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RE: How many RVers does it take to change a light bulb?

I can't afford to buy LED bulbs. Is there a government program to give me some? Now, just wait just one cotton-picking minnit! You bought an RV, you MUST be able to afford LED bulbs!
mowermech 02/27/15 08:18pm Around the Campfire
RE: Funny Story

Again, it must be noted that DMV/title procedures vary widely and wildly in the various states. So do the regulations regarding license plates! For instance, here in Montana the title is sent to the registered owner. the lien holder does NOT get the title. Also, here in Montana the license plates belong to the registered owner. They do not stay on the vehicle when it is sold. It is the SELLERS responsibility to remove HIS plates before the vehicle leaves his premises. When the owner buys a new vehicle, he can put his old plates on it AFTER he has been to DMV and had it transferred and registered. There are over 100 different "specialty" plates available, not including personal "vanity" plates. My point is, for anybody to say "THIS is how it is!" is just foolish. The rules, regulations, and laws vary so much that it is a safe bet that SOMEBODY will jump in and say "NO, it isn't, it is THAT way!" and, they are right!
mowermech 02/26/15 07:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Rotate tires on Class A YES OR NO ( why?)

No, I don't rotate the tires on the motorhome. Mainly because I have M&S traction tread tires on the rear, and I am "old school" enough that I still believe the direction of rotation of radial tires should not be reversed, so I won't put the left tires on the right side and vice versa. I don't know, nor do I care, if that old canard is true these days or not.
mowermech 02/25/15 06:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 3 places better than Craigslist to buy and sell used items

let's see... On craigslist, I list an item. Somebody sees my listing, and calls me asking about it. I can agree to meet them in the Tractor supply parking lot so they can pick it up. No problem. If the item is too big to easily transport, I can tell them where I live so they can come get it. Again, no problem. Yes, I have to be careful of scammers. That, IMO, is easy. I just tell all responders "CASH only!" I have never seen a scammer that is willing to show up with cash. I have never seen a scammer who is willing to show up, period! Now, please explain how these other sites are SAFER than craigslist. As for garage/yard/rummage sales, they are listed in the newspaper (with map), in the weekly shopper paper, and on craigslist. Again, no problem. IMO, it is all much ado about nothing.
mowermech 02/25/15 09:25am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

About a half inch of wet, sticky snow. That should make the roads interesting this morning! 30 degrees, though, so maybe the pavement was warm enough that it melted when it hit.
mowermech 02/25/15 06:18am Around the Campfire
RE: Interesting Article About Snow...

IMO, there are three snow depths to consider: 1. Broom depth; I can handle it with a corn broom, no big deal. 2. Shovel depth; There is too much for the broom, I need a snow shovel. 3. ATV snowplow depth, with chains; There is too much to shovel, I need to push it out of the way. Come to think of it, there is a fourth one, but it is very rare: 4. HOLY COW! I need to wait for the neighbor who has a plow on his truck, or the other neighbor who has a skid steer loader; that is too much even for the ATV!
mowermech 02/24/15 01:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: Is it okay to drop my tip out beds at rest stops or Walmart?

I also dont know why some think they need to be the anti slide nazi. Makes me think of Cramers soup nazi. If you go to Walmart park off to the side and put the tip out over the lawn or park near the end of a row and put the tip out on that side. I often walk around and pick up any trash near my rig and also go in to buy stuff. Check on the states that you will pass through as some rest areas do allow you to over night but I wouldn't put the tip in another lane. Be sure you are overhanging lawn or end of a row obviously. WM Allstays See if this link has anything that may help Free or Cheap This. Obviously, you don't want your bed sticking out where some half blind fool can run into it! By definition, a "rest area" is a place to stop and get some REST for SAFETY reasons! In many states, when it is posted "NO CAMPING" the intent was to stop people from setting up tents on the lawn. Some areas restrict parking to 8 hours. When commercial drivers run out of time, they MUST stop for the required period. That, too, is what rest areas are for.
mowermech 02/24/15 06:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Bringing a generator with to a FHU campground?

