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  1. I have used the Freightliner dealer in Florence SC but not sure where the nearest Volvo dealer is if you need one of them. I should be back in SC on Tuesday after the Memorial Day weekend if you need any assistance. Dave
  2. Yes, need more info and I assume you mean Aeolus Tires, I have never heard of them before so did a search and found they are made in China and have mixed reviews on the trucker forums. That price sounds high for an unknown brand. We bought new Dayton drive tires last year for around $350 each at TA and their Yokohama and Firestone tires look to be around $450 with Kelly Springfield's around $375 each.
  3. Phil, I will be joining you on May 15th, retiring from full time and will work part time for a few months to train my replacement! Looking forward to getting out on the road more often. Dave
  4. We bobtail our HDT quite often. I use it as a pickup to take yard waste to the recycling center and to run to the lumber yard. We used it to go to the Tampa RV show as a mini motorhome. When we go to the ECR rally and do not have an extra car, we have used it as our run around vehicle to go shopping and even went to the theatre playhouse with it. As others have said just park farther out an get exercise. I have driven it to work on occasion (first time the security guard came running out to say I was in the wrong lot and deliveries were in another area but I showed him my pass and all was good from then on out. Had to take up a few extra spots but parking lot was not full. For braking, I will switch to low Jake setting if dry roads and turn off on wet roads. I have not had any issues with rear end getting crazy but we do have a fairly heavy bed on the HDT. When we drove it back from Austin TX to MN when we bought it, we did not have a bed on it and had no issues. Dave
  5. Looks like a GM 3.8l V6 out of an Impala or similar car. They had a recall that changed one of the Valve covers to a block one.
  6. Just bring it to the rally, should have enough people to help but you may need to bring a mag drill too!
  7. It is interesting that the Volvo's use a Dodge/Jeep key as our Freightliner does too.
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    Congratulations, I am planning on telling work on April 1st that my last day will be May 31st! Hopefully they believe me. Dave
  9. Check with David Dixon at Deep Space Lighting. I thought he was working on some for the KW's. He typically is at the ECR rally if you are going or are nearby. Dave
  10. There are three approaches to singling each with their own issues. Singling short is removing the front axle and moving the rear axle to the front location. For an RV 5th wheel hitch is located behind the rear axle and heavy pin weights can unload the front axle on the truck. Early HDT conversions were done this way to keep length of truck short similar to a dually. Singling long is removing the front axle and making driveshaft longer. In some cases this can overload your front axle when not hooked up to the trailer and makes for a longer truck. The 3rd way is to single mid. This is a newer concept and more expensive option and requires redrilling the frame and moving the rear axle to the mid position. This is becoming the choice of today but is more expensive than the other options. Alot depends on if you want to haul anything on the bed of the truck and what the weights will be in final configuration. Our truck is singled short. Read up on Jack Mayer's website for better explanation of the pros and cons. Dave
  11. We had not had any issues in the over 6 years we have had the HDT except getting into some campgrounds. MN where we first lived had a 75' rule for RV's and SC where we are at now measures from pin to rear axle and not overall length. Have not had any issues in any state we are traveling in, mainly Midwest and southern States so far and as fall NE East as Pennsylvania.
  12. Usually the whole panel is sprayed or at least up to a body line as it will leave a hard line. The entire surface to be sprayed needs to be scuffed. So the clear coat adheres correctly. You will want to have someone check to see why yours is peeling as you do not want to spray over it and it still peels.
  13. Here is our set up with the 48' trailer. We are right at 75' long. Don't forget to add space for trailer when turning.
  14. Troy, you may want to relook at some of your dimensions, we have had a 44' living quarters race car hauler and now have a 48' Living quarters race car hauler. In both cases the pin was only 6" from the front of the trailer and the over length was greater than stated as that is usually inside dimensions. We pull with a singled midroof Freightliner Century with a sleeper and can seat 4-5 comfortably. You will not be able to register your day cab as an RV until after you have converted it and it has passed inspection (if your state requires it). I think it will cost you more than 1-2k to do your box and fit it out to pass an RV inspection. Dave
  15. We were turned down by New Horizons and Spacecraft wanted to use a semi trailer chassis and would have been over $250k when completed. Very nice units but out of our price range. Dune Sports builds custom also but seems to be at more affordable price range. I am sending them a few floor plan options on Monday to see what they think they can build and will then work on pricing.
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