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Old 02-18-2003, 04:27 PM   #1
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My 2 cents:
Just started pulling my Alpha. Made two trips to the Colorado River From Riverside,Ca. This outfit goes down the the road like a dream. It's hard to believe how smooth the ride is. Believe it or not, the 610 hardly knows the trailer is there. When the commercial trucks pile up in the right two lanes, I move into the third lane and zoom by 'em. I have to work to hold it at 65 mph. This thing is like driving a fully restored antique auto. Everyone wants to talk to me about it.
The 10 speed is like butter. It floats great. I think it's a real advantage to "bend in the middle".
So far,I have replced the volvo bed with a "jackknife" couch/bed.

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Old 02-18-2003, 08:42 PM   #2
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Bill - I just picked up my '98 Volvo on Saturday. I'd never driven a big truck. Bought it from onezman (Larry Zeigler) and he gave me a couple hours of lessons; but it was starting to sleet and snow so I headed home before "graduating" from gear-shifting school. Had no problem keeping it between the grader ditches; but man I couldn't hit a gear to save my sould. Humbling to say the least. I'll be spending a lot of time in parking lots until I get some experience going up and down the gears. My neighbors about (you-know-what) when I pulled that big red truck into the driveway. I've nick-named it already (trucks have names here in Missouri). I'm calling it Bart. Bart stand for Big As* Red Truck. Later - Joe

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Old 02-18-2003, 09:44 PM   #3
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Hi Bill and Joe,

I like what the name you gave your Volvo stands for Joe, but you should name it after a woman. That way you can talk sweet to it.

The Volvo I am finsihing now has been sold to a guy in Phoenix. He hasn't picked it up yet but he already named it: Suzie Q.

Just my two cents....
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Old 02-18-2003, 10:19 PM   #4
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Here's a couple of ideas for you guys with Volvos. I just did a Volvo conversion for a couple from South Carolina. I installed a 2000 watt inverter, and shore power. I hadn't done either on previous conversions.

To provide shore power I simply bought a block heater kit, drilled about a 1 & 1/2 inch hole in the small side faring right below the back of the drivers side under bed storage compartement.

The black heater sleeve fit like a glove. I attached it with 4 screws, cut the end off the cord and ran it up through an existing grommet in the floor of the sleeper. I ran it under the thick rubber and foam mats to the wall, into the storage compartment under the bed. I then installed a female three prong plug. Then I attached an outlet strip. This makes for a simple neat installation.

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Old 02-19-2003, 07:52 PM   #5
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Hey, Onezman - did you take any pictures of the installation? Joe

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Old 02-20-2003, 12:16 PM   #6
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Hello Joe -- --

Until Larry responds -- Here's a link on how I installed my inverter in the tractor:

http://community.webshots.com/album/45486818DjWcBN

As a side note -- I also plugin the 5th wheel to the exterior plug on the back of the sleeper I installed -- I do this while hooked up and the lamp cord plugged into the tractor. This gives me 6 batteries to draw from. The inverter has a low battery cutoff - and shuts down automatically. I did a test of this feature just using the tractor batteries -- and waited about 5 minutes -- and tried starting the tractor. Temp was 50 degrees -- and the tractor started -- albeit .. the starter was slow.

I am installing a larger inverter in the 5th wheel -- but for now .. this works just fine.

Hello Bill -----

I used to live in Riverside -- At the corner of Lincoln and Mary. Sold the house in '81. I also went to "The River" for years -- Parker !! Over time I had 3 - ski boats ........ Seems like another life !! I miss my 427 Ford powered Flat Bottom !!

So Long Fellows .......... (Hi Larry)

OLDphoneman ......

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Old 02-20-2003, 07:03 PM   #7
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Hello again,

Sorry Joe, I forgot to take any pictures. I learned how to do the installation from Oldphoneman's pictures and discriptions.
(Thanks buddy!)

I used a Cobra 2000 watt Inverter which is smaller in size than Daves inverter. I installed it upside down in the same place and same way Dave did it. I ran the cables,
(4) under the front of the bunk. I removed the cabinet and ran the cables under the thick mats on the floor, down through an existing
grommett to the front battery.

The Couple I sold that Volvo to will send me pictures if I ask for them. They are on their way to Florida to pick up their new Teton. They paid for their Volvo in full in advance. I Fed Xed them the notarized Title and Bill Of Sale. They registered the Volvo as a motorhome without actually having the Volvo in their possession.

Then should be back in South Carolina
around Mid March. I'll ask for pictures when they get home. I'll send them to you then.
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Mercy oldphoneman, a true (pure) sine wave inverter! I don't know all that much about inverters (except what I read in the Poop Sheets by phred). I was thining that a quasi sine wave would work just fine for the refrigerator and microwave. What about you onezman, was the one you installed a true or quasi sine wave inverter? Thanks, Joe

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Old 02-20-2003, 08:20 PM   #9
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I know less than nothing about inverters Joe. I did buy two of them at the same time though. I am holding on to the second one for now.

They are Cobra HGP12000's. They are 2000 watt with peak surge of 4000 watts. They have "Modified sine wave". Whatever that means. They come with four, 6 foot 4 guage power cables, internal fuses, auto shutdown, LED voltpower meter, auto reset, 3 AC recepticals, other bells and whistles, and pentagon protection (?)

They are 15.6 x 8.2 x 3". They weight 13.1 pounds Cost about $349 each most places. They fit perfectly under the bed. They are out of the way too.

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Old 02-20-2003, 09:23 PM   #10
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Hi Joe -- --

You are absolutely correct -- any inverter of the proper size would suffice.

But -- you've asked for my reasons. Well -- here they are .....

This is the last rig I'll have before I die. I'm only installing the best of equipment.

25 years ago -- I wanted an inverter for my trailer. In researching and talking with others in various campgrounds -- they all produced an A/C hum in electronic equipment. And they were very expensive !! So -- I bought a Honeywell motor generator (I'm really dating myself now) and I still have it today -- It produces a true sine wave (no A/C hum) ...... anyone stopping by can have it !! Works great !!

Also the ProSine has a remote pannel -- this way I can start/stop as needed from the sleeper(where I installed it) and have no "standby" slight current draw. The arrangement works out quite nicely.

I believe this inverter also has about a 96% efficency ratio -- in converting 12DC to 117VAC. In comparison -- the Honeywell is about 65% efficent -- Just a little tidbit of information !!

I paid -- If I remember right 679 for it. Plus the remote pannel and 110Amp fuse -- I had the cableing and ends.

As a side note -- I've taken more "hits" on the carpet kit than the S/S fenders !! Carpet was easy to install -- Those fenders were a "pain" -- but sure work great !! :^)

Glad to see the pictures are of some help and give ideas !!

Tootles ........

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