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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    Yes we have had drought and then to much rain. the last few years has been very unusual. Don't know how to plan your game plan for the year because every year is so different.

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    Well now all my bees are finally resting in the balmy southern weather. Just got back last night and Mark didn't even show up to unload my bees for me

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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    GPS wasn't working right.
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    Well new truck had check engine light pop on and my milage went to 4.5 loaded. I only had a 29,500 lbs load.

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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    Your new truck? What was the light about? What's your GVWR?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    GVWR is 19,500 and GVCWR is 38K. First load was a bit heavier and I got 6.7 ave in the hills and 7.5 once I hit Carolinas.

    Not sure what the problem is with the truck. I couldn't get a Dodge dealer enroute to look at it. They were all just kicking the can down the road litterally. I will be dropping it off at the local Dodge dealer this evening.

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    Cold weather? R u taking it back to where u bought it from?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Hey Brian,

    Just returned from SC last night. Moved bees to out yards and did some feeding. Don't feel bad about the skidder, my guy canceled last minute so I hand loaded 120 off pallets, then back on, not that bad really but the back said- hey didn't we go to pallets to avoid this pain!!! as you said, such as life. Let me know if I can hitch a ride back up north this spring!!

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    Hey Ron. That shouldnt be a problem in the spring time. After moving them with the new truck I should have just rented a semi which is what I am planning this spring. I will most likely have a semi and a half so I can swing by and grab the other half and run yours north. I got back about 10pm last night. I had to stop by and drop some equipment off at Lynns on the way home which caused us to drink a few beers and BS way too long about how to effectively kill your bees, er I mean keep your bees.

    Mark, I bought the truck out of Tx as it came with a 12 foot CM flatbed. There is a Dodge dealer in Johnstown NY that can work on the 5500s so its headed there right after I get home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papar View Post
    Hey Brian,

    Just returned from SC last night. Moved bees to out yards and did some feeding. Don't feel bad about the skidder, my guy canceled last minute so I hand loaded 120 off pallets, then back on, not that bad really but the back said- hey didn't we go to pallets to avoid this pain!!! as you said, such as life. Let me know if I can hitch a ride back up north this spring!!
    Wouldn't a tag along trailer and using the deck of your truck have been better even w/ multiple trips?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    tag trailer and deck bed better than what?

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    A gooseneck trailer. Ron bought a gooseneck trailer and doesn't have a skidsteer of his own. I think he told me that he bought the gooseneck because he doesn't have a very long deck on his truck.

    Ron, have u considered buying a small Bobcat and carrying it on the head of your gooseneck trailer?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Mark,
    Could have rented a bobcat but it would have meant another round trip back to the yard. I did make arrangements for an operator w/bobcat but he never showed so being somewhat frustraited at that point I just started throwing hives up on my truck to just get it over with.

    Yes Brian they tried to kill my bees but 80% made it anyway, rats!!!

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    Yes I did get a gooseneck and what a pleasure to tow compared to my previous tag along. I hope to get a bobcat in the next couple years- I thought I could get away with hiring operators with machines but for me it hasn't always worked out and has been expensive to boot. I am actually considering going back to bottom boards but modify them so they can clip into pallets. Once my hive numbers increase and pollination becomes more likely then the expense might be better justified.

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    It is too bad that your help was not dependable.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Yeah you guys are so close together cant Mark help ya out Ron?

    Maybe the problem will be unloading them here in NY, but maybe thats not a problem either. If I pick up your hives and run them north I can always run them and set them down where you have them in NY. I promise not to gouge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMAC View Post
    Yeah you guys are so close together cant Mark help ya out Ron?
    Had he paid me to go south in my truck rather than my van this last trip and if he had been there when I was there I am sure we could have worked something out.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    Timing is as critical with this as much as it is for the engine in your truck to bring you there.

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    Eyah. Timing, coordination, understanding, communication, appreciation, all important.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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