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Old 03-26-2008, 01:29 PM   #1
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There really is a Lonnie B!

There really is a Lonnie B see the proof at:
http://i26.tinypic.com/fdvexh.jpg

With the seemingly endless discussions of Mission tire failures here on MOC; I finally decided not to risk them for our upcoming trip to Alaska. I doubt that I had 6,000 miles on the Missions and they looked fine. However, with Philís (exav8tr) experience of three flats between Anchorage and Washington State I didnít want to be looking for a tire somewhere in the Yukon. In our very short time of fulltiming one of the truly great things we have found is you can decide to go somewhere and then just go. We had decided on the spur of the moment to go see Carlsbad Caverns and then we decided to go see MOCs very own tire expert Lonnie B.

As you would expect for a MOC member, Lonnie is very hospitable and a great guy. He and his crew took great care of us. While at Lonnieís we had metal valve stems installed on all of the wheels for the truck and trailer. Lonnieís guys also checked out the trailer brakes and wheel bearings. They did find that the brake wire to one of the wheels had been cut because they were installed at the wrong location.

Lonnie and I were discussing that he had never had a customer drive all the way from California just to buy tires from him. So, if you are with one or two states of Texico, New Mexico and even think you need tires go see Lonnie.

More pictures of Lonnie, me and the new tires.

http://i26.tinypic.com/17zj3k.jpg
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Grant aka BirdingRVer
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Old 03-26-2008, 01:37 PM   #2
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I just had a feeling Lonnie might be a real guy - and a nice one!

Nice shop Lonnie!
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Old 03-26-2008, 01:47 PM   #3
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Sooo Coool- Good to hear but not surprised at your good experience at Lonnie's shop.
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Old 03-26-2008, 02:18 PM   #4
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Grant, great pictures. Which mfg. tire brand and size did you replace the Missions with?
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Old 03-26-2008, 02:24 PM   #5
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Lonnie is the real deal.
Thank you Lonnie for being a good person, and a good businessman. I think I speak for all, when I say I would like to shake your hand.
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Old 03-26-2008, 03:17 PM   #6
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Grant, great pictures. Which mfg. tire brand and size did you replace the Missions with?
I got the Bridgestone Duravis R500 Commercial Light Truck sized LT235/85R16 load range E same as Lonnie has on his Montana.
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Old 03-26-2008, 03:56 PM   #7
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Carefull guys, all the flowers might give me the big head .

Grant, Kathy, and Raider too, the guys at the shop and I want to let you know we really enjoyed meeting, and visiting with you. They didn't know what to think when I told them you came all the way from California just to get tires, lol, I'll tell them the rest of the story in a day or two. Thank you again for trusting us to do the work on your rig.

Brad, I'm not always nice (ask my kids), but I am always real. Yes, the shop, I get alot of comments about it. People are always saying they have never seen a tire shop that looked like it should have been a country store .

Ozz, thank you for the kind words, but I'm nothing special. I just treat people the way I like to be treated, and conduct business the same way. One day we will meet, and I will be honored to shake your hand.
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Old 03-26-2008, 04:10 PM   #8
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Always good to go with the tire choice used by the tire guy. Great pictures and just wondering do you have those nik nacs like Cracker Barrel?
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Old 03-26-2008, 05:53 PM   #9
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All I can say is "hell of a salesman to get people (well Californians) to drive two states to buy tares (for Bingo)".g
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:52 AM   #10
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Lonnie, I would be happy to stop by and replace my missions. I'm afraid that the ones on the trailer won't make it that far. I just looked at mine,the right rear tread has abut a 3/4 inch high hernia on it in the middle of the tread. The tires have about 12,500 miles on them, including the delivery from the factory.
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Old 03-27-2008, 11:21 AM   #11
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Oh Man Grant, why did you have to post that picture of Lonnie. I opened it up and poof - blew my hard drive.
Naw just kidding, Lonnie if I was half way close to you or coming your way I would be spending some money with you. Have you considered a second store maybe in the Indiana area? Maybe I need to take a trip back out to the panhandle of Okla and visit some relatives - but that is going to have to wait till retirement years.
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Old 03-27-2008, 12:01 PM   #12
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Lonnie
Would you consider buying a Toy Hauler and equipping it with your tools of the trade and traveling around to us that are to poor to travel to your abode? For the same price, of course!
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Old 03-27-2008, 01:31 PM   #13
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Lonnie, to heck with the tires, I'm just too far unless we get out there someday. I like the belt and belt buckle!! Of course your advice has been great too! Tks. Dennis
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Old 03-27-2008, 02:44 PM   #14
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Guys, it's well worth the drive.

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