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July 2019

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46 | Overdrive | July 2019 D an and Tracy Kaderabek, whose Badass RV business builds custom recreational vehicles, took their skills to the limit on a trailer they converted into a showpiece of household amenities and efficient power-sharing. Impressive as the interior is, it played second fiddle to the exterior of the Kenworth W900, also used in the couple's Badass Trucking business, that pulled the trailer to the Mid- America Trucking Show in March. Even among the sea of 100 custom trucks in MATS' PKY Truck Beauty Championship, the classic truck stood apart with its generous applica- tion of gleaming gold stainless. "Like they use in elevators in Miami hotels," says Dan, noting where he first got the idea for a feature rarely seen on custom trucks. "That's why this is the coolest truck in the United States." The stainless was imported from a supplier in China. "We run everything on this rig with solar power," Dan says of the 53-foot Pace American trailer nor- mally used for NASCAR hauling. "Along with lithium-ion batteries, a generator might run an hour in 24 hours." A Blue Ridge Air cartridge system for heating and cooling has a system in each room and a control unit in the front of the trailer. "It's whisper- quiet, so we can heat or cool the coach very quietly instead of the tra- ditional on-the-roof AC units that are noisy," says Tracy. The upstairs bedroom has a king-sized bed and, in a closet, an inverter. "During the day, when the solar panels are powering the trailer, it hums along," Tracy says. "When CUSTOM RIGS Trailer showcases power controls, amenities BY MAX HEINE Dan Kaderabek uses this 1995 Kenworth W900 to pull a Conestoga trailer for the only haul he does with his Badass Trucking: a weekly dedicated run between his home in Cleveland, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. When he vacations with family, the truck pulls a converted race car trailer. Photos by Max Heine Visit the Custom Rigs playlist at youtube.com/OverdriveMag to see a video tour of the truck.

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