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Everything posted by rickeieio

  1. Skirting Houston

    It looks like we'll be going through Houston Sunday on I-10. Would anyone have any words of wisdom as to alternate routes or LEO's to look out for? Seriously, we're looking to stay on the west side of town for a night, so a park recommendation would help. And I might even have enough loose change to finance some Dr. Pepper. Phil, if you'll be available, call me at 513.284.6927. Leave a message and I'll call you right back.
  2. Electrical question,

    Is the power outlet ( aka cigar lighter) on the dash of my Volvo powered by the same circuit as the a/c?
  3. Why I prefer having my peterbilt

    Hey, not even, I see what you meant about the thread degrading...........
  4. Skirting Houston

    We're sitting a few miles north of Houston, in Montgomery, Tx. We detoured to visit with some motorcycle friends. It seems a bit ironic, that a few days ago, we ducked into a park to avoid an ice storm, and tomorrow I'm going to search out a truck repair shop to fix the a/c. We just had it serviced in late October, but today it failed to keep us comfy. with a little luck, they'll get in early enough so I can go to my buddy's house and shoot machine guns.
  5. Welcome, Don. Do you have plans to integrate an air ride hitch along with your commercial hitch, or will you just use the standard fifth plate?
  6. Why I prefer having my peterbilt

    I remember seeing an article once that mentioned that federal guidelines for traffic signals was a 6 second yellow. That would prevent a lot of accidents.
  7. Skirting Houston

    Currently, our plans are cast in jello. We're going to run up to Lake Conroe KOA Sunday, and visit with an old motorcycle friend. Then likely pull out of there Monday morning and meander down towards I-10 and west. Exile, your offer is generous. We'll see how things go tomorrow (Sunday). Big 5er called and was very helpful. I think we're gonna try and hook up with him on the return run.
  8. Why I prefer having my peterbilt

    Only the body is aluminum. The ads clearly state the frames are "high strength steel". Been driving one 2 1/2 years. Love it.
  9. Skirting Houston

    Thanks Tom. We may be swinging north to visit a friend in Montgomery too.
  10. HDT air leaks

    I use a spritz of silicone spray lube. It just makes it slip together easier.
  11. HDT Members On The Road, Including Their Current Locations

    Our plans are loose. We're enjoying poking around here in the heart of Cajun country. We'll likely head over to Big Bend for a week or so, then to Rusty's RV Ranch in NM for a bit. Rumor has it that North Ranch may be crowded in February?
  12. HDT Members On The Road, Including Their Current Locations

    We're just west of Lafayette, LA. 16 degrees F this a.m. Nearly all businesses closed due to ice. Hopefully, it'll warm up tomorrow.
  13. California CDL

    Are you implying that all Canadian provinces apply the same regs?
  14. Rig for sale

    We stumbled upon this rig, and it's occupants, this morning. What a nice couple. If I didn't want to keep a toy hauler, I'd buy that rig. Clean as a pin and in top notch shape. Someone's going to get a bargain.
  15. source for Intl Rubber floor/carpet kit?

    If you can find an upholstery supply house, they can likely order what you need, custom fit to your truck.
  16. Contacting BluDot

    Can any one supply me with a working contact for BluDot Braking systems? I've been trying to reach them, and they don't answer phones, return calls, or answer emails. Are they still in business? I've tried 4 different extensions on their phone system, at different times of day, and can't get through. Perhaps they're doing so well they don't want any more business?
  17. Contacting BluDot

    So, to wrap this one up, today was our first time to actually pull with the BluDot operating. I like it, a lot.
  18. HDT Members On The Road, Including Their Current Locations

    Sitting in Yuma, TN for the night, trying to decide whether to. Continue west on I-40 or drop down to I-20 tomorrow. Weather looks ugly Monday night and Tuesday if we stay on 40.
  19. First loading of the smart

    We've had the truck since 2010, and the smart since 2013. Today they finally got together. I've spent the past week measuring, marking, thinking, measuring again, drilling, cutting, painting, etc. Today I ran it up the ramps and immediately learned there ain't nearly as much clearance with a 300# doofus in the saddle as there is when measuring in the garage. I had built and installed the chocks and ratchets for the driver's side of the truck, and made up some pretty slick ramp mounts for the passenger side. Moved the truck into a spot I knew was less than ideal, but that was intentional. The truck wasn't quite level, and the low end of the ramps (10' x 19") were a couple of inches lower than the truck. First, the front valance hit the ramp. Easy fix with a piece of 2 x 12. then the car drug badly as it broke over at the top of the ramps. Couldn't go forward, or backward, even after dumping the suspension air.. Lucky me, I had enough ramp exposed that I could get out, climb past the door, and go get a step ladder so my bride could get in. Oddly enough, the clearance issue disappeared....... She drove the car up the rest of the way, only to discover the front valance hit my freshly painted chocks. Duh. So, I took more measurements, made some marks on the bed, laid some more 2x12s in the wheel track to lift the front of the car so it wouldn't drag, and she backed it down. Tomorrow I do some more cutting and welding, and mount my rear tie downs and ratchets. I have some ideas on how to make it all neatly removable.
  20. First loading of the smart

    In Alpine? Tried that last time, got kicked out of the park cuz we didn't have reservation made years in advance. Dang yuppie cowboys.
  21. First loading of the smart

    Glenn, The tabs on the ramps are 1" x 19"wide x 1/4" thick. I made the slots 1" x 20" wide x 5/16". I loaded again today and set=up was a breeze. We placed a 2x12 at the bottom of each ramp so the valance cleared and two more on the deck for the front wheel to ride on to cure the breakover issue, plus the bride drove the car up. Only issue was she got too close to the tool box behind the the cab. I used a ratchet strap and a pry bar to move the rear of the car over. Easy. So, it's sitting at the shop, plugged in, ready to hook to the camper in the morning and head south west. I'll toot as I roll through.
  22. First loading of the smart

    Nearly all the loading issues were solved once my bride got in the saddle. Gravity just has a better grip on me. That said, we do have a supply of 2x12 boards loaded. Plus, we won't purposely load in a bad spot like we did for the test.
  23. First loading of the smart

    You mean you can buy it already made? Duh. I made the first one using 5/16" square stock as spacers. The second one, I just welded over size nuts to the back of the flat steel, one on each bolt. It works great. No bolts or pins, no measuring or marking trying to keep the ramps square. Hope to load again tomorrow, and pull out Sunday for the south-west. Stops include, but not limited to: Terlingua, Rusty's RV Ranch, Tuscon, maybe Las Vegas for the antique motorcycle auction the end of this month. Last time we went there, a '27 Henderson Deluxe followed us home.