My big "Here's Your Sign!" moment!

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My big "Here's Your Sign!" moment!

Postby Juliane on Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:37 pm

I learned an expensive lesson on Saturday. I learned that it's a really, really bad idea to let your diesel fuel injected Dodge truck run out of fuel. :(

I certainly didn't do this purposely - I am positive the gas light came on that morning. I was even more positive I could make it up to Trish's for a trail ride, and then home. Less than 20 miles total.

I was positive - that is, until my truck died on the highway, with my horse trailer and horses in tow. *sigh*

Truck is now at the dealer and I'm in the hole $500+.

Lesson learned - get fuel BEFORE your gas light comes on! :P

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Postby cat_67 on Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:39 am

Oh no! Sounds like something I would do. I am always running on fumes and figuring I will make it.

Well, I won't name names, but I know someone else who learned it's really really bad to put unleaded fuel in someone else's diesel truck not too long ago. That was about 10x the cost of yours to fix, if not for the warranty!
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Postby busted on Tue Mar 04, 2008 1:38 pm

lol I am sure your not the only one who has done that with a trailer in tow. I have done that tons of times, and a few times trying to get to the gas station. No I fuel up at a quarter of a tank to be safe. Never know whats gonna happen nowadays!
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Postby maefly on Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:00 pm

That's better than my trailering accident. I was taking my sisters horse from northern Minnesota to Utah. Once we were most of the way through South Dakota the transmission blew! We'd pulled with the van tons of times and the transmission was the proper size to haul a 2 horse trailer with one horse in it. Talk about scarey, I was the one driving!
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Postby RockinCircleC on Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:00 pm

Don't even get me started!!!! I have sooo many stories of kicked open trailers on I-90, blown tranny cooling lines in the backcountry, flat tires, etc.

One word of advice:

http://www.usrider.org/

WELL worth it! I had to use it last year within 6 months due to a blown radiator hose!
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Postby ptownevt on Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:27 am

When I went to get my gelding that I adopted from the New Hampshire Equine Humane Association, I drove my car with my 3 year old daughter and followed the truck and trailer that was taking my horse. The farm he was at was about 5 miles up a narrow, winding dirt road up in the hills of rural New Hampshire. Anyway, we got him loaded and the truck and took off. Not too far down the road, I lost all power in my car. I coasted to a stop as I watched the truck and trailer with my horse disappear over a hill. Luckily it was very hilly, so I was able to push my car downhill into a private yard. The people were home and gave me a ride into the nearest town in Vermont. Luckily they had a bus station and I had some cash in my pocket; enough to buy a bus ticket to Burlington for my daughter and I. Unfortunately we had to wait about an hour for the bus. So my horse arrived home about 3 hours before I did. My oldest daughter, who is NOT horsey, had to walk him up our driveway and put him in the pasture. He is a bit high strung and was very excited and nervous. My daughter was just glad she got him up the driveway and into the pasture without being run over. I was a total wreck because I didn't have a cell phone and hadn't been able to get a hold of anyone to tell them what happened. My three year old daughter loved the bus ride! I had to call my husband from Burlington when we got there and wait for him to come and get us, about half an hour. And my car? The engine was blown. I thanked the lord that it blew after I had written the check for the horse instead of before. If it was before I would not have been able to afford to get him. I would much rather be without a car than without a horse.

It is now 6 years later and I still have my lovely After the Storm. He is the love of my life. Here he is! Much better than an old Saturn sedan, don't you think?

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Postby busted on Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:55 pm

I know a girl who was hauling her horse home from drill practice and as she was going up a hill by where I keep my horses now her horse pushed his butt up against her trailer door (it was a straight load) and when she hit a bump the horses butt took the door off the hinges and under the butt rope he went, good thing she didnt tie him up in the trailer, that would have been a huge mess. He went down the road and was okay. The vets were shocked he was fine with minor road rash but the girl learned her lesson and got a pin hole put on her doors to make sure they are latched really good now. That has been one of the worse stories I have heard in a long time.


I had a tire blow out on I-5 coming home from a Vancouver Competition for drill back in 2003. It was nasty stormy out and I was doing about 65 when I looked in my rear view mirror and my trailer was swaying weird. I pulled over and noticed my tire was blown. I was so scared my beloved Arab was hurt or freaking out but to my suprise he was fine and just a bit startled. We limped off the off ramp and called for help. I didnt have a spare tired for the trailer and was so lucky one of my team members had one that fit mine. The gas station tendent gave me a free pack of skittles for my horse, they were his favorite, and we loaded back up and made it home safe. Thank God for cell phones!!!!
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Postby cat_67 on Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:32 am

Ptownevent, he looks a lot like the SAFE rescue Final Flurry...I will have to put those two pedigrees together side by side and see if they share some genetics!
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Postby maefly on Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:58 pm

I had to take my truck to work today, and remembered that there's a sensor going out in my truck. I go by miles cause the gas gage doesn't work properly. In the winter I don't let it get over 250 miles, and in the summer 350 miles. Thankfully while the gage does jump around it usually stays close to where the actual gas level is.

I'd get it fixed, but they're going to have to drop the gas tank to replace the sensor and that will be spendy!

I've blown trailer tires while hauling too. Not a pleasant thing at all.
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Postby ptownevt on Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:22 pm

Cat, Storm's name is After the Storm. He is a Massachusetts bred Standardbred, born in 1984. Yikes, that makes him 23 in that picture. His sire is Heggie's Rhett; his dam is Stormy Arlene by Lucky Eden. A fun little coincidence is that my mother's name was Arlene, too and she could be stormy.
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