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About Jemstone

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  • Birthday December 12

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    Glendale, Arizona
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    Rock hounding & lapidary.<br />
    CONTACT: jemstone4u@gmail.com

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  1. I don’t know how to put more photos on this site but I can email photos to you.. John
  2. After traveling for many years we bought a home on the Oregon coast and must sell our Volvo and trailer. The truck is a modified RV tow vehicle and is now listed in the marketplace section of this site. It has been an excellent vehicle for us and is a pleasure to drive.
  3. 2010 Volvo 730 with “I” Shift automatic transmission. The 730 model has the lower roof line. Singled long with two storage boxes built where the forward tandem tires were. The boxes are 4’ long, 29” wide and 32” deep and can hold a large amount of gear. The truck was modified by Mountain Masters of Phoenix and is decked with aluminium diamond plate. The 5th wheel hitch was built by Mountain Masters and features two shock absorbers, giving the trailer a smooth, even ride. The truck has Volvo’s D13 435 horsepower engine. It gets about 9.5 mpg when towing a 22,000 pound trailer. A m
  4. Need Pricing Help We have ended our travels and will be selling our rig when we return to Arizona in December. Our truck is a 2010 Volvo 730 with an I Shift transmission and a D13, 435 hp engine. I have singled the truck long and have decked the truck with aluminium diamond plate. Where the wheels for the forward tandem axle were I have installed two 33” deep, 4’ long and 29” wide locking storage boxes, even with and covered in the same aluminium diamond plate as the rest of the deck. The hitch is from Mountain Masters and has air adjustable shocks to accommodate any tongue weight
  5. I started out with magnetic signs proclaiming my privateness. When they faded I tossed them and did not replace them. There are fairly few occasions in which the sign would help. At 55 to 65 mph as we pass by weigh stations, no one can read the sign. I have removed the forward tandem axle (I’ve singled long) turning the space where the axle and tire had been into large storage boxes on either side. The entire rear chassis has a raised deck of diamond aluminum plate. The truck’s profile now is more like a crewcab pickup truck on steroids than a commercial class 8. In four years no LEO ha
  6. Well Jeff, I must respectfully disagree with you. Maybe I’ve been lucky with our Volvo 730, but if we were to be hit with a strong Oregon Coast storm we would stay in the Volvo. It has never leaked a drop that I’ve seen, and we have been in several storms with “sideways rain”. Additionally, my wife and I have been on the road for six months each year for the past 12 years. In that time we have owned four 5’vers; two Carridge units, a Landmark from Heartland and for the last four years a Lifestyle 38’ four season 5’ver. Lifestyle was the short lived successor company to Carridge - m
  7. When I signal a trucker that it’s safe to pull back into the right lane at night I turn off my lights twice, very briefly. Most truckers seem to like that better than flashing brights and at least half flash thanks. Canadian truckers seem to have no signals that I’ve detected, but then I don’t speak Canadian nor play hockey, so I may be missing something, eh?
  8. Jemstone

    Air Horns

    “And an obnoxious horn isn't going to change anything. Did you expect your horn to blow them back into their lane?” Blowing them back into their lane is an excellent idea. However, I’ll settle for telling them that cutting off a semi is a dangerous and stupid thing to do. These are not pansies that panic - these are seriously dangerously drivers and they know it. Little old ladies are slow, not reckless. I’m going after the loudest horn I can find. And, thanks to you, I know what to ask for. A horn that will blow them back into their lane!
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    Air Horns

    Driving through the San Francisco Bay Area last week on I-580 I was cut off three times by cars who clipped into the space in front of me, leaving me no room to brake. Each time it happened I honked my “loud” Volvo horn - and each time the horn spoke with the voice of an alarmed goose, not a truck. I would appreciate any suggestions regarding good quality train horns, especially kits that include the compressor and mounting hardware. I’d also be grateful for mounting suggestions from anyone who has put a horn on a Volvo VNL730 (2010 vintage). Loud is good. We are currently stayi
  10. “Oh ya.......for the folks that brag about size .....our length is today ........,.,1 4 1 F E E T ..Total“ That sounds more like a train than a trolley. +++ Peace, John & Rodeane (the +++ symbols allow us to end on a positive note.)
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    We have been notified by National General Insurance that we will have to pay $2,000 for next years HDT policy. This includes our trailer, which National General says must be included with the truck. Is this in line with what y’all are finding? Thanks, John
  12. Well sir, I have had the same problem with a 2010 VNL730. The regen sensor was shot and would not allow the truck to regenerate. All attempts at a parked regeneration request failed. I was 124 miles north of Las Vegas on US 93 when the DPF packed up and shut the truck down. This was a costly lesson in keeping track of regenerations. Also a lesson in having a good roadside assistance policy - ours covered the $1,100 towing bill. I would suggest you explain the issue to the dealer, since you are sitting nearby. Of all the issues you listed needing attention, this is the most lmporta
  13. “There are so many that don’t believe that taking that extra axle worth of brake surface area away, is a big deal. With our magnificent country and it’s amazing Constitution, that is thier God given right to have and express thier opinion. And it is my right to say that they are nuts.....lol” As a “Nut” I feel I need to respond. I singled my Volvo VNL 730 long, using the vacated axle area for large storage boxes under the deck. I have no doubt I could stop faster with the other axle still attached, but my stopping distance is good and it’s predictable. I know how long it will take me
  14. It’s simple Jim - a commercial truck owner, registering as an RV, is avoiding the taxes for a commercial truck and possibly the need for a CDL. The misuse of the RV registration throws doubt on all of us driving full sized trucks that are used as RVs for short trips. Creating suspicion about the legitimacy of our non-commercial status could lead to having to carry cases of Dr. Pepper when traveling in Texas. Here in Arizona it matters not what a privately owned truck is used for, only what it weighs. In 1969, while driving for Yellow Cab in Phoenix, I bought an agitated can of Dr. Pe
  15. If the goal is to save tire wear he’s going to need 15 more rocks.
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