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  • Birthday 10/28/1951

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    gunsmith, ex pro drag racer, Retired Navy Chief

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  1. Isuzu air ride ?

    I recently scored a steel flatbed ~600 Lbs. when I get the genset, compressor, tool/storage boxes and transfer tank bolted down and covered, most of the annoying bounce issues should be gone. With the pin/gooseneck forward of the axel centerline, the trail weight should improve the tracking and chucking. I'll have to log some more miles to know for sure but, An air ride pin box or receiver would not be out of the question. Adding 800 to 1000 or so Lbs. may improve the bobtail ride enough. Remember, this rig started life as a 157 in W/B box truck with a 8500 Lb. cargo capacity. Thanks, Paul
  2. '86 Holiday Rambler class A questions

    Thanks for the reply's, as it turns out the rig was sold to a guy wanting to put it on a hunting lease. I had just done the math and was about to turn it down, anyway. Thanks again for the input and insight. I think I dodged a bullet. Paul
  3. Isuzu air ride ?

    I agree, air suspension is not always a fix all. In my situation, it might be adjustable enough for the various rig's I tow. I have 4 trailers I tow on a fairly regular basis, from 3500 lbs to 11,000 lbs, with a 4 bay, angle load, horse trailer that shows up occasionally. The 4 legged go go dancers don't seem to care for the ride and my sit bones don't either. I'm old, I want a smoother ride, just not sure how to get it. Thanks, Paul
  4. Isuzu air ride ?

    Well, I finally got my Isuzu NPR, 14.5 K, 120 inch wheelbase, tow rig rolling. I haven't pulled my 26 foot 5'er yet but I have towed a couple of TAG travel trailers and a few boats. Power and acceleration is not race ready (4 cyl turbo diesel) but merges easily (acceleration) stops well, and changes lanes with confidence. I ain't gonna win any pulling contests, but overall, I'm happy with the all around performance. The fly in the ointment is the quality of the ride. Un loaded, (bobtail) at freeway speeds, the bounce, buck and shimmy is memorable, (short wheelbase and sitting right over the steer axel) on all but the smoothest of roads. I had to glue down a foot rest next to the go pedal, because the bounce under my throttle foot, going up thru the gears, quickly gets out of hand. All of her bad habits are much more manageable with a load on. I use a WDH with my 32 foot, enclosed, dragster trailer, (all up loaded ~6800.lbs) It should be MUCH better with the 5er, 'cause I can shift the hitch pin as much as 14 inches forward of the axle centerline. (the 5er is rated at 8600 Lbs. GVW,1600 Lbs., pin weight. but I'll never likely have that much crap in it at one time.) As harsh as the ride is, I've been looking for an air ride conversion. If it was a pickup, up to a Ford F-550, I could get a conversion off the shelf, but, because it's a straight truck, commercial and an import, none of the conversion outfits, I could find, want to play. I found several setups that would work, with very few modifications (like the Reyco-Granning model RD-11-KC and the RD-960-C. ) all refused to even discuss modifications. The R-G setup is a "Z" shaped, forward pivot bar (from the front spring hanger) that clamps to the axel and the air bag is behind the axel. panhard bar, shocks and factory sway bar retained. Neat, clean and bullet proof, I think. (wouldn't be a big deal to replace the panhard bar with a watts link) Am I chasing a well found unicorn again ? I had even considered pulling all the spring leaves, except the bottom one, and mounting a double convoluted bag on top of the axle. Leaving the top overload spring would not be a problem, the way the spring pac is arranged. Even this simple a setup would allow 10 inches, or so, of ride height adjustment, wouldn't that be cool? (I would have to change to longer stroke shock's, but Monro stocks them) Let's bring the collective minds to bear. Am I crazy or just lost sight of the box? (sometimes, I look for reality, in the rear view mirror) Thanks, Paul
  5. '86 Holiday Rambler class A questions

    Thanks very much for the reply. As I spend more time crawling around the rig, I'm surprised by a few things. The shore power hook up is only 30 amp, 2 roof air's, 6.5 Onan genset, but only 30 amp hook up, Strange? The refrigerator is gone, no back story, has hydraulic levelers that work. The 454 was replaced, with a junkyard take out that was new enough to be fuel injected, but the carb and intake manifold was retained, exhaust manifolds look to be later vintage cast steel, not the divided style though. Windshield halves are showing about an inch of white fogging on the lower and outside edges. Is this enough to require replacement? OK, that's enough silly questions for now, Keep them cards and letters coming... Thanks, Paul
  6. '86 Holiday Rambler class A questions

    I was just offered a 33 foot, 1986 Holiday rambler coach, in running, well cared for, condition for a bargin basement price. What should I know before I jump off the cliff? It's gas powered (454 GM/turbo 400) Help me figure out what to do. Thanks, Paul
  7. picking a TV/ cool old truck

