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  1. JPL

    Proper Driver's License delima

    SC Are you retired now? Where u be? If around tidewater give me a call. Pat The Old Sailor
  2. JPL

    Short Trip

    The day started off well enough. Had a good breakfast at The Waffle House. Went home and hooked up the 5er and headed for Williamsburg Va. 55 miles. No big deal. Got to the intersection of I 664 and I 64 in Hampton Va. and noticed smoke coming from the driver side tires on the 5er. Thought a tire issue or a brake problem. When I was able to pull over I had traffic on both sides with me in the middle at the base of the "Y" split. Hit the blinkers and cautiously got out to check. I found the rear spring hanger with 2 broken welds and the rear tire rubbing against the front tire causing the tire smoke. You could really smell the rubber. Got triangles out and set. On the hook with Good Sams. 10 minutes the VDOT truck was there having me pull up a little more so he could close one lane while I tried to get the Calvary to come to the rescue. 20 minutes in, a Va State trooper stops and wants to know what is being done to clear this issue. I told him I was trying to get in touch with G S but was on hold. Finally get thru and the lady tries to help. The trooper had also started calling because by now I got traffic in the west bound entrance to I 64 backed for 2-3 miles. The trooper took some pictures as asked by a tow service his is also calling. They tell him from the pictures it probably can't be easily towed (really!) and they will send a service truck to see if they can weld repair the hanger. By now at 1 1/2 hrs. The service truck gets there while I'm on the phone with G S. I tell her I am going to have to let the service man make repairs so we can at least move it. What a Service Truck! I must get the best trucks because last time on the hook a 2017 triple axle wrecker hauled me 15 miles. Today a new 2018 Freightliner service truck pulled up with all the bells and whistles you need to fix something broke. He jacked the frame up, hooked a chain fall to the axle and pulled it back into (close as he could get) place and welded it right there will all or the traffic whizzinmg by! In and out in a Hour. Back on the ground and pulling (slowly) with a temp (he called it) repair. Got back home and on the slab. The Service company was Tidewater Express Inc ph# 757-723-1214 or 757-487-2925. Hope no one else will need them on a trip to the Va. Beach, Norfolk or Hampton Newport News Williamsburg area but if you have issues great people to work with. And it cost $198.01!! More will fellow after I talk (politely I hope) to Mesa Ridge. As Vegas Teacher said: It is nice to see someone who knows what he is doing, has the tools to do it, and the knowledge to accomplish the difficult job on hand. He came he saw he conquered. Pat The Old Sailor
  3. JPL

    Short Trip

    Update We took off for the 4th by leaving on the 2nd. The 5er towed straight and no problems encountered. It was only a short trip to the CG but no issues. Got back and ck'ed the mail box for a ck from Highland Ridge and found none. That doesn't surprise me. Guess I'll have to call them tomorrow and remind them. Looks like one more posting. Stay tuned. Pat The Old Sailor
  4. JPL

    Update of Bed Build

    VF That truck really looks great! Memories started the day you picked the truck up and I'm Sure you'll have many many more now that the hard work is done. So be safe and if you get on this side of the Mississippi give us a call! Pat The Old Sailor
  5. JPL

    Proper Driver's License delima

    Second Chance Were you a 05? Just wondering. Pat The Old Sailor
  6. JPL

    Replacement backup monitor

    Ronbo Are you replacing the whole system? I like the 4 camera system with the recorder. Do you know anyone who has used that system or are you going to try it? I'll be watching. Hope everything works out. Pat The Old Sailor
  7. JPL

    2001 Truck

    lappir I had a line go bad at the fitting on the bottom of the pass side tank. Found it after I had just filled up. Got a new hose made and then it took 2 of us to change the hose. I was like the boy with the finger in the dike. Didn't loose a pint of fuel. I don't think I could have done it by myself. So hope you have good luck. Pat The Old Sailor
  8. JPL

    Sick Cummins N14+ in Rexburg Idaho

    Strawdog I am following you close cause I've got a 98 610 w/n14. 580k. Hope you can get it fixed without spending an arm and a leg. Good luck and God Bless. Pat The Old Sailor
  9. JPL

    Counting my blessings: Hook, line, and big HP.

    More blessings! The bad things can happen at a good time and place and you got both at the same time. Glad everything is as it should be. be safe and keep the faith! Pat The Old Sailor
  10. JPL

    First Day deck progress

    Lance Interesting that you are using plate to create your base while most choose tubing. Looks good to me though! Keep up the good looking work and keep posting pictures. Be safe and don't over do it because of a short window. Pat The Old Sailor
  11. JPL

    Remedial Question - Air Governor

    Roger Even with new trucks (to us or new model year) there are still problems that we just have to overcome. Just a little hill in life to climb! Making air is sweet. I sure enjoyed the trip we took so keep it fixed we may want to do another road trip next year. Pat The Old Sailor
  12. JPL

    New front oil caps - simple 30 min job but...

    Brad Sounds like you got back to SD only to find issues. But I sure like your fix! I had a cap covering the whole hub but I took them off and now they are in plain sight. A visual insp is done everyday. Hope to avoid any issues. But I do like your covers. Pat The Old Sailor
  13. JPL

    Cab or Windshield Leak?

