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Lock last won the day on September 11 2013

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    Family, quads / dirt bikes, hunting, fishing, boating
  1. Pricey, but I got a Bak Revolver rolling aluminum hard cover. If you have a locking tailgate, it help secure any items left in the bed. While not theft proof, has left me much more confident that items that are in the bed will be there when I come back to the truck. I bought one originally for a trip to WY we took, but I love it and its easy to use.
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    Dually Conversion Q's

    Hoss, sent a PM. Been a few days off the board with work and kids activities. Long story short, we wanted to install a slightly shorter flatbed if we went this route in order to reduce the overall length of the truck (since my son is a new driver). Very, very costly as soon as you go anything "custom". Even the off the shelf generic flatbeds were pretty costly with all the parts needed to install, wiring, etc. And to top that off, the liability for a new driver in a 3/4 ton or larger truck is excessive. According to our agent, statistically, since new drivers have a higher probability of accident involvement, the bigger and heavier the vehicle actually costs more since they cause more damage. So we're looking at other alternatives at this point - likely some sort of 1500 short box if we locate one that hasn't been hammered. Thanks to all for the great info in this thread. There was very little in TDR and other sources on these types of swaps. Lots of folks wanting to go to a dually, but not much interest in a dually to a single conversion.
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    Dually Conversion Q's

    I may not need the bed at all - just the axle; we were thinking of going to a smaller flatbed, but Gary's advice above is good. I need to price out a flatbed - I had figured around $1500 to $2000. Now he's got me concerned, LOL. I'll PM you. Thanks!
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    Dually Conversion Q's

    Hey Hoss, Its Dark Garnet Red (more of a maroon color). I'm not 100% sure what the rear ratio is, but I don't think its a 4.10. I want to say its a 3.54 IIRC. I'll check tonight.
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    Acura MDX

    Neighbor had an MDX; older than a 2011 but he had over 200k on it and it never spent time in the shop. He drove it everyday, while his wife's Camry had several problems. Interior held up well too. I liked the Honda Pilot body style better personally, but I couldn't fault his MDX for reliability.
  6. I've talked about my Dad's '02 3500 before, and while he's not currently driving, we still have it. Its a one owner, mid 60k original mileage, and near perfect still except for some fading clear coat on the roof that's developed recently. My oldest is ready to start driving this year, and the wife and I have been looking at vehicle options for him. One thought we had was to convert the 3500 dually to a single rear wheel and let him drive it. Its slow, good economy, dual airbags and should be safe. Its perhaps a little bigger for a new driver, but should be safe. I did a search on conversions but had to piece together info, and I called a local diesel shop but they didn't have much to offer either. From what I've pieced together, here's what I need to change to make this work: Front hubs Rear axle Wheels (including the spare) and we're looking at a small flatbed to replace the bed. Has anyone done this before? is this a stupid endeavor that will just end up with a messed up truck after all is done? By converting it to a single rear wheel (and likely using a 2500 rear axle) will I need to have it inspected by the State Patrol? If this truck had normal mileage for an '02, I wouldn't bother, but the low mileage and family history has made me at least think about it and start researching. Thoughts? Thx
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    I'm ordering a new 3500

    Free oil changes here on my Ford, and the dealer does them at 4-5k intervals. I have 16k on my 2017 Powerstroke since June (4 oil changes so far) . The 'free oil change' deal is turning out to be a fair amount of savings with the miles I drive. Would love more range and may have to see what underbed aux fuel tank options are available for the Fords, but I will never run anything in the bed. I find myself needing to use it frequently enough hauling a quad or sofa or..., and I like being able to shut the tailgate with a load.
  8. That name brings back memories of my old '03 Dmax dually. Years ago, Michael used to bracket race his old Ford Dually diesel (pre-powerstroke if I recall), and it always seemed like he and I got paired up. I got out of the sport when the kids got expensive, but back then we must have been some of the slowest trucks down the track, but that guy was unbeatable - soooo consistent pass after pass. Nice guy too! Its been too long now, but I remember spending a night in the garage messing with bulb covers and various combos until I had my Isspro's matching the weird Chevy dash light color awful close What you're doing with that '11 is cool - those gauges look like they came factory OEM in that truck.
  9. We rented Polaris RZRs while in Wyoming a couple of years ago. One of them was the big 900cc 4 seater race model, and for the most part, my back did pretty well. Those abrupt, deep "potholes" in the gravel roads were hell on the lower back if I couldn't miss one, but otherwise, that long wheelbase 4 seater was fairly smooth. I bet a long travel sandrail with a good wheelbase would be even smoother. I grew up riding 3 wheelers, and then later quads, so for me the SxS's don't do much. Its too much like driving I suppose. Still enjoy riding, but I agree its not the most comfortable activity for a bad back.
  10. My boys have gotten into MX racing (quads) and since then we spend almost no time riding trails anymore, but try to his the practice tracks frequently. I still like to ride, but with my lower back issues, its gotten more difficult. Rode a buddy's Outlaw IRS and with the long travel IRS and the relatively light weight (compared to some of the utility based quads), and the Outlaw worked fairly well for me on the track. After doing some research, I'm looking for a 2009-2011 model to purchase for myself. Just tossing this out there in case anyone has one they don't ride anymore, or knows of one somewhere. Have cash in hand. Thanks! Clint
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    Truck camper or 5th wheel

    Can't beat the flexibility of the slide in truck camper. I agree with everything you said above - way easier to make your own schedule/stops. You also nailed it on the head when you said there is no perfect RV. I agree wholeheartedly. It really depends on what you use it for.
  12. Love my new truck for a lot of reasons, but this is one of them - back in April, pulled the toyhauler with the '03 Dodge to Richland. I was the slow guy in the right lane up the pass, and even on some of the straights on hwy 24 (kept pulling over to let the traffic pass). This last weekend was round 7 & 8 of Quadcross back in Richland, and I cruised right up the pass at the speed limit with RPMs hovering around 1700, and power to pass others as needed. Just love how this truck doesn't care if a trailer hooked up behind it, or not. And we averaged 13 mpg on the way over which I figured wasn't too bad.
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    Truck camper or 5th wheel

    Yep, we tried that a few of times. We used to camp twice/mo during the summers back when my parents were still active and had a camper too. LOL, one time the tend didn't work out so well which ended that ...
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    Truck camper or 5th wheel

    I love campers - easy to park, can pull your toys, smaller to store when not on the truck. Great for a couple, and worked for us okay when we only had two infants/toddlers. But, just too small after the kids grew. Now we have a family of five, and I even tried a Toyhauler camper and just not enough space. So its trailers for us! Really like our current Work and Play toyhauler.