Sunday, July 1, 2012

RV Tow Vehicle Weight Loss Program

I'll bet there's a lot of folks that wish they could lose near to 200 lbs this easy :) At least I'm guessin' that much. I KNOW it's up at 150!
 
I've been lookin' at that "Headache Rack" with a jaundiced eye for some time. Ever since I whacked my hand on it over in Utah loadin' the bike one day...

I figured it to be heavy to boot so losing weight wouldn't be a bad thing...

But... it's still one of those deals where you kinda grit your teeth as the sparks start to fly and ask yourself; "Was this REALLY what I wanted to do?!" :)

I'm waiting on some new saddlebags to improve the bike for long rides... The thing with them is that with the new exhaust pipes that went on a few weeks ago, they're gonna sit a lot lower on the scooter ~ a Good thing... but...

The current bags hang over that cargo box on the left  an inch or so and the right hand bag is up against the headache rack on the right... SO... the problem was I needed more space just to clear that...

I can't push things back because the fiver is there when we're hitched up...

The only solution was Amputation! ;)


Uh Oh... Smoke and Sparks!

Josh inherited hisself a Plasma Cutter not long ago... So, bein' a Guy... I started schemin' ways we might could put his new tool to work. Talk about somethin' burnin' a hole in your pocket! :)

Nothin' like four red necks sittin' in the driveway with a truck... a plasma cutter... a cooler full of beer... and... time on their hands...

Guaranteed to generate smoke, sparks and traditional comments like; "Watch this!"

... and; "Uh Oh. Is that s'posed to be smokin' like that?"

But it worked out pretty good. We even remembered to disconnect the battery for "Just in case" protection of the trucks electronics...

and we didn't light up the fuel tank!

And now I've got maybe six more inches of room... a whole lot less to whack my handle bars and saddlebags on...


With the side benefit of the truck is likely close to 200 lbs lighter! That chunk of steel was heavy!

Just some clean up grinding to do... some wire brushing and some fresh bed paint and I'm good to go... Oh yeah... and a pair of new Motorcycle Tie Down Points bolted in to improve and simplify the tying down of the bike when I load her!

I remember getting a new bicycle when I was maybe 8. I had that thing in pieces before the weekend was over... wonderin' what the inside of the pedal workings looked like. ;) Won't be long before this Ol' truck is scattered around some meadow up in the back country somewhere...

Curiosity can be a dangerous thing! :)

p.s. just a lil' side note. That Jetpack 4g air card from Verizon I got two days ago really seems a heavy improvement over the MiFi 2200 that was 4 years old. We're still sitting in a "Dead Zone" right on the edge of town as we finish up required "Business chores". Hard to even maintain a phone call here. The MiFi was almost unusable. This Jetpack is workin' like a champ... I'm hopeful when we get back out in the hinter lands it's performance will maintain at a high level. (fingers crossed)

Always tinkering
Brian

6 comments:

Bob said...

My only concern (and I'm certainly not going to be sitting in the front seat with you) would be having something REALLY heavy (like that motorcycle) trying to find ways of getting through that back window and snuggling up on my lap.
Only in the event of a very quick stop of course.
Just sayin'.
Maybe I'm missing the bigger picture.

Barney (The Old Fat Man) said...

My aircard is very responsive to antenna height. My antenna is mounted on the rail on the roof. I keep thinking about a rig to raise it higher when I am stopped.

Brian said...

Bob; well... if I have to stop so fast that that Bike breaks the Three nylon winch straps tying it down and pulls out of that Motorcycle chock AND makes it through the window... I'm thinkin' I've got a lot worse problems than the motorcycle... Likely the stuff crushing the truck from the front is a bigger issue ;) I'm hoping to avoid that!

Barney; This thing doesn't have an external antennae or a port to plug one in... all internal. I'll have to do some research... but I'm not too confident my Wilson Amplifier is going to function with the newer 4G system... Maybe I can just take the air card and put it in a baggie on the roof in camp! :)

Anonymous said...

I did the same cutting to my Dodge (the red dodge you put on your site) and about 1100 lbs. was removed. I have been told it is illegal. O-Well - it works for me. John

Brian said...

Takin' a headache rack off is illegal? Ummm... Seems like anytime someone disagrees with a judgement a fella makes... SOMEBODY claims it's illegal! :) Next time you see that Claimant... give 'em my phone number. They can call me to make an appointment to Kiss my... :-))

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Cool on the amputation! Just love to see a bunch of good ole boys figuring out how to blue collar something to make it better! As long as the wimmen folks keep bringing coolers of cold beers, the guys are happy!~

Good to hear on the new fandangled device from Verizon. We skipped the MiFi route and went from air card up to a Galaxy Tablet that works as a router, and then the Wilson booster and antenna setup. For now, this works for us, but keeping in mind the new stuff you got in case we need an improvement when our contract is up. Thanks!

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