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RE: Advice on purchasing a towing truck

Personally, I would (and did) get a Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins. But, that's just ME. If you want an F250, go for it. I seldom read on any forums a complaint that "I bought too much truck!" But, I sure see the "I didn't buy enough truck!" complaint a lot. I agree, find the trailer you want, then get the truck you NEED to tow that trailer. In fact, it might be smart to get a little more truck than you really NEED!
mowermech 07/27/16 12:12pm Towing
RE: NOW what ?? SO confused!!

I had a half ton with a 5.9L V8. It was marginal towing a 7X14 enclosed cargo trailer. No way would I have towed the 19 foot TT I used to have with it! Now, I have the truck in my sig. It does the job towing the 7X14 trailer with 2 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 ATVs aboard, no problem. I think it will tow anything I am ever likely to buy. THAT is what I want!
mowermech 07/24/16 06:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best Toad?

Why do you think transfer cases are rare? The Wrangler is an excellent tow but a lousy drive. Rent one and take it for a 200 mile drive and see what you think. I actually like Jeeps of all sorts but the Wrangler is a purpose built off roader. Check out the Grand Cherokee since price is not a concern. I made many trips of 500 to 1500 miles in my Wrangler. I never found it to be all that uncomfortable. Set the cruise control, turn on the air conditioning, load the 6 disc CD player, and get on down the freeway. Make the necessary fuel, rest area, and food stops, and stop for the night when a decent looking place appears. Sea level to 6000+ foot mountain passes; good weather, lousy weather, rain and snow; sunshine and clouds... No problem.
mowermech 07/24/16 06:45pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Manual for 2003 Condor motorhome

The manuals for the individual appliances are available from each manufacturer. If you do somehow find the manual for the motorhopme, it will more than likely be mostly useless. Such manuals are not written for each individual model, but for the entire line of motorhomes from that manufacturer. Therefore, they are more often than not very generic, and will seldom answer any question you have. I have the full manufacturer's package from Fleetwood for my coach, including the pamphlets for each appliance, even the outside rear view mirrors. The actual Fleetwood Southwind manual gives little or no information. No wiring diagrams, no plumbing diagrams, not much of anything of use. Good luck.
mowermech 07/24/16 01:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Any groups or memberships worth joining or avoiding?

The most important thing, IMO, before joining ANY club or group, is to THINK! Think about the "benefits" of membership. Think about how often YOU will make use of those "benefits". I was a Good Sam and KOA member for a while, then I realized that most of my camping was done in military famcamps or Forest Service campgrounds. I very rarely stayed in a Good Sampark or a KOA (although we did make one cross-country trip where the KOA membership came in handy, especially for the week at the destination KOA). IMO, if you won't or can't use the "benefits", the membership fee is a waste of money!
mowermech 07/24/16 07:37am Beginning RVing
RE: Toad Protection

When I was towing a Jeep, I figured that since it was a Jeep, it was supposed to be dented and scratched. I did buy a full front end and windshield cover for the PT Cruiser, though, and used it on a trip to Tennessee and back. It worked great. I don't remember the name of the company I bought it from. IIRC it was a custom cover company in CA.
mowermech 07/24/16 07:25am Dinghy Towing
RE: Best Toad?

Yes, a Jeep Wrangler is an excellent toad. Based purely on personal prejudice, I recommend a 2006 Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited. I like the body styling of the '06. I found the travel comfort to be very good in the longer wheelbase Unlimited version. The one I owned had a manual transmission, which was great fun to drive. The Rubicon is extremely capable off road, I took mine to Moab several times. I like that old fuel injected 4.0 inline 6 engine. I towed mine with an inexpensive fixed arm adjustable width towbar ($165 at Walmart, currently), behind a Tioga 29 foot Class C with the 460 engine, and behind a 32 foot Class A (see sig.) No problems at all! However, I wanted a pickup again, so the Jeep had to go. I miss it sometimes...
mowermech 07/24/16 07:20am Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

rosie, I am seriously thinking about allowing the newspaper subscription to lapse. Not because of poor service, but because the 12 week subscription price went up again, and at the current rate of increases it will soon be over $100 for 12 weeks. That is a lot to pay for the comics and the rummage sale ads! Most of the "news" that is in the paper we see on the tv news the night before!
mowermech 07/24/16 07:10am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

