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    Mechanicsville, VA - Souix Falls, SD or whever we park.
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    Fast cars, electronics, big trucks, RV's, boating and my family.

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  1. RandyA

    Hitch Leveling Valve for TSLB

    The six-second delayed response built into the valve will hopefully keep that from happening.
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    Hitch Leveling Valve for TSLB

    😉 Thanks, Scrap. It is always nice to have an older guy that "remembers when" willing to provide the needed additional information.
  3. RandyA

    Hitch Leveling Valve for TSLB

    We've talked about this previously but I don't recall seeing any photos or specifics. I was not happy with just pumping air in the bags and hitting the road. I found a likely valve on eBay for about $30. It had an advertised six-second delay but was not specific to any particular vehicle. I mounted the valve on the fixed part of the hitch by drilling two holes and then tapping them to accept 1/4" stainless bolts. The reason for the taping was I did not have room for my fingers to attach a nut to the bolt on the inside. The mounting position was determined by having the end of the valve handle directly under an existing 1/2" hole in the upper part of the hitch. The rubber end links were supplied. It was important to allow easy rotation of the rubber end links to prevent shifting and binding as the upper part of the hitch moved. The bottom was easy as the supplied 10mm shoulder bolt allowed movement. To get free movement with the top rubber link I drilled a hole down the end of the 1/2" threaded rod and then tapped it for a 5/16" threaded stud using washers and a Nylock nut on the end. The airbag height adjustment was accomplished by backing off on the gear clamps and moving my link rod in or out. 1/4" nylon airline from the cab leveling valve supply was run to the back for the hitch leveling valve supply line. There is a ball valve in this line at the tap point so it can be cut off if needed. The same type of line comes out of the valve and runs to the airbag supply. This works extremely well-allowing air to fill or exhaust from the airbags keeping the hitch at a consistent level. No more concern about a slow leak causing the bags to deflate while on the road. The built-in delay in the valve keeps from having a basketball action. It works just like the leveling valve on the truck suspension and the cab suspension. I did allow for a manual air dump via a ball valve "T'ed" off the bag supply line (valve not shown).
  4. RandyA

    OT: Table Saws

    Is it the motor or the bearings in the blade spindle? Either way, check WW Granger. There is a store in Knoxville and also online. They can match the motor perfectly, even mounts. My 40-year-old cast iron table Craftsman was rebuilt (by me) with Granger parts for about 1/2 the cost of Sears parts "maybe" 15 years ago. New motor, steel pulleys, belt, saw spindle bearings. Runs better than new. Unfortunately, they don't sell new fingers and thumbs.
  5. RandyA

    Centramatic Balancers

    I have them front and rear. Been on through two sets of different tires. As far as I am concerned, they work well. I was going to get a set for the camper, just haven't done it yet.
  6. RandyA

    SW Florida HDT Owners

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    Steer tire life (sidewall cracking)

    I've got to tell a story. I has to do with cracks in tire sidewalls and how unscrupulous individuals may try to hide them. We need to go way back to my much, much younger days. One of the employees at the paint and body shop where I frequently hung out was fixing up an old pickup that he wanted to sell. The rust holes had been filled with Gulf Wax (paraffin). The tires still had fair tread but had cracks in the sidewall that were obviously much larger than what would be considered acceptable. So, Harry took the tires off the truck and laid them down flat on the floor. He then slopped melted tar over the sidewalls filling the cracks. When finished the tires looked like new. The guy that bought the truck had no clue. The last I saw the truck was in a parking lot about 2 years later. Same tires still on the truck and the rust that was fixed with paraffin still looked great.
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    SW Florida HDT Owners

    Charlie and I will be in Melbourne this winter. That is midway down I-95 and on the east coast. Wife and I arrive mid-December, Charlie will be there by New Year. We both have Volvos and speaking for myself and I believe Charlie we would be glad to tell you what little we know and show you all the mistakes we made when we prepared our trucks.
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    Steer tire life (sidewall cracking)

    Depending on where you buy new tires, you may find that you can get a significant "trade in" credit for your current tires. On two occasions I have purchased tires at TA and was pleasantly surprised at what I got for my old tires. The first tire shop I checked wanted $20 each to dispose of my old tires. I then went to a TA (Truckstops of America or Petro) and they offered me about $100 each for my used tires with good tread after we had agreed on the cost of a new tire and install. TA will resell the good used tires as trailer tires.
  10. RandyA

