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RE: ACME vs American/Stehl - turning explanations needed

Just found out that my 2012 Scion XB auto trans has a locking steering wheel which means I have to have the key set to ACC for steering wheel to unlock...this is a battery drain issue or one more step of disconnecting battery prior to towing basically It's down to the differences..... ACME...surge disc brakes, rigid dolly with no swiveling, small 10" wheels/tires, AND key must be in in ignition turned to ACC AND battery disconnected. American Car Dolly.....electric brakes, swiveling cradle, standard 14" wheels/tires I am leaning closer towards American due to key in ignition issue Thoughts? I think you are on the right track! Personally, if the DEMCO wasn't so dang expensive, I would run right down to the local dealer and get a new one. A used DEMCO and a new American are about the same price. Decisions, Decisions... I don't have to make up my mind until spring, though.
mowermech 10/23/16 01:15pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Double towing laws Not so Simple!

Class A with doubles and triples endorsement, total length not to exceed 65ft and hitches needed to be strong enough for load. In which states? Please cite the applicable state statutes.
mowermech 10/23/16 07:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

29 degrees. clear skies. We are in the "30 to 40 degree variation" period of our year. High today should be in the upper 50s/lower 60s. In the morning, a medium jacket is needed. By noon, a light jacket is fine. By dinner time, a short sleeved shirt is just right.
mowermech 10/23/16 06:59am Around the Campfire
RE: stopping for a single night - rest area or rv park?

Will depend on what you're doing. Travelling to a specific destination for a few days/weeks and need to overnight along the way? On a long road trip and want to pre-plan all stops along the way? Or freewheeling, gypsy style and want to head out into the great unknown and stop wherever, whenever? Not many states legally allow over-nighting at a rest stop. Info. here. Casinos can be great places to overnight. Reasonable fee, good buffets, full hookups, very safe and very clean. Some are like a 5-star hotel. Most slot machines suck up your hard-earned $$ but DW somehow won $1200 along the way in Aug. We are Thousand Trails members and try to stay in them en route, however they can be fully booked way in advance. Many CGs can be fully booked weeks to months in advance in the high season and won't let you in. Depends on where you are and what route it is. Some have dry camping spots but often they don't. Sometimes a CG can be h*ll to get in and out of and you don't want to do that after dark or sometimes even in daylight. In some places finding any place to overnight can be hard. Some CGs are first come, first serve and it can be really hard finding a remaining spot that will work for you. DW won't go anywhere without pre-booking every single CG way in advance. She researches every place way in advance on the internet including the driving time of each leg. We were at one place where a lot of truckers over-nighted and it was only a few blocks from a small town and a homeless guy was wandering around looking for $$. You never know what some whacko can do... A couple of Criminal Minds episodes involved rest stops so DW will never stay in one now no matter how busy it is... :E As with so many internet information sites, the linked site about overnighting in highway rest areas is not entirely accurate. overnightRVparking.com is a much better site, and gives accurate information. well, except for the rims by the airport on State Highway 3 above Billings. that report was made on July 1, and yes, that area IS closed to all types of parking until after the Fourth of July, to prevent people from throwing fireworks off the rims! It IS open for parking the rest of the year. Note that some of the rest areas in Montana that are listed as "no RV parking" were, at the time of the report, closed for construction, and some are seasonal rest areas (not open in the winter). I found the site by googling "overnight RV parking in Montana rest areas". I imagine any state would work, as well.
mowermech 10/22/16 04:50pm Beginning RVing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Well, the truck is in the shop... It quit again (twice) the other day. The code reader says "overboost", and indicates a problem with the TPS and/or MAP sensors. Oh, well, I planned to get the valves adjusted, the fuel filter changed, the fuel pressure checked, and the waste gate re-plumbed (it was disconnected by the previous owner; that explains the overboost code!) anyway, so that is being done as well as the quitting problem. I finally got the screwdriver HF antenna installed on the truck. Now to check the tuning, and I will be ready for all-band all-mode operation! Well, almost all-band. 6 meters and 160 meters may not be tunable.
mowermech 10/22/16 07:21am Around the Campfire
RE: RIP Propane

Let's see... within 7 miles of home, we have propane available at: Big R Ranch supply. Ace Hardware (they installed the propane dispensing station this summer) U-Haul Village rentals and Tractor Supply Needless to say, we have no problems finding propane. We call Amerigas to have the house tank filled. Amerigas bought V-1 Propane.
mowermech 10/21/16 02:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Older Ram Heavy Duty pickup trucks are being recalled

Mine is a 1999, so it looks like I don't have to worry about it. Sometimes, older IS better!
mowermech 10/21/16 06:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Double towing laws Not so Simple!