So, it was "only" 80 degrees this morning, so I found my tool and terminals, and went out to hook up the wires on the trailer lights. I found that the silicone that I used a few days ago hadn't hardened in the tube yet, so I used it to seal where needed. I used the boat battery to verify the correct wiring, and installed butt splices, so that is done. Monday I will go get the license plate, and the trailer will be ready to go. I looked at my antennas after that was done, and discovered that the coax is disconnected from the balun on the HF (10-160 meter) antenna. Good thing I haven't been trying to talk on it! DW says I am not supposed to be messing around on the roof, so I will have to find somebody to fix it for me.
mowermech 07/23/16 12:54pm Around the Campfire
RE: How do you answer when a stranger asks about MPG?

I don't try to be cutesy or sarcastic, I simply tell the absolute truth: "Damifino, I don't check it or worry about it!" However, I do carry a logbook, and enter all fuel purchases in it, so if I ever really wonder about my lack of fuel economy, I can figure it out. IMO, those who are really concerned about fuel economy should not have an RV of any kind!
mowermech 07/23/16 08:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Produce inspection California

seems its best to just aviod this rotten state all together. Wth dont they regulate and inspect is the better question. Yeah, I bet you hate all those fresh fruits and vegetables you eat in the winter... Huh? What i hate is every thread that starts with california, it ends with a regulation here, an inspection there, cant stop on this road, cant protect yourself, cant do this, cant do that. Im sure its beautiful, however for me and my money, I'll choose to travel to a state where i can actually do something that i want to do without having to aske permission first. You californians, please stay there and keep your corrupt regulations away from my state, and in return, we wont waste our money on yours. So, come to Montana. I would be willing to bet that you have nothing in your truck that will get you in trouble here (unless you carry an M-60 with you. You don't, do you?) the fishing is good, too. Now that my son has packed up and moved to NV, I no longer have a need to go to CA. Thank you, son. I never had a problem with the check stations, whether driving an RV or just a Jeep. Just drive up, stop, answer all the questions "No.", and drive on. Simple and easy. Speaking of fishing, fishing in the ocean in Ca is kind of silly, really. If you are fishing from a man-made structure, no license is required. BUT, if you walk on the beach and toss a hook in the water, you best have a license. I'm sure they can give a perfectly logical reason for that, such regulations usually do have a reason, somehow.
mowermech 07/22/16 07:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Towing a vehicle - flat bed or two wheels

The disadvantage of 4 down is the limitation of vehicles that can be used. After Subaru stopped to offer manual transmission in it's US vehicles, my 4 down days were gone, and I decided to go with a dolly because that is good for any 2 WD vehicles. Actually, no, it isn't. It is good for almost any FRONT wheel drive vehicle, but many REAR wheel drive vehicles can not be towed four down OR on a dolly! Yes, the rear wheels of a RWD vehicle can be put on the dolly, towing it backwards. Nearly every dolly builder says that should not be done, though. But, people do it frequently, apparently with no or minimal problems!
mowermech 07/21/16 12:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Parking in front of my house

I have said it before about other subjects, but it is apparently time to say it again: KNOW the law! COMPLY with the law! DOCUMENT your compliance! You will not get in trouble. It really IS just that simple!
mowermech 07/21/16 07:11am Beginning RVing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I went out yesterday morning (before it got hot) and installed the brackets and lights on the trailer, and cut a piece of sheet aluminum to make the license plate bracket. Made the bracket, filed the edges fairly smooth, and drilled the holes in the wrong place. But, that was easily fixed. Now to get the wires hooked up, and the old drain holes sealed. Yeah, I did remember to drill new holes for drainage. Then go to the DMV and get a new license plate...
mowermech 07/21/16 07:02am Around the Campfire
RE: Is this something RV'ers would use?

