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Re: Big boys trucks

Postby baddogy » Fri Aug 22, 2014 3:23 pm

Well kids it's been a long time since I have been on this site and I miss you guys and the rally's. Had family problems, deaths, and work problems possible ,layoffs but things are better now. I know this topic is old but I thought that I would chime in. My 2001 f350 Trans had to be rebuilt again, #4, so I went a picked up a big boy truck to do the towing. I purchased a 05 Volvo 630 with a Meritor 12 speed automatic and 944,000 miles for $10k out of Canada. It turns out the motor is a factory rebuild. I run great no oil leeks and not that much rust. I picked it up in Plattsburg NY and drove it back to Los Angeles in 52 hours. So far it is cool. It is easy to drive and it averaged 9 mpg. The first leg I drove was for 15 hours and I was not fatigued just sleepy. First fuel stop was in Iowa. The bad side of that is $450 to fill up. The truck is currently being singled and being converted to an RV. Ill post pic when done. I’ll be getting an air ride hitch soon.

Hopefully Sally and I will see you next year at the Rally.
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Re: Big boys trucks

Postby Rob & Cathy » Fri Aug 22, 2014 3:27 pm

Whoa, pretty exciting Tom! Please do post some pictures if you get a chance. Maybe some before and after pictures?

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Re: Big boys trucks

Postby teallen » Fri Aug 22, 2014 4:06 pm

Alright another big un, fit in with the Jim's.
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Re: Big boys trucks

Postby jrshuman » Fri Aug 22, 2014 5:56 pm

I don't think you'll ever be sorry... Congratulations and welcome to my world. :thumbrt:
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Re: Big boys trucks

Postby baddogy » Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:50 pm

this is the pre hitch pic.

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Re: Big boys trucks

Postby jrshuman » Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:45 pm

Looking good Tom. I think you'll really enjoy that setup. :ymapplause: :ymapplause:
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Re: Big boys trucks

Postby The sailor » Fri Sep 19, 2014 3:53 am

:thumbrt: :thumbrt: Welcome to the dark side, I sure like the color, but save your money, we filled up in OR last month $4.59 for $839 which took us all the way to southeast MO. fuel here $3.59. It is great not to worry about pin weight, towing power, stopping , with these rigs really don't need trailer brakes. We took ours to Alaska this year, only problem was the cost of fuel, yes you did the right thing, see you down the road.........Jim & Norma :AR! :AR!
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Re: Big boys trucks

Postby Mike Clay » Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:04 am

Don't know where you were in Oregon to pay 4.59 when it has been 3.89 there since we left in July. They must have seen that big boys truck coming.
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Re: Big boys trucks

Postby The sailor » Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:19 am

Mike, It was eastern OR south of Spokane at fiying J and I was running on fumes and after buying fuel in BC for about $5.50 I thought not to bad until I got here. Oh well when you play you pay, Have a great time in AL and we will see you guys in a couple weeks......Jim & Norma
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Re: Big boys trucks

Postby Susanna Clay » Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:49 am

Jim, you sure you were in the right state? Spokane is in Washington. :d Do you need directions on how to get to Sevierville? =))
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Re: Big boys trucks

Postby Rob & Cathy » Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:06 am

Susanna Clay wrote:Jim, you sure you were in the right state? Spokane is in Washington. :d


I was curious about that too. Spokane is a considerable distance from Oregon.

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Re: Big boys trucks

Postby jtaylor1920 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:23 am

Mike Clay wrote:Don't know where you were in Oregon to pay 4.59 when it has been 3.89 there since we left in July. They must have seen that big boys truck coming.


Hovering around $3.99 in the great State of Oregon right now. Seems to have bumped up right around Labor Day weekend peaking at $4.05 and slowly working back down.
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Re: Big boys trucks

Postby jrshuman » Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:28 am

I wasn't completely empty, but I filled up any way in Brandenburg, KY. I put in 174 gallons for $570 = $3.27 per gallon. That was at a Kroger store. That is about the best price I've seen in quite a while. Most of the stations around here (Ft Knox) are running around $3.67 a gallon. I shouldn't need fuel again this year. Not happy about putting out that much for fuel, but sounds like it could have been much worse. Last time I filled up was in Great Falls, ND for about $3.96 a gallon.

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Re: Big boys trucks

Postby snoking » Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:50 am

baddogy wrote:this is the pre hitch pic.

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You need to peel that banana! :joke: =)) =)) :joke:
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Re: Big boys trucks

Postby Rob & Cathy » Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:33 am

jrshuman wrote: I filled up any way in Brandenburg, KY. I put in 174 gallons for $570 = $3.27 per gallon. That was at a Kroger store. That is about the best price I've seen in quite a while.


In our travels to the Southern Rally, we found the best price for diesel was in OKLA where the price hovered around $3.40. But I must say that OKLA is state that needs to increase it's road tax. It seems that every state has patches of bad road every once in awhile. OKLA was just the opposite, as every once in awhile you would come across a patch of good road.

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