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Old 09-16-2005, 06:41 AM   #11
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Good idea on the four way seating with table. I wonder how well that would work with respect to getting in and out of the front seats with the table in place. I like the concept, not sure how to execute it.

Thanks for the info on the Kingsley construction. That helps a lot.

Did you look at the T2000's to see if they would meet your needs? I don't know a whole lot about tractors, just that I liked the ergonomics of the T2000 better than the Volvo.

The more I think about your dinette idea, the more I like it. Then I could have a slide-out with a sofa in part of it and bunks in the other part (with the lower bunk doubling as a second sofa). Put the entry right next to the cab and leave the entire wall opposite the slide out for the kithen area. That'd be a lot of counter space, which is what my wife seems to need the most when cooking. Maybe even build a bit of an "L" into it.

Then I would just need to figure out where to mount the projector and the roll-down screen.

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Old 09-16-2005, 06:44 AM   #12
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I am in VA and have a 2006 Show Hauler. I think you can have Kingsley build a "shell" for you for $150,000 depending on length/options. They quoted me that price back in March. They will do as much or as little toward finishing the coach as yoou want.
It still seems far to pricey for what you get. I found Show Hauler to be very flexible on what we wanted and they allowed us to basically design the unit how we wanted. We were able to be involved the entire way. I would let the conversion cmpany you choose do all the wiring as it gets very difficult to do after the basics are built and completed. If you have a specific desire for conduit or wiring I am sure you can get it done yoour way.
One side note on your driveway. I have found the general overhang on a Kingsley to be a bit too much in some cases. You really need to check out all the specs before you start. I have seen a racer's Kingsley bottom out gong into his drive before he lowered the slope. He put large skid plates on the underside at the back to help keep the damage down.
My unit is 83+ feet and so far no trouble with the "law". The last conversion(2003 Show Hauler) was a few feet shorter and I never got stopped with that one. We travel all over the country and all the DOT people we talk to say that they do not look at "us" at all.
Get out and see other conversions and talk to the owners to see what they like/dislike about each kind.


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Old 09-28-2005, 12:56 AM   #13
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Go to and click on the large MH photo. We have listed start to finish photos of one of our conversions. If I understood the thread about the dinette and sleeper sofa arrangement, we did it with that unit with some success. We currently have a 99 Volvo with Detriot 60 and Autoshift ready for building. Good luck with your project and if you would like to talk to us about building you a partially completed unit to ANY floor plan, contact me through our web site.

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