Originally Posted by PanJH
Scott - good ideas ! I've had the Rampage in the Ranger for 4 yrs. I had been sliding it off when not in use onto a couple saw horses, but never liked that setup due to the weight of the Rampage and the difficulty in sliding it off/on. About 6 months ago, I was looking at stuff on Craigslist ( where btw, I picked up the rampage) and saw a ad for a 8 ft section of roller conveyor. It has adjustable legs, I have it set up at about the same height as the Ranger bed and now I just slide it off/on. I'll need to readjust the height as the F-150 is significantly higher.
I like your idea with the angle up front. On the old truck, I installed the nutserts in the front as well as the rear. I didn't like the idea if only the nutserts holding the front, so I used longer bolts up front and then crawled underneath and put a piece of channel over the projecting nutsert bolts and held it on with a nuts. I wanted to distribute the pressure over a larger area. It wasn't time consuming to put that channel on, but not the most fun thing to do crawling on the ground. I like your idea of permanently mounting it. Another thing to add to the list.
Walt- I would like to see pics of your install when you have a chance
First off, in my pictures in the beginning of this thread, you'll see the actual "T" that I installed in the brake application line between the Wabco ABS valve and, the Parking brake relay valve. That line, is a 1/2" plastic line that is held in place, at both ends, by "push to release" fittings. Like many of the air lines on this type of chassis, push-to-release fittings are used extensively.
After the phone conversation with M & G customer service, it was determined that, that particular line is the one I could tie into. So, even with the air system completely full, I could push on the collars that held that line in place and, remove that 1' long piece of air line. I then cut it in the middle, placed MY tee in it, then replaced that line back onto the coach. Then, I connected the 1/4" line to that center section of the Tee then ran the supplied 1/4" line along the frame, out of harms way, all the way to the rear of the coach. I wire-tied it all along, to make sure it was secured and, etch-free.
I made a small bracket for the quick-release fitting at the rear, next to the license plate.
Originally Posted by moisheh
Scott: As I would expect from you an excellent write up! To the poster that tied into his hydraulic brake lines: I may be wrong but I don't think that is a recommended practice anymore.
I surely appreciate the nice comment. I get a bit long winded at times but, It's my way of assuring that if I'm trying to paint a detailed picture so there's no confusion or, at least LESS confusion.