The most important thing is to NOT rely on any "List of Towing Laws" for information! Every one I have seen is wrong about the towing laws in Montana! Many are wrong about the speed limit. There is no "towing speed limit"! Many are wrong about the maximum length for a truck/trailer/trailer combination It is 75 feet, not 70 or 65. Most are wrong about requiring brakes on a towed vehicle. It is called a Braking Performance Standard. You must be able to stop a combination of vehicles within 40 feet from 20 MPH on a level, clean, hard, dry surface. To give an example of what to look for, here is a list of the Montana Codes Annotated (MCA) that one should be familiar with: 61-1-101 (since they are all 61- series, to save time and typing I will leave it off); 8-311; 9-411; 8-367; 9-304; 9-312; 10-104; 10-102; 8-303; and 9-204. As you can see, it will require a lot of research of the laws of every state you plan to enter to ensure that you don't violate any laws. Many of these laws are not covered by any Reciprocity Agreements.
mowermech 10/20/16 04:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Brakes - Electric or Surge?

is there any breakaway feature on surge brakes? bumpy Yes. Hydraulic surge brakes on trailers have a light chain attached to a lever. When the chain is pulled, the lever engages the master cylinder push rod, locking the brakes. The lever has a ratchet so that it will not release the brakes until the ratchet is manually released. Most mechanical systems also have a breakaway feature available.
mowermech 10/20/16 03:49pm Dinghy Towing
RE: How do you define too expensive?

Around here, nearly every station charges the same for gas and diesel. I can save about 2 cents per gallon by driving across town or out to the freeway. That's about 10 miles one way. Not worth it, IMO. When traveling, I stop for fuel at Flying J Travel Centers whenever possible. The RV card gives me 3 to 5 cents off, and the debit card gives me the cash price. Our trips have become mostly in-state these days. When going to the Flathead Valley, we stop at Great Falls at the Malmstrom FamCamp or KOA if the FamCamp is full. Locally, we use State Parks or USFS campgrounds. Yes, I have the Golden Age Passport! We look for senior or military discounts when using private campgrounds. We look for convenience first, price second. IMO, it is foolish to save on campground fees, then spend time and money traveling to get where we need to be. For instance, we can save a lot of money by parking at Lost Johnny Point Campground on Hungry Horse Reservoir, but we will be driving to Kalispell nearly every day (about 30 miles one way), so the fuel costs will wipe out those savings rather quickly! It makes more sense to spend the money to stay in an RV park near town. As some have stated, "too expensive" is more related to value received than actual price! The same applies to motels when traveling without the RV. It is foolish, IMO, to spend over $100 for a night in a motel, when all one is going to do is shower and sleep. I do not care if the place has meeting rooms, a sauna, a hot tube, a pool, a gym, etc. I just want to sleep in a real bed instead of the seat in the truck! On a recent trip to Nevada and back, I stopped at a little old rat-trap motel just off the freeway in Central Idaho. It was clean, dark, and quiet, and cost $30, IIRC. It was worth it. It was NOT worth the price of a La Quinta room, though.
mowermech 10/19/16 07:37am General RVing Issues
RE: ACME vs American/Stehl - turning explanations needed

I do not believe the ACME videos. SOMETHING under the vehicle is twisting to make the steering wheel turn. The vehicle wheels are firmly tied down, they are NOT steering. Yet, something is making the steering wheel turn. To me, based on a lifetime working as a mechanic, that means something is twisting that was not meant to twist. Therefore, I would never buy an ACME tow dolly, or any other with similar construction. I want a dolly that steers, either with a swivel pan (like the American Tow Dolly), or with king pin steering (like the DEMCO Kar Kaddy). Also, it is worthy of note that the American dolly is delivered right to your door, with no additional shipping charges! Yes, the center bolt is the swivel point. That is a very hefty bolt! I have never heard of a swivel bolt failure on any swivel pan dolly. EDIT: Just as a point of reference, I towed a Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible on a Kar Kaddy dolly. It worked great, all the way from Montana to Georgia and back. But, it had no brakes, so I sold it. That was an INCREDIBLY stupid thing to do! I definitely will get another one, and I do not care whether it has brakes or not!
mowermech 10/19/16 06:47am Dinghy Towing
RE: Is my setup any good?

