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Old 11-16-2004, 07:12 AM   #1
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Well the last major details where finalized yesterday.

The biggest was the floor plan. The final drawing came over and to fit everything in that we wanted, we had to go to 29'. I really wanted to stay in that 36' overall length range, but there was just no way. So keeping a eye on wheel base we will still have almost a 4' shorter wheel base. Couple that with the 55 degree wheel cut on the M2 and I think the turning radius and maneuverability will still be substantially better than my last Show Hauler.

So here is the final floor plan:




Exterior cab and box integration is probably the most important item on my list. I have been scouring the net for M2 pictures and came across this Optima M2 motorhome. In one word AWESOME! I think they did a incredible job making this rig look like it was meant to be a motorhome. It still has a tough truck look to it, but refined enough to be a classy motorhome. To me the best looking rigs are the ones that look like they never where just a truck. All to many times I see owners trying to marry up truck cabs to boxes that just don't look like they should be put together. Many of the condo units don't meet with the top of the box roof and over cab bunks that are only 12" high are really crazy looking. Anyway, that is just my opinion I like to see balance in all aspects of the exterior, from wheels, fenders, overhangs, bottom of rig sight line, ect... It just all has to look in proportion. This rig definitely shows that.




So now we get to sit and wait. Truck won't be ready until the end of January, so the next updates won't come until then.

Bill
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....I agree a 12" attic is like sleeping in a coffin with the lid closed....my nose would touch the ceiling ;&gt....OY!....geof
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Old 11-17-2004, 04:40 PM   #3
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A 12" attic CAN be useful, however; a nice set of cabinet doors would convert it into a nice catch-all, plus/or you could install a TV/DVD/VCP there along with some honkin' BIG speakers for a really cool entertainment center. Nothin's wasted around here.
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Old 11-18-2004, 09:28 PM   #4
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.....have we arrived at a PRICE for this palace on wheels yet?....geof
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Old 11-19-2004, 06:40 AM   #5
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Actually, we have a few other details that need to be ironed out, but a rough price of $177,500.00
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.....sounds reasonable to me....I'd like to be a fly on the wall when you go into the haggle mode....might learn something!....geof
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Old 11-19-2004, 09:19 PM   #7
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.....and it's about 1/3 the cost of one of those new PRE-Vost Bus Conversions I was looking at Buddy what's his face place [Exit# 374] in Tenn a month ago....truck conversions, custom made, have got to be the best deal for camping or full timing on the high line scale-even near the $200,000 range....geof
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