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Stan Wright

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I found this 1999 Volvo VNM 420 hauler. Single axle, hauler bed, Cummins M11 370/1450, manual trans, 637,000 miles.

 

Seller comments: front tires will need replacing, A/C needs freon, runs great. Used to pull a large boat.

 

I emailed him with more questions about leaks, noises, axle weights, gear ratiio, trans type, etc.

 

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Anyone see any potential issuses? He's asking $10K.

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I always look at that as Karma - it just was not meant to be yours, who knows why. I bow to the universe when that happens.

 

A couple of years ago I came across a really sweet early CJ5 at a ridiculously low price. Waited a couple of days before I went to look at it and he sold it 30 minutes before I got there! Who knows, maybe it would have killed me!

 

Keep looking, the right truck for you is out there.

 

"When the student is ready, the Master will appear."

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I always look at that as Karma - it just was not meant to be yours, who knows why. I bow to the universe when that happens.

 

A couple of years ago I came across a really sweet early CJ5 at a ridiculously low price. Waited a couple of days before I went to look at it and he sold it 30 minutes before I got there! Who knows, maybe it would have killed me!

 

Keep looking, the right truck for you is out there.

 

"When the student is ready, the Master will appear."

 

I agree completely. I found it by accident on Ebay. It spoke to me a little but there were still too many unanswered questions to bid or buy.

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I can recall at least one 420 owner posting on this Forum, but I believe that it was registered as a private truck. The sleeper is so short on those that there's really no room to stow the "upgrades" that would qualify it as a motorhome.

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That will vary greatly depending on what state he is in.

 

The truck was in Missouri and I'm in Indiana.

 

I can recall at least one 420 owner posting on this Forum, but I believe that it was registered as a private truck. The sleeper is so short on those that there's really no room to stow the "upgrades" that would qualify it as a motorhome.

 

 

I like the looks of the 420/430 cabs but the consensus seems to be they are more difficult to convert to RV/motorhome specs. Had that one already been registered as non-commercial it would have been a big plus.

 

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Curious, what was the requirements for rv. Don't think we could in Texas

Texas is easy. Just fill out the form listing the items that make it a MH. Include 1 photo of inside, 1 photo of outside and pay the title fees. I was in/out of the county tax office in no time flat.

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Glenn, In Colorado any truck can be a RV. No modifications required. Even pickups can be a RV. The good thing is it substatially reduces the cost for registration to about equal to a MH and no CDL required. The bad thing is Colorado registrations are a little higher than many other states. Still if a shorter truck is desired a 420 might work if you can stuff the requirements into it. The other advantage of a shorter truck is a shorter wheel base and tighter turning radius. Some just like a bigger cab so it would seem to be a personal decision.

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I had ruled out 420/430s due to not believing I could register as Motorhome. Gives me more search options!!!

 

Hi Glenn,

 

My truck is a 420. It was registered as a motorhome in Delaware at first. I live in Ohio. I bought the truck and had the title transferred from the Delaware motorhome title to an Ohio motorhome title. I was looking for a smaller truck then a 610/630. This size truck works for me.

 

Good luck in your search,

Al

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Curious, what was the requirements for rv. Don't think we could in Texas

Glenn, there have been many posts about what is required and necessary to register as a MH in Texas. I believe it is all still listed in the resource guide, along with links to the forms needed along with info the state puts out.

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