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    Dodge be gone, now a Freightliner Pilot
  • Birthday 03/24/1948

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    Granite Falls, Washington
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    I enjoy riding all types of motorcycles, shooting and trucks, what else is there?

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  1. Howdy All, We stayed at the camp ground in Hannibal MO, for a few days, visited some caves, ate some good chow, that was our furthest east part of the journey, we are now in Branson MO, so we are on our way back west. Its been a great trip so far, one thing I have learned is this, we have some miles long mountain grades out west but the grades I have climbed and driven down going through the Ozark mountains here in Missouri are a heck of a lot STEEPER, seriously they may only be a half mile or a mile long but they are STEEP, no grade markers but I am guessing most are at least 10% and some of them MORE. Easy work for the Pete, it just takes them in stride, every now and then I have to split top gear but that's only if I don't want to lose a mile or two per hour at the top of the grade. I love this truck. Dave
  2. Howdy Mark, Its really not that hard to find camp grounds that will accept the rig, the trick is to make reservations months in advance while the big sites are still available. I pulled way forward in that photo so I could open the ramp door on the toy hauler and park the bike behind the trailer, I had plenty of room. Most decent camp grounds if they didn't already have large sites are building them as the RV's just keep getting longer even class A motor homes most of which are no towing a 20 foot + trailer behind them. Dave
  3. When I hauled a BigFoot camper on my Dodge I thought it was a huge camper, but it was nothing compered to Bob's camper, that is a BIG camper. Dave
  4. Howdy All, We are on the road, spent the last couple of days in a very nice camp ground a few miles northwest of Missoula MT, on this trip we will go as far east as the eastern edge of Missouri before starting to head back home via the southwestern States. If your in the Missoula MT, area and are looking for a very quiet, tree shaded beautifully landscaped camp ground give "Jim & Mary's" a look. We have spent the last couple of days here, really enjoyed the stay I highly recommend it. Dave
  5. Howdy Steve, Wise words to keep in mind. I have fun but I am not reckless to darn old for that stuff. Dave
  6. Howdy Mark, The thread hasn't been hi-jacked, its all good discussion and worth the time and effort to participate. What I fear is that before long the States will get greedy and start requiring or setting some sort of standard for RV's especially tow vehicles. If done properly this in my opinion would be a GOOD THING, if done just to collect money to spend on illegals and crack whores it could become a nightmare for the RV owner and the RV industry as a whole. Sadly the way it works now most RV sales persons will flat out LIE to many perspective RV buyers who honestly don't know that hooking the new triple axle trailer up to their SUV or 1/2 ton pickup is an invitation to disaster. I hate laws and regulations as more and probably more then the next guy but traveling as I do I see things that if I had the power to do so I would pull folks over until they had a truck worthy of safely towing the huge trailers that are now being built. Again the plain truth as I now know it, when I bought my Dodge it had the largest carrying capacity of the major one ton pickups being sold at that time, 12,500 pounds if I remember correctly, when I first loaded the BigFoot camper on the truck with NO food, NO water, NO clothing, NOTHING other then the camper it self when I drove it across the scales the truck was already over loaded. I think the only reason that the RV industry can get by building and selling these huge trailers is because they are buying off the politicians who may be tempted to pass more stringent laws which would eliminate many jobs and kill an industry. All that said, the country is broke, the states are broke and its only a matter of time before RV's are going to be required to enter weigh stations and when that happens owning a towing company is going to be a very lucrative thing. Dave
  7. Howdy All, Thanks for the replies. Mark, I'll use your post as a jump off point concerning SAFETY. What I am about to tell you is the absolute truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I have LESS money invested in my Pete even with all the work I have done to it then I had in my Dodge Ram 3500. I can only say that if I had known how CHEAPLY a person could buy or build a real tow vehicle I would not have wasted many thousands of dollars trying to make the Dodge into something it would never be; a tow vehicle that could not only pull the load but SAFELY bring it to a controlled STOP. A person doesn't have to go as Mark, has said to the extent that I have but common sense should point out the benefits of using the proper tool for the job. "I", simply didn't know about the real world capabilities and the inadequacies of so called big trucks like the 3500, I believed the hype, I figured that Dodge would do everything I would ever want to do, and made the statement, "My rig will remain stock." and with very few performance mods but a LOT of safety related mods I followed through on that statement. And then, reality started to set in, I wanted more then a slide in camper, I wanted to be able to drive up the pass without gluing an eye to the pyro gauge, I wanted to travel more then a few hundred miles before being forced to find fuel at whatever cost, after having the trailer push the truck through an intersection while making a panic stop to avoid an idiot who ran the stop sign I wanted a truck that could safely bring my trailer to a controlled stop. It was after a very good friend of mine who towed his large RV trailer with a Volvo, started to EDUCATE me that I finally saw the light, I only wish I had been enlightened years earlier, and so my Brothers I preach onto you this Gospel of truth, if you have a heavy load to move, get a real truck to move it. Thus saith the Gospel according to Cob. Dave
  8. Howdy Woodenhead, Got a lot of comments over the CB, folks seemed to like it. Mileage, well its not as good as the Freightliner, but then again the Freightliner didn't have to be braked in the corners going up Cabbage or top the grade at 75mph. I filled when we left, set the odometer at zero, filled again when we got home, hand calculated it gave me 6.71 mpg. I honestly think I can add at least 1 mpg if I could just keep my foot out of this thing, that big yeller kitty under the hood just begs to PUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURE. Honest to God I havn't had this much fun with a machine since my drag racing days or when I was limber enough to ride sport bikes. Dave
  9. Howdy All, If I don't end up in jail driving this darn Peterbilt, its going to be a either an act of God or just pure dumb luck. Drove to Caldwell Idaho for a HDT-RV rally, spent 4 days at the rally and then drove back home, had so much fun running the grades I took the long way home and added Blewett Pass and Stevens Pass to the trip just cuzz this thing LOVES to climb mountains. Going up Cabbage, had to slow down for the corners and topped the grade well in excess of the speed limit. Its got to be illegal to have this much fun. Dave
  10. Howdy Scotty, Yes I can load from either side, but its easy to drive up and then back off, much easier then carrying the ramps to the other side of the truck. I set it up so I could load from either side as you can't always count on being able to load from the passenger side. Dave
  11. Howdy Gary, The deck is 102 inches wide, the legal limit, the Smart Car, is 109 inches long so yes it is technically illegal. That being said folks have been hauling Smart Car's, like I am now doing for years, no one that I know of has yet gotten a ticket but there is always the first time. The Pete, when hitched to the toy hauler is 73 feet long, again technically illegal but they seem to not bother with RV's so long as your not doing something stupid and asking for trouble. Dave
  12. Howdy All, First time loading and tying down the Smart Car, getting the car on the deck is easy, tying that bugger down and putting the ramps away is work. I am sure after I do it a few times it will get easier, having help with the ramps will also make it easier but I wanted to do it all myself just to see how it would go and to learn what needs to be done so that if I do have help I'll know what to ask the other person to do. After I tied the car down, I hitched up to the trailer, now all I have to do is decide which toys to bring and load them, barring unforeseen circumstances, WCR here we come.
  13. Yup. I enjoy the full spectrum of motorcycling. When I first got it, it didn't run. I put a lot of work and a few bucks into it, it now ran great. Playing a few miles from home near Granite falls. This was taken in northern Arizona, About a year ago I put an air ride Harley seat on it, with no suspension other then the tires these are some hard riding little buggers.
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