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Share Your Recipe / Re: Makin' bacon.
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:10:07 PM »
Try posting the recipe again.

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Share Your Recipe / Makin' bacon.
« on: February 22, 2018, 08:59:04 PM »
My brother added me to a new group on Facebook called makin' bacon. So off to costco I go to get a pork belly. A buddy of mine brought over a pork loin for Canadian bacon. The recipe we used is in the pictures. The pictures of the loin is after 24 hours. The first flip. We will use an electric smoker the first time just because its more dummy proof. That and its cold out right now. I dont want to have to babysit the fire constantly. Its going in the smoker in 8 more days.

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Humor, Good Stuff, and Red Neck Practices! / Re: Intelligence
« on: February 22, 2018, 06:43:35 AM »
This never gets old!

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: February 19, 2018, 08:04:06 PM »
I bought a diesel generator on an auction. We got to messing with it today. Wont run. Exhaust coming out of the intake. Found the muffler was plugged so took it off. Then we found out it has a catalytic converter on it. Also plugged. Pulled that off and it fired right up! Really loud and lots of black smoke.  Ok so now we need a muffler. We went and found a small tractor muffler. Modified it to fit. That didnt work. Its still way too loud. I scrounged up a muffler off an old truck and slipped it over the tractor muffler. Nice and quiet. Figured if we shove it outside for a while and let it run the smoke will quit. It did. Half hour or so i look out. No smoke! Awesome we got this figured out. Nope. It quit smoking because it ran out of oil. I'm going to take it to a small engine guy tomorrow and see if we rebuild, repower, or junk it. I paid 900 for it. 6 grand new. I thought I got a good deal. Heavy duty power systems brand
http://hdpowersystems.com/

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: February 17, 2018, 07:56:35 AM »
Got it all hooked up and she rides 3 inches high. The decision to flip the axles has been made. That will raise the camper up 3-4 inches.

I got the fenders back on. All that's left is wiring the lights and trailer plug. I do want to put some kind of receiver hitch on the back. I heard through the grape vine that a few trucks with motor home plates were getting tickets for having no rear bumper. Then I had a brain storm. We took a bumper off one of our old straight trucks. It just has a hole for a drop pin. I do believe that will work.

I don't know if its just me but I woke up this morning and had the gut feeling that some safety chains would not be a bad idea. From the 5th wheel to the plate. It is bolted down with 12 1/2 inch grade 8 bolts. I doubt its going anywhere.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: February 16, 2018, 05:59:23 AM »
I got it cheap enough if it dont work out I might be able to recoup my losses.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: February 16, 2018, 05:58:16 AM »
Went to a consignment auction and bought a generator to mount on the camper. I did a quick google search before I bought it. Sells New for just over 6 grand. I got it for $900. I'm sitting here reading the manual and realized I may have bought a piece of crap.
It says to never operate the generator if the weather calls for precipitation such as rain, snow or fog. I haven't had time to play with it yet. It was wrapped in plastic on a pallet. I assumed it was brand new. It is not. Its used. So I guess we will see what happens.

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Faith Discussion / Re: Duanes home burned down today!
« on: February 16, 2018, 05:33:00 AM »
So sorry, prayers sent. I  cant imagine going through that.

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General Vehicle Related Discussion / Re: GOV surplus auctions
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:17:56 AM »
I love browsing Gov Planet. I have a wish list a mile long.

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: February 14, 2018, 07:51:32 AM »
There are a few brands that are over $1,000. This one works just fine. I suppose if you drilled a 100 holes a day you would want a better one.

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: February 13, 2018, 06:43:40 AM »
It a Evolution. It a cheaper brand but works well. The shorter the extension cord the better. Use plenty of cutting fluid. The one I have is similar to this one in the link but the older model. Its been around here for 10 years I bet and probably only used it 5 times. But it has paid for its self.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/322874819010




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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:55:08 PM »
Got a little bit done in the past couple days. Mag drill is my new buddy. Mounting brackets in place and plate mocked up. Holes marked. Now i get to flip it over and start drilling. 14 holes to mount the plate to the truck then 12 holes to mount the hitch to the plate.

