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  1. Dolly, the "gentleman" I featured above has a series of intercultural videos dealing with sensitive "differences" between cultures. First times I viewed it it was an amusing curiosity. This time I post it as a PSA for those who have failed in their toilet paper hoarding quest, or those who have hoarded enough, but whose family is bad at math, counting the number of squares sufficient for the task. The thread is becoming en-lightning. Couple of folks have been "quarantined" (stranded) in Florida "forced" to extend their stay. They don't seem none the worse for wear. I can appreciate the dichotomy of their feelings, the feelings being here vs. there (there being where they came from or are supposed to head to). I lived with that dichotomy for many, many years. Let me demonstrate. Here vs. there There was another post relating to savings in commuting time an expenses. For close to 40 years I commuted, the shortest being 20 miles (each way) the longest 82 miles (EACH WAY), LUCKILY THAT CONTRACT ONLY LASTED 6 MONTHS. In my 50's I finally finished that building at the end of the driveway in the picture above. 800 sq. ft. garage/shop below and 800 sq. ft second floor for office, engineering lab and electronic manufacturing. The daily commute went down to 20 feet, house to shop. Seven years ago I decided to resolve the here vs. there dichotomy before it became a full blown schizophrenia, I'm cured, no drugs.
  2. Kathy Griffin mentioned during one of her routines when she was working on an oversees tour that all the natives wanted to shake her hand with their left hands, she ascribed it to the the local custom of appreciation for a liberated and hard working woman.
  3. I can see the link, maybe the server is not happy, or there is a automatic block against it.
  4. Hmm, this post reminded me of this "cultural" travel video which has "relevance" to the submarine story as well as the current toilet paper shortage, enjoy.
  5. Dolly, we are self quarantining in southern Florida, it's tough. Pool is almost where I like it (89 with solar heat) But we are OK with Pinscher love and toilet paper.
  6. I applaud the "fix it spirit"! Have a problem, or an issue, figure out the fix, grab a tool, "git it done". Alternative, look at the sky, have the rain splash on your face, add to the moisture with your tears🧐😔 Now for the fun🤤. The deck builder had to be a pickup owner (only), "they always have a filler neck on the side skirt someplace"
  7. Here's part two of more education (and less opinion). What you see below is a forged kingpin which is installed in every tractor trailer in the trucking industry. It's forged from single blank of steel, very happy to pull 60,000 lbs. loads or more, you can get one for between $50-$70 bucks. That's too much money for the RV industry (and frankly they don't need anything this good for the weight of typical trailer) so they use a machined pin turned on the lathe from a round rod. Incidentally the dimension for the RV pin vs. the commercial pin are identical with one exception, that nice over-sized mushroom welding flange on top is missing, it's same diameter all the way up. Now comes the fun part, you cannot have any weld on the outside where it protrudes down from the shoe plate, all the welding has to be done inside the pinbox and you do not have that nice big flange to put a nice welding bead around it. So the welders "improvise" by putting all kinds of crap around the pin shank (hunks of angle, hunks of steel plate, etc.), I have some archived pictures of these "beauties" from my past "investigations". I am not surprised that any welding shop ran by a "real welder" would take one look inside there and have no desire to deal with crap like that. This is not a blanket assessment of all pinbox manufacturers, all I am saying that I have seen few pinboxes built like that. I spent two months at Youngs Welding transitioning the manufacture of all ETs in their facility. They also manufacture a line of pulling and hitching accessories with goosenecks and king pins. Their stuff is top notch and first class. I am not surprised that Marc and Jack chose Youngs to fabricate for them the pinboxes they market through RVH Lifestyles.
  8. Travel Supremes were well built trailers, but in the times they were built these class of rigs, even the heaviest were, in the low 20's GVW. As Jim and Wilma suggest the frame is more an issue than a pinbox, although that was not a problem with Supremes, Tetons, Carriages and couple other top brands. All the heavier rigs came with straight down or were small forward tilt pinboxes, again optimized for carrying the loads onto the rest of the frame. Installing aftermarket stuff particularly one that extends the kingpin way forward from the original factory position is not doing the frame any good in the long run. All "standard" pin boxes will handle associated GVWs into the low 20's, also regardless of the model or rig they are all mounted with the same six grade eight, 5/8 bolts. All use the same kingpins, the difference between the boxes going into more conventional trailers and the "super heavies" (25-35K GVW), the likes of Spacecraft, New Horizon and couple others is the way the kingpin is mounted and the thickness of the "shoe plate" through which the kingpin protrudes into the pinbox and the internal welding method. Nothing "magical" about pinboxes and lots of BS about liability etc., from welding shops that don't want to touch them. Now I wouldn't want Lippert building these by the same guys that weld their frames. I built a "super duty" pinbox for a heavy (extra thick shoe plate) and modified others that were all screwed up. Standard pinbox that needed to be extended by several inches to make the fifth track flat Moryde pinbox that needed to be extended by three inches to make the fifth pull level (from the lowest position for mounting the pin box). The aftermarket people (or the sales people peddling these) are often not from the right side of the intelligence curve. Both of the boxes you see above were installed without any consideration that even in the lowest mounting position the kingpin on both boxes was going to be way below the 47 inches from the ground. As a result the front axles on both rigs carried several hundreds pounds more weigh that the rear axles. With the fix both axles equalized. Two different shops welded these boxes for me, the welders who did the actual welding had decades of experience and bunch of certificates.
  9. BPepper, if you have an ET hitch you don't need anything but a standard steel pin box. The ET provides lot more antichucking action built-in than the gizmos I have seen on other pinboxes to help with that. Also air pinboxes sometime get into "disagreement" with an ET due to the fact that the single airbag in the pinbox is totally out of phase response wise to the four airbags in the ET (short time response vs. long time response). In those situations I had the customers remove the external shock absorber on the pinbox and replace it with a solid length of steel bar, in essence immobilizing the pinbox and then inflate its airbag to maximum.
  10. phoenix2013

