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  1. RickW

    Ya can't do this with a LGT.

    I can't tell you how much I miss having the HDT just for simple tasks like this. With the HDT it was just load and go. Now if I need to move something that will not fit in the back of the P/U, I have to clean out the back of the P/U (work truck) so that I can get the goose neck hitched up and then load what I need to move on the trailer.
  2. RickW

    Interesting Conversation About DEF

    NAPA store brand is Peak just with NAPA's brand on it per the manager of my local NAPA store. He is selling it for $9.95/per 2.5/g jug. He sells a pallet a week and no longer keeps Peak in stock.
  3. RickW

    Facebook man pulled and fined for length

    I agree. The law is black and white on issues like length and speed. You have to make a decision and live with it and the possible consequences of your decision. How many time has somebody told you there is a grace or buffer space between the speed limit and the speed you will actually be pulled over for? They are wrong. If you speed, regardless of how much or little you exceed the speed limit, you run the risk of receiving a citation. Our HDT was in the 70'~72' range. I knew from the moment we decided to go the HDT route that we would be over length due to the Jeep. I was wiling to accept the risk of an length citation as I rationalized that all the advantages of the HDT vs P/U justified the risk. I definitely prefer to be within the letter of the law but I felt the safety the HDT provided for the weights of trailer/Jeep justified the risks of a length citation. Over the course of 7 years, 80k miles and 35 states, I never had an issue with my length (or anything else). While I never had any problems, I was fully aware that my luck could have changed at any time and I could be issued a citation. If I had received a citation, just like a speeding citation, I would have dealt with it and moved on. A single citation for length would not result in me making changes to my setup. As for signage, I feel it is a double edge sward. It can both help and hurt you. In the case of the setup that is the reason for this thread, I think it was one of many factors that led to him being pulled over. Again if it looks like a duck ...... At the ECR there was a gentleman with a older truck with signage on the door. The truck was retired from his now defunct family business and for nostalgic reasons he opted to keep the signage on the door. He was aware that the signage put a target on his back (or door). He carried all the usual paperwork to show the truck was now a RV in addition to paperwork that showed the prior family business had been shutdown. Obviously he was aware that this could be a conversation he could be having on the side of the road or possibly in court. For him the nostalgic reminder of the family business was worth the risk. We all have different tolerances for the risks that are and are not acceptable to us.
  4. RickW

    2018 East Coast Rally.

    I just want to know why Carl arranged for that white stuff that fell from the sky last night and this morning .....
  5. RickW

    East Coast Rally Email- All Registrants

    Carl, If the majority of the people who did not receive the email are Gmail/Google users, you(David) can contact Gmail about getting "white listed". I periodically have to do this for my companies myself. Google is very aggressive about spam. It is estimated by some industry gurus that spam make up approximately 75% of all eMail sent. With the infrequency of you sending out blast eMails and not being white listed, Gmail assumed you were spam due to receiving multiple eMails with the same content basically simultaneously.
  6. RickW

    Good news for HDT's in CA (maybe)

    Just like the conversion process is going to very by state, so is the policy of issuing a new VIN. Texas for example does not issue a new VIN. When titling as a motorhome from truck, only the body type on the title is changed.
  7. RickW

    ECR Cooler Needed

    Carl, Finally back in town and got a chance to look. Will this work for you?
  8. RickW

    ECR Cooler Needed

    Carl, I should have what you need. Let me get back home and make sure it is still in the shop and somebody has not already helped themselves to it and I forgot who!
  9. RickW

    Proper Use Of Volvo Jake Brake

    The higher the RPM the more effective the brake will be. Also the lower the gear, the more effective the brake will be. In 10th @1500rpm the brake will seem gentle. In 5th @1500rpm it feels like it is going to throw you through the windshield when on high. As for position, I always found myself flipping between the two going down the grade. Basically when I was slowing down to a speed I felt was too slow, I would switch the position from high to low. On less steep grades I would often switch between low and off. What you will find is with the exhaust brake it is not a set and done. You are going to find yourself adjusting the setting frequently for the moment. Once you get it figured out on how it works best for you, you will find your foot is only on the service brake for complete stops.
  10. RickW

    Looking for generic rocker switches

    This is what I did: You can find the switches and several options in the WayTek catalog.
  11. RickW

    class A license form

    I bought a New Class A DP last year. I was never asked to sign or even told that I would need a minimum Class “B” to legal drive my new purchase. Of course I already had a Class “A”.
  12. RickW

    Wording on the title

    The procedure will very by state. In Texas, for example, I had to fill out an affidavit that states that I have done the conversion. Then file a transfer of title. The new title was issued as a "MH" instead of a "TK".
  13. RickW

    Flat tow automatic jeep

    My 2014 Wrangler is manual but as posted just put the transfer case in neutral and the transmission in gear and away we go!
  14. Send in Newt for the negotiations .... he is ruthless!
  15. RickW

    Why HDT + 5er vs Class A + Toad?

    As for the question of which is better, the answer is the one that works best for your lifestyle. We did 12 years in 5th wheels, 7 pulling with an HDT. 9 months ago we sold the HDT/5th and purchased a Diesel Pusher. There are +/- to both setups. In the end, it is our current lifestyle and the way we are currently traveling that make the DP a better choice for us. We miss our HDT but absolutely love our DP and do not regret making the switch. When trying to compare the difference between the two different setups, make sure you are doing an Apple to Apple comparison. For example, in my case I purchased a brand new motorhome. If we purchased a new 5th wheel, odds are we would not have purchased a new truck (nothing at all wrong with our old HDT), so it would have been much cheaper to purchase a new 5th wheel. But because we purchased new MH everything was new, including the drivetrain. So to purchase a new 5th wheel and HDT (for a Apple to Apple comparison) that would be equivalent to the MH purchase and would have put us in the same ballpark financially in the end. GVW/GCVW has to be looked at and closely watched regardless of which setup you decide on. In Mark's case he downsized so keeping all his stuff and keeping within his weight limits is now more challenging but he is now able to get into places he was previously unable to with his now shorter length. I on the other hand went from a 40' 5th wheel to a 45' DP with a tag axle. My GVWR is 49k. At the rally, I weighed in @ just under 43k. So I can carry more junk (as long as I distribute it correctly, I am currently at the limit for my front axle but I also have my tools and other heavy stuff towards the front that could be moved to the rear). I also now have a much longer wheel base and no longer bend in the middle. So getting into some of the same places are now more difficult than it was previously. Unless you are willing to pull doubles or have another driver follow with the toad, I do think the MH gives you more choices and flexibility over the HDT. Our HDT was setup for carrying a Jeep Wrangler. So we were limited to the Jeep or something smaller for a toad (so not many options). With a Smart car deck you are basically limited to just a Smart car. With the MH we can take the Jeep or the P/U. Witch ever is best for our needs for the trip we are making. Of course a 5th wheel toy hauler opens up the toad possibilities but a car that is parked in the living room is not an option (at least that is what I am told) around here. So like I said, the best one is one that fits your lifestyle.