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  1. Keep us updated on what you find out.
  2. Thanks for the information all, I live on the east side of South Dakota, and we can have great weather on one side of the state, and all h@ll breaking loose on the other side of the state. So chains it is. and now the next question... how much clearance would you need for snow chains? Also hadn't heard about drag chains, a new nugget of knowledge to remember. We'll be running either i29 north and south or I90 east and west until we retire full time. So we are definitely running on the northern tier of states until later on. Thanks all!
  3. So while everyone is ducking inside to hide from the heat advisories, thought I would quick post this, since I ducked inside for a bit as well. For those that venture into snow areas, what do you use for traction in snow? I am going with fairly aggressive tread pattern, but I know that doesn't solve everything. I've seen chains, ratchet cleats. Whats being used? Any horror stories of items to stay away from? Thanks everyone, finally have my 2007 Volvo!
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    Applying Decals

    Definitely water and a bit of soap to help squish things around, makes it much more mobile. Cool temperatures really help as well, and as mentioned before always in the shade. Good luck on the project!
  5. A quick question - how much does a complete windshield replacement cost?
  6. Posting this since it is a manual, and I need an automatic. I do not know seller or the truck. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2281009518877815/?ref=messenger_banner Seller's Description Very nice truck 800,000 miles deleted Cummins 13 spd fridge TV inverter tri pac apu like new tires and brakes truck needs nothing ready to go to work. Only reason for selling is I bought a pre elog. Seller's name is Greg Larson.
  7. Thanks for the info! Its going to take some time to hunt something down, and I am seeing a lot of people upgrading, I don't mind doing a bit of work on an older vehicle especially if it is electrical. Just need to find something mechanically sound and I can build up from there. Would love a 780, but need something for work for a couple years, then the 780 becomes a possibility.
  8. Has anyone run into issues getting sensors and parts for the earlier Volvo auto trannys? Starting to look, don't mind starting out with something older since we have a fairly active market for race car haulers.
  9. Sorry to hear about the problems. We had a house that we rented out for a while, renters had started trashing it, got them out. I couldn't believe in just a couple weeks what they had done. I will never have rentals again as well. Good luck on the repairs and hopefully they won't be as bad as expected.
  10. We are starting to earnestly look at larger campers now, in particular the Montana High Country 384, anyone have any experience with it? Also since it is a longer camper, we went from 21' to 28' ( that seemed giant in comparison), but for living space and after a weekend of rain camping one weekend we decided on definitely needing more space, and walking space for the pups. I know we're out for alot of State and National parks with something this size, but willing to compromise and camp nearby. Thanks everyone!
  11. Absolutely agree with you richfaa . It's defintely a boom/bust operation along with the economy. There are so many brands and models and everyone's tastes change so quickly that they are fighting that aspect as well, again high demand for some, while others languish on the lots.
  12. I'd love to see him in South Dakota with our high winds. Our F150 and a 28' camper with sway bars kept me busy. Chuck
  13. Brad, Thanks, beats moving 140 pounds worth of dogs in and out. I'd be happy just setting up the ramp. Chuck
  14. Thanks everyone, I think we'll be going with the pet loader, especially with Roxy, she can do a ramp now, but I know that we have very limited time that she can still do a ramp. Gibson is just turned two, so we're hoping to have him around for quite a while. As for costs - it's like tools, you can buy a good one and have it last your lifetime and pass it on, or you can get something cheap, and more than likely have to replace it a few times in your lifetime. I'll check on demo models, but it won't stop me from buying one if I need to buy new. Thank you everyone!
  15. Thanks will check that out. I know my back will appreciate that ramp!
  16. Sounds like an awesome trip! Just don't plan on running the north route over winter time. We will be -17 this Thursday night, not good to be in camper. Waterlines break, and generally the north is just a place to stay away from over the middle of winter. Summer is wonderful, South Dakota has Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone Park is west of us, and to the north is the Theodore Roosevelt park in Medora, ND. There is so much to see, have the family pick spots they might be interested in, and then start setting routes. Also recommend a really good GPS to help you out in your travels, I bought a DEZL 770 truck GPS to help out with height restrictions. DO NOT just rely on the GPS, got to watch overhead with a camper, but it helps The US is big, very, very big compared to what most folks from Europe expect. As for keeping things cheap - always try to eat at the camper, or backpack with snacks for the kids when on the trails. Food costs will get very expensive, and when stocking up the camper , always try to get to a bigger grocery store to increase savings. Plenty of good tips on here!
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    Pets & Trucks

    Looks like we may start looking in earnest this year for a truck, we've already got the 5th wheel decided. But wife wants to just take the truck on a few weekend jaunts to get the dogs used to the new mode of travel. I have 2 dogs both about 70 pounds and really don't want to hoist them up into the cab using armstrong power. So what are people using for ramps or stairs for pets. Wife and I can both get in ok, but lugging dogs in and out is going to get old really quick for me. Especially since I have one that likes to fling itself off the couch at me like Dino jumping on Fred Flintstone. The one that loves to fling itself off the couch at me, also always wants help to get up onto it's couch or bed, so one is fairly lazy, and the other one is getting up in years, and needs help just getting into a pickup truck.
  18. thanks for the info! Getting a new to me truck, and 5th wheel to follow. Thanks!
  19. A few years ago I had been on and there was a conversation about a dealership in Texas, this site also listed what their campers had sold for the previous year. Does anyone have that site? Are they still in business? Thanks all!
  20. castlewood57

    Bought a HDT

    Congratulations, on the purchase!
  21. take it down to one splitter, and if that 3 way splitter meets specs. I'd go with MNTOM as well.
  22. castlewood57

    Bikes on deck

    For those of you with extra toys, I'd like to find out what the consensus is for getting motorcycles and spyders up on the truck deck. My wife has a Can Am Spyder and I have a 1500 C90, motorcycle. Looking at building up a deck to handle both, we are keeping it a double, since it will be hauling grain carts for a while. Thanks everyone.
  23. I just may have to take her to do some test driving. I'd like to travel, and she does as well, but seeing the wincing from pain slows down any ideas for big travel unless we get things under control. Thanks Dollytrolley and everyone else for suggestions as we try to figure out plans.
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