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Old 05-14-2015, 06:13 PM   #341
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#3 on the list specifically.
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Old 05-14-2015, 06:50 PM   #342
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This looks more like a race truck:
That thing ended up falling off pikes peak last year. Sad day. My company helped build the power train for it.

Nissan Titan is coming out with a Cummins powered option next year.



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Old 05-15-2015, 04:29 AM   #343
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Old 05-16-2015, 05:59 PM   #344
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Upgrayedd time.

From my perfectly adequate truck to pull a 16' open trailer.


To total overkill:
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Old 05-16-2015, 11:15 PM   #345
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Damn dude, didn't know you were upgrading? you happy to be rid of that truck? or are you planning to keep it?
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Old 05-17-2015, 07:59 AM   #346
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I like the topper. It looks more modern than mine. I hate the way mine looks but love being able to lock up my crap and keep it dry so I kept it on after I bought the truck. I can't live without it now.
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Old 05-17-2015, 10:00 AM   #347
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My old truck is up on Craigslist already. I hopefully have someone coming to buy it today. Happy to see it go, those generation trucks were ugly as sin.

The top is really nice on this truck. After having that camper top on my old truck I don't think I'll ever have a capless truck again. The latching mechanism on the new truck is way more secure than my old one as well. You could pop the old one open by pushing down on the lock so it lowers below the catch.
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Old 05-17-2015, 10:50 AM   #348
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My old truck is up on Craigslist already. I hopefully have someone coming to buy it today. Happy to see it go, those generation trucks were ugly as sin.

The top is really nice on this truck. After having that camper top on my old truck I don't think I'll ever have a capless truck again. The latching mechanism on the new truck is way more secure than my old one as well. You could pop the old one open by pushing down on the lock so it lowers below the catch.
That beigey grey isn't doing it any favors, but I think it looks alright. Nice upgrade.

How hard is it to pull the cap off? That's what's made me stick with a rolling tonneau, the caps look heavy to remove.
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Old 05-17-2015, 12:17 PM   #349
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There are 4 clamps that you have to undo that hold it to the bed, then it just lifts off. I can remove the one on the tan truck with the wife. It's a bit heavy for her but I could lift the whole thing by myself easily if it wasn't so awkwardly shaped.

I may have removed it once by myself by standing in the bed and lifting it up. Set it down on the edge of the truck then lift it from inside while standing on the ground.
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Old 05-17-2015, 01:27 PM   #350
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They are heavy. I find myself having to take mine on and off often.
I looked for a hoist system for a long time, but I eventually built one myself. Now I can just drive into the shop, slide the platform under the topper, and hoist it into the rafters.
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There are 4 clamps that you have to undo that hold it to the bed, then it just lifts off. I can remove the one on the tan truck with the wife. It's a bit heavy for her but I could lift the whole thing by myself easily if it wasn't so awkwardly shaped.

I may have removed it once by myself by standing in the bed and lifting it up. Set it down on the edge of the truck then lift it from inside while standing on the ground.
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They are heavy. I find myself having to take mine on and off often.
I looked for a hoist system for a long time, but I eventually built one myself. Now I can just drive into the shop, slide the platform under the topper, and hoist it into the rafters.
I thought about doing a hoist system for the miata hard top, but I got lazy. It's a lot lighter though. Sounds like a good idea.

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Old 06-27-2015, 04:04 PM   #352
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Bought a new trailer this week, posting just to balance the 10 ton rigs towing nicely at 100+ mph.

This combo is just over every possible weight limit (tongue weight, load weight, total weight), but closed trailer means only I know (until something happens...)

I'm happy at 28 mpg when towing at 55 mph (no mountain pass in sight).

Europe is a different world (if you stay away from the alps or other continental mountains)
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What are you allowed to tow with that little car/van? Weight limit?

I'm sure I could tow a lot more if I relegated myself to 55mph. But it would take forever to get there. The US is huge.

Road Atlanta is about 475 miles from me.
Sebring is the closest track at 100 miles.
Homestead-Miami is 300.
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What are you allowed to tow with that little car/van? Weight limit?
Comes down to different theories of operation. Fun article that explains it: Tow me down!

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Old 06-27-2015, 11:18 PM   #355
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Excellent link and info.
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To an American 100 years is old. To a Brit 100 miles is far.
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What are you allowed to tow with that little car/van? Weight limit?

I'm sure I could tow a lot more if I relegated myself to 55mph. But it would take forever to get there. The US is huge.

Road Atlanta is about 475 miles from me.
Sebring is the closest track at 100 miles.
Homestead-Miami is 300.
2425lbs on the hitch.
Trailer rated at 2866lbs, loading max 1940lbs
Miata race ready with a 1/4 tank of gas weighs about 2050lbs.

But I can load 1280lbs in the car (not counting the driver), so the tent, tools tires etc have somewhere to go.

As I said, just over all limits (too much for some). But the brakes on the trailer is in good order at least, they need to be.

I have our best six tracks within 3.5 hours, some more just one hour longer. Spa and Nürburgring are further away...

I know US is huge and boring to drive in, a three day round trip from LA around the Grand Canyon learned me that (two hours alone on the road and not one windmill/trailer, that's Utah ).
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To an American 100 years is history. To a Brit 100 miles is far.
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Old 07-03-2015, 04:42 PM   #359
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Slight overkill.


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I use a VW Amarok, towing the MX5 gives 14 ltrs per 100 km, including tools, 120 ltrs of E85 and other stuff in the tray. The trailer is a tilt trailer and with the extended ramps (stored under the trailer) it can load the car with as little as 60mm at the splitter.

Trailer weights 750 kg (tare), has double electric brakes (required by law), breakaway and can carry 2,000 kg or 2,750 kg net. The Amarok is rated to 2,800 kg towing, however the auto version is 3,000 kg. The MX5 weights about 1,000 kg.

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