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Old 01-17-2012, 07:53 AM   #1
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Hello from Va......well Florida Keys right now!

Anyway, just joined the site, but I have been lurking for a while and find this to be the friendliest rv site so far. I have a 36' Kz Sportsman Toy Hauler with three slides. I am about half way through a make over of sorts. I full body painted it, graphics are cut but not laid yet,(Appendectomy cost me a week before trip) replaced all the trim, latches (still waiting for a few things) and did 19.5" wheel swap! I got tired of unexpected blow outs ruining trips, so no more!!!!! This required moving the leafs to the lowest hole on the hangers which I drilled 1.25" farther apart to get proper wheel spacing and going with longer shackles. I then welded steel channel from hanger to hanger to compensate for the added stress of the lift. I went ahead and put good shocks on at the same time. I modified the bay to fit our pwc (removable bump out in tailgate) with a winch inside to facilitate pulling it in. I also added a hitch properly with welded frame tie ins while replacing the rear floor with 3/4 marine grade plywood. First 1300 mile trip, night and day difference from 16" wheels. Best modification yet! I'll get some pics up ASAP

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Old 01-17-2012, 08:16 AM   #2
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Welcome Steve. Sounds like youv'e been busy for all the right reasons. Congrats and waiting to see pics of all your hard labor....

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Old 01-17-2012, 08:28 AM   #3
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Hi Steve! Welcome to IRV2! Good luck on the upgrades! Have fun and God bless!
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Hi Steve and welcome to the forum! Sounds like you have been very busy! Get those pics posted up; we love seeing mods.
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:31 AM   #5
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Hello Steve. Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your 5ver. Looking forward to seeing pictures of your mods and upgrades.
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:38 AM   #6
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Hey Steve! Welcome to IRV2
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Welcome to the forum Steve. Hope you enjoy your time here as well as on the road. Sounds like quite a project you have going there. Wish you all the best, be safe and Happy Motoring!!!!
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:11 PM   #9
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Thanks for the greetings and well wishes Going to try to post some pics tomorrow, Internet is not the greatest here, using wifi tether on my phone. I'll give it a shot in the morning.
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Welcome Steve,I look forward seeing picture's too
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Old 01-18-2012, 10:26 PM   #11
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Here are a few pictures. This is no clear, old wheels.
After clear,
Another after clear, no trim yet,
At the resort (Bluewater Key Rv resort). Scooter in the bed is what we take down to Key West and drop it off at one of the parking garages for the entire time we are there, so all we have to do is to hop in the truck drive down to KW and use the scooter to get around. Then use the ski to explore everywhere else! It is awesome this way.
Couple of side shots,
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Old 01-18-2012, 10:28 PM   #12
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Dang, thought it would show the images.....
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Old 01-18-2012, 10:29 PM   #13
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Try this....
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K, if I have time tomorrow I'll fix that, sorry y'all, gotta get some sleep, busy day on the water tomorrow!

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