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Old 04-14-2005, 10:38 AM   #11
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Spooner.

Who is building your rig?

I assuem that you are going with Basement air?
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Old 04-19-2005, 09:15 PM   #12
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we will do the conversion in our shop (we build Sand/Desert cars and have all the fab and sheetmetal equipment )
here is the hitachi mini split heat pump we plan to install.
we will also reuse the original Pete sleeper HVAC unit for the seating area
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Old 04-19-2005, 09:44 PM   #13
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did you hear about the farmer who couldn't get his mule to go into the barn because his ears hit the top of the door?? his neighbor suggested that he dig out under the door but the farmer argued.... it is not his feet that are hitting it is his ears... LOL
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Old 04-19-2005, 10:01 PM   #14
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....John is enjoying spring time too much already.....needs to go camping..... [and take me I'm stuck in early A/C season]....Looked at Hitachi but locally we don't have much of a parts/service depot yet...."maybe more this summer" and then there is training on the system also....."maybe about 5 hours of hands on to become porficient"...nothing we want to do yet.....geofkaye
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Old 04-19-2005, 10:15 PM   #15
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....did you ever think about taking out the floor a little and making the approach a little longer....might be easier than raising the door height.....just a thought....I have a "sometimes concrete crew" so I have a good thing going for me on a deal like that....My cost is about materials times 3 for a job of cutting the floor and adding sidewalls and a new pored floor.....if I knew your sq ft I can give you an estimated price of what it should cost.....we did something like this on an old warehouse we used to own to get the trailers out of the rain/snow and in to the heat/ventulation so they could be unloaded easy by hand of fork lift......
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Old 04-21-2005, 06:34 PM   #16
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pjcnlv, I agree that you will be better off with the Columbia. One more reason would be the cab cut-out in the M2 is so low that it is uncomfortable except for a smaller and more nimble person than myself.
You will more than make up the price difference if you ever want to sell it or trade up. The M2 will not have a problem with towing capacity, but you won't be happy in the mountains or a 40mph headwind.
Without the extra height in the Columbia, it will be suitable for younger kids but not adults or bigger teens.
If you do use the basement air, remember that KVH now makes a low profile in-motion satellite dish, I think it adds 5".
I just ordered an M2 crew cab with the 330HP CAT and the Eaton Ultrashift, it was ordered with a PAC-Brake exhaust brake. I am not sure who makes the brake but I will research it. The M2 is also available with the Mercedes 300HP and the Allison.
A 10kW generator is enough to run 3- 13,500 btu roof air conditioners, check it out but I think that the basement air will be a single unit and be ok with the 10kW.

Good Luck!
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duh huh dern Geof.... wish I'd a thought a dat.
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....yuck yuck yuck....geofkaye
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