    Carl Can't help you much IRT the leak but it sounds like you are headed up the coast and if you get close to Va. Beach or I95 up our way just let us know. 757-646-1686. Pat The Old Sailor
  14. JPL

    Update of Bed Build

    John A really great looking bed/truck. Hope your first trip turns out to be the first of many memory making trips! Pat The Old Sailor
  15. JPL

    Transfer RV registration to South Dakota

    remoanmdiris I'm not familiar with SD but I bought a truck from a forum HDT man in Minn and had him fax me a copy of the title and took it to DMV and they said they would honor the MH title. Get the persons name so if someone else tells you no go back to them. We live in Va. Good luck! Pat The Old Sailor
  16. JPL

    Steering gearbox replacement cost on a Volvo?

    BL I had a leak and I pulled the old one off and replaced it with a used one. The important thing to remember is the alighnment of the spline on the box so that the wheel is in the correct position. Another route is to pull the box off and send it to Southern Powertrain in Charlette NC and have them rebuild it. Can you put your truck down for a week or so? Try 800 541 2791. They say 1 day service. Not knowing where you live there maybe a shop close to you that does that kind of repair/rebuild. When we replaced my steering box it tool a hour to get the used one off of the donater truck, a 1/2 hour to get my old box off and almost a hour to reinstall the used box on my truck. I have a 98 610 and contrary to what the dealer tells you most of the steering boxes will fit. We used the pitman arm that was on the donater. I've had that used box in the truck for almost 2 years. I gave $350 for the box. Pat The Old Sailor
  17. JPL

    What's on the back of you truck?

    Steve It is really looking good so keep up the good work and keep showing us pictures! Pat The Old Sailor
  18. JPL

    Short Trip

    All Picked the 5er up Friday morning and work is done. They boxed the hangers and the new hangers are a 1/4" instead of 3/16. Now ready to get back on the road but I think it will be a couple of weeks. We have to get reloaded so we'll be ready. It towed nice so I feel like everything is fine. I'll find out for sure when we go somewhere. East Coast Trailer Sales in Portsmouth Va. really has a beautiful facility. 12 bays each 80' long so they can get anything in there. And they keep them full. Hopefully one more update. Stay tuned. Had a great visit with Brad NSW. He is here from San Diego giving some training here and he was able to stop by for a couple of hours. i really enjoyed his visit. We sat around in the shop and talked trucks and traveling and numerous other things and I enjoyed every minute. So a big Thanks to Brad for taking the time to stop by! There is always a open invitation to anyone whose is in the area. Stop by and we'll shoot the breeze and if your time permits I'll take you on a tour of the world's largest Navy Base. To all who are and were at the WCR have a safe trip to your next destination!! Pat The Old Sailor
  19. JPL

    Short Trip

    All The work is done and I looked at it this afternoon. The welding looks good from a Visual Inspection.They were able to turn it around in 2 and a 1/2 days. I will pick it up in the morning and have it here at home on the slab. We added 5 yards on concrete Tuesday. That adds 16 feet that I can go back . That will really give me a lot more room at the gate. Concrete has really gotten Super Expensive! My wife told me if I mention pouring anymore concrete there was going to be a funeral around her and it wasn't hers!! So I guess I've poured all I'm going to get. Anyway I know that I'll be able to pickup the 5er BUT I have to pay for it before they will release it. Even thought Highland Ridge Emailed them to do the repair. I talked to H/R yesterday and they told me they would send them a check but it would take the accounting department 30 to 60 days to get them a check. The summer would be mostly gone before I could get it out of Hock. So I go in there tomorrow and I Pay them and send the bill to H/R. Wonder how long they will take to pay me and I wonder of I get interest after 30 days(LOL). Still haven't got a check for the Service Truck but it's only been 3 weeks. Oh well at least we'll have the 5er and the summer to enjoy. Stay tuned! But it will probably be a while before I can say it's done. Pat The Old Sailor
  20. JPL

    Trailer TPMS not reaching cab

    Brad Hope to put the 5er on the slab tomorrow. The work is finished. More detail in my Short Trip Post. I'll call you tomorrow. Don't let them work you to hard! Pat The Old Sailor
  21. JPL

    Short Trip

    Parrformance Ratchet straps I have. Will add to the toolbox. The 5er made it into a bay today and work is U/W. Will pay them a visit in the morning. Hope for a fri. completion date. Should have a good idea tomorrow. Stay Tuned! Pat The Old Sailor
  22. JPL

    Short Trip

    beemergary That is what I saw when I looked in the rear view. Smoke. Your repair sounds like mine. I didn't have a come along with me but I'll be carrying one next trip. Maybe a welder! East Coast Trailer Sales will pull it into a bay tomorrow and start removal/repairs. May be done by fri but who knows. Stay tuned! Pat The Old Sailor
  23. mr.cob That truck/Motorhome sure looks mighty nice. Wish we were on our way to your rally but we are stuck here in Va. waiting on our 5er to be fixed. We did get to enjoy the ECR and meeting old friends and making new ones is what it's all about. So enjoy and may you have safe travels. Pat The Old Sailor
  24. JPL

    Short Trip

    Update Got a verbal today saying the parts can be obtained locally. The repair will start Monday if we get hard copy. The grandson gets out of school on the 15th so hope to be able to use the 5er. Stay tuned! Pat The Old Sailor
  25. JPL

    Short Trip

    Update I talked to Highland Ridge again today. They have received the pictures and are working with Lippert and I'll talk with HR again tomorrow. I call twice a day. Once in the AM and again in the PM. We are waiting on word from Lippert about the spring hangers. Do I get them local, which is possible, or wait for Them to send me new ones? I want them to make up there mind in a hurry. But will they? More to fol;low when we know more! Pat The Old Sailor