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  1. AndyK149

    Tail lights

    I posted a write up on LEDs in this thread: Any of the 4x2 surface mount trailer lights work well. Several are linked above. You will be happy!
  2. AndyK149

    RV Questions for national parks

    I think that's a good choice. Just keep in mind that it can be hard to find a place to leave a trailer. There are RV parks that you can use but you really have to plan ahead.
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    RV Questions for national parks

    Really great comments on here from other RV-ers and outdoor enthusiasts! My vote is for class C!
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    RV Questions for national parks

    ^ this. Almost 100% of RVs are garbage. You really have to get over that if you want to get one. Otherwise, rent. If buying a used one, how it is stored and how it was maintained is probably more important than its age. A 2 or 3 year old unit could easily be leaking and be in worse shape than an older one stored inside or covered. Most do not hold up to elements well, they are all poorly assembled, exterior parts don't hold up well to UV rays. They all take a lot of maintenance: it's a combination of a cheap vehicle, a cheap house, and it all bounces down the road! Major, major buyer beware market here. I've heard some people recommend getting a clean 3-5 year old unit vs. a new one, since all the manufacturing defects have probably been figured out by then!! It sounds like a small class C is what you want. Class Cs are good for road tripping because they are more compact than a truck+trailer or RV hauling a car. Small class Cs usually sleep you over the cab but have all the amenities you would need. Class C's are also safer for driving since they have a regular vehicle cab and chassis that has passed crash tests. Class A's are just cardboard boxes on a drive train and they do not crash well. High-end Class A diesel pushers are an exception and can be very well built but can easily be several hundred thousand $$s. I have a 30ft Toyhauler so I can echo your concerns with a having a big trailer - it is terrible for stop n go road tripping. I race motorcycles and leave the trailer at the racetrack all weekend and have the flexibility of taking my truck separately when I need to drive somewhere. So, trailers are good for some things, but bad for others. If you plan on using it a lot, RVs are truly wonderful. You can have a house anywhere! If you are planning on having it for one trip, or occasional use, it is better to rent. Otherwise you end up maintaining it more than you use it.
  5. AndyK149

    414-8 Delivered

    Haha true. None of them are desirable as an oil fountain!
  6. AndyK149

    414-8 Delivered

    Good for you! What's wrong with the K Magnum 414? 414 seems like one of the better models that was made to me? Enjoy the new tractor!
  7. AndyK149

    V-Belt Guys

    Thanks all for the suggestions. I don't have an RK or TSC near me so paying a little for shipping is cheaper than gas and time to go to one of those places
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    V-Belt Guys

    Has anyone used the V-Belt Guys site or their kevlar replacement belts? Seem to be a good price but quality is pretty important too! Thanks! www.vbeltguys.com
  9. AndyK149

    Bug-eye headlights?

    These are great if you want to use your existing headlight openings: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071VKXRQ3/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  10. AndyK149

    new member in PA

    WH fixed. I got a replacement pump on ebay. It looks like I was replacing a non-oem pump since it was also plastic. So maybe this is pump #3 for the tractor? We are back in business. Got a new grease gun which works really well. My old one always seemed to suck air in from places and need to be bled. The grease actually had nothing to do with the issue on my Husky though. The blade belt had jumped off and was stuck under the spindle. Both tractors are back in business and greased A/C seems to be a write off, so that one is going to sting.
  11. AndyK149

    new member in PA

    I went to mow last night and things didn't go great! - Got on my Husky (primary mower) and noticed the blades didn't come on smoothly. I hadn't greased the spindles in about so I went for my grease gun. - Grease gun was empty so I went to put in a new tube - Back of the grease gun metal ripped out (another Harbor Freight delight) so no greasing - Decided I will mow with the Wheel Horse, it will just take a lot longer. - Started mowing with the Wheel Horse, 30 mins later, tractor shuts off. (investigation points to fuel pump) - Came inside to declare defeat and wife says the A/C upstairs isn't working Both mowers down, yard mowed about 30%, hot. Momma said there would be days like these!
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    new member in PA

    Also - I posed a "WTT" thread in the off chance that someone has a similar tractor with a hydro and would like to trade for a geared model. I don't hate the geared version but definitely prefer hydros. Doesn't need to be a spotless zero hour machine but at the same time, I'm not interested in older models or stuff that needs a lot of work. I would add cash on my end if yours is nicer than mine. In the meantime, this tractor makes a great "second" mower for us and my son still likes it. I hope I get at least one chance to try the plow out this winter!
  13. AndyK149

    new member in PA

    Good thread Jim, i like your write up. I think it may be possible that LEDs are just getting better as time goes by. Some of the early ones had problems and weren't as bright - especially in the budget price range. They continue to get less expensive and better.
  14. The rears are a fairly standard surface mount trailer light. I have a link to a set in my thread but you can get these anywhere. I see some talk about longevity of LEDs being a concern. I can't really opine on that yet. If one does burn out, I'll just buy a new one. They are not very expensive. It would be nice to try different versions of the bulbs: spot, flood, blue vs. warm white. I don't have the time, resources or need to do that and can just reiterate that I am really happy with the fronts and rears that i purchased.
  15. AndyK149

    Whats the story with the xi series?

    Don't laugh, if anything, educate. Most people just don't know, many of those tractors are sold under reputable brand names by companies that don't even care about their brand reputation any more. I would guess that more people would laugh at members here for how much time and energy they spend on their lawn mower. None of this laughing, in either direction, makes anyone better off. I know you didnt mean it that way, but still!
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