    Not at all, too late. I welcome the input. In my research, I found that what I really wanted was something called a "hot shot" system. (BBQ bottle) It's only purpose is as a WOT power adder. I'm told that they can be jetted and adjusted to be used only after the overdrive drops out when climbing long grades and other "I need a bit more power, RIGHT NOW" situations. They are not automatic or full time, as yours is . The operator still has to mash the "big red button" and satisfy the confuser, to get the head slap of power. My local propane guru is gathering the parts to build what I want/need and says he can do it around a $100.00 installed. Still waiting his call...So far, the little 4 banger turbo is doing fine. Thanks for the response Paul
  8. Minimum clothing to pack

    My home base is in SW Floriduh. in true Salt life fashion, We don't need much besides levi's, shorts, T shirts, a light jacket , and , of course good rain gear. Our "road clothes" cycle in and out of the 5 'er, depending on how far above the Mason-Dixon line, or west of the great divide we are contemplating traveling. The few times we have found ourselves in freakish weather, Or, outside our intended travel route, (yes, it does happen, no matter how much stuff you pack) a quick stop at a Good Will or Am Vets will make it all better, short term. We pack 2-4 days worth of clothes each, to cover from 30* to 98*, in 20 degree increments, plus socks and under ware for 8 days each. We try to plan laundry every 5 or 6 days. (We do the "To town, out to dinner, laundrymat boogie") In a 25 foot 5'er, there just ain't much room for excess baggage. My military career taught me to pack light and tight, some skills are lifetime. Fortunately, neither of us is a clothes horse/ fashionista, comfy, multi- purpose and washable is key. Shooter
  9. paper plate pop up?

    In my best Billy Bob Thornton voice: All right then... 1) When ever I start to reply to an interesting thread, I Re read the thread, from OP to latest, just to get, and/or remain, current in the thread. 2) I ask myself, before I hit "enter", "is what I'm about to post going to be helpful, or just self serving prattle on my part?. (typing without brain engaged) 3) Would a moderator please lock this thread, and put it out of my misery. Really sorry I bothered you folks. Thanks very much, Shooter.
  10. paper plate pop up?

    OK, for the truly anal retentive among us, it's 18 inches O/C, to the left of the left most burner, against the fridge wall, outside the range hood, 26 inches above the burners. it's PLASTIC and not melted or smoke stained. Seemed like pretty acceptable placement, to me. Shooter
  11. paper plate pop up?

    Hey, all yous guys come down off the governor. I'm a master millwright, with an engineering degree. I'm pretty sure I can scratch build a workable device. What I was trying to do with the first post was expand the data base. I find it difficult to accept the fact that nobody has manufactured a holder for the bigger plates. I guessed that my google foo was weak. If all ya'll keep helpin' me, we can beat this horse...just please quit beatin on each other... Thanks very much, Shooter
  12. paper plate pop up?

    Hey Ya'll, fight nice. This ain't rocket surgery... Shooter
  13. Help, runner moving...

    Years ago, I put cheap nylon carpet in a rental, The complaint, with the first rent check, was that Throw/ area rugs would not stay put on the carpet. I went looking for a cheap solution. what I found was some clear vinyl runner, carpet guard, at Wally World. It had rows of little cones on the bottom. (they come in several heidths lengths, longer is better) I put down a piece in the entry, and it stayed put. I contact cemented it, (covered) to the bottom side of a couple of throw rugs. Problem solved. Try it, that stuff is cheap. It works better on longer knap carpet, but is passible on indoor/outdoor carpet, like in my boat. Shooter
  14. paper plate pop up?

    Please help me with a search. I have a paper plate holder that came installed over the stove, in my "new to me" 5 'er , The catch is, it's only for 9 inch plates. The navigator/CFO and I both prefer the heavy duty 10 inch, nominal size. (they come in 10 1/16th", 10 1/8th" and 10 3/8ths, as stated on the packaging during a Wally world investigation) There are literally hundreds of holders available for the 9 inch size, none, I can find, for the bigger sizes. I will admit, my Google foo is getting weaker each day, BUT this one fixture eleudes me. I want to give it one more try, before I make a custom one out of wood or plexi-glass. OK all you white horse ridin' big white hat wearin' folks, ride to the rescue. (it just can't be that difficult to find, or can it?) Thanks, Shooter
  15. I found one, I found one!

    Dutch, I think you nailed it. I was east bound on SR62, flyin low, as usual, I think The sign was ~6 or7 miles before the turn off at SR17. I have to go back for more Isuzu parts in a couple of weeks, This time I'll make time to stop in and meet the folks. Thank you all very much Shooter51