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  1. Ya that is the big unknown for me, I know at the hospital im located now, we have to park at a lot not at the hospital and take golf cart transport to the hospital, but its a huge lot and we have had a few travel nurses boondock in the back corner of that aux lot. We had a nurse who lived in a Tesla Model X, slept in the back of the car with the rear seats removed and mattress installed, would sleep at hospital parking lot for his 2-3 days in a row, then leave on his days off and camp out somewhere else like a state park or what not to reduce his lodging expense. We also had someone in a Mercedez sprinter van try to spend the entire 13 weeks in the back corner of the aux lot, but she was eventually kicked out, because she was hanging out cooking and such in the parking lot and drinking beer on her days off instead of leaving the hospital. We even had a nurse with one of those big dually Mega Cab dodges camp out in the parking lot. She has an RV and parks it further from the hospital to save on rates, then she would schedule her days 2-3 in a row, shower in the OR changing room and sleep in the back seat of the truck for her 2-3 days, then go to her RV on her days off, told me often she would find RV parks 30-45mins away would be half the rates of parks near the hospital. An example she said the RV park down the street from my hospital is $1050/month right now, she parked at a resort 45 mins away for $440/month .
  2. could you share more about it?
  3. Wow, did you have to extend the frame to do that? I was looking at the opposite lol, really liked the guy who put the pickup bed on his HDT, really came out clean, he singled his after finding out the correct location for the bed wheel wells.
  4. I was curious if there were any frequent bobtailers on here, looking into class 8s as a possible tow vehicle for RV and after talking to another travel nurse who used an HDT for towing, he kinda has me hooked on the idea, but I'm trying to figure out what I would do as a get around vehicle. The guy i meet in person he had a wife that drove separately in a car, so he had a normal car to get around with to go to work and back. I am all alone, so it would just be me on the road and towing, so was curious how logical it would be to drive the Class 8 to and from work 3 times a week from the RV site. I thought about tossing my motorcycle on the back, but would like a way to travel on the days the weather is just terrible and not really logical to ride a motorcycle to work. I am curious what type of MPG did you get roughly if you knew? How hard was it dealing with normal stop and go traffic? Was it hard to park the truck in a normal parking lot?
  5. Hello all, Doing some research on Class 8s, was curious which engine is the preferred motor to have here and why. Not owning a semi before and owning a handful of dodge and ford diesel trucks in my life, I am naturally allured towards the Cummins trucks, just curious what else out there is considered a good reliable engine, I'm mostly looking at moderate mile used trucks, as I don't want to spend a lot of money on a newer truck at the moment. I did talk to a guy named Rawles on the facebook group and he swears by the Cummins, but when I checked out his youtube channel he only works on and owns Cummins, so guessing a bit of a fanboy.
  6. I should look into the Colorado rules, i have a rental house in Colorado i rent out...
  7. This is an option, but i was thinking today, i am curious what the state constitutes as a bumper? because i found a goose neck hitch for pickup trucks that attaches UNDER the truck to the trucks frame rails that places the ball directly behind the truck's bumper, the ball height is adjustable, so you can remove it during times of no use to allow full access to the truck bed and tailgate.. This would be a gooseneck setup that is NOT resting ON the truck, it would be resting OFF the truck just like a bumper/class 1,2,3 hitch would.... My logic based off this setup would allow me to clear a hole in the frame rails of the semi, instead of mounting the RV towing device on top of the frame making the load ON the truck, i could take some thick metal and have it bolted to the frame from under the frame rails at the end of the truck frame for clearance, then place the gooseneck ball in the middle of bolted metal to the bottom of the truck, maybe extending a few inches of the setup hanging off the rear of the truck frame, so the gooseneck would be placing the load of the RV ON the gooseneck hitch, which is transferring the load under the truck, resulting in the load being supported OFF the frame rails UNDER the truck...
