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Old 02-10-2004, 06:07 PM   #1
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I am new to the forum, but have found so much information that I am not sure if this is a good place to start. I found a 2001 Kenworth t2000, c-15 Caterpillar 550 HP, auto od,engine brake,air glide suspension,3.58 ratio,235"WD, 75" aerocab aerodyne sleeper, 24.5lp tires,aluminum outside wheels, V.I.T. interior 18 speed autoshift. Is this a good truck to start with ? I saw one on the photos page and thought it looked sharp. any information would be appreciated.
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Old 02-10-2004, 06:26 PM   #2
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Well Bob, you've done your homework well as far as I can tell.
Seriously, I don't think you could want much more truck!
You've completely filled the wish list with that unit.
If you can afford it....your hunt is done..
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Old 02-11-2004, 09:58 PM   #3
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Bob,

That's a good place to finish, not start. More HP and torque than you can imagine. good ratios. The only two thing's I personally don't like is the approx 13' 4" height, and the 18 speed.

18 speeds are for heavy hauling. I know you can click the autoshift up to 5th gear for starting off, but that still leaves a lot of gears to go through. You can shift an auto manually using the button, skip every other
gear. Skip shifting will help a lot. That's a lot of truck for anyone.

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If I recall correctly, the 18 Autoshift will do its own skip shifting. I am pretty sure I saw that once when I downloaded the driver's manual for that tranny.
That's what I would have if I were to spec an OTR truck again for some reason.
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bob, mase sanford, you've got my truck only i'm runnin' 3.08 . the tranny is the cat's meow or something. just great. if it's in good shape and the price is right go drive it. if you like it buy it. if you want to, call me at 540-672-4342. mase
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Thanks for the information. I have a few more questions is this to much truck? I am going to use it for my 39" fithwheel will I have problems getting it to campgrounds? How much work will it take to remove one of the axels. What is considered high miles on these trucks? The asking price is 54,500 is that about right? There is some one on the photo page that has one posted, It looks sharp! vapoppa what would be a good time to call, I am in N.Y.
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evenings------- 7:00 to 11:00, any day nearly.
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Old 02-13-2004, 01:52 PM   #8
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In my opinion this would be a great truck to have, but I think you will find it too long and too tall. Also, that is a lot of power and a lot of gears for RV use. You might check with Larry about removing the axel, I think I read that this is not as easy with a Kenworth. I am sure if you could make it work it would be an awesome RV puller.
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Old 02-13-2004, 02:08 PM   #9
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Sounds like an awesome truck!!

I've seen two Kenworth tractors with single rear axle - both had the forward axle removed leaving a long wheel base. Would be hard to remove the rear axle due to the way the brackets are used to mount the two axles. Larry might have more info on this subject.

I do not find the 13'2" height of my truck to be a problem -- heck, some 5th wheel RV's are that high, too!

I do like the shorter wheel base I have - makes it a LOT easier to get around turns, etc in RV parks - State Parks, etc.

To much HP? No such thing! You'll only use the power required anyhow. Shifting will be a learning experence - once you have your truck PRACTICE will take care of any problem.

Let us know of your progress with the Kenworth.

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Old 02-13-2004, 07:47 PM   #10
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Bob,

That KW would be a terriffic truck for OTR use, but I agree with RB7OD, it's too long and too tall for "practical" RV use. I don't know how much Rv towing Don has done, but I have been in lot's of RV parks you couldn't get into with a combination such as yours.

All parks have plenty of clearance for motorhomes, but they frequently don't have limbs cut back, or room to park a tow vehicle that size. In many parks you will be too long to maneuver when trying to back your 5er into a space.

Problems can probably be avoided in many cases, by calling ahead, but you won't be able to fit into a good percentage of parks.

I have never converted a KW. I THINK you will have to buy new single axle spring hangar brackets in order to accomplish this. That still leaves the height problem, but at least three guys have bought tall sleepers in the last 6 months. I don't know if any of them are full timing yet though.

Unless team driven, that KW shouldn't have more than 125K miles per year in service.

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