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  1. Thanks all. Great food for thought. Regardless of what I buy I fear it is going to be a step down from my McCall. Appreciate your input. Ian.
  2. Folks,I am buying a one ton soon and was just going to go with the hitch offered by the truck company until several folks mentioned a ball hitch.I was under the impression that a ball hitch was more for horse / utility trailers and they had a tendency to break 5th wheel trailers. I gather this is now incorrect.I have been told that instead of a for / aft motion, with a ball you get of hobby horse or rocking motion when towing.My 5th is a Arctic Fox 29-5T.I haven't bought my replacement truck yet so this is a good time to research.Thoughts ?Thanks
  3. $ 36, 000.00 obo Approximately 27,000.00 USD at the moment 2001 Freightliner Sport Truck – specific built to pull 5th wheels, boat, horse / large utility trailers - pre DEF and emissions . 4 door. Registered as a Camper. Rear seat folds down for a bed. . Cat 3126b engine w/ pac brake. 300 hp / 800 torque. Mileage is @ 160K miles. . 2 * 50 US gallon tanks . 3 pedal, 6 speed Eaton autoshift. Clutch for stopping / starting. Rear end ratio 4:11. . p/s, p/w, a/c . Air brakes (requires an air certification to drive), rear suspension and cab. Smooth ride. . upgraded both driver / passenger seats – National Commodore - 6 adjustments with a back massager to relieve back strain . 1000 watt stereo with suspended sub in center console . Sony head unit and back up camera; Cobra CB . 22.5 tires with Michelin tires w/less than 40K miles on them. Rotating mass balanced with DynaBeads . McCall 5th hitch (4 shocks and 2 sets of 2 bags adjustable from within the cabin) w/Binkly head. . 2 storage bays in box . new batteries in February . I had a painted and custom striped . well maintained by local truck repair center and Freightliner in Nova Scotia . I have replaced some parts since I have purchased and have some spare parts. Some parts still under warranty. It will be safetied and have an oil analysis as terms of the sale. Please contact for pictures.
  4. Thanks Kirk. I wasn't sure if they existed.. Appreciate the help... Ian
  5. Hi, Have been Rv'ing for 16 years now.. and slowing down a bit Have started thinking about moving to another rig.. a non def diesel super c that preferably has a Freightliner M2 up front . ..so it would have to be pre '08 or '09 .. Not having much luck finding one.. Were they made then ? Any idea where I can look ? Thanks Ian.
  6. Hi, Have been Rv'ing for 16 years now.. and slowing down a bit Have started thinking about moving to another rig.. a non def diesel super c that preferably has a Freightliner M2 up front . ..so it would have to be pre '08 or '09 .. Not having much luck finding one.. Were they made then ? Any idea where I can look ? Thanks Ian.
  7. Is the Winegard PA-6002 Pathway X2 Satellite still considered to be the best bang for the buck ? We plan to use the DISH network on the road.. Thanks..
  8. Please. And if you can, do something on air pressure in the tires. I bought a tmps last summer and have been absolutely fascinated with what has been happening with the tires while running and with the warm / cold temps we have experienced. I have asked a few questions on several boards and from the range range in responses, it seems that pressures and when to fill are a mystery to all. Now that I am home, I had planned on contacting Michelin and for an explanation. I run 6 steers on my TV and 4 Lts on my trailer. With all you work on bags / springs..have you studies how air pressure affects them ? Ian
  9. Since I seem to be the last known user of the McCall hitch I will continue the story. I have tried to find others that are using in but no joy. last summer, I blew an air bag on the back of the hitch. Had to repair it on the road.. and best guess between the repair dude and me is that the rear airbags were too large. All I knew about this hitch before buying it was that it sat in a lot of garages and was passed on when the truck was sold... and unfortunately, I did not keep the rear bags when I replaced them. I get home from the trip and the same airbag has been abraded but not worn through. That is why I asked about shocks .. they seems , in retrospect, pretty dead to me. My truck has been a massive learning curve for me. I replace that bag again and the shocks. And, I nipped away at some of the material in the bar that did the damage. And yes, I used Monroe shocks...glad I got that right. Oh, I had to increase the pressure a bit to lever the 5th wheel. Last November we headed to Texas. Pa and Ny had rough patches ..but La .. wow.. anyone has driven through there knows how rough it is. All is good with my hitch. Coming into Houston we were diverted off the interstate and we were hauling through back roads far faster that was comfortable with the local LEOs urging us along when I hit a whopper. I didn't know then but I snapped the welding on one shock and nipped bag. Found out later when I was checking the bags that we nipped that bag again but Carl (member here) , who was beside me, noticed that I had broken a shock. He and my son, helped me fix that shock and re attach a slider on the unit. I did order a spare but in the mean time, I put a piece of duct tape over the abrasion as an early warning sign to replace the shock. In January, we left Mission Tx and headed west along the Mexican border. We then toured Nm and went into Az as far as Tuscon. Back to Nm (Roswell, white sands) the up the west side of Tx on secondary roads then across to Texarkana into Ar. Then back through Maine. The hitch was solid with zero rubbing on the duct tape. I can only conclude that the shocks are multi purpose..not only to slow doing the up/down for/aft movement but also to prevent the hitch from destroying itself. Would love to talk with someone who uses this hitch.. I will say that it gets a lot of attention with the folks that understand hitches...for an 18 year truck, it gets a lot of attention too. We cannot make the HDT rally but we head back to Tx in November. Cheer, Ian.
  10. Grassy