  8. Well i am not sure where i will be going honestly, im getting into this as im planning to become a Travel Nurse once i meet the experince that all the agencies i have talked to thus far wanted me to have under my belt, so i bought the truck first so i could convert it and get the headache of registering and running an HDT out of the way, because i read a few people it took months to finalize it all out.. and this would give me to time to mod the truck to my likings, as i plan to attempt an gear ratio change myself, ive done it lots of times on normal axles, figured it would be similar, just bigger parts.. as well i wanted to convert it to run on veggie oil, based on the located on the back of the truck in front of the RV, i would easily put a flat tank that would hold a couple hundred gallons of veggie oil at once, i may even install a 2 tank system as we have simplified our filtering and cleaning of veggie oil on my dads truck so he can add oil on the road since he is a construction worker who works all over the country.. he has the large 125 gallon tank flat against the front of his truck bed, then under the truck in the frame rail we have a smaller tank that holds like 40 gallons that has a fill hose quick connection mounted on the rear bumper, the engine coolant from the motor is extended so it flows through both veggie oil tanks to heat the oil so its easier to filter, then a centrifuge filter is pressurized by a pump to separate the oil from the garbage in the oil as the truck is on... once the oil is clean enough to place in the clean veggie tank, he has an small 12v pump he keeps in his toolbox that he just pumps from one container to the other with, but he doesnt use this setup very often, as he typically is able to drive to the site and back home on a full tank of veggie oil in the past and when he got home and just tops it off with clean oil from home.. I am thinking the veggie oil setup would work out beautiful, because after talking with many travel nurses, they typically work out of florida during the hotter months, then in the winter months they take a contract down in florida or texas or cali..... so i figured i would fill the big oil tank, if i ran 200gallons i could have a 2000 mile range roughly to travel with the semi before it needed a fill up, by that time i would imagine i would be back in florida to swing by my parents and get a fill up on the oil....
  9. I will call the person that i did the registration with again and talk to her about it again, if worse comes to worse, i will add an air ride goose neck setup to the truck and convert the rv trailer or buy one that has gooseneck connection, we ran air ride goosenecks on our horse trailers for many years and didn't have issue with them, so i imagine the weight of an rv being similar weight wouldn't be a big deal...
  10. I am not sure what happen to you, but i was able to register mine as a "Motorhome", i called it an RV, my bad.. but they required that i remove the COMMERCIAL 5th wheel off the truck, so we did this for the inspection.. i told them i was wanting to tow an RV with it later on and they said i could as long as i dont put a Commercial 5th wheel back on, which they told me meant the 5th wheel has to have a tow rating of no more than 24,995lbs.... and it would have to be an actual RV, not someone elses RV that im delivering... I have this all written out on the paperwork in the truck for records...
  11. heading through my area or the ECR event area?
  12. I will, i have had a lot of experience in the SVO world, been doing it for many years and have converted multiple cars and trucks, my first SVO conversion was a 1972 Mercedes 240D with 719k miles on the clock that i bought and converted and drove for a year before selling it off for something different, once you get the system up and running, the fact your running on SVO becomes a mute point in my opinion... My father has family in Anchorage, Alaska and we were invited to a wedding, instead of flying out there for thousands of dollars, we took his 1995 Dodge and drove from Florida all the way to alaska and back, we towed a trailer that we had filled with 55gallon drums of clean/filtered used veggie oil and made the entire trip using maybe 1 gallon of diesel total...
  13. I am not familiar with the info on the ECR, i have been working my butt off lately trying to get stuff situated for the arrival of the Semi, my uncle is a truck driver, so he helped me a lot by going to check out the truck before i bidded on it. Could you pass the info over on the event....
  14. Im in holiday, fl.. but the truck is being stored right now up at my parents property in zephyrhills, fl
  15. I had a lot of trouble at first finding someone who knew what i was talking about, but after explaining it a dozen times and my local dmv making a call, they allowed me to.. i just was required to remove the commercial hitch, any non-commercial hitch i am allowed to add on later for towing the RV was the word i got told...
