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RE: rear axle on dinghy

Thinking about fabricating a spare tire rod that I can connect one end to the frame and the other end to the drag link there by keeping the steering absolutely rigid with the wheels facing straight. It would be easier to attach a tie rod than to remove the drive shaft. what do you think? If your vehicle has a steering damper, why not fabricate a solid rod to replace it? You could even make it out of a large turnbuckle, so it would be adjustable. Anyway, yes, I think your idea has merit. If it is designed to be easy and simple to install and remove, patent it and put it on the market!
mowermech 04/15/14 10:45pm Dinghy Towing
RE: tow dolly towing

You might wish to check the laws in your state, and the states in which you will be towing. Some states require lights, reflectors, or a red flag on the end of any load that extends more than X feet behind the existing lights (it is 2 feet in Montana, IIRC). Yes, tail lights have built in reflectors! also, some states (and possibly FMVSS) require lights on any portion of the vehicle that extends beyond the side of the vehicle. Thus, the lights on the fenders of 1 ton duallys, amber on the front of the fender, red on the rear. Lighting requirements are not covered by Reciprocity Agreements.
mowermech 04/15/14 05:55pm Dinghy Towing
RE: hotshotsecrets additive

I am highly suspicious of any company that puts a pdf file on the internet containing the MSDS for their product that is NOT FILLED IN, and gives NO information abut the ingredients. do a google search for hot shot's secret msds and see what you find. Maybe you will find one that has some information.
mowermech 04/15/14 10:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sell MH & Toad together or separately?

I would advertise them together, but be ready and willing to price them and sell them separately. Be sure to put the price in the ad. I really detest "For Sale" ads without the price!
mowermech 04/15/14 08:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Beware of Fire and Check that Extinguisher date

Residential refrigerators work so much better - but unfortunately lack propane and 12V. Not a huge deal for many, but it is a deal on a long trip or boondocking. Yep, and that is exactly why I walked away from a very nice Dodge-based Class C several years ago. My traveling/camping is about 50/50, so the 110VAC frig is not acceptable IMO. My ammonia cycle frig works just fine. I think I'll keep it.
mowermech 04/14/14 11:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: tow dolly towing

There may be wiring harness "splitters" commercially available. If not, it would be fairly easy to make one. Something like this, perhaps: http://www.realtruck.com/anzo-trailer-hitch-wiring-splitters/
mowermech 04/14/14 11:15pm Dinghy Towing
RE: rear axle on dinghy

It can be done. It has been done. somebody, somewhere, is probably doing it right now. HOWEVER, do NOT attempt to use the steering lick on the vehicle to hold the front wheels straight. It may not be strong enough. the steering wheel must be VERY securely held in the straight ahead position atg all times whiule being towed in this manner. Since it is illegal in many states to have a white light on the end of a tow, you will probably have to use magnetic towing lights. They work, and they are inexpensive from Harbor Freight.
mowermech 04/14/14 11:09pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Odometer Reset

You will not have any problems until you sell the vehicle. Even then, you just check the "Odometer reading is not the correct mileage; WARNING: Odometer Discrepancy!" box on the title ("Odometer Certification by Seller"), and you are covered. In some states, any vehicle over 10 years old does not have to have an odometer certification when the title is transferred.
mowermech 04/13/14 04:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you suffer from Stuff-o-cation?

"STUFF" will always accumulate sufficiently to fill ALL available space. Plus 10%! It is an immutable Law of Nature. It may take some time, but it WILL happen!
mowermech 04/13/14 04:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: The disaster ready... Discussion

The most likely major disaster in my area would be the explosion of the Yellowstone Caldera. If that happens, going West will be out of the question. Going South would be foolish, and it is a two lane highway. Going North is a two lane highway that will be totally jammed. Going East is a 4 lane freeway that may or may not be usable. IF we survive the initial blast (which is NOT certain), the motorhome becomes our escape vehicle/go-bag. We can be gone in half an hour. Unless, of course, it happens in the dead of winter. THAT would put an entirely different complexion on the situation! For one thing, the motorhome will likely be snowed in and immovable! I was in Hawaii for the 1964 Alaska earthquake. We lived near Haleiwa, on the North Shore. We had a footlocker for a "go-bag", so we loaded that in our Rambler station wagon, and spent the rest of the night in a cane field. Nothing happened, so in the morning we went home. BUT, we were prepared!
mowermech 04/13/14 04:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: Acme Tow Dolly

http://www.americancardolly.com/contact/ I would look at this one, if I were to buy a new dolly. I have looked at the Acme videos, and I just don't care much for it. IMO, the American Dolly has the "best bang for the buck" of any I have seen. However, the old Demco Kar Kaddy that I bought used does the job just fine. It might pay to check your local craigslist and see what is available. It is always possible to find a good buy on one of the "high-priced" dollys!
mowermech 04/13/14 08:20am Dinghy Towing
RE: Seattle WA

