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Old January 5th, 2017, 06:23 AM
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Default Re: 1964 GMC "crustine" semi-build.

Can y'all send some of that cold weather over my way? LOL

I'm sure I'd change my tune pretty quickly if I was living in it again. But, there are times where I really miss the snow.
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Ed, looks like Medford got it good too! You able to still get Up your driveway?
Our driveway here near Medford is a piece of cake compared to the driveway we endured for 25 years at our old place, Tom. That driveway was 2/3 mile long and gained 400' in elevation from the paved road up to our house. The worst part was a hairpin curve at the top of a section with a 25% slope. I lost traction many times over the years in the middle of that hairpin going uphill in the snow. Going downhill in the snow was even worse -- came close to going over the edge more than once, sliding on the packed snow.

One of my former co-workers came out one time in the summer for a department picnic and never came back. She called it the "driveway from heck"! One time we had a guy in a service van try to come up the driveway. Near the top of the steepest part he lost momentum, started spinning his rear wheels, put on the brakes, and started sliding backwards down the hill. And this was in the summertime. He evidently freaked out due to gaining speed backwards, cranked the wheel to put the rear of van into the uphill side of the slope instead of risking going over the edge on the downhill side. This promptly rolled the van over onto its side. That was an interesting extraction challenge for the wrecker that came out to rescue him!

Then there was the time I jackknifed a trailer going downhill at the hairpin....
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Old January 5th, 2017, 03:31 PM
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Can y'all send some of that cold weather over my way? LOL

I'm sure I'd change my tune pretty quickly if I was living in it again. But, there are times where I really miss the snow.
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Our driveway here near Medford is a piece of cake compared to the driveway we endured for 25 years at our old place, Tom. That driveway was 2/3 mile long and gained 400' in elevation from the paved road up to our house. The worst part was a hairpin curve at the top of a section with a 25% slope. I lost traction many times over the years in the middle of that hairpin going uphill in the snow. Going downhill in the snow was even worse -- came close to going over the edge more than once, sliding on the packed snow.

One of my former co-workers came out one time in the summer for a department picnic and never came back. She called it the "driveway from heck"! One time we had a guy in a service van try to come up the driveway. Near the top of the steepest part he lost momentum, started spinning his rear wheels, put on the brakes, and started sliding backwards down the hill. And this was in the summertime. He evidently freaked out due to gaining speed backwards, cranked the wheel to put the rear of van into the uphill side of the slope instead of risking going over the edge on the downhill side. This promptly rolled the van over onto its side. That was an interesting extraction challenge for the wrecker that came out to rescue him!

Then there was the time I jackknifed a trailer going downhill at the hairpin....
Wow! Now I can understand! If you have a driveway that makes you skid backwards during the Summer then it's BAD. haha
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Old January 5th, 2017, 06:35 PM
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Our driveway here near Medford is a piece of cake compared to the driveway we endured for 25 years at our old place, Tom. That driveway was 2/3 mile long and gained 400' in elevation from the paved road up to our house. The worst part was a hairpin curve at the top of a section with a 25% slope. I lost traction many times over the years in the middle of that hairpin going uphill in the snow. Going downhill in the snow was even worse -- came close to going over the edge more than once, sliding on the packed snow.
You did have one heck of a driveway.
But you also had one heck of a view. A lot of people would put up with such a driveway just for that view.
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Our driveway here near Medford is a piece of cake compared to the driveway we endured for 25 years at our old place, Tom. That driveway was 2/3 mile long and gained 400' in elevation from the paved road up to our house. The worst part was a hairpin curve at the top of a section with a 25% slope. I lost traction many times over the years in the middle of that hairpin going uphill in the snow. Going downhill in the snow was even worse -- came close to going over the edge more than once, sliding on the packed snow.

One of my former co-workers came out one time in the summer for a department picnic and never came back. She called it the "driveway from heck"! One time we had a guy in a service van try to come up the driveway. Near the top of the steepest part he lost momentum, started spinning his rear wheels, put on the brakes, and started sliding backwards down the hill. And this was in the summertime. He evidently freaked out due to gaining speed backwards, cranked the wheel to put the rear of van into the uphill side of the slope instead of risking going over the edge on the downhill side. This promptly rolled the van over onto its side. That was an interesting extraction challenge for the wrecker that came out to rescue him!

Then there was the time I jackknifed a trailer going downhill at the hairpin....
Ed, that old driveway of yours was definitely meant for a 4wd. I remember back in 2004 you warned me about it sine I was driving my Trans Am up it, it was already springtime but traction could have been a problem because the dirt was loose, I made it up ok though

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Pete -- during our 25 years there, our daily drivers were always 4WD vehicles and had 4 studded tires on them during the winter. I hate tire chains, so would shovel two tracks all the way down the driveway whenever it would snow more than a few inches. About 10 years ago I finally broke down and bought a Honda snowblower with tracks. Two cleared tracks + 4WD + studded tires usually got us up and down OK.

One of the first things I did after moving down off the mountain a year ago was sell the snowblower. Could have used it yesterday though!
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Old January 6th, 2017, 07:32 AM
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You did have one heck of a driveway.
But you also had one heck of a view. A lot of people would put up with such a driveway just for that view.
Yeah, we really miss that view, David. Here's a photo of it looking due south for anyone curious. The high point in the background is Dutchman Peak in the Siskiyou Mountain range, just north of the California border.
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Ed,

I guess I forgot about the driveway. Wasn't THAT bad..... when your driving a rental that you could care less about.......
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Old January 8th, 2017, 07:49 AM
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I guess I forgot about the driveway. Wasn't THAT bad..... when your driving a rental that you could care less about.......
We need to get you back out here again, Rusty, so you can see our new place.
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And since I am not to far from Ed Rusty can stop by my place to.

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