So a while ago we posted a write up on a very long fifth wheel trailer (which is still the matter of some debate, with some people saying its the longest, some saying it must be shopped, but we’re waiting until we see all the evidence until we make a final call on it and post the answer [with evidence either way]). But one of the Plains Trains page members who responded to it shared his own custom semi truck – fifth wheel trailer combo: this one in the pictures. It’s Michael Atwoods’ lime green Peterbilt.
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RV Trailer with a Smart Car, and It Can Do Sharp Turns
What do you think of these set-ups where they use a big tractor and tow a fifth wheel trailer, but then they also park a small vehicle on the bed of the tractor? I’ve seen them load little Isuzu’s and smart cars on the bed mostly. Of course, you could also add an ATV to your RV trailer / semi set up this way, too, and tow a toyhauler.
Now, having this kind of luxury RV set up is one thing. Being able to pull it off without having any kind of incident is another. You don’t want to damage your trailer, and you don’t want to damage your small commuter either.
So that means that a narrower car is better — at least for keeping from making dents.
And truckers out there, and RV owners who have experience with turning large fifth wheel trailers might be wondering about jacknifing with this set up — probably the single most important consideration with this.
Well, we found a company called RV Haulers who showed that it can be done with a small smart car like theirs.
They got two RV owners to let them use their tractor – fifth wheel trailer rigs to demonstrate a jackknife with their largest 5th wheelers while also loaded up with one of their small smart cars on their platform, called the RVHauler. The company specializes in building heavy duty trucks that can safely tow a huge, heavy fifth wheel trailer and have space on the deck for a car. Turning as sharp as the truck will go, the trailer doesn’t touch the car.
And for those of you wondering how they put the smart car onto the heavy duty haulers: They usually use a set of metal ramps to drive up onto the platform. (But there are also fancy electronic lifters that can be added as a tractor modification). To visit RVHaulers, (click here).
Big Tough Looking Motorhome
This big RV motorhome came up for sale recently. I hadn’t seen one like it before, so I though I’d share it with you all. It’s called a “Cobra Toterhome.” It’s a 2003 Cobra, and the seller was in Michigan when it was up for sale a couple months ago.
That chassis for the toterhome is, as you can probably tell from the photo above, a Kenworth T800 tandem axle. The RV is powered by a Caterpillar engine (3406B). 425 horsepower there.
It has a bunch of driving features, like back-up camera, cruise, tow hitch, electric brake control.
It has a 9 foot garage to it, 12 volt electric winch slide out, big generator (Onan), And inside, residential cabinetry, Fold Down Dinette Leather Sleeper Sofa, 7’8 x 8′ Bathroom with Corner Shower, 13 inch Flat Screen TV in Bedroom, Entertainment Center in the Main Cabin, Direct TV Dish and Receiver, 26 inch Flat Screen TV, and a Stereo System complete with DVD player, and a bunch of other features.
They were asking $115,000 for this one about 3 months ago. I’ve seen some of its ads taken down so I think it might have sold. If anyone really needs to find the RV owner though, just let me know and I’ll track down the contact info.