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Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: Today at 10:37:46 PM »
just for reference.  Towing 16000 full profile fifth wheel at 65, I was getting 12.7 in the duallly.
...Which is about what I expected from my setup.

My average speed was lower which would have affected my numbers positively. And you pulled a heavier load. However I did pull up down hills the whole way, so i'm leaning toward the possibility of this combo yielding improved economy while pulling

We have been working down farm side but in this heat wave, I grounded operations for now. Nearly all of us fell out from heat exhaustion. Dizziness/headache, weakness/ Nausea X all three of us!

But the good news is that we started off with pulling annual maintenance on the saw mill and afterward, after sitting dormant since last fall, it fired up on the first pull, and cut a pile of logs up without a hiccup.

I plan to build a half dozen adirondack chairs which required a nice pile of fresh cut cedar. I may just cut the parts out without drying it since its going outside anyway...

It's gonna break?

I mean knowing my history with stuff...

And get this, We broke the thing the very first day we used it

We just winched the daughters Lexus onto the deck and had the truck disconnected and turned around so i could use the winch to pull her car up the ramp. Well, the thing had its front "Foot" resting on a 6X6 section and it fell off.

When we went to crank the handle to raise it up, nothing worked. No movement! It was all locked up

So I had to get the tractor to raise the front up, then jam the handle around and it finally freed up, Not sure if I should take it back to the dealer or leave it be???

Then while pulling it home, one of the pre-Rangers heard what sounded like a chain dragging...It was!

One of the chains had fallen off the frame. The retaining pin somehow fell out and the chain was hooked to my bumper, but no longer to the trailer. On the second day I owned the thing!!!!

My luck with mechanical things: Not so great!

Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: Today at 10:20:46 PM »
You laugh. Mowing by the pond is like don piloting his chinook thu enemy territory.  It?s rough terrain and danger is everywhere. Only the fearless tread where I send that mower

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I feel ya on that!

Not the part about the hook

But piloting the mower over hazands...Def been there and did that!

Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: Today at 10:16:19 PM »
Just backed up that number, sorta...

Pulled the tractor on the new trailer, same route. The truck got 14.7 for the pull. Difference was air temp as far as i can figure. It was super hot the day of the 14.7 mpg pull, cooler (like maybe 80F) on the 15+ mpg pull

Build Threads / Re: Project/Beater "boozer"
« on: Today at 10:13:43 PM »
I remember a light and a bent brush cutter bar. Maybe I missed something else?! As much as gets crushed by tractors and such I'm thing Chief may have gotten a bit jealous and played a part... 
I did break something...Ah...I remember: The lights, smashed one up while hacking down some trees.

Other than that it's running like a champ!

Hide Site / Re: Hide Site/Bug-out location Construction, Part 5
« on: June 15, 2018, 10:33:05 PM »
Don, I am not a trailer builder, but what size axles are under it and the max tongue weight for your hitch? You could very well be road legal depending on how you load it and how much weight you can leave at the farm like attachments and tools. Might want to change the spring paks at some point depending on what you have now. Or move it when the weight police are having coffee and doughnuts and not change anything.
I'm pretty sure the axles are each 7,000 lb, 8 lug units with load range E tires

This trailer is known in these parts. Some grossly overload it and have been for years. We have almost no "Load police." Kentucky is just not like the eastern or western socialist/police states. Everyone around here pretty much just leaves things alone. We are not even required to put license plates on trailers. Just buy them and use them until they're dead.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 15, 2018, 10:17:22 PM »

It will work!

Believe it completely. Give it totally to the Lord and get on with your life

Lifting you up

Mikie: Nice stairwell job, bro!

Hide Site / Re: Hide Site/Bug-out location Construction, Part 5
« on: June 15, 2018, 10:11:35 PM »
I added to my capability a couple days ago.

I traded in my heavily worn 6 lug trailer (10K??) for a Big Tex 14K, 8 lug, 18 foot unit with knee ramps. They gave me a grand in trade for the old unit so I walked out the door owing $3200 for this new, really stout unit.

