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Old 01-20-2012, 06:06 AM   #1
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Have any of you 5er guys looked at getting a HDT hauler. I am looking at a Volvo 610 and am looking for some input before i pull the trigger
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:37 AM   #2
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I would check the Escapees Forum. There are a lot of HDT guys there.
I for one wouldn't want one. Imagine the camp sites you couldn't even get to, let alone backed into! Besides, I get 12.0-12.5 mpg towing my 5'er and I have read the HDT guys claim 7-8 mpg towing or not towing.
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:04 PM   #3
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Ed Thanks for your input but the wheelbase is no different than my dually 182" and i have heard that the volvo 610 has a 8' shorter turning radius than a 1 ton dually. I think you are right about the fuel mileage I have heard anywere from 8-12 mpg. Towing or not
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:35 AM   #4
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From my experience and observations, a HDT works for those who carry a couple of Harleys behind the sleeper and tow a heavy 5er such as a Teton- We had a "neighbor" with such a setup up in South Dakota several years ago- Different strokes for different folks- Don
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People use lots of 2 and 3 letts to describe things, please tell me where I can find the defernition for all these letters.
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:10 AM   #6
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HDT stands for heavy duty truck (class 8)
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People use lots of 2 and 3 letts to describe things, please tell me where I can find the defernition for all these letters.
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Look in new member forum under "Site Questions, Problems and Suggestions" theres a sticky note titled "What Do Those Letters Stand For (Acronyms) " There is where you'll find all the abbreviations
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I see quite a few of the heavy haulers here in Az. Some tow a small car behind the 5th wheel. There are two here in the park and they havn't been moved since they got here. A little big and cumbersome for a grocery getter and sight seer.
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You'd be suprised. We drive a Volvo 630 HDT.
I can put our trailer in tighter places than I couldn when we had the Ram short bed. Turning radius is MUCH smaller than the conventional pickup.
As far as grocery shopping, the 630 is our daily driver. No problems in the parking lots, in fact it takes one and a half spaces in length and the same width as a dually, pretty much the same space as a long bed dually. We do park out in the lots and walk so as not to scare the locals.
Gas milage is 10 whether towing or not. The Ram Cummins got 16 without the trailer (I have a heavy foot) and about 7 when towing. The ISX in the 630 is 500HP and 1650 ft/lbs. - I've never had to come out of OD on any hills while towing. Our 630 is not the tall condo type so height is usually not an issue and being up high gives a commanding view down the road. I have way more brake area on my rear drums that I had on all four wheels on the Dodge and braking is incredible.
We full-time and put on alot of miles. I got tired of $1000+ for tires and another bundle for brakes every 18 months and was looking at a transmission job from the stress of towing on the pickup. Insurance is 1/2 what we paid for the pickup. At 600,000 miles it's only just getting broken in. The pickup would have needed to be replaced after 200,000 at a cost of 50K+. The cost of the HDT was no where near that.
I admit it's not for everyone but all should keep an open mind.
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Thanks Ray for your input. I am looking for a Volvo 610 or 630. Is you truck singled with a deck.
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