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Old 10-28-2014, 11:09 AM   #477
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Frank, like we discussed I have installed the equalizer braces, . All the bolts have been pressed in and torqued, brakes adjusted, now I need to wire the brakes and they are done !! I beat the weather for a change, its 70 today but by this weekend its going to be cold !!
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As they say Terry, 4 eyes are better than 2,
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Old 10-28-2014, 06:13 PM   #479
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Frank, yes or in this case several hundred?. I have to report the long awaited axles are complete , brakes are adjusted and work as designed, I had to adjust the pin box to level out the TH, now to get tags so I can take her for a spin .
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Nice to see the rig hooked up. Missed a few days of the thread. Returned home as Janet is getting a hip replacement.

IH is one of my favorites. Does it have the 466 or 530 engine?

The rig will look slick once the sleeper is trimmed. Still give you room to do day or overnight trips and give clearance for some of the parks, etc where the trees are lower. Even if the A/C are a bit higher will not make too much of a difference.

IMO matching the trailer and truck height will give cleaner aerodynamics. Having the truck taller than the trailer will leave a vortex behind the truck so the front of the trailer is in dirty air.

Unless you are planning on going to some awful twisting locations I dont think you need a lot of clearance between the two units. Only if the truck were going up a steep embankment when you were turning will there be a possibility of the two touching?? Or is my eye missing something?

Now looking forward to the interior work.

Freezing here so it will take a bit of aclimitization after the 90 degree temps.
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Good Morning Gordon, Best wishes to Janet's fast recovery, hopefully she's dancing in no time! Its so much harder to go from warmer to cold brrrr. The truck is going to get a transplant of a DT 466 hopefully with a target of 350 Hp. and an Allison Auto. I agree that the truck actually needs to be slightly lower, with an Aero Wing ( as I stated I just like the looks anyway), the front is boxy so I'm not very aero anyway. When I am jackknifed I have 5" of clearance, when I twist it around while turning, and have the truck pointed uphill, like you said, it diminishes rapidly, I have got it down to 1.5", so thats why I would be comfortable with a little more. I just got the Reg and Tags today ! Next up I am cutting down the sleeper and adjusting the 5th wheel for temp duty until I can build the hauler body. Oh and started the rear bumper, need to use the Plasma cutter to cut out the shape from a sheet of steel. Pics will follow.
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Here's a first look at what the TH's bumper will look like, this is a template that the cutter will follow. Talking about aero on trucks, this is some of the diagrams that illustrate how and where the most drag is, these are big rigs but the principle is the same. And a pic of the style of wing that I will build for on top of the sleeper, it will be able to lay down for clearance when I'm not hooked up.
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That should give you rear protection but not interfere with the ramp.
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Thanks for the well wishes. Any and all positive thoughts are appreciated.

I like the bumper!! Really finishes off the back end. Grab rails do not hurt the looks either.

Are you planning on cutting the sleeper down to cab level? I can see that with a wing. Would be awesome.

I also like the idea of cutting the sleeper to match the top of the 5er. Would be sleek and you could have the graphics on the truck and trailer flow together.
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HH, I was planning on finishing off the back, so I just figured I would put something there that would give a little protection, and maybe look good too. Gordon, I had to take the grab rails off the sleeper "wings" so I recycled them on to the ramp door, The sleeper is made in sections, I would imagine to make it easier to build different configurations, the main body is aluminum, I'm keeping that, the top is fiberglass that is riveted all the way around the perimiter every two inches with 1/4" steel rivets (what a pain!!) Then I will build the roof basically like a camper. Except I'm using 3/4" plywood with supports built in for the wing, I have some EPDM left over from the TH roof that I am going to use for the sleeper roof. This winter I will build the wing.
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first of all prayers sent for janets speedy recovery,,,

wow miss a day or 2 and we jump a couple pages wow,,,,,happy you got it up on the axles and taged up,,,
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Yep, going to be working on the hauler for a couple of days, just got back from the lumber yard, picked up plywood ect. for roof on the sleeper
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Jay, I have to support the best RV Forum out there!! I'M TOPLESS!! well the hauler is anyway, now build the supports and install the new roof.
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Golly Gee Willikers! Jumping Gee Hosifats! Jimminy Cricket! Gollllleeeeee! It just had to be said, you are doing fantastic!

Love this thread! Lynne
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