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Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:49:52 PM »

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: February 11, 2018, 07:12:08 AM »
When I get the hitch on and hook up the trailer we will know better where I need to be.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: February 11, 2018, 07:08:38 AM »
You will be up and running around in no time. Just make sure you do all your physical therapy. My boss got his knee replaced and decided he didnt need therapy. They were too hard on him he said. So he quit. Then he limped around here for 6 months and complained it was sore.

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: February 10, 2018, 07:31:07 AM »
FJ,
Do you or anybody else have any experience with the Harbor Freight inverters?
I'm needing a new unit for my work truck to run an overhead AC unit and was wondering about quality.
I dont know anything about them. If I were going to run an A/C unit I would look into small generator maybe. Just so you don't kill your batteries. A/C unit would pull a lot of juice I think.

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: February 10, 2018, 07:24:02 AM »
With that long WB you can have a nice carry area back there like for the quad in the other pic.

With the long WB and the airbags you shouldn't tear up the trailer. Plus aren't diff grades of bags for a softer ride or air pressure?

Air bags are all the same as far as I know. You can adjust the ride height somewhat. But it will always have the same air pressure for the load. Heaver load will be higher pressure so keep the ride height. The Hitch I bought has rubber cells in it to take the shock away. Ive never seen one in person and I never seen a video of how it works. I'm just going off others recommendations. Total leap of faith.

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: February 09, 2018, 07:50:43 PM »
All kinds of stuff came in today. Got the 5th wheel, the 3/4 inch plate,  my porta potty arrived and the Insurance man came over to check everything over.

I opted for the  comfort ride 245. 24,000 lbs capacity 5,000 lb pin weight. Way more than I need right now. I have room to upgrade.

The angle irons with all the holes in them on the outside of the frame rails is what the commercial 5th wheel bolted to. I had to slide them back. Can use most of the factory bolt holes but will have to drill a few out. Then the plate is bolted to that you and the 5th wheel to the plate.

1/2 inch plate would have worked but the hitch manufacturer said it will bow with the big trailers so I went with 3/4.

This 1500 watt inverter has just been sitting on the shelf for years.  Before we got the service we use to keep it in the pickup to run electric tools. I would like a bigger one but this is big enough to run a fridge and small microwave. 


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CIEMR / Re: Old Story, new Spin...Stay Frosty...
« on: February 07, 2018, 01:43:40 PM »
Hit the nail on the head. I want to share with my friends on Facebook.

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: February 07, 2018, 01:33:29 PM »
I didnt need to do that. I got titled as a motor home. I just have to put in a porta potty, fridge and microwave. Install a power inverter. Then I want to add a tv and dvd player. Seating with seatbelts in the sleeper for the kids will come also.

Got the hitch and porta potty ordered. Should be here end of the week.

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I must have rewound that a dozen times on my DVR to see if the dad got a piece of him. Did anyone see the clip of the dads contempt of court hearing? They were ready to throw his butt in jail too. But it would have been worth it if he connected.

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: February 05, 2018, 01:44:07 PM »
FJ, what size shop is that you have?
It a 20 ft tall morton building on a 4 ft concrete stem wall. I believe it is 81x83. Morton has odd sizes. It has a 24 ft tall ceiling. In floor heat. The big door is a higher power aircraft door. 42 wide by 23 tall. Two of the roll up doors are 16x20 and one 22x20
The John Deere dealer in town built their set up shop with a 24 ft ceiling per Deere specs. We followed their lead.

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: February 05, 2018, 01:34:42 PM »
Are the springs on top of the axle on your 5th wheel? That would give you the space you need or do a 3" lift camper, would also help going in and out of rougher camping spots,
Flipping the axles is another option. I have to do the bearings anyway so it wouldn't take much more to pull the axles.

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Message from the Owner / Re: No Superbowl for me!
« on: February 04, 2018, 02:55:20 PM »
The only NFL game I ever watch is the Super Bowl. I couldn't careless about the game. My wife wants to watch the commercials.

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D.O.T. / Re: Don re-enters the workforce
« on: February 04, 2018, 01:05:52 PM »
Pretty impressive. I will have to share this with my boss. He is an airplane nut.

