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Old 03-19-2019, 04:36 AM   #1
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Hello. My wife and I were visiting friends that own several diesel trucks. I mentioned I needed something to haul my off-road Jeep to the trails and ended up picking out a '95 Volvo cab/chassis class 6 (like an Isuzu NPR) with 160K miles on the clock and equipped with a service bed.


I took the papers to DMV and was able to register it for personal use at 10K lbs empty and 26K lbs loaded (which is way below the capacity of the vehicle) but my insurer hasn't agreed to let me transport it from NY to VT just yet. I am learning about air brakes and researching a DOT health card while I wait for an answer. Ultimately, I would like a ramp/camp type vehicle.



Ill toss up some photos when I finally get this project going. Cheers.
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You don't need a DOT health card if your are private, that is unless you have info I'm not aware of.

Excellent choice of trucks for your plan, but it sounds like your insurer is behind the times on how to classify your planed usage.


Do some online research on airbrakes, you really need to know all the aspects of that system.


It wouldn't hurt to get your class (b) CDL, lots of fun training for that
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Old 03-19-2019, 06:36 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. Congrats on what sounds like a great plan.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good info to share.

Good luck and enjoy the adventure!
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Old 03-19-2019, 06:43 AM   #4
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Congrats on the Volvo. Look around for some HDT sites for how to license as a motorhome. That is how everyone has this licensed and insured.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Yup, that should haul it alright! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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You don't need a DOT health card if your are private, that is unless you have info I'm not aware of.

Excellent choice of trucks for your plan, but it sounds like your insurer is behind the times on how to classify your planed usage.


Do some online research on airbrakes, you really need to know all the aspects of that system.


It wouldn't hurt to get your class (b) CDL, lots of fun training for that

Thanks, I was able to secure a policy late yesterday insuring it as a decommissioned tow-truck $1500/yr and I absolutely agree about the air brakes and will take my new truck through a complete inspection, brake test and equipment check prior to getting on the highway.



My friend who runs a driver school suggested the health card as another "wouldn't hurt" type thing.



Thanks all!!!
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When you get it home you need to shop around for a cheaper company. I pay $750 per year for a 2014 Volvo stated amount coverage of $95000. I am in Nebraska not NY.
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When you get it home you need to shop around for a cheaper company. I pay $750 per year for a 2014 Volvo stated amount coverage of $95000. I am in Nebraska not NY.

Agreed. I am in Vermont. It should be comparable to your rates.
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I lurked and browsed for years while renting and shopping to buy. Excellent resources and people available on this site.

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