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Old 05-18-2017, 11:24 PM   #241
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That's an interesting choice for a camp trailer. I keep expecting grandma to stick her head out the door. I'll bet it's comfortable.
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:08 AM   #242
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That's an interesting choice for a camp trailer. I keep expecting grandma to stick her head out the door. I'll bet it's comfortable.
Someone needs to tell this kid there's a mobile attached to his bus.
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:07 AM   #243
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Are you aware that those were used as campers back in the 50's?
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:13 AM   #244
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The only surviving camping trailers I've seen from the '50s are Airstreams. That ain't no Airstream!! I'm sticking with someone attached a mobile home back there at the last truck stop. How the kid didn't notice is beyond me tho.
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:54 AM   #245
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That there, my friends, is a '62 model Vagabond 10'x46' trailer! While the Vagabond company did make campers this particular trailer is more of a park model, being considered a wide load and all. Not too mention that it is crazy tongue heavy.

Picked it up for $1800 CAD (that's $1329 USD for you foreigners ). Also came with 300 litres of heating fuel which will burn happily in the bus engine.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:15 AM   #246
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Picked it up for $1800 CAD (that's $1329 USD for you foreigners ). Also came with 300 litres of heating fuel which will burn happily in the bus engine.
Exchange rate must be up. That used to be $13.29. And 300 L... what's that you imperialist swine. That's like a 6 pack or something right?




Yes, I know the exchange rate was never at the Peso level and that 300L is short of 100 gallons.

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That there, my friends, is a '62 model Vagabond 10'x46' trailer! While the Vagabond company did make campers this particular trailer is more of a park model, being considered a wide load and all. Not too mention that it is crazy tongue heavy.
Since it is 10', do you have to have the oversize permit? Are you dragging it along with you on road trips or are you just re-locating and dropping it at the final destination?
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Old 05-19-2017, 12:11 PM   #247
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The only surviving camping trailers I've seen from the '50s are Airstreams. That ain't no Airstream!! I'm sticking with someone attached a mobile home back there at the last truck stop. How the kid didn't notice is beyond me tho.
We have whole neighborhoods of vintage trailers in FL. They're not nice places to live or visit.
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Old 05-19-2017, 12:23 PM   #248
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We have whole neighborhoods of vintage trailers in FL. They're not nice places to live or visit.
The "vintage" mobile homes are bad enough. Travel trailers tend to be 3 steps below that. I try not to go to those places.

A well maintained mobile home I have no problem with. I've lived in both; nice doublewide with skirting to the single wide that is drafty with the windows closed. The drafty one was mine. My dad's too the cake tho. If you leaned the wrong direction on the toilet to wipe, you'd end up in the basement. He had no basement.
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It has a pressure gauge on the non-visible side. I'll get a better picture later.
I had never used one of these before so it took some trial-and-error before things worked out. 5 tries on the first tire before getting it right. Had the bead seated on the second tire with one well placed blast.
That looks nice! I haven't ever seated a bead that way. One or two of the tires on my skid loader have slow leaks that I don't look after very well, so it routinely happens that the tire has leaked down to no pressure at all and then I go run the loader and tug a bead out of its seat. Usually it works pretty well to lift the tire off the ground, put a ratchet strap around the circumference in the middle of the tread area, hook up an air hose with a clip-on tire chuck, and push or pull on the tire manually to minimize the leakage. Then I hold it in that place and pray that the air going in through the chuck is faster than what's leaking out so that pressure will build and eventually it'll re-seat. Sometimes it's very quick; other times I wonder why I didn't just pull the whole wheel off and take it to a tire shop..

The blasting tank looks nice for voluntary tire changes, but I'd rather not carry it with me on a road trip. Has anybody had success on bus-sized tires (say, 11R22.5) with the strap method described above?
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The strap method works well to spread the tire beads apart so they contact the rim edges. I've seen it used on 11' tall tires as well as small tires.
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