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Jack Mayer

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  1. Shifter just for Jack

    Nice. About time. Now I'm going to get flamed.... Freightliner is not really known for doing things "right"....but they sure got their autoshift right all those years ago...

    A positional weight ticket would tell the story but based on what I see, I doubt if that axle is unloaded much. I've played with a LOT of these combinations so I have a pretty good feel for it - but without weight tickets, it is hard to say for sure. Anything without data is a guess....and I'm just guessing here.
  3. Which inverter? Magnum vs. Victron

    Exactly. I buy a fair number of things direct. When I was doing solar installs I also bought some components directly. Fittings, etc. My philosophy on direct was/is that it has to be cheap enough that it is "throwaway" if it fails or is not satisfactory. Because the process of getting "satisfaction" with a problem is not "satisfactory". Really - it can be a major issue. For a home project, it is less of an issue than if you are working with a customer. You should be aware of potential problems. "How well do you do in Vegas"?? However, there are some true bargains with direct purchase. There are also some good bargains on resales/refurb equipment in the US if you look. As an example, years ago I used to acquire CPEs (networking equipment) that sold retail in the $85 range (this was well before WiFiRanger came about). On surplus purchases, I paid $1.85 per unit. Yes, you read correctly. New, in box, surplus $1.85. Whats the catch? I had to buy 1000 (one thousand) at a time. Sold them all, though. So there are deals out there if you know how to balance risk/reward.
  4. cali registration

    Hey Chad, we can title as a MH in KS for you.....on your NEW truck. And now you can bring it to Cali with you!! In fact, we have a truck NAMED "Callie" that we just converted to MH and retitled (but she is sold). Maybe its a sign that you should retire and build your dream daily driver
  5. 1st Volvo Dealer Service Experience - Tucson

    I also agree that an independent shop should always be the first choice, when available and when proprietary computer software is not required (which it usually is not). However, I take a differing view on diagnostic fees. Properly done, diagnosis is valuable. and it takes time. Why would someone expect a mechanic to spend two hours diagnosing a problem for free? Sorry, but I don't buy it. However, too many shops do just throw parts at the issue, so it is something to watch for. As for the fuel prime issue.....that can be VERY hard to figure out. Good luck on the resolution....
  6. Ramp Question

    My experience with HDPE is that nothing will chemically bond it other than to itself with heat welding. You have to mechanically attach it. I've used various epoxies and none have held for long.
  7. Volvos for sale

    Yup....it makes a big difference in the final cruise rpm at any speed.
  8. smart car ramps

    LINK $800-10% plus shipping.
  9. smart car ramps

    The ramps Brad refers to above are the ones we use and recommend. They are very strong (relatively), and the 12" width is plenty wide enough. The break-over works well on almost all deck heights - even though they specify deck heights that are typically well below HDT decks. I prefer the plate ends since it makes for a cleaner bedside, but the ones that hook on are fine too if you want to build the slot into your bed. We will have ramps that we make for our beds that will have some other features. We just have to vet the prototypes.
  10. Drinking Water System Questions

    For sure the size is an issue. I use RO water in my RV. I use a Berkey in our headquarters house where we have lots of space. I have to say, the Berkey produces superior water. Nothing else I've used is close.
  11. Drinking Water System Questions

    You could. But bear in mind most "bottled" water is simply filtered municipal water. I would not recommend a Berkey unless you are into water.
  12. Drinking Water System Questions

    I also love the Berkey. It is worth the money if you are a "water person".
  13. Volvos for sale

