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  1. rdickinson

    Wheel Size

    I'm not sure of the wheel brand but they are a lacquered finish which cracks like a spiderweb. I called the manufacturer and they said that was not a warranty item. So which ever you get don't run into the same problem I did.
  2. rdickinson

    Wheel Size

    I may be out in left field about this but I went thru this 6-7 yrs ago. The original tires on my Travel Supreme were 16 or 16.5's, can't recall. They were upgraded to 17.5's. I think the diameter was the same or close to it. There is a safe distance between the tires. The wheels were ordered with 1/2 or 9/16"" lugs . Mark Bruss dealt with this in a topic some years ago. I'd say, lug size and diameter of tire are two key considerations. My tires are rated at 4800 capacity and are run at about 75% of the recommended max tire pressure. Running at full pressure would make for a rough ride. Truck and trailer are both run at 90 psi, Crossfire on the rear duals and a tire pressure monitor in the cab. 17.5's are the way to go from my standpoint.
  3. Gretchen, Here's my thoughts on this as a non gearhead. I can stumble around some things but not others. With my Volvo 730, it's metric and I have very few metric tools and most things on the truck are big and heavy requiring a lot of half inch drive tools or larger. The trailer is Imperial and a lot of it can be handled with either 3/8" drive or 1/4" drive sockets. Wrenches, a standard set of Imperial. Most issues on the rig revolve around all things electrical so I have a circuit tester and various wire connectors and fuses. For parts, I talk to the repair people and carry a few parts that can fail. As far as replacing those parts, I leave it to those who can and have the proper tools. I may not have the skills to replace those parts but a truck stop repair facility would. They may not have the parts I need but then, I do. I don't mess with brakes or anything safety related because if I get into an accident and the authorities check and find the brakes out of spec they could ask why and ask for my service records. If a non professional did the work, I could be leaving myself open to trouble.
  4. rdickinson

    Washing

    Sorry, I meant RP.
  5. rdickinson

    Washing

    The railing crew showed up today, a couple of young guys. They were using a Genie telescoping boom lift. The one was clipped in with the harness, the other was on the deck which was about 10' so he was borderline. My fall was 9 ft which broke both wrists. Anyway the boom kid saw me coming and was very quick to but on his bone dome. I wanted a pic of their setup for roping off using a doorway for Glen but it will have to wait 'till they come back installing glass. With this setup the guy in the other picture could have used his fall arrest harness and clipped it on to the rope and the device in the doorway. It is pretty slick, I think you'll like it. I'll also try to get info on where to purchase. Just FYI. The other guy is gone. What State or Province are you in?
  6. rdickinson

    Washing

    In that lift you use a tie off harness. Not needed in a scissor lift. People have been catapulted out of the ones Carl posted. Driving over rough terrain amplifies boom movement. Glen, yes there is , its just not in the pic. I will post a pic of the device the patio railing guys use when they return. It's a brace across the suite entrance door with a long rope.
  7. rdickinson

    Washing

    I do FA and Site Safety on Constructions Sites. In the Orientation we caution newbies not to walk under the pump boom and to make eye contact with the operator. This happened today. Find anything wrong wit this pic. This will go to the owner of his company and he won't be back. I don't want to be the guy who deals with the results of a fall...I would but would rather not. This could happen to anyone in the HDT crowd, 13' to the top of the trailer add another 6 ft to allow for average ht to the head. That's 18-19ft for the 20 lb watermelon to hit concrete. Victoria lost a FA person 2 or 3 years ago after a worker fell from a floor 4 levels up. The worker was alive and conscious after the fall but died several days later. The FA guy crashed. I wish these guys would get it.
  8. rdickinson

    Washing

    He wasn't roped in with a harness?? They should have provided Critical stress de briefing for you with follow up available. Canadian Worksafe the equivalent of US OSHA, handed out an $800,000 fine to a firm that a young person who fell 50 ft or so and died. https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/news/2019-05/company-director-fined-after-fall-death This was 2 m, about 6'6" half the ht of the top of the Condo cab. Ya know, we in Canadia are shamefully lightyears behind the US in First Aid.
  9. rdickinson

