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2001 Volvo VNL 64T660 Customized as a private truck for pulling heavy 5th Wheel RV's! with a lifting bed designed for Smart Car- Can Am Spyder or RZR900 $39,500 OBO. Full History since this truck left fleet service at 535k. Truck now has 624k and has been enjoyed by three Escapee RV'ers and is ready for the next. Previous Owners may be contacted with advanced permission required. The tires were just replaced in the Spring of 2018 with 6 new all position tires. Air conditioner has been replaced (2015) and annual inspections have been done as well. Interior improvements were done by 2L Custom, includes a trucker fridge, microwave, overnight sink & RAM computer swiveling work table. Large and tall drom box, 6500 QD Generator, 3000W Inverter, 100W solar panel w/ controller keeps batteries topped off, custom bed by 2L Custom Trucks. Henry S upgraded and installed the ET Hitch System (2014) and the truck has the Jackalope Conversion System. There are three 12' loading ramps 2k rated from Discount Ramps (Loading deck lift is designed for a Can Am Spyder). My wife Robin and I are downsizing to become seasonal campers and travelers looking for a smaller rig now. "Gar" (previously named "Joy Rider") has been awesome and is ready to keep on work'n for several more owners before it ever gets close to an overhaul. More details, dimensions & pictures available as well. contact me at 520-405-9125 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Additional photos on this outside link. https://www.racingjunk.com/Tow-Vehicles/183942372/Private-RV-Hauler-Conversion.html#10
I will be learning a lot and hope to be a quick study later this week. I have a question on Hitch operation on my HDT. My DW and I will have our next rig and first 5th wheel rig delivered on Friday. It's a 2010 Carriage Royals 36MAX1 We've aired up and measured with a level off the ET head to the ground and we measured it to be 48.75 inches. (air bags inflated with no weight on the hitch head) We've had the dealer measure the 5th wheel (when level) from the pin box plate to the ground and it measures 47" We have MORryde IS on the 5th wheel suspension We have a MORryde pin box set on it's lowest position of the 3 bolt pattern. I will assume. LOL that we want to start an un-loaded new rig out with a measurement on a level rig and a level HDT/ET hitch. We'll need to start up with this until we've loaded and weighed all our corner weights. I just want to start up with an equal playing field for both axles (MORryde IS on all four wheels. should I make this initial calculation based on a level placed on the rig and the HDT after the HDT is loaded or can I use the data I have before hitching with no actual load on the ET hitch? I hope I've stated the right stuff and also hope you'll let me know if I should have more data before you'd comment or suggest anything. Most appreciated, Steve Tipper
We have a 2001 Volvo VNL64T660 and 2009 SmartCar combo for sale. The Volvo has the Eaton Fuller Autoshift 10 speed transmission, the transmission is programmed to start out in 3rd instead of 1st. We have never had to use 1st or 2nd to start, only to "creep" in heavy traffic. The engine is the VED 12, 465 hp, 1650 ft lbs torque. The truck has 603,XXX miles, was originally bought out of commercial in 2008 with 535,150 miles, we purchased it with 572,XXX miles. We are the second owners who have used it as an RV hauler. The previous owners were HDT forum members and I can provide their name/contact info, with their permission of course. After our purchase the truck was singled long and has a custom bed by 2L Custom Trucks. The bed is fully skirted and has a loader that can be raised from the road side to take the break out of loading a vehicle and allow unloading to the curb side out of traffic if needed. The truck is configured in the "weed burner" style and has had a drom box added right behind the cab. The commercial trailer wiring has been converted using the Jackalope system and I put in two solid wire runs from the Jackalope to the rear of the bed for both truck and trailer lights, I then put in two weather proof J boxes to allow repair/replacement of truck or trailer wiring without having to do a splice job each time, you can just build a replacement pigtail and install it. The truck has the ET Hitch and it was upgraded/modified by Henry S. in 2014. The ET gets it's air supply from the truck slider switch on the dash so you can isolate the hitch and not put any air in it if required. The bed was designed to allow a full 60" clearance between where the loading ramps sit on the bed to the front of our fifth wheel, plenty of pivot room. We previously carried a Can-Am Spyder tryke with extremely low front end clearance, the adjustable height loader allowed us to load without scraping bottom. The SmartCar loads without having to use the loader. There is a electric winch system stored in the drivers side front bed compartment, once the "L" arm is attached to the side of the bed above the compartment it allows you to safely winch up the SmartCar. The L arm has two positions, one is centered on the loader that we used for the Spyder tow slings and one offset to the left for use with the SmartCar tow hook. You can drive the SmartCar up if you prefer, we usually winch it up and then drive it down. There are three (3) 2,000 lb ramps from Discount Ramps included, there are three because of the previous requirements of the Spyder. The SmartCar is held down by a eTrack system with straps that go over the front and rear tires on each side of the car, very secure and easy to use for transport. There is a Onan 6500 QD generator (390 hours) installed on the passenger side front bed compartment, it's tapped into the twin 125 gal diesel tanks . The genset compartment has a 50 amp receptacle for external connection in a weather proof box, the electrical cord runs out thru the bottom of the bed. The generator also charges the truck batteries. We have used it dry camping to keep our batteries (truck and fifth wheel) topped up as well as other people's rigs. Nice to have the gen set on the truck where you can position it away from the campsite to reduce the noise. Installing it on the truck also freed up the generator compartment on the fifth