  16. Well, today i just got home from buying my first HDT, i had an 2001 Dodge Ram Cummins Diesel pickup w/ 286k on the clock that i have been daily driving for many years converted on SVO, since im planning on moving on to become a travel nurse soon in the near future i figured it was time to sell the truck and buy something that could easily tow the 5th i plan on buying, so put the truck up for sale and got $8500 for it. I have not bought the 5th wheel yet because i was unsure still if i could find a HDT for me and after many weeks of searching one popped up online for sale and i won the winning bid on it for $8100. Its a 2006 Volvo 670 w/ 1,003,918 miles on the clock. The interior is in OK condition, it doesnt look bad and there is not a lot of staining inside, but there is a smell inside the cab that i need to get out, smells like old musk.. but i plan on leaving the windows open when weather gets better and cleaning the inside very well... I bought this truck because i have been daily driving my 2001 dodge for some time now on SVO (Straight Vegetable Oil) and after learning from my mistakes i have had nothing but reliable usage running it for over 3 years now without a single issue once i got the kinks figured out.. so the 16mpg average i was getting on the truck really didnt mean anything since on my parents property we have close to 5,000 gallons of old vegetable oil, because my father runs SVO on his 1995 Dodge Ram Diesel as well.... First thing i did was register the truck in the state of Florida that i live in as a RV, i followed others advice and added the minimal requirements for the inspection, then picked up the plates after registering it as an RV and went to get it and just drove it home. Insurance was a little bit of a hassle at first because many of the agents i talked to didnt understand what i was trying to say, but i found the list of agents who helped people get insurance before and called one of them and registered it without much of an issue. My annual premium is only $186 more than my 2001 Dodge was a year, so honestly not all that much to insure....the only requirement i had to do was remove the commercial 5th wheel from the truck so it can't be used to tow commercial trailers anymore, i told them i was planning on adding a RV 5th wheel onto the rear of it and they said that this was perfectly ok.... I bought the truck first, because i plan on building a custom bed for the truck with the help of my father. We are going to remove the factory 5th wheel and install one of the RV friendly units that people have installed on their HDT, just have not picked one out yet. I am also going to see about changing the gear ratio in it for better fuel economy. I only averaged 12.1mpg with it driving home empty, which in honesty is not all that bad i guess... i am going to gamble on trying to run this truck on SVO, since i found lots of post of people with this model truck running biodiesel on them without issues on farms and such.. I have an old tool box shaped aux diesel tank on the property that isnt used anymore, i am going to add heating to it and install this on the Volvo in a temp manner and test running on veggie oil on the semi engine before i go all out and build a custom tank and do a very automated detailed install.. the test setup is going to be all manual switch over compared to the automated system i had running on the 2001 dodge, because i have these parts already from a previous install i upgraded from.. if i can get this semi to run on the veggie oil reliably, then i plan on using it on SVO fully except during startup and shutdown.....last year i only bought 1 tank of diesel on my 2001 the entire year and i put over 15k miles on the truck w/SVO.... Once i have the truck all finished being modified, i plan on shopping for RV's, im waiting to do this step because the new semi increases my options for RV's to tow, as well gives me the time to mod the rear of the truck so i can tow an RV right away, it seems like the prices of RV's in florida are retarded compared to other parts of the country, if i have to i can then run to pick it up and go from there.. I am aiming to add around 200-300gallon capacity on SVO, so i can go a long distance between fill ups..
  17. I use to have a friend who lived in my townhouse community that was an CAT chaser, he would be gone for a few weeks at most, but he didnt spend a lot of months away like your stating.. he had to bring his own housing because many of the places he would go for CAT work the motels and hotels would be fully booked for over an hour out from the site of damage in most cases and many times the roads where unpassable by street cars for the first week in many cases, so he would sleep in the back of his pickup in a bed cabin that he installed a custom slide door to allow the cabin heat to feed into the camper when he slid the rear window open, he normally towed a small uhaul size trailer behind him to put his ladders and other stuff in along with this cloths and crap... he would normally park at site or down the street from it for the nights and if it was freezing cold he would just idle his truck all night... surprisingly it would only consume like 1-2 gallons of diesel to idle the truck overnight with the heat or a/c on.... Oh ya, before you ask where he showered at... he would join the gyms in the area and just shower there daily after his workouts... I wander if you could do the same idea, but jump it up to a HDT with a sleeper, then you could tow a small RV for your stuff and either sleep in the RV when you can or sleep in the HDT on the Cold nights in the sleeper with the truck idling for heat....
  18. Phil, i agree the prices are a little out there, ive been half tempted to buy a prefabbed shipping container home a few times in the last few years after seeing one in person cut up and turned into an hunting lodge at a county fair, you can get finished prefabbed shipping container homes for under 30k now... seen some as low as 22k using the smaller 30ft containers
  19. Whats funny is there is a new show called warehouse nation i think also that came out recently, its all about turning giant empty warehouses into industrial looking 15,000sqft houses...
