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Thought I'd try a 'journal' for a month on this subject.

Too many folk believe trucks 'never' carry anything in the bed or be very 'trucky'.

To those unfamiliar, I have a 2004 Silverado 2500 HD CrewCab, DuraMax/Allison/3.73s. Mileage is currently about 106K.

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Today I towed, then pushed a '70s Dodge camper van around on a piece of private property- repositioning it at the owner's request.

Section of chain & a cable/clevis shackles to pull, the ol' 'tire hung by chain over Dodge's bumper' and the ol' 'shopping cart push' to guide it backwards. It was momentarily tempting to get it up to maybe 50 MPH....

DuraMax didn't even feel it.

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Balthazar, you sir are a gentleman, a scholar, and the devil himself for posting this thread. Please proceed with this torture. ;)

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Good topic!

Even the old ROPOS gets in on this act. I have an area where I dump debris out of sight on the property (all ROPOS hauled), and from time to time the pile gets out of bounds. So, I just spin the rusty old beast around and use the snowplow to push back the mound of debris (in 4WD, of course). Every week, it hauls around the mowing equipment and serves as a giant wheelbarrow for prunings and other debris. I use it almost every day.

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Thought I'd try a 'journal' for a month on this subject.

Too many folk believe trucks 'never' carry anything in the bed or be very 'trucky'.

To those unfamiliar, I have a 2004 Silverado 2500 HD CrewCab, DuraMax/Allison/3.73s. Mileage is currently about 106K.

• • •

Today I towed, then pushed a '70s Dodge camper van around on a piece of private property- repositioning it at the owner's request.

Section of chain & a cable/clevis shackles to pull, the ol' 'tire hung by chain over Dodge's bumper' and the ol' 'shopping cart push' to guide it backwards. It was momentarily tempting to get it up to maybe 50 MPH....

DuraMax didn't even feel it.

DuraMax are the Bomb! :P Those rock sir and you should post some photo's of your beast.

I still dream of having the funds to convert my 94 suburban into a duramax beast. :D

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Took an early morning run to the scrap yard today. Believe it or not, this is 660 lbs of steel & cast iron. I think that 10" gas main was around 250 lbs by itself.

Currently, the yard I go to is paying $12/100 for cast iron/heavy steel, so this paid $79.20. Eh; it cleans up my back yard & gets me fuel money. Not that I live in a junkyard; I just 'find stuff / stuff follows me home'. ;)

Best haul was a few months ago- I had all sorts of mixed alloys: brass, copper, aluminum - that run netted me $299.

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Here's a pic when I got my '04 in '06. Only difference today is I upgraded to 265s vs the factory 245s seen here, and I seem to prefer my trucks without center caps, because they have been off for about 3-4 years now, and my Ford ran capless for maybe half it's life with me (15 yrs). I dunno.

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Mine is currenty holding a set of OEM 15" rims and old tires. A set of Firestone Winterforce tires are headed to my local Mavis Discount Tire to be transferred to the 15-inchers. Since I sent the Cobalt packing, I figured I'd get a good set of snow shoes for the truck, if notthing else than to prevent any snow from actually falling.

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Not much to report the last 2 days. Snagged (3) 10-ft downspout sections Monday, and 4 bags of concrete mix & a wheelbarrow today.

I use my tailgate as a workbench in the field. I assembled a 15-ft long downspout with 90s at each end on the gate- siliconed and screwed.

I mixed numerous buckets of concrete (custom blend) on the tailgate, too. Both those jobs now done AND have been paid on. :metal:

I said it before : a really well-thought-out tailgate design, with some provisions for working off it (I have a few experience-suggested ideas...) could make for a strong advantage in the segment.

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A few of the Eastern Red Cedar trees on the property lost their tops in the freak snowstorm last October, and they've been hanging by threads until about two weeks ago when they finally slipped down to a level where I could get at them. I used a heavy duty tie down to attach them to the Tahoe's hitch and pulled them the rest of the way down. Then, it was the ROPOS turn to haul them to the "dump" after I cut them up a bit.

Yep, my Chevy trucks work for a living.

Edited by Camino LS6

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Is the trailblazer a truck in this discussion?

I miss my F150.

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Is the trailblazer a truck in this discussion?

I miss my F150.

I'd say so... I consider my Envoy to be a truck (it is BOF afterall).

