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Old 11-05-2015, 08:03 AM   #3725
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Terry,
Things are looking good, you should have the body on today if everything goes well. The length looks like it will put the back deck right out to the wheelwell, can't tell whether the steps off will fit in front of the tires or not. If not, you an always make a set of fold up steps and put them down once you are stopped. either way it is going to be NICE!!!!!
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:22 AM   #3726
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Hi Frank, the steps will be behind the rear wheels, I'm hoping I can build them into the body. Just had to take a break, again! . my body just isn't liking this.
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:37 AM   #3727
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Terry,
Wish I had the talent you are showing us. Looking good.
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Old 11-05-2015, 11:18 AM   #3728
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Thanks Tim! Got the body loaded, now need to make final adjustments.
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Old 11-05-2015, 11:44 AM   #3729
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Nice - must be warm there.
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Buddy, I understand about needing to take a break way more often than we used to. Body looks good on the chassis. Do you have enough clearance between the back edge of the body and the tires? I can't tell from the pic how much space is there.
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Thanks guys, Gordon, looking at my temp sensor its 72* . real nice here for November, normal is low 50"s. Frank, there is 6" of clearance at the closest point, when I used to install quarter fenders on my semi's I would allow 5" It should be almost perfect, just like I planned . Cutting off the extra on the frame now. I allowed an extra foot just in case . I need to buy the Air Ride 5th wheel hitch before I can build my body on the rear part, to make sure that I put everything in the right place.
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Glad it is warm for you. Noticed the windows on the house were open.

Will your steps at the back be functional with the TH hooked up?
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Old 11-05-2015, 01:15 PM   #3733
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Hi Gordon, Yup one more day of nice weather then going back to "normal" . I don't think the steps will be able to be used when the TH is hooked up, but really can't put them any further forward because of the tires, other option is to make a set of steps that you put in/on after parking, but that I think would be a pain, (storing ect)
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I think you are right. If you built a set of folding steps they would be laying on the deck and would be in the way all of the time.

Just to throw things out there, what about a set of steps that pivot? Would look like a railing when in the up position, should clear the goose-neck???
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Old 11-05-2015, 04:14 PM   #3735
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Good Evening, Gordon, Hmmm.........have to think about that, might have to wait for the TH and see what and where I can build them. Here's a shot of the rear after bobbing.
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OK OK , it was worth a try!?
It looks like your current project is coming along ! Hope ya beat out the cold stuff.Closing it in and insulation should go smooth. You already know how , minimal planning.........
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Terry, the body looks good sitting on there! I agree on waiting on the stairs till you get the 5th wheel! I think incorporating them into the body is the way to go! Looking good!! Rail!
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Morning all!

64 this morning, more rain expected.

Bobby, nice job on the Dakota, you may find a better cheaper place to get it painted in Florida.

I vote regulator. A few years ago we accidently left our regulator connected to a hose bib in a campground. Next night, new park, middle of the night POW, we blew and fitting and flooded the 5'er basement. Luckily it was our last night on the road, went home without water and fixed it there.

Terry I see the problem with the stairs. When you build them one idea I have is to build 2-3 steps off the frame, and then below have a set of motorhome electric steps that retract when the engine is running.

You will have access through the cab when hitched right? Kinda difficult to get in, but it would work.

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