The truck is a 2008 Volvo VNL 730, i-Shift 12 speed automatic transmission with the 500HP (1750 ft. lbs.) D16 engine. I searched for about 6 months for this truck. The reason I chose this truck was because it spent most of its life in Southern California, so there is no rust on the truck. I also chose this truck because of the large number of repair records from the previous owner.
I have spent the last year and a half of my life planning and building this truck. It's literally like a member of the family. Every step and decision process has been documented on the Escapees forum. It pains me to part with it, but I am confident it is the right decision.
I have put about 40,000 miles on this truck since buying it about a year and a half ago. Our entire family loves it, especially my two kids who think it's a rolling club house.
The wheels are black Plasti-Dip. The coating can be removed with a pressure washer if the new owner prefers polished aluminum.
Registered RV in Alabama. Does not require CDL.
The transmission shifter has been converted to the premium version with upgraded transmission programming, manual gear selection ability (skip up to four gears at a time), Eco-Roll, and performance/economy mode. It has four levels of engine braking that works amazingly well.
The current mileage is 695k.
Diesel capacity is 250 gallons. You can drive most of the way across the country on a single fill up.
On flat ground, the truck will get almost 10 MPG with the setup pictured. Blended mileage over the last 5500 mile trip was 8.7 MPG (approx 44000 lbs).
Tons of photos available at www.followmybuild.com/bmzero/Volvo-730-HDT-RV-Hauler.
Full build thread at - http://www.rvnetwork.com/index.php?showtopic=114854
I have tons of receipts of preventative maintenance and parts. All work has been done at Volvo dealer.
This truck is absolutely ready to go. We just came off of a 5500 mile road trip last weekend and it did amazingly well.
DirecLink Brake Controller
New Bridgestone steer tires (approx 5000 miles, $1200)
TruckLite LED Headlights (approx 5000 miles, approx $2000)
LED Fog Lights
Rear-Facing LED Work Lights
RoadKing Shocks on All Four Corners (approx $1500)
Custom Air-Ride 5th Wheel Hitch (approx $7000)
Custom Smart Car Bed Platform (approx $7000)
New Black Leather Air-Ride Seats
Cobra CB Radio
10" LCD Monitor and Firm Custom Mount
POE Camera Network
Rear-Facing POE Camera (3MP)
32" LED TV in Sleeper
Custom TV Mount in Sleeper
WDTV In Sleeper (NetFlix, Hulu, etc.)
Rear speakers isolated via switch for rear passengers
Wireless Headphones for Rear
In-Dash Audio Unit in Rear
New front leaf springs and spring bushings (approx 15k miles)
New air dryer (approx 8k miles)
New air governor (approx 8k miles)
New radiator (approx 3k miles)
New coolant tank (approx 3k miles)
New coolant lines (approx 3k miles)
3 New injectors (approx 6k miles)
Singled at 230" wheelbase
New u-joints (approx 35k miles)
New hanger bearing (approx 35k miles)
New air dam (approx 6k miles)