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    Would you tow your gear?

    I know I've got a lot of random questions. Please bear with me. Would you tow your 1026r for 17 hours to help a friend for 3 days of work? Worth, cost... None of that matters, my friend needs help. The work to be done is loader work spreading mulch and gravel. Some light box blading with the gravel. I'm looking more at value, not cost.

    Should I load her up and make the trip, or hop on a plane and rent an orange tractor when I get there? This is my budget that we are playing with, not my friends.

    What do you think? Load it up, or rent when I get there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubber View Post
    I know I've got a lot of random questions. Please bear with me. Would you tow your 1026r for 17 hours to help a friend for 3 days of work? Worth, cost... None of that matters, my friend needs help. The work to be done is loader work spreading mulch and gravel. Some light box blading with the gravel. I'm looking more at value, not cost.

    Should I load her up and make the trip, or hop on a plane and rent an orange tractor when I get there? This is my budget that we are playing with, not my friends.

    What do you think? Load it up, or rent when I get there?
    Well, what would it cost to tow it those 17 hours and what would it cost to fly out and rent a tractor?

    If the cost is close, I'd rather fly out and not deal with towing and the possibility of issues along the way.
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    First off, good call helping your friend.


    17 hours one way or round trip? If you're up for the drive time, and have an appropriate trailer/ chains/ etc to haul it then I would do that. You know your machine, what it's limits are and what it can accomplish. There's no guarantee what kind of shape a rental will be in if it's available, and then you have to try and rent all the attachments you need as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by psrumors View Post
    Well, what would it cost to tow it those 17 hours and what would it cost to fly out and rent a tractor?

    If the cost is close, I'd rather fly out and not deal with towing and the possibility of issues along the way.
    ^^^^^^^^

    I second that!! If cost is even close, fly out and rent. Save wear and tear on you, your towing equipment and your tractor. I'd be inclined to fly out and rent, if cost was within 1k!
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    Quote Originally Posted by psrumors View Post
    Well, what would it cost to tow it those 17 hours and what would it cost to fly out and rent a tractor?

    If the cost is close, I'd rather fly out and not deal with towing and the possibility of issues along the way.
    Yea, what would it cost to tow those 17 or more hours , wear and tear on vehicle ,trailer ,all the meals, fuel. Possible breakdowns, worry of breakdowns.

    Then cost of air fare, maybe a rental car or truck. Guessing friend will pick you up at airport. Then cost of rental tractor guessing they would deliver and pickup . Guessing you would be more relaxed flying . Have to consider if something breaks on your tractor while there the cost and time to get it repaired and then may have to rent something to finish his work.

    Big ????? I never have been much for flying , not knowing cost of everything . I guessing I would rent a car , drive to location , rent the tractor and then return home. . No wear and tear on any of my personal items, guessing 1000-1100 miles either round trip or one way.
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    Rent, things happen. If something happens to a rental go rent another one. It's the good will fact you are going to help. Would it matter what tractor you use.
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    I must commend you for your willingness to help a friend in need. If more people understood this and did this once in a while, our world would be a better place. I help friends anytime I can. You never know when you may need help in return. I have plans to help a friend this weekend myself. The satisfaction you get from helping somebody who truly appreciates it is like nothing else.


    I can't help you with your decision, there's just too much to consider not knowing all the details. I think you'll find the correct solution to help your friend no matter which method you choose. Your friend has a really good friend.
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    Where is your friend at?
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    Thanks everyone. The trip is about 2,000 miles round trip. Georgia to new york. The math breaks down like this (heavy rounding upwards)...

    2,000 miles, 13 mpg filly loaded, $4 a gallon = $615.
    Stop in Philly and see friend. $80 parking for truck and trailer.
    Buy 10 gallons of diesel for 3 days work. $4.50 a gallon. = $45.00
    White Castle = $100.
    34 hours of my drive time + tractor seat time + weekend time...There's really no way to put a price on this.
    My Truck and trailer are about a year old. Just renewed my AAA membership and ordered $300 of new chain ended straps.

    I estimate that it would cost me a thousand dollars. I know what you are thinking, and I'll have to be very restrained to keep the White Castle down to $100.

    Flight $420 + rental car $360 + gas
    I need to look, but my buddy is telling me that tractor rental is $360+ a day up there!!! What?

    I want to have a pic of the 1026r on top of a New York mountain, but I'm not sure how this will stack up. I'll do something, not sure what yet.
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