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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Fifth wheel with slide out garage -- makes for motorcycle hauling

If you're carrying a lot of wheeled play gear, a toy hauler is just the ticket. But what if your riding gear isn't as big as a quad rider? Say you just want to bring your motorcycle – why tie up all that space in your fifth wheel for a garage that doesn't need to be so big?

The folks who build Alfa Gold have the answer in their Side Hauler. It's a slide-out at the rear of their fifth wheel, just wide enough to make a comfortable berth for a motorcycle. A remote-control operated electric loading ramp takes away the scare factor. Simply roll the bike up on the lowered ramp, tie it down, push a button, and the whole shebang glides up into the slide-out, and is enclosed with a roll-down door. Pretty slick. Access to the "bike garage" can be made from the galley area through a door leading directly into the bay.

If you don't haul a bike, but do want a "bunk room" for the kids, you can have that option instead – one that comes with a big TV set.

Here's a video that shows just how this slick operator works, along with a "gag reel" showing how other folks have unsuccessfully tried to 'up ramp' their bikes with sometimes disastrous results.



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photos: alfagold


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Spoil the pooch: Dog houses are knock-offs of high end RVs

Plenty of people spoil their dogs. Now here's a way the well-heeled RVer can spoil his dog: Get a doghouse that looks just like your RV. Bob Ruston, who works out of his garage in Fountain, Colorado can do it for you.

Ruston is looking ahead to his retirement, and his working-years skills help him make some pretty good "knock-offs" in the RV industry. One of his skills: A street-rod airbrush artist. And his off-time skills? He's an RVer, of course, pulling his travel trailer out to national parks at least three times a year.

So when Mrs. Ruston needed a bread box, Mr. Ruston decided to add carpentry to his skills list. The finished product was so great, he decided to fashion a dog house for the family Pug. One thing led to another, and now Ruston's latest project is a Thor diesel pusher, complete with detailing down to tail lights and satellite dish.

Bob Ruston's pampered pooch parlors aren't for the man (or dog) low on cash. They start out at $500. Check out the video for a walk around.



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

RVer fails to heed warnings -- pays big price

Maybe this motorhome's owner thought the authority's name was "Chicken Little." Who knows? But in Arizona, when somebody warns you to move your rig out of a low-lying area, it's best to pay attention. Rain, even far away, can suddenly turn dry ground into more than just a damp spot. This fellow was parked near Roosevelt Lake, and the day before the picture was shot, was advised to move his rig.

He didn't.

The lake rose more than 12 feet and by the next day the result looked like this:



Thanks to squeaks2569 on flickr.com for the photo, and the info.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Beep! Beep! It's sheep!

RVers are used to dealing with unusual situations. In the U.S. it's usually heavy traffic on the road -- but in New Zealand, "heavy traffic" can be something far different than cars and trucks!

MotorhomeRental on flickr.com

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