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  1. bigg-limo

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    Big5er, I'm with you on this one. That Ravelco is the only way to go. Vehicle will absolutely not start without the plug. Each plug is unique for your vehicle as well,...so I can't use my plugs to start your truck with. We have them in all of our vehicles. DW hates that I actually unplug them in my trucks,...but I always remind her, that they'll at least be there in the morning.
  2. I know, lol. There were a couple of other perspective buyers as well. Shawn put down his deposit for me to hold it, then paid the balance the week before pickup. He came out for the weekend, and we spent about a half a day together with me giving him a crash course. He's a very fast learner, and even more important,...a nice and respectable gentleman. It was a fun experience for me, to get to ride around and show him all of the nuances of driving that truck. But I was bummed at the same time,...watching him drive away in it, and knowing that it had been the best tow vehicle I've ever owned.
  3. Yes Steve, the truck is still available.
  4. I'm not exactly for sure. I bought the truck from Wayland at 2L as it is.
  5. I changed the listing. Sorry about that. Here's is the link for the Kenworth,...http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/rvs/5367861584.html. I'm asking $37k, but all offers will be considered.
  6. Thanks Pete. Let me know if you all need more pics, or have any questions. Truck will be available probably around mid January. Didn't get to make the trip to Texas last week,...so I have to wait until after New Years. Leonard
  7. Truck will be on the road Monday morning, out of Phoenix til later in the week. Heading east to Wortham, Texas (1 hour south of Dallas) by way of I-10 to I-20. Anyone along that route or area who has any interest is more than welcomed to contact me. Thanks, Leonard 972-900-1742
  8. Wife and I decided to sell our Kenworth T600. Just posted it in the Phoenix Craigslist. Truck has been a very safe, fun, and reliable hauler for us. All of the details are listed in the ad. This truck is ready to make some great memories for someone who is looking to upgrade to an HDT. It is located in Chandler, Az. Truck is available to be viewed and or test driven. Here are some interior pics,..http://s1367.photobucket.com/user/biggandmandy/library/Kenworth%20T600?sort=3&page=1
  9. I appreciate the info from all who have shared on this thread. The Spec Sheet of Larry's build Is tremendous help as well. I too, like JC, am dreaming at this moment. But when the DW and I, get some some things "cleared off of the table,"....a 730 will be in our sites. I love my KW,...but a Volvo 730 offers so much more for me and my family.
  10. Actually, I can tow more than that weight, but my truck can never have more than 25.5k lbs on its two axles,....whether it's towing a 35k lb trailer, or just bobtailing. The weight that you put on your registration is not the Gross Combined,...its the Gross Vehicle Weight. There is a difference between GVWR and GCWR, which is what the example that you gave in regards to your truck and trailer. If someone with a Class C license with an air brake endorsement drives my truck bobtail or tow a trailer less than 3k lbs, then they would be fine. At this point, I'm glad that there is a better way than what I was given. I will share that information with some friends who are in the market for an HDT. Like I said, I had a CDL prior to buying my truck. Declassifying my truck was for the purpose of registration and insurance.
  11. I totally forgot about the combination. Thanks for reminding me of that. The declared weight that I keep referring to,...is the new GVW that will go on your new title and registration,...not the actual weight of the truck. In regards to my KW,...if it's driven as a single vehicle, a CDL is not required to drive it, because it's registered GVW is less than 26k. Only a Class C with an AirBrake endorsement. If I were towing a trailer with enough hitch weight that put me over 25.5k lbs on my truck's axles, and got weighed by an LEO, then I would be in trouble because my truck is not registered to carry that weight. Yes my truck was originally designed for it, but no it's not registered for it. Therefore the class of registration would have an affect on your DL. Actually, a manufacturer is not the only one that can change a registered GVW for a vehicle. You can do that when you title and register it. In my case, I had my CDL prior to buying my truck. In that case, I lowered the class of the truck rating for insurance and registration purposes.
