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  1. Pug

    M2 Recall

    Those that own a freightliner m2, see below: More than 1,200 model year 2012-2015 Freightliner and Western Star tractors are being recalled over an issue that could cause a tie rod failure, according to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Daimler Trucks North America alerted NHTSA of potentially 1,256 trucks that could be affected, however DTNA estimates that only 1 percent of recalled trucks are affected. Trucks included in the recall are: 2012-2015 Freightliner 114SD 2012-2015 Freightliner Business Class M2 2012-2015 Freightliner Cascadia 2012-2015 Freightliner Coronado 2012-2015 Western Star 4900 According to NHTSA documents, in certain front axle, brake lining and brake spider combinations, braking can cause high vibrations, resulting in the failure of the tie rod tube. A tie rod failure would cause a disconnect between the front wheels, resulting in a loss of steering. DTNA will begin notifying affected truck owners on Sept. 24, and dealers will replace brake linings, brake spiders and tie rods for free. Owners can contact Daimler customer service at 1-800-547-0712 with recall number FL782. NHTSA’s recall number is 18V-503.
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    RAm 4500 DRW Question

    Its not so much what can you tow with the truck, its what you can stop with the truck. I can speak of many stories with towing and failures. Please think beyond moving the load and think about stopping the load and what to do when the trailer brakes fail. It not if they fail, its when they fail and they will ! Truck manufacturers have nothing too loose if you have a serious accident and kill someone with your setup. You however have everything to loose. Be safe, be smart, and never forget about failures and what can the truck do when everything behind the hitch fails.
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    Park snobs?

    All that counts in this world is your family, your special spouse, and you ! When you are happy, your spouse is happy, the world is great and wonderful ! Ignore those folks and enjoy your life, your toys and your surrounding ! What goes around comes around. Steve and Kirk said it well.
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    Steel or Aluminum Drom box

    If you go aluminum, have it painted, lined, something done to the inside before you put stuff into it. I have all Aluminum boxes and yes, can be fancy on the outside, the inside is a screaming since anything rubbing against the ali turns black and transfers onto everything else. What ever you do, Do not get diamond plate on the inside, it tears through everything also.
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    freightliner hitch plate

    Thank you !
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    freightliner hitch plate

    An average (please note the word average) commercial fifth wheel is designed for a 55,000 lbs pin weight and 150,000 lbs pull weight. A semi trailer is designed to flex and twist from side to side. Its all part of the design including the hump in the center. At average 78,500 lbs loaded truck weight, the truck flexes also and everything works together. A quality built RV hitch is designed for a 8,000 lbs pin weight and a max of 32,000 lbs pull weight and is also designed to pivot from side to side along with front to back because the usage models are completely different. Now take that same truck and attached it to an RV with much lighter loads, lighter trailer tires and different frame structure, you change everything. Now the weight of the commercial king pin is not there anymore so the tractor does not flex, the tires designed for 80K loads are stiff and so the RV has to absorb the flex. On a multi-pivot head, that takes the forces. Installing a multi-pivot commercial hitch does not work either, because the pivot springs are designed for high weights. An air ride pin box for an RV does not pivot side to side, so that force is still not dealt with, it just adsorbs the up and down jolts . Now depending on how the RV frame was made, where the steel came from (not all steel is the same), how it was welded together, how it was designed, how it was braced for torsional forces and much much more, some may work on a commercial hitch and many will not. It also depends on your driving, locations, roads and much much more if that RV is going to survive. Just because it has worked for one person does not mean is will work for another. At the end of the day, decision and responsibility is that of the owner. Yes I could slide my commercial fifth back far enough to hookup to my RV and head out, I will not because I understand that could happen and just not worth it. Same reason why I do not hookup a commercial flatbed to my RV hitch, I could, pin is the same size, but I understand the weight differences and forces at play and just not worth it. Hope that helps.
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    dash cam, back up cameras

    Look at Rexing .... Damn good stuff and great customer service. Going on over 2 years, zero problems and abused like hell. I accidentally broke the mount for the rear camera, called them wanting to order a replacement and they sent me a complete new rear camera setup. https://www.rexingusa.com/ I have they stuff in our vehicles,
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    Freightliner M2 accesary wanted

    Anything up to a 2013 M2-102 will fit a 2015 Sportchassis. They are all the same. Even the new 2019 rolling off the Freightliner assembly line are exactly the same. With Sportchassis, the year means nothing. They are still selling 2013 truck that has been sitting outside for 5 years and calling it a "Limited Edition Model" with a build date of the current year. You have to look at the truck build date stamped on the driver side door. My SC is was built in 10/2014 (called a 2015 model), converted by SC and purchased in 2016 (date they stamped) and I purchase items for it online with a model of 2013. Lots of website do not go to 2015 for M2's, they stop at 2013. Exception is engine and drive train parts.
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    Private rv not for hire

    California regulations are so bad that not even the CHP is able to answer the questions ! Cannot tell you how many times I visit the CHP office and present them with questions and get a blank stare ! I ended up carrying so much documentations to protect myself that I will need a bigger rig for the paperwork alone. Getting harder and harder to live here.
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    Private rv not for hire

    In California, those signs seem to be a calling card for CHP & DOT. Been there and done ....
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    24 hours in Hell - Gordon Ramsay T.V. show

    The design and build of that trailer was something interest to watch, it was done around 3 years ago. That was truly thinking outside the box !! No space wasted on that trailer, sea container and more. Fully self contained. A lot of folks can be fed at once with that thing.
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    Hitch - Rock and Roll side to side

    Since the sides of the truck are large and very visible, it make the trailer look like it moves more than before. You now have visible references where you did not with the pickup. Does the hitch have the multi-pivot head ?
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    M2-106 Front Sway Bar End Link Bushings

    Oh BTW, when you put the poly bushing and grade 8 or better hardware on the top, after a while the lower bushing on the sway bar seems to go to hell .... Tracking down the poly version of that and will post the part number when available.
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    M2-106 Front Sway Bar End Link Bushings

    Be careful, rough roads, windy roads seem to tear apart the cheap factory rubber ones ... Another thing that also works well for grove steering is steering stabilizer made by safe-t-plus. I use that on my trucks, works very well, so much that is helps show you excessive slop in the ball joints and king pin .... http://www.safe-t-plus.com
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    Cameras for truck/trailer

    The system I put together records 4 channels in parallel with GPS data, date, time and speed. The requirement I had was it had to solid state, no moving parts at all, as compact as possible, easy to get to. The voyager unit I have is this: http://www.jensenrvdirect.com/voyager-4-camera-switch-box.html I have 4 cameras ... Front, Rear, Left & Right ... I have an additional camera on the tow ball, but if I needed I could expand that to have more by using an aux port to switch controller to gain up to 4 additional cameras. I used this DVR unit: https://www.supercircuits.com/advanced-solid-state-mobile-dvr-mdvr21sd I used then a 4 voyager 'Y' cables and made a proper wire harness to connect the two units. Voyager does it thing and the DVR does it using one set of cameras. So what I see on my display is what is being recorded by the DVR. I hope that helps. The unit is extremely compact and has some great features. Its limited to your imagination and skill set. I also have the wireless ethernet module so I can do remote control without cabling into it. -Roberto