    That is an open-ended question. If you search here you will find some opinions. First, you have to determine your desired cruise speed. Next, you have to determine your transmission gearing and if it is OD or direct drive. Torque factors in as well in automated trans.... Then what rpm is acceptable. Then you can worry about if the rear ratio on any particular used truck will work. I can give you some examples of Volvo IShift ratios. Volvo 780 D13 XE 1750 torque I shift OD, 2.67 ratio, 68 mph cruise, 1150 rpm, 12th gear With that setup it will hold 12th in almost all hills in the midwest on the interstate. It occasionally will shift down to 11. Volvo 730 1750 torque 3.55 rear I Shift OD. Cruises 63mph in 12th at 1500 rpm. This truck is set up for mountain work. It pulls almost any mountain hill in 12th. Rarely downshifts even on steep grades at interstate cruise. But it is a burden to drive outside the mountains....noise and fuel economy suffer. You can see the difference. A direct drive might have a 2.40 or less ratio to get a decent 65mph cruise rpm. These are just examples. There is a LOT of variance based on the many factors. There are simulators that will tell you what cruise speed is varying the factors. If looking for a used truck you can make some guesses based on experience, but the best thing is to simply drive the truck. You do have to pay attention to this. We had a customer buy their own truck and they missed the fact the IShift was direct drive. They did not drive it because they were not properly licensed. They were disappointed in the cruise RPM....about 1450 at 65mph. Too high in my eyes.
  14. It's MATS Show Time Again

    If I can afford it I'll stay there too. Not sure a startup can compete with all you high rollers.
  15. It's MATS Show Time Again

    Paul, I registered today. I'll be hotelling it, likely. Hopefully, I don't have to cancel the trip....work is getting in the way of lots of things. But I "can" justify this as a work trip We are doing a CanAm loading project. I'd be interested in your wisdom there. If you email me we can chat some. jack at rvhlifestyles will work, or I think you have my personal email. I don't do PMs on this forum.
  16. Volvos for sale

    It simply means there is a remaining warranty on some of them. GATR is a class outfit, but no dealer would put a Gold warranty on a truck with those miles (and they could not, anyway). It is a remaining warranty. Which is good.....I'm not saying it isn't.
  17. Looking for generic rocker switches

    I found the same thing, even not using HTTPS. It is a shame, because his stuff may be very good. But I just move on....there are LOTS of choices.
  18. Test pic

    One of the bedrooms in our new "headquarters" house. We have improved it since the pic was taken....it is more comfortable for guests, now.
  19. Test pic


    If you can, that is the thing to do - protect the hitch. Let's face it, most of our hitches spend 99% of their time just sitting out in the weather. I wish the manufacturers would provide fitted covers. Trailersaver has them, and I had one made for my ET. But the hitch manufacturers should be offering these, IMO.
  21. There are many ways to store ramps. The simplest way is what Carl (SUitesuccess) describes above. That is the way it has been done by many people since smart's were carried. The easiest way to raise the car is with permanent steel stock that raises the car off the deck. You can use 2" and it works well. A lock mechanism that is easy to use is critical.
  22. Thinking of moving to dark side ...

    We can slide the hitch on that truck 3 notches. That was the restriction with that particular setup. We could/can engineer the hitch to slide through the full range, but it affects the spacing of other elements. Not really a problem to do - just a choice to be made.
  23. Friend lost insurance

    The picture stickie is up. C&C is under new ownership. We have been working with them on "easing" insurance issuance for our customers. They will write HDTs without restrictions (as far as I can tell), but their price is not as good as others...at least on the initial test quotes, I have done. Insurance continues to be an issue - getting good insurance at a reasonable price is possible, but it varies widely based on your particular circumstances. Farm and City will write to several companies, but as noted they have rules. I have insurance with them, and my POLICY does not have a rule that the trailer must be attached. I do have a restriction that I cannot "sleep" in my truck. That said, I am looking for a provider that has competitive rates, will write in all 48 states, and is wanting our business. We had a provider lined up, but our test policies were problematic, so they were "eliminated".
  24. Picture Posting

    Posting pictures directly on this forum is difficult. Use the tool HERE . click on the link above and it will take you to the tool. You might want to place the tool link in your bookmarks or your browser bookmark bar for ease of access. Mine is in my bookmark bar so it is always on my screen. The tool allows you to move a picture into their facility, and it will then create a proper link to paste into your post. This embeds the actual image into the post. It automatically sizes the picture appropriately. Follow the directions of the tool. Once the tool creates the image link, simply copy it and paste it into your post where you want the picture to appear. To test this, you can go to the "Test" section fo the forum and create a test post....just scroll down to the bottom of all of the sections and you will see the "Test" section.
  25. D12 losing fuel prime

    Definitely, you are not pumping it enough. You could have a pump problem, but you'll never get it with 10-15 pumps if you have a prime issue. At least I never have. If you can do it in 10 pumps, then the truck would have started with a 10-15 second key-turn.