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RE: 2017 Kia Soul

I would say, if you think you might have need for a trailer for other things, get one. If you know you will never need a trailer, get a dolly. When I had a trailer, I used it for hauling hay, long lumber, rocks, etc. We don't have horses now, and I'm not much for big projects at my age, so no trailer any more. For a dolly, I would recommend the American Tow Dolly or the Demco Kar Kaddy. The Demco is the best, IMO, but it costs more than three times what the American does, new.
mowermech 02/20/17 04:07pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Sure glad to see you are alive and kicking, Jim. I was beginning to worry some. the weather has been great here, but it seems another front is coming, cooler with possible rain, maybe snow. No big thing, at this time opf year the snow will be what we call "self-shoveling". Just wait a while, and it will go away. we might go to Cody for the Wyoming ham convention Memorial Day weekend. Of course, we will definitely go to the Glacier Waterton Hamfest again, third weekend in July. I'll have to see what the budget will allow... Becareful on your trips, and keep in touch.
mowermech 02/20/17 04:01pm Around the Campfire
RE: Some fun We did this about 10 years ago on this forum

Lost Johnny Point Campground (USFS), on the shore of Hungry Horse Reservoir, Northwestern Montana. However, it has been a while since I was there, so it may not be as nice as it was then. That seems to be the way of the world. Such places rarely improve, the only deteriorate.
mowermech 02/20/17 07:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: When do you know....?

I am only 75, but I find that laying on my back under a vehicle and reaching up to work on something makes me dizzy, almost sick. So, I don't do much of that anymore. However, installing an antenna on the truck, running the coax and control leads, and soldering the HF antenna connector on the coax, mounting the radio, etc. is rather fun. Yes, it takes me twice as long as it did 10 years ago, but that's OK, I am in no hurry these days. I still have most of the tools I accumulated during my days as a wrench-bender on industrial equipment, aircraft (A&P license), and lawn/garden equipment. Most of them don't get used much anymore; not much call for clecos, bucking bars, and such during my tinkering. Ah, well, enough rambling on. No, I don't do much actual work on vehicles these days. As previously stated, my mind says "Oh, yeah, I can do that!", but my body says "NO, you can't!"
mowermech 02/20/17 07:04am General RVing Issues
RE: NEW DOT Re-Cert Requirement for propane cylinders

i already ran in to this, the pump jockey for the LP fill up at my favorite place, doesn't know the difference between portable cylinders and frame mounted tanks, and tried to convince me he could not fill my tank, that it was all 'tanks' not just portable cylinders, and he could not find the correct markings on my big frame tank somebody for got to specify the difference, and these minimum wagers don't know the difference i'm hoping the next time, the regular guy is there, and the might know the difference maybe after the food trucks give them ^&* and they loose business the boss will get on the stick and find out the truth It isn't just the "minimum wagers", it is MOST people. How often do we see forum members talking about 20 or 30 pound "tanks", even though it has been explained many times that they are really NOT "tanks", they are "cylinders"? Yes, I include myself in that "MOST". I certainly know better, but often, due to laziness or forgetfulness, I find myself saying (or typing) "tank". After all, it IS shorter, and only one syllable! I will soon find out if the local Amerigas vendor is up to speed on this. I have a 20 lb. cylinder that is empty and outdated. I will be watching to see what happens when I take it in for refill.
mowermech 02/20/17 06:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Car Tow Dollies

For moving a dolly around, go to Harbor Freight or Northern Tool and buy one of their 2 wheeled trailer dollys. I got the one from Harbor Freight, and used wing nuts to assemble the handle so I could take it apart easily and carry it in the basement of the coach. It makes moving the dolly by myself as easy as walking the dog! I agree, the Demco Kar Kaddy is quite likely the best dolly on the market. While new ones are not cheap, used ones, with surge brakes, can be found anywhere between $700 and $1500. I am currently watching craigslist for one. I did a dumb thing and sold my old one!
mowermech 02/19/17 07:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Another towing question

"laments terms"?? Oh, I think I see; "lay men's terms"! OK, look in the Owners Manual for the GCWR of the truck (Gross Combined Weight Rating). That is the maximum the truck plus cargo plus trailer weight should be. Go to a scale and weigh the truck, with full fuel and just the driver in it. Subtract that weight from the GCWR. The remainder is the maximum your trailer can weigh. Your hitch should be rated equal to or greater than that number. Remember that any cargo you load in the truck (spouse, kids, dogs, tools, firewood, etc.) will reduce that weight pound for pound. A few years ago, we lived in a 32 foot fifth wheel for a couple years. Our tow vehicle was a 1994 Dodge Ram CTD 3500 dually. On the final trip home, I decided it might be a good idea to weigh the rig, so when I stopped at a Flying J in Idaho, after I fueled up I went across the scales. It was under the GAWR of all axles, under the GVWR of the truck and trailer, under the registered GVW of the truck, but over the GCWR of the truck. According to the book the GCWR was 18,000 lbs. The total weight of the rig was 21,180. At that point, nothing had bent, nothing broke, nobody had been injured or died, so I didn't worry about it. I kept that truck for a few more years, and when I got rid of it, it was still going strong, with 276,000 on the odometer.
mowermech 02/19/17 06:51am Towing
RE: Driving with your hazard flashers on

http://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/hazard-light-use/ I searched for the actual law for Montana, but could not find it.
mowermech 02/17/17 11:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I guess it is time to make one final weather report, then admit our thread is moribund. Highs have been 45 to 60, the overnight lows usually above freezing, the snow is rapidly melting, and soon it will be dry enough to clean up the winter's worth of doggy "gifts" in the dog yard. However, I think I will wait another month or so before sanitizing and flushing the RV water system... Better safe than sorry!
mowermech 02/17/17 11:05am Around the Campfire
RE: Overloading a pickup from time to time - a tradition?

