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Chuck Williams

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  1. 2015 Keystone Raptor 412TS. Toyhauler, 12 foot garage with HappiJac dining set and queen bed. Loft over garage. 4 door refrigerator. L shaped sofa with recliner, 2 recliners in slide out. 3 TV's, 5.5kw Onan generator. Rear gate patio kit with safety gates, rear awning and bug screen. Step inside the garage space using the rear ramp door. There is a side man door in the garage for easy access when the ramp door is closed and a sliding glass patio door to the main living space making it easy to open things up when the toys are removed. Garage has an electric bed with dual opposing sofas in the rear for more sleeping space at night and lounging during the day. There is a twin loft bed above the garage. Inside the main living and kitchen area combined there are two opposing slides which creates a bit more space. A pantry to the left of the sliding glass doors and slide-out three burner range, counter peninsula with large sink, and L-shaped hide-a-bed with recliner combined. An entertainment center is located on the interior living room wall for your enjoyment. On the opposite side of the room there are dual recliners together, a 18 cu. ft. refrigerator, and a second pantry slide out. Step up two steps to a bath on your left featuring a shower, toilet, and sink. Head into the front private bedroom with slide out residential queen size bed, dresser with entertainment center above, and full wall wardrobes along the front wall. There is also a convenient wardrobe to the left of the bed with laundry chute, and so much more! $77,300 REDUCED $70,000 I can even help you load the garage with toys,,, I have 2, 2003, 100th anniversary edition Harleys for sale, a Dyna Low Rider and a Heritage Springer.
  2. Daimler Smart uses a variant of the De Dion tube suspension. The rear wheel assemblies are mounted to the suspension tube by way of a fixed/welded bracket. The Engineers at Daimler designed the rear wheels to have a -2 degree camber for performance and handling. I wanted to try realignment for the same reasons as you, inside tire wear. After studying the design and Engineering of the suspension, I stopped looking at changes to the suspension and decided to simply flip the tires on the rims at about 50% wear to the inside tread bar indicator. These little cars are wonky enough on the highway, I didn't want to further compromise handling by altering the suspension that the German Engineers designed and tested.
  3. I get 44 to 48 mpg routinely. Last tank was 51 mpg, that was the highest I've ever had on my 2010 Smart (138k miles on the odometer). Tires make a big difference on my car. Continentals do better than Kumho's on mpg. I use K&N HP-1008 oil filters on the Smart. The same filter fits my Infiniti EX35 and my John Deere lawn mower. I order them from Amazon, a dozen at a time. Never have replaced the crush washer.
  4. It's nice to have your own machine/die shop to build what you need! 😀
  5. We've stayed at Lakeside RV near Livingston ((maybe the same place you stayed at last year)). It was nice, enough room for big rigs, clean, nice staff. The only issue we had was cable TV. The sites next to the highway did not have cable, all others did. Hopefuly they've added cable since we were there.
  6. Charlie, Glad you found the issue and could get it reset. I didn't have that issue on mine, just a simple part change. Kinda scary how simple the front end comes off, isn't it? Chuck
  7. Heck, it was simple. I watched a couple of You Tube videos and tore the little car apart. But y'all can still come over. I'm working on the Sport Chassis, my Kicker amplifier crapped out, the new Kenwood amp needs a direct cable to run the subwoofer. Gotta pull a new cable through the dash and body sides to the amp behind the rear seat. Diet Dr. Pepper for me
  8. I just replaced the fan in my Smart. The replacement fan was less than $90 and the install was fairly easy. The process to replace the fan looks worse than it really is. The front body clip has to come off, fenders, facia, grill, etc. That's all one piece and not too bad to remove. I went ahead and replaced the AC condenser as well. When my AC is on, the fan is on.
  9. I bought 2 steer tires, Yokohama RY103's for $362 each, $20 each to mount and balance. With tax that was just over $835.
  10. I have a 2010 Smart. Just after I bought it someone said "you got one of those disposable cars, huh". Well after 124,000 miles the little car is still my daily driver. I bought it as a our travel/RV car to load in the toyhauler. After I realized it got 48 MPG, it became my daily driver. A couple of months ago, a guy asked if it's hard finding parts for that little car. I raised an eyebrow and thought for a second and replied "I don't know, never needed any parts". He turned around and walked away... The little cars are tiny, kinda goofy looking, easy to park, fun to drive and are not so disposable after all.
  11. Same thing happened to mine. The jaws can get a little rust on them and not move freely. Backing into the pin would not close the jaws. When backed into the pin I used a bar to push the jaws to the center lock position, then the lock slide moved into place. I couldn't move my jaws by hand so I sprayed them down with silicon lubricant and worked them in and out with a cheater bar. They loosened up to the point I could move them by hand with light pressure. I now keep the hitch covered to keep rain and dirt off of it and I spray it down before and after each use and about every two weeks when not in use. No problems since starting a preventive maintenance routine.
  12. I haven't stopped to look at this one. It has a low to the ground stance. Cool looking truck.
  13. Noticed a new arrival on a local car lot. I don't know anything about it other than what's in the ad. https://www.fordofmurfreesboro.com/searchused.aspx?Type=U&Make=Kenworth
  14. I just secured a policy for truck and trailer from State Farm in Tennessee. Thum Insurance had me with Blue Sky, then the non renewal came and Thum sent me a policy of same coverage for $500 more premium with National General. We decided to go shopping on our own and found a local State Farm agent that wrote a policy with the same coverage I had, for less cost than Blue Sky had last year. Granted, my wife spent several hours on the phone during over a several day period and I had several hours online in the evenings, but we came out better than I had expected. i just don't like going through 3 different business entities to get an Insurance policy. Last year I had Thum Insurance who went through Blue Sky who was underwritten by RLI. Too many middle-men.
  15. The wind will push you around a bit. These little cars have a small foot print and they're light weight. Cross winds and buffeting from trucks will keep you busy at the steering wheel. I don't think much about it anymore. With over 105,000 miles on my Smart, I just expect it and roll on. Fun little cars to drive.
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