wheel and added the weight the generator would have taken up as increased personal cargo capacity. The generator has had the fuel pump replaced under the Onan service bulletin citing premature fuel pump failure. The work was done at Rocky Mountain Onan Cummins in Denver and was covered under warranty. Other annual service has been done by me. The truck has an Vector Maxx SST Model VEC056C 2500W modified sine inverter and pass through shore power capability (30 amp marine receptacle, with power cord included). There are 110 outlets in the interior as well as in the driver luggage compartment which houses all the electrical components. The batteries are kept up by the Progressive Dynamics Intellipower 9100 power converter/battery minder system. The truck also has it's own 100 watt solar panel with controller. The solar panel is mounted on top of the drom box and can be tilted manually if needed. Nice to have when you have to park the truck away from the campsite for extended periods. There are an additional two storage compartments on each side of the rear of the bed. I use these for leveling blocks and the messy truck stuff we all have to carry. There is a compressed air outlet in the drivers side rear compartment. The drom box has two doors, the upper door is configured horizontally and opens upward. The lower door opens from passenger side to drivers side vertically. The lower compartment has three levels. The lower level is 30" H by 26" D by 70" W. All measurements are from interior wall to wall and shelf to shelf. The middle compartment is 24" H by 26" D by 70" W. The upper compartment is 18" H by 26" D by 70" W. The upper level compartment is 18" H by 26" D by 70" W. There are three (3) cargo lock bars included, the nice ones that ratchet out and then fine tune with the twist and lock system. This box will hold a lot of stuff, we almost filled up a 8 X 12 shed when we emptied it. In the truck cab interior the lower bunk has been removed and a dinette/seating area custom built by 2L Custom. There are four lap seat belts installed if needed. We have had 3 grandkids back there comfortably. The table is the marine octagon type on a pedestal and is removable, it stays removed most of the time for us. The upper bunk remains and can be used as a sleeper and has the cargo net so it can be used as storage and not have things flying around the cab for those unexpected stops. The cab has a trucker fridge mounted in the upper portion of the "coat closet" behind the passenger seat. Not on the floor where you can't get to your items, having it at eye levels makes it much more useful. The bottom half of the coat closet can still be used to hang coats and things. There is a custom cabinet behind the drivers seat that has a microwave and self contained sink. The sink is not fancy but serves to wash your hands, brush your teeth etc. There is no porta potti, but there is a space under the dinette seating area to store one if desired, we just chose not to use one. There is a RAM computer work table for the co-pilot that swivels around to use when traveling. Cosmetically the truck is in good shape. The interior has no tears or cracks in the dash, the seats both have cloth seat covers on them, are air ride and adjustable and all the adjustments work. The dinette area is pretty much brand new. The exterior has the normal road chips and dings you would expect from a 14 year old truck. It's not perfect but not trashed out either, nothing effects the functionality of the truck. The SmartCar is a Silver and Black 2009 Brabus Cabriolet with 54,XXX miles. We purchased it from an individual in Chandler, AZ in 2014. The car was sold new at Chandler Mercedes Benz to a lady, she kept it 3 years and then traded it in on a new Passion Coupe, she decided the convertible was not for her. One of the salesmen bought it from the dealer and kept it 2 years, then bought a Mercedes G wagon that had been traded in so had no more use for the Smart. Car has been in AZ most of it's life but was garaged kept by both owners. It has the power convertible top and removable panels to make it look like a true convertible with the top down. It runs great and also has no problems. We put Blue Ox base plates on it to allow a contingency plan if we needed to tow it with our motor coach or the Volvo. We plan on getting a Jeep Rubicon to pull behind the motor coach. We just finished a 4K mile year of traveling (family issues limited us this year and is why we missed the HDT rally), and have done as much as 8K in one year with no major problems. Everything works and the truck runs fine. In 2013 on the way to the HDT rally we had the oil pressure sensor go bad, replaced with no further problems. We just had the air conditioner system components replaced due to leaks in Oct. 2015. The work was done by Transwest in Denver, Co. Blows really cold cab air now. All scheduled maintenance has been done on an annual basis, usually wherever we spent the winter months. The top end maintenance was completed by the previous owner before we bought it, engine should be good til a million miles before overhaul. there are absolutely no fluid leaks and the truck does not use oil. We bought this truck at the 2011 HDT rally on the advice of several of the members of the HDT forum who were there, this was our first truck and we had absolutely no experience driving or maintaining a big rig. We have not been disappointed with their recommendation, it's been a great truck, made pulling a heavy fifth wheel as easy and safe as possible. We have had two blowouts on the fifth wheel (bearing issues, another story) and the truck absolutely did not even swerve and got us stopped both times before any major damage was done by the tire shreds. We have parked our fifth wheel at the Escapees co-op park in Jojoba Hills, Ca. and no longer need the Volvo. We will continue to travel extensively in a '03 36' Foretravel motor coach we recently purchased. We are asking $65,000 for both vehicles as a turnkey unit, all you need is any size fifth wheel you'd like to pull and you're ready for the road. Truck and SmartCar are currently located in Temecula, Ca. for the winter. If you are seriously interested email me and I can provide my cell phone, pictures and more info as requested. Rick rickokc at gmail. com