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  1. I used to own a Pete, with LOTS of lights and chrome, and the shiny, bright disease is very infectious! I loved how a freshly polished truck looks and tried to do it myself with the kind of stuff you are talking, the results were marginal....was at Danny's Big Rig Resort in Phoenix one trip and the lady that ran the polishing crew made me a deal I could not refuse....polished grille surround, battery boxes, fuel tanks, frame steps, air tanks, wheels and light touch up on air cleaners and rear fenders for about 1/4 of what I was quoted at home. When it was my turn there was a crew of 5 or 6 and I was finished in just over an hour. From that point forward I had my truck done there once a year. Plus they have a good sized chrome shop, with lots of Peterbilt stuff. Fast forward a decade and now I have my Haulmark coach that the previous owner never polished (badly oxidized), so I thought I would buy the polisher (Polisher), assortment of buffing wheels and rouge bars (Buffing supplies)...totalling close to $500....and settled in to do 6 wheels and 2 fuel tanks....took me 4days to get it done...end of each day I was covered in black crap that is hard to get off, tired and sore...looks amazing...has lasted 4years so far (if you don't drive in the winter the polishing lasts way longer)...but if I was going down south I would gladly pay someone to do it for me...
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    IRT canceled? a little off topic

    It's not the real ice road truckers (the ones that aren't on TV) that are insulting, it is the show itself. The driving that they show is nowhere near what a real trucker would do. Anywhere but on tv driving and acting like the IRT crew does would get you fired in a minute.
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    Sick Cummins N14+ in Rexburg Idaho

    Try one of the truck dealers/shops on I-15 at exit 113. There is Freightliner, Peterbilt , Volvo, Schow's (general repair shop), etc. May possibly be injector, injector harness or pass-thru connector issues but that is just a WAG. You may find that some repair shops are reluctant to work on something that is hard to replicate in the shop. ie High ambient temperatures and engine loads. Especially for a non-commercial customer. That being said if you find a shop with a Cummins guru in it they will have no issues fixing it. Years ago I had a Peterbilt 379 with an N-14 Select that would derate momentarily (just like you turned the key off and back on) under load, randomly. The "Laptop Mechanics" at 5 other Cummins authorized service centers (including our local Cummins dealer) threw handfuls of sensors and wiring fixes at it as the computer kept saying faulty sensors and never got it. Issue was particularly bad one July day passing through Greeley, Co and decided to have the Peterbilt dealer there look at it. Described the issue to the service writer and he said sounds like you a job for our "Cummins Guru", he's kinda busy but I will go talk to him and see what kind of timeline he has. A few minutes later he comes back out of the shop with a tech right behind him and says take me to your truck. Out we go, he opens the hood reaches behind the frame beside the starter, fishes out a fuse holder, replaces a blown fuse and says heres a couple of extra fuses and have a good day! Turns out somebody thought it was wise to put a fuse in one of the engine grounds and when it blows (he said very rarely, but it does happen) it causes the ECM to think a sensor failed and logs a code and temporarily derates the engine. He had seen it before, that time he said took many hours of searching to diagnose, but had hunch with mine and got me fixed in 10minutes. I gladly paid the minimum charges (0.5hr labor plus associated charges) and went on my way.
  4. DPF = Diesel Particulate Filter. Way newer emissions technology than your Cat has.
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    Passing a simi etiquette

    How about some of these....mostly humorous but.... click on images to view Passing Stickers
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    Air Horns

