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#567361 - 03/27/17 12:42 AM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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I can't imagine keeping track of everything. Have a hard enough time with a much smaller fleet.


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#567369 - 03/28/17 10:05 AM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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Just because a vehicle is free doesn't mean it wont cost you. I know I need new tires as they are starting to crack from age. I found the receipt and the tires are 5 years old with 60k miles. Based on tread I still have another year left however the age is the factor this time. I hate buying truck tires because they are spendy, especially E rated tires.

The ball joints are acceptable however they will need to be replaced sooner than later. Thankfully my father's-in-law cousin's son (a family member) is a mechanic so hopefully he can do the work while we are at a family reunion this June. He charges dirt cheap and cheaper when you bring along a case of Busch beer.

The truck does have 200k miles on him (not sure if a diesel can be considered a "her")so not to be unexpected that some wear items will need to be replaced. Sure beats buying new.


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#567375 - 03/28/17 07:06 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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I needed a 20T press when I did the ball joints on my F350. Don't know about the Dodge though.

I have been happy with the Firestone TransForce tires on my truck. They seem to wear well, have decent traction and be priced reasonably. I am on my third set and now that I am not towing a heavy car transporter, went with the AT version that has a slightly more aggressive tread pattern. I am getting ~60K miles on them and last winter, I pulled a snowplow out of the ditch when he got stuck in the snow.

At least your free item wasn't a boat -- those rarely work out well!



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#567376 - 03/28/17 08:53 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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Just because a vehicle is free doesn't mean it wont cost you. I know I need new tires as they are starting to crack from age. I found the receipt and the tires are 5 years old with 60k miles. Based on tread I still have another year left however the age is the factor this time. I hate buying truck tires because they are spendy, especially E rated tires.
the ball joints are acceptable however they will need to be replaced sooner than later.

I'll echo that with the free ford my parents gave my second mate. It's tires only have about 30,000 miles on them, but Costco said they were too old to rotate. Lot's of tread, and no cracking, but some concern with age. Did a front brake job within a month of getting the truck, which was 3 weeks too late. Lot's of little repairs that are mostly annoyances, but add up in time needed. Who would ever think that the dome light switch on a ford truck is in the door latch?

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I needed a 20T press when I did the ball joints on my F350. Don't know about the Dodge though.
So you're saying the 12 ton press at Harbor Freight for $100 wont be up to the task? even for an F150 two wheel drive?


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#567377 - 03/28/17 09:27 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: Justification]  
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Originally Posted By: Justification
So you're saying the 12 ton press at Harbor Freight for $100 wont be up to the task? even for an F150 two wheel drive?


Well, my choices were either a 1-ton mechanical arbor press or a 20-ton hydraulic... grin

When I bought the 20-ton press, the cost to upgrade from 12 to 20 was pretty small. I'm not sure if that is still the case. The 20-ton press is quite impressive crunching disk drives that are going to be thrown out!



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#567390 - 03/29/17 01:33 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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At Raystown we can replace ball joints as we've replaced batteries, brake lines, a few tails, and a trip to the emergency room.

I'll look at the Firestone TransForce.


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#567401 - 03/29/17 08:34 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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Originally Posted By: On Holiday
At Raystown we can replace ball joints as we've replaced batteries, brake lines, a few tails, and a trip to the emergency room.

You forgot the drain plug installations! ouch



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#567405 - 03/29/17 10:07 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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I hear you on buying tire. Put tires my truck last year & wife suv this year. Boat was 2 years ago. Good ones don't come cheap but you get what you pay for. one area not to skimp.

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#567409 - 03/30/17 09:48 AM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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There was one year I put 4 tires on my F150, 4 tires on my Civic, 4 tires on my boat trailer, 2 tires on my motorcycle (cost as much as 4 tires), and two tires on my bicycle. That year was painful.


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#567421 - 03/30/17 05:13 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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Ouch that would be a painful year for sure.


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#569958 - 01/03/18 09:26 AM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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Update, We dropped off the truck at my FIL cousin's house in southern VA over Christmas to get new ball joints, pinion seal, and a new fuel filter. It will be completed in a few weeks but we are not in any rush. Next in line will be new tires. He opened up his own business as his side work was becoming much more than a side job. In his garage he has a his hourly rates posted and I would be willing to pay twice the amount but wont tell him that. He did mentioned many times that he enjoys a certain type of beer so I may have to include a case along with a check.


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#569959 - 01/03/18 11:40 AM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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you might want to check out Discount tires direct on Ebay. They have some great deals, free shipping & no tax. My brother just get a great deal on a set of coopers for his truck & saved $200 what it would have cost if he bought them at the local discount tire place - even though he had them mount the ones he got on ebay.


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#569960 - 01/03/18 11:49 AM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: WayWeGo]  
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Originally Posted by WayWeGo
Originally Posted by On Holiday
At Raystown we can replace ball joints as we've replaced batteries, brake lines, a few tails, and a trip to the emergency room.

You forgot the drain plug installations! ouch

Ouch. That hurt.


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#569961 - 01/03/18 01:48 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: Just Bob]  
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Originally Posted by Just Bob
Originally Posted by WayWeGo
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At Raystown we can replace ball joints as we've replaced batteries, brake lines, a few tails, and a trip to the emergency room.

You forgot the drain plug installations! ouch

Ouch. That hurt.


We still laugh at this event. Hopefully enough time has passed to be able to laugh.


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#569976 - 01/07/18 03:53 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: Just Bob]  
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Originally Posted by Just Bob
Originally Posted by WayWeGo
Originally Posted by On Holiday
At Raystown we can replace ball joints as we've replaced batteries, brake lines, a few tails, and a trip to the emergency room.

You forgot the drain plug installations! ouch

Ouch. That hurt.


But Bob, your run to get the drain plug kept me from leaving mine out that day! w



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#569979 - 01/08/18 09:15 AM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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I have some pictures of this event.

For those not present Just Bob wanted to launch his boat a little earlier than the rest so he could watch ramp follies. Next boat in was myself and we floated next to Bob while the others are waiting to launch. Bob's bilge turns on so he checks out why and notices his boat is filling with water. Bob heads to the ramp to be dropped off and starts those little legs a run'in to his truck. Bob mentions to WayWeGo that he forgot the plug and not to launch. Bob gets his trailer and proceeds to cut in front of everyone waiting to launch and backs the trailer into the water. Wasting no time Mrs. Bob brings the boat onto the trailer just as Bob backs the trailer up. It couldn't have been done any better.

Since WayWeGo had some time while waiting for Bob, he decides to check out his plug. It was a good thing as WayWeGo's drain plug wasn't installed either.

What good times we had camping with each other and the friendships made that will last a lifetime.


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#569980 - 01/08/18 02:36 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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Thanks for filling us in. That would have made a great short video.


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#569981 - 01/08/18 03:02 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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I blame it all on changing the routine. Since we were camping about 500 yards from the launch, after our first day I didn't bother securing the stern straps like I always do. The next morning, I see the stern straps and figure I don't have anything to do at the stern today. And there was my screw-up...


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#569982 - 01/08/18 03:37 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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"I blame it all on changing the routine."

I can identify with this. We launch and take out once a year. Each time, I make at least one mistake--unless I stop myself mid operation and think about what I am doing.


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#569983 - 01/08/18 03:57 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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Here is the photo but no video

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