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  1. When I had mine built the fabricator talked me into using Tremclad (similar to Rustoleum) on the deck. His reasoning was it made it simpler if I wanted add any welded brackets or move chocks etc. Also a gallon of paint is cheap if you want to refresh the deck every couple of years. So far it has been a good move. Nigel
  2. One more point. If you have a conventional water heater there is at least 6 gallons of fresh water there. Just don’t forget to turn of the heater.
  3. Carl The water thing can happen anytime of the year if the campground has a pump failure or water main break. Find some where to store a 5 gallon water jug so you can go somewhere and get water. What is the shelf life of a case of bottled water? I think you are worrying too much on the generator side. You have an inverter in the truck which will probably give you 15 amps and keep the trailer batteries topped up. If you have a diesel bunk heater you can always hunker down in the truck for a few days and use the truck air to blow out the water lines in the trailer so they don’t freeze. I think you already have it covered other than something to carry water in and I bet if you look around you can find something in a pinch. Just my two cents. Nigel
  4. Rick Good call on the wheel chocks. When I was in the spinal rehab hospital my roommate had his seventeenth birthday. He had been helping a friend removing a driveshaft and the pickup rolled forward, the differential hit him in the back of the head and folded his head into his chest. He is now a quadriplegic for life. https://www.parrysound.com/community-story/8953841-dakota-reid-thankful-for-parry-sound-s-help-after-paralyzing-accident/ Nigel
  5. The one I heard being told to unload was because the cop that saw it had been reading our forum and had seen threads discussing the car being too long. As far as I know nobody has been measured. But as Rick said there are hundreds of us doing thousands of miles each year so don’t be too concerned. Nigel
  6. I think he bought a truck from Gregg so he is on the south side of the border. Nigel
  7. On the gen 2 when you get the inactive code displayed hold down the enter button for a couple of seconds. If it asks for a PIN number try 0000 unless you know yours is different. Nigel
  8. I don’t know about the front but my rear lights sorted themselves out on their own after a few days or so. Really they flash correctly outside so don’t be in a rush to spend money at the dealer. Nigel
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    Check your brake adjustment. Everyone driving a HDT should no how to do this and should be checking regularly. Commercial drivers are supposed to do it daily and are not allowed to move if they find a brake out of adjustment. Automatic slack adjusters do fail that is why they sell replacements. I’ll get off my soapbox now. Nigel
  10. Brad Check your information display for the rear end temperature readings. Is it showing a reading for one rear end and two dashes for the other? Mine has that message every time I start the truck because the front sensor was removed when singled and no fix was ever done to correct the problem. Maybe your issue is whatever was done to fool the computer to think it is still there. Just a thought Nigel
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    Onboard air compressor

    A small truck air compressor is going to be around 10 cfm. I believe the Volvo D13 comes with about 30 cfm. Do a search for air brake system checklist or something like that and you will get an idea of what are the minimum numbers. For instance the system must recover from 85 to 100 psi in under two minutes. My truck will do that in under 45 seconds at idle. But if you were to permanently plumb in a large storage tank you could potentially fail an air brake check. Your truck will have no issue supplying enough air for your needs. Nigel
  12. Nigel

    To get a newer truck?

    That makes you two years younger than me. I thought you were much younger. You must have good genes. Nigel
  13. Nigel

    To get a newer truck?

    Okay Rod I have to ask. What do you consider usual retirement age? Up here usual retirement age would be sixty five. Brenda and I met you in Hutch three years ago and we both pegged you as being in your mid forties. Best of luck in whatever you do Nigel
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    VNL Hood Repair

    Same with the Volvo if the hood struts are good.
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