Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts?

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2009/11/09 08:37:42 (permalink)

Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts?

I'm going to look at a Willy Dog (Hummer model) today and wanted any perspectives on what to look for in terms of use or parts that wear out. Any feedback is appreciated. The owner has shared that the cart is new. 

http://dallas.craigslist...ndf/bfs/1451970957.html

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    ptireland
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    Re:Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts? 2009/11/09 09:35:13 (permalink)
    It looks like it's in great shape.  Don't forget to have them fire it up and test every part of it before you buy it.  I forgot to have them fill the tanks with water, and now I have to fix the copper tubing.
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    Re:Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts? 2009/11/09 14:17:50 (permalink)
    I am not sure but I think Willy's are built on Harbor Freight trailers. 
     
    Also check to see if it gravity fed or pressurized.  Make sure it has the number of sinks you need.
     
    Check if the burners are cast iron or stainless.  Stainless wear out even burn up.
     
    That's about all I know
     
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    Re:Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts? 2009/11/10 19:45:01 (permalink)
    Doggy:  Why would someone want one or the other for gravity fed or pressurized?  I'm pretty sure my cart is gravity fed.
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    Re:Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts? 2009/11/11 04:47:31 (permalink)
    I have a Hummer, bought it last year new. I love it even though I have made many small changes (can't leave nothing alone) the cart is made very well. Battery and pump for water with no problems. Tires blew in no time I travel 116 miles every day! PM me for details on cart if needed.
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    Re:Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts? 2009/11/11 07:10:22 (permalink)
    In my part of the country you have to have pressurized water.
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    Re:Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts? 2009/11/11 08:58:37 (permalink)
    ptireland

    Doggy:  Why would someone want one or the other for gravity fed or pressurized?  I'm pretty sure my cart is gravity fed.


    One would want pressurized water because they want the water to come out strong like at your house. (looks the same) To much pressure (wrong size pump) can cause leaks, etc. You may also use more water because it is coming out fast like at home so you do not need to turn it full blast all the time if you don't need to. You don't have unlimited water like at home.

    One may want gravity fed because it serves the purpose and pressure is not required in their state/county. It is also cheaper to do but the water often comes out like a trickle or so taking you longer to wash up or fill your pans however your supply will last longer because you use less.

    I knew right away I could not live with gravity fed and switched mine over with how to help from RFers. Best choice I ever made for me. Some like one or the other, you decide for you. For me its pressure all the way. I'd say with car gas trips to hardware store, pump cost, battery and misc stuff it cost about $150 total to purchase and install.
    Again pressure is not required by my HD but I did it anyway for me.
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    Re:Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts? 2009/11/11 10:39:24 (permalink)
    I think if it was me that wanted a pressurized water system, I would go to the local marine store and pick up a foot pump. Then mount it around hip level on the cart next to the sinks. Just lean on it for a good squirt of water. Easy to do, and no battery.

    Works great on my 30' sail boat.

    Mike
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    Re:Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts? 2009/11/11 22:03:08 (permalink)
    That cart looks good now, but within less than a year you'll have trouble.
     
    The finish will dull and you won't be able to shine it. The "high wind" umbrella will break if the wind picks up. The showcase doors will crack. The fenders will start to separate. The propane baskets will detach. The plumbing will leak. The latches, burners, burner box, storage compartments and frame will rust.  Another problem you'll discover will be the many sharp unrolled edges that will cut you on a daily basis.
     
    If you buy it, I hope it works for you. Good luck!
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    Re:Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts? 2009/11/12 08:19:20 (permalink)
    hotdog man

    That cart looks good now, but within less than a year you'll have trouble.
     
    The finish will dull and you won't be able to shine it. The "high wind" umbrella will break if the wind picks up. The showcase doors will crack. The fenders will start to separate. The propane baskets will detach. The plumbing will leak. The latches, burners, burner box, storage compartments and frame will rust.  Another problem you'll discover will be the many sharp unrolled edges that will cut you on a daily basis.
     
