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Auto Flex air ride suspensionComplete pickup truck leaf spring replacement with air bag suspension. Self levels, improves ride, braking, steering and handling. AutoFlex Review


Automated Safety Hitch Help for your Rear Truck Axle, an inline dually

Safety Hitch inline dually

Dramatic Trailer Braking & Turning for Safer Towing



Horse Trailer Super Store, shop open until midnight. Selling Cimarron, Logan Coach and Outlaw Conversions

EZ connector trailer wire connectionThis is the reliable weatherproof electrical connection for your trailer.

Logan Coach horse trailers

Strength of Steel Beauty of Aluminum

Whiz Proof Trailer Floors


BIGFOOT Hydraulic Trailer Jacks

Built to Outlast your Trailer, Steel Tank, covered leg

Big Foot steel enclosed foot trailer jack


Actuling electric over hydrauliic trailer brake actuator

DirecLink Trailer Brake Controller using your trucks computer with ABS brakes for your trailer from Tuson, best trailer brakes you can buy

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Cimarron Custom Aluminum Horse Trailers


Centramatic wheel automatic wheel balancers

Automatic Tire Balancers for Trucks and Trailers

25% to 50% longer tire life, eliminates cupping and tire vibration

Gander lock gooseneck lockGanderLock for Goosenecks: Protect your trailer as well as your expensive saddles, bridles, tools and flat screen TV. Goosenecks if you just lock the coupler, the thief's loosen the set bolts, slide out your adjustable coupler Read the Review
Express corralsExpress Corral Larger corral that goes up in 15 minutes, down in 10. For your trailer and pasture. Comes in a kit with an aluminum storage box. More.

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Titan stock trailer

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Saddlematic power saddle rackMotorized Saddle Rack, save your back and shoulders and energy for your horse ride.


Step Above trailer ladderThe Safe heavy-duty trailer ladder you'll use. Read the story...

The Flip-Over Ball gooseneck hitch converts to smooth truck bed in seconds.



Maximum Trailer Braking Power for Serious Towing Trailer Brakes as fast as your Truck Brakes


Newly redesigned PopUp 2 Gooseneck Hitch. More info....


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Weight Distributing Hitches for safe controlled trailer towing. Reviewing Equal-i-zer WDH Click.


Sulastic Rubber Springs are a cast hinge embedded with rubber. They greatly improve your trucks ride.

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Truck Wisdom (truck'nology) and Research

Let's talk trucks! Questions and hopefully answers. Below in the box is a link to a great website for mechanical questions. Here, lets talk about what you like or don't like about your truck and SUV. Such as towing questions for trucks and SUV's.

Come on in and talk about your favorite truck or your nightmare! I could talk for days about the  early eighties holy frames on the Ford's, saddle tanks on the Chevy's, metric transmissions from GM and putting Perkins combine diesels in pickups until we finally have a diesel in a pickup from Cummins. But now I'll let you spill your guts. Get it all out, you'll feel better!


If you are like most people planning on buying a pickup truck or SUV, you're wondering exactly what truck you really need. Trucks can be confusing with all the options & configurations. I've owned, Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Isuzu, Toyota & Mazda. I was an auto broker for AAA, selling all makes and models. Most dealerships have new salespeople with little experience with trucks. You need the right information to make an intelligent decision.

Trucks can last several decades, so can the wrong choice.  Don't depend on the salesperson to know the answer. They've only been selling trucks for 2 days, 2 weeks, or 2 months! In my 32 years on the farm, I've put over 1,000,000 miles pulling heavy trailers and wearing out pickup trucks like only a farmer could! Your guide to the inside. Read my, Truth About Trucks! Get the Best Truck. Gas or Diesel?  Free Truck/ SUV Reviews.

Trailer Electronic Technology for Safer, Easier Connection. EZ is a magnetic connection, powerful magnets. Just get the male end near the female plug and "pop" it sucks together. A tab slot align the socket and plug to match the right connections. The male end has two silicone o-rings, the cables have sealant injected inside, all to make the system water proof. If you can keep the water out, you can keep the mud and all the corrosive chemicals used to dissolve ice on the highway out. Spent my share of nights with a flashlight in my mouth in the rain as I work on trailer lights. See the review....

Comparing Trucks

I believe in long test drives and several of them. Always remember it's your money and you are in control. If the salesperson doesn't want to accept those terms, I borrow from a phrase I heard from Amway, "some will , some won't, so what, next!" When you compare different brands of trucks to find the one to keep, look at things like the size of hinges on the doors, hood and tailgate. Then get real nasty and unscrew a rear tail light and look at the gauge of the wires. Then get the creeper out and get under the truck and look at how the frame is joined and how the front axle suspension is attached. Note the thickness of the metal under the truck. Next take a good look at the seats and under the seat to see the springs. Note the thickness of the fabric and the stitching. Some fabric is sewn and glued to the foam and some is just stitched. Examine how the bed is attached to the truck. Check out the plastic in the cab and how sturdy and well attached it is. Get a feel for how the inside controls are, can you reach them without be distracted from the road? It's easier to get statistics on engines and drive-trains than the over all quality of a truck. And the quality of workmanship is not getting better. Some years a better than others, some plants are better than others. Competition has improved dramatically in the last two years, which is the driving force for quality.

