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Old 07-18-2015, 09:22 PM   #15
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Paula,

Four years ago I bought an electric conversion kit for my bike called the Hilltopper from a company called Clean Republic. It took me about 25 minutes to install (or a bike shop could do it for you in ten). I have driven it hundreds of miles and it works like a champ.

Cost about $500.

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Old 07-19-2015, 11:56 AM   #16
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In MHO there is nothing finer than a Ford Excursion LTD/10 cylinder/gas. Mine was purchased in 2005 from a Microsoft Millionaire for $18,000 with 69k on it. Today with only 93k it is worth about $10,000 although the book is at $5k. I owe my life to this vehicle and it's ability to navigate through a highway collision, crossing through oncoming traffic and going sideways down the shoulder with my 31 foot Excella, missing a telephone pole by mere inches. My former Yukon would have rolled over and wrecked the trailer in those conditions. It only gets 11mpg around town and 9.5 to 10 when towing; I am told that a diesel will do much better around town(20) and 14 towing.. But I do not mind feeding the beast that saved my life.
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Old 07-19-2015, 12:08 PM   #17
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In MHO there is nothing finer than a Ford Excursion LTD/10 cylinder/gas. Mine was purchased in 2005 from a Microsoft Millionaire for $18,000 with 69k on it. Today with only 93k it is worth about $10,000 although the book is at $5k. I owe my life to this vehicle and it's ability to navigate through a highway collision, crossing through oncoming traffic and going sideways down the shoulder with my 31 foot Excella, missing a telephone pole by mere inches. My former Yukon would have rolled over and wrecked the trailer in those conditions. It only gets 11mpg around town and 9.5 to 10 when towing; I am told that a diesel will do much better around town(20) and 14 towing.. But I do not mind feeding the beast that saved my life.
Hey, you can't say that here ! . There are folks around here that will say that's the most awful tow vehicle ever that will roll over on it's roof if you do anything other than drive 30mph in a straight line. Or something like that.

Actually, I think Paula wants to buy something a little newer than what she could get in an Excursion. I'm waiting for her to get one of the new GM's in that black cherry color. So cool.
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Foiled, to answer your question about an electric bike. I built my own using a kit from ampedbikes, but they seem to be out of business now. If I were to do it over and purchase one new, I'd look at this:
New For 2015 | Electric Bikes | ProdecoTech //electric bicycles that make sense : Electric Bikes | ProdecoTech //electric bicycles that make sense

Keep in mind they are heavy, so check the rating on any bike rack you have, and keep the battery off of the bike when it's racked or while you are driving. Think twice if you are using a bike rack attached to the back of your AS. And you will need to be comfortable lifting a 40# oddly shaped object away from your body. But they are super-fun to ride!
I have an Eddie Bauer - with the REAR HATCH Ramp and ride it up, then tie it down. Simple neh?
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^ Just like I load my Triumph, pix in my gallery.
I did buy a folding aluminum collapsable ladder from Lowes, the 17' model from Wardner (sp) comes in three sizes 13' 17' 22'.
It will stand as a step ladder then snap over to an extension ladder, yet collapse to about 4'. Heavy duty, doesn't wobble, with my 260#'s
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Old 07-19-2015, 04:51 PM   #20
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I have an Eddie Bauer - with the REAR HATCH Ramp and ride it up, then tie it down. Simple neh?
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Old 07-20-2015, 09:05 AM   #21
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I ain't the smartest man in the world, but it looks like to me you need to get you a 2016 Classic and a 2015 Silverado High Country crew cab Duramax/Allison with a cap and a bedslide.
That's just my opinion, though, for what it's worth.
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Paula,
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HI Terry.

Telescoping ladder for a loner (who has quite a bit of junk in her trunk) strikes me as a questionable idea. I have to be a little more conscious of "what could go wrong" than married people who have alternate resources (such as working at OODM) when a more heavy-duty system is needed. Marie will notice if you fall (or are hanging on to the awning tube yelling for help)... and if you have a big job, you could haul Bertha into the shop. I'd almost go for one of those knuckle busters that turns into two ladders with a scaffold platform, but that could be overkill.

Here's a question that could ignite yet another tow truck controversy. I know you have a Dodge RAM truck. WHY are they so much less popular/common than Chevy's or Fords? (I do like your folding tow mirrors!) Comment?

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Well, don't be a tease. Year? Bed Length?
Might get me breathing heavy if it's already had a spray in bed liner done, and/or a bed slide? Noticed the towing mirrors - and I think the Chevy's now have an integrated brake controller don't they?
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I drove the Dodge, Chevy, Ford. The Chevy ergonomics fit my "body type" best, including "Kreature Komforts"..
And, a great discount for the Demo.

The Dodge was not a demo, but rode like a Conestoga wagon might have (no I am not that old)... But I have ridden in some well preserved ones.

Ok, the Dodge didn't give me splinters and had a good AC...

Then the resale.. As a Chevy customer I got some loyalty money to sweeten the pot...

The Dodge was really positive because there was no "def"... And..for towing the Dodge was more than up to the task..
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Well, don't be a tease. Year? Bed Length?

Might get me breathing heavy if it's already had a spray in bed liner done, and/or a bed slide? Noticed the towing mirrors - and I think the Chevy's now have an integrated brake controller don't they?

Year- 2015
Spray-in bedliner- check-
Bed length- 6.5' (8' bed is available)
Bed slide- no- "windoors" on the sides of the cap with tool boxes just inside- bed steps on both sides and the back in addition to the built in steps in the bumper- it is still possible to install a bed slide-
Built in trailer brake control- check-
It is a beautiful truck, but my Tundra still has a bigger back seat, bigger back doors that open wider, and air vents in the back seat-


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How much? Why are these trucks always in white?

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I have towed my 2001 Safari 25 with both a 2006 F150 5.4 3.73 and now a 2013 Ram 2500 CTD 3.42. Yes, the Ram has a 6-speed and the F-150 had a 4. A newer F-150 would have a transmission that was a better match for towing. And the Eco-boost seems to have good towing power. But with a 1/2T truck, at least on paper, the problem is not with the towing capacity (at least in my case) but with payload. My trailer GVWR is 1000# less than the current trailers and once loaded with stuff I need, only leaves me about 380# of excess capacity in the trailer. In the truck, accounting for two people, dogs, and fuel I only had about 70# of payload left.

I REALLY did not want to buy a new TV. That's one reason I chose the trailer I have. We thought and talked about it a lot before buying a one-year old used Ram, but I have now put over 2000 miles on the trailer with the Ram and there's no way I would go back. I have a couple of rationalizations for that:
1. While the diesel is initially more expensive than a equivalent gasoline powered truck, I feel I'll get at least some of that back when I sell. My F-150 barely got 10 mpg towing at 55. The Ram gets 15 at 65-70. I don't feel like the economics are as bad as they look on the surface. I can get somewhere faster and pay less for fuel.
2. The torque peak for the gasoline engine was in the 3000 rpm range. The diesel is at 1700 rpm. Probably not coincidentally, that is right at 65 mph in 6th gear. I just pulls all the way in 6th gear on 95% of the roads I travel. I had to pull over and wait for something to cool off with the F-150 before I could do the last mile of a 6-mile 8% grade.
3. This doesn't affect the Eco-Boost, but I want to travel the west and the higher you go in altitude, the more power a naturally aspirated engine looses. The turbocharged EcoBoost and the CTD don't have this problem.
4. I'm doing this for fun and enjoyment. I don't want to worry about what the hill around the next curve looks like.

Good luck with your decision.

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