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Everything posted by rickeieio

  1. My Build

    Those are like the ones I stock. I gave up on the stamped copper ends a long time ago. The battery cables on the tractors get bad eventually. I've cut many apart to find the wire has corroded beyond use. New ends won't cure a bad cable.
  2. My Build

    I've been soldering on cable ends for years, and have yet to have a failure. I'm not advocating soldering lighter wire, but on 1/0 and bigger, with the proper ends, solder works well. All the factory ends on my John Deeres were soldered, and when one fails, it's from corrosion, not breakage. Most have lasted 30-40 years before replacement.
  3. Smart car width for deck planning

    I give up. I've been trying to find the drawing Henry posted showing the arc of the front cap of a fiver during a turn. Some times the closest point isn't at 90 degrees.
  4. Smart car width for deck planning

    Do yourself a favor and take a measurement with the rig at 45 degrees. You might be in for a surprise. It's all been discussed here in the past year.
  5. Debit card compromised

    Have you ever thought of what would happen if the internet crashes? I always have enough cash on hand to carry me through some rough spots. I used to keep $1/mile for the distance we wondered from home. Now, with inflation and the complexity of our rigs, I question that. I don't mind putting cash back in the bank when we get home.
  6. Insurance

    We had a discussion with our insurance guy, and our accountant, about liability insurance limits. It seems the norm is a $1m umbrella. But, what if that worries you? Perhaps you've been fortunate enough to be worth more? Would not the person who's coming after you aim higher? Should I carry a $2m umbrella? More? In the end, we decided most lawyers will go after the low hanging fruit, and that's usually the common $1m. And replacement values........If you have an older unit, like many of we part timers do, replacement, while a concern, isn't a disaster. I can live with NADA values in exchange for lower premiums. Until I have a claim....
  7. Thinking about anti freeze

    Oh the colors...... Just today, grandson and I were servicing his mom's car. While the hood was up, I "helped" him check some things. The coolant level was low, not even showing in the overflow tank. I had him check the owner's manual, and it sez to use "Motorcraft" orange anti-freeze. So, I had him google it. I had red, purple, green, and yellow in stock, but no orange. Fortunately, I have a jug of Dex-cool at the house for the vette, so we'll top off with that. Yes, it's the same.
  8. Thank You, Big5er

    This morning, we were coming into Marfa, TX. The speed limit drops quickly, 75, 65, 55, 40, in a very short distance. I was easing on the brakes, and was at 45 when I got to the 40 mph sign. As luck would have it, a state trooper was coming at me, and came back for me. He asked me to step to the roadside and bring my license and insurance card. I handed him the license and my little binder with all my documentation, as Phil suggests. He was impressed, and said so. Of course, that didn't prevent him from giving me a warning for 10% over the limit! and an expired license. He did ask a lot of questions about why we had so much truck, and noticed the air lines for the BluDot. So, folks, get that binder in order. It might just get you a warning slip, instead of a fine.
  9. south Dakota insurance

    Agreed. I asked point blank about certain items, of both Miller and Lazy Days. Miller claimed the restrictions applied to all four companies they represent. Of course that's highly unlikely, but after two tries, I decided to go no further with them. I suspect the person with which i was speaking didn't want to admit an error in the first quote. YMMV.
  10. south Dakota insurance

    Do a search here and you'll find lots of opinions, and experiences. We're happy with Progressive, through Lazy Days RV in Tampa FL. I recently tried Miller in Oregon and their restrictions were unacceptable, though the rates were attractive.
  11. Thank You, Big5er

    I used a binder that had a clear sleeve as the front cover. Printed a brief description and VIN of truck/fiver. so it's obvious to the officer what's inside. One page is registrations, one is insurance cards, and one is the state statutes that apply to us. Maybe I should start a section in the back to file warning citations.......

    Looks like Carl and Donna are holding court. Dang, I wish we were there.
  13. Parking on an incline

    The symptoms don't make sense. If the pump isn't picking up oil, it wouldn't fire up that quickly just by rolling to level ground. It would still take a bit for the pump to prime, if indeed it had sucked air. And as mentioned previously, a 6-10 degree grade in a campground would be pretty unusual. There has to be something else.......
  14. Parking on an incline

    It sounds like perhaps your pressure sensor is failing. Has it happened other times, on level ground?
  15. Parking on an incline

    aka "Delco Hill".
  16. Filter and more Filters today.

    You just never know....... I can buy the primary air filters for my Deeres at the dealer for less than half what NAPA charges. Never tried on line.
  17. Loading motorcycle into toy hauler

    I have two P.O.S. wheel chocks from Harbor Fright, and honestly, they're the best things I ever bought there. I put them up against the tie down strip in the front, and DO NOT tie to the chock, rather to the floor anchors. Honestly, anything to keep the front wheel straight helps tremendously. The chock is just icing on the cake.
  18. Loading motorcycle into toy hauler

    I learned my lesson with cheap straps. Now it's Ancra or better. I just threw away 8 straps that were supposed to be better......NOT. And when they get worn, toss them. Minimum of 4 straps per bike. Always use a wheel chock, or at least something to prevent front wheel from turning sideways.
  19. Project progress

    Very, very nice.
  20. Towing eye part numbers.

    It's my understanding that there's a tow eye under the floor mat on the passenger side? Wouldn't there likely still be one in a wrecked car? Maybe some calls to wrecking yards would yield an eye or two.
  21. Do you clean your wiper blades ?

    Buy quality blades. You'll thank your self when driving in poor conditions. Wiper blades and headlights are not the place to save pennies. Also, buy where they move a lot of blades, so you don't get old stock.
  22. And so it begins...HDT search, ECR, destination full time.

    A couple from this forum, Bandbuds (Jeff and Cindy Brett) have a yellow Volvo, and I believe will spend this summer in Harrisburg. Let's see if they stop bye........
  23. That's pretty much what he did. If I remember correctly, he has the winch mounted to a bar that spans the two eyes. If you're using the front mounts, it's only a couple of feet to the battery. No remote required. Then, you run your cable to the other side of the bed and winch away. Since the cable isn't in motion (the car is), no pulleys or rub blocks are needed.
  24. Dave, before you get too far along, maybe Darryl will post a picture of how he winches his on. Far simpler than mounting the winch, pulleys, rub strips, etc. to the truck.