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Interested in hdt just for towing a heavy 5'r. Some ?'s that may have been answered in previous discussions though. I would want an automatic, not sure of weight of trailer as we have not retired totally and have not purchased the fifth. Currently using a t/t. When looking at trucks, should we look at mfr years before emissions or not worry? What is a reasonable mileage ( I know this a a $ thing)? We don't want to spend a fortune but still get a reliable vehicle for full timing. Would like to have a lift or ramps to place a 2 door jeep on tractor., so that may mean a "long singled unit". Not sure if possible. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. If any hdt's coming up to Door County Wisconsin, would love to see and talk more. Thanks to all for any and all assistance.

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I prefer less emissions. Now the more emissions the newer truck. I have a 2006. Egr. Hate it but to not have 2002ish truck. It a compromise to me. Freightliner and Detroits are cheaper to work on. Volvos are nice trucks. They proud of parts and trucks also. I have Ultrashift. It does the job with no clutch pedal and no shifter. Only wished they engaged at lower rpms. It either engaged or not. Backing will take some getting use too.

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There is a rig in the for sale section that seems to meet the needs you discuss. Here is the link to the add. It is a singled truck with an automated manual transmission that is set up to haul a Jeep on the bed.

 

As far as your specific questions, first, emissions is somewhat of a personal preference. If you are stuck on a Volvo with an ishift, you are pretty much going to get some type of emissions equipment. If you are willing to look at something other than an ishift, then you can go either way. Some people have had problems with their emissions systems and others have had no issues. I think this really comes down to personal preference and what type of driveline you want.

 

Mileage is another personal preference thing. I have a higher mileage truck. I am currently right at about 850000 miles. I have had a few repairs to make, but nothing that has made me regret the mileage. I was able to purchase my truck for a very reasonable price, so the repairs were not crushing financially. There are some members on here who have over a million miles and are still going strong. I would prefer a higher mileage truck to have some type of service records available, but a good inspection can make up for a lack of records if they are unavailable. There is nothing that says a lower mileage truck will be less prone to repairs than a well maintained higher mileage truck. It really all comes down to how well the truck was cared for in its previous life.

 

The only practical way to haul a Jeep is to load it from the rear. There is no loading system for a Jeep, other than ramps, that I am aware of. A couple of people have shortened their overall length some by placing the Jeep at an angle on ramps on the bed behind the cab. Most just set the Jeep flat on the deck though. This does make for a long wheel base truck and a very long overall length when you put a large 5th wheel behind it.

 

You should definitely try to get to one of the rally's to look at some rigs in person if you can.

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The link Chad sent you is a great truck and outstanding buy.

Just my opinion and here is a picture of my truck with our bronco on it, and no I can't pull a 5th wheel at the same time. The only way I would tow with the jeep on a bed is if the trailer was a T/T. The truck IMO is just to long.

I'm looking at making a big change with mine at this time.

If you plan on the jeep I would lean more towards classA or a semi truck conversion. 52DE54A1-120B-4992-A45E-C7A733009396_zps

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Thank you all for the input. We weren't set on hauling a jeep on the tractor, just thought that'd be a good vehicle when parked. As for mileage, we don't want to spend a lot. Should we look for lower mileage just for MTBF or is that not relevant? We have seen some trucks listed for around $20k, but are high mileage (in excess of 600000 miles). Still like the vnl630 with mid roof the best. Anytime an hdt wants to come up to Door county Wisconsin, please let us know. Still lurking in the shadows until retirement.

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Oldnavywife

 

Why don't you plan on coming down to the National HDT Rally in October. An HDT is not required and you will get to see many different setups and configurations. We almost always have a few Jeep haulers there, all with a slightly different setups.

 

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Hope to see you there.

 

Steve

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We got back from Sturgis last weekend on our first trip with the HDT and it sure is nice to have good power and brakes. The fuel mileage was only 1mpg less than my 6.0 ford that made the trip a few times.The 2 pedal auto shift works good I just wish you could skip a few gears to start out. if you are every coming through Wausau give me a shout

 

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If we can get to the rally (Kansas right?) we'll go. Not sure about work. Like the picture of the hdt with the jeep. That's exactly what we were thinking about but we're hoping to be singled as that one is still tandem. The pic of the purple bronco(?) is nice rig as well. Looking at both of those, who does the design/ engineering? I know the weight of the trailer, what you plan on carrying on the tractor all come in to play, but as a former yacht builder I have some some good ideas go horribly wrong. SDixon747: as your tractor seems pretty long, do you have issues getting into parks? Bluenoser's if is nice. Not sure spouse will even let me look at it. If we were looking for 2004-2006 vnl630 with auto, I'm assuming all things considered it should cost about 30-45k?

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Oldnavywife,

 

Bluenoser's International was built by Wayland Long (2L Custom Trucks) in Texas. Wayland is not really active here any longer and tends to cater more to the horse crowd. I know Jay (Bluenoser) stayed tandem for weight considerations. You can overload the axles if you're singled and aren't careful. I believe I am correct that becomes more important for overloading the front axle if singled long rather than mid or short because of the axle acting as a fulcrum. Not trying to sell Jay's truck but he had some issues while going to Canada one year with the trannie and spent $$ on fixing it right so now it would be unlikely to have future major issues. Your question about the 630, cost would be $20-30k unconverted but again if you are buying a truck that has not already been converted you are going to spend another $2-3k for singling, $2-25k for bed depending on customization, $2-4K on a hitch, etc so you could easily double your costs. If you have the time my best advice is to follow the ads on Escapees and seriously consider an already converted truck that fits most of your needs then slowly customize it to you as time and money allows.

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RogerV, as a Wisconsin resident, how'd you get the hdt registered and your drivers license as the wi dmv site is confusing to say the least w/r to getting info? Just got done looking at a couple of vnl730's online. WOW! I think we might change from looking at 630's to those! One out in Vegas with patriotic theme really hits me ( as I'm retired navy vet) but price tag out of my range at about 75k. Back to drivers licensing,when I was in, I had license for 5 ton and 2.5 ton, but didn't think to try and get that onto my state license when I got out 15 years ago. Not sure what Wisconsin wil require for a class 8 hdt if registered as rv hauler.

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We'll definitely try for the Kansas meet although that is during bow season here in Wisconsin. Have been looking here at units for sale by members. Anyplace else to look for converted units?

Racing Junk .com usually has something available, RV Trader has a section for tow vehicles, RVT.com also has a section. Check the horse hauling areas as well.

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Tandem axle, jeep at angle and single outer wheels

 

It works great but some think it is bad, bad , bad.

 

If you do you might just be a cowboy.

 

Safe travels Vern

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Rebuilt N-14

 

No emissions, but just ad veggie oil for hot rodding

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SDixon747: as your tractor seems pretty long, do you have issues getting into parks?

I don't believe mine is any longer than most. It has a 211" wheelbase. The box is 10' with a 20" platform on the back. Great garage for the smart, and it doubles as a "Mobile Man Cave." There are a few others that went with a box. All are much longer than mine. I have never had problems getting into a park, but we do plan ahead.

 

Steve

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