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Old 02-20-2003, 06:31 PM   #29
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i'd bet the guest trailer gets popular in the summer since it has air conditioning!

i like the bbq grill in the snow bank! grilled steaks for sunday dinner, when the going gets tough the tough grill in a snow bank!

looks like ya have winter living figured out.


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Old 02-20-2003, 06:32 PM   #30
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Yeehaw!!!! You and Mike got a little piece of paradise there!!

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Old 02-21-2003, 07:14 AM   #31
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Nice Farm Chantal!

My wife dreams of retiring on a farm in Virginia, I dream of Florida!
We own a 1.27 acre wooded lot across the road from our house. I would like to put an RV pad over there, behind the farm market, with full hookups. (I'll probably have a fight with zoning on that one!)Then, when the time comes, sell the house. We could live there in the summer and head South for the winter! I have lived here all my life, and hate winter more and more every year!
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Old 02-21-2003, 09:55 AM   #32
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John Irwin,
How much work/bucks did it take to put the Banks superchager in your Chevy?
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Old 02-21-2003, 10:23 AM   #33
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That air hitch does sound interesting. Surely, someone has tried it.
My rough ride problem is so bad I just might take the bait and get one.
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Old 02-21-2003, 10:44 AM   #34
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Banks installation

I had some other work done at the time, and I don't have an exact breakout handy. It was somewhere over $500. However, they did more work than the Banks instructions. Every joint is TIG welded, no clamps anywhere. They also insisted on using a new gasket where Banks says reuse the old gasket.

The install took most of a day.

They did a super job of installation. No one would know that it wasn't factory original.
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Old 02-21-2003, 10:54 AM   #35
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John.. I saw an ad for Banks in an RV mag this morning and took the time to read it knowing that you had one installed. Noticed they have been in business since 76! To be in business that long they must be doing it right.
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Old 02-21-2003, 11:57 AM   #36
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Air ride hitch

I also have been looking at that system. I have a wife that has had neck fusioin and has to have a smooth ride, from what I have seen posted about the ride of the tow vehicle I am looking to replace the system that came with the AS, I think it is a Reese single sway setup.
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Old 02-21-2003, 12:08 PM   #37
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Short Wheelbase?

I had the same problem on an old section of I-75 while bringing our rig home. I contribute it to the fact that we have a short wheelbase tow vehicle (Tahoe) that hops on its own sometimes. Wayne, is your f-150 a shortbox? It might be a length relationship, think of 2 different length levers and the amount of motion required to move them around a pivot point. The longer lever (wheelbase) moves a small amount vs. the shorter needing more movement at the end opposite the pivot (hitch), resulting in you getting bounced more. I like the Tahoe in terms of ride and great maneuverability (especially being able to wind our 30' into the yard on the first attempt). But depending on how the ride goes this summer, might opt for the 'Burb and longer wheelbase when the lease runs out.
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Old 02-21-2003, 05:11 PM   #38
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Around '77 I sold my '70 Pontiac GTO (big mistake) and bought a '77 Jeep CJ7 with 304 V8, 3 sp., hardtop and AC. It was great for going down logging roads and Jeep trails but did not have the space available for all my camping gear when I left for a weekend deer hunt. Another reason I got rid of it was due to a stretch of road I-40 West from Nashville toward Memphis. Part of it was concrete and it set up a rhythm that had me rocking to music. I remember the same type of road in an area near Corpus Christi, TX. in the '70s that was the same way. I'm glad the stretch toward Memphis is smooth now although I rarely go that way anymore.

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Old 02-22-2003, 12:26 PM   #39
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I-20 IN LOUSIANA . NEAR, EAST OF MONROE I PULLED A 31 FT EXCELLA WITH A 1 TON DULLY/z-71 pu/2500suburban IN AND OUT OF MONROE AND COULD NOT BELEIVE WHAT THE tow vehicle AND TRAILER WAS DOING . HAD TO SLOW DOWN to a crawl AS I WAS LOOSING CONTROL OF THE vehicle BUT THE BOUNCE DID NOT STOP UNTILL I HIT THE NEW ASPHALT PAVING. IF YOU GO THAT WAY YOU WILL REMEMBER THAT RIDE. AS OF LAST DECEMBER THAT STRECH OF ROAD HAS NOT HAD ANY WORK TO IMPROVE . IN ALL THE MILES I PULLED THE AS I NEVER EXPERIENCED A ROAD LIKE THAT. I DROVE MY MH OVER IT LAST DECEMBER AND IT WASNT A BAD RIDE. I LIKE BIG RIGS a chevrolet dully does a great job. I HAD A z-71 and the as sometimes tryed to drive for me . also pulled with a suburban 2500 never again. talk about white nuckel driving. the z-71 and suburban was the pits compared to the chevro;et 3500 dully. TO EACH IS OWN . you will have to live and learn. lol
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Old 02-25-2003, 07:56 AM   #40
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I found a cure for the "washboard" syndrome found on I-20 in Louisiana and on I-30 & I-40 thru Arkansas. . .DON'T GO THERE!!!
We took a trip from Ft. Worth, Texas to Chicago last June, and believe me, a Hensley hitch doesn't make it any better!!! In fact, the beating was so severe, I was worried about damage to the hitch, my Airstream sand my truck. We averaged 40 mph until we got to Illinois. . .and then by law, we had to go 55 mph, so making up lost time was shot to heck. Now, either I will seek out state highways and give them a chance, or go another route. Texas' interstates can be rough, too; but not even close to the above mentioned Louisiana/Arkansas punishment! I usually try to stay on Texas state highways when I can. The sppeed limit is usually close to the Interstate speeds, fewer semi's and usually a whole lot smoother. . .not to mention a whole lot more interesting!!!
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Old 02-25-2003, 08:58 AM   #41
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Originally posted by JeffandSuzanne
I found a cure for the "washboard" syndrome found on I-20 in Louisiana and on I-30 & I-40 thru Arkansas. . .DON'T GO THERE!!!
I had to run between Atlanta GA and Dallas TX on I 20 a few years ago. From the time I hit the Louisianna state line till the time I hit the TX line it was miserable. What a mess that road is.
On the way home I was traveling at night in a 88 Trooper I use to have. I had a guy I was pacing about a 1/4 mile back letting him find Joe law. We were humming along just a wee bit over the posted. All of a sudden he's all over the road. Tail lights dancing I figured he had fallen asleep and ran off the road. My ex wife asleep in the passenger seat. All of a sudden I came up on the problem. No less than a 6 inch lip at a bridge. I know that truck got air born hitting that at the pace we were going. My Ex had reclined the seat so the belt wasn't in the proper possition. She was woke up about the time she came into contact with the roof and ended up just about in the back seat. Warped both front rims.
Yeah I hear all the roads are like that in Louisianna. Just plain avoid the state if at all possible.
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Old 02-25-2003, 09:14 AM   #42
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They have been working on I-40 from the OK/Ark state line east the last couple of years. Redoing it in asphalt for the most part so those cursed expansion joints are disappearing. It was so bad in most places it felt like you were going across a 300 mile wide cattleguard! I made the trip back in 99' with a bumper pull flatbed with a Ford 4000 farm tractor on it. It almost beat me to a pulp!!. Next time, again with the tractor in tow, I had rear airbags on my F-250, pumped them up and made a world of difference!


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