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Old 09-24-2011, 12:08 PM   #29
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Did ya check the turning radius ??? I ran into problems with my flatbed when I added an aluminum box on the tongue. You added length to the truck bed. So be careful in a jackknife situation. I wasnt so fortunate. I knocked out one taillite before realizing I had turning problem. I had to add length to the drawbar/ballmount in order to turn. As soon as I can find an extention I am going to at to the Drawbar/ball mount for the Airstream also as I cannot open the tailgate without un-hitching.
Opps almost forgot"NICE LOOKING OUTFIT"

Thanks for the info. We are watching our turning clearance very carefully realizing that the truck camper sticks out a little extra on the corners. We tow with a Hensley Arrow on the Airstream which give us a little more separation between the trailer and tow vehicle. If it weren't for this extra distance, we would not be able to open the camper door while hooked up.

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Old 09-24-2011, 02:39 PM   #30
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How 'bout some pictures of the inside?

Inquiring minds want to know.


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Old 09-24-2011, 08:48 PM   #31
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I remember turning too sharp with our slide in on the truck and one of the jacks hit the end cap of my 5x8 trailer we were towing and put a dent in it. The trailer was not as wide as the slide in and it made backing very hard to do. The wife as supposed to be spotting me.

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Thanks for the info. We are watching our turning clearance very carefully realizing that the truck camper sticks out a little extra on the corners. We tow with a Hensley Arrow on the Airstream which give us a little more separation between the trailer and tow vehicle. If it weren't for this extra distance, we would not be able to open the camper door while hooked up.

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Old 09-28-2011, 12:40 AM   #32
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Here are a few shots of Ethel's interior.

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Very nice! Looks quite comfy.

Love your blankie.


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Old 09-28-2011, 04:26 PM   #34
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I'll imagine you've already seen TORKLIFT hitch receivers and extensions. I can't get the pics above to magnify this go round, so look forward to how it's done, as I am also interested in this option to some extent.

Will look forward to scale weights and comments. Have my fingers crossed for luck on your behalf that the initial trip finds no serious problems.
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Old 10-02-2011, 12:24 PM   #35
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Ethel's maiden voyage continues. Lucy is still camped in Buffalo, and we are are venturing out in Fred and Ethel in search of Moose. The Moose search is not going very well, but we are in the process of learning the ins and outs of truck camping.

We have now spent a couple of nights out in the forest in Ethel. The space is tight, but we are learning how to deal with it. Ethel's bed is quite comfortable, and we have slept well out in the forest. We have utilized dispersed camping with Ethel and have not stayed in the Forest Service Campgrounds. It's a matter of just pulling into the woods and making camp.

Here are a few campsite photos.

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Love it!

You are going to so enjoy the flexibility that Ethel gives you, the ability to pull in anywhere and spend the night.

You are able to do real backroads with Fred, too, which I am envious of (also your dinette). We have to skip the logging roads, although they always look quite tempting and like the wildlife spotting would vastly improve. Aaah, well, one can't have everything.

The biggest adjustment to the Interstate was how narrow it is inside. 4 1/2 years later, we have it pretty well down to an art form. You learn to synchronize your movements forward and aft, to stay in one place while doing meal prep, etc.

Travel safe, and happy Moose-ing.


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Old 10-02-2011, 02:12 PM   #37
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Ethel reminds me of our second camper (1st was a VW) which was a Coachman slide in. We were a young family of 5. We parents slept in the cab over, our daughters on the fold out dinette, and our son in the upper bunk. There were 5 cupboards across the front of the cab over. Each of us had our own storage and when it was full, that was it. We camped in that rig extensively for many years and never once spent a night in a campground
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Ethel reminds me of our second camper (1st was a VW) which was a Coachman slide in. We were a young family of 5. We parents slept in the cab over, our daughters on the fold out dinette, and our son in the upper bunk. There were 5 cupboards across the front of the cab over. Each of us had our own storage and when it was full, that was it. We camped in that rig extensively for many years and never once spent a night in a campground
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That sounds like some really nice memories. When our four boys were young, we had a great time tent camping. A camper was not in our budget in those days. We still have great memories though. The boys are all in their 30's and 40's now, but when we all get together, the camping trips always come up.

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On our trip so far, the Moose sightings have been non existent. We had decided to move our camp down to northern Colorado and check out the Moose population there. Yesterday evening, we made one more run up into the Bighorn National Forest. We took an 11 mile dirt road loop deep into the forest. Low and behold, we found two Moose cows hiding in the trees. We were able to get a photograph of one, but by the time we saw the second one, it had gotten too dark for a picture.

We came back to Lucy last night to start packing up for departure. This morning, we are breaking camp and heading down into Colorado.

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