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Old 12-12-2009, 10:50 AM   #21
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NWjeeper, is it becoming the thing up there? Locally, a lot of people are getting 40 goosenecks and taking a 18-20' camper, removing the axles and putting it on the front of the gooseneck.
I went to a local event a couple of months ago and a couple of guy from the other side of the state had matching trailers. The trailers were around 30-34' and had a living quarters maybe 10' on the front of the trailer with a custom flat deck to haul the rigs behind it with tons of storage underneath. They were built buy a custom trailer place, but I can remember the name.
I tried to talk the wife into a converted bus that was flat decked in the rear setup for hailing a jeep, she didnt go for it.

Guess I will be staying with what I have and tent camping when the jeep goes with me.
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Old 12-12-2009, 11:38 AM   #22
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NWjeeper, is it becoming the thing up there? Locally, a lot of people are getting 40 goosenecks and taking a 18-20' camper, removing the axles and putting it on the front of the gooseneck.
I went to a local event a couple of months ago and a couple of guy from the other side of the state had matching trailers. The trailers were around 30-34' and had a living quarters maybe 10' on the front of the trailer with a custom flat deck to haul the rigs behind it with tons of storage underneath. They were built buy a custom trailer place, but I can remember the name.
I tried to talk the wife into a converted bus that was flat decked in the rear setup for hailing a jeep, she didnt go for it.

Guess I will be staying with what I have and tent camping when the jeep goes with me.
That certainly sounds like a great solution. I have seen all kinds of rigs down in Moab too. There was a guy with an old school bus that was cut in half and he made the back half into a flatbed for his Jeep. Wasn't the best of jobs though as it really looked trashy, but hey it worked. I think I have seen the 5ers like you speak of made by a company that specializes in the big horse/rodeo trailers. Certainly sounds like there could be a market for it.

My only problem now is deciding if we are going fishing (take the bass boat) or Jeepn' as I can only tow one thing at a time in our state. I need one of those double decker trailers that can do both but then I would need a big DP with 400hp turbo to pull it
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Old 12-12-2009, 12:57 PM   #23
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Here's other solutions. The nice thing is you can buy these older tractors for 10 or 15 thousand dollars now days. I bought mine for $23000 when things were more expensive and then spent another $17000 building the deck and a whol bunch of fancy stuff. I could probably do it now for under $35000 canadian. Or if I wanted to go with just a regular deck, leave all the fancy stuff off I could probably do it for $25000.

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Old 12-12-2009, 02:11 PM   #24
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Cool rigs, but the combinations are still not legal here in our home state. I also don't know what the rules are here in the states about using a commerical tractor trailer for personal use. A friend here at work looked into it because you are right that they can be had for a song down here too, but he was told that he would have to have a commercial CDL license to drive it. That kinda put him off. They have a 35' toyhauler they pull with a F350 super duty diesel and there are passes here where he bogs right down to 35mph and he hates it, the trailer dwarfs their truck. He was looking for a smaller Kenworth or similar type of cab-over inner city truck to pull it to keep the length down but kept running into the licensing issue.
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Send him to the website listed below, this is the best site on the net for explaining these rigs and how to do it. There are several members in Washington and every other state that ownes these HDT (heavy duty trucks) and have them registerd as motorhomes or as straight truck (just like a pick up) like mine is. No CDL required, only an RV lisense if GVWR is over 26000 lbs. This sight is where I got the idea and learned EVERYTHING about these units.

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