead of some off-the-shelf universal box.

Thoughts - narrower and lower than normal, but with lots of slides. Anything over a 6.5' roof height is overkill. Aluminum frame / fiberglass chassis. Fully adjustable air suspension, with IFS. Air-selectable twin-screw.

Interior well appointed, and full-featured - but we neither need, nor appreciate, stone flooring or high $$ amenities. Leather, yes - Corian . . OK . . . vinyl, OK - crystal and fancy lighitng - ostentatious!!

Lots of storage space - at least 48K GVW - 64K GCW, with a class 4 hitch and full trailer air brakes. At least a 12K generator and 200 gallons of fuel and water capacity.

King bed - stacker washer/dryer (no Splendide 1-piece). No overhead bunk. Thinking a 500 Cummmins with a 9-speed auto.

Willing to work with engineering team, and comfortable with build times in the 24 month range. Money is obviously an object, but expect to spend close to what a comparable Marathon would run. Anybody want to work with us??

I've designed and had built 3 custom rigs. Looking for a serious and capable vendor!!

Reply or PM me. We can talk. Renegade, Cowboy Cadillac, want my $$ ???
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Here's the plan:

We currently are considering going to a Class 8, or possibly custom DP chassis. The reason is we feel that we can get more what WE want instead of some off-the-shelf universal box.

Thoughts - narrower and lower than normal, but with lots of slides. Anything over a 6.5' roof height is overkill. Aluminum frame / fiberglass chassis. Fully adjustable air suspension, with IFS. Air-selectable twin-screw.

Interior well appointed, and full-featured - but we neither need, nor appreciate, stone flooring or high $$ amenities. Leather, yes - Corian . . OK . . . vinyl, OK - crystal and fancy lighitng - ostentatious!!

Lots of storage space - at least 48K GVW - 64K GCW, with a class 4 hitch and full trailer air brakes. At least a 12K generator and 200 gallons of fuel and water capacity.

King bed - stacker washer/dryer (no Splendide 1-piece). No overhead bunk. Thinking a 500 Cummmins with a 9-speed auto.

Willing to work with engineering team, and comfortable with build times in the 24 month range. Money is obviously an object, but expect to spend close to what a comparable Marathon would run. Anybody want to work with us??

I've designed and had built 3 custom rigs. Looking for a serious and capable vendor!!

Reply or PM me. We can talk. Renegade, Cowboy Cadillac, want my $$ ???
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Old 10-07-2008, 09:23 AM   #3
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Try www.sorcestrailersales.com i bet Dave would take your project on and get it done. tell em JT sent you
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Old 10-07-2008, 03:22 PM   #4
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Thanks for the link.

I'm also currently in touch with Transport Designs. We'll see where it goes.

I very much like the Freightliner Maxxum chassis, but am somewhat put-off by the limited packaging options from the manufacturers.
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:52 PM   #5
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Interestingly enough, there is a Renegade dealer in the vendors' area here at the track. We had a nice long conversation. Not sure he has what I want, but he's looking into some options.
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Based on what you originally said, it doesn't seem like a Renegade would be for you. I am considering a semi conversion now as well though I don't have quite the budget you seem to have. For the same reasons I have been researching many and I see them basically classed into either production or custom.

I have been in discussion with Showhauler and NRC. Though I have a few others to contact, the wood and FRP construction of something like a Renegade won't be one of them for what I do.

If you care to the contacts are as follows:
Lonnie Troyer at Showhauler (LTroyer@Showhauler.com) and Mike Lapp at NRC (Mike@NRCMOD.com).

Others I have seen are United Specialties, Wildside, Haulmark, Optima and Chariot and there are others. It appears some build the big stuff you are looking for. I am looking for something to tow here in California.

Hope this helps.
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Ooops! Aluminum frame huh? Forgot about that. Maybe try Optima.
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