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  1. The Reese Goose Box mentioned above replaces the fifth wheel pin on a camper with a gooseneck hitch. It also has an air ride cushion built in. There are also other similar options on the market. https://www.reeseprod.com/products/pin-boxes/goose-box/uW9rVuV4JAj75t!ZHQnotJoVbxIFMqvl
  2. The Goose Box might be a good compromise. It’s not hard to mount a gooseneck ball at the back where it’s out of the way. The ball flush with the top of the frame rails is just about right.
  3. I think the first question to ask is how far are you going to travel with the RV? The full timers here that move frequently, there is no doubt they need the suspended hitch. Once or twice a year to a not to distant spot over decent roads, you may get by with the commercial hitch just fine. There are folks out there that do it.
  4. Moresmoke

    Parts manual?

    Treadle valve is the name of what you are looking for. Look for a number on the valve. Should have either a Volvo number or a manufacturer number. Or, call another dealer. Have your VIN handy. There are a couple Volvo dealers with online stores. Volvo does not share part numbers easily. They want you captive to a local dealer.
  5. I am the proud owner of a 2012 eco special set the world on fire with fuel mileage truck. There is a reason the original fleet dumped it with 420k on it. I predict many disappointed owners and operators next year! Now if I had extra time and money at the moment, I saw a sweet big hood double bunk Autocar for sale a few weeks ago. I’m sure it would suit me just fine.
  6. I guess technically 33,000 is the dividing line between 7&8. But I would consider a single axle tractor an 8 especially pulling wiggle wagons.
  7. My dash meter tends to be slightly pessimistic. Two weeks ago ran west across 94/90 to Bozeman, 6.1 mpg pulling a paltry 6500lb TT. There was a really good headwind most of the way, and I was making pretty good time. Return trip across Wy and SD did’t have a lot of head wind but plenty of cross wind. Got up to 6.5 by the time we got home. Didn’t go any faster than 77 as that’s all she’ll do. I don’t care to hand figure mileage, it’s not that important. We had a great time, that is what’s important.
  8. What the future holds no one knows, but a recent statistic I have seen is 66000 drivers have been laid off in the past couple months. You’d have to give me a truck at the moment and I probably wouldnt even try to run it and make money.
  9. Reminds me of an incident and the resulting conversation I had with the insurance company about 10 years ago. Insuance co, “Sir, you do not have collision coverage on your 1986 Freightliner.” Me, “Which part of ‘86 Freightliner did you miss?” (I had just called the ins co to let them know a liability claim would be coming.) That old truck would gain 10% in value when you filled the tanks. And most of the rest of the value was mounted on rims.
  10. Moresmoke

    Air Bags

    Buy an old truck that has compression fittings? I would not have any expectation of the suspension holding air if the supply tanks have leaked down. It is an ongoing battle to keep air in these things.
  11. Big Rick’s comment I think is a bit misleading. Commonly in the trucking industry, owner operators that are leased to a carrier, are only covered by said carrier’s insurance policy when they are under dispatch. Hence the existence of “bobtail” insurance policies for coverage when not working for the contracted carrier. Now back to your question, my last experience with Progressive commercial insurance was about 15 years ago. The only downside to the policy was it had a quite restrictive mileage radius. I think it was a 300 mile limit. No idea if they still work the same. Currently, I am insured under a “farm” policy. The only restriction is that I cannot haul anything for someone else. I can operate “commercially” if I want, but must be hauling my own stuff. Cost is about the same as my F350 that is on the same policy. (All that said, the S&B is insured as a farm by the same carrier.)
  12. That one is kinda hard with the trailer all twisted over. If you can get both legs on the ground, the air suspension is your friend. Dump the bags, wedge the truck as far back as possible, inflate, crank down, repeat. I’ve had to pick a few up. Would get a few on mornings when it was -30/-35F out. The grease was stiff enough that it would fool the drivers when they did a tug test, but the hitch was not latched. The trailer would pull across the yard just fine, but when they made the turn onto the highway, the grease would break loose and the trailer would slide off. Thankfully we had a big old Cat that was capable of lifting a loaded trailer. But still not something you want to be doing in the middle of the state highway.
  13. I would wager that he was high hooked. End of the pin was sitting on top of the jaws. Or some idiot pulled the latch while he was parked there just for the fun of it.
  14. Used trucks were already a buyer’s market, will probably be more so in the near future. Trimster - use the time to plan what you want to do when you are able to pull the trigger on an HDT. If you have space to store stuff, you can even acquire some of the small bits as opportunity presents.
  15. Given the current circumstances, bus or train would be my last resort. More likely, no resort. Bad history from the H1N1 time frame with train travel. Best to just not go there.
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