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Old 09-27-2014, 08:55 PM   #197
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This is such a great thread. I just found it, and I am so happy. First, let me say that you (Harley1994) are a real craftsman. I can't believe the stuff you've done. I'd have nothing but a crumpled mess! That being said, I have a '76 Trans Am 5'er that I would really like to add a rear door/ramp. I do not live it the unit, I use if for storage, but if I could get a ramp installed, I could store(and move) an ATV, etc. So I will be very interested when you get to the rear door/ramp. All the best for a successful project. You sure got a good start on it! Regards,

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Old 09-27-2014, 09:47 PM   #198
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What a great way to know your unit and the quality control!!! This is a great thread. I am in awe.
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Old 09-28-2014, 05:08 AM   #199
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Thanks again for all the kind words, ronspradley, I have seen that ice and water used, in fact I had a roof put on my house last year and the roofer used it in the valleys ect. good stuff, I'm not sure how it would react with EPDM and the different adhesives, HuntingHawk I can see why you would have to be careful, I never thought about it, and not sure if it would relate, but I've done alot of welding with a DC welder, so if its anything like that I would say it warrents respect. Hi Don happy to have you along, its been quite a ride so far!! Stay tuned I will be attempting the ramp soon . The biggest thing with any unit that wasn't designed to haul is the frame, you'll have to make sure that the frame will hold up under the loads of loading and unloading, as well as the added stress of bouncing down the road, and then moving anything inside the unit thats in the way. jeffinsalida, I just couldn't find what I wanted in a unit so I said lets rebuild what we had around, little did I know I would be this involved.
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Terry, one thing to consider is you will probably end up with something better then what is on the market. You'll have a new 5er for no where near the cost of a toy hauler. And it will be laid out the way the two of you want.
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HuntingHawk, I think we figured around $6000.00 for the majority of the unit. Thats not including items like a solor system, but like you said it will be laid out like we want it, and I should be able to figure out how to fix it if something breaks. Only thing is I'm also the warrenty dept. The roof is on . no more tarps, its a big day here!!
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Very nice.

This is getting me excited to start building exterior panels for our project.

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Roof looks great. So even if it gets cold you can use an electric space heater & still be able to work inside.
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Piker, Thanks! I've been following yours also, I think sometimes mine is easier than yours, you have a job in front of you but its not insurmountable, whats that saying "just do it". HuntingHawk, I still have to build a ramp for the rear, but now like you said I will put an infrared heater and be toasty
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So Terry, are you going to use cable, pulleys, & weights to make the ramp easier to get up & down?
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Terry,

Congrats on getting your roof on. You have come so far with your RV and I am amazed and excited for you. I am sure Eleanor is getting more ideas about how she wants things set up.

You will have a very special rig when you are done. Look forward to seeing your finished product. Are you going to list it as a 2014 Terry / Harley Hauler?

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Hi Lynne, thanks! we actually figured we will have to bring along an picture album in case we get stopped by police, its just not going to look like a 1973 Skamper! HuntingHawk, I am going to use a hinge with torsion springs, I'll post a pic of the type (not mine its on another trailer).
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Oh, Lynne, Eleanor, has been looking at all forms of interior items!! very busy.
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Terry, keep in mind that torsion springs wear out & break. So in building it I suggest making sure being able to replace if needed.
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HuntingHawk, Yes just like most things you have to figure on replacing at some point, my reasoning is that they won't all break at the same time giving me a chance to repair, and still get the ramp closed. if I went with a cable system, there is a good chance it will be harder to close, IMO. Plus the cables are in the way of moving around.
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