"Tradition"? We don' know nothin' 'bout no "tradition". we jus' do what needs to be done. There are two question to ask when the load is on the truck: 1. Will it move? 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 IT! Then you are good to go.
mowermech 02/17/17 06:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Replacing Folding(Pleated) Shower Door

Perhaps the shower curtain is what I need to do. In my case, the channel that the accordion door slides in, that is mounted to the edge of the tub, is broken. I have it stuck together with aluminum tape, but that looks ugly. It would probably be easier to just take it all out and hang a curtain. Has anybody ever replaced that plastic channel?
mowermech 02/16/17 03:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Live in Georgia; register in Georgia?

Since the CA plates will stay on the coach until it is registered in whatever state the buuyer chooses to register it in, if the plates/registration is current, no "transit permit" should be required. Must be different in CA. When I sell a vehicle here in SC, I must turn in the plates to the SC DMV. The buyer is responsible for a temporary plate. Yes, CA is different in SO many ways... When I sell a vehicle here in Montana, I keep the plates. The state does not want them back. If I buy another vehicle, I can take those plates to the courthouse and put them on my new purchase. The Bill Of Sale and/or the signed title is the temporary permit, good for 40 days from date of sale. That is why we often say "50 states, 51 sets of registration rules!" No, it isn't quite true, but close!
mowermech 02/16/17 03:28pm Beginning RVing
RE: Class C and towing.

I towed a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited behind a 1995 Tioga Class C on an E350/460V8 chassis (5000 lb. towing cap.). The Jeep was lifted, custom bumpers, 30 gallon fuel tank, winch, modified roll bars, engine lift, tummy tuck, etc.. No problems. I also towed a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 behind our motorhome (5000 lb. towing Cap). I have no idea what the Jeep or the Ram weighed. However, I will not tow my current truck behind the motorhome. I DO know what it weighs!
mowermech 02/16/17 03:18pm Towing
RE: Live in Georgia; register in Georgia?

Since the CA plates will stay on the coach until it is registered in whatever state the buuyer chooses to register it in, if the plates/registration is current, no "transit permit" should be required. If the buyer does not have an address in North Carolina, it is very doubtful that NC will allow her to register the coach there. If she did manage to work around the system, it is quite likely she could never take the coach into Georgia! DrewE is absolutely correct: KNOW the applicable laws of both states. COMPLY with the laws of both states. DOCUMENT your compliance with the laws. That is the ONLY proper advice to give in this situation, IMO.
mowermech 02/15/17 10:55am Beginning RVing
RE: Survey - who has had a citation for RV overweight?

When I first registered my old '94 Dodge Ram 3500 CTD in Montana, the clerk asked what GVW (Note: NOT GCW) I wanted. I thought for a minute, and said "How about 14,000 lbs?", thinking there was no way I could ever load that much on the old beast. No problem. I forget what it cost, but it certainly wasn't much. I drug a fifth wheel around the West for a little over two years with that truck, at an approximate GCW of a little over 21,000 lbs. Never got weighed, until I weighed myself at a Flying J in Idaho during the last trip home. I admit, the ongoing weight posts on these forums made me curious. IIRC, the weight was 21,180 lbs.
mowermech 02/15/17 10:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Challenging tradition

There is no legal reason why your daughter's new husband can't take her name, if he so desires, and it is OK with his parents. One of my sons did just that many years ago. When the marriage crashed, he kept her last name. Since the "family" name is an adopted name, it was fine with me.
mowermech 02/12/17 06:59am Around the Campfire
RE: A friend to many here on RV.net has passed.....

He will be greatly missed
mowermech 02/11/17 05:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: lock for the waste water valves.

I had a similar problem with our motorhome. It was not kids messing with things, it was a leaking slide valve
mowermech 02/11/17 07:55am General RVing Issues
RE: No Generator Compartment Lock

I rarely lock my basement doors. Mainly because the latches are just cheap plastic, and they break very easily just closing the doors! I tried to find metal latches to replace them, but no joy. A moderately strong thief could put gloves on, grab the lower edge of the door, and yank on it hard enough to break the latches. I have three or four of those junky things to replace when the weather warms up. Since an exact replacement is not available, that means modifying the doors to fit the new latches. I don't want to have to do that any more often than necessary! I would rather lose some of the "stuff" that I carry around than have to do expensive door and/or body repairs.
mowermech 02/09/17 09:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Wrangler TJ

In the past, I towed a '95 Wrangler with a 4 cylinder manual tranny, and later an '06 Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited 6 cylinder manual tranny. The instructions for recreational towing are in the Owners Manual. IMO, 4X4 Wranglers are one of the best vehicles available for towing behind a motorhome or truck/camper rig. There are limitations, though. ONLY 4X4 Wranglers are towable four down, however they can not be dolly towed unless the rear drive shaft is removed. 4X2 Wranglers are NOT towable four down or on a dolly unless the drive shaft is removed, regardless of the type of transmission. These restrictions are spelled out in the Owners Manual. It is well to remember that many people (even some Jeep owners) are not completely familiar with the model designations (TJ, XJ, LJ, etc.). It is better to identify Jeeps with the model year, especially on a general forum.
mowermech 02/07/17 09:11am Dinghy Towing
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