As it has been said about SO many things, "It is better to have it and not need it than it is to need it and not have it!" That applies to generators as well as can openers! ...and other things.
mowermech 02/24/15 06:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Can I run a Carfax on a Class A MH

"Who knows maybe the ones trying to scare people off of Carfax are also the ones selling the chocolates." Nope. If I have a vehicle for sale, and you want to pay for a Carfax, you go right ahead. If you decide NOT to buy the vehicle based on the Carfax report, it is your loss, not mine. In fact, a double loss: the price of the report, and you don't have the vehicle. Somebody will come along and buy it, sooner or later, and I am probably in no hurry to sell anyway. Of course, the vehicle is to be sold "as is, where is, no warranty of any kind expressed or implied"! After a little fender bender I recently had, I got a letter from the insurance company saying they had totaled the car. I found that interesting, since I had got the car out of the body shop a couple weeks prior to that, and the insurance paid for the repairs. Just out of curiosity I paid for a Carfax report to see if the insurance had reported the car as totaled, since they also had not paid the lien off. The accident was reported, but it was not totaled. they got that right, at least. It is worthy of note that most independent (not part of a franchised new car dealership) used car lots around here get their cars and trucks from one or the other of the local auto auctions. These are vehicles that the big dealers don't want on their lots for more than a couple weeks.
mowermech 02/23/15 08:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Free tools

Good think those mechanics don't work on airplanes! Sorry, but aircraft mechanics are not much better. I have found combination wrenches in the flap wells of Cessna Caravans. I have found a silver dollar in the main electrical panel of an aircraft. I have found a large steel screwdriver with wood handles under the instrument panel of an aircraft. When I worked on pre-delivery inspections for a major aircraft manufacturer I found innumerable tools and junk in the bilges of new aircraft. We regularly had to wipe foul graffiti off hidden surfaces. People who hold A&P licenses are just regular folks like everyone else. They make mistakes, too.
mowermech 02/23/15 08:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: Does anyone watch the Academy Awards...

No. I did not watch. Just not interested.
mowermech 02/23/15 08:22pm Around the Campfire
RE: Towing a vehicle with Winnebago

Considering some of the engineers (electrical, mechanical, and civil) I have known and worked with, I disagree. Sometimes practical experience is much better than book learning! An engineer that I know agreed with the well qualified metalworker. Of course, he is a Navy educated Nuclear Engineer. But, he IS an engineer!
mowermech 02/23/15 12:16pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Jayco goes Renault and other Oddities from Aust

Very nice. But, the entrance door is on the wrong side!
mowermech 02/23/15 07:09am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Can I run a Carfax on a Class A MH

Sure, you can get a Carfax report, but I wouldn't spend the money. If you want to be sure the title is "clear", ask to see it. If there is a lien on the vehicle, it will be shown in the appropriate space on the title. If the title is a Salvage or Rebuild or Bonded title, it will say so on the title. If there is a lien shown on the title, but the seller has a lien release from the lender, then it is a clear title. When it is transferred, the lien will go away.
mowermech 02/23/15 07:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Interstates versus secondary roads

