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Old 04-11-2013, 05:07 AM   #1
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Flunked retirement, checking in

Hello everyone, we've been RVing since 1972 and did the "natural progression": couple years in a tent, then bunch of years in a 11 1/2 foot slide-on camper, "graduated" to 32 foot fifth, then 36 foot fifth and now we are pulling a 40 footer with an HDT.

Along the way we wore out four 1 ton pickups, one "wanabe" MDT and one International 4700 MDT. I did the above HDT conversion myself and then I couldn't stop myself, hence the "flunked retirement", here are few examples of my efforts. https://picasaweb.google.com/1015864...ckBedExamples#
We will be hanging around mostly on the HDT forum we have lots of friends in that group.
This is an impressive website, lots of things to "explore",

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Old 04-11-2013, 06:13 AM   #3
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Welcome, and I think you are excelling in your retirement:>)
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:53 AM   #4
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:37 AM   #5
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Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you join us!

That's an impressive rig!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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That's some fantastic looking handiwork.
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I want one..Thanks for the pics
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Welcome to the forum. Nice looking rig!
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You are allowed to have a hobby in retirement.

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Ed, you nailed it right on the head and identified two essential components of doing this, hobby and a retirement. Let's parse this statement.
1. Hobby - doing something that requires "investment" of substantial amount time and resources to accomplish something unique.
2. Retirement - a phase of ones life with unlimited amount of useless time just waiting to be channeled into something worthwhile.

Here's an example, close to 1,000 hours of engineering and CAD work.

Then several more months "guiding and supervising" the fab shop to reach this stage.

The whole project took almost 15 months and we will not talk about funds, but just check the smile (in the last picture) of the individual who commissioned this "project" to end up with something never done before.












The bed is all hydraulics and controlled by a remote control which he is holding. So far this bed is the only one in existence.

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Flunked retirement...... Demand a re-test
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Welcome to IRV2, those rigs are out of my league. I hope you can help some of us with how to advice. Look forward to see what's next from you.
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