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Old 09-28-2016, 04:33 AM   #211
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Old 09-28-2016, 05:14 AM   #212
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Looks great as usual John. Hang in there on the job front. Things will turn around for you. Never underestimate the power of prayer...
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Old 10-15-2016, 09:58 PM   #213
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Fat Boy Ladder Mod

Ok, I'm back. I'm not exactly slim pickens, or larger than life. I weigh in at a mere 220 I think. I can't remember what these crap ladders are rated at, but I'm thinking somewhere in the 225 to 250 range. Either way, I went up to clean the roof the other day, and couldn't help but notice that where the ladder is screwed to the wall, the mount was kind of stressed and the sealant cracked open a little.

Hey, no problem. I've looked at doing this mod for a while. All I did, and I hope you can tell in the pictures, is secure a 1"x1" piece of aluminum tubing to each side of the ladder (To the ladder mounts going to the back wall) utilizing SS 1-1/8 u-bolts, some old black water hose (serves as chaffing between the u-bolt and ladder - hence using 1-1/8" u-bolts opposed to 1" as the ladder would normally require), and nyloc nuts. It is solid as a rock now. The 2 pieces of tubing rest on top of the bumper, thus holding all of the weight. Plastic inserts on each end of the square tubing finish it off.
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Old 10-15-2016, 10:25 PM   #214
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Another great idea John thanks! I'm just a bit over 200 pounds but always feel like the ladder is going to give way...
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Old 11-18-2016, 08:22 PM   #215
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Well, not a mod, but something that has to be done. Every other year, and this is the second year plus over 7000 miles, so time to get it done. Started breaking down stuff to repack bearings and inspect brakes tonight. I'll admit, this is something that I don't have much experience with, but I've never been defeated by something like this. Pretty straight forward. We've usually traded rigs before the bearings needed attention. But, times change, and I'm still not employed, sooooo. And of course, I have so much money in this rig, I don't think I could part with it, even if I got a new one.

One thing I got aggravated with tonight, is realizing how much this dang dirt road affects these brakes. The picture of the brakes was after I cleaned them with brake clean. The were horrible, full of dust and a bit of mud. The price you pay to live WAY out in the boonies like we do.
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Old 11-18-2016, 09:58 PM   #216
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John,

Regarding the job situation, have you thought about picking up and moving down to San Antonio for a bit? The oil field isn't what it used to be (low oil prices), but there's apparently still work down this way as evidenced by the slew of RV parks that are still largely full of oil field workers. Regardless, you're bound to find more work this way than you would in Florien.

BTW, I grew up in Pickering, just South of Leesville. Dated a girl from Florien one time...back when I was 12 or so. :-) We played ball and ran cross-country all over the string of towns along 171.
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Old 11-19-2016, 08:23 PM   #218
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Thanks for all the insight on work. At his time, I'm staying planted. Right now, my wife (An RN), is working making pretty good income. I have changed my rolls from bread winner to stay at home, homeschool dad. My wife works a 7 on, 7 off rotation, so it's kind of like offshore, except it's not me. She works 7 days, then we do whatever we want for 7 days. That said though, over the past few months, I realized why God made women to be moms, and not men. But hey, I get it done and the kids enjoy it.


On the bearing repack, lets just say it kicked my butt today. May even pay my trusted dealer to do it next time. The right side (door side) went ok. The driver's side or off door side, not so good. The inner bearing on the front wheel was pretty much seized to the axle. After over 30 minutes of pulling and prying and destroying the seal, I got it off. I probably did a big no no, but I'm ok with the results. Once the hub was off, I tried to slide the bearing back on by itself to see if it's even go back on. Nope. So, that's when I discovered some blemishes in the axle itself. Shame on dexter. So, a little fine filing, a little fine sand paper and got it as good as it could possibly be outside of a new axle. After a long while of making the axle right again, the bearing snuggly fit back on as it should. I didn't trust the bearing anymore, so I got new bearing cups and cones for that hub. All went back together with no issues. The rear wheel on that side wasn't too much different, so ended up replacing the bearings and races on that hub as well. I'm satisfied, BUT, I will only run this set up for the next year, then replace all bearings and races. I usually would only do this every other year, but beings I went with Duralast bearings and races, I'll just change them all out next year.


Anybody got any experice with Autozone / Duralast bearings? It's all I could get on short notice.


Ok, that said, worst comes to worst, can anybody tell me a good source to get a new Dexter D44 axle should I decide to replace it? Probably could just get directly from Dexter as I've gotten seals and such from before.
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I was researching bearings last year and everything I found was made in you-know-where. I think even my beloved Timkens are no longer U.S. made.
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I wanted Timkens, but couldn't get what I needed right then and there. We are fixing to cut out for out of state pretty soon, so I just needed the rig back on the ground quick. If they'll last another 5000 miles or so, I'll be happy, then will change out with Timkens this time next year. Will just cross my fingers until then.
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