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  1. Keep in mind the volume of diesel pick ups versus the medium duty market gives the pick up manufacturers a large platform to work out the growing pains associated with the emission requirements. So no I don’t think so.
  2. Nothing wrong with them. Should have lots of support.
  3. How long do you plan on keeping it? The Hino truck has a cheaper made cab and the interior is not as robust as the International not that the International is anything to write home about however. Hino makes a good engine but their support after a few years is very lacking. If you have a good dealer or if you’re not keeping it that long it shouldn’t matter. There are many more places that can provide service for the Cummins/Allison combination versus the Hino/Allison combo. International can service Cummins, Cummins obviously can service Cummins, Peterbilt can service Cummins, Kenworth can service Cummins, Ford can service Cummins, etc. etc. Only the Hino truck dealer can service Hino. Many independent shops have Cummins Insite or a comparable aftermarket diagnostic tool. There are no reliable aftermarket Hino service tools available. I doubt you can find an independent shop that can fully support it. Cummins is supported on every corner. You can buy aftermarket Cummins parts many many places (water pumps, fuel system parts, seals, etc.). Chances of you waiting for Cummins parts is slim. I had a Hino service truck in a shop I was helping manage that set for 2 weeks because Hino couldn’t provide the turbo it needed off the shelf or in its distribution system. It had to be manufacturer source by the turbo manufacturer. The truck was 3 years old. I have worked on many Hinos in Kobelco and Hitachi equipment and they are a relatively good engine however I had an SK 350 with 500 hours on it that needed injectors under warranty and it took about 3 weeks to get them. If if you have an Allison problem Allison has literally thousands (probably hundreds of thousands) of Cummins Allison combinations out there to draw experience from for every one Hino Allison combination. Again if you have a good dealer that you think can provide adequate support for the Hino and your not keeping it beyond a warranty period then most of what I have pointed out is moot. You will eventually have emissions related problems on either truck, thats a given. Right now emissions related work is accounting for more than 50% of all the work in most dealers. If you’re trying to control your odds as much as possible the choice to me seems obvious.
  4. “assholed out” ..............I like it, I bet I get to use that several times in the next week or two. I like GD.com, and I can easily live with whatever the mods and admins decide to do, the technical glitches well I don’t seem to have a hard time figuring out how to navigate them, it’s well worth it to me. Thanks for a place of entertainment, exchange of ideas, camaraderie and love for all things sand dunes and off road. It’s been my only fix for the sand for many years. Life hasn’t dealt me a hand to be able to enjoy my favorite pastime for many years but the times they are a changing.......😎
  5. Federal Pen. My first house I owned was 5 miles from there.
  6. There isn’t any problem running the same tire all the way around but I guess my four seasons driving has me bias towards traction tires on the drive axles. You’re right however and I believe most RVs come just as you described. As far as differences there are not between traction and steer tires as to weight rating and PSI as that is dictated by the ply (14 or 16) and load ratings. Did you see the post I made about how to determine actual tire pressure needed for your specific application? Tire PSI ratings on the sidewall is maximum the tire is rated to handle that is not necessarily the best PSI for any given vehicle.
  7. I would run a closed shoulder traction tire for the rear. Nothing too aggressive but not a steer tire on the rear no, but Michelin brand yes. None , no other truck steer tire handles rain like Michelin’s. I have driven 22.5 every working day for 25 years and no truck steer tire handles the road like them. Through the years there have been several other manufacturers that have had a tire like the Michelin XZA but they have never had the consistency of casing quality that Michelin has had. Everyone in the truck tire industry knows Michelin’s are the best that’s a fact. I know, I know, I know the tires will age out before they wear out on a RV but I’m referencing the handling capabilities of the Michelin’s versus anything else. The added insurance is worth every single penny more that they cost. RV’s are rolling match stick built death traps in a wreck. In my opinion it is worth every cent to do all you can to help prevent any accident and tires are the most critical safety item next to properly functioning brakes. Save money on something else. Get the best tires money can buy. Before they age out, replace them and sell the ones you remove to a commercial user. The tire shops know who will buy them from you for premium.
  8. 22.5’s Michelin’s only for steer. Spend the extra money and buy the best. Your safety is worth it. Fun Fact: Michelin owns several major tire brands, the premium rubber goes into the Michelin casings.
