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Old 01-04-2015, 01:05 PM   #29
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Looking Good man,
I really like it and the laundry area, Genius
Still have a lot of open space. What are you going to park in there?
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Thank you. This really cool. The very most interesting people post on irv2.


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Old 01-04-2015, 09:15 PM   #31
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Hello guys,

The plumbing was already there to a large stainless sink used for the original owner's classes. I took that out and installed the washer/dryer. The hot/cold is tapped off the shower faucet on the opposite side and the drain goes to the grey water tank thru the floor under the closet/drawers. The wood box on top of the W & D stores the electric jacks I use to lift the ramp while bringing the helo up to keep the tailboom from hitting the ceiling.

The bed frame I cut and welded together from 1" square tube, laid plywood on, etc. The full size queen mattress is an 8" dense foam. The frame is extended from the wall enough to accomodate the window valance when folded up.

Besides the helicopter, I have a Samurai that fits nicely inside. When not doing helicopter shows, the plan is to have Samurai inside and tow fishing boat behind! The Samurai tows the fishing boat nicely.

I also Have a Jeep ('08). It would be nice to take it inside as suggested, but it is much to large...and heavy. The Samurai is just shy of 12' and 2200 lbs. the Jeep weighs double that and would need at least a 16 ft garage! The Samurai pushes the ramp and garage limits...rear axle too. In fact, when I am through with mods, I plan on weighing. I suspect that even with weight being a little less than original factory delivered weight, I will need to carry less than full water to keep rear axle in limits. (based on weights I recall listed in "Vicaps" weigh in about a year ago). But lol...I had to carry less water sometimes in my old motor home too. Manufacturers just don't get it! You can't have too much power or weight capability . That's especially true for aircraft

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I believe the RV makers get it. There is an adage used in the HotRod community...holds true for most everything from RV's to aircraft:
"Speed Cost Money Kid, the question is how fast do you want to go?"

There are Class 7/8 Cab/Chassis Super "C" RV's with names like Renegade, Showhauler, and Powerhouse Coach that can give you big garages, king sized beds, mega HP and 80,000lbGVWR.

Just gotta open your wallet to the idea.
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When I open my wallet very seldom the moths fly out...
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I am SSooooooo very jealous.

I have the fixed wing license and always wanted rotary......never could afford it though.


Very nice set up.
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Yep...you are right, however, that takes several times more $ than I have. The desire for a helicopter to continue flying as I did in my career, meant I had to build it myself! So too, am I having to do the same thing to get what I want in a toyhauler!

The 09/10 Damon 3808 FRED on the Freightliner chasis seemed to be the most affordable and capable of the bunch that I was considering as a basis for these mods.

I accuse multiple entities of having placed a wallet cam in my billfold...since everytime it gets a few bucks, there's something that needs it! LOL!

The light is shining at the end of that tunnel, though. I calculate that about $2,000 more of goodies (upgraded tvs, slide and garage awnings, driver's chair recover (an animal got to it from the previous owner), screen for garage door). The DIY building projects will be done with the blade rack. Next big expense...around May...new rear tires. (They will be timed out)

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Mike that is an awesome adaptation of your OTL, congrats. The versatility of these rigs is limited only by imagination. What is the weight of the helo? Is it just a one seater?

Can you use the air mattress couch/bed in the salon while travelling if you can't unload the helo? With the helo in place, can you get into the garage from the salon? Those windows that are normally in the loft look kind of out of place in the garage, I'd prolly get some different window treatments for those. I'm in the PHX area, send me a pm and I'll see about getting my wife to sew you some curtains with a helicopter theme!

I agree with Mekanic, a tag axle chassis should be the next innovation for Thor in the OTL class. Get that garage area another 8 ft longer. With the tag axle the weight limits and length would be very impressive.
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OK...at the risk of looking like a stalker...

I already started hashing over the idea of adding a tag. My idea was to make it a driven axle with a direct drive electric motor. Target was to add about 100HP and hybrid drive. But it could be as simple as a solid beam on leaf springs or air bags and a 4 link. Just needs to be able to have pivoting hubs to prevent scrubbing the tires in tight turns.

Thought it would look something like this (w/ wheel skirts on the tag in this case):


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Hi Jeff,

The helo weighs in at 1,000 lbs...it is not going to impact Gross weight much. Its when I want to take my Samurai, fishing boat etc all at once that would push any limits. It is a two seater capable of lifting 500 lbs fuel & pasengers.

As mentioned in my previous post about power...I wanted more, so the helo has been sporting a turbo for 3 years now to deal with high density altitudes here in the summer as well as a couple of my fly in stops.

Yes, I planned on using the fold out air bed when in transit with the helo or Samurai inside. The other problem will be bath access. I will be taking the hinge pins off the door and stow it in transit since it cant be opened with the boom there. also I will have to crawl under the boom to get into the bath. LOL, win some lose some! At least the boom will be more to the driver's side and I will be able to access the fridge etc.

The helo curtain idea is intriguing. The original owner had all garage window treatments/coverings taken off...I put those back on from the material I received. I was going to get some mini blinds for the lower windows...never been a fan of those day/night shades because they block air flow when windows are open!

Just got the blade racks installed, so its time later this week to load up the helo & blades and do a test drive up I-17 for 40 or 50 miles!

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Hi Steve,

Any idea of the increase of weight capability. Increasing the garage by 10' would make for quite a long rig!? As I mentioned before, a newer 2007 onward jeep weighs in at 4400 lbs...

Another thing I noticed while reading literature on garage weight is weight in the rest of the coach. Apparently it would be possible to have so much in the rear (and still be within weight limit) that the front steering could become somewhat erratic.

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Personal I like the side skirts. But a blowout would be, oboy $$$
Could you add a turning tag? But then no side skirts.
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Hi Steve,

Any idea of the increase of weight capability. Increasing the garage by 10' would make for quite a long rig!? As I mentioned before, a newer 2007 onward jeep weighs in at 4400 lbs...

Another thing I noticed while reading literature on garage weight is weight in the rest of the coach. Apparently it would be possible to have so much in the rear (and still be within weight limit) that the front steering could become somewhat erratic.

Thanks,

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The weight capacity added by a tag should be about equal to the capacity of the axle added...adding to GVWR - not GCWR. GCWR is limited by the engine and driveline.

A simple/typical I beam from a trailer equipment maker would/could add 3,500lb-7,500 depending on the axle selected.

And a tag would off-set any lift from a loaded rearend that could lighten the front end and impact steering.

The tag "can" have pivot steering hubs - but that is not a requirement. Big rigs and dual axle Travel Trailers don't have steering rears. The rears just get scrubbed around sideways when making very tight turns. It is a trade-off for the increased weight capacity.

The fine details would be in modifying the bin space where the tires go...includes moving stuff around in the electrical service bin on the drivers side. I would pick to run standard pick-up or trailer sized tires vs. the big OEM 22's to avoid having to modify the (lower) garage floor with wheel wells.

I was never thinking about adding to the length of the body, but that is not out of the question. The issue there is that increases the rear overhang which increases that swing when maneuvering. Plus the chassis frame on the Outlaw behind the rear axle is not the original channel. The lower garage floor is created by removing the OEM frame behind the axle and adding new/lower/smaller beams for the rear 10' of the chassis.

Like I said...just was thinking
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