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hjsdds 04-11-2013 04:07 AM

Flunked retirement, checking in
Hello everyone, we've been RVing since 1972 and did the "natural progression": couple years in a tent, then bunch of years in a 11 1/2 foot slide-on camper, "graduated" to 32 foot fifth, then 36 foot fifth and now we are pulling a 40 footer with an HDT.
Along the way we wore out four 1 ton pickups, one "wanabe" MDT and one International 4700 MDT. I did the above HDT conversion myself and then I couldn't stop myself, hence the "flunked retirement", here are few examples of my efforts.
We will be hanging around mostly on the HDT forum we have lots of friends in that group.
This is an impressive website, lots of things to "explore",


CLIFFTALL 04-11-2013 04:38 AM

Welcome to IRV2. Glad you're here.


tomwalt 04-11-2013 05:13 AM

Welcome, and I think you are excelling in your retirement:>)

Bruce C 04-11-2013 06:53 AM


Medico 04-11-2013 07:37 AM Welcome and glad to meet you!

MSHappyCampers 04-11-2013 07:38 AM

Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you join us! :dance:

That's an impressive rig!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless! :thumb::D

JohnRR 04-11-2013 10:16 AM

That's some fantastic looking handiwork.

sdennislee 04-12-2013 08:07 PM

Hi and :greetings10: :welcome: :greetings10:

Fred1609 04-12-2013 08:22 PM

I want one..Thanks for the pics

Bama Fan 04-12-2013 08:38 PM

Welcome to the forum. Nice looking rig! :thumb:

Ed-Sommers 04-13-2013 08:41 AM

You are allowed to have a hobby in retirement.


hjsdds 04-13-2013 07:38 PM

Ed, you nailed it right on the head and identified two essential components of doing this, hobby and a retirement. Let's parse this statement.
1. Hobby - doing something that requires "investment" of substantial amount time and resources to accomplish something unique.
2. Retirement - a phase of ones life with unlimited amount of useless time just waiting to be channeled into something worthwhile.

Here's an example, close to 1,000 hours of engineering and CAD work.
Then several more months "guiding and supervising" the fab shop to reach this stage.
The whole project took almost 15 months and we will not talk about funds, but just check the smile (in the last picture) of the individual who commissioned this "project" to end up with something never done before.

The bed is all hydraulics and controlled by a remote control which he is holding. So far this bed is the only one in existence.


Skip426 04-13-2013 07:54 PM

Flunked retirement...... Demand a re-test :D

Flanagan 04-14-2013 05:39 PM

Welcome to IRV2, those rigs are out of my league. I hope you can help some of us with how to advice. Look forward to see what's next from you.

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