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Questions are a good thing. I have plenty of them. Trucks are changing dramatically and the competition is heating up, which is good for you. My job is to give you a different view than what you’ll get on the street or in a dealership.

After the research, and many test-drives check out my online services page, quote to get some real quotes on the trucks. I’ve narrowed the online buying services down to the two that do it the best, try them both, they are free to you and they can get a quote on new and used. Carsdirect will send you a quote. For used trucks only I like Autotrader, they are the biggest and I sold many trucks to folks who came over 200 miles to buy from me because they saw the ad in Autotrader. They have dealer and private trucks. For the two-ton trucks and larger they also have Trucktrader. .

Now I want you to have the opportunity to have price discovery on the trucks you’re looking at. To do this for free and often, use the websites of Autotrader, Yahoo and KellyBlueBook. AutoTrader and Yahoo use Chrome Data, the same place thousands of new franchised auto dealers use to order vehicles direct from the factory. I use all three websites and compare the prices. You can build new trucks with the options you want and also get used truck prices.

With new trucks be sure to add the national advertising that those programs have and ad another 1% for regional advertising which is all built into the factory invoices. The “Prep Fee” or “Dealer Handling” charges very a lot across the country. It is a bogus fee for extra profit. The majority of manufactures pay the dealer to get the vehicle ready for delivery and is itemized on the federal law mandated Marony retail sticker on all new vehicles window. But some dealers will take the Prep Fee or D&H Fee off and some won’t. Use these three websites to get a close invoice price and average used price so that your price is negotiated up from dealer cost not down retail sticker price.

Always remember to get your money first. You can always take 0% interest from the manufacture financing when available, but be prepared with your own options. The two online loan services I recommend are on Loans. Don’t forget an equity loan on your house and then deduct the interest off your taxes. Ask your bank or credit union for details.

Before you get talked into the dealer extended warranties, do your own research. Sometimes your credit union or insurance companies have better warranties. To check out the two online warranty services go to, Warranties.

Keep checking back on the latest Rebates, Recalls and Interest Rates, which can change each month at RecallsRebatesRates.  There is also crash tests and EPA mileage on trucks 8500 GVWR and lower.

Even if you don’t want a diesel or weren’t planning on a diesel, I just want you to know the facts. Diesels generally cost between $4000 & $5000 new as an option and bring closer to $2000 to $3000 more than a gas engine in a used truck. It generally takes 100,000 miles  (Revised) before the extra fuel economy of a diesel pays for the extra cost of a new diesel. And then the oil changes cost 2 to 3 times more; the noise and the smell if it gets on your hands while filling the tank. If I didn’t plan on keeping a truck for over 100,000 or haul often, I wouldn’t get a diesel and I love diesels! But if you drive over 20,000 miles a year and love power when pulling a trailer then consider the diesel. Consider the extra cost of a diesel on a 5 year loan adds approximately $100 a month.

One way to look at buying a truck new or used is your future needs. Find the salesperson and dealership you trust and build a relationship. There are some good ones out there. I did discover if the dealership names itself “Friendly Motors” run. The month I got out of the business, my oldest son rolled his truck and we had to go truck shopping. I had forgotten how hard it was. We started out going dealer to dealer, reading the paper, looking on the Internet and I just tagged along as dumb ole dad playing with my granddaughter. After my son and daughter-in-law got tired of it and after changing their mind several times on which vehicle they wanted, they asked for help. I got on the cell phone and called one of the veteran salespeople I bought from and trusted as a broker. I told him what I needed and then we went and picked it up.

Of course I have the advantage, knowing the dealer cost of vehicles and who to trust. But the point I was trying to make to my kids was, you’re going to buy a lot of vehicles over your lifetime. Find the salesperson and dealer you trust and build a relationship and send them your friends. You still need to do price research to keep everyone honest, and let me help you sort which truck is your best choice, but in the same areas of the country used and especially new, cost all the dealers very close to the same. I would think a positive relationship with a dealer you trust would take some of the stress out of something you would do more than once.

Ford Direct

Being in the business I use to see some amazing things. Retired people were always a target for salespeople, they were old school and got used to believing some of the wild stories from salespeople and they didn’t use the Internet for research. Next in line for the land sharks used to be women, which has totally changed, I talk about this on my web site, salespeople use to be able to intimidate women who would come to a car lot by themselves. I’ve seen this evolve to the point now that a single man coming to a car lot is the target. But if he’s married no one will talk to him without his wife. Today’s women buyers are educated about what they are looking for, do more research and ask a tremendous amount of questions. And they put up with less BS.

