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Old 01-30-2006, 05:51 PM   #1
 
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[Do we need a "Tow Rigs" forum?]

So if ya caught my Rumble Bee thread (btw, sure is fun driving that Bee to work ), you know I'm scheming for a tow rig change. Check this out (I wish there were pics):
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I sent an email requesting pics and more info on the vehicle. It may be a worn out POS, or maybe not. The money is where I need to be to help me unwrap from my upside-downedness in the F250 (the trouble with buying new).

10' flat -- might have to add just a little on the end (dovetail-ish add on) to squeeze the YJ on there. I could one day some day stretch the frame (and driveshaft), add a sleeper for long trips, and still fit the Jeep. [Big trucks get frame stretches; it's not uncommon]. The one above is a Chevy Kodiak...I could luck into a late model 4-door cab some day and swap it onto the frame with a stretch.

Hauling toys to base camp -- a long gooseneck with a 5th wheel camper up front (running gear removed; bolted to the gooseneck frame), Jeep behind the camper on the flatbed trailer. Similar to what I do now, only bigger trailer and bigger camper (and bigger tow rig).

Arrive at camp -- unload Jeep from trailer. Level the trailer (camper). Drive Jeep up onto the back of the tow rig and drive to trail head. Why worry about this? Clayton: if you camp at the state park and want to wheel Old Yanish or Freiling's place, you have a 20 mile-ish drive. Las Cruces: some of the trail heads are 35 miles one-way from the fairgrounds (camp ground). Those are just two examples I know of, I'm sure there's more.

Day trips -- no need for two trailers; no need to unload the camper from the one trailer; no need to haul the camper along every time you want to go wheeling for a single day trip. Just drive up onto the back of the Kodiak and take off.

But right now, I can use the Kodiak (or similar) with my trailer just as it is (bumper pull) and concentrate on how to load/unload the Jeep on the truck. Then evolve to a bigger trailer and camper later on.

This really is what I want to work towards; I don't think it's all that far-fetched. Ideas? Opinions? Suggestions for improvement?
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Old 01-30-2006, 05:59 PM   #2
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I think it's a pretty good idea for a hauler \ towrig. me and Reddog was looking at something similiar to this the other day and a rig like a rollback with a sleeper on it would be very cool, or the mid 80's chevy 4 door trucks with the drive on beds.. but the Kodiak would rock for sure.
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Old 01-30-2006, 08:31 PM   #4
 
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I guess that would be a good idea.

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i like this, maybe build something like this that would still be able to pull a gooseneck.
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One of the guys at work traded his 3/4 ton Dodge for a Kodiak a while back. He got a better deal on the insurance with the bigger truck. Maybe it was just him though.
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Okay...my insurance company (USAA) hiccupped. "Nothing over 10,000 lbs gross except 350 or 3500 trucks." I was referred to another branch of USAA; we shall see.

I guess a stretched 1 ton would do the job. But I'm not giving up on this idea just yet. I think one of these "big" trucks is more likely to have been better maintained than a pickup with the same miles.

Here's a '98 5.9 Cummins 5-speed with a 10' bed. Mileage unknown; asking $12,500.
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Insurance--I checked into before I bought my D350, cause I was wanting to get something like you are wanting, and it was not going to be cheap. It was considered a commercial truck and that is what raised the rates so high.



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This guy registered his as a farm truck, so that may have been why his rates dropped from the 3/4 to the 5/4 ton.
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The dream may be going down the toity. Well, downsizing anyway. USAA says, "Nope, unless you want to start a biz and get commercial insurance."

So I called Farmers this afternoon. Initial answer is same as USAA, but she's still researching.

"Flat Bed" appears to be a deal-killer in all cases, so if I drop down to a 1-ton plan (with a flat bed), I must avoid using the term "flat bed" when describing the truck to the insurance company. But I bet "cab and chassis" would pop up with a VIN, and then they'd ask.

So I need a 1-ton pick-up, then later I can remove (sell??) the bed, stretch the frame a little, and build/buy a car hauler. Or eventually go to a 5th-wheel camper and pull the Jeep on a short trailer behind it. That would still give me the ability to tow a trailer queen to a far-away trail head w/o breaking camp.
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Oh yeah, I may have broken the code on insurance. Foremost has a category called "RV Tow Rig"
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