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  1. Could you post a couple pics of your tank?
  2. Jay, This was a big part of why I went with the 3500. Prior to the permanent install, my plan is to place the genny in it's final location and see the level of noise in the cab as well as how audible it is from around the truck. This should give me a starting spot of how much sound deadening will be required.
  3. Many thanks for all the helpful feedback. Roger described the space perfectly. The truck does have regen, so everything needs to shifted slightly aft. The dimensions of the genny are 22.75L x 17.3W x 20H, so I still think mounting it behind the flip-out fairing is doable with the front of the genny facing out. For now, I'm going to move forward with the gas unit and will look at diesel options down the road. Here is a pic of the external tank configuration I'm considering. If mounted above the genny, it appears to be a simple gravity feed system without the need for a pump. Here are rubber mounts that are also available which could help with the vibration issue. In regards to the electrical aspect, what pitfalls do I need to avoid? As I said, I'm not going to be doing the work myself, but want to be able to better understand the specifics of what needs to be done in order for the genny to power most of the items inside the cab. Thanks again, gentlemen. Your assistance is invaluable.
  4. Considered diesel, but the HF was on sale, so price was a part of the decision. Also we're not full-timers yet, so the genny may sit for weeks or even months between uses and I was told diesels need to be run regularly to avoid issues. As for grime, I have a custom cover for the unit that should provide at least a little protection.
  5. We recently purchased a HF Predator 3500 generator and our plan is to install it below the passenger's side cab of our 780. For any of you that have done a Volvo genny install, I'd love to hear about lessons learned and any tips & tricks. I'd like to build as much flexibility as possible into the install including using an external 6 gallon gas tank and enabling the addition of a conversion kit to use 30/40# propane tanks sometime in the future. Currently the target location is a large open space behind the passenger's side body panel, so all the brackets and supports would need to be fabricated from scratch. The fabrication seems to be the easy part of the project versus getting the genny successfully hooked into the truck's electrical system. I'm leaving all of this to professionals, but just want to be educated about what's possible/safe/recommended. Ideally, we'd like to power the interior lights/fridge/microwave and 110 outlets without having to idle the truck. For A/C, we're considering a small 8K BTU portable unit that could store in the passenger's side closet and mounting the exhaust hose out of the passenger's window when in use (will likely require modifications as the truck window isn't square like in a house). The unit would be plugged into one of the 110 outlets. The units we've looked at max out at less than 7 amps, so the genny should easily be able to handle the load. If I've missed something (highly likely) or am going down a road that ends in blue smoke and tears, please feel free to offer guidance. We'd like to use the truck without a trailer in the near-term, hence the project. Thanks in advance for any assistance.
  6. First, has anyone replaced the various interior dome lights in their 780 with LED bulbs? If so, where did you source them? Second, in looking at the interior of the passenger side "coat closet", there are mouldings within the walls that suggest it might be possible to install shelves in this space. Has anyone done this? Thanks in advance for any assistance.
  7. Ideally for those full-timers that have owned/experienced both, how would you compare the overall build quality of pre-2015 DRV (Mobile/Elite Suites) versus New Horizons? NH's reputation seems to be very close to the gold standard when it comes to "built like a tank", but DRVs were the most prevalent brand at the Kansas rally we attended, so it seems they make a good product as well. I'm leaving Spacecraft out of the discussion at this point as they seem to be on another level altogether (with prices to match).
  8. The DW and I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are putting our house in MD up for sale in the spring and beginning the fulltime lifestyle soon after. These forums have already provided an incredible resource for information, but we are hoping to begin both an online and offline dialog with a veteran FT couple who are willing to mentor us through this exciting, yet anxiety-ridden chapter. We attended the Kansas rally in 2017, so we know just enough to be dangerous. Our focus right now is getting on the road, not so much being on the road. The logistics of this transition are beyond daunting and being able to learn from those that have been where we are would be a tremendous resource. The mrs is a retired US Navy officer, so those in the military family would be especially helpful. Our current plan is to establish residency in SD, but we're willing to entertain other states. We will be in the Tricare health system. We recently purchased a Volvo 780 with a hauler bed and will likely purchase the fiver/smart after our house sells. We hope to pay this gesture forward in the years ahead after we get our feet underneath us, but for now, we are information sponges and want to soak up all the wisdom we can find. Much thanks in advance for those willing to lend a hand.
  9. Some very well thought out and valid points. Thanks to everyone for their input.
  10. As the tiny house movement seems to be accelerating at breakneck speed, has anyone considered one as a full-time alternative to a fiver? The build quality has the potential to be sticks and bricks-grade and a possible quasi-second floor on the larger models would appeal to some. The lack of slides is obviously a major negative. Just wanted to see if anyone had researched going in that direction. Thanks.
  11. RandyA, thanks for bringing up the topic of insurance. I never considered that angle. Buying an older unit and putting considerable dollars into a remodel only to find out that you're covered for a fraction of your total outlay if anything happens is a real concern. Has anyone else dealt with this issue specifically when sourcing insurance for an upgraded fiver? A stated value policy would be ideal, but maybe there are alternatives that provide at least marginally more coverage than just book value.
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