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RE: 4x4 vs 2x4

I guess it needs to be said one more time (at least). A 2X4 is a piece of wood or metal. A 4X2 is probably a vehicle. The first number is for the number of wheels on the ground (duals count as one wheel). The second number is the number of wheels that CAN be powered (again, duals count as one wheel. Thus, a 2X4 would be a 2 wheeled vehicle with 4 driving wheels. Pretty unlikely! A 6X4 would be a three axle rig with two driving axles. A 4X6 would be, again, pretty unlikely. As for what YOU should buy, most assuredly it should be what YOU want or need. I bought a 4X4 because: 1. The price was right, for a diesel 2500. 2. It is towable behind the motorhome, should I decide to do so, without modification. 3. Around here, 4X2 trucks are as rare as 4X4s were when I was a teenager. Satire? It's a Tow Vehicle forum. Thanks! Jeremiah No satire intended, however: You are absolutely right, it IS a tow vehicle forum! Therefore, I should have specified that I bought the DIESEL 4X4 because I towed a 7X14 trailer full of stuff from Billings to Sheridan, WY for a Hamfest, and my half ton 5.9 Dodge struggled quite a bit on the hills. I sold the gasser and bought the diesel. Now, I can tow that trailer with two Kawasaki 750 Brute Force 4X4 ATVs in it no problem at all, even going up the steep hill to the Ah Nei ATV off road area! I am VERY satisfied with the TOWING performance of the Cummins! Many years ago, I had a Dodge 3500 CTD dually 4X2 to tow a 32 foot triple slide fifth wheel. That rig went across the Rockies, the Cascades, and the Sierras no trouble at all. I used it to tow flatbed trailers hauling hay and vehicles, including during a blizzard over Donner Pass; again, no problems. Yeah, for TOWING the Cummins, IMO, is hard to beat!
mowermech 09/27/16 02:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Newbie to Dinghy towing....which dolly?

I recommend the DEMCO Kar Kaddy. surge brakes or electric, your choice. Both work. I had an older one, without brakes. I sold it because it did not have brakes, hoping to get one that had brakes. Stupid move! I wish I still had it!
mowermech 09/27/16 08:54am Dinghy Towing
RE: 4x4 vs 2x4

I guess it needs to be said one more time (at least). A 2X4 is a piece of wood or metal. A 4X2 is probably a vehicle. The first number is for the number of wheels on the ground (duals count as one wheel). The second number is the number of wheels that CAN be powered (again, duals count as one wheel. Thus, a 2X4 would be a 2 wheeled vehicle with 4 driving wheels. Pretty unlikely! A 6X4 would be a three axle rig with two driving axles. A 4X6 would be, again, pretty unlikely. As for what YOU should buy, most assuredly it should be what YOU want or need. I bought a 4X4 because: 1. The price was right, for a diesel 2500. 2. It is towable behind the motorhome, should I decide to do so, without modification. 3. Around here, 4X2 trucks are as rare as 4X4s were when I was a teenager.
mowermech 09/26/16 07:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Well, it finally happened... I have joined the "belt and suspenders" crowd. My "mature shape" no longer gave my belt a place to grab hold, so my jeans would soon start to drift down. Uncomfortable, to say the least, embarrassing at the worst. I need the belt to carry my Leatherman, an accessory that has become a part of me over the years. I need the suspenders to keep my pants up. So, both at once it is!
mowermech 09/26/16 06:54am Around the Campfire
RE: 4x4 vs 2x4

Don't mean those of us who did, stayed home when no one had 4x4. Makes one wonder what they would have done in the days with out it. Probably have to walk or put on chains and carry extra weight in the back, like we did when we couldn't get someplace in snow before 4WD, and even FWD, became common. Especially if we had RWD pickups! Walk at 20 below zero? Not hardly! Put chains on? Very seldom, and then only when required by law or regulation. Weight in the back of a 2WD pickup? Of course! Only a durn fool would not do that in winter! Just like back then only a durn fool would drive in the winter without real snow tires, often with sawdust in the tread rubber. No, studded tires were not available then in the United States. Nor were "all season" tires (IMO, at best a joke, at worst downright dangerous because of the false confidence they give some drivers).
mowermech 09/23/16 01:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Does Furnace Run on DC Power??

