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Old 07-21-2022, 04:43 PM   #1
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18 month anniversary

Well guys, it has been 18 months since I completed our "camper". I have been retired now for 1 year. The wife and I have put 7500 miles on it so far. We only take 3 day trips ( wife aint't retired yet, 10 years younger than me) but we have been to 23 parks scattered between Louisiana, Oklahoma and here in Texas. Knock on wood, no break downs. Only issue was a brand new AC puttered out after 3 only months. Under warranty so no problem. Put new shocks on today to get a softer ride, maybe... Nice looking at the world through rose colored glasses since retiring.
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Old 07-21-2022, 04:51 PM   #2
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Congrats on the 18 months! That's a nice looking rig you got there.
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Old 07-21-2022, 05:47 PM   #3
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Thanks, it took almost a year to get it done. Great being retired now so I can enjoy it.
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Old 07-21-2022, 10:26 PM   #4
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do you know the weight on each axle? I ask... because if you are far away from maximum loading.... You might be able to go to a spring package that is softer. My favorite shock absorbers are bilstein but they are also not the least expensive either.

The other thing to look for ... see if there are any indications that you have hit the bump stops.... that will make for a very harsh ride. That would also indicate the springs are "sagging"

I am worried that I am going to have to replace springs on my 1994 tc2000. It has seen 60,000 miles of driving around in parking lots. If that mileage is correct.

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Old 07-22-2022, 12:18 AM   #5
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Believe it or not, there are no bump stops. This 25ft axle setup is the same as a 50ft bus. I am thinking about dropping a few of the 13 leaves/plates. I am taking it to a well known suspension shop here in Dallas soon for ideas. The rear weighs 8,112 lbs.
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Old 07-22-2022, 03:12 PM   #6
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Congrats on the 18 months! That's a nice looking rig you got there.
yeah, what he said!
Would you be willing to post a few interior pics?
Thanks!
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Old 07-22-2022, 03:41 PM   #7
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Interior pics

Attached is a pic of:
4' shower
5' stainless counter, sink and fridge
Queen bed with 40" TV and AC
Opposite benches over wheel wells that make another queen bed
Also below is a link to a hokey youtube of before and after.
https://youtu.be/E_PEmt9Q-Cs
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Old 07-22-2022, 04:02 PM   #8
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Oh yeah, I forgot!

Bought a moped to ride around parks, fetch groceries or emergencies. Shortened a motorcycle carrier and installed it on the front since I have a deck on the rear. In the process of building a bus barn for it also.
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Old 07-27-2022, 07:33 PM   #9
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Nice!! I canít wait to finish mine.
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