    ET air valve

    The hitch and the truck suspension should come up about the same time after starting the truck. The valve should not be releasing air once the truck suspension and the hitch stabilize. You should have about an inch of space between the top of the platform walls and the stop plates as shown. If it's different "we need to talk" how to make it" 1 inch.
  11. phoenix2013

    ET air valve

    That's normal, there is a slit in the diaphragm and inside in front of it is the actual valve which releases the air if needed. Diaphragm prevents things getting into it (like mud dubbers). Your's is a JR, isn't it?
  12. phoenix2013

    ET air valve

    It's a cab leveling valve used on Volvo trucks P.N. 85104648, any Volvo parts department should have it, they are very tough, I would check the lines and fittings first, before you suspect the valve.
  13. Depending on the hardware used get an oversize one. An ET uses 3/4 inch mounting bolts, you need 13/16 (clearance) bit for those. Also, ET angles are pre-drilled for 3/4 inch bolt mounting (3 on each side), but I would go with suggestions of others, if you have a factory drilled (spare) hole in the frame, use those and drill a new hole in the (soft steel) angle, it's not critical to strictly "obey" the pre-drilled bolt locations. Using a mag drill is the ultimate, but there are specific "techniques" for using it on hardened rails, or the steel will seize (or break) the bit and there are locations where you just can't get drill in and have a good magnetic grip.
  14. Hmm, you are trying to solve a "problem" of totally different nature
  15. You guys bring out a fond and "ancient" history. This was from "retirement period", I believe Number 3. Three essential elements were at work here: #1 Time on hand, #2 Bored engineering mind, #3 Computer loaded with SolidWorks software. OK, so it looks like it will work and fit in a computer, big deal, lots of engineers can put stuff together in the computer. Hmm, it might work. Looking good. I'll be dipped in cow manure, IT WORKS! Low ceiling prevented the test from being performed standing. Yes, there was another kit of parts to build another unit on my truck, never happened. No clue where the kit is now.
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