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Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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Help finding strap winder!

James you beat me to it. Another flaw I see in this design is there is no screw to tighten it in the rub rail. I imagine it rocks around pretty bad as a magnet doesn't do much good on an aluminum trailer.

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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Quick Question

As for the microwaveable stuff I haven't been in a truck stop yet that didn't have a microwave. Cup of noodles is easier than ramen since its self contained. I ate a lot of Bologna since my trainer had a fridge. Also tuna fish. You can go in the truck stop and get the little cardboard hotdog tray and fill it with onions, relish, mustard, mayo and mix with your tuna fish. There's also Vienna sausage, potty meat, spam and such. Find one of those glass storage bowls with the lid. Then you can buy cans of soup to microwave. Old trick, if you don't have access to microwave take the can of soup and put on the exhaust manifold when you leave in the morning. By lunchtime it will be piping hot. You can also wrap some foods in tinfoil and cook this way. Works kinda like a slow cooker.

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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Help finding strap winder!

Yeah it's the same one I've got. And you can get them cheaper at the terminal. I just forgot to pick one up while I was there. Been winding straps by hand the last couple weeks and that's no fun. Had thought about making my own but I had enough points on my Loves card that it didn't cost to much. Think it's like $25 or so

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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Help finding strap winder!

Yeah I actually almost passed over it. But just got curious about what was in the little box. All you could see was the end of the boxes, no writing or anything visible until you actually pulled it from the shelf. Now I wonder just how many times I've walked past those.

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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Staying at a hotel

Yeah should have specified. Wouldn't want to climb up on a van. Lol

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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Staying at a hotel

As for the exercise, I like to walk the parking lot for at least 30 minutes a day or so. There are also tons of bodyweight exercises you can do, just be sure to get some sort of exercise mat. Even with that I prefer to exercise on the trailer if there is room. All sorts of nasty fluids on those parking lots. I've also been considering getting some of the resistance bands to work with. I really like kettlebell training, did that in the past a bit. But I don't want to carry to much weight on the truck either. So not real sure yet.

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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Help finding strap winder!

I looked for a couple weeks before finding one at Loves the other day. It was in a small rectangular white box on a bottom shelf near the straps.

It's a decent one, not like the crappy ones in the blister pack I've seen hanging on the rack.

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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You guys own a car?

If your just going to be gone a couple weeks at a time it won't be so bad. Just run it around when your home so you keep fresh gas in the fuel system. Also use an oil additive like Lucas. What it does is thicken the oil viscosity just enough that it will not all run down to the drain pan. That is what really wears an engine, almost like a dry start up. Keeping in garage will help keep the critters out but I would still put some traps out or get a cat. Mice can get in anywhere and for some reason love wire insulation. Also, wouldn't hurt to put in a quick disconnect on your battery or at least pull the positive lead. This will keep the battery from draining down. Since it will be in the garage leave the windows down just a bit to allow circulation. If it's gonna be more than a couple weeks you may want to think about putting it on jack stands. This will help save your tires. But unless it's gonna sit for a month or more or you have bias ply tires I wouldn't worry about it. (You have radials, just put that in there for other folks that may be reading).

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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You guys own a car?

If your going to keep it your wife needs to drive it once a week. Sitting is about the worst thing you can do to a vehicle. Gas will eventually varnish and bugger up the fuel system, tires start to dry rot, moisture finds a way to build up inside causing mold and mildew, oh and rats/mice/squirrels. Some sort of rodent is going to get in there and start chewing wires.

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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In Cab cameras on the driver

SouthernJourneyman, just help me out here. Why would the camera need to be on focusing on the empty drivers seat when the truck is NOT moving? You say that it is to capture someone hitting your truck, ok, wouldn't you want the camera then to be facing outside, rather than on the empty drivers seat? I am all for outside facing cameras (dash cams) but see limited value in having the camera on the driver.

It is a single unit that has both an outward facing lens and an inward facing lens. They operate simultaneously. So you cannot turn off the one without turning off the entire unit.

Hope that explains a bit better.

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