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Old 10-27-2003, 07:46 AM   #1
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Hi folks. I've been lurking on this forum for a few weeks now and I sure have enjoyed the information. Thanks for providing this site.

I am currently pulling a 35' Toybox with a 2001 Dodge 2500 TD (6 speed). After a recent trip to South Carolina, I told the wife "we gotta have more truck." So, here I am . . . doing the research.

Will someone describe the differences between the Volvo VN610 and the Volvo WIA64TES? I see that the WIA64TES was around prior to the VN series. What makes the VN a better alternative for camper/fiver purposes than the older WIA64TES, general condition and roadworthiness notwithstanding?

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Old 10-28-2003, 03:36 PM   #2
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Some information on your question is in the MDT topic at 1995 Volvo ID and in the General Discussion topic at Volvo model numbers?

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Old 10-29-2003, 08:44 AM   #3
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Thanks drfun.

I've looked at those sites, but I still wonder what the major differences are between the VN trucks and the WIA trucks.

Suspension? Frame? Cab? Steering? Braking? etc., etc., etc.

I'm looking at the trucktrader and truckpaper; I notice a pretty significant difference in price. I just wondered if it was a function of the WIA being an older vehicle OR if the VN series is just a better design.

Thanks for the help.

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Old 11-01-2003, 09:33 PM   #4
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It's a combination of both factors.


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Old 11-02-2003, 03:54 AM   #5
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Thanks onezman.

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Old 01-27-2005, 05:06 PM   #6
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Spear Warrior..I will try to answer the question.
Most are seeking the VNL 610 and 770 because there is a chance they can register them as motorhomes with significant savings and benefits over a tractor. Some of the WIA's also have springs rather than air ride.

VNL's turn tighter and have better field of view as well.
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Old 01-27-2005, 08:06 PM   #7
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Not only that, but the WIA's are also about an 8.5 on the 10-pt. butt-ugliness scale, compared to the VN-series. Their (the WIA's) build quality is also a few notches down. These trucks are at opposite ends of the spectrum from each other.
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Gary, got to agree with you on the truth of the ugly scale for non VNL's. I just don't think I am vain enough to pay 3 times the money for a pretty truck and just worry about the function of moving the trailer around economically.
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Old 01-28-2005, 10:26 PM   #9
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I know what you mean Randy; a nice low price for a mechanically sound truck with a tight and rust-free body covers a lot of ugly. (Actually, they're not THAT bad!). If you find a good WIA, get it! Hope you find a good solid rig. Best of luck to you! Gary
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......cheap is good!...geof kaye said that! ugly is in the eye of the beholder.....after all have you seen some of the women guys marry?...........
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