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  1. Why I prefer having my peterbilt

    In Va the light will blink yellow before it turns. Gives you time to start to slow down. Lesson learned you can never be to careful!! Pat The Old Sailor
  2. Aftermarket cruise control

    Ronbo Thanks! Pat The Old Sailor
  3. PM cost these days

    Padraic I have a 98 610 and we live down here in Chesapeake. Ours has a N14. What part of Northers Va? Are you fixing to get back on the road? Hope you can find a shop that will treat you right. Keep us posted. Pat The Old Sailor
  4. Aftermarket cruise control

    I've got a 98 N14 Cummins in our 610 and I sure would like to see the video. How do I get to it? Thanks, Pat The Old Sailor
  5. Gas or Diesel

    In 2003 I got our 1st 5er. A 31' Sunnybrook. Towed it with a 3500 Chev w/6.5. 3 years later got a 99 f550. Then got a 37 Cardinal. Then in 2011 got the Volvo 610. Got the 43' Mesa Ridge in 2015. Totaled it in 2017. The only saving me was 19k of Volvo truck. Then got a 2017 43' Mesa Ridge. After towing with it for 7 years and especially after our western run last Sept, Oct, and Nov 6k miles in 8 wks the truck really shined going up those mountains in the far left lane and going down on the other side w/jake brake. What a safe feeling. And the temp never even got warm I can see over what ever is in front of me. And it is built to STOP 80K So it is a personal choice. But once you climb in the cab of a big Diesel truck you know that is what you want to tow with. Pat The Old Sailor
  6. residential fridge install question

    Our 2017 Mesa Ridge came with a Frigidaire Residential and on our 8 wk 6k out west trip in Sept it really made the trip more enjoyable. The extra room in both the frig and the freezer really helped but I'll say the ice maker got the biggest workout! It really made the toddy for the body a lot easier to make! And it was always ready. Pat The Old Sailor
  7. Big day tomorrow!!

    Tom Don't worry there will be plenty of things you can blow your money on! We have had our 98 610 for 7 years now and I remember the 1st time I climbed up into the cab. What a feeling. So glad you made it home safe and sound. Where is home? ECR in Apr? Hope to see you on the road. Be Safe. Pat The Old Sailor
  8. First loading of the smart

    Rickeieio That is why you test and then weld. One Step at a time. You'll get there. Sounds ike you have a plan. Just be careful! Pat The Old Sailor
  9. Last Words of Advice - Pulling the Trigger

    Mark Really nice looking truck! Be safe on the trip home. That smile will last a long time. Hope to see you at the ECR. Pat The Old Sailor
  10. Trip Preps Complete

    Update We made our run out west and had a great trip. Almost 8 weeks.Left on the 21st of Sept and got back the 12th of Nov. Saw some beautiful country But had a transmission issue in Roanoke Va on day 2. Got back on the road on 25th of Sept and never looked back. If you are in the area of Roanoke and need help Western Branch Diesel is the place to go! Great people. I had to get towed to the shop and it cost me $400. When we got bask we had a check waiting on us from Good Sams for the whole $400. Talk About Happy! No help with the trans issue($1200) I just wanted to comment about the running gear changes we made before we left. I am really glad we added the shocks. That unto itself made the towing much better and I know it was a lot easier on the 5er. The bouncing issue I had was really stopped and the MORide 4000 really made for a much better ride. The wet bolt kit was also installed but I didn't notice any issues so I'll say they helped keep things greased. The 17.5" tires gave a real good solid feel. I just felt better with them and I did run 6-7 MPH more with them than I did on Our trip last year to the Keys. There were 16" wheels on it before. So after all of this was done I will say it was worth the work and the expense. I was able to do all of the work at the house so my labor cost was very low. All the parts cost about $600. So I believe I made a good investment . We will be at the ECR and hope to get by Roanoke without any problems! Pat The Old Sailor
  11. Trip Preps Complete

    We will be leaving for a western run next Thursday. We will leave Chesapeake Va andtake 460 to Roanoke then 81 to 40 and then West to Albuquerque. Then Vegas with several more stops in Arz and Texas. I set a couple of goals before we are to leave and I got everything I wanted to get done on the 5er completed. First I wanted to get the 17'5 tires and wheels installed. That happened. Hopefully the 16 ply tires will help us to roll WO issue. I read the article in the March(?) issue of Trailer Life about installing the MORide wet bolt kit for the springs and the MORide 4000 center with the rubber springs. Both have been installed. The next item was to install shocks. I want to thank RandyA for his ideas. I now have 4 Monroe Gas Shocks bolted on. I welded a piece of angle to a flat bar and then welded the flat bar to the frame. One flat bar and angle for each pair of shocks. Shock brackets were welded to the angle. I mocked up a axle and frame location on a piece of plywood and from that I was able to determine what the axle bracket should look like and a location.The shock brackets were water jet cut. Then I made a wooden shock that was in the middle of the shock travel. We were able to correctly locate the axle brackets when the wooden shock was bolted to angle bracket and the axle bracket was positioned. Location was then known. Brackets were then welded on and then the shocks were installed. Hope all of this helps reduce some of the bounce. I guess since I had been paying a lot of attention to the 5er Pats Pride wanted some attention so the power steering box starting leaking. We pulled it off Friday, got one today and tonight the Pride is a Happy Truck! Will do some pms before underway just to make sure we can get to the Balloon Fest in time. Having been able to get down to Key West last Oct We Pray for all of the people on the Keys and in Fl. With what the limited news and pictures we can see the real destruction is yet to be completely known so God bless! Pat The Old Sailor
  12. Big day tomorrow!!

