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Important Considerations for a Cross Country Move

Important Considerations for a Cross Country Move

Relocating across the country is a big deal. Whether you’re making the move for personal reasons or due to a new job, it’s a huge endeavor that requires some serious consideration and planning. Some elements of a big move can be DIY, but your time and effort might be better spent by hiring professionals to do just the heavy lifting or the planning and packing as well. Here are some things to think about as you figure out the details.

Important Considerations for a Cross Country Move

Budgeting Your Move

Relocation can be quite costly. This might not be a concern if the move is funded by an employer. Either way, you need to come up with a budget and look for ways to save money that make sense for your situation. You may be tempted to go with cheap movers to save money, but you often get what you pay for. Think carefully about your needs, your wants and prioritize accordingly.

Working Out Logistics

Depending on when you’re moving, you may be in for a logistics nightmare. Suppose your lease is ending and you have a limited window of time to move everything. You could be moving to a new house that is still under construction. The logistics of your move is a crucial part of the planning process. There are other details to consider also. Are you taking your things with you or selling them off? Will you be driving your vehicle across the country or using a nationwide car shipping company to transport your ride?

Packing It Up

If you go with movers, you should know that different moving companies offer different levels of service. Some companies will provide the moving truck and able bodies to load and unload, but the packing is left up to you. Other moving companies will take care of everything, including packing. Do your research on professional movers, paying close attention to customer service reviews and pricing.

A long-distance move requires major planning and preparation. Come up with a reasonable budget and think carefully about moving logistics. Figure out the right balance between DIY and hiring professionals

When Ford Stood on Top of the Diesel Mountain

When Ford Stood on Top of the Diesel Mountain

Eavesdrop on any discussion of light truck diesels and sooner or later, someone will declare that Ford’s 7.3L “Powersmoke” diesel is still the best ever. During its 10-year run ending in 2004, there was little on the market that could match its power.

When Ford Stood on Top of the Diesel Mountain

Found in Ford’s three-quarter-ton and heavier trucks, many 7.3 Powerstroke turbo trucks are still running strong.

Family Lines

The Power Stroke family traces its lineage back to the early 1980s when Ford needed a pickup truck engine to counter GM’s 6.2L Detroit diesel. What it found was the 6.9L IDI, a naturally aspirated indirect fuel injection diesel made by International Harvester, now Navistar.

As soon as it hit the market, the engine proved quite popular among pickup buyers for its 179hp output and 315-340lb-ft torque; displacement was increased to 7.3L in 1988, although it remained naturally aspirated. A turbocharger was added to the engine in 1993 and with 190hp and 388lb-ft of torque, the 7.3L IDI diesel was just one step from the top of the mountain.

The next year, Ford replaced the mechanical indirect fuel injection system with an electronically controlled direct fuel injection setup that gave a big boost to output without risking the 7.3L IDI’s proven reliability. Dubbed the Power Stroke, it could produce 215-275hp and 425-525lb-ft of torque depending on the year and drivetrain.

Ten-Year Run

For 10 years, the 7.3L Power Stroke stood atop the mountain and remains to this day one of the greatest light truck diesel engines ever produced. Made popular in Ford’s F-250 Series and up, the engine was also found in E-series full-size vans, the Class 2 SUV Excursion and LCF cabover commercial truck.

With stricter emissions on the horizon and California’s engine noise cap already in place, Ford and Navistar went their separate ways when it was time to replace the 7.3L Power Stroke. Starting in 2004, Ford’s new 6.0L diesel carried the Power Stroke name and looked good, on paper at least but it never lived up to its predecessor.

3 Tips For Buying a Used Trailer

3 Tips For Buying a Used Trailer

3 Tips For Buying a Used Trailer

Whether a trailer is being purchased for business or personal use, the basics of evaluating the item and getting a good deal are the same. Determine what the trailer will be used for and look for sales in the nearby area. Ask trusted friends, neighbors and associates if they know anyone personally who is selling a trailer, as they will hopefully recommend someone who is trustworthy. Once a trailer has been located, it should be inspected, the ownership verified and a price negotiated.

1. Inspect Thoroughly

Some normal wear and tear on a used trailer is to be expected. However, it should be in good enough shape so that it can be used without extensive repairs. Check the tires, floor, suspension and electrical system to ensure everything works, or that any repairs can be done before the trailer will be put into use. If the trailer is not in good condition but it will be bought anyway, then it is a good idea to consider trailer repair services Marietta GA.

2. Check Ownership

Look at the vehicle identification number and make sure it matches the paperwork before signing anything. If things do not match up, then it could indicate that the trailer was stolen.

3. Be Prepared to Negotiate

Not everyone feels confident when they try to haggle with someone, especially the first few times they make the attempt. Ask if the seller will be willing to sell for slightly less if they are paid in cash, as many people are willing to take less money in exchange for foregoing the risk of a bounced check or dealing with credit card fees.

Making a large purchase of any type should be done after careful consideration to ensure the best bargain is had. Buying used trailers comes with a few extra factors, but the savings that come with buying previously owned trailers can be worth it.