Montana Code Annotated 61-8-311. Minimum speed regulations. (1) A person may not drive a motor vehicle at a speed slow enough to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law. If we read this correctly, what is said is that you should not impede traffic except when necessary for safety reasons OR WHEN IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW. Obeying the speed limit is required by law, so you are NOT impeding traffic when driving the speed limit. However, I like to follow the golden rule on the road by staying out of the left lane except to pass and pull off the road if we're moving along at a casual pace and a car or two want to pass (on two-lane roads). Following this practice makes everyones life a tad easier. HOWEVER, the next section states: "(2) On a two-lane highway where passing is unsafe because of oncoming traffic or other conditions, the operator of a slow-moving vehicle behind which four or more vehicles are formed in line shall turn off the roadway at the nearest area where a sufficient and safe turnout exists in order to permit the vehicles following it to proceed. If the shoulder of the highway to the right of the slow-moving vehicle is wide enough and is in a condition allowing safe travel, the operator of the slow-moving vehicle may drive onto the shoulder and proceed at a safe speed until passed. As used in this section, a slow-moving vehicle is one that is proceeding at a rate of speed less than the normal flow of traffic at the particular time and place." Please take particular note of the last sentence of Section 2. The way these paragraphs are written can create confusion, however Section 1 clearly indicates drivers must comply with the law (speed limits). Yes, a driver can go 30mph in 50mph zone, unless traffic is being impeded. But, reasonable speed should never exceed the speed limit. Our local judge verbalized that pretty clearly in a recent traffic court. Since I am discussing MONTANA law here, what happens in an Arizona traffic court has no bearing. My discussion is limited to Montana Code Annotated 61-8-311. Other states are irrelevant. While Section 1 can create confusion, Section 2 is quite clear, even including a concise definition of "slow moving vehicle".
mowermech 02/23/15 06:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Interstates versus secondary roads

From I read here most of you folk would want me to pull over if I am in front of a string of traffic that went thru a stop light 3 miles ago so they can go on even though all are spaced out as they should be and running at posted speed limit on a two lane road. I often encounter this half mile long string on my local US-50. As I see it some are not making sense. Do as you wish, but be aware that in Montana (and some other states) if a Highway Patrol Officer sees you at the front of a long string of vehicles (4 or 5 or more), and you don't pull over and let them pass when it is safe to do so, you just might get a ticket! That IS the law! Good luck.
mowermech 02/23/15 06:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Is my 16K Reese ok for the job?

So how close do or should you get to the 16k before moving up? 17,000 There is a good chance that Engineering and Marketing agreed on at least a 10% safety margin for the Working Load. I don't believe anything is ever rated at its Failure Load. So, yeah, I would not be one bit afraid to exceed the rating by 10 or 15%. NOTE: This is a statement of what I would likely do. It is in no way to be considered as advice or a recommendation for YOU (the reader) to follow. The final decision is YOURS to make.
mowermech 02/23/15 06:44am Towing
RE: Towing a vehicle with Winnebago

I wanted to tow a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited with a Tioga 29 ft. Class C. I encountered the same problem the OP is having, a 3500 lb. hitch. I took it to a highly qualified metal worker/welder and had the hitch reinforced and the frame extensions inspected. He said "You are good to go!" So we went. We made several trips across the Continental Divide with that rig. Nothing bent; nothing broke; there were no accidents, incidents, or occurrences; no injuries; and no fatalities. the Ford 460 in that Tioga did the job quite well.
mowermech 02/23/15 06:35am Dinghy Towing
RE: Confused about bearings

For good information, I recommend Department of The Army Technical Manual 9-214, Inspection, Care, and Maintenance of Antifriction Bearings. The copy I have is dated November, 1959. It will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about bearings, and more. It is readily available online. It's also from 1959, bearing materials and procedures have moved on and advanced in many cases (Not all) Metallurgy is a science that does not stand still and new materials can and do affect how things are done in many cases. I would rely on the 21st century instructions from the MFG or Axle MFG. Chances are, the cautions, warnings, and acceptable procedures are pretty much the same. In looking through the TM, I find that only things outdated are some of the tools. The cleaning, inspection requirements, lubrication, and adjustment instructions are pretty much the same then as now.
mowermech 02/22/15 08:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Confused about bearings

For good information, I recommend Department of The Army Technical Manual 9-214, Inspection, Care, and Maintenance of Antifriction Bearings. The copy I have is dated November, 1959. It will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about bearings, and more. It is readily available online. Let me Google that fro you Thanks, but it was REALLY unnecessary. I have a hard copy right here on the desk, I don't need to google it. But, others might need the slick little tutorial that you provided.
mowermech 02/22/15 08:00pm General RVing Issues
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