It's been a long day. Got up at 3 and was on the road by 3:30. Got back at 3:30 as well...
Very nice drive on the way down. The yard it was stored at was on Treasure Island in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Very nice scenery. I got there around 8:40, called the guy and luckily enough he was already on the island. So a few minutes later and we were loading it up on the trailer. That was a little nerve wracking watch the trailer flex as he drove it up on the ramps. The backend of the trailer went down, the front went up, the boards creaked the steel flexed. My though was, "Hmm, Well, how am I going to get it home now?", but it all went well.
Chained it up with one chain at the front of the trailer and two chains around the bucket to keep it from coming forward. Tightened them up, drove about a quarter mile and checked. Yep, one of them came loose, so re-adjusted and then secured everything down.
Had to go to our old place in Antioch to pick up a couple of ladders. Well that was a bit nerve wracking. The load felt pretty heavy and the roads in the bay area are really rough. I kept an eye on the rear view mirror expecting to see it go tumbling off at any minute.
But it didn't, and once I got out of town and onto the highway all was right with the world. I did drive at 55 the whole way and that is quite an unusual perspective for me. Seemed like cars were passing me like I was sitting still.
It can use a little attention. It's low on Hydraulic fluid, could use a coolant flush and an oil change, but no big deal. It starts right up, runs smoothly and the hydraulics seem to work fine.
And no, I didn't tip it forward or backwards unloading it. (Sheesh, not one vote of support? Not even from my Wife? Thanks )
I did put a couple of jack stands under the back when I unloaded it. That made things a lot smoother. Looks like I'll toss a couple of those into the tool box on the trailer with all the other chains, binders, straps and such.
Drove it around a little bit, but until I do some maintenance, I'll hold off on doing any big chores with it.
Should really come in handy around here. Now it's time to order up some accessories!