You know that truck?
The ‘used’ truck we got so that we wouldn’t kill-the-van?
Yep, that one. The one we have had for exactly 4 months now?
Yeah, well I think I’m just gonna just kill that truck!
CHECK THIS OUT!
I think we have driven it for purposes of hauling and building maybe 6 times in 4 months. No, seriously! It has been cold outside, and we really haven’t had a lot going on with the property. We are not using it for everyday driving around. We bought it to use for our building/hauling/farming purposes.
But here is the problem.
It has been in the shop more times than we have driven it.
In the 4 months that we have had this truck, we have had it in the shop, or there are still problems with:
1)the headboard cloth needed gluing back up (that happened)
2) when they went to do that, the driver’s window would not open/close so that motor had to be replaced (took precedence over the headboard cloth)
3) the defrost on the heat did not work, and needed to be fixed (got that done)
4) when driving, the overhead lights would flicker on and off, so they just got disconnected. (don’t like that solution)
5) the battery died because of some jimmy-rigged CD player that might have gotten left on and ran the battery dead (got that recharged)
6) the check engine light came on, and showed a problem with the transmission, so the transmission needed totally dismantled and reworked (got that done)
7) my husband determined a leak in the back window and has been trying to get a seal to work on that
8) the emergency brake does not work, and if you accidentally push it in, you have to manually pull it back out to disengage it (going in tomorrow for that)
Funny story (now it’s funny, but it wasn’t then): I took the truck a couple of weeks ago to drive some wood chips down to the farm.
I parked the truck on a hill when I got down there, and what did I do?
It’s what I do every time I park a vehicle. I put it into ‘PARK’ and put the emergency brake on.
OOOOOPS! I didn’t mean to do it, I didn’t mean to do it, I didn’t mean to do it!
I am thinking, “Oh my! Well it is broken anyway, so not big deal.” Right?
After we are done with our work, I let the fellows pull out their bow and arrows. First time they got to use them since Christmas. They were excited, and had made their own ‘targets’, eh?
What a nice diversion from the truck woes!
But alas, I need to get back in it to drive it home.
I went to drive it off our property, and it seemed like (even if it was just my imagination) than there was some resistance because of the emergency brake~~not a ton~~but enough to make me concerned.
At that point, I call my husband who is sleeping at home with no phone next to him just in case he may hear another phone in our house ringing, or my girls may be home and get the phone. No answer. ughh~~Then I call one of my girls’ cell phone #, and she answers. I explain the whole thing to her. They are 5 minutes from home, and she will wake dad so he can call me and tell me what I need to do with this emergency brake situation.
So I wait, and wait, and wait, and finally he calls. He explains how I have to open the driver’s door and get out. I have to stand by the door inside by the emergency brake, lean down, pull the lever up, and then manually release the emergency brake, moving it back into the ‘released’ position.
WHICH I DID! However, the emergency brake light stayed on the entire way home. Go figure!
On with my list~~~
9) there is a lift kit on it that make it ‘feel’ very unsafe to drive and keep on the road (I want the lift kit taken off!-going to the shop tomorrow)
10) the doors automatically lock sometimes when you close the door, (so you better NEVER leave the keys in it when you hop out)
11) there was no bumper on the back, so we had to get a bumper for it (done)
12) the hood latch to keep the hood from flying up was not working properly, and so after the transmission was overhauled, and he was driving away, the hood flew up and he couldn’t see where he was going (uh, big problem~~~had to take it right back to the mechanic, who straightened out the hood, and fixed the latch)
13) that battery that got recharged wasn’t worth a hoot~~actually too small for this truck, and so we had to buy a new bigger battery (done)
14) and the speedometer decides when/if it is going to work, or not! (is it even worth fixing?)
Can you say “LEMON”? OMGosh!
Seriously! We have got to get rid of this thing! ! ! ! After driving it the other day, I had more stresses than I think I can handle.
I am throwing a fit here. I do not like this truck here nor there! I DO NOT like this truck anywhere!
We decide to get rid of it.
It isn’t worth the headache.
I talk to some friends about it. They gave me all kinds of good advise truly. And my husband talked to some friends about it too, and the one (really knowledgeable fellow who has owned over 40 vehicles in his 40 something year old life, fixing them up and selling them) told him to try to talk me in to keeping it. (Isn’t that cute?) He says, “This particular year of Dodge Ram trucks has a really good engine, and since you have fixed some major things already, now it should last you a really long time since it has lower miles on it.”
At this point, I have calmed down and can hear what he is saying. Who’s to say the next ‘used’ truck we would buy won’t have a multitude of things wrong with it? Time has a way of settling things down.
I say that, but in all reality, my husband and I prayed and fasted last week, and asked the Lord to help us with some things. The truck, the logs, as well as some other things. God’s answer regarding the truck was that we agreed to keep it, and get these few last (who am I kidding when I say ‘last’) things~~I mean, few ‘more’ things taken care of, and hopefully it will last us a long time.
So, off with the lift kit, let’s get the emergency brake and overhead interior lights working, and the seal around the window fixed so it doesn’t leak.
Seems we go about things the hard way sometimes. Yep, that’s us!
Just “Thank you LORD!” for unity in decision making because you hear our pleas.
Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)
16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.