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Shawn Patterson

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  • Birthday 07/05/1968

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    Redford, MI
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    Gadgets, Firearms, Computers, Tools, BIG trucks, all the usual "Guy Stuff"... ;o)

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  1. Dash cluster rebuild

    Here is what I got back from Southern Electronics: Shawn , Based on the information provided, we will repair: 2013 Volvo VNL 730 Cluster for $275 . This quote is all-inclusive — we never surprise you with extra fees. You get: » FREE UPS ground shipping both ways (within contiguous 48 states) » All labor for a complete overhaul of the instruments, including any recommended updates » All parts » One-year warranty on your entire cluster or module repair » Lens polishing. Note we can't remove heavy scratches, hazing or damage from spray cleaners.
  2. Best Heated Water Hose

    Camco hose has been working well for us also...
  3. Dash cluster rebuild

    Phil, You and I were talking about that a while back. The place I had found online was https://www.taninautoelectronix.com/VOLVO-VNL-Semi-Truck-Gauge-Cluster-Repair-p/volvo_semi_repair.htm $170 to replace all the stepper motors, $99 for the lighting, $99 for the speaker I also just sent a quote request to Southern Electronics at https://www.instrumentclusters.com/instrument-cluster-repair
  4. Monitoring your rig on a tablet

    Well, our travel schedule is a little haphazard right now. We are on the waitlist for a spot at Deer Run for the ECR currently as we weren't sure if we were going to be able to make it and didn't want to lock up a spot if we weren't. Regardless, I will keep this post updated as my build continues. Just waiting to hear how the Beta testing is going with Torque. Shawn
  5. Monitoring your rig on a tablet

    Yep, we're planning on being there as it stands now... I might even have something installed and running by then!
  6. Monitoring your rig on a tablet

    Al, I have a 2013 Volvo 730 and my thought is to mount a small tablet (7"-10") in the main switch area where some folks mount the backup camera. Yes, the tablet will be able to run other apps too, but depending on your tablet you may only be able to have one visible at a time like on a phone. My intention is to be able to have custom gauges with custom alert levels for the critical items like air pressure, coolant temp, and exhaust gas temp. I want an alarm when I hit 80 PSI of pressure, not 60. I like to watch the EGT when I stop to let things cool down a bit when I make a stop. I'd like to be able to load music on the tablet and stream from there rather than my phone. Those are just a few of the things I am thinking to do with mine. Shawn
  7. Monitoring your rig on a tablet

    I agree with you guys, and that is one of the great things about the Torque app, you can customize it any way you like it. Small gauges, big gauges, just numbers, bar graphs, etc, etc... Additionally, you can define at what point a gauge alerts. Want air pressure to alert at 80PSI? You can do that. Want coolant temp to alert at 200 deg? You can do that too. I don't know what options the Silverleaf product has and I'm not knocking that product at all, but Torque seems to have a much broader user base and more customizability.
  8. Monitoring your rig on a tablet

    So a while ago I started a quest for an app to give me the ability to use a tablet to build gauges to monitor items like exhaust gas temp, coolant temp, boost pressure, etc. I know a lot of these already have hard gauges or the ability to put one or two of them on the LCD, but I was looking for something with the ability to be customized. Silverleaf appears to be the only option of a software-based solution, but it didn't seem to offer the customization and layout that I was looking for. I came across a popular app called Torque Pro, but it only worked on cars/trucks with OBD II ports. I found on their forums that they had been talking about some time about supporting the J1939 protocol that most of us have on the newer trucks, but it hadn't come to fruition. Well, after reading one of the other posts today about reading codes from the computer, it prompted me to check back on the forums at Torque and low and behold the J1939 support is going into beta testing tomorrow!! Not sure what adapters will be supported, but perhaps the BlueFire adapters available on Amazon might be a good choice. Here is an example of what you might set up on a tablet. What do you think??
  9. On Board Diagnostics

    If your rig and scangauge both talk J1939 and the only issue is the connector, then I would think it would do the trick. If your rig talks ODB II and your scangauge talks J1939 then I think you are out of luck.
  10. Fluids for power steering

    Steve, According to the Volvo service guide, you should use trans fluid. Same as my 2013 VNL730. Power Steering Reservoir: The power steering fluid reservoir is filled with Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) Dexron® III for the power steering system. https://volvotrucks.vg-emedia.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=7418&GroupId=593
  11. Hdt financing

    When we initially purchased our Volvo 730 I didn't want to try and find someone to finance what was a commercial vehicle or outlay the cash from our savings to purchase the truck, so we took out a personal loan through USAA for the purchase with the idea that we would refinance once the truck was titled as a Motorhome. Even with our excellent credit the refinance turned out to be a bit more challenging than I had expected. When we took out the initial loan USAA had said they would be able to convert the personal loan to a secured RV loan once the truck was titled as such. Turns out that wasn't really true... So off I go, contacting lenders to see if anyone would finance us at a reasonable interest rate. Alliant Credit Union, RV Lending Group, Xtreme Motorcoaches, Commercial Fleet Financing and our local credit union all said "no" because we don't fit into their little box of a motorhome and they can't look up the vehicle in the NADA guide. I then tried to see if we could get a better interest rate on a personal loan and pay off perhaps half the balance from savings. Nope, no luck there either... Some of the interest rates were lower, but after the fees were added in it was worse than what we had. I was feeling a bit discouraged at that point and was about to throw in the towel when I came across Lightstream. I submitted the application and supporting income documentation online Monday afternoon, answered some additional questions they had about what the money was going to be used for on Tuesday and had a check in the bank this morning for almost the complete outstanding balance of the truck. AND the loan isn't secured by the truck so we don't have to show a lienholder on the title! The net result was a reduction in the interest rate from 10.99% to 4.74%!! Not sure if this would work out for everyone as credit and income situations are certainly unique, but these folks were great to deal with and would be worth checking out if you are considering financing an HDT.
  12. Can't believe this was available!

    Those would both be awesome!
  13. Can't believe this was available!

    Nope, no personalized plates for commercial vehicles is SD. I couldn't even get one when it was a Private Truck.
  14. Can't believe this was available!

    With so many of us domiciled in SD, I was amazed someone hadn't already snatched this up! Once I had the truck re-titled as a Converted Motorhome, I could do the personalized plate.

    Great news! Isn't it refreshing when you have a pleasant experience at the DMV??!