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#567311 - 03/14/17 11:38 AM Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle  
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For the past 4 years my loving father-in-law has loaned us his Dodge 2500 diesel as he gave up driving because of health reasons. It was easy for his children as he gave up driving on his terms.

For the past 4 years we used the Dodge as our primary tow vehicle and when going on any long road trips as it gets great fuel mileage for a 3/4 ton truck and has an enclosed weatherproof cover. We've kept our F150 because the Dodge was never really ours and weren't sure what his intentions were.

This all changed last night as he signed over the title to us and we received new plates.

I joked with him that a few items needed to get fixed however based on his reaction I decided we would take the vehicle "as is". We have a great relationship and we both joke with each other. His biggest joke is that I married his daughter.

As far as the F150, my thought is to keep the truck and eventually hand it down to my oldest son when he turns 16 in 7 years. We drive it less than 5,000 miles per year so another 35,000 miles will be added to the current 88,000 miles that are on it.


2008 Honda Goldwing Trike
2006 Regal 2400
2004 Dodge Ram 2500
2003 Ford F-150
2002 Harley Davidson Roadking Classic
1998 Honda Civic


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#567312 - 03/14/17 12:04 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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Congrats on the new ride. Father in law sounds like a good guy.


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#567317 - 03/15/17 10:37 AM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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Capt, he is a good guy. He is a retired fire fighter from Northern Virginia that got smoke inhalation. This resulted in his health decline.


2008 Honda Goldwing Trike
2006 Regal 2400
2004 Dodge Ram 2500
2003 Ford F-150
2002 Harley Davidson Roadking Classic
1998 Honda Civic


#567318 - 03/15/17 02:19 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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Sorry to hear about the health decline.


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#567319 - 03/15/17 03:12 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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Many of us are at a point in our lives where our parents are getting too old to do many of the things they have done for years. A HUGE activity for them to have to give up is driving. That often is their last big freedom--the ability to jump in the car and run to the store or just take a drive.

My parents have passed away and Tina's dad died about 20 years ago. Her mom is 101 years old and is doing just great, but we all know that her time will come sooner than we all want.

So, OH, enjoy your parents will they are still around. Make the most of the time you can spend with them.


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#567321 - 03/15/17 11:50 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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GFC's words are so true. It is very hard to watch my parents & friends parents health decline. Have attended too many funerals in the last year.

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#567328 - 03/16/17 04:56 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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So true GFC, my mother passed in 2000 at 58, my father is currently 76 which we see every couple of months. My wife's parents are divorced, her mom lives in Florida and is doing pretty well for 80. We had our children late in life and we are both the youngest of our siblings. I do wish my boys grandparents could get on the floor like they were in their 50's and be closer to us geographically.

Capt, in 2000 my maternal grandmother passed on December 14th, my paternal grandmother passed on December 21.

This is one reason why we have the boat and now lake house as my wife and I wanted to build memories for us now while we are "young" and not wait until we are "old" and retired.

As fare as the Dodge truck, I do want to do some work on it since it is officially ours. The first is removing unwanted stuff and put them in boxes. I also want to paint the door moldings as they are faded with either plastic dip or paint. Whatever we decide to do, it will have to wait until the snow melts.


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2006 Regal 2400
2004 Dodge Ram 2500
2003 Ford F-150
2002 Harley Davidson Roadking Classic
1998 Honda Civic


#567331 - 03/16/17 11:15 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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You might try this stuff on the faded trim. I use it & have been very happy.

https://www.amazon.com/Chemical-Guys-TVD...s=chemical+guys


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#567334 - 03/17/17 04:46 AM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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A member of our camping group has a 2000 Dodge 2500 Diesel extended cab. It was tired looking and had a rusted out bed. She spent about $6k in restoration and the whole bed was replaced along with the other necessary items.

The truck looks new. Only problem though - if she ever has an accident with it and it gets totaled, she will never get anything from the insurance company near it's worth. That is the only problem when keeping an older vehicle.

I do love my diesel. Although it's newer (2016), I hope to have it for 30yrs, or until I no longer am around - in which case one of my boys will have a nice truck.


President and CEO - Napmoor and Doolittle.


