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RE: 2012 outback auto tranny

generally speaking, Subarus with manual transmissions are towable. Subarus with automatic transmissions are not. You can NOT dolly tow ANY Subaru!
mowermech 11/22/14 06:18pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Shaving?

When I retired, I quit shaving. I was already down to once a week or thereabouts. Now, I don't shave at all, ever. I mean, c'mon, guys, how smart is it to attack your face and neck with a sharp blade every day, then tie a noose around your neck? No, I don't wear neckties, either. In fact, the only ties around here are a left-over from a military uniform and a few Western style bolos. I don't even own a suit!
mowermech 11/22/14 06:14pm Around the Campfire
RE: Braking System for Tow Vehicle

Not only do you have to check the laws of your State on towing brake systems but the States you plan to frequent to make sure your safe and legal. Some States have no laws but most do! Every state where I have checked the towing laws ( mostly in the West) DOES have an applicable law! It is called a Braking Performance Law or Standard. For an example, look at Montana Code Annotated (MCA) 61-9-312. California has a similar law, except, IIRC, their distance for a towing vehicle is 45 feet. I have never seen a "list of towing laws" that refers to braking standards! Keep in mind, when discussing "emergency stops", that at 60 MPH you will travel over 150 feet BEFORE your foot even touches the brake pedal! REALLY GOOD reflexes may be shorter, old guy reflexes may be longer.
mowermech 11/22/14 09:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Car bra protection

I spent $400 (give or take a little) on a full front cover for the PT Cruiser. We used it on our trip to Tennessee and back. Since we tow the PT on a dolly, I wonder if it wasn't a waste of money. The car is high enough that nothing much hits it anyway. But, if something ever does bounce up there, the car is protected. I haven't noticed any damage from rubbing. Yet. I didn't use anything when flat towing the Jeep I had, nor do I use anything when flat towing the truck.
mowermech 11/22/14 09:18am Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

WOW, what a nice day! 40 degrees and dark when I got up at 0600, newspaper says high should be about 48 (that means it might hit 50 or better!), and the overnight low of 40 again. It won't last, of course, clouds and rain, maybe snow, in the near future. I just looked at the weather station, it says 50.6 degrees. However, the temp sender is presently in full sunshine.
mowermech 11/22/14 09:12am Around the Campfire
RE: Flat tire

It is "Tire-Rama" here. They have been good to me on pressure checks, flat repair, replacing the front hub bearings on the truck, using MY parts that I had purchased elsewhere, and changing the oil on the coach. Yep, when I needed tires on the rear of the coach, that's where I went! Come to think of it, when I needed all six tires replaced on the old Class C, that's where I went. Maybe that's why they treat me so good!
mowermech 11/22/14 09:07am Around the Campfire
Advertising: whoops or deliberate?

Oh, what the heck, I'll put it under "Humor", it IS kinda funny... To set the scene; a full page ad on the last page of the Saturday newspaper, for a multi-line dealer on the West end (Cars, trucks, boats, RVs, and ATVs). At the top of the page, an ad for a "1999 Dodge Roadtrek 190 Versatile, Loaded, $21,995". The ad is headed "MANGER SPECIAL"! So, are they celebrating Christmas, or making a mistake?
mowermech 11/22/14 09:00am Around the Campfire
RE: Class A or C ?

Never really thought about the safety part of it. Thanks for all the great input. Would I be safe in guessing the A would be about 2 mpg less? IMO, if you are truly concerned about fuel economy, you do not want a motorhome of any type!
mowermech 11/21/14 07:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A or C ?

I don't believe I will have a head-on accident, so I'm not much worried about the "safety" aspects of my Class A. Sure, it CAN happen, but I really don't think it will. It hasn't since 1958, and it isn't likely now. Unless I hit a deer or an elk. But then, the animal will be below the floor, so I'm not too worried about that, either, and I rarely drive the coach after dark, which lessens the chance of an animal accident greatly. Now, having said all that, over the years I have owned a camp trailer (not self contained); a Travel Trailer (self contained); a 27 foot class A (terrible floor plan); a 32 foot Class A (nice floor plan, but GM 454 engine); a 29 foot Class C (Ford 460 engine, not bad); a 32 foot Class A with one slide out (VERY nice!); and we lived full time in a 32 foot triple slide fifth wheel (having the washer dryer combo was GREAT!). AND, just to keep things interesting, I had 6 foot, 9.5 foot, and 11.5 foot truck campers. We are very happy with our current Class A. We have no desire to go back to any of the types we had before.
mowermech 11/21/14 02:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Very interesting, but NOT a Jeep killer

IMO, it isn't even a Dodge killer. I will keep my old '01 Ram 1500 4X4, thank you. Would it compete with the Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited I had? IMO, absolutely not.
mowermech 11/20/14 01:15pm Around the Campfire
RE: Jury summons

I received such a notice while we were on contract in California. I called the Clerk of the Court and asked if they had the budget for travel, meals, and lodging. Of course, she wanted to know why that was needed. When I told her I was in California, and had no place to live in Montana, she said she would tell the judge we were unavailable. I never heard another word.
mowermech 11/20/14 01:11pm Around the Campfire
RE: do gassers offer anything like the DP engine brake

