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Old 02-04-2003, 06:19 AM   #11
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Geof:

When I had both axels, and locked the differential between, both sets of tires spun, this was bob tailed on a gravel incline. From what I know about traction, especially in snow, you want minimal surface area and a deep lugged tire that will not pack with snow. Don't know jack about big trucks, but I have lived in Mn for 50 plus years.

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Old 02-04-2003, 06:22 AM   #12
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Dana:

I was looking very seriously at converting my Volvo to a motorhome, but finances and not knowing about this board stopped me. I was going to use a 610 because you get the sleeper area for free. I can't find much difference in prices between a day cab and a sleeper, and wanted the extra height and storage above the driver.

I have a sketch (auto cad drawingv- no file) of what it would look like.

I can scan it and perhaps send it to you, or fax it to you if you desire.

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Old 02-04-2003, 04:32 PM   #13
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Dano....get to Lonnie at Showhauler and see if he has any pix....I can only guess he has few....maybe....geof
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Old 02-04-2003, 04:44 PM   #14
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Chuck I think like the military-In Ice/snow I chain them up!....rest of the time use traction controls.....anyway If it gets that bad-I'm in the lot-shut down-sipping whiskey in the nearest Holiday Inn....at my age I know better than to push it-and now there is no need to be on schedule....My concern is wet surfaces-mud-gravel parking lots-slick rain/leaf covered roads....you know-Cincinnati Ohio weather most of the time.....I'd also be looking for those "ON-BOARD" automatic chain devices that rotate down in front of the rear wheels....'cuz I'm too lazy to chain up anymore.....geof
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Old 02-04-2003, 11:39 PM   #15
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I went back and looked for my response to another string, and found it. Although I did not recall it, in that string, I advocated what I suggest may be the best response: a single screw with a tag axle. The tag gives you up to 10K more legal capacity; 6K would probably be plenty for all but the very largest RV. Put it behnd the drive axle, and lifting it makes for an easier time making a tight turn (but you have watch the arc of the back of the RV). Lifting also would transfer that additional weight to the drive axle, which should really help in slippery slop conditions when you really have to move (like finishing the trip to where you need to be, getting around some place to a parking space, etc). I agree with the post which says that it is bad enough, it's just time to park. I still remember taking 10 hours for about 200 miserable miles after a storm in Kansas when I was an OTR driver. Nothing like road so icy that a heavy (I was about 78K) truck feels as though it is going off the road any second.
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Old 02-05-2003, 10:36 PM   #16
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"Nothing like road so icy..." That's why I say when it's time to pull over-pull over....At what point does one say "it's time"....when they just had a close one or are already in trouble. Having been in the boat yard business and hauling a lot of boats....I learned-NOT he hard way-but by watching others....then fishing them out of trouble while trying my best to NOT say "I told you so"....and it's hard for me to keep my mouth quiet at times.....geof
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