Reason you ask? Well, the old one was really getting beat up. It sheds parts on that "driveway" into the farm to the point my neighbor down there is picking up stuff that breaks off. Then considering I have no way to tow Spud if I need to take it in for service or warranty work, and well, it was just time to upgrade.
The trailer weighs 3,200 I think. It has a 14K limit which leaves 10,800. Now here comes the tricky part. Spud weighs 11,572 leaving 770 lbs sorta unaccounted for. I'm going to get a weight of the trailer on a scale and try and do the same thing with spud, knowing that published weight numbers are not always accurate.

So why not a 16k trailer you ask??? Well the flat bed units have a gooseneck, and I don't do GN's. Going up to a 16K dump trailer would have more than doubled what I paid, and I felt that 10,500 ish for a trailer was just too much.

So I stayed with a 14,000 rated unit and will give it a run and see how it fares. It is already all muddy from being down there, and although it is wider (83") on the deck making towing on narrow roads downright harrowing, it pulls great empty or loaded. The larger diameter 10 ply tires roll over rocks much easier than before making the loaded pull through mud holes out of the farm much easier as well.

I'll keep an eye on it as we progress...

Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: June 15, 2018, 09:54:28 PM »
Was away for a couple more days. Towed my daughters Lexus 300 (or 350???) SUV thing on top a brand new 14K Big Tex trailer I purchased Wednesday. I make the trailer and vehicle, and a load of fresh sawn lumber stacked beneath the Lexy at say 10K.

I towed it on country roads, 40-60 MPH in tow/haul mode in tune position #2 which is heavy towing, and ended the trip showing 15.4 MPG. That's friggin outstanding! 37" tires, and 4.56 gears and running in a lower gear all the time and still over 15 mpg!

I'm pretty happy so far with the CP3 net turbo and the tunes...

Build Threads / Re: the GM guys here
« on: June 15, 2018, 09:48:27 PM »
Any 3/4 ton burb is pretty much problem free (relatively speaking) and lasts a very long time. On the negative side, the fuel economy in those is not great

Build Threads / Re: Project/Beater "boozer"
« on: June 14, 2018, 09:58:02 AM »
Sounds like we need a short, mid, and long term review on the generals over in the tire section

Knowing this is Norm's "Boozer" thread, I'd offer that my BFG MT's are doing "Average."

Not great, but good to average. I say that because they require rotation rather often. After rotation they will often act squirrly for a drive then settle in. Then they go for whatever distance (A few thousand miles) then start to bounce and shimmy a bit. That is the signal to rotate again.

Wear is also seemingly rapid, but it has been for every tire I have ever used on my truck. A real locker eats tires, but in my case is necessary because of all the off roading I use my truck for. Today for instance, I have to pull a 14K trailer all over the hills of my farm to pull another vehicle out of there.

I started my tire buying evolution last time looking to get the Generals like Norm purchased, but if anyone can remember, the sales people totally botched the sale, TWICE!

That led me to Mark over at national tire and the BFG's.

But, since I may now have to tow Spud, weighing 11,572, I will need to come out of the D load range tires and go up to E's, so likely, I'll follow with Norm and go with the generals

As a side note I ran almost nothing but General MT's in the 90's on my F250's I owned then. They were good then.

Build Threads / Re: Ramcharger Build
« on: June 13, 2018, 11:34:28 AM »
that thing wouldn't happen to be green and come from KY now would it?

Build Threads / Re: Project/Beater "boozer"
« on: June 12, 2018, 02:49:21 PM »
Yah Don......can't justify the expense of a diesel over the gas, or the $1.00 per gallon difference, or the cost to buy DEF or EGR delete for what amounts to very little difference economy loaded at 10k lbs. I have what.... $25k into this truck with 27K miles on it.

If we drove a lot of miles it might somehow pan out, but this truck might see 8k a year tops. For most of what we tow these days, the Mustang or the Jeep, it hardly knows it's behind it. The rest of the time it's saving a lot of expense.
I see it as a good call!

Build Threads / Re: Project/Beater "boozer"
« on: June 12, 2018, 01:53:43 PM »
Ford gasser...Go figure!

D.O.T. / Re: Usa and North Korea
« on: June 12, 2018, 09:26:41 AM »
I found it interesting that Rodman beat up on Obummer saying Kim was willing to go this route five years ago. That's a tacit endorsement for Mr. Trump!

