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purple hayes
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PostPosted: 07/23/03 - 20:25    Post subject: Carless Johnny?
So, my septic tank has been backing into the downstairs toilet and shower on a pretty regular basis since it's been raining every day for the past two months. I called a septic tank company today to come out and pump the tank and tell me if I was in need of a new set of field lines (or whatever). The house is 30 yrs. old and I think most of my neighbors have had theirs done too.

Anyway, the guys pretty much confirm that my lines are clogged since I haven't ever paid to have the septic tank pumped and I've lived here for 8 years. Embarassed who knew?

So I'm out back making small talk with the guys and one of them asks me if I know anyone with a small truck for sale and I told him that I might be willing to trade my truck for new septic field lines. I thought for sure they'd tell me no, but I ended up showing them my truck and they told me to call their boss tomorrow and talk it over with him.

The swap would be just about even. My truck is worth just a little less than what new lines would cost.

So, tell me why I should or shouldn't keep my truck.
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PostPosted: 07/23/03 - 20:28    Post subject:
do you need the truck?

cause if you dont, id say that would make a pretty good deal.

how much are new septic tank lines anyway?
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PostPosted: 07/23/03 - 20:33    Post subject:
How you going to get the bike, or yourself for that matter, to a race without your truck?

But if you really can get by without a vehicle, then I see no reason not to trade.
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PostPosted: 07/23/03 - 20:47    Post subject:
Do you need the truck to get around? From what it sounds you pretty much ride your bike to work most days and I am guessing that your wife and kids have vehicles???

If you can get by without it it's not a bad idea. I've been without a vehicle before but I was close to everything I needed so it wasn't that hard.
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PostPosted: 07/23/03 - 21:55    Post subject:
AlaninTX wrote:
How you going to get the bike, or yourself for that matter, to a race without your truck?
But if you really can get by without a vehicle, then I see no reason not to trade.


My wife's got a van that I could use for getting to races that were too far away to ride to (like the one this weekend). That's also the farthest I've ever travelled for a race, all the others were withing riding distance.
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PostPosted: 07/23/03 - 22:22    Post subject:
Getting new septic lines can be expensive--I'd say it sounds like a good deal!
Only question I have is what happens in the winter when you can't ride? Will you be able to borrow the van?

BTW... to 8 years without having your septic tank pumped, you should never let it go more than 5!!!
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PostPosted: 07/23/03 - 22:25    Post subject:
That'll sure help with the cash flow. Besides, don't you have a regular car lot to choose from with the kids' cars around too?
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PostPosted: 07/24/03 - 05:17    Post subject:
Pebbles wrote:
Only question I have is what happens in the winter when you can't ride? Will you be able to borrow the van?


I was able to ride when the temps got down into the high 20's this winter and could probably go even colder now that I've gotten some better riding gear. It really doesn't get very cold here during the winter. Weather.com says that the avg. temp in the low 30's during the winter here. Shows that it runs about 10 degrees colder in the Pittsburgh area. Snow won't be an issue.
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PostPosted: 07/24/03 - 08:34    Post subject:
Do it! Think of all the money you'll save on insurance and property taxes!!
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PostPosted: 07/24/03 - 09:13    Post subject: Re: Carless Johnny?
Swap the truck and save yourself some cash now. Particularly because lately you hate automobiles. Try being carless for awhile. If you don't like it, you can always go buy another new or used vehicle if you find you really need one.
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PostPosted: 07/24/03 - 09:45    Post subject:
Having a truck is priceless though (but you did mention you have a van as well)...

questions A) How often do you use it? B) Do they get the gun rack?
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PostPosted: 07/24/03 - 09:50    Post subject:
Go for it if you can.

http://www.carfree.com/
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PostPosted: 07/24/03 - 10:16    Post subject:
shelflifers wrote:
Having a truck is priceless though (but you did mention you have a van as well)...

questions A) How often do you use it? B) Do they get the gun rack?


a) some days I drive in to work, but that's mostly because I'm feeling lazy. I drive to the Y some nights (6 miles) and that's about it. In April, I only drove to work 2 days during the entire month and that's because I was feeling sick.

b) When they pry my cold dead fingers from around it.
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PostPosted: 07/24/03 - 10:21    Post subject:
How will you move everyone on weekends? Mr. Green
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