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  1. Re: Looking for ideas on how to build the best low to no maintenance deck

    30 years ago I rebuilt residential privacy fences and used the green 40 year pressure treated posts... not one issue yet...

    At the time I thought it was the greatest thing going and much less than...
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    Re: Totally OT: Power Plant tour

    The idea is solar can keeping a few hydro with the existing geothermal and wind...
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    Re: TBN Performance Issues

    Miss the tractor logo as the tab no longer stands out with the V logo.
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    Re: Totally OT: Power Plant tour

    Coal is extremely controversial here in the SF Bay Area.

    A military base/port reuse plan that the city signed off on and the State of Utah has stepped up to fund something like 50 million to make...
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    Re: Totally OT: Power Plant tour

    I'm no scholar...

    My understanding is any executive order can be undone by executive order irregardless of the circumstances.
  6. Re: Looking for ideas on how to build the best low to no maintenance deck

    The joists and beams are what is failing and an occasional small section of plank.

    Previous owners rebuilt it and all wood was milled on site... cedar and Douglas fir.

    The 4 x 12 clear vertical...
  7. Looking for ideas on how to build the best low to no maintenance deck

    My 12 year old Deck is starting to go...

    It has me wondering what would be the ultimate Pacific Northwest Deck?

    Pressure treated, synthetic planks, red iron joists, concrete sonotube supports...
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    Re: Totally OT: Power Plant tour

    I just don't understand why any leader would want high energy prices unless it is about control or hedging a bet...

    There is nothing criminal about producing coal...

    What's next... pictures of...
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    Re: Totally OT: Power Plant tour

    I believe the President said something to the effect that he is not banning coal... only that it will be so expensive no one will want to use it...
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    Re: 15% ethanol!?!?

    ^^^I keep checking the list and nothing anywhere near the SF Bay Area... looks like the powers that be want to keep it this way.
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    Re: Totally OT: Power Plant tour

    It could enjoy a resurgence depending on the politics of the day.
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    Re: New shop started

    Speaking of home building... the school fees for new construction are assessed at $21 a square foot... adds up fast.

    The last time I ran a shop design by plan review the planner said no as it...
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    Re: Rotting deck, porch, or piazza

    Quite a useful trailer you have... with the hoist and all.
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    Re: wood splitter

    Picked up a used 22 ton Duer made in Washington State... paid $600 with a new Briggs motor.

    It's been a real trouper and tows easy.

    I generally like to split vertical and place the large rounds...
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    Re: RTV 500 Won't Fire - Need Input

    Crankshaft sensors have stopped cold a number of vehicles... happened to friends with their new new BMW...

    Went to start it after stopping for lunch and it would crank but not start... turned out...
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    Re: New shop started

    Sweet!
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    Re: Your towing rigs and trailers

    I had a mint 1968 Camaro Z28 and confess to never pushing it... did drive it coast to coast... sold it to raise money when I bought my first home.

    Also had a 72 Olds 442 Convertible... it was a...
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    Re: Your towing rigs and trailers

    Just did a quick search...

    The 1970 Buick 455 is rated at 350 hp...

    It is true that after 1970 the hp started to drop as most vehicles and GM especially were redesigned to run on low octane...
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    Re: Your towing rigs and trailers

    That is quite a load^^^

    Growing up few towed with pickups around here... Station Wagons were the tow vehicle for many... 400, 454 and 455 V8 motors and off camping or to the horse show.

    My...
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    Re: Building stairs/steps

    I was going to mention the liability part of stairs and rentals... this is why I have converted to precast concrete with metal stringers...

    Railings are another big issue.
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    Re: Building stairs/steps

    I no longer enjoy it because some of the property I have looked after for since the 80's and wood steps need maintenance... it is just a question of time.

    For small walk-ups I pour concrete... for...
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    Re: Just put a Mill and Lathe in the shop

    ^^^ You can do a lot of work with it... a friend has done some amazing things building model steam trains.
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    Comparison Re: Kubota Mini Ex's

    ^^^My brother really needed a dozer for some work at his place...

    I found one and said he could sell when the work was done which satisfied my sister in law.

    So it's been about a year since I...
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    Re: 15% ethanol!?!?

    And that is my issues living in the SF Bay Area...

    Saw plenty of stations in the Washington advertising ethanol free... don't know of a single one in the SF Bay Area.
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    Re: Totally OT: Power Plant tour

    It was the big paper mill in Antioch California.... changed ownership over the years and then was bought to close it down... lots of good jobs went away.

    Thing is the plant never had a losing...
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    Re: Septic System - Infiltrator System

    All of the oldtimers I know including the one that installed my system no longer are in the septic business... it is too bad in that they were honest and reliable.
  27. Re: PJ 16' Single Axle Tilt Trailer with 7,000 pound axle

    I use similar and it is a joy to trailer the BX...
  28. Re: Saw my first Tesla Model X SUV in the parking lot today.

