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The_Kapn
09-22-2009, 06:49 PM
I have been very "distracted" since Apr of this year and not really participating in the forum as much as I want.
Sorry 'bout that.

Here is why.
Brent, Mrs Kapn, and I got tired of getting beat up and soaked by the FL weather while competing.We have been using CheKeeta for about two years;
Her story is here: http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=34015&highlight=CHEKEETA
She served us well, but it is time to move on.


So, Sherman was conceived and constructed to make life a whole lot easier (bearable) for us.
The construction was a marathon.
Started with a 7 ft X 16 ft, 10,000#, equipment hauler frame my dad gave me before he died in Apr.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/the_kapn/SHERMAN/RightSide.jpg

Designing and building the frame went pretty well. 1000# of steel there.
Built like a tank--therefore "Sherman" was a natural name.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/the_kapn/SHERMAN/IMG_0518.jpg

Painting took forever. Weather stayed wet. I created a jillion small places to paint and it was a tedious nightmare that probably took 4-6 weeks but seemed like 4-6 years!




http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/the_kapn/SHERMAN/DCP04045.jpg

Some construction shots:
Sherman has 8 circuits. Not because of load, but for control.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/the_kapn/SHERMAN/DCP04051.jpg

Exterior pretty well done.
Still needs aluminum tote box and load equalizer hitch on front.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/the_kapn/SHERMAN/DCP04054.jpg

The rear is done except for the exhaust for the FEC on the driver's side and the Traeger on the other.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/the_kapn/SHERMAN/DCP04047.jpg

The maiden voyage was Lake City last weekend.
Sherman was a breeze to set up--should be 15-20 minutes when we get some practice.
(That spare tire goes into the bed of the truck which is it's new home.)

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/the_kapn/SHERMAN/DCP04062.jpg

The passenger side has the sanitation and the Traeger.
3-bay sink off of CheKeeta with the Traeger to the rear.
Ariston 4 gal water heater under the sink.
Lots of room down there for storage or to add holding tanks some day.
100 ft. of water hose stays attached--just peel off what you need.
12 ft hot water hose is there for washdown and rinsing coolers.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/the_kapn/SHERMAN/DCP04068.jpg

Prep table is to the Driver's side with FEC to the rear.
Shelf gives perfect storage for pans, racks, and stuff we use all the time,
On the floor is a tool box and the 1 KW Yamaha generator.
Brent and I are "swapping custody" of my 1 KW with his 3 KW to make Sherman electrically self sufficient to include hot water.
100 ft electrical cord stays connected. Just peel off what you need.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/the_kapn/SHERMAN/DCP04064.jpg

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/the_kapn/SHERMAN/DCP04067.jpg


My canopy stays on-board (as does all the equipment) between contests.
All we have to do is replenish consumables and go cook.

We have a "pantry" to the front which holds most of what we need.
I will add two shelves this week.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/the_kapn/SHERMAN/DCP04066.jpg

For Lake City, we set up a canopy off the rear for "socializing" and such.
I had a temporary partner at Lake City who brought his WSM for practice cooking,
Worked great.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/the_kapn/SHERMAN/DCP04061.jpg

Sherman towed better than expected.
Rock solid except for when we are tucked in behind a semi. He does not like the turbulance :oops:
12 MPG for fuel at 65 MPH Sherman only weighs 5000#, but is a big parachute to drag.
Not a problem!!!!

We were working on Sherman right up to departure (in the rain :oops:), so the decals we have were not applied. Later for the pretty work.

I have some "tweaking" to do before Mullberry.
A couple of more shelves for the pantry.
A "dimmer" on those fans!!! Even on low, ya gotta hang onto stuff to keep it from blowing out the back door. :lol: Keeps it cool though, even on a hot and muggy day in FL.

There is a slide show with some more pics (if anyone is interested) at :

http://s217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/the_kapn/SHERMAN/?albumview=slideshow

It has been an "adventure", for sure.

But, we are tickled pink and looking forward to many comps with Sherman.

Now, I can get back to participating in the Forum (and life), I hope.

TIM

Bigdog
09-22-2009, 07:05 PM
Very nice set up Tim. :eusa_clap:eusa_clap:eusa_clap:icon_cool Where do you sleep?

The_Kapn
09-22-2009, 07:12 PM
Very nice set up Tim. :eusa_clap:eusa_clap:eusa_clap:icon_cool Where do you sleep?

I have a cot which stays on-board and fits perfectly at the front.
A breeze from the fans (when I get them slowed down :lol:) and I am good to go.
Goit a good 7 hours at Lake City. Improtant for an old Fart like me :oops:

TIM

Bigdog
09-22-2009, 07:14 PM
I have a cot which stays on-board and fits perfectly at the front.
A breeze from the fans (when I get them slowed down :lol:) and I am good to go.
Goit a good 7 hours at Lake City. Improtant for an old Fart like me :oops:

TIM

I hear ya man. :icon_cool

BBQ Grail
09-22-2009, 07:17 PM
That my friend is a work of art. I am so jealous I don't have the skills to do something like that.

Solidkick
09-22-2009, 07:37 PM
Nice job brother!

Bbq Bubba
09-22-2009, 07:40 PM
Outstanding! :cool:

Buster Dog BBQ
09-22-2009, 08:03 PM
That looks good. Are you going to add flooring?

