Sunday, June 18, 2017

Clearance

Day 39


2" Riser


7:30am - In several past Blog posts, we have mentioned having air suspension installed into Honda's rear. However, we now believe that the adjustable feature of air suspension is not needed.

Honda's road clearance is 2" lower in the rear than in the front. So, we want to get 2" risers installed in Honda's rear in order to level out.


10am - Buy another tow vehicle?
Readers commenting have many suggestions on how to resolve the low clearance issue. 

Reader Rita commented:
"I'm thinking trade in your Honda for vehicle that can tow Scampi....why mess with tweaking this and that. The hitch might come off while towing....scary."

Of course Rita is correct. Another tow vehicle would do the trick. And the hitch could possibly come off.

However, it is my feeling that if I want to spend money, a truck with a camper would be the way to go.

Here would be that plan:
➜ Sell Scampy
➜ Sell Honda
➜ Sell Twayler
➜ Buy a Lance 650 Truck Camper and a truck [Link]





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31 comments:

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    1. Hi Barney,

      What purchased item would redistribute the weight for my Scamp trailer?

      George


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  2. Hi George,

    The advantage of air springs is you can reduce air pressure to just a few pounds when you're not towing and then your car will sit level and ride normally. Not the case with risers, you'll be stuck with the 2" rear lift all the time. And you may find it's not very pleasant for normal driving.

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    1. Hi Drew,

      Right now, Honda is 2" low in the rear. I am not aware of this 2".

      I am thinking that I would not be aware of 2" high in the rear either.


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  3. I'm thinking trade in your Honda for vehicle that can tow Scampi....why mess with tweaking this and that. The hitch might come off while towing....scary.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      Yes, you are correct. If money is not a consideration, another vehicle would be a good option.

      George

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  4. Back in the good ole' days you could achieve this with hockey pucks

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    1. They would simply place pucks between the body and the frame giving a super cheap lift. I think it can be done between axles and spring packs too. ( probably wont work with modern day cars )

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  5. That Lance 650 looks like a very nice truck camper. Don't be lulled into believing that a 1/2 ton truck is a good match. The 1,897 lb. wet weight will exceed the payload of most 1/2 ton trucks, and that is without any supplies on board. A special order 1/2 ton with a heavy duty payload option might work, but even then you would have very little capacity for supplies...or even a driver in the truck...for that matter.

    I guess what I'm suggesting is to investigate thoroughly before you invest.

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    1. Hi Truth,

      While a Lance 650 is not seriously in my agenda, I'd like to visit a local dealer who has one on the lot. Just to see for myself how being inside one feels!

      George

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  6. My first choice would be a used 27' Mid-bath Lazy Daze. The build quality is outstanding and it will last.

    Big Foot and Northern Lite campers had better build quality than Lance when I researched them a few years ago. A dual-axel pickup truck such a Ford F-350 would provide maximum stability and plenty of power.

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    1. Eric, had to chime in...
      Back in the 1970's, my Dad bought a 1968 Lazy Daze. I think it was something like 16'. It had a Dodge cab and we went everywhere! My brother and I were just kids at that time and we would sit up on top of the cab (where the bed was) and look out the front window. To us it was like looking out of the top of a double-decker bus. Every time we'd drive by some road kill, my brother and I would say in unison: "EWWWwwww!!"
      Good times! ;)

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  7. As you have previously acknowledged, as long as you are towing with the Honda, you will be a concrete camper. No forests, lakes, streams, meadows, etc; just stuff you can see from concrete.

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    1. Hi Ed, Carol et al,

      True! No forests, lakes......etc for me!

      George


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  8. If you sell Twayler, will Jojoba Hills let you in with a truck camper?

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    1. Hi Flowergirl,

      I am not seriously considering selling Twayler.

      Jojoba Hills only requirement about RVs that I am aware of is:

      "Those seeking Jojoba Hills membership are required to have a licensed and functioning RV that is less than twenty (20) years old."

      George


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  9. Why not go back to a nice used small class c or a nice van conversion? Truck campers are going to be tough to get up into bed and you could still keep car and Twayler for home base. John El Chaco

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    1. Hi Unkniwn,

      I understand that it appears as though Little Honda is not capable of towing Scampy.

      However, that is NOT the case. I failed to hook up Scampy's brakes. That failure caused the hitch problems.

      Scampy's brakes are hooked up now. I anticipate no more hitch problems.

      George
      PS: Are you actually at El Chaco?

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  10. You love Scampy!! A small pick up with a covered truck bed for your tools and you're set to go.

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    1. Hi Suz,

      Why can't Little Honda tow Scampy?

      George

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  11. Truck campers can be nice but as one gets up in years I would think that climb up the steps would get pretty old.

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    1. Hi David,

      I am already "up in years."

      I'd better watch my step!


      George

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  12. I vote to keep Scampy too but pulled by either a truck or preferably a SUV. It will be interesting to see what you will do in the end. Good luck finding what is best suited for you.

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    1. Hi Vera,

      Thank you for the "good luck" wish!

      George


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  13. We can all give our opinions and ideas but George is gonna do what George wants to do. It's his party....;)

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    1. Suz: Which is why, in general, I have stopped giving George opinions on anything. He will do what suits him, just as I do what suits me. Better to wish him well and keep your opinions to yourself. That's what I would want as well. The best part is, nobody walks away with hurt feelings. Party on, George!

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    2. Suz and MR, Very well said and so true. Best Wishes all!

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