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Old 01-11-2013, 07:02 PM   #15
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Those attack dogs look pretty comfortable
I would say, you have no idea, but anybody that has, and loves, their dogs knows better.

Harley, the black one, is a 130 lb dog wrapped up in a 35 lb package, and you can't tell him differently. He thinks he's a bad a$$, but he's the biggest sissy on the planet.

Tollie, the female, is my baby. She's got me wrapped around her paw and she knows it. Even when she's a PITA, she can't do any harm in my eyes.

The dog in my avatar was my best buddy. Had to put him down about 2 1/2 years ago after he started having problems with congestive heart failure. After bringng him in for 7 weeks at $1700 a pop to have his heart drained, I couldn't do it to him any more. Hardest thing I ever did in my life.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:19 PM   #16
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Your RV looks really nice... Have a great time discovering the world the way you want to...We are geographically close, but if you are mostly boondocking, we're not likely to cross paths. DH and I are Full Hookup kind of people...

And finally thank you for your service to our country.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:13 PM   #17
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I like a mix of places, it just depends on what we're doing.

If it's a big holiday or trips with a bunch of friends, I like state parks, and having full hook-ups are certainly a plus.

But, I can stare at houses and neighbors right here and not burn any fuel doing it.

I'd much rather put the solar panel out and keep the batteries fresh during the day and have enough gen power to run the AC at night.

Everyone has their preferences, we just tend to like being off the beaten path when it's just a weekend retreat. Any more than a 3 or 4 day long weekend and I'd want to full hook-ups, but I don't have a problem using what I paid for out in thr middle of no where.

Heck, I look at it like this.....coming from tent camping, I'm getting spoiled no matter where I'm at.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:33 PM   #18
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Well, it looks like we'll probably be doing a bit of boondocking, now that I have Amy understanding that we didn't buy a 35' trailer so we could go park it right next to a bunch of other ones all the time.

So, with that, I have a few things to address.

1 - Obviously power for extended boondocking is a concern, but not a huge one. The current generator that I have could run the whole trailer and at least one of the AC units. But, it's LOUD. I'm currently working on this part.....finding some cheap, take off, OEM mufflers from current sport bikes in the 400 - 600 cc range and making a slip on setup to use them when we need a little more discrete power. I'm also playing with some sound deadening setups to take care of the rest of the noise it generates.

2 - The bigger issue is fresh water. 50 gals, while quite a bit, still isn't much when you do the math. (50 gals / 2) / 4 days = 6.25 gals per person / per day. That's showers, drinking, cooking, toilet, etc. Add into that the dogs and you see the issue. Sure, we could conserve more water, but my one luxury that I refuse to do without is a good hot shower......wet / lather / rinse / done ain't happening.

So, here's what I'm looking at for water.....You'll have to scroll down a bit, it's like the 15th item on the page.

Water Tanks

This will give us an extra 63 additional gals of water that can be pumped to the fresh tank. Take the same 4 day scenario as above and that's 13.75 gals per person per day. Add in a small 12V pump and it's all gravy.

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Welcome! You'll learn a lot and have a few laughs along the way!
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I know the twin of the attack dog on the left of the picture. Lives north of you in Silver Creek New York. Finn is the wrestle buddy to my wife's dog Mizzie. So going on the disposition of those to I would be willing to bet your guard dogs mercilessly lick their targets to death. Welcome to IRV2, the best RV site around.
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Yeah, if they don't ward you off with their ferocious tail wagging, they'll certainly expedite your trip to the pearly gates by licking you to death.
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:41 PM   #22
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Finally got a chance to get the whole rig cleaned up. Had to get it out of the driveway at the house and over to the shop. This weather going hot, cold, hot, cold has all the pine trees here dropping sap like crazy. It's almost like it's raining sap. Had to scrub the whole top of the trailer to get all the crap off.

Got plenty of open space at the shop, so I can keep it out in the open until they stop dropping all the sap.

So, anyways, here she is all cleaned up....



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Welcome to the forum. Very nice rig. I do not know what the pin weight of the 5er is, but wouldn't a 63 gal water tank (approx 526 lbs) behind the pin be a bit heavy? Just wondering?
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:25 PM   #25
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We're not even remotely close to maxing out the G**R limits back there.

The truck scales at 8040 lbs, wet and ready to roll.

The trailer has a dry weight of 10,040 lbs and a max gross of 12,500 lbs.

That's 20,540 lbs with the trailer maxed out, leaving me 7,060 lbs before I even max the truck out.

On mine, with 4.10 gears, the truck has a GCWR of 27,600 lbs.

Payload capacity is 4,345 lbs.

Dry pin weight on the trailer is 1,830 lbs.

The hitch itself is approx 200 lbs.

This leaves us with 2,315 lbs of wiggle room for stuff in the bed.

Now, obviously, with the trailer loaded, some of that room is eaten up, but the trailer only has 2430 lbs of cargo capacity, and that's not all on the pin.

We're good.

Also, my preference for the tank would be in front of the hitch, not back where they have it.
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Sharp looking combo! I take it someone likes his Dodges

what's the low-down on the silver 2500??
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Sharp looking combo! I take it someone likes his Dodges

what's the low-down on the silver 2500??
I'm not necessarily a Dodge guy, but I am a Cummins guy.

The silver one is my play toy. I have the motor and trans out right now for the last round of bullet proofing.

Before I tore it down this time, I drove it as a daily driver. It put 931 hp and 1661 ft/lbs to the tires. That was on the only setup. The new setup is quite a step up. What was the big turbo is now the small turbo and I changed the injectors from 45% over stock to 250% over stock.

It has enough air to support ~1200 hp to the tires on the turbo's only. On the bottlemit has enough fuel to support 1400 - 1500 hp.

It's previous best is 10.89 at 125 mph. It "should" be low 10's / high 9's when I stuff it back together. That's at full weight. With me in the truck, half a tank of fuel, and a full bottle, it weighs 7200. Without me in it, at race weigh, it's 6980 lbs.
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Here's a few teasers....

We used to tow the Chevelle to the track with the '06, unhook the trailer, run both the car and the truck, hook the trailer back up, load the car, and drive home.

Here's what was under the hood before I tore it out this time.



Here's what in the Chevelle. This turbo is no longer in the car, it's now the primary charger on the truck. We took this 88mm Garrett 4718 out and put in a Precision 101mm PT101. The Chevelle puts 1035 hp to the tires @ 20 psi of boost.



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