2004 Mercury 270 Dinghy.
2016 Grand Design Reflection 29RS 5th Wheel
2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD SLT 6.6L Diesel

previous boats:
1995 Carver 325
1999 Four Winns 268
1999 Four Winns 225
1996 Rinker 180
#567335 - 03/17/17 12:19 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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I can vouch for the rust issues on the older Dodge. My daily driver is a 2002 Dodge ram quad cab. My 1st brand new vehicle but the bed rust is getting bad. Mechanically it has been a great truck. Currently has 170k. Thought about getting a new bed but the door bottoms are becoming an issue as well.

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#567339 - 03/20/17 09:25 AM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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Dodges are notorious for rusty beds, this truck has been in VA for most of its life and I don't drive it during the snowy periods in PA.

Al, as far as vehicle age, 2004 is the newest vehicle we own besides the boat and Goldwing.


2008 Honda Goldwing Trike
2006 Regal 2400
2004 Dodge Ram 2500
2003 Ford F-150
2002 Harley Davidson Roadking Classic
1998 Honda Civic


#567340 - 03/21/17 12:59 AM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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OH, you sound like me. Most of my stuff is old enough to be in high school. ouch My car is a 2005, my Exploder is a 1998, GW's truck is a 2012, I have a 1981 boat, a 1995 boat and a 2010 boat.


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#567341 - 03/21/17 01:11 AM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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OMG, I have the resident cheapskate beat on vehicle age!

My cars are 1974 and 1992, my truck is 1999, my motorcycle is 1985 and the boat is 1975. gunner



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2014 West Marine AL360 Inflatable, 1966 Mercury 6HP, 1992 Mercury 20HP
#567342 - 03/21/17 02:19 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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Waywego how about more info on the 74 & 92 cars.


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#567343 - 03/21/17 09:14 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: WayWeGo]  
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Originally Posted By: WayWeGo
OMG, I have the resident cheapskate beat on vehicle age!



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#567348 - 03/23/17 02:48 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: captkevin]  
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Originally Posted By: captkevin
Waywego how about more info on the 74 & 92 cars.

Sure!

1992 Mercedes 500E -- links to more info at the end of the second page: BABC '92 500E

1974 Datsun 260Z -- early model which is essentially a '73 240Z with a long stroke engine. Later '74 240Z cars had the heavier 280Z body with the same engine, which was the poorest performing Z of the S30 series.



I bought this car as a street legal practice car back when I was racing a 240Z. The race car was sold to buy our first boat, a great decision that led to me spending much more time with my kids while they were growing up.

Here are some old photos of the racecar at Watkins Glen and Summit Point racetracks.





1975 Trojan F36 Convertible, Twin Chrysler 440's
2014 West Marine AL360 Inflatable, 1966 Mercury 6HP, 1992 Mercury 20HP
#567351 - 03/23/17 10:36 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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Cool cars waywego. Thanks for sharing.


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#567356 - 03/24/17 09:31 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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I know old stuff...

1975 Harley Sportster
1984 Honda Goldwing
1984 Buick Regal T-type
1985 Honda Big Red 3-wheeler
1985 Honda 4-trax 200
1987 Honda 4-trax 250
1987 Sea Ray
1988 SkipperLiner
1989 Mustang GT convert
1995 Party Cruiser
2000 Allegro Bus diesel pusher
2002 Regal
2002 Ford F-250
2004 Chevy Venture
--then jumped the fence-
2013 Mustang GT convert...

The machines I use in my engraving business, I have 10 CNC rotary tool machines, 3 C02 lasers, a fiber laser and a vinyl cutter. All but 3 of them are more than 10 years old... Last time I added it up, the combined ages of them all is 285 years. One is idle but can be put in service at any time, all the others work for me daily (knock on my head) and keep making me a living laugh (now if I could figure out how to find some free time to enjoy what's on the first list... seriously)





#567358 - 03/24/17 11:39 PM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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Wow - that is quite a list Frantic.


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#567360 - 03/27/17 12:20 AM Re: Officially Acquired a New Tow Vehicle [Re: On Holiday]  
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yeah, and we call the wife's parents 'hoarders'...
guess that makes us hippo kritz wink

Been going to sell 2/3 of that list for years, but (a) I don't have time to make them 'presentable', (b) I don't like selling stuff that isn't presentable, and (c) I really don't like selling stuff in general anyway. Too many bad experiences. It's why I gladly gave the broker 10% to sell my Chap last year, even though it sold fast, I didn't have to worry about the inevitable phone calls...

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