  20. Mind sharing how much the clutches being replaced cost you? Im just curious
  21. Wow, you are very lucky, i video taped most of my talks on speakerphone due to everyone saying they couldn't see notes of someone else i talked to about it or things they promised me one day, i would call back a few days later and noone knew what i was talking about, so i recorded it all on video for evidence and after the fuel injector issue, Dodge simply told me they couldn't do anything for me because none of it was repeated more than 3 times to qualify for buy back or replacement from their company.. so the best they would do was allow me to trade it in toward another vehicle on any dodge lot in the country and they would deliver that vehicle to me, thus how i moved on to a Used C6 Corvette... I actually got the corvette for a really good deal because it was a manager's special out of Miami, FL and they shipped it all the way to me in Denver, CO and gave me trade in value for my pickup as the same amount i bought it for 2 years prior, which in a way is them buying it back, but i couldnt get my money back, i had to buy another vehicle through them..
  22. Ya, that is a little misleading, i had the same question after i bought all of mine, but after contacting they said that is really meaning you shouldnt have it turned on trying to balance the batteries when it has something else drawing power off of them, so when the truck off it will work perfectly fine, it just cant balance the batteries properly when they are under a load...I use one on my Corvette, Motorcycles, and Dirt bike without a single issue, ive never had any of the batteries give me issues... They sell other wires for different countries and such, like ive seen cig lighter ones, and just plain alligator clips if your trying to use another 12v source to maintain them.. the iMax runs off 12v/8a input I understand what you are talking about, but many chargers off the shelf now are so cheaply made that they just use logic code to turn them off once XX.X voltage is detected through mosfet switching.. I know the iMax will cycle the "FIT's" to balance out all cells, but i have never seen it cycle more than 2 times while charging multi cell batteries that were not way out of balance, yes if the cells are poorly balanced yes.. but 1-2 times on healthy batteries and the discharge is so minimal i dont even think you can count it as a discharge cycle on the battery itself.., for example when i wired one up to my grandparents golfcart for when they go back up north and its stored during the summer in florida, it will charge the batteries up to 6.31v the first time, then discharge down to 6.29v, then back up to 6.31v tell all cells read 6.3v+, their golf cart was bought in 2004 and its still running off the same batteries since and i didnt add the balancer tell 2009 after noticing how poorly balanced they were when performing maintenance on the batteries for them... Now every Summer since 2009, the iMax is plugged in and left on while its stored for a few months....with no issues
  23. I am not trying to steer you away from your truck man, but the newer trucks are just garbage in my opinion unless you drive them as a passenger vehicle... they are just pushing the limits of the engine to the extreme edge under just normal driving... so when someone actually puts weight behind it a few times they fall apart.... I had an 1995 Dodge Ram Diesel pickup that i got from my grandfather with over 300k on it, i then converted it to SVO straight veggie oil out of just toying with it and got over 500k before trading it in after Dodge offering me 25k off a new Cummins powered pickup... The truck i got from the trade in was the biggest peace of garbage i ever owned.. spent more time at the dealership then on the road so i sold it after trying to get dodge to buy it back with no results...it wasnt just one thing that broke it was a new thing each time... This was my 1995 Dodge Cummins pickup... This is the package and letter i got from Dodge when they realized i had over 500k on it.... Then i traded it in for this peace of junk..... In the 2 years i owned the new one, the Front axle had to be rebuilt, the transmission was serviced 2 times, the turbo went out, then shortly after i had the 2nd turbo go out and they replaced the entire emission system on the exhaust, then right before i traded it in the power body module went out shorting out all 6 fuel injectors, which lead to 7k in fuel injectors replaced under warranty... Dont get me wrong the actual engine never gave me a single issue in itself, it was all of the garbage that dodge added to the truck around the engine that failed... the turbo failed twice due to DPF failures, the injectors shorted out because one of the wires in the body module melted through the plastic box and shorted itself against the body of the truck..
  24. Also, i really like the idea of building an RV out of a commercial trailer or shipping container due to the fact that it would be stupid durable and easy to build if you know anything about welding, ive been reading about all the hunting guys that build living quarters out of them for hunting season, but they typically build them to hold like 2-4 ATV's and other hunting stuff with very minimal living quarters.. but they typically build everything out of cheap square tube and sheet steal or aluminum and just welding all of the framing to the walls instead of having to bolt stuff to it or what not... many of the hunting rigs i seen where very nicely done with just minimal welding skills, some use auto vinyl wrap to wrap the walls and such to the colors they desire... many of these guys use NON-Commercial trailers for moving around their shipping containers.. so the use of a commercial semi trailer is really not needed and could be avoided...
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