    Here is link to the last surviving Super Snake...

    Meet the world's scariest car - YouTube

    What I remember from driving Cobras is how incredibly heavy the steering was when parking/low speed......
  29. Re: Saw my first Tesla Model X SUV in the parking lot today.

    I've never raced any of them... only out for Sunday drives.

    The Super Snake 427 was advertised at 3.2 seconds... having never put one through the paces I have to leave it that. Don't think anyone...
  30. Re: Saw my first Tesla Model X SUV in the parking lot today.

    The Cobra Super Snake was advertised as 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds..
    1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake Specifications - Why did the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake sell for $5.5 million? |...
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    Re: Septic System - Infiltrator System

    ^^^Great post with pictures...
  32. Re: need some help from any electricians!!!!

    Long Distance sure does complicate things.

    I've found simply appearing in person tends to expedite things... hard to do from afar.

    One time I had an issue with the city and was getting no...
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    Re: Septic System - Infiltrator System

    Just about impossible here now to do conventional... all about controlling development...

    When I bought 12 years ago I had plenty of room and zoning for 3 home sites... with changes to setbacks...
  34. Re: need some help from any electricians!!!!

    Sounds like you are spot on with a 200 amp service...
  35. Re: need some help from any electricians!!!!

    Are you going all electric or will you also have propane/natural gas?

    The reason I ask is once space/water heating and clothes drying is gas it makes a big difference.

    Folks have a 2400 square...
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    Re: Septic System - Infiltrator System

    I'm seeing 60 to 80k systems when all is said and done and they require power and a maintenance contract.
  37. Re: Saw my first Tesla Model X SUV in the parking lot today.

    Almost Cobra territory in terms of speed....
  38. Re: Saw my first Tesla Model X SUV in the parking lot today.

    Yep... maybe why I have not seen any until now... end of September 2015 was the first delivery...
  39. Saw my first Tesla Model X SUV in the parking lot today.

    Wasn't sure what I was looking at when I saw the rear Gull Wing doors open and then realized the SUV is the new Model X Tesla...

    Looks like 7 passenger with tree row seating.

    Did notice a small...
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    Re: Septic System - Infiltrator System

    I've been looking at property that was built in the 70's...

    1200 gallon tank with pumpers report every 3 years going back decades.

    Home has 5 bedroom with a "90' deep trench" and by today would...
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    Re: Totally OT: Power Plant tour

    Had the chance to tour a small 50MW steam turbine power plant that used extra steam from a paper mill operation...

    It was really interesting and did supply PGE.

    All gone now when the mill shut...
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    Re: Just put a Mill and Lathe in the shop

    I've got a small shop at a friends home... he passed away 25 years ago and his widow said it can stay... she is 92 now.

    Don't use it often but it sure is nice to go in and turn on a light switch...
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    Re: Ford vs chevy vs ram SRW one ton diesel

    Inspections here are alive and well and cover many but not all Diesels...

    Guess it depends on where the vehicle is tagged.
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    Re: Work UTV ... narrow down some choices please

    We have a neighbor that couldn't be happier with his single cylinder gas Deere Gator...

    Does a lot of work for him... he is all flat so not having 4wd or 4 wheel brakes is not an issue...

    We...
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    Comparison Re: Kubota Mini Ex's

    Does Kubota offer a 6 way blade?

    I know the angle blade is an option.

    A contractor that does work for me has a large Kobelco with a real dozer blade... he can do amazing things with that...
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    Re: Rotting deck, porch, or piazza

    Some can still get it depending on who and the application.

    It isn't sold at the box stores anymore around here... now they carry the "Brown" treated which doesn't have the longevity.

    I built...
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    Re: Rotting deck, porch, or piazza

    In Austria the wood deck and railings are still excellent after 30 years...

    At the time I built I asked what would be the best preservative and Xyladecor was the best... about $80 for 4 liters......
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    Re: Rotting deck, porch, or piazza

    I see this all the time but the dumps do not allow scavenging...

    Friends will decided to clean out the garage and everything goes... and they pay someone to haul...

    America is truly the land...
  49. Re: Weed Eater trimmer line or alternatives and other experiences...

    I notice this too with the nylon blades... cuts like butter until it hits a rock or old barbed wire...
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    Re: Ford vs chevy vs ram SRW one ton diesel

    Just coming back from Washington where my neighbor has an older truck like mine back in California...

    He doesn't have to do anything emission wise and mine in California has to pass every two...
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    Re: Ford vs chevy vs ram SRW one ton diesel

    10,000 is ok here... it's when the sticker is 10,001 that more rules kick in.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Never come across matched plugs...

