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Pontoon Princess

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it a 10 from me !!!

nicely done, you have upped the game for everyone, looking forward to seeing you

take care,

up for trading driving a torpedo for driving your fantastic frandee
 
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GMoose

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I am sure this will come up so I am going to address it before it does.

"Hey Gmoose, why not just buy a bigger trailer that can haul both cats?"

Well I looked into that right after I bought the Kitten, expecting to pay in the range of maybe $6K, yes I was out to lunch. Something long enough, (I was shooting for 24 ft) with heavy enough axles and ramps was more like $12K. Plus nothing that was stock was what I really wanted, ramp system wasn't quite right, tilt wasn't right, picky picky, picky. Additionally, I have the skills and equipment to build my own trailer, just not the time yet, but getting closer. Now for the main reason, $12K will pay for the next secret snowcat that I would like to get. So decision, trailer or snowcat, I think everyone here would side with snowcat. So if that cat comes available I am ready, and if it doesn't that is fine also, because I need 248 1" Tucker track rollers for the 542 Cab Forward, which is right at $10,000. So based on all that logically one builds a deck for the back of the truck for a couple hundred bucks instead. Bonus is that it does look pretty cool.
 

sno-drifter

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Mr. Moose. Another option for stuffing a Kitten in a pick up is to cut down the fenders in the bed. If you measure for clearance loaded with chains on and cut accordingly, you can usually drop the height by 6 inches give or take. A ply wood or weld in top piece makes for more room. Some rigs end up with a flat deck side to side which is nice for all kinds of loads. You have a good plan for loading.
 

GMoose

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Here are a few more photos of the platform.

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GMoose

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One of my friends has one of these. It works, but is not what I would call high output. I've been toying with getting one just so I have it in the cat. So a breakdown I could put it out and hopefully avoid a further oops. I understand the issue. that's why I have the 2 rear strobes on my cat, to keep a sled from rear ending me at speed.



https://www.surpluscenter.com/Brand...robe-Light-Buyers-Products-SL475A-12-1017.axd

Thank you Cidertom and 1boringguy on the input for lighting options. I looked at the units you each suggested then did some more looking. I ended up ordering some Fortune Products PL-300AJ battery operated lights. They also sell a remote actuated one, which I considered purchasing, but they were nearly twice the money, and I am not sure I really need that feature.

 

GMoose

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And another question for the Tucker experts.

On the track links the welds that hold the pins to the link appear to be made with a high nickel filler rod, is this correct? Any idea why?

This photo isn't that great, the weld are pretty dirty and a bit corroded, but these are the welds I am talking about.
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GMoose

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Mr. Moose. Another option for stuffing a Kitten in a pick up is to cut down the fenders in the bed. If you measure for clearance loaded with chains on and cut accordingly, you can usually drop the height by 6 inches give or take. A ply wood or weld in top piece makes for more room. Some rigs end up with a flat deck side to side which is nice for all kinds of loads. You have a good plan for loading.
That is a good idea but for now I think I will stick with the wood deck. It would be nice if the cat sat a few inches lower, but it does still sit lower than the Frandee does on the trailer behind it. I was concerned that it would be sticking up there quite a bit, but it does sit lower than my slide in camper, so I think I am okay. Also, I don't know if it would sit to low, with the bed side I am not sure if the door would open so I could get out after loading, might have to take a tape measure to it and figure that out if I ever decide to go the cut out wheel well idea. Thanks!
 

Pontoon Princess

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And another question for the Tucker experts.

On the track links the welds that hold the pins to the link appear to be made with a high nickel filler rod, is this correct? Any idea why?

This photo isn't that great, the weld are pretty dirty and a bit corroded, but these are the welds I am talking about.
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because the parts were hardened to Rockwell 44 before welding
 
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