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Monday, May 21, 2018

Wood Hauler



Yesterday I was checking over the trailer before using it to haul wood. The bearings didn't have any extra slop in them. I topped off the bearing buddies with grease. The tire pressure looked good, but that was going to be checked next anyway. However, what came to light next put the brakes on the whole project. About six inches of the tire tread had lifted away from the inner core, right down to the inner canvas. How the whole thing made it to the transfer station and back the other day was a mystery to me. Sometimes you get lucky and don't even know it at the time.

Today I'm on my way to pick up wood with just the van. By removing all the camping stuff, there's room for at least a cord of wood. My buddy claims he has at least three cords of wood for me, so that's at least three trips.

The engine was running a bit rough after I changed the diesel fuel filter. Something wasn't quite right. After sleeping on it, the though came into my head that I might have forgotten to reconnect something. It took some digging around, but eventually I found a plug that had been shoved to the back of the motor and out of sight. Reconnecting it should smooth out the engine. I got too busy to give it a test run, so I'm going to find out today.

Hopefully the van holds together long enough for me to haul stuff around. After the firewood trips I'd like to make a run to the building supply store fifty miles away. While a lot of stuff can be tired onto the roof racks of the car, things like full sheets of plywood and twelve foot lumber fits right inside the van.

I'm going to miss it when it's gone, but it will need more work than I care to put into a seventeen year old vehicle.

Sixbears

8 comments:

  1. Not the same as your vanbulance, but I sure miss my Ford E250 super duty long body cargo van. 10' long items inside, and close the back doors. Easy Peezy. But it was a gasser.

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    1. If you do anything at all, you really need a cargo hauler.

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  2. My 2001 Odyssey will just fit a 4x8 sheet between the wheel wells with the back seats out. It is one of the reasons I have been making such an effort to keep it alive. Driving a sedan for the last four weeks while I do the required repairs I have felt seriously limited.

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    1. The flat sheet of 4X8 is the holy grail of handyman haulers. My old truck could do that too. Another vehicle I miss.

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  3. It's done you proud. Now it's time to put it out of your misery.

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    1. It's starting to be more of a problem than a solution. Time to move on.

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  4. They don't make them like they used to. It's hard to give up our old faithful vehicles. Looks like it is time to put her out to pasture.

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    1. Yeah. So it goes. Not sure what I'm going to do next, but it'll be something different.

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