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Old 01-26-2016, 10:06 AM   #4383
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Gosh Terry - we are not that much warmer than you are. Hope the drizzle stops and you are able to get outside for a good part of the day.
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Old 01-26-2016, 10:33 AM   #4384
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Good Morning Gang,
Made it back in good shape, seas were a little rough, but survived just fine. Had a GREAT time.
Terry,
Nice job on what you got done the last week.
Lloyd,
Glad that you're getting the MH fixed up. You are getting to be a pro at tearing the bedroom apart to get at the engine(what a pain).
We have been running almost non stop since we got home from the cruise Sunday. Finally today got a chance to sit down for a couple minutes.
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Old 01-26-2016, 04:23 PM   #4385
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Good Afternoon, Gordon, We eventually made it up to 49* was very windy so it didn't feel that warm but I'll take it . Supposed to be middle to high 30"s and this weekend 40"s . Frank, Thanks! glad you made it back safe and sound. Well we bounced around today, worked a little here a little there, we sectioned the genny box that I'm using, it was one inch too deep and would have stuck out from the body so we cut the one inch out and am welding it back together, its about half done. Laid out the taillight locations and drilled the holes, need to cut the holes for clearance lights yet.
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Frank, yes I am getting good at it! Would really rather not practice this however. Glad you had fun on the cruise. You missed a lot here, busy group of people.

Our coach has a rear radiator, the a/c condenser is on the drivers side. I still have not recharged the a/c and that has been a good thing. Access to the engine thru that space is not too awfully bad. We did the turbo thru there, and now I did the alternator thru there. With the condenser in place this all would have been considerably harder. Of course, discharging the a/c, and recharging every time I need work there would be crazy.

I am thinking seriously about modifying the coach, there is some framing around that area (not chassis framing, coach body framing) that I am thinking about cutting and making it bolt in. With it removable, it would allow even better access. If I couple that with modifying the condenser mount to be hinged and fold out of the way, I could fold it out of the way, work thru that space and keep the a/c charged.

More to come on this, might go at it this weekend.

Terry, that looks good. Hope you get a stretch of good weather.

Sorry, didn't man to hijack your thread.

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Nice job Terry, that box will be there for the next century. Waiting to see the taillight layout, it sounds good.

Lloyd,
I remember what you are saying about the access through the side with the condenser, i like what you are thinking, and I believe that with a little planning that you can make it work very well.

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Good Evening, Lloyd, no problem on the possible hijack , I like the conversation. Frank, The box came from the Cornfield Caddy, when it was a command center, we took it off when we took off the box that was on the back, figured it would come in handy somewhere. By the way it's all welded back together, need to change the door lock mechanism. Here is how the lights will look when installed, need to put in a place for the license plate, and plate lights, also the electrical plug, what does anyone think is the best location for the trailer plug? Also there will be a bumper right at the bottom of the rear just above the trailer hitch.
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Harley1994,
Just amazes us you flawless workmanship How about the plug next to the receiver out of site. Ours is mounted that way and looks great if you can see it.
lastly the tail lights look terrific, LED'S ? and 2 for back-ups?
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Good Morning, Tim, Thanks!, yup all the lights I install now are LED the two center ones are backup lights. Sun is very brite this AM a little chilly still, 14* but maybe 30's today.
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I thought about these as back up flush mounted in the rear bumper, (for Mine)

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Found um at Quartzsite. Pretty good price
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Terry - what about putting two plugs in. One by the receiver and one by the 5 wheel.

We have two in the 450 and it works really well. No cord over the edge of the tailgate when the 5er is hooked up or inversely when the dump trailer is hooked up.
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Tim, those are nice lights, I have a couple like those on the TH as load lights in case I need to load/unload at night and need some extra lighting. I will be adding those style to the Tot'r as well to see the rear deck area and to be able to hook up at night. Did some much needed maintenance in the shop on some of my old equipment, the fan in the welder was protesting loudly when first turned on so I pulled the case and cleaned and oiled the bushings in the fan motor, much quieter now. fixed the stinger cable on a small mig that had pulled out, I use it mainly for tacking. Now I'm ready to start working again. Gordon, that a good idea for the two plugins, would save on getting extra long cables on one trailer or other ones depending what I'm pulling
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It's really coming along nicely. If I could make a suggestion or maybe I'm giving my opinion where it's not needed I would recess all those tail lights not only to keep them protected, in my opinion it looks really sharp. Something like this.

I would also add a little flat bar across the top of the three marker lights for protection. I'm sure you already know how you're going to make that bumper but if it were mine I would do something similar to that picture I posted. I would run a 4x4 square tube in the straight section and on the angled sides I would make some pieces that go from 4x4 to about a 2x2 but offset so when it's on its side it looks like a triangle not a cone. Also that triangular bracing running down to the bumper on that silver truck looks pretty sharp. Yes this would add a ton of work but I think the final product would be that much better.
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I like the protection. I would put it over and around all of the lights including the tail lights.

I am not sure about the "step" at the bottom of the bumper and the buttress type things on either side. Looks heavy (which I expect it is) and is a lot of work. I tend to like clean lines. It is a nice looking setup.
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Terry,
I was thinking the same as Gordon, one plug by the drivers side of the 5er hitch, and another plug down by the pull behind hitch. Don't forget something to easily hook up the breakaway cable to. I agree with Smcox1 about some kind of visor over the lights, that does 2 things, protects them from breakage, and shadows them a little in direct sunlight to make them a little easier for the person behind you to see.
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