Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
rollinbrian

Making the Jump

Recommended Posts

After two years of dragging our 18,000lb trailer around with the MDT I think we've reached the point where it's just not cutting it anymore.

Items that have led us here:

  • We thought the shorter MDT would make us more maneuverable.  And it does, but as we evaluated all the places we've parked only a couple would not have worked with an HDT.  And in one of those I clipped a palm tree and a rock on the way out, so clearly shouldn't have been there in the first place.
  • We thought the shorter MDT would let us park most places just like a pickup.  Almost, but in many places (California beaches) you can't park a pickup there either.
  • We thought we would just be making short trips around the PNW.  With changes in work and then the pandemic we're now roaming from North Wa. to South Cali.
  • The 5.9 Cummins in the MDT is running at a high duty cycle, maintenance and repairs are costing as much as buying newer.
  • The MDT has the deck space for a smart car but adding one would push us up to a gross weight of around 33,000lbs.

So, we are on the hunt for an HDT now!

Edited by rollinbrian

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A heavier MDT might be your best compromise.  But they tend to be pricey, and have nearly all the disadvantages of an HDT, except many have 4 doors.

There's no "one size fits all", in rv-ing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, rickeieio said:

A heavier MDT might be your best compromise.  But they tend to be pricey, and have nearly all the disadvantages of an HDT, except many have 4 doors.

There's no "one size fits all", in rv-ing.

We contemplated that, with a bit of searching we found some M2's in our price range.  We decided a sleeper cab with storage would be preferred over what is effectively a crewcab.  Also, most don't have the deck space for a smart car.

Edited by rollinbrian

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The bad thing about a MDT is they dont have any more power than a pick up truck. We have a M2 with a service body on it and a FL60 roll back truck. I couldn't imagine pulling my camper with either of them. The M2 would probably do pretty good until we hit the hills.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice looking truck,  you will be very happy with it.  I haven't found one thing I don't like about towing with an HDT, besides its just plain fun   Congrats 

Edited by Sparky242

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We're excited!  As I understand it this is a truck he built earlier for a part-time couple.  It has come back in for a quick refresh and then was back on the market.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 9/22/2020 at 1:06 PM, rollinbrian said:

Everything is settled - working on delivery arrangements now.

We're getting a 2007 Volvo 670 from Gregg with RVHaulers.

chill_tn.jpg

Thought Gregg retired?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
13 hours ago, rollinbrian said:

I think this was more like a consignment sale of an earlier truck.  Dunno beyond that.

Thank you for sharing your photo. I like the paint job. Be safe on the road and enjoy the ride.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Finally home, took a bit of work getting it across the mountain passes and the over the Canadian border.

Working out the project list for it as well as the hitch swap.

Parked beside the F800 we were using for comparison.

20201127_104727_tn.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

RVers Online University

campgroundviews.com

Our program provides accurate individual wheel weights for your RV, toad, and tow vehicle, and will help you trim the pounds if you need to.

DFW RV Roof

RVAir The cleanest air in RVing!

Rv Share

Dish For My RV.

Find out more or sign up for Escapees RV'ers Bootcamp.

Advertise your product or service here.

The Rvers- Now Streaming

AGS Now Hiring

RV Pet Safety

RVTravel.com Logo



×
×
  • Create New...