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Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6759017
02/05/20 03:29 PM
02/05/20 03:29 PM
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Glad your neighbor was able to come give you a hand. It some situations that could lead to a very long cold walk out. Good luck with the wolverine!

Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6767564
02/12/20 10:46 AM
02/12/20 10:46 AM
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Fairbanks AK
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Been a rough few weeks on the trapline. The machine has caused me to call for rescue twice, it's not charging the battery. It keeps snowing, keeping having to brush the trails. I've had this machine for several years now, and it's wearing on me. There are some inherent issues in the VK Pro, that I'm not sure they've resolved in the latest model I saw at the dealer. Battery is still buried, exhaust and heat exchanger aren't protected, likely still making lots of water. The wolverine hasn't come back, wolves haven't resurfaced, but I did catch one marten, we made some sausage, and the little old Tundra keeps chugging along.



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Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6767618
02/12/20 11:10 AM
02/12/20 11:10 AM
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Wasilla AK
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Dude that is one funny video smile Sorry your dealing with all the sled issues!

Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6767679
02/12/20 12:16 PM
02/12/20 12:16 PM
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Montana ,Rocky Mtns.
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As the saying goes, some days it doesnt pay to get out of bed...

I know youll work out those troubles asap....and eventually wont have the wet hot seat machine, in time !

Thanks for sharing, Temple...glad you are safe.

Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6767954
02/12/20 04:20 PM
02/12/20 04:20 PM
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Great video! Sorry to hear you are having such a trying year of it all. That last part of your video had me cracking up with you busting through all the snow laden trees.

Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6768448
02/13/20 12:40 AM
02/13/20 12:40 AM
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Interior Alaska
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Living the dream! That was funny!


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Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6768460
02/13/20 02:55 AM
02/13/20 02:55 AM
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Chicken, Alaska
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Wow .... makes me want to rush out and buy one of those VK machines ! grin

Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6768484
02/13/20 06:24 AM
02/13/20 06:24 AM
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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"....and the little old Tundra keeps plugging along!"

Bro, I told you that was an awesome machine! It has a ton of trapline miles on it, dragged a bunch of cabin logs, and basically has done yeoman service. Glad you are getting good use of it.

Pete

Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6768711
02/13/20 11:03 AM
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Don't buy a VK540 terrible machines mine is on its third blown engine. It hated the cold. Always running on one. Terrible machine.

Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6775753
02/19/20 02:58 AM
02/19/20 02:58 AM
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Fairbanks AK
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I believe I got the charging issue diagnosed, and a voltage regulator is on it's way.

It seems like you had issues with your VK for sure muskrat. I'd like to see more user reviews of them.

Guys sure seem to be liking Ski Doo for this kind of work, but we've read stories about them on here too.


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Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6775954
02/19/20 10:38 AM
02/19/20 10:38 AM
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Fairbanks Alaska
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They all have problems Temple just like people. Some are just more of a pain then others... The important factors are how good are there service departments and parts accessibility. If you bring a sled in and they give it back to you with same problems and they cannot figure it out, maybe time to switch dealers or brands. Hope you get the bugs worked out. That is a heck of powerful machine


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Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6871046
05/13/20 07:26 AM
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Fairbanks AK
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I been doing a poor job keeping this up.

I've pulled my trapline, and took the kids sledding. We went to the Museum of the North, saw some cool things (pre the Covid reaction). I discovered it wasn't the voltage regulator crippling the VK. I took the family to the range, even Daughter got to "shoot." The best fun we had this winter was tooling around the neighborhood on the Ol' Tundra! We're going to go fishing soon!


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Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6871049
05/13/20 07:29 AM
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Fairbanks AK
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Indian spring brought temperatures above freezing in the shop, so I had to bring in the critters and skin them. I'm trying to keep the kids outside playing as much as possible. The snow keeps coming, I need better tires on my truck, and shoveled off the roof of the house. We're digging a snow tunnel and may camp in it. We cut up a moose leg for soup, it was great! The little Tundra is just a joy to tool around with the kids.