    These Ain't No Holiday Lights

    I can't always blame them. I don't enjoy following an 8' x 13' solid wall down the highway. I once thought about rear projecting a movie on the rear window wall to entertain followers, but that might be even worse. Two things I hate - one is the guy that gets right beside the trailer on a 4-lane highway and will not move so you can get over for a slower vehicle. The other is, of course, the guy behind you that speeds up when you signal to pull out blocking you into slower traffic. I can add a third - The trucker starting up a hill that suddenly jerks out into the passing lane just inches from your front bumper with NO SIGNAL to pass a marginally slower truck in front and then stays side by side for the next several miles constantly getting slower and slower. Highway driver courtesy has become a rarity. That and most 4-wheelers have no clue about stopping or acceleration distances required of a bigger rig and apparently don't care either. This can be a dangerous precursor to a road rage situation. I see it happening all the time!
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    These Ain't No Holiday Lights

    I needed another project. I like lights, especially lights that might improve my visibility and movement intentions to clueless 4-wheeler drivers that for some unexplainable reason can’t see a semi-tractor and a 40-foot fiver. I had previously installed some smaller red-amber-clear lights at a small angle on the cab fairing hoping they would get the attention of passing vehicles. But, they were too small and dim to receive much notice in daylight. I thought about getting some of those dinner plate size school bus lights. In reality, that would possibly be overkill. Instead, I dropped some more coin on Amazon and ordered two 3-hole chrome steel 4" round light mounting plates and a full set of six 4-inch red-amber-clear LED taillights. I had previously used the little strobe flasher modules on the fiver, truck taillights and boat trailer and really liked them (Thank you Charlie). I wired them to the OEM semi-trailer light circuit so there is a red running/tail light with a brighter red stop light in the top unit. The amber is a full brightness fast-strobing turn signal light only. The clear on the bottom are automatic backup lights. I used a piece of 1-1/2” aluminum angle and stainless steel nuts and bolts to attach them to the fairing. They were a little unstable so I included a brace made from some scrap aluminum tube to be sure they are steady. WOW! Their angle slightly pointing out and height are perfect for giving a clear warning to any vehicle on either side of me that can’t seem to look down and see the truck taillights. The mounting angle allows them to "peek out" from the front of the connected fiver and are very visible. Location, etc. may not meet DOT directives but I am not concerned about any possible citations. On this truck, I just don't believe that is going to happen.🤞 Yea, I know. They won’t make any difference to some of the yah-whoos with a phone glued to their ear. Maybe my next project will be an arm with a flashing arrow that flips out and squirts dye on any ignoramus that tries to cut me off.📱 Oh, those other things on the back are my auxiliary air hose tanks and reel, Single LNB Dish & Tripod (just a carrier), King ControlsTV Antenna, 25-watt Solar panel, 700 line rearview camera, and the outside part of a 6,000 BTW airconditioner. On the outer edge of the faring are two 32-watt LED floods and a VHF Ham Radio Antenna,
  12. RandyA

    East Coast Rally mentors

    You can count me in too, Carl. Ten years ago Ken (RoadFitter) decided to mentor me at the ECR held in VA Beach. No one knew me nor seemed interested in including me in any discussions/activities - I was honestly ready to leave early and go home. I guess he thought I looked like a lost puppy. If it were not for his help and kindness I doubt that I would be a part of this group today.
  13. RandyA

    Thanks Chet,

    Chet has my vote for sure!
  14. RandyA

    What a hoot!!

    To "Got enough truck?"...... I reply, "It is better to have more truck than you need than to need more truck than you have." Then "we" may get into the discussion of crossing mountains - especially going down. Crosswinds, a trailer heavier than the truck wanting to go in one direction and the truck another (scary situation - reason we have a 670), the heavier trailer will win! Fuel tank size (300 gallons). ROOM IN THE TRUCK CAB - handy refrigerator being #1 feature. Total air springs - suspension, cab and especially seats. Improved visibility by being up high. Extreme tire mileage, HDT tires can actually cost less than PU tires. Raise the hood and show how most every item prone to failure is right in front of you so you can quickly change it out (alternator, belts, starter, filters, hoses, etc.) not buried deep under the hood requiring many hours of labor. You can go on and on with many other features - just don't bad mouth their PU in the process, especially if you are in the South and the other guy introduces himself as Buba!
  15. RandyA

    HDT Rally

    Shucks Jim, we beat you to it at the 2018 ECR in Crossville. We had enough snow to make a snowball so we could let Carl know just how much we appreciated the weather he provided for the rally.⛄ 🌡️❄️