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About rickeieio

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  1. Looks like it's time to polish those bolt removal skills. I think I'd try the ol' "weld a washer and nut on the broken bolt" trick.
  2. Do as Randyretired suggested. Any cheap volt meter will be fine.
  3. Cables can be bad internally. Feel if the cable is getting hot. If so, do the amp reading at both ends. I've had to replace cables that looked fine on the outside, but when split open were green and crunchy.
  4. We have one Little Giant, and two knock-offs. The genuine article is worth the extra cost, especially if it'll see rough service or be used by a fat old dude. The imitators are from Lowes and Home Depot. While both are sub par, the one from Lowes is much better.
  5. Batteries usually don't just "die". They gradually get weaker. And putting them under heavy loads accelerates the degradation. So in the long run, you likely get about the same life per dollar whether you put in 2, 3, or 4. But with more batteries your safety margin goes way up. We got 10 years out a set of 4, despite severe neglect.
  6. We'll try to have fun without you, but it won't be the same. Just take care of Julie, and yourself.
  7. Cory, try plugging you phone to the computer and downloading the pics. I charge my phone every night by plugging into a usb port. Makes it simple.
  8. rickeieio

    Wheel Well

    A really long time ago, we had a tub shaped just like that wheel well. We filled it with water and put tires in to find leaks. Of course it was galvanized metal, like an old bucket.
  9. The only pics I have are with Paul's truck in the background. Nothing showing the whole truck. As it stands at the moment, Paul and Paula may be coming to the ECR next week, for a few days. That would be a good opportunity to poke around and drive it.
  10. Lots of fiddling and screwing around, but got it. Knocked the big lumps off the Volvo this morning. Now it's getting a soft water rinse, courtesy of Mother Nature.
  11. Trying to put two pics in one post isn't working......
  12. Got the Volvo back this morning. New cooler, hose kit and fluid plus labor, $1,250. Tomorrow, Sunday and Monday we'll be packing and double checking everything. We might make most of Tuesday's Happy Hour.
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    Age is a factor, but not the only factor. Tires like steers, where there is no redundancy or little safety margin, get replaced often, as do trailer tires. Drives may be different. How close to the max weight is the load? How often do they get really warm? If you're singled and near max capacity, by all means change often. If your individual weight is maybe 15%-20% of rated max, I stretch out the life to double, or even more. I ran my grain trailer tires for 16 years, and changed them all when I found a bubble in the tread on one. Same way with the work trucks. Every tire failure
  14. We have our Volvo in the shop. When we got the new x/y, the mechanic mentioned the fluid had a little milky coloration, so keep an eye on it. Yep, the cooler is leaking. Local Mack dealer treats me well, so they got the job. They ordered the cooler and lines, wrong cooler came in. Correct parts should arrive today, so I hope to pick it up Friday. Not much time to finish everything up to get to Happy Hour at Deer Run on Monday..... or Tuesday.
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    The Sailuns I got are closed shoulder, but pretty blocky tread. So far, I really like them. And to clarify, yes, I went 13 years on some of the drive tires. BUT, we're tandem, and the weight back there is roughly 1500# per tire. They run 25-30 degrees cooler than the steers every time I check them. I wouldn't dream of running them that long if we were singled.
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