And so it begins...

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  1. jwfoulk12
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    Its in the works :) But storage wont be in the back
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    www will also go on the back, as well as the sides and front.
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    That green on black really pops! :cool:
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    "When the husband pulls up, I jump out"
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    Took her out for a test run....
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    How'd it go?
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    Worked well! Had to work out a few kinks but I think its gonna be a great unit for me!
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    Great! :cool:
    I've not seen it in a rear install. It will be nice to slide the doors open to keep that heat off the unit & you.
    Any weight handling issues? Fish tails??
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    pray that you never have to work on it back there.
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    I havent driven it enough to find out yet but I definitely think I'm gonna put airbags under it. With a full water tank it sags about an inch or 2 in the rear.
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    That's crazy! How did you know that would happen?
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    Rear install is what we ran in ext'd Fords
    Pro outweighed the cons for me

    Pros;
    NO hot 'n stinky TM 8 inches behind your head on the way to next jobs
    Side door hose set up/tear down is quicker/easier
    Easier load/unload gear
    Easier/more convenient to point TM exhaust away from home entrance
    I believe the TM gets better cooling airflow too

    cons;
    You loose some floor space (the biggie)
    You need Airlift air bladders to eliminate buttsag

    driving/handling*
    I noticed and had no problems with handling
    No unusual or accelerated wear on tires **
    No axle/rear end/suspension problems***



    Notes;
    * handling....all my vans have been/are the Ole School ext'd Fords.
    I have no experience with the new Eurofag vans ...no clue if they're pussy trucks or stable like real body on solid frame trucks

    **Tires
    Max/heaviest rating 10 ply are needed
    Because tires are the weak link weight hindrance in the set up (not suspension/frame/drive train)

    *** suspension Air bladders
    Even the most robust 1 tons will get sagazz eventually
    I installed Airlift 5000 LBS bladders (2500 ea bag rating) from Summit Racing
    20 to 90 PSI , never needed more than 60 psi
    Smoother/more comfortable ride than adding steel leaf helper and just as stable





    final benefit of rear set-up
    Generally easier for a BD, in a home garage (or small shop without forklift) to pull TM if/when major or PITA to get to repairs are needed

    With a come-a-long or chain hoist, and table built to height, you can drag it out onto the table partially or whole
    solid I-bolt on van floor allows come-a-long to drag it back in
    Spud bar for final bolt hole shifting/line up
    (tip..bolt down angle iron rails to slide in for perfect drag in position every time)
    also will slide in and out easier .....

    I'll note, Powermatics are easy as hell, as only four easy to get to bolts were needed
    Don't know where/how other TMs get bolted down


    Lookin GREAT Justin!!
    very, very :cool::cool:

    .L.T.A.
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    Eurofag vans??? hahahahah! I think the same thing about how those look. If I ever wanted to get one, I would go for the Mercedes. Even though I almost bought a used Ford earlier this year (Thank goodness I didn't), I think the Mercedes is is best looking out of all of them. And if I couldn't afford a mercedes...The classic Chevy with the 6.0 would be my choice.

    As for traction and handling...I don't see how those tiny little wheels have any traction on steep, rough driveways on new built houses.
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    Back up steep drives if you have front wheel drive.
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    Donno about that
    I think they're the fugliest
    And all the door hinges get funky/rusty ugly too soon

    Don't know if they're a body on frame
    As I understand it, the new Eurofag vans aren't
    They're a unitbody construction like csrs, minivans and late model SUVs

    LTA
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    Even with all the weight in the back and some slight sag until I get my air bags installed this thing handles much better then my old Chevy 1 ton. I've gotta watch it or I'm gonna get a ticket. I'm constantly catching myself driving 80 and I don't even realize it. So much power out of that 3.5 pulls it right along. Working on shelving solutions now to maximize my space. Loving being able to go out either side door.
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    They are pretty peppy. Uhhh strap your gear bag in this time! :winky:
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    When the husband pulls in .. you pull out !!
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    All this everest talk made me realize i havent updated this post with how things have turned out... IMG_0611.JPG IMG_0610.JPG IMG_0609.JPG

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