Welll, guys, all I know is what I have observed. Gas engines have compression braking, even those old 7:1 compression ratio Model A 4 bangers. It is just the nature of the beast. Diesel engines (at least the Cummins in my old Dodge 3500 and the little 4 banger in my older Datsun pickup) have negligible compression braking. The Dodge/Cummins however, had a Jacobs Rambrake installed on the engine, and when it was engaged there was a LOT of braking power! Since there was NO intake vacuum, it had a vacuum pump installed to supply vacuum to the cruise control, the Jake Brake, and the power brakes. As for the throttle plate discussion, I have tried starting gas engines of various sizes by pushing or rolling down hills, and even with the throttle open there is a LOT of compression braking until the engine starts running (if it starts!). My old Datsun diesel pickup had a throttle plate and venturi (the venturi created vacuum to control the injection pump via a diaphragm). With the throttle plate closed, it still had negligible compression braking. I have no idea what the technical explanation of all this is, and don't really care. The observations are factual. Oh, yeah, to answer the original quesation: No, there is no Jake brake or similar unit for gas engines. They don't need them. the inherent compression braking does the job just fine.
mowermech 11/20/14 06:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: do gassers offer anything like the DP engine brake

Yes gasoline motorhomes with big engines have lots of power, but man they eat gasoline like crazy. I had a 454 chevy pickup with a big overhead camper. I started climbing the Sierra's from Bishop to Mammoth. It went up easy, but I was almost out of fuel by the time I got to the top of the mountain. LOL! And the Ford 460 was even worse. Many years ago, when I lived in the Flathead Valley of Northwestern Montana, not far from the West entrance to Glacier National Park, I had a 1969 Chevy C20 that was like that. I had a 9 foot camper on it, and it had the old 292 inline 6 with 4 speed tranny. That thing had a terrible thirst for fuel! I haven't done a fuel economy check on the Southwind (I don't really care), but from here to Great Falls it seems to take pretty much the same amount of fuel as the old Tioga 29 Foot Class C with the 460 Ford did.
mowermech 11/19/14 07:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking for your suggestions

My Dodge 1500 makes a very nice toad, IMO. Next summer I will be trying it with a Kawasaki Brute Force 750 in the bed.
mowermech 11/19/14 07:15pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

This is my twenty four thousandth post on RV.net. That's an average of almost 5.8 posts per day. Obviously, I need a better hobby.
mowermech 11/19/14 07:11pm Around the Campfire
RE: do gassers offer anything like the DP engine brake

redguard just sent me this as a PM in reference to my post where I said that gasser RV's have no problems in the mountains with either the climb or the descent. "you obviously have not driven a larger A gasser loaded in the rockies etc as this statement is pure bunk simply put UNTRUE " I'll let those of you that have driven their gassers in the mountains respond. I have never had a problem with my Monaco gas coach in the Rockies, but I also never had a problem with the diesel coaches I've owned in the mountains. Apparently he wanted to call me liar in private. Oh well! :B As the above posts already seem to indicate, gas RV's do fine in the mountains. As one who has spent most of his life in and around the Rocky Mountains of Northwestern Montana, crossing and recrossing the Continental Divide in everything from a 1946 Ford pickup to a 32 foot Ford V10 motorhome towing a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup to a gas powered military deuce-and-a-half with 2 600 gallon fuel bowsers on it, to a 1951 Ford pickup fully loaded towing a 1963 Corvair, I say meadow muffins and cow pies to that statement. My gas motorhome has no problem at all on Marias Pass, Homestake Pass, or Monida Pass. My previous Class C with the Ford 460 in it didn't either, towing a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited.
mowermech 11/19/14 03:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How many ways does the earth rotate ?

It's looking like a long, long winter :B Pinochle anyone? No. Canasta or Cribbage, perhaps
mowermech 11/19/14 03:16pm Around the Campfire
RE: How to tow our Wrangler?

oh lord hear we go again w/ the brake laws ! Yessir, "here we go again". BUT, not very far. I will just point out that many states have a firm definition of a "trailer", and that definition often does NOT include towed motor vehicles. The weight limits usually refer specifically to "trailers". Some states show UNLADEN weight of the trailer, some have GROSS weight. Many states have a Braking Performance Law. California is one of them. Montana is another. Braking laws are usually not reciprocal. You have to comply with the laws of the state you are currently driving in. By the way, this website (http://www.brakebuddy.com/Towing-Laws) is WRONG about Montana. That 3000 lbs. is the GROSS weight when a TRAILER requires brakes. The definition of a trailer in Montana does not include a towed motor vehicle. If you can stop your "combination of vehicles" within 40 feet from 20 MPH on a clean, hard, dry, level surface, you are legal (see MCA 61-9-312). It is worthy of note that the site is sponsored by Brake Buddy. OF COURSE, they want you to believe that THEIR product is required by law nearly everywhere. the truth is, it is not. Perhaps someday RVers will actually become knowledgeable about the laws in their own states, and this discussion will just fade away. One can certainly hope so.
mowermech 11/19/14 10:11am Dinghy Towing
RE: Montana LLC

Being a fulltimer allows you to pick and choose whichever state you desire. As others have said, South Dakota, Florida and Texas appear to be the states that most use. No problem with the Montana LLC if you use South Dakota according to what others have posted. Why would you even bother with a Montana LLC if you did a domicile in South Dakota? You would be a SD "resident" and thus I do not see any tax advantage to a MT LLC. Using the Montana LLC would save the sales tax on the purchase. Apparently South Dakota does not chase fulltimers who use the Montana LLC's which would free up the purchaser on the sales tax and any other charges that SD might levy but Montana doesn't. Also an LLC is not a bad idea from an asset protection standpoint. I believe in order to register you coach in South Dakota you must prove to the state you paid the sales tax when you bought the coach. At least I had to five years ago when I registered mine there. Then I guess I will never set up residence in SD. I bought my rigs right here in Montana, and no sales tax has ever been paid on any of them. If I want to get away from the Montana income tax, looks like I will have to move to Wyoming!
mowermech 11/19/14 06:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to tow our Wrangler?

Just out of curiosity, in what states is an auxiliary braking system in a towed motor vehicle required by law?
mowermech 11/18/14 08:06pm Dinghy Towing
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