The_Kapn
09-22-2009, 08:13 PM
That looks good. Are you going to add flooring?

No way.
We really like the "wash/sweep down and through" of the planking.

TIM

Irrad8
09-22-2009, 08:38 PM
Nice work!

Westexbbq
09-22-2009, 08:45 PM
Outstanding,
I am jealous.
Nice going Tim and congratulations on the fine work.
Enjoy.

Munchee
09-22-2009, 08:49 PM
I got to see Sherman firsthand at Lake City, WAY COOL. It sure looks like it was worth all the effort.. All it needs is a chrome PIG!!!

MilitantSquatter
09-22-2009, 08:51 PM
Super Job Tim !!!!

That is a labor of love... hope you left a free spot for trophies !!

watg?
09-22-2009, 08:55 PM
wow, you are very talented to be able to build something like that, I am jealous!

Ron_L
09-22-2009, 09:07 PM
Very nice job!

musicmanryann
09-22-2009, 09:32 PM
That. Is. AWESOME!!

Brewmaster
09-22-2009, 10:26 PM
Very fine craftsmanship. You must have put a lot of thought into that trailer. How did you do one the first time out?

Nate

Rookie'48
09-22-2009, 11:29 PM
VERY nice rig!

rksylves
09-23-2009, 06:26 AM
I got the pleasure of helping to cook onboard Sherman at Lake City and I can tell you that Tim did some beautiful work on it.

Russ

Harbormaster
09-23-2009, 09:09 AM
Kapn, that thing is sweet! I wish I had something that nice at the house, much less mobile.

BTW, I'll be coming through again in December. Let's see if we can spend more than 15 minutes in a parking lot.

bbqbull
09-23-2009, 09:21 AM
Great looking rig Tim!

Smokin Mike
09-23-2009, 11:49 AM
wow, very nice!

leanza
09-23-2009, 12:10 PM
Great job. You can enjoy in comfort and safety.

jt
09-23-2009, 02:42 PM
Nice job, Tim.

Big George's BBQ
09-23-2009, 02:54 PM
That is really nice. You are gifted. I too am jealous

The_Kapn
09-23-2009, 03:00 PM
Super Job Tim !!!!
That is a labor of love... hope you left a free spot for trophies !!

Thanks Vinnie.
Actually, we do not keep any trophies. Well, except for the two pig bookends from Thomaston that Mrs Kapn fell in love with. :oops:
We are "downsizing" and they are just dust collectors to us. The partner always gets them.

Very fine craftsmanship. You must have put a lot of thought into that trailer. How did you do one the first time out?
Nate

Nate--thanks,
Sherman kinda liked Lake City. 2nd in Chicken, 5th in Ribs, and 5th overall. We were 12th in Brisket, but only about one point or so between us and 6th or so :oops: Best chicken finish in several years. Sherman found the "magic twanger" to solve the chicken challenge. :lol:

I got the pleasure of helping to cook onboard Sherman at Lake City and I can tell you that Tim did some beautiful work on it.
Russ

Guys and Gals--say "HI" to Russ. He kinda hung out with us at Live Oak and Clermont. For Lake City, he was a full up team member. Cooked the Butts and 3 Ribs on his WSM.
Did great! He now has the first two trophies for his collection. And, they were really nice ones to start out with!
He is on his own now and will start competing at Mulberry in a few weeks.
Great guy and will make a fine Brother.
I just hope I did not train him too well and he does not kick our butt, at least for awhile anyway! :oops:

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/the_kapn/SHERMAN/DCP04069.jpg

Kapn, that thing is sweet! I wish I had something that nice at the house, much less mobile.
BTW, I'll be coming through again in December. Let's see if we can spend more than 15 minutes in a parking lot.

YUP--15 minutes at the truck stop sucked.
We can do better this fall.

I got to see Sherman firsthand at Lake City, WAY COOL. It sure looks like it was worth all the effort.. All it needs is a chrome PIG!!!
You mean like this??
http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/the_kapn/SHERMAN/DCP04071.jpg

Thanks for the "trailer warming" present.
Sherman will wear it with pride.

I got the dimmer on the fans today.
I can turn them down to a light breeze now---Perfect!

Thanks for all the kind words folks.
Been a fun, if tiring, project.

Time to cook now. :lol:

TIM

Rub
09-23-2009, 06:06 PM
Tim, it looks great. You guys are really going to enjoy it, that's for sure.
I can see a lot of familiar ideas, right down to the chrome pigs! :wink:

Sorry I didn't get over in Lake City, but I will for sure in Mulberry.

warfrat
09-23-2009, 08:43 PM
Tim- Thanks for the on-site tour of Sherman! As I said in LC, it is awesome! For those who can't tell from the pics, everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) has its place, which as everyone knows, is important when trying to maximize space. Congrats on the calls in LC, you kicked my arse! I guess all that chicken practice paid off! :biggrin: Hopefully, I will see you at another contest soon! I still say I should have busted a bottle of natty light on that sucker...lol:lol:

GratefulSmoker
09-23-2009, 09:43 PM
That is a great looking set-up you guy's have there!

blues_n_cues
09-23-2009, 11:35 PM
Very nice set up Tim. :eusa_clap:eusa_clap:eusa_clap:icon_cool Where do you sleep?
where do ya cook & where is the food??? it's all in th end........