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TomNGina

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    North Texas
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    HDT, Fulltime, Traveling the slow road to enjoy what this country has to offer.

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  1. TomNGina

    Let’s Discuss Harbor Freight

    I picked up the earthquake 20 volt high tourque 1/2 inch rap gun what a beast that thing will knock off the lug nuts on my truck with out batting an eye. Many other tools I have gone to since I am not using them to make a living it only makes sense to look for what you can get by with....... need to get that wrench into a tight spot grind it down and make it a specialty tool for a 1/4 of the cost.
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    CSX Train Hits Semi at Crossing

    No this is not true to some extent it depends if the track is signaled or not if it is not then it does nothing. If it is signaled it depends on where the train as to what signals will do. It is also against the federal law to do anything with the track you are not authorized to do. In other words the only people that can shunt a track is a signal man or management working with a signal person for testing purposes. The only person that is allowed to do anything with a track is a track worker and signal persons. Even an operating craft person cannot only fired but fined if caught manipulating signal systems.
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    CSX Train Hits Semi at Crossing

    Well now being the guy that rides in the cab of that train nothing makes your butt pucker more than having this view from the front window rolling along at track speed and your impact is a mere 15 foot in front of you. Here is what it is like in the cab of a freight engine. " SOB we are going to hit'em, Plug it!!!" (put train into emergency) and yell, "hit the deck!" (lay on the floor of the cab) all the while holding your hand on the horn blowing it non stop until the train stops moving. Some of the tails I have heard in the past are pretty scary. One time hitting a truck load of vodka catching the engine on fire. Another time hitting a black top tanker covering the engine in hot oil including the windows to where it made the cab dark enough you could not see. Another where the trailer was full of large rolls of paper for a magazine company throwing them in all directions totaling out numerous cars in a parking lot also blowing the windows out of the front of the engine. The worst a truck load of pipe or logs and they come through the front windows impaling the electrical cabinet causing 650 volts of sparks to rain down on the crew. So yes if you see anyone or there is anyone stuck on the tracks and no train is around, Please Please feel free to call the emergency number on the sign required at all public crossings in case of an emergency. If a collision is not stoppable do not and I repeat do not just stand there or run ahead of the point of the collision instead run straight away from it or the opposite direction so you do not make yourself a target of the flying aftermath. Not to mention for those involved that are the cause of such accident, your insurance company will get a bill not only for the damage but any and all trains delayed because of it costing millions.
  4. I saw where a person from Alaska installed a small pellet stove in their 5th wheel. Not sure what kind of room you have but they are very efficient and also keep the heat inside the stove for safety, plus the vent pipe can be directed straight out the side of the rig and attaching an extension can keep the carbon monoxide from becoming a danger. My thought of putting a wood stove would be, it is much to big of a fire risk to take a chance.
  5. TomNGina

    Vnl 610 cab shocks

    I am also looking to replace the shocks on my cab since one is blown out. Yesterday I called the Volvo dealer and he gave me the prices of the OEM shocks Horizontal ones 116.31 a piece and the vertical ones were 40.27 a piece. So I contacted a local parts shop and cross referenced the horizontal shocks to a Monroe 66108 and they were 58.00 a piece. The vertical shocks he gave me the wrong number at the dealer so I have to contact him again to get the right number. And from what I can tell my 1999 610 has different shocks from the newer models y'all have. The air bags look like new on it so I am good there. Thanks for the install page you posted Stan good information to watch for.
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    Vnl 610 cab shocks

    **** Update on the Donvel Cab Valves **** Got back from my 2000 mile trip after installing the Donvel valves. They did there job and the ride was very nice on the trip. I drove in wind and on some really rough roads to find the spongy feel was gone in all accounts. I would highly recommend these valves for people that would like to feel a little more control because of the sleeper cab lean when going into curves or driving in cross winds.
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    Computer battery

    I have a Gen 1 1999 Volvo VNL610, 12.7 D60 engine which has had a code since I purchased it, that is a auxiliary power code. I have found out that the code is because the battery in the computer module is dead and needs to be replaced. Has anyone run across this and is it a job that I can do myself? Living in the DFW area there are a couple of shops that work on these modules and if I need to take it in where and which board would it be? Thanks for the help looking forward to getting one of the last little things done.......
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    Computer battery

    I have a Gen 1 1999 Volvo VNL610, 12.7 D60 engine which has had a code since I purchased it, that is a auxiliary power code. I have found out that the code is because the battery in the computer module is dead and needs to be replaced. Has anyone run across this and is it a job that I can do myself? Living in the DFW area there are a couple of shops that work on these modules and if I need to take it in where and which board would it be? Thanks for the help looking forward to getting one of the last little things done.......
  9. TomNGina

    Unusual way to level a RV.

