Back when I bought my deuce, I downloaded many tech manuals, read different websites (including one that a ss member has describing the ins and outs of owning deuce), talked to what few owners I could find around me, and did a fair amount to homework before purchasing. Thought about going through GL to save a few bucks, but after finding a dealer in this part of the state, decided it was worth it to purchase from him. Put many miles driving there, test driving trucks, going through an informal class with the guy showing me the things to look for, potential problems and maintenance items. One thing I did everytime I left his place was map a route home. Different than the one I took to get there which was mostly all 4 lane highway. Decided taking the two lane route home was more conducive if a problem would happen driving home, plus I would rather have to pay to park the truck on a farmer's barn lot than to get towed off a major thoroughfare. Mentally I had a map of potential blind curves, narrow points, and spots to pull off if needed for oncoming farm traffic. Plus the remaining 50 miles were routes I knew by heart from the days of running fuel and propane trucks in the area. Since the truck I bought had over 600 miles put on it after purchasing from GL the previous fall, and had a full service done in front of my eyes, I knew the 100 mile trip should be uneventful. Used my pickup as a chase vehicle so my entire roll away tool box was in it, chains, binders, come alongs, tech manuals, 3/4 and 1 inch socket sets, and you name it were loaded up. The dealer had two 5 ton wreckers and said he would be on standby for my trip home, and a friend of mine had his drop deck waiting-along with my route map. (He knew the route by heart so telling him to stop at the old brick barn on highway 22 wouldn't have been an issue.) Took along my handheld Motorola to stay in contact with the pickup mobile. For the first 20 miles I had him follow behind looking for any fluid leaks along the road that may not show up while idling at a check point. In the first 30 miles I would get out and check things over every 5-8 miles just to make sure nothing was showing signs of failure. Biggest issue was that one of the highways that I ran was very narrow and farming season was in full swing. Had to pull off a couple of time so the passing tractor had room to get around me, and the tourists lined up behind me. But having a wrecker on standby and a drop deck, was kind of peace of mind. Made it home with no problems or incidents. Just hot since the front window was stuck shut. Key things to take away, have tools for any emergency, have people know your route, have back up plan in place, and know your route and escapes if needed.