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Old 02-04-2012, 11:35 PM   #1576
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wasn't the original object of the exercise just to drain the swamp?
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Old 02-05-2012, 03:16 AM   #1577
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Well, in CO, lots (if not all) of the mountain departments spec'ed them on pretty much any engine built in the last 10 years. 5 minutes delay to chain up (if your incredibly fast, 15 is probably a closer estimate) is a pretty big additional delay on the already not-super-fast response for the mountain VFD's.

Are four fully chained up tires better than two auto-chains in severe weather? Absolutely.
...Until you hit a dry road, or if the chains are sitting in a box instead of on the tires.


We leave them on on one engine and layng under the other one in bad weather and most bad nights we had a crew in the station so we were usually ready for a call and pick the engine for the call.

The ambulance in our area runs them and that is how I learned about not stopping buy them hitting our engine (and yes it was probably driving too fast for conditions).
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:37 PM   #1578
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I noticed a delivery truck next to me today. No nasty diesel smell. No noise at all. All electric box truck.
Be curious to know what the range is for one of those.
It was a Frito-Lay truck, wasn't it? I've seen them around. Probably good for local delivery routes, where you're going to be starting and ending your day in a fixed location, with a predictable distance in between.
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:36 PM   #1579
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It was a Frito-Lay truck, wasn't it? I've seen them around. Probably good for local delivery routes, where you're going to be starting and ending your day in a fixed location, with a predictable distance in between.
Navistar eStar. Made in Indiana.

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Old 02-07-2012, 02:50 PM   #1580
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Navistar eStar. Made in Indiana.

http://www.estar-ev.com/
Cool.

Max speed, 50mph, governed. 100 miles/charge. Definitely a city vehicle, but it looks like it would serve it's intended purpose well.




Oh, and 17.5 inch wheels? WTF???
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Old 02-07-2012, 03:09 PM   #1581
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It was a Frito-Lay truck, wasn't it? I've seen them around. Probably good for local delivery routes, where you're going to be starting and ending your day in a fixed location, with a predictable distance in between.
It was. And yes, local route.
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Old 02-08-2012, 04:06 AM   #1582
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Here's the stuff we use at work, it has a pretty unique way of attaching one to the other.
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:34 AM   #1583
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It was. And yes, local route.
We still need to go shooting sometime.

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Here's the stuff we use at work, it has a pretty unique way of attaching one to the other.
Looks like the connectors Ikea uses for their furniture...except bigger and not shitty particleboard.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:38 PM   #1584
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Here's the stuff we use at work, it has a pretty unique way of attaching one to the other.
is this 80-20 and is the attachment hardware their proprietary or something made custom x your company? drill press w/ jig for perpendicular bore? thanks
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:14 PM   #1585
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We still need to go shooting sometime.
Ping me when you want to go.
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:30 PM   #1586
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is this 80-20 and is the attachment hardware their proprietary or something made custom x your company? drill press w/ jig for perpendicular bore? thanks
It's their stuff, I put a link some pages back to the company. I use a mill to do the bore, but a heavy drill press with a good vise or fixture should work.
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:47 AM   #1587
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thanks. looks much cleaner than all of the bracketry
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:17 AM   #1588
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...as per an earlier post.. these are the inexpensive version of those that I have



...the issue is being able to cleanly drill (without a mill) a 7/8" hole the proper depth
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:59 AM   #1589
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Geek,

When you took your sprinter in for the 10000 mile service did they just charge you a set rate or did they charge an additional $11 or so per 1/2 gallon bottle of DEF? Light just cam on for me at 8500 miles. If they are going to charge me their insane prices I am going to fill it up myself, but if they have a set rate will let them do it.

I had been carrying around 1 emergency bottle of the official Mercedes DEF for when the light came on but I hope for that to be the only overpriced bottle I ever buy!
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:08 AM   #1590
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The receipt wasn't itemized so I don't know. Mine only went 7200 miles before the light came on (apparently they have random amounts in them from the factory) .. they filled it back up during the service at exactly 10K and now I'm at 18,500 and the light hasn't came on yet (I just jinxed myself.. it will probably come on later today ).

Local dealer charged me ~$365 for the first service. Apparently Mercedes Tampa charged another guy $270 for the exact same thing.. so it sounds like shopping around might be in order as the prices seem to be dealer dependent


I did some shopping today... time to fix the antenna the snow storm snapped off
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