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Phil D

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  1. Unfortunately, in my experience there are no bargains at a Kenworth dealership, either.
  2. No, he clearly doesn't know what he's doing. He's a career bureaucrat that thinks he knows more than he really does, and worse yet, one so close to retirement that he doesn't care that what he's doing is preventing you from doing what needs to be done. What you're trying to do has been legal to do in Texas for many years. He's just inventing "rules" as he goes along, not following the manual.
  3. Ray, the Seagate/Western Digital thing is just another Chevy/Ford type of deal -- everybody has an opinion, but there's no telling on what those opinions are based. Personally, I've always had good experiences with Seagate drives, and I tend to prefer them over WD products. The next guy to weigh in, though, may tell you the opposite. Fact is, the failure rate of major brand hard drives is extremely low these days.
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    Smart car help?

    And she'll hit you again if she sees this!
  5. If 1989 is what they said, then yes, it's definitely "fake news". I first heard of glider kits during the 1974 model year, and it may well not have been an entirely new concept then, although that most likely was the first time that they were used to evade an unpopular and ultimately unworkable governmental mandate. 1974 was the year that NHTSA first imposed an anti-lock brake requirement on heavy trucks, despite the fact that the technology to make them work properly did not exist at that time. The resulting vehicles were so unstable that many customers eventually refused to buy any more new trucks, and all of the manufacturers got into the glider kit business in a big way to both provide their customers a way to replace their trucks without the new, FMVSS compliant brake systems, and to keep their own production lines going.
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    Big thank you to big5er

    Texas is just as easy as is South Dakota, and they're just as familiar with both the concept and the process (not all county Tax Assessor/Collector's offices where there have been few conversions titled are experienced, but those that aren't and can't find the appropriate section in the manual can readily obtain procedural guidance from Austin). In fact, for years Texas was more flexible than was South Dakota, since they continued to allow the conversion to a motor home while SD went through a period of quite a few years when the only option available for HDTs was registration as a private truck -- even going as far as revoking the titles of trucks already titled as motor homes. Now that South Dakota once again allows HDTs to be titled as motor home conversions, the two states are pretty much equal. That being the case, it makes no sense for a Texas resident to register in South Dakota, or vice versa.
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    Tire Size

    Michelin isn't the only one, but in my experience, there does seem to be a pattern. European manufacturers (Michelin, Continental, etc.) and their second and third tier brands tend to go with the narrower width/taller sidewall sizes, i.e. 275/80R22.5, while North American and Asian manufacturers (Goodyear, Bridgestone, etc.) and their subordinates go with the wider/shorter sidewall variants, like 295/75R22.5. Both are equivalent as far as load capacity, etc.
  8. If you're able to stop and get them before you get west of the Mississippi River, pick up your truck batteries at Sam's Club. Their AGM Group 31 batteries in their clubs east of the Mississippi are from East Penn Manufacturing (Deka), but far cheaper than you can buy them from a Deka distributor. Clubs west of the Mississippi also carry Group 31 AGMs, but they're sourced from Johnson Controls, like the ordinary lead-acid batteries in all their clubs.
  9. I looked at the Rexing V1 in my pickup over the weekend. It appears that even if mounted on a vertical windshield there is sufficient camera adjustment to allow the camera view to be normal, since the lens appears to have nearly, if not a full 90° of adjustment. If you purchase a suction cup mount the bottom of the cup may intrude into the top of the frame, but you'd still have a good view of the road. If you use the standard, permanent mount, I wouldn't expect any intrusion at all.
  10. Carl, would you like to have the title changed to "East Coast Rally Registration" and have this pinned so that it's easy to find, as was done for the National Rally? If so, just let me know.
  11. I wasn't there when it was done so I don't know what path they took or what obstacles had to be overcome, but my BluDot installer was able to snake an air line up through the pin box to exactly where you're trying to get to on my '02 Teton.
  12. Were Verizon inclined to do it, assuming they could achieve something close to the stated 1000' range, they could cover the vast majority, if not all of the homes in Retama and a substantial portion of Tanglewood from the utility poles on Military Road, without the need to access the street lighting poles in either subdivision. I hadn't heard that they were now going to offer fiber in Retama, limited to new construction, but that certainly sounds about right.
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    Fuel Cap Chain

    But they'd better be really skinny.
  14. When the Freedomline was being actively marketed by the ZF Meritor joint venture, it gained a significant share of the luxury/tour bus market in North America. Since the bus OEMs weren't a party to the "exclusive deal" that Eaton used to drive the Freedomline out of the OTR truck market, they've continued to do well in that segment. Meritor has long since withdrawn from performing the marketing and support functions for which they were formerly responsible, but ZF directly sells and supports the product in the North American bus market. While it's now known as the ZF AS Tronic transmission (Freedomline was the name that the ZF Meritor joint venture used to market the AS Tronic in North America) as it is in the rest of the world, and it's no doubt benefitted from the more than fifteen years of additional development, it is in fact the same transmission that was sold to truckers as the Freedomline.
  15. It's possible that the horsepower figure that you posted in the title may be a typo, but if that's what you were quoted, you'll want to confirm that with Volvo. I don't believe that they've ever installed a 600+ HP engine in any VNL. I seem to recall that the high output D16 could only be had in the VT models due to cooling issues (lack of frontal area for a sufficiently large cooling stack in the VNL models). Also, the ZF/Meritor transmission was only rated for up to 1650 lb/ft of torque, which a 600+ HP engine would exceed.
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