This haul will go into my record book ...
In the past week I have had to replace:
In 2400 miles - (4) non repairable tread punctures along w/ (2) ruined rims on relatively new ST radial trailer E load range 15" tires ..
Radiator - water pump - serpentine belt - belt tensioner - (2) idler pullies ...
And I still have 400 miles until I deliver ...
Don't buy any lottery tickets this trip. With the way your luck is going if they draw your number you'll owe them money!
Sooner or later things begin to happen. It usually does when you are going along seemingly just fine then )%#@&^%^&**(((**&%##-------------------------->>>>>>>>>>>>>
Illinois is so broke, that they reward you with an IOU when you win the lottery. Funny thing is that they are still selling tickets.
Jim, would it be worth it or feasible to put a TPM (tire pressure monitoring) system on your trailer and/or your truck?
Just a thought.
Ken that's what I was going to suggest. It can sure save a lot of damage.
Don't think it'll help the water pump / radiator issues though... That sounds Bad.
Better Luck on the last 400
I tried (2) different aftermarket brands that screw on the valve stems - neither can send a signal far enough - my trailer is just about 40 feet long.
I greeted the day w/ a dead battery - I have (2) so one was just enough to crank the diesel motor enough to catch & start.
I bought new battery & replaced the alternator to be safe ..
Only 50 miles left to go .....
WOW! did you ever think of just staying in bed?
The last time I had this many things go wrong with a haul was about two years ago when I transported the Model T snowmobile....
I have never had to buy (4) trailer tires on a single trip before.
The tires that got screws - bolts - staples all picked them up right next to sidewall so they could not be repaired ....
I now carry (2) mounted trailer spares.
Hang in there, and drive carefully! W2
Hey, the snowmobile was the one that was reportedly haunted, wasn't it?
So maybe some former truck driver really really doesn't want the current load moved..
Any reports of further disturbances at the museum around the snowmobile?
Yes - the haunted snowmobile featured in the magazine.
I did not really have the same experience this trip.
It was just a costly haul.
Jim, down here in the southland they would say you were "snakebit" !
THINGS HATE PEOPLE!
S--t comes in piles.
Jim, glad you finally made it, hopefully things will settle down.
I didn't see a post update on it, but I take it that you shook off the gold bug?
"The tires that got screws - bolts - staples all picked them up right next to sidewall so they could not be repaired .."
I've had tubeless tires that I was told were unrepairable, so I just put a tube in them and carried on. You just have to be sure to get tubes that are rated for tubeless tires.
I think I will try 12 or 14 ply trailer tires like the folks who haul animals use on their livestock & horse trailers.
Now that Fall & Winter have arrived the road temps won't be a favor with a thicker & heavier tire.
I am taking I-40 back the to haul to Las Vegas, NV from OH next week so I will see if I get more flats ...
Still have prospecting on my list of things to do.