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  1. Thanks for the replies everyone. Further research into these remote style switches has told me that they are prone to failure. I plan to replace it with a manual version. Sourcing one for an HDT seems like the only option with all the available current from the battery bank. Unfortunately, we don't get to drive it as often as I would like to so the residual draw all these trucks seem to have is a concern. Along with the between trip concern and to help with keeping the fridge running when we do get out in it, we will also add a 100 watt flexible solar panel to the top of the sleeper. I'm not sure if that would make the switch unnecessary or not? We don't leave the fridge on between trips. All the same, even with a good charge controller, we don't want to end up overcharging the batteries while the truck sits. So perhaps I just answered my own question there. BTW, the truck is a very young 2014 VNL670 D13 with 120,000 miles on the clock and a 10 speed, I never learned how to drive an automatic!
  2. Sorry if this has been addressed already elsewhere in the forum, I did do a search that didn't return any results but will be the first to admit my forum search skills are not the greatest. In my truck I have a remote battery disconnect switch located at the base of driver's seat, right near the pull ring for the jockey box. It is supposed to kill power to the truck when parked. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be working since I came out to a set of dead batteries recently. So my questions, does anyone have any experience with these? Were should I focus my search for the cause of the fault? Are these worth the effort of repairing or is there a better solution for parking? Thanks for replies! Brass.
  3. Another agent just got back to me, better late than never, and says that they would have written the policy so I'll toss his name into this post as well. Thanks to Darryl&Rita for this lead. Hub International, and specifically Jarod there (403) 777-9240. It took them a few days to get back to me but did say they would write the policy. In my case it did help that Darry&Rita were on file for them to reference how to write the policy. A big thank you to everyone that help me get this sorted out. I can't tell you all how much I appreciate your efforts.
  4. Thanks everyone, I did reach out to Gregg, and he did turn up a lead however that didn't pan out since I'm not an existing client with that company and the vehicle hasn't yet been converted. So no joy there at all. Other agents and brokers so far haven't been able to pull together anything helpful. At this point the lowest quote is $5300. This despite my 20+ years accident/claim free record and 35 years driving history. On the phone, the agents always try to be helpful but it's clear their eyes are glazing over when you say Volvo VNL670. I was waiting for a few call backs but it seems most are grouping me into facility coverage which is $$$$ since they take the policies no one else will write. *** Update*** And then Finally .... A call to Center Street Insurance, Hanna Alberta branch location (403) 857-8830. I spoke with Tia there who actually knew what an RV hauler was, answered my call. She knew that the truck isn't commercial and more importantly, knew to push it to the policy holder (SGI Canada) as a private vehicle for use as an RV. I would like to send a huge THANK YOU to rdickinson for helping me out with finding someone to sign a policy. He went way out above and beyond including making calls and reaching out to insurance companies for me. Thank you so much for your assistance. I owe you a few cold ones! Honorable mention goes out to James at Bow Valley Ins (403) 297-9414. He again understood the principals and went to the policy writers to try to get the best fit. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to get back to me in time to be able to work things out. If you are searching for insurance in Alberta, give both of these companies a call. They are agents that are willing to listen and work to earn your business.
  5. Thanks, I will call their Calgary office tomorrow morning.
  6. Hi Everyone, I need some help. I purchased a truck from the US and need to get it home to begin the conversion but have hit brick walls trying to get insurance coverage. I have tried: RV Direct - won't insure until it is registered in home province Coop - won't insure as RV until converted - but will insure as commercial for $6000 (must be paid in full up front with a substantial cancellation fee) Progressive - won't cover unless I move my home and auto to them Most others I have tried just won't cover it. Does anyone have a lead they can send me, I fly out next Wednesday to pick it up.
  7. Thanks for the replies. I forgot about the clutch brake. I have only been in semi's a few times and that was close to 20 years ago.
  8. I am very aware of that limitation! We have found the limits of articulation in our Reese hitch on a few occasions. A gooseneck may be in our future. We know that as the RV gets larger and the tow vehicle increases in weight we'll be more limited in our camping locations. We're fine with that but Yes, we are in Calgary. I have spoken with Gregg a few times and have been going through his online videos. He's a great source of information. Here is a question for those with the auto transmissions. Can you rock your truck with them, such as you would when stuck, shifting from 1st to reverse like you would with a manual to help get unstuck?
