The Wife and I headed up into (Evarts) KY again today to Black Mountain OHV park,again with neither of the Kids wanting to go (they both had their own thing going today),it was just us. It was considerably dryer today (a real shame,LOL) than last trip,with deeper (into the woods) trails still having plenty of mud to splash through,but the more open ones a bit dusty. That was fine,as we hit a few rockier trails today,so we could test out the new 33″ tires*,get some practice and exprience in with ATRC II and the rear locker**.
We had a great time of it (though I’m pretty worn out,as I sit here,so won’t be a trail by trail description,LOL),took in lots of scenery from the top of the highest ridge we could find,and didn’t shy away from anything on trail,purposely exploring new-to-us places with more rocks (and mud) than we had last trip (which was overly muddy and with bald tires),including a trail we know from experience that the old Jeep just could not clear. I should note,there were no issues what-so-ever with clearing everything we tried in the FJ (as our confidence in it’s features/abilities grew with each trail)***.
The Wife is still new to using this camera for more than point-and-shooting,so most of the video didn’t come out useable,though I do have one short video (on Vimeo). Link…
I don’t really want to go into it very deeply this evening,as I’m a bit (being polite here) upset about the whole thing. We were denied our VA loan,because (in the VA’s and QL’s words) “under new regs/changes from the Obama admin,your years of military service don’t qualify for a VA loan”. Let this sink in for a second…”years of service”,Honorable Discharge,war time,”don’t qualify” for a Veteran Administration loan…it gets worse.
QL did not bother to check my elligibility to even qualify for a VA loan until 2 days ago. WHAT?!? Shouldn’t that have been the FIRST thing they did,you know…when I applied for it,instead of taking our money and sending me on 2,700 miles worth of useless errands for the loan process??? Yes,by law. Apparently,QL didn’t do that. Not only that,they’ve been straight-out lying to us all along too (“Great news! You’re approved,we just have to go through all of the process,but you can start packing and getting ready…”).
So I asked about the thousand dollars or so we have invested**** with them,which is apparent that they illegally requested/accepted and cost us out of pocket,and I was told “Hmmm…well,IDK,I’ll get hold of our legal team and see if they would consider refund/reimbursement,since we should have cleared you as elligible before we accepted payment/had you run nearly 3,000 miles for the loan process/documents. IDK if they will agree,we will let you know though” when I mentioned that. Being rather…upset…I informed her that if they did not,I would not only file suit to recover our losses,that I would also be willing (anxious,actually) to contact any/all forms of media,and tell them my story as a US Army Veteran who is disabled,who was cheated and lied to by this multi-billion dollar company,and that they refused to honor the law/responsibilities….and reminded her how America loves her Veterans,and that Veteran’s Day was coming soon….sigh…we will see what they say when they call Monday. Would I really do that? These moronic-lazy people lied to us to get us to pay them,telling us repeatedly that “we were approved” when all along they knew (or should have) that I wasn’t elligible,and had me run thousands of miles for nothing. Yes,I will,with all prejudice…
*285/70-17″,they measure out to 32.9″ tall,and 11.25″ wide by my tape measure :)
** Only used/needed to use the rear locker in 1 spot,due mostly to having chosen a bad line
***It was very entertaining,that we saw lots of ATV & dirt bike riders,as well as several Jeeps (all Wranglers today),and the vast majority of them that we passed (all of the Jeepsters,several of the others) had looks of utter shock and disbelief when they saw a big ole Toyota FJC “up there”,LOL,they obviously didn’t think one could make it where they were. I want to note,the FJC was never in any kind of strain,or pushed anywhere near anything resembling any kind of limits of offroad capability today. I’m impressed,and am interested in testing it’s limits once it’s no longer our only vehicle (early next year). Note that I said “interested” and not “anxious”,LOL :P
**** $400 in “Good Faith money” to them,<$400 spent in gasoline just doing the errands they instructed me to do,and $500 in escrow to the realtor (Coldwell Banker),we also have not heard back from the realtor if they would refund our money from them (as we were told from the start “If you back out or change your mind,this is non-refundable,but if you cannot get funding for any reason,it will be as that’s beyond your control”). All told,we’re out about $1,350 or so,all based off of QL’s lies and /or incompetence. Note,this is not “liable for slander” in any way,as I have documented proof anything and everything that I said/claimed here. Should they do what’s right and refund/reimburse (both parties,QL and CB),I will walk away from this aggrevated but satisfied that we weren’t screded intentionally.