    Washing

    How did they treat your wrists??? Volnar plates like mine? Are they still in? I had them cut mine out 'cus the thumb flexor tendon on my right hand rubbed on the plate and broke. They tried splicing it later but failed miserably so no I've got a pin in the thumb. How much range of motion up and down do you have in the wrists? Did physio make any difference in your case. Not in my case. ROM stayed at 22 degrees + - up and down on both. Isn't it fun not bein able to turn door knobs, pull on a stuck door and feel like your hand is separating from the wrist, opening anything that requires a twisting motion, pulling on sox or underwear. How about tying shoe or boot laces?? I switched to bungees for the runners and got Velcro for decent shoes. How about going to the bathroom....there's a challenge and a half. They did a full scan on me and said I didn't show signs of concussion which I find difficult to believe also no brain damage, also hard to believe. How long ago did you fall? Sorry for all the questions, just want to see how yours compared to mine. Did you get any pics of the injury, I've got some gems. Hospital bandage job, lots of bleedout. A fail there. My bandage job with Coban or Vet wrap. This was after the attempt at splicing tendons from the wring finger to the thumb. Not enough overlap so it let go. What a waste of time an money that was. Plus they left parts of 4 stitches in when they were removed. For Randy, it's ROGER, not Richard. Roger, Roger, say after me, Roger...
  10. rdickinson

    Washing

    Why am I up at 430 am PT making Eggs Benedict and on this again. A few years ago, while I was on a residential construction site, I heard a noise outside. It didn't seem normal so out I went to investigate. A roofer had slipped on the ladder about 20 ft up, got his leg caught in the rungs and fell inverted snapping his lower tib fib which stuck out the skin . He was screaming like hell. At the time, I was solo but climbed up to help how best I could pushing with my back in a hugely awkward position I was only able to get him up to horizontal so the rest of his leg slipped thru to the thigh area and the broken lower drooped down. The next door neighbour called 911, seemed like an eternity before the FD showed up with a pumper but had to call a ladder truck to hoist him up from above with a sling. In the meantime they put ladders on both sides of me with a Firefighter on each to take some of the weight off my back and someone else between the three ladders and the house to deal with the leg. To this day he walks with a limp. https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&id=9EC0838F9378A3CE0C91B64773F3DF842D50496C&thid=OIP.CVA9VXBcCrqORdg-9yqyTwHaEK&mediaurl=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2FinV-XepvtQo%2Fmaxresdefault.jpg&exph=720&expw=1280&q=aircraft+wash&selectedindex=8&qpvt=aircraft+wash&ajaxhist=0&vt=0&eim=1,6 We have one of these plane washes at the Airforce Base in Comox. If R can wait till next late April, my annual disaster trek will start in Galveston and work East then up to N Carolina. After finishing there, I could swing by his place and assemble/install one of these before heading to OK then home. For the water system a couple of these would do the trick. They may peel loose paint tho. http://www.waterax.com/product-category/fire-pumps/ The 3 will pump thru a mile of 1.5" hose and still have 20 odd lbs pressure at the end, I'm told. What does it take to get the message thru, we break not bend at our ages. Rick and I were lucky. Within a month of my mishap a gent fell off backwards from a ladder lower than mine and was killed. Some people will lose a husband, father or grandfather. Falls and eye injuries are the two easiest to prevent. I forgot exactly where RA lives but google up mobile car or RV washing services in his area.
  11. Back a couple of decades a sizeable rock between someone's duals became dislodged, flew back thru someone's windshield and took half his head off.
  12. rdickinson