    If the national powers that be think it is a good idea it will become mandatory and all medical facilities will be expected to buy in...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Red Hospital Spec Outlets for patient care devices and all outlets in the 6 operating rooms except each operating room has a single dedicated duplex non generator circuit for housekeeping.

    Patient...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    I'm now assigned exclusively to the outpatient unit and the largest genset is 150 kW. I was there when it was installed back in 1995.

    If I had it to do over again I would have a dedicated UPS...
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    Re: Ford vs chevy vs ram SRW one ton diesel

    I'm in California and different costs and regs kick in over 10,000 lbs.

    The reality is to most law enforcement here is a pickup is a pickup.

    My insurance provider mentioned he has to use a...
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    Re: Work UTV ... narrow down some choices please

    Mom has slowed down now that she is in her 80's... that said, she can still walk 5 miles through the Redwoods or the PNW without issue... must have been all that walking she did as a child... they...
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    Re: Ford vs chevy vs ram SRW one ton diesel

    We have the de-rate option clearly identified on the window sticker... it applies to the GVW and brings it to 9900 on the F250 and 10,000 on the F350 scroll down the Ford link below and it shows...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    We have similar restrictions on the Hospital Gensets...

    It was standard practice to run under load 30 minutes once a week and now we are regulated to once every other week.

    In the grand scheme...
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    Re: Ford vs chevy vs ram SRW one ton diesel

    We opted to de-rate the new F250 Diesel which is also a F350 no cost option.

    Same truck with a lower rating to get under the 10k threshold.

    The local Dealer said about half the F250 and 350...
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    Re: Work UTV ... narrow down some choices please

    I'm not sure walking is bad for everyone.

    One of the specialties at the hospital where I work is ortho pain management.

    Walking with proper shoes is generally considered to be very good as...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Didn't see many small generators...

    Most of my colleagues had wood with either oil or gas for heat... some all three.

    Radiant heat is the standard and thermosyphon doesn't require a circulation...
  62. Re: Trailer Tire Failure - Not a good way tho start the weekend

    Have a great time on vacation and stay safe...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Most would say Western Europe is very Green and yet when I was working in Austria new homes were required to have a chimney from basement up suitable for wood burning... no matter if you intended to...
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    Re: Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    It's a huge problem in parts of the Bay Area and even the Green crowd has quietly signed off on poisoning the stumps when felled to reduce regrowth.

    All I can say is they sure have adapted well to...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    This is why I can't understand why it is so difficult in some jurisdictions to get a permit for standby power or why new wood burning stoves are outright banned.

    If anything, steps to make...
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    Re: Work UTV ... narrow down some choices please

    ^^^Exactly...

    I was discussing this with my brother as we were walking all over his hilly 65 acres... when heavy items needed to be moved we used the L3800.

    Now everything goes by Kubota...
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    Re: Ford finally came to their senses

    I currently own them all and service wise none has been a disappointment.

    None were bought new except for the 2016 Ford F250 Diesel...

    Hope to have continued good luck go forward.
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    Re: Work UTV ... narrow down some choices please

    Thanks for asking... yee did...

    Picked up a used one owner Kubota RTV900 with 430 hours... guy used it around his property... had to go about 300 miles roundtrip to get it.

    So far so good......
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    Re: Ford vs chevy vs ram SRW one ton diesel

    I use my Garmin extensively in Western Washington.... would almost be lost without it as far as finding shortcuts.

    In the SF Bay Area there are so many landmarks it is darn near impossible to be...
  70. Re: You don't have a high speed Internet connection??

    Yes and yes...

    Property Management already had it leased and is not responding...

    I had a choice to pay for the install or take a multi year commitment which I opted for.

    Not to get too far...
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    Re: LED Garage Lights

    So far so good... bought both the Costco Fixtures and the two tube packs...

    The old 8' fluorescents were beginning to sound like a Dr. Frankenstein's Laboratory when cold.

    Also bought some...
  72. Re: You don't have a high speed Internet connection??

    Update on my install...

    It's working fine while I am getting things done around the property...

    A Mormon family is interested in renting for one year and has asked that the Comcast be removed....
  73. Re: You don't have a high speed Internet connection??

    Some of the DSL lines where I have lived are on 1922 phone lines... I guess the Bell System really was all about reliability and made to last... it had to be as they were on the hook for repairs.
  74. Thread: California

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    Re: California

    In thinking about it a little more many of those friends that had moved to Texas and other places did feel out of sink plus were looking to cash out equity mostly in retirement.... some leave because...
  75. Re: You don't have a high speed Internet connection??

    Dial up is what was available here...