  12. We all agree that rv registration is cheaper than private truck registration ...which is why registering as an rv is the goal with our HDTs. For the AZ RVers, thats where the road ends for us. I agree that an HDT "Private Truck" is not an rv. However,...you are still allowed to buy a Class 8 truck,...and title and register it(by declaring the weight) as a Class 5 or 6. Therefore, you will not be required to obtain a CDL. After doing that, it's no different than buying an F-650 that has air brakes. You'll still need an air brake endorsement added to your Class C license. I declared the weight of my KW when it was registered in Texas, and did the same thing when I registered it in Az. From the factory, it is 54k lbs and now it is 25.5k lbs. Im singled, with a hauler bed. When im fully loaded with my truck and trailer,...my truck has a combined 23k lbs on its two axles. If the declared weight is over 26k, then you need to upgrade your license accordingly. If it's under 26k, but with airbrakes,...an endorsement is all that would be needed. I guess if I understand you correctly,...then it is based on weight. As was mentioned earlier about the 2500 and 3500 trucks being commercial,...if you know that you're not going to be towing anywhere near max,...then you can declare your GVW at a lower weight to save money. Ask me how I know. Seems to me, that going this route, is uncharted territory for the RVers on here, because it's not common. I can totally see why. In regards to CDL requirements,..when it comes to titling and registering an HDT as an MDT "Private Truck,"...it all comes down to "declaring" your weight.
  13. I got my KW T600 registered as an MDT. If my memory serves me correct,...I paid around $500 for a two year registration. It is registered as a Private Truck. I don't pay commercial registration, nor commercial insurance because when i titled and registered it,...I declared the GVWR for 25.5k lbs. You have to remember that you can declare your GVWR. If you've weighed your whole rig fully loaded, and you your TRUCK axles combine for less than 26k lbs,....then you can declare that, title it as an MDT. My insurance is <$1200/yr for full coverage on truck and trailer through National General.(2000 KW T600 and 2012 Keystone Fuzion 399) On another note,...I know that we can't go by what our local AzDMV folks tell us. But I was told that if you don't have a CDL, but have an HDT registered as an MDT, that all you'd need to do to be "properly licenced," is to get an air brake endorsement. This doesn't apply to me, because I have a CDL. For all of the AZ RVers with Class C licenses who are looking to upgrade to an HDT, without the hassle of getting a CDL,...this may be the route that you'd want to look into. I hope this helps out in your quest.
  14. I had an '04 FL60 with a C6 Cat. Had same ratings as to what you're looking at, with air ride suspension, seats, and cab. I personally think you'll be happier with the bigger truck than the Chevy. Performance wise, I think the FL70 will have a slight edge,....but stopping and handling, it will be night and day. Through the mountains, you're gonna slow down some, depending on the grade. On the flats,...it should just hum along. If I wouldn't have never gotten sucked into upgrading to the M2,....I'd probably still have mine.
  15. Seems normal to me. Every truck I've owned that's had an air ride suspension, does that. Current KW T600 does it, Pete 387 TC with tandems did it, and all three Sportchasis did it when you abruptly released the throttle. Seems like, the more weight over the rear axle, the more it does it. I see loaded semis do that all the time. I don't think it's an issue.
  16. 600 IS very tempting. The thing is,...you can always turn that big girl down if you feel like she's drinking too much. That would make for some awesome mountain driving performance. Wife would certainly be confident driving through the mountains.
  17. None, lol!!! I won't lie,...I am somewhat of a horsepower junkie. Every vehicle that I own has more power now, than when I bought it. I would love the feel of all that power and torque under my right foot, lol. As far as what we do,...I'm at 525hp. I'm very happy and satisfied with that. The deal breaker on my current truck that causes my wife not to drive, is the 18 speed Eaton Fuller manual. She's driven the Sportchassis almost cross country several times, and don't mind around town either. In that case, the "process" is the same. So for her,...the Ishift is what's gonna put her back in the driver's seat. I have 8 years to make it happen,...so I'm definitely in no hurry to do so.
  18. Awe man,...I'm really digging this setup. That truck is set up to move some weight!! 600hp with 4.10 gear ratio,....are you kidding me??!!! I've actually been kicking around the idea of a new, singled, big powered 730. My two choices would a 730 or 780.
  19. bigg-limo

