This area shown in the picture has about the same amount of clearance as the stock NDT tires..... its just some of the other clearances that get questionable
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Ha, thanks for the compliments but I'm too frugal to buy a lottery ticket I also just changed jobs so I lost access to a lot of the fun machine shop equipment I had enjoyed for the last 8 years. Many of the ideas on this thread aren't mine but from other members who I copied. Like you, I did just buy a jayco also (although it's a 97 popup from Craigslist) that our family is currently enjoying in Yellowstone for a road trip! I couldn't convince my wife to take the 109 out here and after some of the mountain passes and small tunnels, I'm glad we didn't take it. After this trip I'm selling the Popup and going back to the 109 though (couldn't get myself to spend $1000 on renting a camper so I bought an older one to use for 2 weeks then am selling it).Great build so far peashooter...You won the state lottery and don't work for a living....Also have a machine shop and garage for all the little stuff....The very idea after idea that you come up with is just great....looking good and have fun with it...I just bought a 28 jayco....works good to ...
Cab 1:One other thing I did nearly right away after buying the truck was to install a rear view camera. Since it’s a 109, there is a huge blind spot and I have small kids (can’t see anything right behind it). It’s a Rear View Safety brand backup camera (RVS-770613).
You can add up to 4 cameras to it and works with 12-24v, has the IR night vision too. Costco had the best price and they have an indefinite return policy. This unit had good reviews. I'm glad I installed it; it's not cheap but was a good value given the other options and certainly helps with parking and connecting to the trailer. http://m.costco.com/1-Backup-Camera-....11526596.html amazon has it also for a bit more $.
I just keep the camera on at all times and not just when the truck reverses. The camera is wired into #27 under the dash that gives power whenever the main switch is on...sort of works as a rearview mirror then when I’m driving and wondering if there is a vehicle right behind me in the blind spot.
Looks great Aaron!! I really like your truck and trailer set up!!Here are some more pictures of revised supports that hold up the deck/platform between the truck and trailer (deck folds down so we dont need to unhook the trailer from the truck). Platform idea courtesy of Lowtech.
Previously the support arms were attached to the deck and could flop around while driving. The new design has them attached to the trailer and they fold up to connect them to the deck when its "deployed".
I also made some quick mounts for the scissors ladder. There are mounts on both sides of the deck so we can quickly attach the scissors ladder to either side of the deck. There are also mounts on both sides to attach the military style ladder that comes with the M109s.
This is what the deck support arms looked like before:
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This is what the revised setup looks like:
That scissors step is slick. Is there a handrail of any kind to post up for it?I also made some quick mounts for the scissors ladder. There are mounts on both sides of the deck so we can quickly attach the scissors ladder to either side of the deck. There are also mounts on both sides to attach the military style ladder that comes with the M109s.
I did have to trim the fenders a touch see this post (Post 32) http://www.steelsoldiers.com/showth...Build-Thread&p=1376671&viewfull=1#post1376671Did you have to do anything special to fit the 395s on the trailer?
yes, I traded some items for a new 18" steering wheel from the a3 trucks. It is more comfy since it's got some cushion to the wheel. It does give you an extra inch of belly room also which isn't much but every bit helps in the deuce. My truck came with air assist steering and I've never driven a deuce without it so I don't know what the effort would be like for a "regular" unassisted steering deuce when using the smaller 18" wheel.Did you put the smaller (~18") steering wheel in your truck?
If so, how do you like it?
If not, do you mind sharing your reasoning?
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