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  1. Engine brake

    Turns out it was the on/off switch. I ordered the on/off and 3 stage switch from Volvo. Total cost $100.00. Would have cost me $150 to have Volvo diagnose the problem and then add parts/labor on top of that for the repair. Many thanks to Pete Kildow. Saved me a bunch of money and aggravation.
  2. Engine brake

    We have a 2001 Volvo 770 with a Cummins ISX equipped with a 3 stage engine brake. It doesn't always work when I flip the switch. I have had the ECM programed so that the brake should work with or without the cruise control being turned on. Sometimes it works going down hill or slowing for an exit ramp. Never know until I try it. Before I take in for repair was wondering what you guys think could be the problem. Thanks Brad
  3. Leave double or single

    Allot of good info for you to consider. One thing I did not see mentioned was reduced turning radius if you single short. We did just that and reduced our turning radius by close to 30%. That may not matter to you but it helped us tremendously. We also saved a bundle on tires and brakes this past couple years. Easily offset singling cost. We have chosen to tow our car/follow so the super nice smart car bed was not something we needed.
  4. HDT Tires

    Hi Padraic, I bought Goodyear Kelly tires at Wingfoot located at a Pilot/Flying J two different locations, Dalton, Ga and Winslow, AZ. In 2013 paid $1500 out the door for 4 drives and a pair of Centramatics. In 2015 paid $756 out the door for 2 steers and a pair of Centramatics. Just happened to catch sales. I also shopped Hancook and Samson tires. Went with the Kellys's because I felt more comfortable with Goodyear. Glad you are getting back on the road. Hope this helps Brad and Cindy
  5. Runaway Truck

    Wanted to follow up and let you guys know what was wrong. The clutch master cylinder failed and the clutch slave cylinder was close behind. Also had a hydraulic line that was cracked but not yet leaking. Took the tuck to Vanguard in Adairsville, GA for the repair. Cost for the repair was $1,300.00. They replaced both cylinders, hydraulic line, refreshed the hydraulic fluid, test drove. So far so good. Never saw that one coming. If you have a Gen 2 auto-shift may want to have the clutch hydraulics looked at. Could save you a catastrophic failure like I had. Brad
  6. Runaway Truck

    We are currently in North Georgia getting ready to head toward Orlando/Tampa......or so I thought. Warmed up the truck (2001 770 with an Eaton auto-shift) and put the truck in reverse, feathering the clutch to gently back toward the trailer. All the sudden the truck fully engages in reverse (I barely released the clutch). I mashed clutch pedal to the floor....still going.....hit the brake still moving then finally had to turn off the engine to get it stopped. After I collected myself pulled well ahead thinking maybe my foot wasn't on the clutch correctly. Same thing happened. Clutch went to the floor, truck still going in reverse had to shut off the engine to get stopped. No error codes or service lights went off. Any ideas on what the heck may have happened???
  7. Montana to WI-Hwy 2 or 94?

    Todd, Checked my truckers Atlas (2010 version)....Hwy 2 is a designated truck route. Only one clearance issue I saw at Butte, MT. Hwy 2 through MN and WI not a big deal. 2 lane Hwy mostly. Check other resources for fuel and pull offs Brad
  8. Steer tires?

    You may want to take a look at Kelly (by Goodyear). I picked up our steers a couple years ago on sale....$313.00 ea. With all the additional costs...$750 ish out the door.
  9. Purogene for Potable Water Systems?

    Wow! such a nice group of people. Never said not to use bleach to sanitize.....actually mentioned prior posts in which the process was discussed very well (thank you Kirk).....Bleach does degrade seals, plastics, metals etc if left in contact with them in high doses (short time) or low doses (long time). Barbaraok with his knowledge of chemistry confirms this (it is an oxidizer). So sanitize with bleach if you wish.....I do...just flush the system well. I would not suggest a small dose of bleach in the tank to keep it fresh. Like I mentioned it is a poison and there are safer chemicals to use. That just might be what the OP was looking for.
  10. Purogene for Potable Water Systems?

    Zulu, I don't see any misinformation. Did not intend to go into the details of sanitizing a water system which includes plumbing and water in my definition. Just trying to answer the question at high level. The sanitizing procedure has been discussed in prior posts. Bleach/chlorine is poison/toxic and need not be ingested at all if possible. With public water that is impossible to avoid unless it is filtered out. Bleach is highly corrosive and although "plastic" parts are resistant (they do become brittle, seals breakdown), metal plumbing fixtures are not. I choose to avoid chlorinated water.. Purogene in my water system/ tank storage is a safe alternative to chlorine. A good carbon filter helps reduce the chlorine in city water. As far as dosing your tank every time you fill up the tank, that would depend on how often you do that. To me not a big deal when we store the unit for a time or refresh the holding tank water monthly.. Some folks run exclusively off their tanks and I would agree that there are much better systems to use than an additive R.O comes to mind.
  11. Purogene for Potable Water Systems?

    Hi Johnny, We use it all the time. It can be purchased at Rvwaterfilterstore.com. One 32 oz. bottle will last a long time. 3oz treats 100 gallons. Bleach is a poison and very corrosive. The only time we use it is to sanitize and then flush the entire system including the water heater. If we decide to store water in our 100 gallon tank we then add the purogene. No odor, bad taste or funky stuff growing in the tanks. Brad
  12. Sleepers for actual sleeping!

    We bought our mattress from airdream.net Go to the parts section and look at the air chambers and inflator. I ordered a twin chamber ($99) and the inflator ($55). I use it on the top bunk. The lite weight makes it easy to lift the bunk out of the way (Volvo 770). I had one of the "truck stop" mattresses that were thick and heavy. Made it very difficult to lift and secure the bunk. The airdream mattress chamber can be adjusted for comfort (like a Select Comfort). I bought a mattress pad and foam topper at Costco to go over the airchamber . Very comfortable.
  13. Waxing roof of truck

    I have a Volvo 770 and I can tell you it is a tough job. I do the work from the top of my drom to reach the highest parts and ladders for the rest. If you don't have a drom, a ladder can be used back of cab on a sheet of plywood secured so it doesn't move out from under the ladder. The ladder I use is a little giant knock off I bought at wal-mart. Put rubber caps on the feet that will come in contact with the truck. To reach the spot above/below the skylight I have climbed onto the hood and laid on the roof with my feet braced against the visor so as not to fall. No fun at all. The older I get, less agile, less athletic etc. hiring out the job is looking like the way to go.
  14. Crossing the Canadian Border with a HDT

    LongWay, Entered with our HDT/LLC no issues. We did bring a copy of our LLC Operating Agreement just in case it became an issue. Finn
  15. Sewer flies

    Be careful not to put to much bleach in your septic as it will kill the good bacteria. When we get bugs I spray yard guard into the toilet with the bowl valve open then close it when I think the little buggers have had enough. Takes care of them. If they come back...repeat. Like you we only open black tank valve to dump.