    Tom Welcome to our side! You will really enjoy towing. It is such a difference. I towed with a 550 Ford for 5 years and for the lase 7 years have been towing with our 98 610 with a N14 Cummins and the super 10. we currently have a 43' Mesa Ridge. We are full time but now that we are retired we are on the road for longer periods of time. I will never tow with a little truck again. Where is home? You sure would be welcome at the ECR in Crossville Tenn.April 21st. Have a safe trip home and hope to see you on the road. Pat The Old Sailor
  13. Semi Build Published By Truck Camper Magazine

    Cotreker Really enjoyed the article about your truck! The first camper we had was a 8' cab over. The camper was new (1970) but i put it on a 62 Ford F100 with a 292 and a 3 speed trans. I was stationed in San Diego going to a navy B School. We lived it it the last 3 weeks we were there, Then (Nov 1970)headed to San Fran then back down to I-40 and back to Norfolk. There was no heat in it a ICEBOX and a porta Potty. We had some great time times with it. But now we have a 98 610 Volvo and tow a 43' Mesa Ridge 5er. We really have enjoyed towing a 5er for the last 14 years. Almost 7 with the Volvo. So I know the feeling you get when you climb up into the cab! It's really hard to hide the Smile! So enjoy your great looking rig and if you get out our way Va beach Va. give us a call!! Be safe and God Bless. Pat The Old Sailor
  14. Anybody going to Tampa?

    I would be tickled to see 60 Degrees! We haven't been out of the 20's for so long I can't remember when. 9 or 10 tonight and even lower tomorrow night. But the people north of the Mason dixon line I feel for you. And the people in Boston really need a blast of 50 degrees. Here in Va we hope to get to Monday and 49. So no matter where you are it could be worse! Stay warm and be safe. Pat The Old Sailor
  15. Anybody going to Tampa?

    Randy Just to make you feel better we had 14 1/2" of the white stuff last night and this morning. Pats Pride is still covered as well as her car and my Ranger. It's 20 outside with a low of 17 tonight. So if you aren't covered with snow be Happy!! Hope you are enjoying Fla. They are calling for the low 50's Monday. But single digits sat nite. Think Spring!! Be safe and God Bless. Pat The Old Sailor
  16. East Coast Rally December Update

    Just got off the phone with Kim at Deer Run. She just got back from Fla last night. Made our reservations for the ECR in Apr. She said that all sites were booked but not all confirmed. So if you are planning on going you should call her ASAP. Here on the coast of Va they are calling for 5-10" of snow. So if you are on the road wherever you are be safe. Pat The Old Sailor
  17. HDT Rally Site update

    The # is 877-337-8678 At Deer Run For the FCR 14-24 Apr. Talk to Kim. Pat The Old Sailor
  18. HDT Rally Site update

    Just talked to Kim and firmed our reservations for the Rally. She said she had every site booked. If you plan on going and don't have reservations you should call her Quick! She just got back from Fla last night. She is at the desk! Pat The Old Sailor
  19. Happy New Year

    To All I'm going to wish everyone a Happy new year a little early! It's about 1150pm(2350) and I'm going to watch the ball drop and have a little Bubbly. So to all we wish you and yours a safe and Happy New Year. May all of your travels be trouble free and May the Lord be with you. Hope to see you at the ECR in April. God Bless Pat The Old Sailor
  20. NE Thanks so much for that video!! What planning that took. But when you are doing something on a grand scale like that planning, preparation, and the right equipment operated by the best people you get results like that. So again thanks for the reply. Be safe and God Bless. Pat The Old Sailor
  21. What in the world were they towing? It must have set records for weight. How many tires were on the ground? Where was it. Really makes you wonder what that might do to a road but I guess all of those tires help. Pat The Old Sailor
  22. Volvo newer front fender mirrors

    Tom Where is home? I'm in Chesapeake Va. We got back the 12th of Nov after 7 1/2 wks on the road west to Vegas towing our 43' Mesa Ridge. Had a great time and saw some beautiful county. On the way out we did the hot air balloon fest in Abq. Out longest trip yet. Hope to do more now that we are fully retired,, Pat The Old Sailor
  23. Update of Bed Build

    VT The bed is really looking good! When do you plan on the last install? Paint color? Next week back to the salt mines? Take care and be safe. Pat The Old Sailor
  24. Volvo newer front fender mirrors

    Tom You will enjoy the HDT! They are a pleasure to drive. Just take it easy and welcome to the dark side. Pat The Old Sailor
  25. Fulltime vs Recreational 5th Wheels

    Finding the right rig is a problem but you'll find it. We have a 43' Mesa Ridge that states in the owners manual it is NOT intended to be a full time unit. That being said we just got back in early Nov from a 8wk run out west and we had a great time. My brother and his wife went with us but they drove their car and stayed with us whenever we parked. We had one issue (furnace) with the 5er but nothing that really interfered with our plans. We do tow with a 98 Volvo and we are 67' total length. Not once did the length present a problem. As stated before you have to call ahead and be sure that they realize what you have. The internet makes is easier to see what the CG will look like. Our 1st 5er was a 31' Sunnybrook. Easy to tow and easy to move around. We have been towing a 5er for 14 years. We have really enjoyed each of the 4 units we have had. Never been full time but now that we are retired we do spend a lot more time on the road. Your requirements will really be the deciding issue in re guards to what you really end up with. But what ever you get make sure you can stop it. Almost any vehicle will tow it but will it wo it??? God bless and be safe. Pat The Old Sailor