I guess somebody has to be different, so I will. Yes, a WD hitch is a "good thing" to have, but it is NOT "necessary". The original idea behind such hitches was to bring the headlights down out of the trees when towing. I used one on one vehicle many years ago; a 1970 Jeep Wagoneer, towing a 19 foot Travel Trailer. The WD hitch was an absolute necessity for that combination, to keep the Wagoneer rear bumper from scraping the ground! The same trailer behind a Dodge 3/4 ton did not need the WD hitch, and I never used it. Some kind of "sway control" is another "good idea", but it should not be necessary. I have never used one. A properly built, properly loaded trailer should simply not sway, period! If there is a sway problem, find out why and fix it. Do not apply a "band aid", fix the problem(s)! It could be as simple as loading the trailer properly, it could be wrong tire inflation, it could be uneven tire inflation, it could be the wrong type of tire on the towing vehicle or the trailer. There can be a number of contributing factors. Fix them all. Then, if a "sway control" gimmick gives you a sense of security, by all means install one. Yes, most definitely, spend the money and get a GOOD brake controller! That IS a "must have"! I have found the Tekonsha Prodigy to be a very good one, almost as good as the Jordan 2010 I used to have, which is no longer made. There are better ones, but they get pricey! You have plenty of truck. Personally, I would have chosen a Dodge Cummins, but the Ford is OK. Good luck, and enjoy your travels. Edit: Oh, yeah, and get the umbilical fixed so it stays properly connected!
mowermech 10/16/16 08:08am Beginning RVing
RE: Towing

Please, folks, remember that some newbies may not be fully cognizant of the acronyms commonly used by RVers. When "FWD" is posted, does the Newby see "Front Wheel Drive" ( which is likely what the poster meant), or does the Newby see "Four Wheel Drive"? I must admit, even after all the years I have been using this site, acronyms are sometimes confusing!
mowermech 10/16/16 07:42am Dinghy Towing
RE: Blowing Lines

I think the "blow it out only camp" has never lived in a -20deg. area! Well.... NO! We often have below zero temps for a week or more at a time. A gallon of "the pink stuff" (from Walmart) lasts me a couple of years, because it only goes in the traps (3) and the toilet (1). I blow the lines with filtered air at 55 PSI. That has worked for me for the 10 years + that I have lived here.
mowermech 10/13/16 07:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

ro_sie, ro_sie, wherefore art thou, ro_sie??
mowermech 10/12/16 08:33am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

22 degrees this morning. that's more than a 20 degree drop from yesterday's high! Snow is mostly gone, what is left will probably be gone by tonight. It is interesting (but meaningless) that the record low for yesterday was just a few years ago, but the record high was in 1939. But, as we all know, that is weather, not climate!
mowermech 10/12/16 06:11am Around the Campfire
RE: What type of fluid goes in the Slide tank?

Double acting cylinders do NOT have the same volumetric capacity on both sides! The diameter of the ram will determine the difference in capacity. A larger diameter ram will have a much greater difference in capacity than a smaller one. Whether the fluid level is checked with the ram extended or retracted will depend on how the cylinder is mounted. I recommend finding the name of the system manufacturer, google it, and download the Owners Manual. Good luck.
mowermech 10/11/16 08:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

30 degrees. About a half inch of snow on the ground. Still snowing. Forecast high today: 30 degrees. Forecast low tonight: 22 degrees. BUT, the snow is wet and sticky, therefore, according to conventional wisdom, it will not last. Conventional wisdom: Sticky: No sticky No sticky: Sticky By the weekend they say it will be back to 30 year average "normal" temperatures, 50 to 60 degrees. Conventional wisdom wins again, the sticky snow will not stick around!
mowermech 10/11/16 06:10am Around the Campfire
RE: Advice on tow dolly behind my Class A Gasser

Yes, if getting the "best" is important, IMO the DEMCO Kar Kaddy is the dolly you want. I used to have one. I sold it. That was a very dumb thing to do! If getting the best bang for the buck is important, then the American tow dolly is the one I would buy. As for brakes, yes, having them is a "good idea". The only law that applies in most states is the Braking Performance Law. You must be able to stop on a clean, hard, dry, level surface, within 40 or 45 feet (depending on the state) from 20 MPH. This is also in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).
mowermech 10/10/16 09:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Payload discrepancies

I tend to load er up and go. If the truck acts overloaded I take it easy. In Alberta we are supposed to be mindful of our tire ratings.....axle ratings are enforced on big trucks next but disrespecting a vehicles payload, which is derived from the GVWR doesn't have much consequence as far as I know. I am reminded of my step-fathers attitude when hauling firewood in the 1950s: There are two questions to be asked! 1. Will it move? and 2. Will it stop? If the answer to both questions is "YES!" you are good to go. If the answer to EITHER question is "NO!", fix the problem, then you are good to go. My old '94 Dodge 3500 dually was registered for 14,000 lbs. GVW. I picked that number as a "I don't think I will ever exceed that!" guess. AFAIK, I never did. I don't know what my current 2500 is "rated" for, and I don't care.
mowermech 10/10/16 08:58am Tow Vehicles
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