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  1. HushMat?

    It's pricey, but I think you would be happy with the dynamat products you used back in your audio days. On my last dually I had plans to do some audio, lighting, etc,. so when I got the truck I completely stripped the interior and got to work with the dynamat and prewiring. I used dynamat extreme on every sheet metal surface I could find. Floors, exterior door skins, pillars, back wall, firewall, everything but the roof (didn't trust my interior skills enough to muck with the headliner). Then stuck all the scraps to whatever little bits of surface that was left. Then I used dynaliner between the door panels and door structure, and behind any other interior panels. I never did get as much audio done as I expected, but the thing was amazingly quiet inside. For normal driving conditions literally the loudest thing on the truck was the wind whispering against the glass. Actually kind of worried me how quiet it was, couldn't hear ticks and clunks and rattles that I'm programmed to listen for to head off mechanical problems. I want to say I spent about $500 on the materials, and I would hate to guess what a shop would charge for the labor. But it sounds like you have that part covered. I don't know if you have any classic car / hot rod type swap meets out your way, but there is always a vendor at the shows around here that has what seems to be the exact same thing as dynamat (without the name brand) on a huge 4' wide roll and he just cuts off what you need. And way cheaper. http://www.dynamat.com/automotive-and-transportation/automotive-restoration/dynamat-xtreme/

    I certainly won't be doing any second guessing. Sitting here in my arm chair, it is easy to see which way the lane goes, but at 60 mph in construction, that orange "S" sign sure looks like it is directing onto that sharp right between the cones. Absolutely no blame there, could happen to anybody. I'd have done the exact same thing, once committed to the exit, the only course it to stick with it and do your best. A swerve left back into the travel lane is a guarantee of the whole rig in the barrier. That was the correct choice to make in the circumstance. Even brand new and properly adjusted electric brakes are marginal at best, but certainly no issue here. By the time the swerve is made and the right foot is on the brake pedal, the trailer is already over, no amount of trailer brake would have helped in that situation. It is just unbelievable how quickly the trailer comes around and goes over.. Also unbelievable you can't even tell in the video there is a problem unless you look at the mirror. And the good news of course is the truck did the job, controlled and safely stopped the trailer and everybody was safe. If that was a pickup the whole rig would have been upside down in a ball. Testimonial to the hdt decision. Glad everyone came out safe. Thanks for sharing the video.
  3. How I spent my day on Monday

    Wow. Fiver, a lot of folks on the forum respect your normally professional opinions on hdt issues that you have knowledge of. I'm thinking a lot of those same folks, like me, just lost of bit of respect with that post. You went out of your way to repeatedly try to insult and belittle another forum member. Not just offering a differing opinion, but replying with insults. Tom, you have had a lot of valuable posts on this and other forums, and don't let that slow you down a bit.
  4. Do you see anything wrong in these pictures

    Now THAT has to be a first on the forum. Creative thinking. Be sure to read your state laws on that, here in Ohio it as to be 25 years old AND " Used only for special events and activities, such as parades". Kind of like the other examples in this thread, convincing that cop at the gate that pulling your race rig falls into the same category as driving it in a parade would be the trick. Not that I'm criticizing, my old Harley has a historical plate, and you know it is an amazing coincidence, whenever I'm on that bike I'm coming or going from a memorial run or some such...
  5. Hitch pin box

    No question a straight down pin box will have less stress on your frame than the silly long extensions that usually come on rv fifth wheels. Coming from having race trailers where all the pin boxes are straight down, all these extended rv pinboxes always look like they would ruin the trailer frame. Sounds like you plenty of clearance from the truck to the trailer to do it. I am assuming you also have extra room between the front of the trailer and the back of the cab and/or any deck cargo? It will also put a few hundred pounds of pin weight on the truck due to the shorter wheel base on the trailer, which will also make it just a little easier to maneuver backing. All to the good. Here is an article on different pin box configurations: https://www.etrailer.com/faq-measuring-a-fifth-wheel-pin-box.aspx You should be able to determine which "long" pin box you have and order the corresponding "short" style box to bolt right on without having to fabricate one. clarification: that article is to order a fifth airborne pin box, but the dimensions and oem part numbers are useful to find a straight down box.
  6. Bike over truck bed, with 5ver

    I can't imagine any way to mount two bikes to the truck behind the cab where they don;t get crushed in a tight turn. I mount two bikes or one three wheeler on a bike rack on the front of the fiver. On a pickup they are within a foot of the window of the truck going straight and the only reason that works is they swing with the trailer out of the way of the pinch point between the trailer and the cab on a turn. We just pitch them in the back of the truck if we are going somewhere after parking the trailer. Only options I can see to keep them on the truck all the time would be over the cab or in front of the bumper. I'm thinking in front of the bumper (and therefore all the lights) is questionable legality but you see folks do it all the time. And bikes on the roofs are not that high either, certainly nowhere near as high as the trailer, again you see lots of car/suv folks with bikes on the roof.
  7. Staying in a parking lot