When we bought our first motorhome (Class A Pace Arrow), we immediately learned that an 8D battery, fully charged, will be dead by 3 AM running the furnace. For those who don't know, an 8D battery is one of those 12 volt units that is a little bigger than 2 group 24 batteries! Getting up at 0300 to start the engine so you can start the generator, in 35 degrees temperature, is NOT fun! But, to directly answer the question, YES, 12 VDC power and propane are the only things necessary to run the furnace.
mowermech 09/23/16 01:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is 70 the age to stop towing

I think maybe if you drive a motorhome at 70 you are safe, but pulling anything behind it is not safe. If that is what you think, then FOR YOU it is probably a true statement. For the rest of us, not so much. I am rapidly closing on my 75th birthday, and I have no intention of quitting towing. Not with the motorhome, and not with the diesel truck. If I quit towing, I would have to sell the trailers and the ATVs, and I have no intention of doing that, either! Maybe when I reach 80, if I live that long...
mowermech 09/23/16 06:04am General RVing Issues
RE: A novice's question about towing a car behind a Class C

"so your cargo capacity is 2157 that is the maximum your rig can have loaded on it including passengers, food, clothes, water, beach toys etc and the tongue weight of any trailer you tow if you cannot tow four down (for example the Subaru on a trailer)" I'm new to Toad life. Trying to figure toad math. Question: when towing four down, do I add tongue weight to gvw of tow vehicle or not? I'm set up to tow a Jeep Wrangler rubicon with a winnibago Navion using the ready brute elite system. Jeep weighs 4200 with a full tank. Navion weighs 9860 with full gas, nothing else. Jeep gvwr is 5100. Navion gvwr is 11030 with gcvwr of 15020. If I don't have to add tongue weight to Navion gvw I'll be good to go. If I have to add that 420 lbs I'll have to be really careful with my load. I've looked all over the Internet and this is the first mention of four down tongue weight math I've found. Will really appreciate clarification of above comment. How do you figure you have 420 lbs. tongue weight? Try this; put your towbar on the Jeep. Hold the hitch end up. Do you think it weighs 420 lbs? Put the hitch end of the towbar on a bathroom scale. What is the actual weight? THAT is the "tongue weight" of the towbar/Jeep combination! What is the rated capacity of your receiver on the motorhome? It is quite likely 3500 lbs., 5000 at the most. THAT is the important number.
mowermech 09/23/16 05:57am Dinghy Towing
RE: Why can't I get what I want with manual transmission

If you are looking for a vehicle to tow four down, check the towability VERY carefully. Not all manual transmission vehicles are four-down towable!
mowermech 09/22/16 06:44pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Rain! For three days: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow. More of a "drizzle", actually. Kind of like a heavy mist. It has been wet all day, but only .08 in the gauge. Just the kind of soaking we need. Next week it is supposed to be back to the 70s, and sunny. I haven't heard where the snow level is. I would guess about 5000 feet. I know somebody who lives at 4600, and they have no snow yet. IMO, the snow can stay at 5000 or above until December 20th or so. a white Christmas will be nice. After that, it can melt away, and go back above 5000 feet!
mowermech 09/22/16 06:39pm Around the Campfire
RE: rv freindly HOA in deleware

To maintain clarity and simplicity, let's agree that a "Realtor" (capitalized) is a member of NAR, but a "realtor" (lower case) is not necessarily a member, but does assist in the buying and selling of real estate. Just as not all good mechanics are NIASE certified, not all real estate offices or agents are NAR members.
mowermech 09/21/16 09:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Ready Brake cable failure

It is absolutely necessary to keep any cable or wire or hose as far as possible away from the exhaust manifold or header pipe. If it melted, it was too close.
mowermech 09/19/16 10:11am Dinghy Towing
RE: 4x4 vs 2x4

I always get a chuckle out of these "4X4 vs. 4X2" threads (by the way, a "2X4" is a piece of lumber, not a vehicle). In my 60 years of driving, I have owned both. In fact, I now have a 4X4 Dodge CTD 2500. I have had it in four wheel drive to test the function, but that is all. I used to have a Jeep Rubicon. The only time it was in four wheel drive was on trips to Moab to run the slick-rock trails. Oh, wait, I did put it in four wheel drive, and locked both differentials, to try to bust a snow berm that I had built up in front of it. That didn't work, I had to dig it out! When we were full timing in a triple slide fifth wheel, I had a 4X2 Dodge 3500 CTD. Never needed 4X4. After we settled, I used that truck for hauling hay for our horses, never needed 4X4. I took it to CA to pick up a car on a flatbed trailer, towed that rig across Donner Pass in a blizzard, did not need 4X4. Yes, I had to put chains on. The only reason I have a 4X4 now is that a Dodge 4X4 is towable four down without modification (the 2500 CTD is too heavy, though), and 4X2 trucks are hard to find. My last truck, a Dodge 1500, was 4X4 for the same reason: Towability! I grew up and learned to drive in Northwestern Montana winters without 4X4. They were quite rare back then. Very few people wanted them! IMO, based on what I see around here, 4X4 is more a "fashion statement" than a true "need"! Most of them rarely leave hard surface roads. Note I did not say "pavement".
mowermech 09/19/16 10:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Flat Towing Truck

