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Old 03-20-2003, 04:34 PM   #1
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I am now considering sending my FLD120 to get a box put on it. Probably a 16ft with the fifth wheel hitch behind it. I am looking for a company that can do a nice job at a reasonable cost. I was told that Powerhouse has the best prices but I don't know about the quality. I called them and they said they already have completed 64 trucks and they could complete mine in 5 weeks for $32,000.00. They want an additional $2,000.00 for a diesel generator. I am also considering Beck's Marine but they take about two months. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-20-2003, 05:10 PM   #2
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Robert -

I really do not know much about Powerhouse other than what I have seen on their website. If you do not already know, I would ask how the coach is constructed. What type of structure, what is the spacing 16" oc or ?, what is the shell material?, how is it fastened?, what type of warranty? Also ask about the interior construction, cabinets, walls, insulation, ect.

I know the 5 weeks & $32,000 is enticing, but I am telling you if they use traditional motorhome building techniques, cheap interior structure, fake wood materials, luan, crappy draws, ect. you will be miserable very quickly. (I am not saying they do, but if) Find out as much as you can on the build process (if you know please let us know), it will save you years of aggravation. Bottom line if you don't walk away feeling like the rig is built like a brick shit house, walk away!!

I spoke with Nathan Beck from Becks Marine a few weeks ago and he had some very interesting things to say about the industry and the manufacturers currently building conversions. I can say he definitely is a straight shooter. And I know that the Legend is top of the line when it comes to construction.

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Old 03-20-2003, 06:18 PM   #3
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Re: Powerhouse Conversions-
In previous conversations w/ both Doug Alder and the other Doug (forgot his last name), I was told they use a "premanufactured coach" to build their units. I asked them who are the better coach builders, and they answered that Forest River was one they preferred. In looking over their floorplans, I can recognize some of Forest River's trailer plans. In fact in Powerhouse's latest model the coach is turned backward so the door, instead of being in the right-rear on the trailer, ends up just behind the driver's door on their conversion. I don't think I need to tell anyone about typical modern trailer construction. Do you want this on YOUR truck/RV? I know I don't.
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Old 03-20-2003, 06:21 PM   #4
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Warpath is the only guy I know of who actually had a motorhome constructed from a clean sheet of paper on a class 8 truck chassis. He learned a few lessons along the way. His knowledge and experience concerning that type conversion is second to none among readers and posters on this forum.

Bill personally visited several coach builders prior selecting a company to build his coach. He followed the construction process from start to finish. The fact that he is pleased with the end result tells you he made a wise choice.

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Old 03-20-2003, 07:10 PM   #5
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Gary -

You confirmed my thoughts. I could see the small bins which remained above the lower bins they add. Anyway, a Powerhouse coach may last many years with no problems, but I can send you to my iRV2.com site and let you read horror story after horror story about brand new tt's, 5th wheels, motorhomes that are literally falling apart after only a short period of time. The problem is, these manufacturers have to cut corners to lighten up the RV for the chassis they put these on. And now customers want super slides which even add more weight. The steel structures are sparse, the luan backed gel coat fiberglass exterior used is way to thin to hold up to the flexing these structures go through. And the interior cabinets, draws, walls, ect are just plain cheap and do not hold up to even minimal use. And if that thing has a rubber roof (a lot of the traditional rv mfg'ers use rubber roofs) runnnn! I am not sure what rocket scientist thought putting a rubber roof on a vehicle that runs at speeds of 60 - 70 mph encounters low hanging branches, and is a maintenance nightmare should have had his head examined.

So far 2600 miles on my rig and I still can not find one darn thing that needs repaired, or a tweak, or tightened, or nothing.

Robert, I don't want to sound like I am saying you need or have to buy a Show Hauler to have a good conversion. I just want you to be sure to check every possible structural component and to be aware if it is short of say Show Hauler's construction, what the potential problems maybe.

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Tell me if I'm wrong, but I think the only alternative to what ShowHauler and those with similar products do, is have one of the "super sleeper" companies like Double Eagle or ICT build an extra-large sleeper. I myself do not want a large coach body (16-18ft.), so this might work for me as these sleepers are built for serious road-burning, and are very efficient with space and utility. Just my .02!
P.S. Larry, if your reading this, I'm toying with the idea of putting a large sleeper behind the sleeper-cab of a Volvo 610, and using the Volvo sleeper for seating space, with LARGE windows put in the sleeper sidewalls. Wheelbase will be extended as needed, with one axle removed. Waddayathink?

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I would go with a big sleeper if the unit was not a primary residence. My first sleeper was a DE, and it was very well built; far better insulated than anything I had afterwards. I have not been able to find ICT's website for a while - it disappeared and seems to have not been moved or replaced.
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My apology for getting off topic -- but .. Robert brought up a diesel generator for 2 grand.

I'm in the market -- As you fellows are traveling around -- I'm interested .. Here's a link to my research to date:

http://community.webshots.com/album/47421720vXokAd

I'm looking for a multi cylinder prime power rated at least 6KW in a sound enclosure -- If you run across something interesting -- drop me a note ......

Thanks .....

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Old 03-20-2003, 08:57 PM   #9
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Actually it's good you posted about this- A Diesel genset is the ONLY way to go in a Diesel-powered RV/truck! The problem is finding one with the right power at a good price. What have you seen that looks right for the price?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Doug: I have not been able to find ICT's website for a while - it disappeared and seems to have not been moved or replaced.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Doug- They are still around, but are re-hashing the ol' website. In fact they just put the old one back up, I guess until the new one is ready. They are still around and doing great according to Tom Roose, one of their design engineers.
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