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Moving panels is a difficult chore that absolutely requires
working together. Dad pushed, I pulled, we would stumble and
there were words... We would lower and widen the arms of the
Hydra Bed so the spinners on the ends were close to the height
of the panels. We would stand the panels in a stack just under
the spinners at the end of the arms so the weight of the panels
was against the arms. When we had the desired number of
panels chained on the spinners, we would lift the whole mess for
That sounds reasonable enough, except the hydraulic pump on
the Hydra Bed would lose oil and unless the pickup was running,
the arms would settle. Unfortunately, the Dodge did not have a
reliable emergency brake so we could not leave it running. If we
did not have the panels balanced perfectly, the whole shebang
would crash to the ground. That is about 800 pounds that one
person simply cannot or should not attempt to hold up.
Hence, Ranch Rule number one: Let Go and Jump Back!
(In direct opposition, I might add, to Dad’s original mandate.)
Eventually, stacking the panels against something other than the
Hydra Bed arms before we chained them for transport became
The Dodge became the chief workhouse on the ranch and gave
rise tomany interesting adventures as well as Ranch Rule number
two: Sometimes you just have to ride away. More on that later.
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