    If your engine driven compressor cannot keep up to a truck stop train horn there is something wrong. Why add more complication to your unit? Only possible arguement in favor of an electric compressor is if your truck does not hold air very well or you used it all blowing stuff up, and want to air it up without starting the engine to minimize idle time or annoying the neighbors.....I had this happen to me ONCE. I was in the final stages of packing up our campsite (at about 10:30-11:00 in the morning) and had run the motorhome(class 8 truck conversion) out of air blowing up kids bike tires, air mattresses, etc throughout our stay....when I figured I had about 5minutes worth of unhooking/packingleft to do so I started the engine and left it at idle and went to retract the jacks and roll up the power cord. About .9 minutes later this miserable looking OLD man came stomping around the site divider and proceeds to rip me a new one about how you don't need to warm up these "modern diesels" like they did "back when he drove" and that I was going to WAKE UP HIS WIFE!!!!! When I responded that I was not warming it up, but was building air pressure so the brakes could release he told me to "hurry up you young punk" and stormed off. I can be miserable too, when I want to, so I went and put it on high idle and took my sweet ass time finishing packing up (about when the coolant temperature reached 140*....20minutes later)and had a cold beverage before hitting the road. Now that I think about it a train horn would have come in down right handy right about then! I am currently saving for a train whistle (like this Train Whistle) to replace the little whisper quiet squeakers Freightliner put on mine..... not as loud as a train horn but still very much an attention getter .
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    Super Class C GVWR

    I think it would be pretty tough to find a "true" Super C that weighs under 26,000lb actual weight. My Haulmark is close to 34,000lb dry.......
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    780 trans not shifting .

    That tow truck is no regular Louisville..... that is a Ford LTL9000.... it is to Ford what a 379 is to Peterbilt, the big hood classic....... https://goo.gl/images/12QxHy
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    Parking on an incline

    1. When applying the parking brake there is no air pressure to the brakes. Parking brakes are spring applied and air release. Service brakes are air apply. Failsafe design....loss of system air pressure equals brakes coming on. 2. Could be. 10 degrees is fairly steep (approx 17-18% grade). 3. Parking on an incline shouldn't be an issue so long as parking brakes work and engine has enough oil to stay primed.
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    Up and Down Vibration at Speed

    If you find the right shop they may have access to some high tech vibration diagnostic equipment. Years ago the company i worked for had a bed truck (similar to https://www.camex.com/trucks/bed-pole-rig-up-trucks/equipment/11872/2015-kenworth-c500-bed-truck/) that had a vibration that no one could diagnose. Threw lots of parts at it with no results (on warranty luckily). Dealer ended up accessing a system where they puts sensors all over the truck (various points on frame, multiple points on each axle, engine, transmissions,etc) and was finally able to determine where the vibration was. If I remember correctly it ended up being a rear suspension issue (100,000lb capacity rubber block)
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    Engine brake

    Is the ECM set so that the Jakes only come on with the service brakes? Only have to tap the brakes enough to activate the jakes then let them do the braking...you may not realize that you are doing that when they work..or it could be some of the stuff above.
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    Proper Use Of Volvo Jake Brake

    Keep in mind that cruise control and jake brake parameters can be adjusted in the ECM. Not every truck (even if identical drivetrains) will be set the same way so far as at what speed the jakes come on, whether or not they automatically switch between hi/med/low, if the cruise control will allow the jakes to come on, and many other parameters that affect engine braking. As indicated above the higher the RPM the more braking power there is. At a given engine RPM the engine produces the same braking power whether in 1st or 10th gear, but the mechanical gear reduction of the lower gears (at the same RPM)makes the braking more effective as you gear down.
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    Runaway Truck

    I once had an 18speed manual do pretty much the same thing, stepped on the clutch, put into gear like normal and took off. Next time I stepped on the clutch it worked normally as I stepped on it but as I was letting it up all of the sudden the pedal dropped to the floor and the truck stalled from rapid clutch engagement in a high starting gear. Upon disassembly/diagnosis they found that the clutch was pretty much worn out but the main cause was the throwout bearing had come apart.
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    Runaway Truck

    Definitely a clutch issue, but don't just go and throw new hydraulics on it. There are many other things it could be...throwout bearing may have failed, pressure plate may have failed, hydraulics may have failed. Proper diagnosis is needed.
  15. This is what I use to secure my vehicles to our car trailer (I know its different than what you are looking for but...) http://www.truckntow.com/auto-hauler-supply/car-hauler-straps/vulcan-silver-series-flat-bed-side-rail-tie-down-with-flat-hook.html Here is a link to all of their autohauler supplies: http://www.truckntow.com/auto-hauler-supply.html As an aside these guys have excellent customer service...when I received my order one of the 4 straps was slightly different (but still fully functional) and when I contacted them they exchanged it no problem and shipped the replacement quickly.