    CDL or not?

    I appreciate your input and clarification on all three issues. The Section 521 and 522 is like our Ace of Spade. I wish I would've known about it when I made the first attempt at getting mine,...but that's a whole other story. On another note, do you guys think we could post in the HHRG, a list of "RV Friendly" DMV/DPS office locations? You know,...kinda like we do for our campground locations map? Thanks, see yall on the road, Leonard
  20. bigg-limo

    CDL or not?

    I guess we can all agree that there was some misunderstanding here. Oletimer stated that "they are downgrading my license to a non-commercial." A non-commercial what,....A, B, C? He never specified it. My assumption was that he was downgraded from a Class A CDL to a Class A DL, while others assumed it was downgraded to a Class C. That's why I made the suggestion about the P Restriction. I made that suggestion, because that is what I did, to keep my Class A CDL without having to obtain a medical card, and taking another test, period. I haven't found, or heard of anywhere that states that we can change our license status ONLY at the time of renewal. If I'm wrong about that, please verify it, because I'm always open to constructive criticism. I'm not on here to insult anyone's intelligence. But, in regards to this topic, the information that I have received,...from the clerks, my personal LE contacts, and the suggested link that I was referred to, leads me to the same results. Therefore, my homework is done, according to this forum. According to the suggested link, I've filled out the Certification of Physical Exemption 49 CFR PART 391/390 CDL-10. I fall into Category 2, which states, "This category will NOT require a medical examiners certificate, but are required to meet Texas medical standards," not Category 4, which I keep getting "placed in." The Excepted Activity is Diplayed on my CDL, which was stated in one of my earlier posts. One question I have is,...why all the generalized statements about the clerks? They're no different than any other person who has a job, or is considered a professional. Some know what they're doing, and some don't. It would rub people, the wrong way if I said, "ALL LEOs think they know the law!" The truth is, they ALL don't. Just speaking from personal experiences. We all got our license one way or another. I honestly know that everyone on here didn't get their license without any issues. So, to say that "I wouldn't trust a clerk," or "They couldn't never be wrong," is a generalized statement that I will totally disagree with. On the other hand, why would we suggest or recommend our members to call the DMV/DPS offices anyway, when after all, we supposedly "don't trust them?" With that being said, who am I supposed to believe,...the professional Escapee forum members only, and no one outside of "our little circle?" Certainly not. From what I can see, we have DMV/DPS locations that are "easy" to deal with, and others that are a total PITA. Big5ver, I respect everything you've done for us,...not only the knowledge and advice that you give to us on here,...which can come across as harsh to some,(the LGT posts, lol)...but also the job that you currently or formerly had, out there on the road. Laws change all the time, and we don't even know it. I know that you personally, would know a lot more than most who are on this forum. If I were in your shoes,...I'd consider the suggestion of others, when what's working for them is "outside of your box." If you're honest with yourself, you'd do your own research as I have done. We all come on here to share our experiences, opinions, and thoughts with others who have questions,...and for you to totally deny me of my shared experience to others, is not doing them justice. When the next man in the same situation comes along, he can do his homework as well as I did, to make his own informed decision. I say all that in no way to get you all riled up. Just wanted you to know that. Other than that, I hope to see you and many others out on the road. I would like to personally get to meet and know you all, as well as attend some of the events. But being retired, and still having kids with 9 more years of school left, won't allow me to venture very far for very long. Leonard
  21. bigg-limo

    CDL or not?

    Big5er, I made a couple of phone calls and asked about the restriction. I got the same answer each time. They all said that I was not required to have a medical card. But if I got hired, and was asked to drive a company's CMV, then I'd have to get a medical card to get that P Restriction removed. My P Restriction states, "If CMV, only personal property INTERstate," not INTRAstate. This is why when these kinds of topics come up, I always suggest to get that particular restriction, so that you don't end up getting forced to "Downgrade," or retest to get a NON-CDL. It makes it easier and less of a hassle to just walk in and sign a form, and down the road you go,...instead of spending a day or two with those people. This route is geared more towards people who are in the same boat as Oletimer,...who used to drive for a living, and is now retired. I was able to check out the link that you referred me to. Based off of that site, I would fall into Category 2,...which does exempt me from a medical card, as well as Category 4. I'm retired, so neither section in Category 4 would apply to me. Also, I stated the 4 1/2 year time period, because the laws may have been different before that, and obviously different since then. Which is why when I origianlly got it, I wasnt required to get a medical card.
  22. bigg-limo

    CDL or not?

    For the past 4 1/2+ years that I've had my Class A CDL,...I've never been required to have a medical card, unless I was driving for hire. When I renewed my license last year in September, I told the clerk that I wanted to downgrade to a Class A Non-CDL, because I drive big vehicles recreationally. She had told me that if I did that,...I'd have to take the driving test. I had told her that I didn't have time for all of that. Then she suggested "that I keep my Class A CDL status, but have a "P" restriction on it. That way, you won't have to worry about obtaining and keeping a medical card." On the back of my license, it says exactly "RESTRICTIONS - P - If CMV, only trans personal prop inter," which is actually P18 of the DL endorsements and restrictions codes. Hope that helps in your understanding.
  23. bigg-limo

    CDL or not?

    He can renew it, and get a P restriction. That way, he won't have to do a test, and won't be required to have a medical exam card. He just won't be allowed "drive for hire," if the need ever came up.
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