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    Principal in RVH Lifestyles, an HDT design, build, consult company specializing in all aspects of Heavy Duty Trucks. RVHLifestyles.com

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  1. What if

    Thats right. That is why I mentioned a step deck. If you put a conventional height hauler body on the truck, or a conventional height flatbed....then you "typically" need the clearance for the trailer to be on the trailer, not on the truck. That is why RVs have hitch heads that extend down with the kingpin typically mounted 10" or so from the overhang of the trailer. A semi configuration "typically" requires the clearance to be on the truck, not on the trailer. There is only around 4" of clearance on the trailer. You can solve this and still have storage and a hauler body by building a deck that steps down at the rear around the hitch. Giving you room for the trailer clearance required.
  2. I found a candidate HDT help please

    I merged mine with Greggs. So it is somewhat different. I'll publish it on our website in a Blog entry and let people know when I do. It will be another day or so...Quickbooks is dominating my time at the moment.
  3. What if

    That is a conventional semi-trailer as far as bolster plate and kingpin location goes. Of course, you could have Marsha change that. The kingpin can easily be moved more forward. I do not advise "covering" a commercial 5th wheel hitch...as noted above it is pretty trivial to remove and replace if needed. With a Spacecraft semi there will be a suspension hitch designed for those weights early next year, so a commercial hitch may not be necessary or desirable.
  4. What if

    I'm not sure I completely understand what you want to do. Towing a semi does not preclude a deck. You just have to build in the required clearances...eg. a step-deck. The car can still sit in its normal place, but it will be a LONG truck. Probably over 36', depending on the truck model chosen (assuming a Wrangler on deck for/aft). It is pretty simple to build a deck to carry the car. For example we are about to build a deck for an Equinox, which requires 16'. No issue, just long. You will want to stay tandem, and you will have to locate the hitch behind the axles....
  5. I found a candidate HDT help please

    I have a fairly complete checklist that we use for truck inspection. I'll try to get it posted in the next day or so. You probably will not be able to do it all, but it does cover the truck reasonably.
  6. Smart car electric vs gas

    Our 451 averaged about 41 mpg. Got up to 47 mpg at freeway speeds. Our 453 averages about 38 mpg, and gets up to 45 mpg at steady freeway speeds. That is the best I've gotten on 600 mile trips with it. The electric is unlikely to get much more than 70 mile range if you are not in optimal conditions. It really is a city car. I have not owned one,but that is what I hear from owners. I'm not sure that would work for me.
  7. MaximumSignal Update?

    In my testing - which was extensive and lengthy - the Maxamp outperformed the 4G-M only when the signal was very poor. VERY poor. The MaxAmp seemed able to process this poor signal and make better "use" of it than the -M (I do not have a -X). That is the best I can tell you. As far as voice goes - I no longer test voice. But your point is fair. Having good voice signal is important to some. We will have to disagree on signal levels. I have thousands - and I mean thousands - of test cases where a worse rssi outperformed a "better" rssi. Signal level is one component that is important, but not the only one. Which is why actual speed is a better test measure. I no longer test 1x networks, but your point about signal level may be accurate there. I'd have to refer back to 5 year old - or older - test data to see if that is the case, but it may be. However, in more modern network protocols signal level is not the key criteria.
  8. Federal 38gr or 40gr 275rnd - 2 for 20 @ Dick's

    I've shot them, but not owned one. It depends on what you wish to do with it. To me they are more a curiosity, but they do have their place. That is just my opinion, and I'm sure there are those the would be strongly opposed to it
  9. Need information on frames, suspensions

    Of the trailers you list New Horizons probably has the best infrastructure. It also costs the most. You generally get what you pay for in RVs - bear that in mind. There are always budget tradeoffs of course.....you don't always need the "best". The best frame structure will vary somewhat depending on the loads, but the combination of I beam (technically, H beam) and tubing is generally considered to be the best performing combination when dealing with heavier trailers. But even with that, if they are not well put together you will have issues. Good welds, and proper gusseting are required with any frame type.
  10. Federal 38gr or 40gr 275rnd - 2 for 20 @ Dick's

    You can keep your eye on Mass Ammo (online). They have some good deals from time to time on .22. I usually buy a couple of 5000 round cases when they have their sales. Free shipping, no tax. Comes to around .05 for the CCI or Federal. You have to watch for it, though.
  11. MaximumSignal Update?

    Perhaps I stated my speed comment wrong....In performance comparisons between two amps, speed is the only measurable element that is relevant between them. Speed is absolutely controlled by the provider, but properly tested, comparing two amps to the same provider is a fair measure of performance of the amp. You cannot do a single test, and you cannot test in a single location. But over time speed is the result of a superior amp. Customers do only care about speed - given the same location. Because the measure of speed encapsulates all the other elements of performance. Of COURSE the ability to connect is important....that is a given. But given connection, speed is the only attribute most people care about. I think we agree - I just was not as clear as I could have been.
  12. MaximumSignal Update?

    First, let me state an opinion based on YEARS of testing, and not getting paid to do it. I'd guess I've done more testing than anyone else on this forum, and probably any other forum, if you count all the tests over the last 18 years. Speed test is the only fair way to do head to head testing. Period. Speed is the only thing users care about. But you do have to do the testing "correctly". As to Gord's devices....my testing shows they work best in very poor signal areas. They do not give much performance increase in good or even moderate signal areas. One would suggest that that is the way you would WANT them to operate. JMO.
  13. Permanent cooking facilities? Oregon....

    In TX you need the affidavit and show who converted it. You don't need the receipts or anything like that, though.
  14. What would proper wifi cost a park?

    The key is backhaul. If you have enough fiber backhaul available, and can run fiber to EVERY AP (access point) then the technology available today will allow for those 100 sites (in the OPs original question) to have enough speed for streaming. With the proper equipment and backhaul it can be done. Likely only in a NEW park, since the retrofit costs would be pretty high. Once it is in, you have to keep it running. So you basically have to have someone on-site that is a network engineer. Or close. Can a sophisticated owner do it themselves. Maybe 1% could. And that assumes they have an IT background to start with. So now, you start to see the "problem". It is not simple to start with, and then you have to keep it going. And you have to be prepared to replace equipment, so you need hot standbys (assuming you want good service). If you have five access points, figure one failure per year. At least. Oh, and you also need security hardware and software on your system....because with 100 users you WILL have network virus's. Guaranteed. Now you need someone that understands commercial routers (not home routers), and how to set up security hardware, and configure it properly. Plus design the network topology to be efficient and secure. Oh.....we are just getting STARTED....this is not your "mothers" network....nothing like a residential router/modem that your phone company gives you. Are you going to put managed switches in, or unmanaged? Are you integrating the network security functions into the router, or do you have standalone security hardware? How are you providing power to your access points....better get that electrician in to wire it....perhaps with a long underground run - in conduit of course. And what about the towers your APs sit on? And how do you get the APs on those towers? Got a lift truck? And what happens when they die...call that lift truck back....Do you know how to crimp and build your own cat5/6 cables...because you are going to have to do that. Know about how to order, string and configure fiber. Because THAT is a specialized skill. And you won't do it without fiber. This just scratched the surface of what is required. And people wonder why it costs so much..... "Gee, I set up a network at home.....it is easy". Yeah.
  15. Volvshaker......crossbreeding gone....bad?

    Well, I have to admit that is one of the "better" Dolly-Trolly stories!!!!