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: February 04, 2018, 12:28:56 PM »
Got everything dug out of the snow and in the shop. According to my mock up measurements the truck going to be 3 Inches too high. I have the camper where I want it going down the road. There is 9 inches from the frame to pinbox. Hitch is 12 inches tall. I think i can make it up by raising the pin box. I need to get the hitch installed before I have any real hard numbers. However I am banned from the shop until further notice because my son has the Flu.

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Farming, Gardening, and Raising Your Own Food / Re: Raised veggie garden.
« on: February 04, 2018, 08:39:25 AM »
I started raised beds a couple years ago. Ive added more as the years go on. I used old hog feeders I took apart. tractor tire and concrete cattle feed bunks. I filled them with the tractor but they settled a lot the first couple years. Be prepared to add more soil next year.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: February 02, 2018, 06:56:37 AM »
Been working on this old Freightliner. 90 fld. 60 series detroit engine with a messed up 13 speed.  Paid 6 for grand for it. I wanted it to pull the side dump trailer. I had a couple close calls last manure hauling season. I almost flipped over twice.  Scared the crap out  of me. We have 100k wrapped up inthe the Pete so I dont want to tear it up.

The muffler was rusted out so it got a brand new straight pipe with a old school rain cap. Mufflers are seriously over rated anyhow.

Put on all new fuel lines. I seriously dont know why they were not leaking.

The head lighs on one side are dim and the brights dont work. New turn signal switch straightened out most of the problems with the lights. They are still dim sometimes. Found a ball of wires black taped together under the hood. I would guess that where that problem lies. I dont do wires. I'm partially color blind. I just dont mess with them.

I got my kid and my nephew to install a new stereo. The old one only worked when it wanted. They found a huge mouse nest in the dash. Mouse pee corroded all the connections in the factory radio plugs. So its just hard wired in.

The fairings were all busted up and the brackets rusted out so we took them off and just bolted a couple steps on the fuel tank.

And I threw 4 new knobby tires on it. All the rest of the tires were new. And it has all new brakes on the rear.
 
She goes in next week for DOT inspection and a few odds and ends we cant handle. Fix the AC, pull oil pan and do main bearings. Wet kit install. Its going to need a transmission sooner or later but I want to make some money with it first. Shouldn't take long for it to pay for its self.
She still smells a little mousey and musty but it will be good old truck.



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D.O.T. / Re: State of The Union Transcript
« on: January 31, 2018, 07:44:45 PM »
I actually fell asleep half way through. I just loved the looks on the democrats faces. It looked like  Pelosi was going to start crying!

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Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: January 31, 2018, 05:58:23 AM »
Thats why I like full gauges. By the time the dummy light comes on its usually too late.

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: January 30, 2018, 07:38:30 PM »
Dang those are pricey. Why couldn't you use a conventional p/u hitch?
Not trying to sound negative, just wondering if you plan on hauling 30k some day.
The bigger hitches bolt down flat and are lower profile.  The medium size ones hook to rails. They are only a few hundred bucks cheaper. I dont know if I will ever tow 30,000 pounds but the guys I talked to have trailers that weigh around 20k. They said why max out the smaller hitch when you can get the bigger one and not worry about it. My philosophy is there is no overkill when towing. My camper only weighs 10,000 pounds. I want plenty of room to upgrade.

I fully intended on putting a gooseneck hitch in and using the same B&W companion I use in my pickup. But. According to most of the people I talked to the suspension is so stiff on the trucks that it will tear the trailer up.

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Toter-home build.
« on: January 30, 2018, 07:37:00 AM »
I didn't know If I should put this in the build thread or with the campers. Being its going to be pulling a camper i put it here.

This is an 03 Freightliner with 435 hp 60 series Detroit, 10 speed, 3:55 gears with full locker. 260 inch wheel base. A little longer than what I wanted but the hard work is all done. Everything on the rear end is new. From the locker to the bakes, brake cans, shocks, track bar the works. New drive line, carrier bearing U joints etc. I tried to nit pick it but I couldn't find anything wrong. 1.3 million on it. Never been overhauled but they pulled the pan and did the rods and mains. Everything around the engine is new or newer. Alternator and turbo are newer. Needs a right side windshield. That about the only thing I could find wrong. 2 100 gallon fuel tanks. The former owner said he got 7 mpg with it pulling a semi trailer. I should get a little more than that. I should be able to go a 1000 miles easy with fuel to spare.