Historic times...

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 11, 2018, 06:55:27 PM »
1000 gal/day!!!!!
I've never seen a household use that much.
Or did you mean 100 a day?

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 10, 2018, 07:07:05 PM »
Too many times, for sure Nate.

So I?m trying to get things wrapped up at the weekend place before we head out to Memphis to visit the in laws tomorrow.

Got up early to mow and trim. Got almost done and was mowing around the pond and ....you guessed it. Put the new zero turn in the water. Not just in the water but it was steep and the mower slid all the way to the bottom in the middle of the pond. As I swam away from it I was watching the bubbles move further out and settle right near the middle of the pond. At least I hit the switch and killed it before it went under.

I had to float an inflatable to the middle of the pond and then dive to find it. It was in about 10 ft of water. Got a rope on the front wheel on the first try and pulled it out with the tractor. It looked like a dredge. Got it hosed off and took it to the dealer.    Called the insurance company so we?ll see if they?ll cover acts of stupidity   

At least my phone in my pocket didn?t get ruined.



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Oh Nooooo!

Build Threads / Re: 89 K1500 Refresh
« on: June 08, 2018, 01:51:57 PM »
That usually means the clutch itself is worn out.(the disc is thin)

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That signals a clutch problem, not the release mechanism
Sorry if that is bad news...

Hide Site / Re: Hide Site/Bug-out location Construction, Part 5
« on: June 07, 2018, 06:11:58 PM »
Well, after running both tractors most of the day, we managed to cut 30+ acres of field grass. Its just maintenance to keep the trees from sprouting and giving the ky#31 grass a chance to take over.

The large tractor did fine, but the little 2720 threw the belts and grenaded a pulley so it is back to the shop for it

Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: June 07, 2018, 05:43:43 PM »
Purdy and less PS sound!

Did the dog wakeup?
He sleeps alot
Yesterday while I was bush hogging all day long, that dog just followed me around and around the fields
When he got hot, he would strut over to a nearby pond and take a loop in it, then come right back.

Most Favored Companies / Re: Best Insurance company?
« on: June 07, 2018, 05:39:04 PM »
Yep, I don't qualify for USAA, first thing I thought of.

My original guy was here, then moved to Sac, then he moved away and my account stayed at his office. Now this office no longer handle my auto insurance.
I know of your mom's condition, but I was thinking
Since your dad was a Marine
And your mom was his wife
Could she possibly join?
And then her children would be eligible.
Friend, if there was any chance of you getting onboard and therefore allowing your kids a member number, it would be well worth your effort

Construction and Building / Re: Dave’s house
« on: June 07, 2018, 05:36:20 PM »
Pics not loading for anyone else?

They loaded earlier but not now for me either.
-That was part of you getting fired at some point. I restricted you to just being able to log on for maybe 15 seconds, and if you checked Ken's profile again, it would kick you off immediately.

I'll go reset your account to allow you 30 seconds at a time!

BTW, I just uploaded some pics, so problem solved? (Except for Shawn??)

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 07, 2018, 05:33:35 PM »
12 hours of bush-hogging 30+ acres and clearing the sides of the fields...In good shape now, but the little 2720 Deere crapped the bed again. Had to haul it to the dealer A G A I N...

Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: June 07, 2018, 05:28:06 PM »

The new Muffler installation

I purchased a MBRP 30" quiet tone full size muffler

The fit was perfect and the entire swap took only maybe 20 minutes.

I am much happier with the sound of the truck now. It is much quieter and some (Most) of the raspy note is gone. I can now stand on the throttle some without listening to that drone and loud report of what approximated a straight exhaust.

Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: June 07, 2018, 05:19:29 PM »
I have some mileage loops to report

Recent country driving greater than 100 miles: 20.7mpg

Reverse of above route: 21.5mpg

Towing light, highway/country roads: 18.5mpg

Towing 4000 lbs country roads and stop and go in town: 15.6mpg

I think these numbers are outstanding, and all a substantial improvement over the pre turbo/CP3 install with newer tunes.

The truck definitely likes the S-362 and associated tunes over the stock turbo/CP4 combo.