    My tenants had satellite and complained of cost after I reluctantly spent $2,500 on tree removal in 2004... he said he was getting throttle back and paying...
  76. Re: Trailer Tire Failure - Not a good way tho start the weekend

    Here we are limited to 55 when towing...

    Doesn't stop those flying by at 75 or 80... where's a cop when you need one?
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    The worst one for me was about 10 years ago outside Olympia... 10+ days without power and single digits at night... it was a ice storm that dropped trees and snapped power lines for miles...

    Times...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    As a small child we would love it when the power would go out during a thunderstorm at the cabin... play cards and make s'mores by fireplace light... of course we had propane for cooking and hot...
  79. Re: You don't have a high speed Internet connection??

    So I'm up in Washington and just did my Internet speed test.

    118 up and 24 down...

    For the last 20 years in Oakland my DSL is 1.3 up and .6 down

    I was expecting lightning fast browsing and...
  80. Thread: California

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    Re: California

    I can honestly say I seldom ever meet anyone though work or socially that is or admits to being conservative.

    The Hospital where I work has a token few on staff... older men and women... most with...
  81. Re: Question about Dealers buying/selling out of area?

    Could be but I did follow up with Kubota and the owner and was told their policy is to sell local...

    This is why it came as a big surprise to see the Western United States Craigslists and other...
  82. Thread: California

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    Re: California

    The pay by the mile driven or annual fee pilot program has started...

    Not sure how it'll affect me if it becomes the norm as I own many cars... most antique.

    The gas tax was so simple but money...
  83. Thread: California

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    Re: California

    Last I checked a family of 4 would need about 65k income to equal assistance programs.

    My county median income is $93,600

    Based on that the cut off for Section 8 housing assistance eligibility...
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    Re: RFI from Cree LED bulbs?

    So far all of mine have been good too...
  85. Re: Question about Dealers buying/selling out of area?

    On the one hand the had a buyer in the flesh at the Dealership and couldn't help.

    Now they are advertising all over the Western United States with equipment they need to move.

    Just doesn't make...
  86. Question about Dealers buying/selling out of area?

    Not too far from the property in Washington is Kubota Dealer that carries a lot of inventory.

    My brother was up for a visit and wanted a price on a RTV and was told they do not sell out of their...
  87. Thread: California

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    Re: California

    I'm not that old but have been dealing with local and state government long enough to see how things play out...

    It always starts small and once established keeps growing with more funding and...
  88. Re: RTV500 with only 70 hours started blowing white smoke

    Overfill could very well be water in the oil as oil Floats on water...

    The quick way to know is see what comes out the drain plug...
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    Re: 3000 gasser pours gas out of carb

    Enough to make a grown man cry...
  90. Re: Trailer Tire Failure - Not a good way tho start the weekend

    Some of my old tires are 100% nylon... for those to young to remember they held up well but the trade off was the would get flat spots from sitting overnight until driven...


    The 57 Ford would...
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    Re: 3000 gasser pours gas out of carb

    I always have to set the float on a new install... maybe the float is not correctly set?

    Be careful has extra fuel anywhere is a disaster waiting to happen.
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    Re: 3000 gasser pours gas out of carb

    Might be crude from the tank making the needle stick...
  93. Thread: California

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    Re: California

    No... no one I vote for stands a chance... it's the kiss of death... at least it seems so.

    At one time I was very active in city and state issues... spoke at capital hearings and plenty of council...
  94. Thread: Red Truck

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    Re: Red Truck

    Also owned Toyota and Mazda pickups...

    Out of all of them the "Worst" would be the 91 S10... not because it ever left me stranded but for the gremlins in the instrument cluster which was a known...
  95. Re: Trailer Tire Failure - Not a good way tho start the weekend

    Chis... what do you think accounts for all the old heavy duty 10 and 12 ply tube type tires lasting decades.

    A friend manages the fleet for a local utility and seldom to ever has to buy trailer...
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    Re: Ability to climb and descend steep grades.

    Always wondered why a farm utility vehicle with remote hydraulics isn't treated the same as a farm tractor...

    The RTV in question would come from an out of state farm equipment dealer... I guess...
  97. Thread: Red Truck

    by ultrarunner
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    Re: Red Truck

    I own Ford GM/Chevrolet and Dodge... all have served me well so no complaints.

    37 years of ownership of my oldest Ford... and worth more than I paid for it...
  98. Thread: California

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    Re: California

    Two tier in that those that make the law often are exempt from the laws they make.
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    Re: Ability to climb and descend steep grades.

    The RTV900 we bought runs out of power before traction when loaded and going up the back fence line...

    Thinking a hand throttle might overcome or help.

    No problems anywhere except on the...
  100. Thread: California

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    Re: California

    ^^^This is the basis for the shift or at least the excuse used.
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