Jemstone

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    Rock hounding & lapidary.
    CONTACT: jemstone4u@gmail.com

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  1. The Bose noise cancelling headphones are a perfect match for the leak detector. However, leak detection does not require that expensive of an headphone. Living in a small space, like a 5th wheel, does benefit from noise cancelling earphones. My wife can sit near me watching a TV show while I watch Hulu programs on my iPad. Using the noise cancelling Bose headphones, I hear litttle of her programs. I can also use the noise cancelling feature alone and read while she watches the documentary "Extra Loud Explosions of World War II."
  2. When I bought my 2010 VNL 730 the top speed I could reach was 65mph. The only way I could find to change the limits was to go to the Volvo dealer. I don't believe anyone else has the soft ware to talk with a Volvo about speed limiting. Does anyone know of a good shop in the Phoenix metro area where competent folks can service the truck? The resource guide does not have much to offer and the dealership, while competent, is expensive.
  3. Is anyone using Big Rig Best Bets for locating sites? They are asking me for $51.90 to be an on line member and possibly get a spiral bound "book". I could not find a web site for this outfit, which seems strange for a business offering on-line services. However, if they actually have better information than RV Park Reviews, a free and usually accurate service, then I'm interested. Anyone familiar with, as their ad says, "the Big Rig Best Bets family"? Thanks, John
  4. The new Volvo looks a lot like the old VN series, except it has sprouted feelers. When Jeff said it was smoke and mirrors, he was being close to literal, as there is a laser light show in the ad that tried to make a few cosmetic changes to the Volvo's looks an exciting event. There was not one word about why this is a better truck that the previous model, just the ad agency's excitement about a truck growing feelers.
  5. Big Fiver, you also touched on my other reason for my not being too concerned. Aside from being 85% sure I don't need a CDL (but will need an attorney), the last time I was stopped by a police office was over 50 years ago. I find the speed limits are fast enough for me and life is easier if one just obeys the traffic laws. I keep my running gear in good shape and give no reason to be stopped. I have made a binder of important papers, and the AZ statements about CDLs. If I am stopped, if nothing else, I will introduce confusion into the process.
  6. I appreciate the concern about my not having a CDL, but I'm willing to take my chances. I might not in another state, but this is Arizona. I spent much of my career working in the criminal justice system - probation and later in special programs of the Arizona Supreme Court. I don't know any officer who would want to cite me for an inappropriate license, knowing he or she would probably have to spend an afternoon, normally off duty, sitting in a Justice of the Peace Court waiting to argue with my lawyer in front of the JP, and realizing that he/she might lose the case if the JP decides the truck qualifies as a private RV tow vehicle. Losing the case is not good for the ticketing officer, as he/she will probably require overtime for the court testimony, overtime that's always in short supply. Receiving overtime for a questionable citation is a poor way to impress one's sergeant. I should also say that appearing in an Arizona JP Court without a lawyer is taken as an admission of guilt by some JPs. At the least they have no interest in hearing your story if you are not represented by an attorney. This is especially true in the Phoenix metro area.
  7. Well, after participating in this discussion I lost my confidence in not needing a CDL. I went to the AZ Motor Vehicle Department's Glendale location today and talked with the licensing supervisor. Essentially, one can drive anything legal for highway use with a basic operator's license as long as it's solely for personal, non commercial use. A commercial license is necessary only when one is receiving compensation in some form. An unaltered class 8 driven as an RV tow vehicle would not require a CDL of the driver. The supervisor said that the truck towing a 5th wheel would be considered part of a motor home. Design is not an issue. Vehicle use is the determiner.
  8. Chad, you are correct that Arizona considers only weight when deciding on whether your vehicle is "commercial". There is no RV provision in the registration tax. However, Arizona does specifically exempt RV drivers from the CDL license. I cited the law in an earlier post today. Exempting RV's from being considered commercial would cost Arizona revenue. Not going to happen, but the State doesn't care about your license. I argued the non-commercial point with the Az DMV folks and, as a result, learned that Arizona REALLY wants that money and will have it no matter what. Jer, before I had my Volvo I drove a Freighliner MDT. I never had an issue with my basic operators license. The law (Arizona Revised Statute 28-3102, B, 5) is clear in defining an RV and in exempting RV drivers from the CDL. Below is the operative sentence. The next part of the law defines an RV in a way that covers the HDTs as tow vehicles as long as they are not used commercially in any manner. 28-3102. Exceptions to driver license classes; definitions "A. Notwithstanding section 28-3101, a person who operates an authorized emergency vehicle, a farm vehicle or a recreational vehicle may operate the vehicle with a class A, B, C, D or G license."