First things first I have to get it registered as a Motor home. Ive talked to other guys in Nebraska. One guy had to go full out and put in fridge, microwave, sink and some other stuff before they would change the title. The other guy said he just went to the DMV and told them he needed the title changed. They did it no questions asked. I am going to try that approach. If I have to I'm just going to mount a pickup box camper on the back temporally to get past the plating. Once its plated its a done deal. As long as I never ever use it for commercial. It will be recreational use only or they can pull my plate.

I have an 8 foot flat bed to install. Off of a Chevy dually pickup. That will come to just in front of the fenders. I think. Have more measuring to do. Right now everything is stuck in a snow bank. If its not in the snow its frozen to the ground.

Right now I am in full debate with myself over what hitch to install. Its like a multiple choice quiz. A. B. or C. I know C is wrong and A and B are both right. But which one is MORE right.

The trailer saver hitch rides on air. Low profile.
http://www.trailersaver.com/product/tslb2h-air-ride-hitch/

    32,000 lb. Gross Trailer Weight
    5,000 lb. Pin Weight with optional 3rd air-bag for a 7,500 lb. pin weight
    Fits Standard Bolt Hole patterns in medium duty trucks
    Available rail adapter kit
    Heavy Duty 4-way pivoting hitch head with safety lock
    Available Goose-Neck Adapter
    Shipped Direct (or to shipping facility near you) Fully Assembled
    3 Year Limited Warranty
    30 Day Money Back Guarantee

Then we have the  comfort ride. No air needed. It rides on these plastic cells.

http://www.comfortridehitch.com/hi_model_308_hd.html

   Tunable for any Weight Trailer up to 30K with Height Adjustments from 12" to 19"

   Only Weighs 290 lbs

   30,000 lbs Towing Capacity

   8,000 lbs Pin Capacity

   Operating Height: 11.5"-19" Adjustable


They are very similar in price and weight rating. They both bolt flat so they are easy to install. I'm not crazy about the air ride because air bags eventually blow. But they have a goose neck ball adapter.

Comfort does not have a ball adapter. How often am I going to pull the goose neck? I don't know. But I want the adapter. So before too long I'm just going to flip a coin and order a hitch.

Some day I would like to move the rear end ahead and install a western hauler type bed to haul a jeep on. I have to raise my kids first and I have to pay for all this....Baby steps.
   




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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 26, 2018, 07:26:45 AM »
It hurts my brain just reading this.

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Share Your Recipe / Re: Mushroom rice
« on: January 23, 2018, 06:38:54 PM »
Well it looks like the picture. Needs salt otherwise pretty good. Added extra garlic.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 23, 2018, 08:09:47 AM »
They should have it cleaned up by then.

 As of now we are still snowed in. Got power back. Depending on how bad it is the maintainer will usually show up around noon. I have to move enough around the place to get to my brothers 1/4 mile away so he can help get chores done. He went in the ditch on the way home yesterday and I just left the pickup there. He almost made it. Worst thing is the snow is heavy and wet and there is ice under the snow.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 22, 2018, 01:18:33 PM »
Blizzard started this morning. Lost power for a while. We were able to get cattle fed and get the generator set up.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 21, 2018, 03:33:41 PM »
It will limit the parks we can go to but it will be safer over all. The duramax is fine around here on flat land. But it didn't like the hills in Kentucky. Id hate to see how it handled the rocky mountains. We want to go west sometime.
How big is your trailer?  The roads here steep but your truck won?t have a problem for going up, coming down is a little more fun.   Just take it easy and you?ll be find


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Its only 33 ft but this leaves room upgrades.