  9. Thanks again for everyone's replies. I have been to the rvhauler site many many many times and watch most of his 300 plus videos. I have even bothered him on the phone a couple times. Great guy and very knowledgeable. But, he is a business man and I respect his time enough to not want to hound him with questions he no doubt has answered a hundred times. I'm certain he is busy, likely building a truck for someone on this forum. Attending the Idaho rally in June would be great but my work calendar conflicts. The Kansas rally is possible but I won't know for sure for a few more weeks. In the meantime, I have to replace the pin box on my trailer. Seems the Moab trip has resulted in the 5th pin being partially ripped out of the box. A big deal as far as safety but a minor nuissance overall. It will give me some time to investigate the HDT while a new box is ordered.
  10. Interesting timing, I just spent a very long time ( so much for work today! ) going through the 29 pages of your build and saw the weigh ticket there. It also looks like we were in Moab at about the same time, though we were camped about 10 miles north of town and about 1 mile in off the road near the Sovereign trail.
  11. Thanks to everyone that replied, added links, offered advise, words of wisdom and of caution. It is greatly appreciated. Attending a rally certainly sounds like a great opportunity to pick the minds of those who have already been down this road. I will have to see if we can shift one of them into our work schedules. To answer some of the questions: We live in Calgary Alberta. Here we can easily register and insure the HDT as an RV once singled. Alternately we can retain the 2 rear axles and register as a private commercial truck but would require a class 1 license (CDL) to operate. As a private truck, we would not be required to pull into scales, complete log books or be restricted by hours of service. ** I'm still looking into the details of that and it has not been confirmed **. I was informed that only Ontario and Quebec don't recognize the "private commercial" status but the rest of Canada and the lower 48 do. Perhaps someone can comment. As mentioned in my initial post, we never camp in conventional camp sites. We may stop for a night on our way somewhere but that happens no more than once or twice per year, so the off-pavement limitations are a concern. I don't know what the front axle weight would be but imagine with a singled truck it would be very near 10,000 - 11,0000 lbs. Would it be better to retain the 2 rear axles rather than converting to single despite the affect to ride comfort? More so to gain (retain) the extra locking differential? Are wider front tires a viable option?
  12. Hi everyone. My wife and I have been RVing for a few years now having started with bumper pulls and then bigger bumper pulls and for the past few years we've been in a 15k lbs 5th and are looking to go to bigger again. The RV toy hauler we plan to purchase will end up at around 20k lbs. We also fully expect to be moving to something larger again in a few (5-6) years down the road. We want to upgrade our tow vehicle now before we upgrade the RV so we know what we can handle (or not handle). My current truck, a 2015 SRW Ford superduty diesel is only rated to pull a max of about 16k and the thought of buying another truck with DRW but otherwise the same is a struggle for me to wrap my mind around. So we have been looking at options and that has taken us towards HDT's. The trouble there is, we don't know what we don't know. A simple statement. Being so new to the thought of using an HDT, we don't know what questions to ask, what limitations there are, what the downsides are, what and where we will encounter hurdles or complete road blocks and how to get around those issues. Naturally we have tried to search out as much as we can, You Tube has been a great source of information and one person there has posted hundreds of vids about his business of converting Volvos for RV hauling. No doubt many of you are familiar with who I am referring to. Again, that has been a great source of information but it is only one source. Due diligence says I need to ask more questions to more people. As with any question, details help to ensure the most correct response is reached. With that in mind I'll share some information about how we use our RV. My wife and I love to travel, sometimes as much as 4000 miles (6400 km) over a 4 day weekend. We are also avid dirt bike riders, we love to travel to remote areas and explore. Not be confused with motocross riders who go to different established tracks. We ride in the woods, bush, desert, mountains, etc.. This often takes us down some narrow access roads or simply well travelled paths where we drop our RV and stay until the water tanks are empty.We never stay in full hookup RV parks, ever! While we are camped we will on occasion load the bikes into the truck to head out to ride other areas in the vicinity. We also sometimes have friends along and carry their bikes as well. Articulation between the truck and trailer is sometimes a concern. We have on occasion reached the limits of what the Reese Titan hitch pivot is capable of. We try to stay on firm ground where traction isn't an issue but have been known to get caught by Mother Nature and use 4wd to pull out. With those details in mind; 1 - What should we be looking at or for? 2 - What should we avoid? 3 - What questions should we be asking, either to ourselves, of a truck, or other source? 4 - What other information do we need? 5 - ...... No doubt many of you have been in the same spot as us an were simply unsure of the unknown as we are. We are hopeful that by asking as many questions as we can think of to as many people who will answer, that we will avoid those pit falls that we all know are out there. Thanks for your help.
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