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Old 06-21-2011   #1
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Running Ladore? - trailer stuck in Vernal, Utah needs a lift


On our way home from Ladore our trailer blew a gasket and was left for dead. It has ended up in a shop in Vernal, Utah. It cost us $500. Looks like it will need a $350 axle replacement cuz the shop owner can't find a new spindle to weld on.

We're thinking that if we pay to have it fixed, then at least we might be able to get some money for it in Vernal and not loose all 500 beans. Hopefully it gets back to us. Any advice will be taken on this idea.

So, IF we decide to fix it and not leave it for dead, then we would need a helpful friend to drive the trailer from Gates of Lodore take out (or Vernal) back to the north denver/boulder/golden area.

Would any buzzards headed to Lodore in July be into doing this type of trip? We would pay for at least an SUV-sized tank of gas for the effort as well as bottle of your choosing and kudos.


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Old 06-21-2011   #2
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Have your mechanic look in the Northern Tool catalog. They have a wide selection of spindles ($12-$22) as well as new torsion axles (complete from $200 on up)

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Old 06-21-2011   #3
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We are running the Yampa next week and taking out at Split mountain. I am not sure of the car-trailer situation but if we have a vehicle without a trailer I am sure we can help you out. Let me know the details. I think we have on vehicle that could tow it back going to Ft Collins
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Old 06-22-2011   #4
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We take out on a Yampa trip on Saturday (7/2). If ecarlson972 can't help you, let me know. Might be able to do it. We leave town this Friday (6/24), so would need to know by then as cell/internet will be spotty over the weekend.

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Old 06-22-2011   #5
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thanks, folks. we are in contact with the trailer repair specialist and we will move forward. we won't be around town until 7/12, but I'll get in touch with you guys who responded and see if we can figure it out. much appreciated, buzz.
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Old 06-25-2011   #6
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OK, so we ordered a new axle. Trailer shop says it will be ready in about two weeks. So if anyone has a Lodore or Yampa run and the ability to drive the trailer back this way, and is taking out after the 12th of July, please reply or send me a pm.

muchas gracias.

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