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CIEMR / Re: Millenials perfer socalism and communism over capitalism
« on: January 21, 2018, 08:45:15 AM »
     We are very fortunate around here. All my kids went to smaller schools in rural farm towns. We didn't have to deal with that crap. Most of the teachers were locals that came back. There are some radical democrats around but they are far and few in-between. Their ideals get squashed pretty quick. One of the country churches hired a new preacher from I don't know where. During the election he was in the coffee shop preaching about how we all need to vote for Hillary. Shes going to save us. Trump is the devil bla bla bla....I don't know what ever happened to him. He didn't last long.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 21, 2018, 08:01:50 AM »
It will limit the parks we can go to but it will be safer over all. The duramax is fine around here on flat land. But it didn't like the hills in Kentucky. Id hate to see how it handled the rocky mountains. We want to go west sometime.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 20, 2018, 10:20:20 PM »
Well I got the truck for pulling the camper. I guess in the camping world they call it a HDT. I will probably start a build thread but all the hard work is done. I just need a flat bed, install a 5th wheel, put a bench seat in the sleeper and electric brake controller. I have a bed off a doully pickup. That will do for now. Temporarily perminant.

Its an 03 Freightliner 435 hp 60 series detroit, 10 speed, 3:55 gears with full locker. 260 inch wheel base.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 19, 2018, 06:39:54 AM »
Heck I just work with my brother. We can argue and yell at each other and an hour later we are back to normal. Drives our boss insane when we do that. But hes an only child. He doesn't understand siblings fighting is different.

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Share Your Recipe / Re: Mushroom rice
« on: January 18, 2018, 07:35:09 PM »
Oh that looks good. Good use for my home made beef broth.

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Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / Re: Dewalt 20Volt impact gun
« on: January 16, 2018, 05:45:56 AM »
My brother works at  a Home Depot in Tampa area. He just said that Dewalt is is owned by Black and Decker and they both suck now. All the contractors are moving toward Milwaukee and Rigid. If you have a Rigid or Ryobi tool that breaks they will fix it rightnow there at the store or send it out. And they have life time battery replacement if you register them.

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Stewie, great to see you back.  I got a 1/2 acre piece of land out front of our property that I plan to plant a big garden, fruit trees and berry bushes at some point....but I'm buried over in a building project that is going on 5 months now.....

ha, i have the same. i need to set it all ablaze soon and get wildflowers down for my bees (that's another exciting story i need to tell).

2017 taught me me that i am one man, and a limited resource. i have to plans and prioritize.
My first garden was big and more than I could handle. So much so that I gave up on it for years. I just got tired of it. It was too much work. When I got back into it I started small. Now I know what I can handle and add a little bit every year.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 15, 2018, 08:46:26 PM »
Better fuel mileage less wheels on the ground. One less pumpkin spinning. Ideally i would like the rear end moved ahead a foot or so for the turning radius but its already done with all new drive line. Plus I only need one axle for what i'm doing.

I need seating in the sleeper for the kids. Something with seat belts. Like a booth or a couch out of a motor home.

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Depending on how bad the barn is it might be cheaper to throw a match to it and build a pole shed. My barn is falling down but its so handy. I'd like to tear it down and put up a new shed.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 15, 2018, 07:43:42 PM »
It is cold cold cold here. -30 wind chill. Didnt get over -2 regular temp all day. Wind blowing 20-30. Dindntis get much done. Spent half a day trying to get the tractor with the air seeder hooked on it started so it can thaw out over night in the shop. Have to do some maintenance. Other than that not a whole lot going on.

Looking at a truck to pull my camper. 02 Freightliner. Rear end already singled with a locker. Just have to throw a flat bed on it and my small 5th wheel. Then figure out seating in the sleeper.

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That looks like a nice machine. Way better than our gutless case.

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Share Your Recipe / Re: whats for dinner tonight
« on: January 14, 2018, 07:17:28 PM »
Ramen noodles.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 14, 2018, 07:15:45 PM »
Had a party in our shop for all the people who helped us with harvest after my bosses stroke. I had a friend of mine bring his cooker to do burgers and hot dogs. I usually cook but then I never get a chance to socialize. My oldest girl showed up. She lives close but we dont see each other much. She was a little tipsey. She looks so young its hard to to believe shes 21. They grow up fast.

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