  9. All the MIlF’s have become Grand Milf’s........
  10. This little one was only a few days old. We were close enough to hear it snorting.
  11. Tara McClary Reeves: This Memorial Day, remember Ralph Johnson, who traded his life for your freedom. Tara McClary Reeves11 hours ago President Trump and first lady Melania Trump pay respects to fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery Navy SEAL Rob O'Neill says Memorial Day is not just a three-day weekend, it is honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Every year, the approach of Memorial Day is heralded by advertisements for weekend appliance sales, vehicle discounts, and mattress price drops. Many Americans celebrate it with backyard barbecues, family road trips, or by opening their swimming pools. For most, it has become little more than an unofficial signal of summer’s arrival. But for me, the last Monday of May is one of the most important dates on America’s calendar. A few years ago, I was traveling in Pennsylvania with my parents when we stopped to have breakfast at one of our favorite places, Cracker Barrel. When Daddy briefly excused himself near the middle of our meal, the restaurant’s manager approached the table and kindly asked my mother if she minded telling him about my father’s extensive injuries. Mom replied in the same way she always does in such instances, enthusiastically: “Oh, not at all! You see, my husband gave his arm and eye in Vietnam. He was there defending the rights of the Vietnamese people. He’s always hated oppression like what they faced in those days, and he grew to love them.” Just about then, Daddy returned, and the manager wanted to buy his breakfast. When Daddy politely refused, he insisted. “Sir,” he said with deep respect, “your wife just told me how you were hurt. I am Vietnamese. And I know that if it had not been for men like you fighting to liberate us, I would never have had the opportunity to do this job – nor would my son have graduated from medical school as a neurosurgeon!” To see the two men embracing and crying together brought tears to my own eyes, as shows of appreciation for our veterans always do. TRUMP PAYS RESPECT TO MILITARY DEAD AT ARLINGTON AHEAD OF MEMORIAL DAY What was not mentioned that day – though it often is – was that Daddy survived the Vietnam War only because another U.S. serviceman did not. In the fall of 1966, Daddy was an assistant football coach in college. When he saw an antiwar protester set fire to an American flag before one of their games, he was so outraged that he immediately volunteered to join the overseas fight. It wasn’t long before Daddy graduated from the Basic School at Quantico and flew on October 8, 1967, halfway around the world to base area for the First Marine Division’s First Reconnaissance Battalion about five miles from Da Nang. What would become my father’s 19th – and final – recon patrol was set for an intense battle zone in the Quan Duc Valley, located about 30 miles southwest of Da Nang. To that point, Daddy hadn’t lost a single Marine on any of his assignments. Hill 146, however, would become the setting of tragedy. My father’s 13-man team, affectionately known as “Texas Pete,” was comprised of men from all walks of American life who found comradery through their work together. The unit included four veteran Marines and nine young troops who were fairly new recruits. As they all crouched on that jungle hillside and silently waited for night to fall, Daddy considered his men’s tense faces. Somehow, he knew an enemy attack was imminent. He sensed it. Sure enough, just after midnight on March 3, 1968, violent battle ensued. Daddy’s left arm was severed by the impact of the first grenade the Communist-backed Viet Cong, one of the groups along with the North Vietnamese Army largely responsible for mistreating Vietnam’s citizens tossed. Pfc. Tom Jennings died in the next blast. Daddy kept shouting orders to encourage his men to fight back bravely. And they did – though badly outnumbered. Through the gathering smoke and growing chaos, my father watched in horror as another grenade fell into the foxhole beside him, immediately to his right. Instinctively, Daddy moved to throw his hands over his face – forgetting that he’d already lost one. And that’s when he saw with his one uncovered eye that Ralph H. Johnson, a 19-year-old African American who was also from South Carolina’s low country, had determined to intervene. In one courageous move, he threw himself over the explosive right before it detonated. Daddy lost the uncovered eye, but he and the rest of his men lived because their friend and fellow brother in arms, Ralph, absorbed the deadly blast. Though gone for many years now, Ralph Johnson remains one of my family’s greatest heroes. Without him, in fact, I wouldn’t be here. Thus, often over the decades, I have seen Daddy work to memorialize that young Marine’s self-sacrifice. Efforts actually began before my birth, when he and his men made sure Ralph received the Congressional Medal of Honor and Daddy lobbied for the Veterans Affairs hospital in Ralph’s hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, to be named for him. More recently, he lobbied to have one of the Navy’s new destroyers named for Ralph: and on March 24, 2018, my family along with the surviving members of “Texas Pete” sat in the front row at the Columbus Street Pier in Charleston, S.C. as the Navy’s 64th Arleigh Burke class destroyer, the USS Ralph Johnson, was commissioned. Moreover, when Daddy shares his own story at speaking engagements, he always makes much of Ralph’s bravery. And in the times that my family has visited the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., we’ve taken extra time at Ralph’s name as well as Tom’s. Those men, to us, are family. The invitation I received from South Carolina’s governor to provide the keynote address on March 29, 2018, at the commemoration of National Vietnam War Veterans Day, remains one of my highest honors. After President Trump signed the Vietnam War Recognition Act a few months after his inauguration, I was thrilled when my home state chose to be among the first to officially honor the brave men and women who served in Vietnam. After all, my father is one of those heroes! Yet so many of them, he’s made sure I know, never came home. Or if they did, they never knew it. Their bodies were immediately interred all over our great land. Their sacrifices soon forgotten. John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (KJV). So, on this Memorial Day, please make time to remember the brave men like Ralph Johnson who traded their lives so that you – a friend by shared citizenship – and others could have freedom. Pause at 3:00 p.m. local time, in accordance with the National Moment of Remembrance resolution, to reflect on the sacrifices made. Visit a national cemetery or memorial and place flowers of red, white, and blue there. Display America’s flag at your home or business. Or make a charitable contribution to a veterans’ agency that provides practical support to the families of those killed in action. Whatever you do, please remember that Memorial Day is not about the sales, the swimming, or the kick-off to summer. It’s about honoring sacrifice. The ultimate. Tara McClary Reeves is a cheerleader for veterans and active duty service men and women and is the author of “Is Your Dad a Pirate?” a children’s book that spotlights the service, sacrifice, and commitment of military families. Find her on Facebook at Tara McClary Reeves or at www.taramcclaryreeves.com.
