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Old 07-16-2015, 08:06 AM   #29
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blkmagicka has a recent post showing a crane mounted in the back of his truck bed to move the generator in and out. Now on my list. I see a Honda 3000 weighs over 130-lbs. I figure on that size or larger as well.

If also like to have a bed slide as an eight foot bed is a series of obstacles to clamber over to get some things. Using a system of plastic tubs on the plastic bed liner has its shortcomings. That said, an eight foot bed with topper is hard to beat for all sorts of reasons.

The latest Ram 2500 has a link/coil rear suspension. Air ride of some sort also available. Worth checking as either would be more sure-footed than leaf suspension, not to mention better ride.
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AT&T Dual band WiFi HotSpot

I'm a T-Mobile customer and love their service whenever I'm close to a major town. Their high-speed data really is high-speed; problem is when you venture a tad off the beaten path, your signal diminishes rapidly.

I'm an online marketing guru type that typically spends about 4-5 months of the year attending black powder matches throughout the country. Being connected is the only way I can travel and keep paying for my hobby.

I'd like to share my first hand experience with AT&T's newest WiFi offering, the Unite Pro. This dual band/antenna hotspot provides me with ample data and keeps me connected with reliable 4G LTE service in some of the most remote areas I've been to in the Eastern part of the US. From Ashland, Kentucky to Alma, Michigan - so far it works great. In Alma, I could only get 2 bars so I switched on the dual band/antenna setting (using more battery power) and amazingly, I instantly had 4 bars and full LTE service.

I refuse to buy into a contract and paid full price for my unit ($200) and only add data when I need it ($25/2gigs). I figure between T-Mobile and AT&T, I'll have enough access to stay connected. My only complaint is the 30-day shelf life on data - use it or lose it - doesn't seem quite fair to pay for something and not get the full benefit. Of course, if you agree to a contract and pay monthly, you can 'carry over' any unused data, but then, you'd pay for it 12 months of the year which I do not need.

Hopefully, at some point down the road, AT&T will come up with a package that allows you to pay for and keep your data, until then, this is a workable compromise.
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[QUOTE=slowmover;1652987]blkmagicka has a recent post showing a crane mounted in the back of his truck bed to move the generator in and out. Now on my list. I see a Honda 3000 weighs over 130-lbs. I figure on that size or larger as well.

the 3000 HANDI weighs a lot less (about 87 lbs) - but is a tiny bit noisier and does not have an electric start. Pretty easy to pull start though. Wanted to bolt it to the bed slide but haven't so far. (Trading in the truck, plan to move the bed slide to the new one.)

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blkmagicka has a recent post showing a crane mounted in the back of his truck bed to move the generator in and out. Now on my list. I see a Honda 3000 weighs over 130-lbs. I figure on that size or larger as well.
Looking for that post. Anyone have a link? The accumulation of years is making it more and more difficult to get the GenSet in and out of the truck.
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I need one with a shorter drop. Where the heck can I find local dealers? Those things weigh a ton and I don't want to have to order and pay shipping 2 or 3 times while I dial it in.

Crap website.
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Any dealer where you're trying to buy a USED truck.

What part of USED didn't you understand, you wet behind the ears twerp?

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Looking for that post. Anyone have a link? The accumulation of years is making it more and more difficult to get the GenSet in and out of the truck.

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Old 07-16-2015, 04:33 PM   #36
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Maybe time to look for a fifth wheel or motorhome. Or a house.
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I need one with a shorter drop. Where the heck can I find local dealers? Those things weigh a ton and I don't want to have to order and pay shipping 2 or 3 times while I dial it in.



Crap website.

If you are referring to the Hensley stinger, their swap policy works pretty well. The website has that info in a link.

With TT and TV on level concrete (need not be hitched) a phone call to them (I talked with Ron last time) and measurements on each vehicle should give them the info needed to ship the correct stinger.

In buying a new to me vehicle my first step is to get it on the CAT scale with full fuel, normal gear aboard, plus driver, to have the adjusted empty weight. From thereon, the lightest it will be. A handy reference for later WD adjustments.

I carry 1100-1200 lbs of gear and fuel when solo. Bed topper, etc. This condition is where I also measure the receiver height at the point Hensley asks. How far a particular brand and model of truck squats once gear is aboard is probably impossible to determine without the actual load.

The trailer ball height plus a measurement near TT tires made for an accurate idea of the drop needed for mine.

So I adjusted my ProPride sourced adjustable Hensley stinger thusly (my rig will undergo several changes to each vehicle which can change measured points on each. And being in hurricane country made it imperative to have a stinger NOW that worked).
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Paula, if people in the CG paid more attention to me than to the Bambi, I'd either be really flattered or highly suspicious of their motives.

Verizon has better coverage than AT & T in remote parts of the West-- like national parks, small towns, and BLM lands.

We do see a lot more small and customized trailers in the western national parks. My son and daughter-in-law in Colorado have a 1971 Trillium, and there is kind of a fad for old fiber glass trailers and vintage "tin can tourism" in Colorado, according to them. Possibly the small trailer crowd are more environmentally sensitized.

We fit right in with these folks when we had our 16-foot Bambi, and chatted with many of them. Usually they and the new Casita & Scamp owners were very proud of them-- and their low gas mileage.

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Cellular booster

It is easy to boost your cellular signal. I use a Wilson Electronics Sleek 4G Kit - 460107 which is a booster for any cellular signal - Amazon $99. I use it with a higher capacity Wilson 311125 antenna which mounts with Velcro on the top outside my door. Together they boost a marginal 1 bar to 2 or 3 bars - or 2 bars to 4. Enough for email and internet. I am even able to stream TV shows. I use it with the phone when I need to make a call or a AT&T Liberate MiFi hot-spot for data, Skype calls and YouTube.
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