and assembly continued on the tire handler. While the
fabrication was in-progress, air ride seats were installed in lieu
of the stock Mercedes seats.
The photos below are what we saw.
cargo deck was modified to allow stowage during travel without
interference to the Lance frame. Ears were welded on the
lateral sides of the pivot mounts.
front, the hydraulic pistons were attached to mounts of the
steering stabilizer and then zip-tied to allow assembly.
mount was positioned and supported with a jack and blocks.
The forward mounting ears were positioned based on the
fully-extended hydraulic rams and clamped prior to welding.
assembly prior to painting.
mount was painted and the final components were marshalled prior
side final assembly including locking pin.
side assembly which includes the pawl lock handle. The
handle is rotated counterclockwise to retract the pawl.
handler without tire.
spare was attached to to the mounting frame with looped ratchet
straps. The cab was tilted to allow access to the
intercooler. By design, there was plenty of clearance
between the cab and the tire handler bumper mount.
coolant recovery bottle was reattached and the system was
"stuff" was sorted and put into plastic tubs and placed in the
Lance's storage compartments.
Lance has lots of storage but when mounted on Thor, the doors
are quite high off the ground.
seats were installed and connected to the air system. When
the seats were installed and tested our stuff was returned to
its behind-seat home.
test before hitting the road.
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