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07-23-2014 12:13 PM
Buggibub Yeah I just don't have disposable income like that yet. still young and getting on my feet financially. it was a bit of a let down, but not discouraging by any means. just a goal to work toward.
07-23-2014 11:36 AM
NancyJ Well tell prospective members to expect to spend 3-5K the first year then about 2-3K subsequent years. Our biggest source of grant money, the AKC CAR fund has dried up and I don't think anyone is getting AKC grants anymore...but of course that money can only go to team capital expenses or training fees, not personal equipment, fuel, etc.
07-23-2014 11:23 AM
Buggibub Sorry it took me a while to get back here. Seems cool. I'm not sure I have the disposable income for it right now honestly.

It is still something I REALLY want to do, but it is certainly more expensive than I thought.
05-21-2014 09:05 AM
Originally Posted by Buggibub View Post
i'm meeting with Meghan, the Travis County SAR coordinator on the 19th. Hopefully I'll get some more questions answered, and meet some local SAR folks!
How did it go??
05-09-2014 09:55 AM
DinoBlue My explorer is a 2010, the last year they were built on the small truck chassis, so I think I will be good for a few years to come.
05-08-2014 04:54 PM
NancyJ Platform and drawers is a pretty common truck set up. Certainly got the ideas from other folks. .

Any old anything is going to have problems I would think. Those mid 90s Explorers were pretty sweet. Same thing with Ford Rangers (actually the same chassis) from that era. Newer Explorers are built on a car chassis and not a small truck chassis. I looked at Rollover Stats as well though and, as far as safety, the Tundra is the bomb. Of course if I ever have to replace the 8 airbags, I may break the bank. It is an absolute beast on bad roads and rides like a car.
05-08-2014 04:28 PM
Buggibub i'm hesitant on the explorers because they're prone to oil and gasket malfunctioning.

What I realistically think I can afford and be able to do what i want would be a 1993/1994 jeep cherokee, and just rip out the backseat. nancy, i really like your set up. i've considered doing that more recently for Buggi so we can get out and do some longer trips.

i'm meeting with Meghan, the Travis County SAR coordinator on the 19th. Hopefully I'll get some more questions answered, and meet some local SAR folks!
05-08-2014 03:49 PM
NancyJ I went with the larger Tundra for a couple of reasons. Same would be true of The Ford and Chevy trucks. The Honda is silly if you ask me, as it does not have a truck chassis and who wants to have to go through the truck bed to get to the spare?

The fuel economy of a big V8 is not that much less than a little V6 on the highway; they kill you in town though. But you have a big truck.

The small V6 trucks are "boy toys" for "mudding" and I found insurance was higher. I did not like the plastic bed in the Tacoma.
05-08-2014 03:28 PM
gsdsar Yeah. I am actually looking at new trucks now. Don't want to wait until it's an emergency. I have a few months.

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05-08-2014 03:07 PM
NancyJ I was told that around 225-250, the transmission starts to go and that is where I actually did start having problems. I knew it would strand me at some point. That, and knowing I would be due for an engine rebuild........but I did love it. Good size and handling. Very comfortable (but the Tundra is better hehehe and my mileage is not all that much worse and with the towing mirrors I have great visibility-I would NEVER get a truck without tow mirrors after having them!). Of course parking can be, uh, interesting.

The nickname "Exploder" because when the transmission goes it literally explodes in the crankcase and it is "done"
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