    Washing

    Falls, hmm, something I have personal experience with. Randy has already had one from his truck deck as I recall and that was about 4' high. The top of the truck is a lot higher, 12-13'. Think of this, when you are looking at your trailer roof it is 5-7' above your head. When standing on the roof your head, a 20 lb watermelon is 18 ft ish above the ground. But when you are up there it appears higher or you may feel uncomfortable. Falls by people over 65 is the biggest killer in either Canada or North America as a whole. Head/neck injuries are a major source or cause of trauma on bicycle riders, that and pelvic injures and broken femurs, (big leg bone). Last year or early this year there was posted a pic on this forum of some dude climbing up over the hood and or visor to wash his roof. He figured it was a big joke...really, are you kidding me, how stupid can someone be. So everyone can blow me off and joke about it, make flippant comments...you think it's funny, ask Nigel, I've seen the zipper on the back of his neck. Ask how frightened/terrified his wife must have been when it happened.. When the ladder skated out from under me and I went down I was knocked out for an unknown amount of time. I was alone, when I came to, I managed to pick myself up, undo the back door, get to the bathroom and wash the blood from my head, go to the garage, turn the door handle open the car door, put the key in the ignition and turn it then back the suv out of the garage while palming the wheel with both hands 'cus they wouldn't work any other way and drive to a clinic a couple of miles away. All with 2 smashed wrists, a bilateral fracture. So I know of what I speak. Steve has, in my mind the best option. The Home Depot or Costco type pallet racking makes the most sense to me. The pallet racking ends at the sides of the truck. 12' wide is more than enough to straddle cab and mirrors. You would need a vertical frame extender. 1 level, the floor to stand on to clear the cab and a second set of rails at 2' above that and another safety rail at 4'. Add a toe rail at floor level to prevent things from getting kicked onto the truck roof. This is what we do on new construction balconies and roofs. Special scaffold planks, would serve as a deck. https://www.uline.ca/BL_1486/Pallet-Racks?keywords=Pallet+Racks https://www.uline.ca/BL_1612/Pallet-Rack-Additional-Beams?keywords=pallet+racking https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&id=D96EF8ACD0E1A70B5975AC3D29463E133B6EE6B2&thid=OIP.VOLk6v83q1LMQIVBaKd2aQHaKQ&mediaurl=https%3A%2F%2Fs-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com%2F564x%2F53%2F34%2F9d%2F53349d611fc85945c8268ab41ae2bee2.jpg&exph=781&expw=564&q=scaffolding+stairs&selectedindex=26&ajaxhist=0&vt=0&eim=1,6&ccid=VOLk6v83&simid=607986670261765575 You would need stairs to get up to the deck. 2 flights plus an intermediate deck to get up to a 12' or 13' deck level. Bakers scaffold would work but it would have a bigger footprint, 30" x 74" each side of the truck then you have to make a bridge to go over the truck cab. https://www.uline.ca/BL_116/Steel-Rolling-Scaffold?pricode=YA169&utm_source=Bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=scaffolding&utm_campaign=Facilities Maintenance&AdKeyword=scaffolding&AdMatchtype=p&gclid=CO6Z8Orx1uMCFfWOxQIddccCow&gclsrc=d While working for an Eastern store set up firm, I put together and dismantled acres of pallet racks. It would take some time but it is entirely do able and would be safe. A long handle broom won't reach and you can't apply enough pressure and a telescoping wand is too heavy, the arm and moment are not manageable. A bucket truck would work and be safe but would need maintenance. Little Giant makes the best ladders, spendy but the best. The cheapest method would be to pay a firm to come and do it once or twice a year. I deal with this on a daily basis, Site Safety and as a Construction Med and the refusal of people to wear PPE, fall arrest, eye protection and the improper use of ladders and scaffolding. A limb threatening shattered elbow from the improper use of a 6' drywall trigger got the kid fired. Removal of a safety rail on a patio deck over 10' high by a Temp worker got a builder a mega thousand dollar fine. This has been Randy's 3rd go round under the knife that I know of, lets hope it's the last. Like most other topics this will be up for a while until something replaces it and more people will fall and injure or kill themselves. Nothing changes.
  13. Amps or volts per wheel...I can't remember. This was last December. I could hook up the truck tomorrow and plug up the Park but can't recall what page or screen to look for. Maybe someone else can say for sure or correct me. Maybe it's in the manual. I'll e-mail The Volvo people in Port Alberni and see what they have to say about Hill hold. If it's possible, they will want the vin#. A few years ago there was supposed to be someone who worked at Volvo who had access to a computer that was able to change settings....not sure what happened, but have not heard anymore about it or him. You never know.
  14. I asked this before but didn't get an answer. The question was can the 'Hill hold feature' be programmed into a trans that doesn't currently have it. Let's see if someone can respond.
  15. I can appreciate that but it bothers me when you ask people who should clearly be in the know and they give you wrong info. One of those 12v clamp on meters with a gauge or scale will tell me there is or isn't power and how much. If it's not close to 3v then there are issues somewhere.
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