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Jack Mayer

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    Founding Partner, RVH Lifestyles, an HDT design, build, consult company specializing in all aspects of Heavy Duty Trucks. RVHLifestyles.com

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  1. A motor vehicle is not commercial simply because it is over 26K lbs. Owned by a company or not. To be commercial it must be used "in commerce". For example, truckers use their trucks for vacation purposes or other private uses. They are not "in commerce". You just have to be clear about what you are doing. Consult an EXPERIENCED CPA.
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    BlueFire scanner

    Scrap, that is the plug in the new trucks that you show above. The Direclink plugs into it and seems to work fine. Should it not be using it?
  3. Jack Mayer

    BlueFire scanner

    What about the 16-pin ports??
  4. Jack Mayer

    Smart broke down

    Rogers hitch setup is pretty nifty, and does not look too hard to replicate.
  5. Jack Mayer

    BlueFire scanner

    Which model do you have? Got an Amazon link? Thanks for the report.
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    Smart broke down

    I've said this before but I'll repeat it since it keeps coming up. There is no issue driving a 453 up the ramps if you do it RIGHT. You won't burn up the clutch. But you do have to do it correctly.Ride the clutch a lot, like I see many, MANY people doing and you will have issues. You can modify the 453 to add the extra tow hook position in the rear if you wish. Our shop does it, or if you are a good welder you can DIY. Get the extra "bung" at a scrap yard - About $50 with shipping. You could also fabricate a receiver hitch. Also, despite what Internet experts claim, the 453 can be flat towed if you follow the Mercedes towing procedure precisely. I have thousands of miles on my 453 being towed behind our motorhome. Again, do it wrong and you will have issues.
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    Smart broke down

    I've towed a 2016 453 behind our motorhome for a couple of years and at least 8,000 miles. Seems to be fine to me. I follow the published procedure that Mercedes says to use. From Mercedes. Not some forum. If you want to tow, talk to Mercedes. I'm not posting anything because I'll just be told that it is all wrong, can't be done, etc. Do your research, but I assure you that you can flat tow a 453. I'm sure David will post the proper procedure. Here is a pic - I put a drop hitch on it so it is perfectly level now.
  8. Jack Mayer

    BlueFire scanner

    I'll be interested to get feedback on its use in a Volvo. How does it compare to the Silverleaf offering? Anyone have an opinion?
  9. It is called an ET Farm model. You can order one from us. Or directly from Youngs
  10. The Spyder is overwidth when loaded crosswise, but not by as much as a smart. We built the Watts stacker, so if you have questions let me know. They carry two F3's.
  11. Ok, not only do I know about Linc and Mapper (not as much about Mapper), but I can program in Espol/NEWP. Heck I even know what DMS is ๐Ÿ˜And I know Fortran pretty well - I was on the National Standards Committee that created two versions of it. And I'd bet you know what CANDE is too!! Blast from the past. I worked at Unisys/Burroughs Large Systems - starting in 1968 in the summer. In the summer of 1970 (I think it was) I helped assemble the first 7700. Processor 1. Started full time when I got out of college in '73.
  12. I guess the question is: I'm a Chrome user and use Google ecosystem exclusively - Drive, Photo, all their apps, etc. WHY would I want to even try out Edge if it "looks like Chrome"? What advantage is there to it?
  13. I would guess there is Rick, but I've never looked it over to see if it can be done.
  14. PLEASE read what RandyA wrote and understand it all before wiring something up. You can use the voltage drop calculator HERE to calculate wire size. It is pretty obvious how to use it but I'm happy to answer questions. I rarely see wiring done correctly (although I'm sure that Chad and Randy do ๐Ÿ˜€). It is very scary, and I'm surprised there are not more issues. You can get away with that with smaller loads, but when you get into big loads you are getting into riskier territory.
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