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Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6871057
05/13/20 07:41 AM
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Fairbanks AK
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With school closed and Momma working from home we're starting to get the cabin fever. Trapping season is done until open water beaver, got the VK back from the shop and I try to keep the kids busy. I'd had a frozen raw scapula in the freezer, pulled out the seal oil and had a taste of home! We ride snowmachines, ice fish, and got to take the first bow walk of the spring! Amazingly, it took the oldest until halfway back to the house before he lost his arrow...





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Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6871058
05/13/20 07:42 AM
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Fairbanks AK
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Break up is in full swing! The ditches are full of flowing water, the road is mud, and the kids can't help but play in it. I've outfitted all my kids with sling shots, we get into an EPIC Nerfball war with them, and I give my kids another taste of my childhood with some Styrofoam little boats to drag in the water with a stick and string.



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Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6871173
05/13/20 09:36 AM
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Fairbanks AK
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My boys and I managed to get out and trap a few beaver! The sloughs were still iced over, and there were big ice bergs on the bank. We even saw a mink! I spent all day when we were pulling gear tell the boys to be careful, to not play in the water, to not fall in, watch their step. 2nd boy managed all day to stay dry, just to fall in the water at the boat ramp a minute before the boat was all strapped down.




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Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6871211
05/13/20 10:04 AM
05/13/20 10:04 AM
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Montana ,Rocky Mtns.
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What fun to have with the kids ! They have great aim with the sleds sliding down the hill ....and the slingshot nerf ball fights ! I used to partake in giant rubber band fights with friends and their kids , in the house too , much fun all the same grin

Also enjoyed your comparison of the snow machines ...I learned from that. So many newer things have the vitals, like spark plugs, etc., hidden away in the engine to make working on them so difficult.

Well videoed presentations, thanks for the share, Aknative cool

Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6880204
05/23/20 08:19 AM
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Fairbanks AK
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We waited kind of patiently for ice out, and started hanging sheetrock in the shop. We even got the Toyostove hooked up just in time for summer! I took the oldest to the range, he's getting better with his 22 and even got to shoot some 38. 2nd oldest is right handed, but it turns out he's left eye dominant. He's shooting is a work in progress. I took all the babies to a local pond to slingshot rocks into the water, we ended up having a moose poop war. We try to take walks as often as possible, even when there are moose in the neighborhood.

It's summer now, hard not to hang in the hammock with the babies. Be safe out there!




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Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6880422
05/23/20 01:11 PM
05/23/20 01:11 PM
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Montana ,Rocky Mtns.
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What a hoot ! I laughed throughout the fun times !

I'm sure happy that wee son didn't hurt his ear too much with the slingshot - I couldnt help but laugh -just at the things kids do grin

They are such good kids...they listen to you so well. Credit to their training !

I too am cross dominant. It poses a real challenge shooting with both eyes open. There are many different options for this, everyone just has to find what works best for them.

When shooting my .45 , I leave both eyes open but have to tilt my head just a bit to have the correct sighting. Point shooting is much easier for me , with the pistol lowered to belly button level , elbows braced against my sides.

His right eye will work in focusing ok if he closes his dominant eye , as in scope shooting , but it is a challenge for me very much in using both eyes on a moving target.

Very fun video, well presented in movie mode .

Re: Aknative 2020 [Re: Aknative] #6880694
05/23/20 09:37 PM
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When I was pretty young my dad figured out I had a dominant left eye despite doing everything right-handed. Every time I picked up a toy gun he made me hold it left handed. It annoyed me to no end. However, it feels completely natural to me ever since and Iím glad he made me adapt when I was young.

I didnít watch your video so maybe youíre doing the same thing but it looks like youíre using a patch over the dominant eye when shooting. Or something like that. Changing eye dominance might be possible (never looked into it) but I do know that changing what hand you use to hold a gun is very changeable and has served me well.


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