    If you buy it, I hope it works for you. Good luck!



    Your recommended alternative?
    You may want to provide some frame of reference for your opinion. Have you owned a Hummer? Please provide more details.
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    Re:Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts? 2009/11/12 08:19:20 (permalink)

    For clarification... I don't mind and in fact, want to hear opinions - good or bad - but it's easy to come on an anonymous board and either bash or praise.
    As I said, more details please.
    post edited by waydeg - 2009/11/12 08:22:53
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    Re:Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts? 2009/11/14 20:44:21 (permalink)
    I have not owned a Hummer. I did purchase a new New York classic cart from Willy Dog. It was already rusting when it arrived! All of the problems I mentioned happened to me within months of my purchase. The cart did work, but I was certainly disappointed to find so many problems so early.
     
    If you buy one, you'll at least have saved money compared to the better carts. As for suggested alternatives, many people seem to love the ones from Custom sales. Do a search on this site and you'll find many such reviews and mentions. I can't personally recommend one since I have not ever had one. 
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    Re:Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts? 2009/11/14 20:48:52 (permalink)
    waydeg

    I'm going to look at a Willy Dog (Hummer model) today and wanted any perspectives on what to look for in terms of use or parts that wear out. Any feedback is appreciated. The owner has shared that the cart is new. 

    http://dallas.craigslist...ndf/bfs/1451970957.html

      4 grand is a little high for me. But that's just me. I would rather go for a $2000 cart and add a little. If i was going to pay $4000 I would go with the Top Dog. It has more cooking room I think. Does your county require a sneeze guard around the cooking area?
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    Re:Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts? 2009/11/14 22:16:58 (permalink)
    A new Topdog goes for $8000.00+ unless you buy used of course!
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    Re:Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts? 2009/11/14 22:22:03 (permalink)
    Yeah Waydeg,

    If that's what he is asking.  Low ball him to $2,800.00.  That is roughly half of what a new one costs.  

    Don't pay that much for a used cart.

    Now if it has never been used  I would offer $3,500.00.
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    Re:Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts? 2009/11/14 22:23:22 (permalink)
    Does it have a grill or flat top?

    How many sinks?
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    Re:Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts? 2009/11/30 16:32:00 (permalink)
    I own one, bought it new in April. I sent you, Weydeg, a private message regarding a Willy Dog Hummer. In short....don't. I wish I didn't buy this cart. Too many problems to list. Rust, burners run WAY WAY too hot, build quality very poor.

    Just dont.
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    Re:Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts? 2013/02/08 00:11:43 (permalink)
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    I have a Hummer, bought it last year new. I love it even though I have made many small changes (can't leave nothing alone) the cart is made very well. Battery and pump for water with no problems. Tires blew in no time I travel 116 miles every day! PM me for details on cart if needed.


    dear muffin
    I have a Hummer, bought a used in new condition.  I want to add another burner.  do you or does anyone know where to get those case-iron propane burner with mount bracket? and hose, crimp clamps??? specification???
    and muffin, can you send me your e-mail. I'm in texas and maybe we can share infos.
    lonestardanny@hotmail.com
    thanks

    Dear Danny,
    Muffin's thread is from 2009, and has not posted here in over a year. Doubt you will get a response.
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    Re:Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts? 2013/11/23 09:23:19 (permalink)
    In short I too wish I had not purchased a new Hummer in 2011. As others have posted I have had numerous problems and for the most part I have been able to "MODIFY!!!!!!!!!" and being a good marine I have been able to adapt and overcome this carts many shortcomings. Except for one. Can not windproof the firebox well enough to withstand a light breeze without the burners constantly go out, requiring constant re-lighting.
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    Re:Purchasing a Willy Dog Hummer - thoughts? 2013/12/19 13:51:17 (permalink)
    STAY AWAY FROM WILLY!
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