Homestead land in the WA Okanogan

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Re: Homestead land in the WA Okanogan

Post by ineffableone » Fri May 03, 2019 12:30 pm

NT2C, yes I know a lot more now about hauling equipment now and the whole thing was filled with warning signs for anyone who has a little knowledge. I am a heavy equipment operator, but not hauler. I can run the equipment, but knew next to nothing about hauling or loading. This was a very big learning experience. Thankfully one without out any injury or serious accidents. Just a lot of frustration.

That 1st trailer should never have been rented to me, that was absolutely not acceptable. The tires were 35 psi!! something I realized afterwards was a clear sign it was not up to the job. The only reason I even paid for the damages, was I had verbally agreed at the onset to pay for any damage. I am a man of my word, but not one to accept blatant rip offs. So when they tried to charge double the cost of Les Schawb, I was not having any of that.

I was relying on my neighbor as someone to tell me what was ok and not, and should not have put faith in him. I told him multiple times I would rather leave the dozer on the side of the road than cause an accident. But he kept insisting we could do it.
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Re: Homestead land in the WA Okanogan

Post by NT2C » Fri May 03, 2019 12:58 pm

Just as a rule of thumb, if you see those white spoked wheels on a trailer it's best to take a really good look at the load rating of the tires mounted on them. Tires on the trailer need to be trailer rated (stiffer and more robust sidewalls) with a proper "ST" or "LT" size designation.
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Re: Homestead land in the WA Okanogan

Post by ineffableone » Fri May 03, 2019 1:36 pm

Thanks, I will keep that in mind for the future. It was a lot of cringe but thankfully got home safe. Especially amazing considering we had mountain passes to deal with and a long journey.

If I knew back then what I do now, I would never have used either of those trailers. I likely would have paid a hauling service or found someone with a proper trailer and rig to haul it with.

I am seriously considering getting a Duece and a Half as a dedicated hauling rig for my dozer. Plus they are just cool multi fuel awesome vehicles that would be amazing in SHTF. Though before I can drive a Duece up my road I need to do some serious road maintenance, which is a huge part of why I got the dozer.

Probably still a couple yrs away from buying a new truck, and it is either a Duece and Half, or the old 1 ton Dodge Power wagon (the ones with duel PTO). Eventually I want both, but which I get first will likely have a lot to do with hauling that dozer, as well as availability of either in my general area. I have already been window shopping and both cost about the same for a decent turn key usable condition version.
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Re: Homestead land in the WA Okanogan

Post by NT2C » Fri May 03, 2019 2:26 pm

Yeah, either of those would be nice. Not sure the Power Wagon would haul the dozer on the right trailer though unless it was a dually. I know my 1 tom GMC dually could, but performance would be "arthritic snail pace" and it likely would not get it up some of the steeper hills in your area. An F-450 would work, or a 550, but they get pretty expensive.
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Re: Homestead land in the WA Okanogan

Post by Halfapint » Fri May 03, 2019 4:12 pm

Curious what the dozer weighs? I’m seriously considering getting s goose neck trailer to haul the tractor and some other stuff.

I’m in agreement with NT2C, deuce and a half Are badass but, but they aren’t great for hauling. I’m not sure even your power wagon would do well.

I would try and get a more modern truck. I was lucky and got to use my house money for my truck, but I was hauling over 12k on a triple axle trailer going over the pass doing the speed limit.
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Re: Homestead land in the WA Okanogan

Post by NT2C » Fri May 03, 2019 4:20 pm

Halfapint wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 4:12 pm
Curious what the dozer weighs? I’m seriously considering getting s goose neck trailer to haul the tractor and some other stuff.

I’m in agreement with NT2C, deuce and a half Are badass but, but they aren’t great for hauling. I’m not sure even your power wagon would do well.

I would try and get a more modern truck. I was lucky and got to use my house money for my truck, but I was hauling over 12k on a triple axle trailer going over the pass doing the speed limit.
Looking at it and going by some of the Cats and stuff we had, that one is probably 5-6 ton, with the backhoe.
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Re: Homestead land in the WA Okanogan

Post by ineffableone » Fri May 03, 2019 4:43 pm

The dozer itself weighs aprox 10K, and the hoe about 2-3K.

I don't mind going slow, and I wouldn't be hauling the dozer any great distances.

As for modern trucks, yuck. No style and I definitely don't like electronics. If you need to attach a computer to it to work on it, then it is not my cup of tea. I have had 3 vehicles, a VW squareback, my Honda CRV, and my Chevy Silverado. The CRV and Chevy both have way too much electronics and have totally turned me off of such things.

The old 1 ton Powerwagons can haul some weight they were farm vehicles, as can the Duece and Halfs. Yes they go slow but that is ok. As I said I had a VW squareback, I am used to being unable to even go the speed limit on highways.
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Re: Homestead land in the WA Okanogan

Post by NT2C » Fri May 03, 2019 4:49 pm

NT2C wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 4:20 pm
Halfapint wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 4:12 pm
Curious what the dozer weighs? I’m seriously considering getting s goose neck trailer to haul the tractor and some other stuff.

I’m in agreement with NT2C, deuce and a half Are badass but, but they aren’t great for hauling. I’m not sure even your power wagon would do well.

I would try and get a more modern truck. I was lucky and got to use my house money for my truck, but I was hauling over 12k on a triple axle trailer going over the pass doing the speed limit.
Looking at it and going by some of the Cats and stuff we had, that one is probably 5-6 ton, with the backhoe.
ineffableone wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 4:43 pm
The dozer itself weighs aprox 10K, and the hoe about 2-3K.
Nailed it. 8-)
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Re: Homestead land in the WA Okanogan

Post by ineffableone » Wed May 08, 2019 6:28 pm

Well I started working the dirt road going up to my easement road. But started having trouble with the dozer over heating. A little time looking things over, and it seems the radiator cap was failing allowing the coolant to overflow and then the engine to over heat.

So I just picked up a new radiator cap and hopefully this problem will stop and I can get more work done fixing the road so it is easier to get in and out of my property. And then I will be moving on to earthworks on the property.
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Re: Homestead land in the WA Okanogan

Post by Halfapint » Thu May 09, 2019 4:38 pm

Sorry to hear about the over heating issue, hopefully an easy fix and you can get some real work done! excited to see more of your progress soon!
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