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  1. rdickinson

    Nine seat in HDT

    Peterbilt has made a stretched cab seating 7 including the driver. Look on horsetrailer world I think.
  2. Not sure if you are looking for a firm in LA, but Herrin in Livingston Texas did mine plus a number of others.
  3. Go to RDO Trucks in Fargo, talk to John Stearns if he's still there. Several others have purchased there. D16 had injector cup issues. Go with the D13. You can expect the injector harness to need replacing, at least on years prior unless they've fixed that issue. They will do a complete printout and cleanup and checkout of the truck. I was also told they could single it as well. Bring up their site, location, used trucks, make, year. Mine is an 09 and still running strong, a tad over 500k miles. Roger
  4. rdickinson

    Tire lifter

    Nigel, It's a tossup b/w 110v or battery impacts. Air isn't doable with 1/4" line coming off the trailer supply. So, re impacts, Can tire when they come on sale? They also sell Dewalt or plus a couple of other brands. This is not something that's going to get a lot of use. Electric or air would mean cords from the truck to probably behind the trailer plus to a car with a flat. . I may not have enough time to stop behind them. I can get a Milwaukee .5" big one for 360$ plus tax, no battery from Lordco. Jet has a set of torque sticks, 60 to 140 ft lbs in 20 ft lbs increments for 100$. So what would a car or an suv need in ft lbs. I think the trailer needs 135 ft lbs as per Dexter 12"x 3" - 8 stud drums. The dolley can be disassembled and stored easily in the truck and I could use detent pins instead of bolts to put it together. I may need a scissor lift if my 25 ton bottle jack won't fit under whatever it is I'm trying to fix. Maybe modify it to allow for the ratchet to lift it up. Any thoughts? BTW, the RV park has a lot of empty spaces. Cam from Ontario is stuck here without his wife. She was going to fly out but now that Airlines are filling the plane she won't fly. No winter trips to the US in the future. I'm making a Covid mask for the car from a Can flag and add some cartoon eyes for inside the windshield....should get a laugh or two.
  5. I switched the bolts out for the detent pins 2 years ago, The ramp foot still sits on the deck but the angle iron bolted to the foot sits in a stainless build out on the side of the deck.
  6. rdickinson

    Tire lifter

    Snap on Torque sticks and very deep sockets on line. Look em up. Gotta go and stop people from standing on the top of step ladders and get them to wash their hands.
  7. rdickinson

    Tire lifter

    Well, I'm going to push ahead with this scheme before going on the road again. That is if 163 miles can be considered a trip. The Motomaster 25 ton air assist air jack is about 9+ high. The question is will it fit under most vehicles with a flat? I'm going to order the tire lifter. If the offending wheel is on gravel, I'll get a couple of pieces of 3/16" steel plate to run the wheels on. Next is the impact gun, electric or battery. Cambodian Tire has electric Motomaster guns on sale from time to time for about 60 bucks. Not sure of the ft lbs. I could run the generator to power it. Or I could go cordless, not sure of the brand. Trailer wheel nuts are about 135 ft lbs as I recall. The guys SUV, I just cranked them down with the flex head ratchet, it was going to be replaced later anyway. What is an average ft lbs for a car or SUV? So different topic, I saw something on UTube, it was a socket on an extension that was pre set to a ft lbs setting. So I guess you could use the impact gun with this socket and it would click off at 90 ft lbs for instance. It would save having to go around 48 studs torqueing them. Anyone had experience with them? It would be handy for doing up the metric concrete anchors on this condo job. There must be thousands of them. Nigel, our dollar may increase in value if things keep going as they are. Construction is going full blast here in Victoria. Re how we deal with Covid 19. I'm run of my feet on this job cleaning and sanitizing anything and everything people touch. That and dealing workers standing on the top of a 6' stepladder and not wearing their brain buckets. The shops stores and food markets still have plastic screens up and sanitize the buggy handles for customers. Burger King, Mc d's and the Dub are still drive thru only. A lot of stores are tap cc only and those that don't have tap wipe the screen. They even have the machine on a stick. BC Ferries, I'm told is only running half loads. Costco and Wallmart only let in so many at a time. Rows or aisles alternate, up one way and down the other. Tape on the sidewalk to keep people socially distant outside. Aside from that we are back to normal.
  8. Her'Bolting down front chocks was time consuming as well as sometimes a problem with threads getting messed up. So this is how it's done now. Instead of bolting the chocks on the front, I use 2" ratchet strap with a hook to hook onto the truck mounted bar with the pin in it. Less grief.
  9. I had the same issue few years ago. It turned out to be a coolant leak. Do0n't recall the specific location or what was replaced if anything. It was a simple fix though, so not too spendy.
  10. rdickinson