Long bed half ton truck, 5000 lbs. +. Trike, 1000 lbs. + rampage lift, looks like about 500 lbs, + or -. Total weight, 6500 lbs. + Towbar required, 10,000 lb. capacity. No problem Motorhome towing capacity, also 10K. For me, that would be a major problem! Good luck. I'm not sure I understand part of your post. Are you saying it would be a major problem for you or you think it would be a major problem if you were me? Just looking for clarification. Sorry about not being perfectly clear. FOR ME, a motorhome with 10K towing capacity would be a major problem, in that I would have to buy a diesel pusher to get that capacity, and that just ain't gonna happen. There is NO room in the budget for such a purchase!
mowermech 09/18/16 10:51am Dinghy Towing
RE: Flat Towing Truck

Long bed half ton truck, 5000 lbs. +. Trike, 1000 lbs. + rampage lift, looks like about 500 lbs, + or -. Total weight, 6500 lbs. + Towbar required, 10,000 lb. capacity. No problem Motorhome towing capacity, also 10K. For me, that would be a major problem! Good luck.
mowermech 09/15/16 10:44am Dinghy Towing
RE: Question for all the shaved headed men out there.

Just do like I did: Quit shaving. About once a quarter, I get my hair and beard cut short, and the few wispy hairs on top cut VERY short. I comb my hair and beard with a washcloth. It is difficult to get lower maintenance than that!
mowermech 09/15/16 10:35am Around the Campfire
RE: Domicile and LTCs for fulltimers

Transport is simple; you just need three small safes! One for the weapon. One for the magazine. One for the ammunition. It would be a good idea to have them separated by at least 6 feet, with none accessible to the driver. That should satisfy almost anybody.
mowermech 09/14/16 07:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ham Radio Operaters out there?

When near Billings, MT come up on 147.360, 100 Hz tone, standard offset. I have a mostly Yaesu station, except for a couple of Chinese HTs (Bao Feng UV-5R) Plan on being in Montana the third weekend in July, and go to the Glacier/Waterton Hamfest (GWhamfest.com). 73, KJ7POE
mowermech 09/13/16 04:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toad &a brake assist

It surely wasn't the intent of the law, but note that ONLY a towed vehicle with a gross weight of two tons must have the braking system. If it weighs more than two tons, apparently no braking is required. The law is very specific about house trailers (gross weight of 1000 pounds or more)! "...and having a gross weight of two tons, and all house trailers of 1,000 pounds gross weight or more,..." Of such technicalities are court cases won or lost...
mowermech 09/12/16 10:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Toad &a brake assist

I actually live in the one state mowermech is referring to, I believe, that does require such (North Carolina). However, even with NC, the laws are soooo vague, its just about impossible to comply with it completely. Mowermech has the details, but NC basically says it has to be a system they approve of, but nowhere will you find anything saying just what types of systems they 'approve', hahaha. (right, mowermech?) Gee, I hope my ReadyBrake system I use is one they approve of. :R Oh, wait, its not, since I can't engage or control it manually from the Motorhome. Guess I'm going straight to jail, now, huh? Hahahahaha. :) ReadyBrake, M&G, etc. are NOT "brake systems" in themselves, so no approval should needed. They are simply "brake application systems" that apply the Federal DOT/NHTSA approved existing brake system on the vehicle that presumably NC approves as well. If they don't, that's a whole different issue... This is the applicable portion of the NC law (20-124): "(f) Every semitrailer, or trailer, or separate vehicle, attached by a drawbar or coupling to a towing vehicle, and having a gross weight of two tons, and all house trailers of 1,000 pounds gross weight or more, shall be equipped with brakes controlled or operated by the driver of the towing vehicle, which shall conform to the specifications set forth in subsection (e) of this section and shall be of a type approved by the Commissioner." Note that the brakes must be "controlled or operated by the driver" and must be "of a type approved by the Commissioner". Is a surge brake controlled by the driver? Is it of a TYPE approved by the Commissioner? Does the braking conform to Subsection (e)? If not, it is apparently not legal in NC!
mowermech 09/12/16 09:06am Class A Motorhomes
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