Most Favored Companies / Re: Best Insurance company?
« on: June 07, 2018, 11:01:02 AM »
I've had USAA for 38 years. I understand why they won't open it to everyone, but I almost there was a way we long time members could nominate folks based on say, contributions to society or patriotic acts or service other than military, like LOE or firemen/EMT.
But I'm not on the board...

Build Threads / Re: 89 K1500 Refresh
« on: June 03, 2018, 08:19:43 PM »
Don, I saw a nice dodge down the road from the office this morning in Florence at a shop. It?s already olive green, all lifted and has all sorts of accessories on it, even had the name of this website stenciled on it. If you talk to the owner nicely, he might work something out with you.

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Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: June 01, 2018, 11:59:27 AM »
I'm doing something about the sound

Just ordered a much larger muffler from Summit. Ordered yesterday, out for delivery today!

Let's see what effect that has on the situation...

Build Threads / Re: 89 K1500 Refresh
« on: June 01, 2018, 11:07:45 AM »
...And exactly whose truck are we bidding on?

Build Threads / Re: 89 K1500 Refresh
« on: June 01, 2018, 11:05:58 AM »
Do I hear a bidding war going $15500 anyone?

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 01, 2018, 11:02:14 AM »
That's scary good lookin ^^^^^^

Construction and Building / Re: Dave’s house
« on: June 01, 2018, 10:59:34 AM »
It looks to be coming along very nicely!

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 01, 2018, 10:58:20 AM »
Man, you people have way too much goin on
I think I'll drive down to the farm, set a hammock and think about things for awhile!

Construction and Building / Re: "12 Square" a 12' X 12' shed project
« on: June 01, 2018, 10:51:53 AM »
O-K, I think feel it

And, I'll get it done

I'll change the color right away

and Green it will become!  :smiley:

Oops. My bad.

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If he were by chance standin' nearby
you've had felt a smart wack to the back of the noggin!

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 31, 2018, 04:23:49 PM »
I can still pray for Ken even if he fired me right?

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That shows forgiveness
spiritual growth!

Why are you asking me?  Let HH6 have some say so you only have to do it once.  Green.
New the AF guys were smart.

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He's Armee!


Two for green

Zero for White

I know I was excluded, but I?d go green. You have a flashlight, right?

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My eyes were surgically modified for Army night flight ops some time ago...Night vision is not a problem.

Hide Site / Re: Hide Site/Bug-out location Construction, Part 5
« on: May 31, 2018, 02:17:48 PM »
Seems like a long run to the outhouse when the ?chili kicks in?.....

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Helps loosen things up! ;-0

Careful Don, you?re getting old too loose might be a problem.....
No comment

one for the greenin

zero for whitey


Faith Discussion / Re: Prayer Request thread
« on: May 31, 2018, 09:55:36 AM »
Holding up Ken for supernatural healing that glorifies the kingdom of God!

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 31, 2018, 09:53:54 AM »
Yea, Praying for you Ken!

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 31, 2018, 09:53:13 AM »
Ken, good thing you aren?t a horse.......

Sam the ice just cleared?  We hit 100 yesterday.

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Such a wide variety of worlds merging here!

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 31, 2018, 09:49:27 AM »
Dave you're fired.
Jon, cool shirt and that boy's smile is contagious.

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Did Ken get promoted?!?  :huh:
Don't ask me

I have very little idea about what's goin' on here! ;-)

good job, Chief.  You plan on painting the white door trim green to match the rest?
Ya know, I was lookin at that and wonderin' myself

So what do you men of good taste (Sorry TRN, Any Dave, some others, sit this one out... ;-) what say yee??

Paint er' green to match

or leave it the "Find it on a dark night, white?"

So what you?re saying is you?ll build one on my place for 4K?  When do you start?  ;)

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Ever hear the phrase that starts something like, "Feed a man a fish and cure his hunger for a day, but..."
Applies here!
Live it and learn it!
Better yet, grab a youngin' and teach them to fish at the same time you're learnin' yourself
Air Force people...

Hide Site / Re: Hide Site/Bug-out location Construction, Part 5
« on: May 31, 2018, 09:38:07 AM »
Seems like a long run to the outhouse when the ?chili kicks in?.....

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