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  1. VOLVO TOWING 5TH DURING ROLLOVER

    Thanks for sharing. I'm sure it's hard to do, but it's good for us to learn from others, for sure.
  2. 780 trans not shifting .

    You should try to pull the codes: https://www.zf.com/usa_canada/media/zfmig_united_states/zfmig_corporate_replacement_parts_1/zfmig_service_portfolio/zfmig_class8/TP01110.pdf
  3. AIR LEAKS-I give up!

    Keep in mind the engine brake uses air too. It's a place where you could end up consuming a good amount of air.
  4. HDT Tires

    I've also got Kelly drive tires. They're the side brand of Goodyear. My mechanic uses the on their fleet and has had good luck with them.
  5. Traveling through Ontario Canada

    We've crossed from the 1000 Islands bridge into Ontario on our way to Mosport (Canadian Tire Motorsports Park). We had no issues (but YMMV).
  6. On Board Diagnostics

    Be aware the scangauge has issues with some 2008 (and other years) volvos. When I plugged it in it caused a traction control fault. They said it's a known problem and they can't fix it.
  7. Bobtail mileage

    I get 6.5 towing and 9-10 bobtail on the highway.
  8. Rear Tire Pressure

    I went from 110 to 80psi in the rear (we are dual axle). It made a huge difference in ride comfort, especially over really bad bridge joints. I do have axle weights with the trailer on, and could run as low as 70PSI according to the tire manufacturer's charts but that seems really low so I haven't tried that yet.
  9. How do you know when shocks are shot?

    I just realized I never posted a follow-up. We got 4 new drive tires installed in March. We're not singled, and the shop set all the drive tires to 110 PSI. Dropping the drive tire pressures to 80 totally changed the way the truck absorbs bumps now. It's still not a super smooth ride but it's nearly like a new truck.
  10. Found this today: https://truckyeah.jalopnik.com/we-found-out-if-a-used-big-rig-could-replace-your-picku-1686364410
  11. odd tire wear on Continental HTL2 tire

    I met with the regional Continental Truck Tire rep today. We're off to a good start. He's collected some data and pictures and is going to talk to resources within Continental. One thing he suggested is that the Conti HTR2 might be a better tire for high scrub applications as the HTL2 is focused more on low rolling resistance. He may be able to get me one to try out. For now I'm going to move the HTL2s to the center axle and see how they wear while we figure out the next step.
  12. Freightliner FL70

    I had a FL60 with a 5.9 Cummins (230HP) and a 6-speed manual transmission. It was good, but not enough power (and not enough gears to keep it in the power range). Compared to the Volvo, it was quite a bit louder and less comfortable on the highway. A class-8 truck will be a better ride with more power.
  13. odd tire wear on Continental HTL2 tire

    Yeah. I also realized that in getting out of my neighborhood I have to make 2 tight left turns, both of which require me to back up part-way thru to make the turns. My tires must hate me.
  14. odd tire wear on Continental HTL2 tire

    Doh. It's been a long week. Maybe I should try 1/4 of a 720 degree turn instead?
  15. odd tire wear on Continental HTL2 tire

    It's roughly total length. My spot might be one more towards the 'top' of the photo, not sure off the top of my head. In terms of space between my row and the row opposite us, the space is about the same length as the Volvo, so I can't imagine getting the trailer to start turning in that distance. The lot is really tight--we're forced to have less than 2' on either side of each spot, so I'm concerned about hitting something :-) The axles on the trailer are closer to the end than the middle, so it seems like the trailer is very slow to start moving. Plus I've only got a year experience parking the thing. I'll try to grab some photos of the lot next time I'm there.
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