  12. Liberty and freedom is worth fighting for. Please remember those who have sacrificed everything so we can enjoy anything. I’m proud to be an American and I’m humbled by the sacrifice so many have made, remember them, honor them, and rever the Flag and those by whom it has been made possible to stand in this our time.
  13. Yesterday was the eight anniversary of the tornado that killed 161 people in Joplin Missouri. These are pictures and videos I took as we drove. All of these are taken within 18 miles. We were headed due east and were between two storm cells that spawned tornados one hitting Joplin and the other Jefferson City. We were positioned about 100 miles from Jefferson City and 100 miles from Joplin. I tried to catch the contrast in color and the glow that accompanies a tornado cell. The video of the town we go through shows the vivid blue sky right at sunset. Sorry but the videos loaded in the wrong order. If you start at the bottom and go up watching them they make more sense, except the very bottom two switched. I always have trouble with the pictures and videos appearing in the order I loaded them. 2FE920D4-4B00-44E7-80C1-A5B75A533316.MOV BD40C7E6-9427-4FA7-98A8-C3006F16EC8B.MOV EF163E37-932D-4D98-AC3B-FB22628302F4.MOV 6A95E1CD-E3DE-41DB-8A60-4F1467CA92F2.MOV 26FBF07C-CC7A-439A-90DD-40B084562799.MOV EEAD7784-6DDD-46E9-8E15-99374560633D.MOV 3238CAB5-EF7D-4E85-B5C9-3889E550483A.MOV 7581E765-8DA3-4721-9750-31F660A1D263.MOV 1BDDA547-F5AE-442B-B9AD-958456DA69B0.MOV 896B9091-6A68-489C-A392-2C51F3C5B126.MOV 23D6B1B7-CB65-4CDD-B3B7-E267832E7EC1.MOV 1E8220B7-699C-491F-BADA-87E750B39304.MOV DB146F0A-32C2-48DC-AB1C-E23DEB566AF6.MOV 853F9AC9-04C9-4EF9-B955-699C09E3E8E1.MOV DB146F0A-32C2-48DC-AB1C-E23DEB566AF6.MOV DB146F0A-32C2-48DC-AB1C-E23DEB566AF6.MOV
  14. Mr. Smith, we need to keep his menory alive, that is Justin Smith of Shock Therapy, formerly of Revenge Racing, formerly of Predator Sand Cars. (Stated for search purposes). True story: When all that with Justin was going down (stealing Wayno and Kerins car, selling customer engines, having parts for one car and telling 8-10 people they are their parts, etc.) and Revenge was locked shut, at that very moment Tim Mesic was there in person witnessing the ordeal, Justin Smith was talking to Scott ”Duninrat” who lived in Arkansas telling him that everything was fine and went on to tell Scott that he (Justin) was going to build him a car with a bunch of new “one of a kind” parts from Gear One, Fortin, etc. and the “rumors” on the board was just someone attacking him for a problem from years ago that had been resolved. I talked to Scott and Tim Mesic within an hour or two of each other. Justin is a snake bastard. I’d bolt in square tubing for shocks rather than support that eff*stick. I wonder if Ernie is still carrying Justin’s ball sweat? I’ve stated it before and I’ll state it again, that snake stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from “customers”. I personally talked to most of them. He only clipped me for a couple thousand. To my knowledge he never owned any of that. He can rot. I wouldn’t piss on his ass if his guts were on fire. Back to your regularly scheduled programming....................
  15. My entire family can quote most every episode of Sanford and Son. For years Sanford and Son and the Outlaw Josey Wales ran on a loop with Life and Harlem Nights occasionly thrown in. Life and Harlem Nights had the most genuine comic genius of any movies in my opinion. The shitbag comedians as of late aren’t fit to hold the jockstrap of the actors in those movies. All in the family was produced to make sport of traditional Americanism. Funny how that worked out.......
  16. Sometimes things like this come as a Shock, sometimes you need Therapy. Future UTV suspension work is strong in this thread. Obviously by Poules post compared to mosebilts sig line he is reading after he posted .
  17. Turkeys, squirrels, deer, owls, eagles, hawks, black besr, mountain lions, turtles, snakes, coyotes, foxes, bobcats maybe, hood rats no, illegals, only once.
  18. Brilliant colors on the way home tonight.

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