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Expert Council Q&A for 3-14-24 – Epi-3463 — 3 Comments

  1. Good morning, I am not sure what they best way to get this information to the individual asking the question, but in addition to the response for Eric Hammond’s response. I would strongly advise against considering the Ford Excursion for any kind of off-road 4-wheeling. As for the rest of the reasoning, I think he is definitely hitting some good points. The reason for no off-roading is simply, it has too long of a wheel base. While most are aware of the challenges this creates in just making it over the tight terrain, it can still be done. The real problem lays in the fact that the frame will break. When the Excursion came out in the early 2000’s, I was working for a government agency that purchased a large numbe r of these for off-road operations. It didn’t take long before we started noticing problems, and found out that it was because the frames were breaking. While this didn’t immediately disable the vehicle, what we found out next did take them off-line. The fuel line and brake lines ran between the frame and the body, and with the frame failure, the body was likely to fall onto the frame, crushing those lines. Needless to say, that would be a major problem when in the back country, in mountainous terrain. Just something to consider. Another thing, the standard brakes wear out rather quickly, but that is a story for another time…

    • A Toyota land cruiser/Lexus lx450 or lx470 will tow that much and is becoming a classic. The limit on the gasoline is 5000 but the diesel is a little more. The 80 series already is a classic with prices rising but the 100 series is not quite there yet. Worth it to put on your list.

      Honestly a truck might be better just because of that trailer.

      If you have any questions about the 80 series land cruiser feel free to reach out. I own a 1997 lx450.

  2. I had a hot water recirculating system installed last year and it does not work how Tim explained. This system utilizes a one-way valve, hot-to-cold, temperature controlled, installed at the sink furthest from the water heater. The luke warm water enters the cold water line and flows back to the water heater. The hot water line is pressurized at the water heater by a pump with a timer control. The pump can be on all the time for constant hot water or timed for hot water at certain times. I greatly enjoy instant hot water and not running water down the drain. I consider the time saved worth the cost. Easy to find in search engine.

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