I looked at the Issaquah RV park several years ago, but they would not allow our two indoor cats. I found a spot near Poulsbo that was very nice. I don't remember the name, but we stayed their for three months. the ferry ride from Bainbridge Island to the City was rather nice. Look for the RV park near Pouslbo in the Woodalls Directory.
mowermech 04/11/14 01:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Break-away required???

Check the LEGAL definition of a "trailer" in YOUR state! I know the definition here and towed motor vehicles do not meet the definition. (MCA 61-1-101(82)) Montana (and many other states) is a "Performance Law" state. If you can stop your "combination of vehicles" within 40 feet from 20 MPH on a fairly level, clean, hard, surface, you are legal (NCA 61-9-312). Given the apparent current state of the desire for the government to control every aspect of our lives "for the common good", it seems to me if such braking or brake-away systems were necessary for "safety" they would be required by law by the FMVSS and in EVERY state! I believe the number of toad breakaways is VERY low, and the number of injuries or deaths is even lower. I don't have the statistics at hand. I wonder if such statistics are even tabulated? While I agree with you that the number of toad breaakaways is probably low, but I would be devastated if my toad was involved the death of anyone. So would I. However, statistically the chances of that ever happening are so low that very few, if any, states seem to think that it needs to be covered by law. The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards don't seem to care, either! That would seem to indicate that the problem is considered to be non-existent! Could it be that the "problem" was CREATED by the manufacturers of such systems? Considering the misinformation disseminated by such manufacturers concerning the laws, it is within the realm of possibility!
mowermech 04/11/14 11:34am Dinghy Towing
RE: Break-away required???

Check the LEGAL definition of a "trailer" in YOUR state! I know the definition here and towed motor vehicles do not meet the definition. (MCA 61-1-101(82)) Montana (and many other states) is a "Performance Law" state. If you can stop your "combination of vehicles" within 40 feet from 20 MPH on a fairly level, clean, hard, surface, you are legal (NCA 61-9-312). Given the apparent current state of the desire for the government to control every aspect of our lives "for the common good", it seems to me if such braking or brake-away systems were necessary for "safety" they would be required by law by the FMVSS and in EVERY state! I believe the number of toad breakaways is VERY low, and the number of injuries or deaths is even lower. I don't have the statistics at hand. I wonder if such statistics are even tabulated?
mowermech 04/11/14 08:55am Dinghy Towing
RE: Jeep or CRV - the search for a toad continues

Never a Honda, ALWAYS a Jeep! THAT is the ONLY way to go, IMO! Preferably a Rubicon Unlimited.
mowermech 04/09/14 08:06am Dinghy Towing
RE: Can you jump the coach to chassi batteries to charge

Many MHs have a button on the dash to connect and start. Correct. But, many are momentary switches controlling intermittent duty solenoids. This configuration is not designed to be left on 24/7. In all the years I have owned RVs, an all the various types of RVs I have owned, I have never found the need to have a charging system as described in this thread. What, if anything, have I been missing? I have no such system on our present coach. Do I really need it?
mowermech 04/08/14 08:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tank Treatments

ummmm, has anyone else clicked the Buy Now tab? That's very interesting! It seems nobody sells the stuff (Amazon shows up as an "online retailer" for the other product)! Also, if you go to the bottom of the page and click on "Ingredients and MSDS", there is NO MSDS listed for the RV product!
mowermech 04/08/14 08:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Pondering tank level indicator lights

Read this: http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pdfImages/43/43ab947f-62e3-4ce0-bcce-6e3b80e9c564.pdf I would NOT put that stuff in ANY RV tank!!
mowermech 04/07/14 07:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Not sure what I did there, but something sure didn' quite work right! inept computer user, no doubt about it!!
mowermech 04/07/14 08:28am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Silver Springs, NV. Silver Springs, NV. Arrived yesterday, no problems on the trip. Overnighted at Village of Trees RV resort, had the shrimp basket with fries delivered to the coach. GOOD STUFF! arrived yesterday
mowermech 04/07/14 08:26am Around the Campfire
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