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Our middle son Derek and I drove the smart from central Florida to Kilgore this past weekend, loaded her up on Ruby and brought both back home. Just a bit of difference between the two rides! Not too sure I want to do another 1100 mile trip in the smart but the return trip was a pleasure, especially in comparison.
Bed looks great. It has four large side boxes, three top boxes, a 2' deep DROM, a 60 gallon transfer tank, an ET hitch and what I'll readily admit are "sissy" ramps at 19" width. We singled at 235" and allowed 130" between DROM face and pin to accommodate future 2016+ smart. Had small issue clearing the deck without rubbing. Ground a bit of material from the ramps and that should do it.
We couldn't be more pleased with Herrin's work. Also grateful for all the advice we got from folks here on the forum.
Wilma and I hitch up for Ruby's first fifth wheel trip next week to the Rally and the LGT stays home this time.

 

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That looks great Jim. Nice truck.

Be picky about where you load and unload. Don't be bashful about airing down your suspension, and if needed a couple of 2 x 6s under the ramps will give you plenty to clear the break over. See you in a couple of weeks.

Rocky

You might notice that the pic with the smart loaded we're sitting low and that helped. You got a couple good points; we were on a slight incline in the opposite direction and I was thinking the same thing about bringing some boards along as insurance.

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I had that problem with the underbelly catching a hex bolt and ripping off plastic underbody parts. If you put a pce of 1.25x1.25 by 12" long by 1/8' thick angle iron in the hinge it will reduce the breakover angle.

 

That 1/8" spacer will raise things up by 1.25 inches, should be enough to eliminate your problem. I think I sent this info a few months ago.

 

Drop it in when loading and unloading and store in one of the compartments when not in use.

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I had that problem with the underbelly catching a hex bolt and ripping off plastic underbody parts. If you put a pce of 1.25x1.25 by 12" long by 1/8' thick angle iron in the hinge it will reduce the breakover angle.

 

That 1/8" spacer will raise things up by 1.25 inches, should be enough to eliminate your problem. I think I sent this info a few months ago.

 

Drop it in when loading and unloading and store in one of the compartments when not in use.

Roger

 

I didn't forget your advice and already have pieces cut and will be trying out this weekend. Old bed frames come in handy!

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Roger

 

I didn't forget your advice and already have pieces cut and will be trying out this weekend. Old bed frames come in handy!

Make 3 and paint them a bright color. Just in case you misplace one. Regardless, that is a very nice truck.

 

Did he beef up the door latches so the doors don't pop open?

 

Did he put Teflon or similar product in ramp storage area?

 

How long and how heavy are the ramps? Wt capacity? Obviously angle iron will be ramp width. You will be surprised when you measure hinge ht from ground with and without hinge spacer.

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Make 3 and paint them a bright color. Just in case you misplace one. Regardless, that is a very nice truck.

 

Did he beef up the door latches so the doors don't pop open?

 

Did he put Teflon or similar product in ramp storage area?

 

How long and how heavy are the ramps? Wt capacity? Obviously angle iron will be ramp width. You will be surprised when you measure hinge ht from ground with and without hinge spacer.

Roger,

Good idea on painting. The ramps are Big Boy II from Discount Ramps that they market for smart loading. I've got the HDPE sheet for the ramps and will probably beef up the latches with some scrap I have using my old Lincoln stick welder to attach a stiffener. Probably similar to what you had done.

 

That HDT is a knock-out!

The VNL 730 model is the perfect choice in my view.

The paint color will match beautifully with your 5th wheel.

Please post a pic of the complete set-up when you get a chance.

 

Well Done!

 

Rick

Thanks Rick. In the spirit of full disclosure - you were the one that found the 730 for us so you might be just a bit biased! Thanks again for helping us with this and we agree the 730 was a great choice.

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Nice job Jim! Looks great Well worth the wait and the trip to Sudbury!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

I like the idea of bed frame steel in the big boy ramps my next task to do ?

 

We sold the 05 Deisel Smart and pick up a 2011 in Toronto in Oct. don't want to damage the nice under belly own ?

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Roger,

 

I also am planning on trying the angle iron since you suggested to me a while back. Just wondering though does that put an extra stress on the hinges that could cause them to fail? When the hinge angle flattens without the angle iron there is a large surface area contacting a large surface area. Just curious.

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