Unfortunately, mine mainly hauls family stuff (beach items, stroller, groceries, etc) most of the time. It does haul three 28" orange traffic cones and my lime green fire police raincoat on a daily basis! Oh, and a$$... it hauls a$$ when I drive it to work :P

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That last line made me chuckle, Roger.

Another light day for my truck, tho it did move a 12-ft trailer loaded with some junk, but it was just inside a storage lot.

I prepped my '64 Catalina to move for the first time in many long, neglected years. Two tires hold air, two do not, but luckily I have a P-60 with good shoes. I was concerned the wheels might be locked up (frozen brakes), but the fronts turned fine... meaning I likely won't have to pull it with the 2500HD.

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My last post was about yesterday's work. Today was light duty, the ROPOS had to haul a few more bits of deadfall and truck the mowing/weedwacking stuff around the property. The Tahoe just had to take out the trash and recycling.

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With all the rain we are receiving in FL, I am literally doing mud-bogging in that vehicle.

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Today the 2500HD pulled my P-64 Catalina back out of its spot next to my shop. It's been there, I believe, since 1993, and the elements have not been kind to the old girl. I swapped out the one rear tire that no longer held air, but the 2nd one out front would NOT let go of the hub. Without being an easy push, it was Duramax Time. I aired it up, popped her in neutral (she didn't want to even do THAT), and with a length of chain over my 6-ton hitch, she rolled backward about 1.5 car lengths for now.

I'm getting prepped for a 15-ft container box to sit right there, so she needs to do a radiused 180 & sit on the other side of the P-60. Both will be stripped this year, the container allowing a more condensed & protected storage facility for the usable/sellable parts, rather than sitting in two 3800-lb piles. Joining those 2 under the axe is the remains of a P-65, which needs to go, too. The container might already be full. :wacko:

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Truck didn't roll anywhere yesterday, but today I did pull an 20-ft trailer on about a 10-mile round trip, transporting about 20 furniture dollies and 4 large commercial stainless steel sinks/table to my house (temporary storage). Didn't get a pic, unfortunately. On the trip home, I also had a half bedload of flotsam & jetsum; 55-gal plastic drum (cut the top off & its a kick-ass garbage can), a free 50-ft garden hose, some unidentified '60s GM rocker trim (used), a vintage Colman cooler, a glass 5-gal water bottle, 4 fire extinguishers (still showing a charge), and a few milk crates of odd-n-ends.

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This morning I picked up 1.4 ton of 3/4-in blend in the 2500HD. The loader dumped it neatly in, but I got to shovel all 1.4 tons out.

However, not once did I find the job 'tedious & boring' - I enjoy solving problems, improving my property, and I don't shy away from physical work.

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Final prep for my container box, maybe coming tomorrow- can't wait.

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Today my Chevy truck ('98 Suburban) sat in the driveway while our Saturns did commuter duty.

Yesterday, my Chevy truck hauled 6 adults and gear comfortably and with space to spare while towing a trailer with a pontoon raft through the mountains to a stretch of the Snake River for some white water rafting.

Here's a pic of the 6 of us on the river (me up front with my hand in the air): http://www.snakeriverphotos.net/p471678683/h414f394c#h414f394c

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My suburban is stored for the season, summer is over for now in Seattle since work will have me tied up for the last couple weeks so I will not need it to haul the waverunners or pull anything else. At least it got cleaned up and then stored dry for the season. :P

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I did not anticipate having anything to report today, but that's the beauty of a truck :: Opportunity knocks, and a truck is your doorman.

'Yes, sir', 'Certainly, sir', 'How may I help you today, sir?'. It's a beautiful, professional working relationship.

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My suburban is stored for the season, summer is over for now in Seattle since work will have me tied up for the last couple weeks so I will not need it to haul the waverunners or pull anything else. At least it got cleaned up and then stored dry for the season. :P

Do you get it back out for winter use?

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This morning I picked up 1.4 ton of 3/4-in blend in the 2500HD. The loader dumped it neatly in, but I got to shovel all 1.4 tons out.

However, not once did I find the job 'tedious & boring' - I enjoy solving problems, improving my property, and I don't shy away from physical work.

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Final prep for my container box, maybe coming tomorrow- can't wait.

Boy! Is that ever a familiar sight!

I've hauled more tonnage of crushed stone in Chevy pickups over the years (and shoveled it out) than I could ever hope to count. So many walkways, so many patios...

The old ROPOS has been mostly parked due to the constant downpours over the last few days, but the Tahoe has been running to Lebanon, performing DD duties, and hauling a tractor tire and rim in for a replacement tire.

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