    While highly unlikely in something as hopefully well built as a major retailers parking lot, heavy vehicles in hot temperatures have been known to dent asphalt over time where the tires sit. The leveling jacks can put an inordinate amount of weight on a single jack trying to get it level. The automatic leveler doesn't know if the coach is going up, or the jack is sinking, it just keeps on trying to level. Also assuming a small footprint. The larger area the load is spread out with a board or jack pad, the less likely damage to the surface. I've personally seen a tongue jack with no board bore right through the asphalt to where a floor jack was needed to get the trailer back on the truck. Asphalt may look like concrete, but it is basically gravel glued together with some tar.
  8. Messing with a warranty sales man

    My favorite trick. I answer the phone at work with "thanks for calling... can I help you?" And it is some annoying unsolicited sales call. So if I'm bored and need a laugh, I start with "you're kidding? we were just talking about that in the office. You may have saved me some shopping. I've got a customer on the other line, let me put you on hold a minute while I finish up." Which is of course a lie, but I stick them on hold and go back to what I was doing. Let a few minutes go by, pick the line back up: "still there? Good! I'm really interested, just can't get rid of this customer, bear with me." Back on hold for a few more minutes. And so on as long as they can take it. I can usually string them out for 10 or 15 minutes. If they are going to waste my time, I do my best to waste theirs.
  9. Interesting Teton

    I guess you are exactly right, it comes down to what we are all comfortable with. I worked with propane all my life and I can see, hear, and smell a gas leak before it kills me. By comparison electric is silent and invisible and scares the heck out of me to work with on any serious level.
  10. Interesting Teton

    Just curious, not arguing with anybody, but what is it you think is unsafe about gas? I worked in the family propane business from when I was old enough to fill a tank on the dock until about 35, and treated with ordinary common sense nothing really more unsafe about propane than electricity. And definitely far safer then the gasoline and diesel we all take for granted.
  11. My "is that enough truck?" story wasn't with the camper. We were in the Keys backing up to the boat ramp with just our 14' kayak strapped to the deck, and by the time we get out of the truck all the scruffy old liveaboards hanging around the dock are all cackling amongst themselves. "You sure you got enough truck for that big old boat?"
  12. Meanwhile in Canada

    Just gotta pick the right drive thru. I've had a 28' straight truck thru Wendy's, and the Topkick on many occasions.
  13. PepsiCo Orders 100 Tesla Electric Trucks

    You are correct on the Prius. I just named that one off the top of my head. But the fleet program my truck fell under was all "low emissions vehicles" as defined by the government at the time. My Topkick does not have an extension cord either.
  14. PepsiCo Orders 100 Tesla Electric Trucks

    Still works that way, but you only need one IFTA sticker and they allocate the taxes to the states you drive in by the miles you report. You don't have to have a separate fuel sticker and report to every state individually any more.
  15. PepsiCo Orders 100 Tesla Electric Trucks

    The government subsidizing alternative fuels fleet vehicles is nothing new. My 6500 Topkick is a former Schwann's ice cream truck that runs on propane. Due to it's extremely low emissions the government was (is?) giving tax credits for each propane powered vehicle placed in service, along with a list of other fuels like CNG and electric. For decades Schwann's entire fleet ran on propane for that and other reasons. The fleet program was separate from the consumer program for folks buying a Prius and such. The whole concept advertised as "zero emissions" vehicles annoys me to no end. That statement only applies to "zero emissions" at the (non-existent) tailpipe. Unless you have it plugged into your own personal windmill to recharge, it is not "zero emissions", is is just shifted emissions. The tailpipe emissions are shifted to the smokestack at the coal fired power plant. Yeah, the view across town in LA might be better, but it ain't helping West Virginia a bit. For the most part EV's are NOT paying any road taxes. FRT and SRT is collect at the fuel pump by the gallon. Zero gallons, zero taxes paid. This is not just a problem with EV's, but high mileage vehicles in general are putting both the states and the federal highway fund in a pinch. Lots more miles traveled per gallon, which equates to more wear and tear on the roads per tax dollar collected. States are looking at ways to implement a per mile tax to add to or replace the current road tax, and some are trying pilot programs. You would have to report annual mileage or have an electronic device on your car to log it. Sort of like how the truckers have to report their mileage from each state traveled to fairly allocate the fuel taxes paid to the states where it was actually used. To me this is WAY too big brother having an electronic device reporting to the government in my own personal automobile, and they send me a bill. On reflection, I guess that is not that different than an EZ Pass transponder, it simply converts EVERY road into a toll road. I guess both of which are fairly big brother.