Well it had to happen…. The oil spots in my driveway and wherever I parked the Dodge was telling me that the end was near…
This was also confirmed by the guys at the local “Oil Changers” who advised me that the oil pan gasket was leaking and the oil pan was also rusting and was approaching critical. The same was found to be happening on the Transmission Gasket as well but not as bad as the oil pan.
This post is not about The Oil Changers franchise operator but I do appreciate the honesty of their staff…. Their opinion greatly influenced the rest of this post….
So what was supposed to be search starting in the spring suddenly became a search that started about two weeks ago and finished today with the arrival of :
And I took possession of it this afternoon… and the Ham Gear is starting to get installed
Its a bit newer….. lots less KMS….. with a larger engine….. more than enough b@lls to tow the existing trailer (and the planned new trailer) and the Air Conditioning works fantastic….
Tomorrow (Wednesday) I will be taking the trailer out for a test pull and adjust the trailer brakes as needed…. Its first trip could be early in September and we do have plans for a two week trip in October…. In October the temps are great during the day… The bugs are scarce and in the evening an extra blanket makes the evenings just fantastic….
More on how the new truck handles this thing we call life in the next post…