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Old 07-11-2014, 09:34 PM   #15
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Old 07-14-2014, 07:59 PM   #16
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Hi Larry. It is off to be painted at CDI. Should be back in about 10 days.

There are some additional pictures in the album since I posted here last. They start around #64. LINK.

Also, my friend Gregg Shields from RVHaulers.ca recently delivered one of his RV haulers to New Horizons. While there he got a tour of the factory and videoed it. Much of it shows our coach, so it may be of interest to some. It also shows the build process, etc. It is about 30 minutes long....so beware on a metered connection. LINK

If you have questions, feel free to ask either here or email me.
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Old 08-03-2014, 07:07 AM   #17
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What is the white covering on the roof in picture 136?
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:18 AM   #18
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Very nice. I see a set of props is this going to be amphibious.
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:22 PM   #19
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What is the white covering on the roof in picture 136?
The roof surface is a continuous sheet of pebbled fiberglass laminated as the exterior of the roof. The roof is a laminated structure - inside to outside: soft touch padded vinyl interior, luan, 2" high density Dow foam with the AC ducts cut into it, topped by 2" of foam, then luan, then the fiberglass exterior. This is all 100% glue covered between layers and pinch rolled. It is a very strong and stiff one-piece structure. It feels like walking on the ground The top 2" of the high density foam is laid over the AC ducting so that heat from outside does not affect the ducts and returns (or has minimal effect).

The edge seams of the 2015's are covered with a trim strip that you see that cleans up the screw heads and caulk over them. It is an appearance improvement.

The roof is flat side-to-side, unlike many RVs that have a arched roof. Drainage is to the ends from a slight peak oriented over the area of the stairs inside. This has many advantages, most significant of which is the laminated structure. It also has a disadvantage in that "some" water can pool at the seam tape for the end caps - there is no side-to-side runoff area. With the condensate drains for the air conditioning units that route water directly to the ground this is only rain water and it evaporates fairly quickly. But it does require that you maintain your endcap sealing. Which should be done anyway. It is rare to have an issue with this, but it is different and does bring up questions. One advantage is no side gutters and no water runoff on the sides. Like anything else, there are tradeoffs to each construction technique.
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Old 08-05-2014, 06:14 PM   #20
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How many miles a year will you tow a 5'er this size? Very impressive indeed.
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Jack didn't you have a induction surface on your last rig? If you did, how did you find it in terms of performance and then the follow up question is what made you go back to a gas range?
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There are some new pictures of interior finishes....including some of the tile work.

We tow about 8000 miles a year. That is an extended circuit around the country. You are not taking a setup our size into most forest service campgrounds....it is not intended for that. But frankly we find little issue in finding spots that hold us. Actually, we find no issue at all.

I have not put an induction cooktop in any of our coaches. I HAVE speced coaches for others that used them. I recommend - in most cases - that you combine a 2-burner induction unit with a 2-burner gas unit (modular system). That gives you the best of both. But I do know people that have put in only induction. They have no intention of ever boondocking, although you could run induction just fine off a large battery bank if you are not cooking a lot (long time).
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Some additional photos of interior at the end of the album.
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Old 10-01-2014, 11:58 PM   #24
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Congrats, Jack!

That is a beautiful, quality coach! Gorgeous.

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There is a video playlist of the final coach - at least most of it was done, some minor things missing. Playlist is HERE.
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:06 AM   #26
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Wow! This is one huge mega beast for sure. Most impressive fiver I've ever seen! If I were moving to full-time I'd have to give this make some serious consideration.
After checking out your website what boggles my mind is you're on your 3rd Horizon in such short time span aside from having a very expensive if not THE most expensive Fiver in existence. Are you ever happy? Just kidding. I'm still in the minors and haven't progressed to the majors yet. Awesome web site you have, I gotta go back and read more.
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:55 AM   #27
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Jack, congratulations, your coach is impressive and you are teaching us something about building a 5'vr. I really like how you designed your sewer hose storage as well as all the extra little storage compartments. Are you and your rig going to be at the Tampa show in January? If so we'd like to see it.
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