    M2 dash heat controls

    Yes.. i found the flaps not fully closing. Improved considerably. I also put a shut off valves on the hot water tubes going through the dash. When it becomes warm, I shut them off and the a/.c improved. I also installed an old style metal fan on my dash, on a board.. plug it into a 12v plug. I like air blowing on me so everyone in the cab is now happy. It also looks OEM.
  11. Grassy

    Value of Truck

    I tried that when I was looking at class 8's..trying to figure out a good price.. could not find any rhyme or reason for some of the prices. I suspect the same will be for our trucks.. you have to add a bit for rarity.. I am guessing that I have put on 10K miles in the 4+ months we have been in the US (Maine to Az) and we have seen 3 MTDs for towing Rv';s and horse trailers and one was from Canada. Cannlot figure out where they all are ?
  12. Thanks. Still no truck (I am told perhaps today) and it looks like we are going to be hammered tonight. Fingers crossed.
  13. Thanks all. We are dead in the water at the moment between "diagnosing my problem" and "fixing our buddies trucks first". For a first come, first serve, we do not make appointments, my truck seems to be spending a lot of time in the parking lot. No matter, have a rental car and haven't been kicked out of the RV park yet Snow kind of add though.. we are in Bensen Az. Ian.
  14. Thanks. We are actually here for repair.. there is a freightliner dealer in Tucson. We have done a bit of touring around but a bit nervous. We never know if the rig will start. Never a good situation. We have discovered that AAA ( Arizona) will not support the CAA package we bought. The rig goes in Monday and we will see if a rental is necessary..if so, Kartchner is on our list. Appreciate your response. Ian.
  15. So far on our trip, I have seen several 40+, tri axle tpoy haulers running with a single wheeled one ton. I will go out on a limb that they were sold on this because it can "pull" it. I assume this ids illegal and since the LEOs won't do anything about it.. will the Ins company pay out when it is in an accident ?
  16. Grassy

    M2 dash heat controls

    After working on mine, it is better.. but not great. I do believe I read somewhere that this was an issue with these rigs..
  17. We are presently in Bensen, Az. Our next stop will be White Sands to jump to Carlsbad, Nm. Has anyone traveled from white sands to Carlsbad, Nm via the US-82 or US-180 ? We have the latest trucker's Atlas. They both seem to be secondary roads.. the 82 looks like it has some *major* hills. Any help is appreciated. Thanks, Ian.
  18. He thought so...but this gent is supposedly on the board.. but with this response..I am guessing no...
  19. Sorry, have been of the board for a long time..been focusing on living...so I have lost touch with the names of contributors..or it can be attributed to advancing age This gent was referred to me ..it is possible that he can help me with my hitch. Thanks, Ian.
  20. Update. Ran into a ex airplane mechanic who rebuilt my system. It is a heck of a lot quieter and heats faster now. After trying to contact the folks at cheap heat to find a dealer, they couldn't bother to respond by voice nor e=mail. I contacted several places where we are parked and most had heard of them but that was as far as I got. It looks to me that they have gone under or are in the process of... I think this is a topic I will dig further into..but not while I am on the road. Thanks
  21. I have used propane in enclosed spaces.. but in my experience, they add a tremendous amount of moisture ... We tend not to be long stayers .. we are being charged electricity where we are now at in Mission.. I have heard negatives about baseboard that is why the cheap heat interests me.. I have emailed the company with no response.. are they still in business..and I have looked for local dealers.. but no one lists them.. Thanks, Ian.
  22. Anybody hear of or use the "cheap heat" add on option ?
  23. Our MDT is buttery smooth..and great gas mileage.. around 12 ish... really impressed with it on our trip south..but I would think you woud need something stronger like a 112 or go class 8. A word of caution..even with the RV parks we are in.. a class 8 is big..and at home, too big. .. you have to decide where you want to park..or how you want to RV..
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