  9. I don't know what the TEC light means but I do know what it's like to have your wife dislike the truck. I have a Volvo 730 which Rodeane calls "The Bumba", pronounced boom bah. Two years ago while crossing Montana she'd had her fill of the truck and had me stop in Billings at the Toyota dealer where she bought a year old Camry. She now drives my Toyota 4Runner during our traveling months, giving us an excellent 4-wheel drive vehicle during our trips. I was initially unhappy with driving separately, but now the advantage of having a capable off-highway horseless carriage with us has changed my mind and feelings. She likes the 4Runner and having it along has added some great options to where we can poke our noses.
  10. Good news Mark and Dale. Arizona does not require a CDL to drive or pull an RV. A regular operator's license is fine. The exemption is somewhat hidden as Arizona Revised Statutes 28-3102: 28-3102. Exceptions to driver license classes; definitions A. Notwithstanding section 28-3101, a person who operates an authorized emergency vehicle, a farm vehicle or a recreational vehicle may operate the vehicle with a class A, B, C, D or G license. B. 5. "Recreational vehicle" means a motor vehicle or vehicle combination that is more than twenty-six thousand pounds gross vehicle weight rating and that is designed and exclusively used for private pleasure, including vehicles commonly called motor homes, pickup trucks with campers, travel trailers, boat trailers and horse trailers used exclusively to transport personal possessions or persons for noncommercial purposes. As long as your truck cannot be used for commercial purposes you don't need a CDL in Arizona. However, taxes are based on the truck's weight, commercial or not.
  11. Hi Mark and Dale and good news. Arizona does not require a CDL. The exception is buried in the regulations. 28-3102. Exceptions to driver license classes; definitions A. Notwithstanding section 28-3101, a person who operates an authorized emergency vehicle, a farm vehicle or a recreational vehicle may operate the vehicle with a class A, B, C, D or G license. B. For the purposes of this section: 1. "Commercial farming" means the intensive cultivation of arable land by raising agricultural or horticultural products as a principal source of the owner's livelihood. 2. "Commercial stock raising" means breeding, raising and caring for domestic animals as a principal source of the owner's livelihood. 3. "Farm vehicle" means a vehicle or combination of vehicles that is used for commercial farming or commercial stock raising and that meets all of the following requirements: (a) Is controlled and operated by the farm vehicle owner or the owner's family member or employee. (b) Is used to transport agricultural products, machinery or supplies to or from a commercial farming or a commercial stock raising operation. (c) Is not used in the operations of a for-hire motor carrier. (d) Is used within one hundred fifty miles of the farm vehicle owner's commercial farming or commercial stock raising operation. 4. "For-hire motor carrier" means a person engaged in and compensated directly for the transportation of goods or passengers. 5. "Recreational vehicle" means a motor vehicle or vehicle combination that is more than twenty-six thousand pounds gross vehicle weight rating and that is designed and exclusively used for private pleasure, including vehicles commonly called motor homes, pickup trucks with campers, travel trailers, boat trailers and horse trailers used exclusively to transport personal possessions or persons for noncommercial purposes.
  12. Many thanks Bill and Judy for the binder contents list. I had not thought of the weight sheet and work orders. I have taken off the sign saying the truck is not commercial, as the lack of an axel and wheels and the flat bed say "non-commercial" better than a sign. Where do you keep the binder?
  13. Thanks for the replies. I would not have thought of the inverter issue till it acted up and even then would not have thought of it till I tested almost everything else that could have created the problem. I'll install an upgraded inverter when I install the microwave.
  14. One of my life goals has been to cook a pot roast in a microwave while driving through the Yukon. Oh well, life is full of difficult compromises.
  15. I have a 2010 Volvo 730 and I'd like to add a microwave oven. I am hoping that a group member has recently purchased a microwave that fits well and is wiling to share the make and model. I'm looking forward to hot coffee while on the road, as I run through the thermos contents pretty quickly. Suggestions?