First year has been Hell!

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Siinman, Oct 11, 2019.

  1. olddog_newtricks

    olddog_newtricks Medium Load Member

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    Congratulations on making it through your first year. Most don't survive that long . Once you get your maintenance fund built back up you should be in pretty good shape. Keep making good decisions and it'll be pretty hard for anything to put you out of business . Good luck.
     
  2. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    I have a friend that bought a new one, it came back on a hook without delivering a load 5 out of the first 6 loads, then made 4 or 5 before it started that junk all over again. Finally the fan came on and it exploded sending schrapnel through the hood. It was warrantied by horton, but they don't warranty hoods. lol It took a lawyer to get it lined out. and 6 months of rice and beans before the truck ever made a steady check.

    I have a friend right now that has one under warranty, that has had 10 times more downtime than his old 93. He has another new one on order but is still keeping his 93, so he will be able to run steady.
     
  3. stayinback

    stayinback Road Train Member

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    Have you tried rebuilding rear ends yet?
    (Pinion bearings,ring and spiders,set backlash and bearing end play?)I know traditionally easier just to swap.. save about 1000 bucks rebuilding yourself I think if math works here

    Im giving it a shot
     
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  4. mhyn

    mhyn Road Train Member

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    where do you fix your truck? at dealers?
     
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  5. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    Do you have eatons or rocks. Traditionally rockwells are cheaper than eatons, and I have not priced any in years. I priced a bearing kit the other day for my front eaton 404 and it was a little under 500 bucks, BUT I want to change ratio, and brand new with no core it was just over 4 grand for them both, that is hard to turn down. Especially in Alaska.

    I keep reading these threads where many folks have 20 or 30 thousand dollars a year maintenance bills, I have to wonder what gives with this. I keep my junk in good shape, granted I do 99% of my own labor, but I have never even thought of these kinds of expenses and My stuff is old. It is hard for me to wrap my head around it costing you guys this kind of money.
    The work I do is considered severe truck duty and I see others going through rears, clutches, trannies and even engines all the time, but do not understand it.
     
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  6. jammer910Z

    jammer910Z Road Train Member

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    Look at how much REAL WORLD trucking experience you've already garnered in just 10mo.

    Those other newbs will take years to catch up to where you are.

    Your new CB handle is Leap Frog.
     
  7. Nobroker

    Nobroker Light Load Member

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    The biggest cost is the down time, and sometimes buying new you still have issues and is more frustrating. Hopefully the truck issues are sorted out and you have problem free miles ahead.
     
  8. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    I want to know how one NOT gets approved for lone mountain.

    I didn't think that was possible.
     
  9. Siinman

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    Yes dealers if it isn't anything simple for me to do. No shop and I do not have all the tools needed. Plus I do like to have personal time when I am home. Don't mind spending the money to have someone else work on it. I would rather catch up on paperwork and try to find new avenues for work.
     
  10. Siinman

    Siinman Light Load Member

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    I think some of it has to do with luck. lol
     
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