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  • #16
    glad you got your truck back hedge. look on the bright side. maybe the rain will make the grass grow and get you an extra cutting or two before it stops growing to help foot the bill for your repairs

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    • #17
      You lucked out with the rain! Glad to know you got your truck back.

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      • #18
        You lucked out with the rain! Glad to know you got your truck back.
        No luck involved, he prayed hard for that rain. Now he can tell his customers 'it was raining', not 'my truck broke down because I didn't have the money to keep it up and running, you cheap bas***rds don't pay enough"

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        • #19
          No luck involved, he prayed hard for that rain. Now he can tell his customers 'it was raining', not 'my truck broke down because I didn't have the money to keep it up and running, you cheap bas***rds don't pay enough"
          ahhhhhhhhhhh so true!!!!!!!!!

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          • #20
            How's it running now? Like new?

            Would it be worthwhile in the future to have another family vehicle that could pull a trailer in case of emergencies like this?
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            • #21
              Yeah that's true man, didn't realize how old it was. Glad to see your back up and running now.

              I too grew up around seeing my pops do everything. I retained some of what I learned but I definitely should know more. He's a great welder and I never sat and learned when he wanted to teach me. Young & dumb. Now he can't weld so I'm just gonna sit down and practice this winter. It's such a valuable skill to have in this business, in life for that matter.

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              • #22
                How's it running now? Like new?

                Would it be worthwhile in the future to have another family vehicle that could pull a trailer in case of emergencies like this?

                Yeah. I haven't gone through any walls or anything.


                The plan is to get a small SUV that can pull the trailer in a pinch, but that takes money we don't have yet.

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                • #23
                  Oh, and speaking of money we don't have... we had to take the dog to the vet today. $385.

                  The cat isn't eating and had better start because he has an appointment on Monday that is going to cost me more money if he doesn't.


                  This has been a very expensive week.

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                  • #24

                    The plan is to get a small SUV that can pull the trailer in a pinch, but that takes money we don't have yet.
                    Just be care full if you don't do snow plowing renting a truck a few times a year maybe cheaper. Just can't think about the per day cost but think about the cost per year. Btw home depot trucks are $80 a day

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                    • #25
                      The same situation happened to us about 5 years ago...Long story short, I actually had a customer offer his TRUCK to me...We had it for a week and I finally broke down and bought a brand new truck.
                      This customer passed away, but I will never forget that...
                      08 F250 Ext Cab/04 Chevy 3500
                      05 F350/04 F350 Diesel/12 Ram 4500 Dump
                      4 -60 Toro Zmaster/Lesco 48
                      3 -8'2" Boss V-Plows
                      1- Hiniker 9'6" V-Plow
                      20' Enclosed trailer
                      18' Skid & 16' Open Trailer
                      2012 - S185 Bobcat


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                      • #26
                        The plan is to get a small SUV that can pull the trailer in a pinch, but that takes money we don't have yet.
                        Well it's good to have the plan and I am sure there will be a time in the future when it will be implemented.
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                        • #27
                          Life continues to kick me in the nuts...

                          Since last Monday:

                          Truck repairs $1,500.00
                          Dog vet bill $385.00
                          Cat vet bill $200.00

                          Still need to pay:
                          Cat dental procedure $420.00
                          Truck Inspection/Emissions $70 (est. I can't recall exact prices)
                          Truck registration due $81.00
                          Mower payment $143.00


                          $2,800.00

                          I need a cup.

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                          • #28
                            I feel your pain! I have to pay $3500 for my main truck friday just had to put new break lines on my back up truck ($1200) truck payment ($166). And its supposed to rain all week here so ill be lucky to make any money this week.

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                            • #29
                              After 2 days of rain it cleared around 3pm. So I head out to do a hedge job and the brake pedal hits the floor. I blew a line going into the abs. I ended up cutting the hedges but didnt haul it off. I came home bought a line for $7.49 and a few fittings for $6.00. A hour later my brakes are fixed. I didnt have someone to help me bleed so tomorrow morning Ill get it completed.

                              Side note..... Whoever designed the 99-04 silverados brakes should be shot dead. Who the hell buries the lines on top of the frame so you have 3 inches to work with? And also puts plastic clips that hold moisture up and down the lines. A quick google search shows thousands had problems with this design flaw.

                              This is the only truck I have that doesnt have stainless lines and look what happens. I'm going to order them now and put them on after the fall clean ups stop.

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                              • #30
                                After 2 days of rain it cleared around 3pm. So I head out to do a hedge job and the brake pedal hits the floor. I blew a line going into the abs. I ended up cutting the hedges but didnt haul it off. I came home bought a line for $7.49 and a few fittings for $6.00. A hour later my brakes are fixed. I didnt have someone to help me bleed so tomorrow morning Ill get it completed.

                                Side note..... Whoever designed the 99-04 silverados brakes should be shot dead. Who the hell buries the lines on top of the frame so you have 3 inches to work with? And also puts plastic clips that hold moisture up and down the lines. A quick google search shows thousands had problems with this design flaw.

                                This is the only truck I have that doesnt have stainless lines and look what happens. I'm going to order them now and put them on after the fall clean ups stop.

                                Heh. Yeah, when the mechanic showed me where he had to replace the line I thought "holy crap, how can you work up in there"? He said that in that tight space and with the other lines as deteriorated as they were, it wouldn't surprise him if he broke another one trying to fix it.

                                Every vehicle has it's design flaws. At least it's not as bad as Dodge where the whole vehicle is a design flaw. (but they shore looks purty. )


                                Glad you're OK.
                                I keep telling myself that as bad as it sucked to have paid all that money, those brakes could have blown as I was coming down the off ramp since I almost went on the highway that morning.

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