Not for me. For one thing, I have too much stuff in the motorhome now, I don't need to add a gimmick like that. For another thing, many campgrounds forbid clothes lines. Once the clothes are washed, where is one supposed to hang them to dry? It doesn't look big enough for a pair of jeans, a shirt, socks and underwear. If I can't do a full change of clothes all at once, I don't want to mess with it. It is kond of a neat gadget, but I don't think I will be buying one.
mowermech 07/20/16 02:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Towing a vehicle - flat bed or two wheels

Let's see... My flatbed trailer (18 ft. 7000 GVWR)that I used to have cost $2295 brand new. Title and license plate, about $200 for a PERMANENT registration (no renewal required for as long as I owned it). To comply with Montana law, it had brakes on all four wheels, a breakaway braking system, and safety chains. A new American Tow Dolly with electric brakes and self contained brake controller would cost a little less than $1500 delivered to my door, ready to use. A new Demco Kar Kaddy dolly with electric brakes will cost over $4000 at a local dealer. There are advantages and disadvantages to all three methods; trailer, dolly, and four down. I have done all three, and I can't say that any one was easier or better than the others. The bottom line is, it is purely personal choice. Good luck.
mowermech 07/20/16 01:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pulling A Train

Here are Alabama's towing laws: http://towingworld.com/towinglawsbystate.cfm?state2=AL I don't know about the laws in Alabama, but that list is wrong on so many parts of Montana law that I would not put any trust in it for ANY state! I will avoid the double/triple tow issue, and speak only to truck/trailer/trailer laws in Montana. The maximum length here is 75 feet bumper to bumper for such a combination of vehicles (MCA 61-10-104) HOWEVER, para. (2)(a) says "Truck tractor-semitrailer, truck tractor-semitrailer-trailer, and truck tractor-semitrailer-semitrailer combinations are not subject to a combination length limit." I suppose, if one took that to apply to RV truck/trailer/trailer combinations, there is no length limit! Since I see ball hitch trailer/trailer combos quite frequently, and I have never heard of anybody getting a ticket for it, it must be legal. Apparently the first trailer does not have to be a fifth wheel here. These types of towing laws do not normally are not covered by any Reciprocity Agreesments. You must comply with the laws of the state where you are operating, regardless of your home state laws.
mowermech 07/19/16 07:52pm Beginning RVing
RE: Hummmmm

I used to have that problem. Then I started carrying a propane torch. Starting a campfire is easy, now!
mowermech 07/19/16 07:21pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I have received non-negotiable instructions from she-who-must-be-obeyed that I will NOT climb that tower, EVER! Not even part way to tie coax in place. If I need to go up there, I have to rent a JLG Manlift, of find somebody to do it for me, or both. I have ropes and pulleys installed to hang center-fed wire dipoles from.
mowermech 07/18/16 02:55pm Around the Campfire
RE: Canadian question about road laws and Class A motorhome

Truck speed limits usually apply to heavy trucks, (over 26001 lbs GVWR) State Speed limits Canada may have the same laws, but: Most states require you to change lanes away from stopped emergency vehicles, or to reduce speed when passing them. Lights on in the rain. That is one of the better lists. However, it is incomplete, at least as far as California laws are concerned. In CA, ANY "towing unit" ( motorhome/toad, car/utility trailer, truck/fifth wheel, truck/travel trailer, etc.) must obey the 55 MPH truck speed limit. Here in Montana, there is no such requirement. However, it is required by law (MCA 61-8-311(2)) that, on a 2 lane highway, in the event that there are 4 or more vehicles behind you, you MUST pull over at the first safe place to allow the "trapped" vehicles to pass you.
mowermech 07/18/16 02:49pm Class A Motorhomes
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