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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. I don't see how you will get a "real" fade from vinyl. Paint will give a better result if the artist is skilled. Just my opinion. I'm sure anything you do will look good.
  2. The ramps will enter destructive testing shortly. The computer has already "destroyed" them through Finite Element Analysis. It will be "fun" to destroy some aluminum. I think.
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    Discount Ramps

    Me too, Phil.....we must have the same problem!!!
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    Discount Ramps

    They used to but not anymore. They also used to have free shipping, but not anymore. They also used to sell the ramps for $689, but not anymore. Get the trend? To be fair, at the price of aluminum these days, I can see why. We are moving to our own ramp line because of this. It won't be a lot cheaper, but it will be the way WE want them to be. And we will have some control.
  5. On a newer DPF truck there is not usually room to mount a "real" genset under the cab. We usually only have 22" of space for our APUs and in some cases less. There may be room to squeeze in some Honda 2000-style units. Every truck is different - just measure and see. Then you can build a custom rack as shown. We can build a custom drom that has an Onan in the bottom and storage above. But it takes more space depth-wise than a typical drom and you have to plan your deck spacing around it. That has the advantage of leaving side box space on your bed - which is more accessible and usable than drom space.
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    back up Camera system

    I've personally used at least a dozen different systems over the years on various projects. There are many, many systems out there. A lot of them work for awhile then die or have issues. The prices vary wildly, but I've found the super cheap ones do not last. We use Rear View Safety products in our business. We settled on that as the "best" commercial system. It is intended for commercial applications - trucks, busses, cruise ships, etc. It is pretty robust and not terribly more expensive than some of the other systems. In fact, it is cheaper than some. We use it because it is reliable and flexible. It may not be the best choice for everyone - if you are a super-budget shopper then you won't want this.
  7. Yeah, there is simply NO comparison. My 550 was VERY hard to park a rig with, relative to the 610. Night and day difference with the same trailer in the same parks. For the reason Lance A Lott stated - hitch behind the axle makes all the different in the world. MDTs have the hitch over the axle or slightly forward. Really, unless you need 4-doors I see zero attraction to an MDT. There is not a single attribute of towing that the HDT does not perform better, and there is not comparison in comfort. HDT wins every time. There are "some" reasons that people prefer an MDT, but they are pretty specialized.
  8. Probably you need to at least replace the shocks. If you have never done it, almost for sure they need doing. Also check the bushings, and the control arm. You already did the bags, or I'd suggest those as well. If all that does not work then you are sensitive to movement and the Donvel valves are the way to go. I would not do the valves until you have corrected anything else wrong. You might want to align the cab at the same time - they definitely lean over time.
  9. While it is true that some people have been ticketed for overlength it is extremely rare. And despite some peoples claims, you will not be put "out of service" you will simply be issued a ticket, pay it and go on your way. As far as an MDT and size goes - you do realize that there are short HDTs that have all the mechanical advantages of an HDT (vs. the MDT). Look at 630's and 420's. The truck pictured is a truck I owned and it was our daily driver. It was about 2' longer than my F550 and maneuvered far better. It had a 182" wheelbase. It was a great daily driver, and far more comfortable than any MDT. In new Volvo's you can get an 640 with 4-doors now, if that is a mission requirement.
  10. Depending on what you want done we would consider doing the work. Just depends on how far you want to take it...but as Glenn said, it is pretty easy to just do a couch yourself.
  11. WOW. I was thinking of moving my address to SD from TX, but not any more. Sounds like Escapees has not really done due diligence on their SD address. Not being able to buy firearms or get a CCW is akin to not getting voting rights, IMO.
  12. We have been fulltime for 19 years. All but three of those we were over 65'. In some cases, 84' (towing doubles). 15+ of those with an HDT. Never had an issue but like stated above, some have - but it is very very rare.
  13. As far as I know they all come this way...never seen one that did not.
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    Chandler also makes some of the boxes side swing. But I agree - in general I prefer side swing boxes.
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