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Old 09-09-2014, 07:05 AM   #463
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:14 PM   #464
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I would love to add a tank. There are a few open storage bays, but, I am not sure what that would do to the balance of the coach while driving.
While there is plenty of room for a new tank in the center rear between the frame rails (no balance issues)...my project will place the tank in the location on the rear most drivers side bin. That is because of the design of the filler pipe the was part of the bin door (swapped with Mike B).

At about 20-30 gal, the tank will only add 150-250 lb in that location...not much more than a person standing in the garage over that bin.

And, I will be adding an auxilary battery tray to the duplicate bin opposite the fueling station. On my year model, that is unused space...perfect for batteries. That will even out the side to side loading a bit.

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Old 09-11-2014, 11:23 AM   #465
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So now the obvious question then, how do you fit the tank? Do you cut out the bottom of the bay and slide it up/in, or do you leave the bay as is and do????
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Great question, Josh.

The rear most bins (rear of the axle) in my model year are made from metal walls mounted on square tube frame welded to the cross beams that cross the chassis. Since the bin door I traded with Mike, has no latch (only a fuel filler pipe) that bin is now wasted space.

I could, 1. Acquire a fuel bladder style cell that fits inside the bin, or 2. Cut out the floor of the bin adding space for a larger conventional tank.

My first plan (before swapping the bin door) was the fuel cell. Pricing and size options were OK...but well in excess of conventional tanks. And the total volume of the bin was a limiting factor.

Now that I have the new bin door, this makes a permanent change more viable. So, I am going to cut the bin floor and use a conventional tank that fits inside the existing frame. My current progress is searching for the right size in the OEM market (much more affordable than the custom/race tanks).
The bin opening is too small for a drop-in tank, so it will be supported underneath by tank straps, just like the tank in many cars.

Details will be over in the Mods and Easy Fixes Thread.

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Scott will be pleased to see you are taking the lead and being the guinea pig and going first! Since I am a visual person, and a huge chicken, I gotta see pics and the how to's before jumping in the pool. However, I do have a friend that runs a metal fab business and he may have some ideas.....we'll see!
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I found a really good photo of the garage in a Newmar All Star (think it is the 4153).

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Check-out the drivers side (street side) garage door.
No longer being built, they had a Mid-Engine (ME) Diesel driveline design.
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:19 AM   #469
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I found a really good photo of the garage in a Newmar All Star (think it is the 4153).

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Check-out the drivers side (street side) garage door.
No longer being built, they had a Mid-Engine (ME) Diesel driveline design.

I think that the mid engine diesel format makes the perfect class a toy hauler platform. Too bad they stopped producing them.
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Just a few pics from a classified ad that is labeled as "Sold".

'07 Safari Simba by Monaco (See posts #12 and #180 here):
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'07 Safari Simba by Monaco (See posts #12 and #180 here):
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Noteworthy is the drop down bed over the 4 Place cockpit. Most all of these I have seen were on the FRED (Front Engine Diesel) Chassis.
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Yes, it is a commercial truck based RV, so it's really a "Truck Conversion"...but shaped just like a Class A.
And, just way too awesome to not post a photo or few:

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COE (Cab Over Engine) Commercial Trucks in Class 8 (GVWR's over 33,000lb) are all but gone from new truck sales lots since deregulation on truck lengths, but according to industry publications, you can still purchase a new Freightliner Argosy "Glider" (no engine/trans).
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All these are Freightliner Argosy based (maybe very common and therefore easy to find). But in Europe, they make these with Mercedes Benz and MAN COE's - see post 47 on this thread...yes, they make a Toy Hauler.




I would fear that the ride in the front seats might not be very good, but they look great and would haul like no other Class A
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Those COE would be pretty awsome rigs, I drove an 18 wheeler COE several yrs. I thought it rode better than a long nose of the era, (that was before air cabs ect. its heavy enough it might ride pretty good.
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Looking @ a 2008: how many hours on a generator would be good/bad, what do tires cost (has originals), have you ever used a 3rd party inspection on an RV (trust, cost)?
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Looking @ a 2008: how many hours on a generator would be good/bad, what do tires cost (has originals), have you ever used a 3rd party inspection on an RV (trust, cost)?

The things I'd be concerned about re the generator would be good maintenance records and LOW rather than high hours. As long as it's been properly maintained every year and USED REGULARLY, you're good.

I'd much rather have a geni that's well used and well maintained than one that has unusually low hours.
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Looking @ a 2008: how many hours on a generator would be good/bad, what do tires cost (has originals), have you ever used a 3rd party inspection on an RV (trust, cost)?
Looking at which model 2008?

19.5" tires cost less than 22.5's.

Totally agree with the post above about service life...maint is very important for high hour gennies. I would submit that total hours are relative to fuel (Diesel, propane, gas) and maint.

3rd party inspections are like any service...can be good or bad...seek references before contracting.

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