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Old 02-12-2017, 06:20 PM   #15
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Finally had a chance to put a few miles on Maggie.

1st trip was towing the Toy Box fully loaded with the Jeep and lots of tools from Seattle to NW Oklahoma (1835 miles) and she handled it like a champ. Only on the biggest of hills did she have to work very hard. The only issue was in Wyoming where the temps were -18 F with a wind chill bringing it down to -40. I stopped for the night but kept the coach and the genset running for fear it would never start again.

2nd trip I am taking my 98 yr old grandmother on the road. 1st stop was in a small town south of Tulsa for an overnight visit with family before continuing on to Huntsville, AL for more family visits. This time without towing anything. On the return trip now and south of Tulsa again. The only issues were when we tried to go offroad and she got stuck in the Alabama clay. Thanks to a local with a backhoe and a strong strap we managed to get her out. NEVER leave the pavement.
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Old 02-12-2017, 06:23 PM   #16
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Never leave the pavement
I suspect you will leave your 'off roading' to your Jeep from now on .

Hope your grandmother enjoyed the trip and time with you. Great that she can travel with you at her age. God bless her.
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I had actually successfully put that nightmare behind me of getting our 36 foot 2000 Country Coach Magna stuck in soft dirt/mud when we tried to camp early in the spring at a state park. I attempted to dig myself out for 5 hours before calling 'uncle' and injuring myself with a pitch fork in the process. Ugg. Personal recommendation... call a REALLY BIG tow service out of the gate, pour yourself a glass of your favorite wine and let somebody else correct the dilemma.

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Old 02-13-2017, 01:16 PM   #19
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This is the smallest rig I'd recommend trying to tow a CC and it was barely adequate for a 40 mile I-5 tow! Driver complained about the tow truck wheels coming off the road on bumps and I-5 up here isn't near as bad as I-5 in CA.
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Hey Mr D, hows that big motor rig of yours doing?
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I suspect you will leave your 'off roading' to your Jeep from now on .

Hope your grandmother enjoyed the trip and time with you. Great that she can travel with you at her age. God bless her.
She has been. Looking forward to the next trip. Yeah, Maggie wont be going on any ground I'm not positive she won't get stuck in going forward.

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I had actually successfully put that nightmare behind me of getting our 36 foot 2000 Country Coach Magna stuck in soft dirt/mud when we tried to camp early in the spring at a state park. I attempted to dig myself out for 5 hours before calling 'uncle' and injuring myself with a pitch fork in the process. Ugg. Personal recommendation... call a REALLY BIG tow service out of the gate, pour yourself a glass of your favorite wine and let somebody else correct the dilemma.

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I thought the tow truck was going to be my only option until the fella with the backhoe came along.
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I have a compartment that is full passthrough just behind the front axle. I intend to put a slide out fridge/freezer and counter/sink above that for the fun side of the coach. I have a nice Camp Chef Explorer 2 burner (30,000 BTU ea) grill box. griddle and oven accessories that will set up nicely on the patio and store well in the same bay. I will add the required plumbing for the sink and a propane hookup. Other patio equipment would go in the same bay from the other side.

There is a window between mid entry door and passenger window that is in an area I plan to convert into an office/entertainment center and would like to build in an outside TV in the window opening since the window would be blocked during the office conversion anyway, for games etc while tailgating or just having fellow travelers visit us at our camp. I prefer to be outside whenever possible. Food and fun are better shared than solo IMHO. But then I love cooking and grilling so.....

Will add a nice outdoor sound system for music or the TV.

Inside overhead in the drivers area will get a total rework. Huge headbanger CRT on the right side. This overhead will be redesigned without the TV and will add more cabinets and storage space.

Office area will serve double duty as stated above with a TV that rises out of the back of the desk on a swivel so it can be viewed from anywhere forward of the bathroom area.

Will be removing all carpet and installing prefinished hardwood.

Changing the HWH 2000 series leveling system to the newer Active Air ride control.


Won't start on these until we are well into fall and she won't be on the road. Next spring she'll be ready to rock.
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This photo (or more accurately a composite of 2 photos) show the window that will be removed and the bay where the kitchen will go.

Once the window is removed I will build a compartment that will house the flat panel TV, soundbar, DVD player, mini Genie, am/fm/cd. The front cover will retract slightly and drop down inside the wall. The track it rides on will press the panel into place against the seal for a watertight fit. I have done similar projects on Suburbans and Power Wagons for competition AV systems. There is a channel inside to catch any moisture that may get past the seal.

Below the window the arrow point to the compartment for the slide out kitchen. Slide will have a counter with a bar sink for washing hands, a refer/freezer below and an LP quick disconnect for the grill. I will be using a Camp Chef with dual 30K BTU burners.
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This is inside the window as it exists now. The buckets and stand will be removed and a new desk/entertainment center will go here. Flat panel will retract into the desk at the rear when not in use. Mounted on a swivel TV can be moved to view anywhere in the forward 1/2 of the coach from kitchen to driver area.

Directly across from this is the current Jackknife sofa which will likely be replaced with newer furniture that offers more flexibility like the Extenda Flex Lounge by Flexsteel or Villa Extending L Sectional by Glastop.
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This is the current overhead where the old CRT tv currently resides. This entire overhead will be reworked relocating all the current switches and control panels to inside a cabinet and add more cabinet & storage space. Gone will be all that white vinyl replaced with cherry matching the existing cabinets.
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You certainly have some ambitious modifications planned. Please post your progress with pics.
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Old 03-10-2017, 11:53 PM   #27
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That I do. Lol. But all well within my wheelhouse. There will be lots of post, pic and video once the project begins. Lots of travel planned for the next few months but come fall I'll have plenty of time.
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Looking forward to your upgrades, Jay! Also to seeing Maggie in person at the M&G in Aug.! Rail!
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