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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2017 15:47 
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Much Needed Repairs

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I wasn't sure just how bad the damage to my Scot was, so I was relieved to find a load in Tucson headed - of all places - back to HMS in San Diego. Precisely where I wanted to go so Mike there could check my truck out.

The warehouse was a huge place, they had several trucks inside and forklifts roaming about loading and unloading trailers.

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Drive-Thru Warehouse

I checked in with one of the guys near the shipping office, and was told to wait; the steel pipes were being strapped to the trailer right now.

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Hey Mac, is it going to be much longer?

21 tons of steel pipes, on an 8 ton trailer. I wanted to be able to haul heavier loads than this but with less than 300HP it was going to be a real bother.

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Today's mystery: why would a heavy equipment repair shop need steel pipes?

In fact, unless I was going downhill, my Scot would not exceed 59mph. It was a bit uncomfortable when everything else in Arizona was passing me at the speed limit of 75, or faster, and I had insufficient power to merge easily. Everything became a strategic game as I had to plan my moves miles ahead. It felt at times I was climbing up a mountain.

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More Powerrrrr!

When I got to San Diego, Mike was pretty surprised to see me. He didn't expect me to have a delivery for him; it was a coincidence he hired me to haul to Tucson and here I was returning with a load for HMS. He told me he would try to find a proper bumper for my Scot and make sure everything else was all right. My truck went into the garage right away.

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Leaving my girl at the doctor's

It was about a mile or two back to my place from HMS. Mike offered me a lift but I declined. It was sunny and hot, but I needed to stretch my legs. The past couple of days I ate, drove and slept in my truck and felt the urge to get some exercise.

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With this heat you would never think that in Northern California it's snowing

Across the street was a Chinese take-out restaurant, and I stopped there to get something to eat. I was out of work for a few days at least...

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Time for an unplanned break

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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2017 18:32 
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Great story Mate! i like it again! i'm Driving the Scot A2HD too now :D

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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2017 20:12 
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Oh great! It's a fun little truck. I hope you try it first with the smaller engine for a more realistic 1970s trucking experience. Hounddog made some lovely company skins for it on Steam workshop.

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