It’s not easy to find a superstar salesperson and most big dealerships have a 70% turnover rate of salespeople. When my customers had a problem with the service department, I was in the middle of it getting things done, when my clients had a problem with warranties, I was calling the regional manufactures managers getting things done. What I saw with most other salespeople was, they only went out of their way to help customers who made them big money. We all know that’s not right but it’s true. Just like I know several small franchised auto dealers who will service your “under warranty” problems only after customers who bought from them are taken care of and them some. That’s against all manufactures franchises rules, but it’s the real world.

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Quality salespeople know that if you are happy, you are the best advertisement for them. In my years in the auto business I saw how happy people were, to come back a few years later and get to work with the same salesperson, someone they trusted and sent their friends and even their relatives to. Words of caution here, even with a trusted salesperson, always do your homework and research prices, interest rates and rebates. As long as salespeople are paid on a commission of what they make the store, it’s human nature to try to make more on you if given the chance.  We all are trying to feed our families and I don’t expect people to work for free. But that’s just me, the older I get the more I can see both sides of any argument.

Friends don’t let friends buy the wrong truck! In my ten years of answering questions on trucks and trailers publicly, I have learned 2 basic truths. #1 Right or wrong folks will disagree with you, which is a good thing. #2 It's hard to find the right truck, a lot of people don't have the ideal vehicle that they need. So I can either, (a) recommend everyone get a 2-ton dually, or (b) tell you my opinion of what you can do with your present vehicle and what help it needs, or if you can't get there from here, tell you what dangers you face.
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NEW verses USED Revised

We all know how nothing stays the same. Markets change, economies change, my weight changes. With the recession of 2001 and that darn 0% financing on new trucks that seemed great at the time, we now have too many used trucks. This year, 2002 we can hardly sell any new trucks. Free money, 0% interest, took folks way into the future out of the market by buying early. And you can only go so low on a new truck and then you have one of  those bankruptcy sales. Used trucks get churned over and over at the dealer auction when things get slow and finely some dealers gets great bargains. One year old trucks are still too close to a new truck but 2 years old  and older trucks are way down there. Now of course you know what I say about used 4x4's, they need a great extended warranty Click Be sure to check or have checked a used truck over carefully. I'll be coming out with a list of what to look for soon.

We have all heard how much you loose when you drive a new car off the lot. Cars drop like a rock no matter whether they were used or new. The people you hear this saying the most from are the USED CAR SALESMAN.

They make more money on used than new. You don't have an invoice on used vehicles and you have no way of knowing exactly how much they traded it in for. Very few people pay full retail for new vehicles and then there are those rebates. It would surprise you how close the actual sales price of a new vehicle and a one year old one are. And you know the new one wasn't raced to the airport by 100 different people. I actually know people who trade every year and never change their oil. Some of the used vehicles make it all over the US that have come from the last hurricane. You can see the water damage on the starters and exhaust systems. Some manufactures, especially Ford have different settings from the factory by the altitude too.

Now in trucks, since they have better resale value and generally last longer, can priced even higher at one year old than new. I have seen that happen often. To see a significant difference, you need to go back 3 years in trucks. The 3/4 ton's also hold their value better than 1/2 ton's and extended cabs or crew cabs 4X4's are the kings. In 4X4's used, can be a whole new experience. Since you won't know how much off road use it had, a 4X4 can create it's own payment! It seems that every part on the bottom of a 4X4 costs $2000. If you are the first owner of a truck, especially a 4X4 or diesel and you take care of it can last you decades. I see a lot of people buying diesels that don't know anything about how to take care of them.

money,freedom,independence,wealth,Martha Stewart

"Uncle Jerry" farming the depleted soil. Not too many "Buffalo chips" left. This is where I would love to be! I could fill a web site about what I miss from turning over spring soil to sorting and branding cattle!

Interesting Sites-More Research

The Fence Post, farm magazine, Windsor CO The best weekly magazine I've found. They have a tremendous reach with their classified adds. A very entertaining and informative magazine.. I started a monthly truck column with "The Fence Post" farm and ranch magazine on Nov. 13th, 2001.

Report 1.0 Which truck do you need.

Report 2.0 SUV's and Trailers and Wheelbases.

Report 3.0 Why your child's First car should be a Truck.

Report 4.0 Why not a 2-ton medium duty dually.

Report 5.0 Used Truck Judging 101. "Insider" version.

Report 6.0 Truck Future: camless diesel, ESC, and lane departure warning.

Report 7.0 Do I need a diesel? Is maintenance & mileage different? Are emissions different?

Report 8.0 Who has the best loans and warranties?

Report 9.0 Which fuel does it use in the winter?

Report 10 Traveling with a Trailer

Report 11 What you should know before you buy your next trailer

Report 12 Trailer Tips

Report 13 Truck Loyalty, good, bad and ugly

Had a Ford E-150 conversion van for 17 years..375,000 miles and never had the heads off! Still running fine when I gave it away to charity. I was lonely for a truck and mom just let get a 1996 F-150, Eddie Bauer with the I-6. Sweet truck and I hope it lasts as well and as long as the first...You have a neat site...Thanks...Pete B, Chula Vista , CA USA

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