    I have been in that situation to make it faster I used the dirt I removed to build up the opposite side and yes the steps were the reason....😊😠☹️
  10. TomNGina

    Volvo running warm

    Well I had this happen on a cat engine years ago when I hauled supplement for a feed lot. The truck owner had me take the truck to a car wash and blow out the radiator fins because they were full of dirt from the dust. It acted just like your situation so when the temp started to climb it was time to head back to the car wash. Crazy thought but maybe it is worth trying.
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    Vnl 610 cab shocks

    Just ordered a set hope to have them installed before my big trip to Nebraska. One again y'all have helped me answer some concerns I have had with my old Gen 1 truck. They are great to talk to very helpful and offered support after the purchase up front. I will let everyone know how they work in the near future. ***** Update****** Installed the Cab and Sleeper control valves today. Verdict is these are an amazing investment in getting the spongy feel out of the cab ride. Took me no time to install them I had left over line from an air lift system I used on my pick up. Just released the line off of the air bag installed two inches of line and put it all together. The instructions say to cut the original line 1 1/4 inches from the air bag connection did this originally but it was to short. The new line made them 2 inches and had enough room to properly seat all connections. Can't wait to get it out on the open road next week.
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    Vnl 610 cab shocks

    Just ordered a set hope to have them installed before my big trip to Nebraska. One again y'all have helped me answer some concerns I have had with my old Gen 1 truck. They are great to talk to very helpful and offered support after the purchase up front. I will let everyone know how they work in the near future.
  13. TomNGina

    Parts for volvo mirror

    Hi Everyone, Tom Stock here well when I picked up my 1999 last January for a great price I knew that I would be making some major upgrades the mirrors that came with the truck were all duct taped together. I found the mirror set up through Niu on Ebay initially. I also wanted to have the new Aero hood mirrors look which was never an option in 1999. If you search the web sight you need to do a more general search. Then you can go through the different options for mirrors available. If I remember right I just searched Volvo VNL mirrors. Then once you get up the description you can see the years they will fit. These mirrors are not perfect but for the price I felt it is worth it. Also the company is pretty good answering questions if they can. Couple of things I ran into that will save a lot of money is the original wiring harness goes into the back behind the glass on the original mirror and you need to take off the glass parts by pushing up firmly to pop the mirror out of the plastic mount then have your wire snippers and cut all the wiring free from the zip ties. A small needle nose pliers would be handy to get the wiring free from the back of the mirrors if you have heated ones. Then feed all that out the bottom tube on the mirror mount. You will have extra wire and you can feed the extra back through hole back into the inside of the truck along the firewall. The reason is, I cut mine off at the base of the mirror on the uninstall then found that it was actually a wiring harness. I then had to purchase the new wiring harness at about a hundred bucks a piece which well..... Sucked. Anyway the other thing is if anyone does purchase these mirrors and installs them you will need to go in at the bottom of the replacement mirror and loosen up the bass mount and twist it into place they are packed flat and when I put it up I was like WTH it doesn't fit. Then my neighbor that was helping me noticed that they need to be just adjusted. Once we did that the mirror went up in just about the perfect fitment. Being an after market part they actually did a pretty good job on fitment. A good selection of star bits and hex bits new bolts for the mounts that go to the mounts and it is about an 1 to 3 hour job depending on mechanical ability of the installer. If anyone has other questions about these mirrors feel free to PM me. I think they made my Gen 1 truck look incredible. Oh yea and if you had the old version of mirror on the front fender I actually used 3/8 1/2 inch carriage bolts with big washers to fill in the old holes. Today heading to the my PPG paint store to have them computer shoot the paint code so I can paint the carriage bolts the same color as the truck. they could not locate the color from the VIN and universal code on the truck. So nice to have them able to shoot it with their camera and find the exact color it is now after being 20 years old. I would post pictures but my files are to big and it is pain to resize them. I did post pictures on the Facebook HDT sight for those that haven't seen how they turned out. Oh yea then the final issue I had and corrected was the brace mount where it attaches to the door is a pressure mount and when I took it on a long trip the wind would push the mirror out of the mount so I drilled and screwed the mount with stainless steel metal screws on the top side out of sight. As of now they have not budged one bit holding steady. Stay safe out there drive on.............
  14. TomNGina

    Remedial Question - Air Governor

    1999 VNL610, D60 SERIES, Governor is located just behind the compressor on the motor. When I purchased my truck with 599000 miles I made some decisions that I feel needed to be done. The air system to me is one of the most important systems for safe travel. With that in mind knowing I just purchased a 19 yr old truck it was to me a no brainer to make some major purchases on my time and budget. During a search the world over on the web I found that I could save hundreds of dollars by purchasing new rebuilt items that if the old ones crater on the road would put a real hurt on the budget. So with that said I feel that anyone purchasing an older truck should consider going through their air system and replace the major components before they become a problem. Now considering my 19 yr old truck had pretty much original equipment still. I feel that making an investment would give me peace of mind for years to come which it has. I replaced my compressor, air dryer, governor, and many fittings and air divertor boxes (if that is what they are called.). All of this with labor for around a grand. To me I would much rather spend my cash on my time frame instead of giving it to some emergency service guy while sitting on the side of the road not knowing when I might be under way again. With all of my baseline upgrades to my truck I have been told that many times the air system needs to have regular maintenance. Governor, dryer cartridge, around every 2 years, My truck it probably looked more like 10 plus years. Did my air system work yes it did and it may have worked for years but the peace of mind I have now knowing where my base line is on my old truck is worth way more than a grand. Not to mention my air system holds air for days instead of hours.........
  15. TomNGina

    Redwood trailer

    Yes Plus this sight https://www.redwoodowners.com/ the onlt thing different is the "rv" in the middle. Tom
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