    Tire lifter

    That may work for you but not for me, I tried every position possible. Granted the small wheels won't work so great on 3/4" crushed rock. Prying the wheels up or twisting them was awkward and so was lining up holes with studs. At this time in my life, saving some money or having concerns about it paying for itself is rapidly becoming secondary to bein physical able and or not giving myself a heart attack. The guy I helped was overweight and very flushed. It was fairly warm as well. With my setup the most difficult part would be lifting and carrying the 20 ton jack to the other vehicle that broke down. The jack is a pig.
  11. rdickinson

    Tire lifter

    It's not just for me but for some Joe or Jill broken down on the side of the road. Invariably on the traffic side of the vehicle. As well as generally being as old or older than me some are just not prepared to deal with a flat. With the air assist 20 ton bottle jack running off the truck air, electric impact running off the generator and the tire dolley of some sort, it would be a doable task. This was sparked by a gent pulled off the road with a vehicle flat...traffic side of course. He was laying on the ground partially under the suv as it sat on the jack. trying to crank it up. Overweight, sweating profusely...a recipe for disaster, heart attack, dehydration leading to heat exhaustion. The lugnuts must have been metric 'cus none of my sockets would fit exactly. Not sure which size it was, So I have to get some more triangles as mine have disappeared. Stick a hi vis vest in the drivers storage compartment and maybe an led sequential arrow to get the attention of oncoming drivers. What would be an average ft lbs of tq to do cars and suv's? I think I did my trailer to 135 lbs on 12" x 3.5 Dexters. I'm guessing something less than 100.
  12. rdickinson

    Tire lifter

    https://ca-jbtools.glopalstore.com/esco-equipment-70134-hd-adjustable-wheel-dolly/ After having to manually remove and replace all 17.5's plus 12" x 3.5" drums, I came across this later. Too late for me but it would have made things a lot easier. This one is adjustable so latest version of Smart car tires, 24" would fit. This plus an air assist bottle jack and an air, battery or electric impact gun. FYI, flats always happen on the traffic side of the vehicle or the inside dual. This could be posted on any forum.
  13. Lonestar trucks or haulers made them. This is going back a few years. Made on a Peterbilt frame. A 300 and 384 model as I recall. They did have a 4 door with 4 bucket seats and a bench across the back. Pretty fancy upholstery, lots of gadgets. The used ones were on a trailer sales site. The name escapes me. https://horsetrailerworld.com/home/searchtrucks.asp Found it.
  14. I called Hensley on this and they had no plans or interest in such a modification. The way it is currently, it has a built in life expectantly. What bugs me is owners of these hitches may not be aware of this issue. Like I said, I had a look at one at the WCR and it had some slap or slop already. Someone told me to try to get some lubricant into that area with a spray lube and the red straw they come with. Other than that, I'm happy with the hitch. It held onto the trailer even though bent when I was in a crash 10 yrs ago. Someone cut in front of me and put on the brakes on a wet road cutting my stopping distance in half. I still have pics.
  15. rdickinson

    Trailer Saver TSLB

    I have a Trailersaver, forgot what model it is. Best to call Trailersave and speak to Aaron. He is or was one of the bosses. The main problem from my standpoint is there is no lubrication points on the main shaft that runs crosswise. So the pin wears the hole into an oblong so you get 'piston slap'. So to speak. I'd check it out first or have someone check it for you. You can try to shoot some lube in and under the jaws. I've had 3 or 4 of them in 15 yrs with different trucks. There may be a way of drilling in for a couple of grease fittings. There is another post running currently at this time which I brought up that question.
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