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RE: Inexpensive small waste tote

I bought a 15 gallon tote once. I used it one time at home, then I realized that nearly every campground we go to does not have a dump station, so taking it along was an exercise in futility. It laid under the workbench out in the shop for about 5 years, then one summer I dusted it off and sold it in a rummage sale. My advice: Make very sure there is a place to dump it before you fill it!
mowermech 06/29/16 06:58pm Beginning RVing
RE: Tires Again

Personally, I would pass on the ST tires and buy LT Load Range E tires if it was my trailer. If necessary I would buy 15 or 16 inch rims to fit the LT tires. But, that is just my opinion.
mowermech 06/29/16 06:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hanging chairs from ladder blocking license plate

(4) For the purposes of this section, "conspicuously displayed" means that the required license plates are obviously visible and firmly attached to: (a) the front bumper and the rear bumper of a motor vehicle equipped with front and rear bumpers now every vehicle I own is in violation of this. most/all? are attached to the rear hatch, etc. bumpy Ah, but 1(b) says, in the last sentence, "All other motor vehicles must have one license plate displayed on the front and one license plate displayed on the rear of the motor vehicle." It says nothing about where on the front and rear. Then again, it is a MONTANA law. Do you plan on being here anytime soon?
mowermech 06/29/16 06:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hanging chairs from ladder blocking license plate

Nope, Illegal. It must me on either the left side and lighted or in the center and lighted. (Not so sure about in the center anymore either. It used to be that way but, I would not risk it these days. ) Moving it the other side would look really bad and get you pulled over in a second. Please provide your state's statute stating such. I really don't know the statute but, I have never, ever, seen a plate on the right side. Left, yes. And Center yes. But, never right. The local cops would give you a ticket for that. You could maybe fight it out in court and win, I don't know. I not going to try it and find out. Well, for your information and edification, here is the Montana law: 61-3-301. Registration -- license plate required -- display. (1) (a) Except as provided in 61-4-120, 61-4-129, and subsection (1)(b) of this section, a person may not operate a motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer, or travel trailer upon the public highways of Montana unless the motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer, or travel trailer is properly registered and has the proper license plates conspicuously displayed on the motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer, or travel trailer. A license plate must be securely fastened to prevent it from swinging and may not be obstructed from plain view. (b) A motorcycle, quadricycle, trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer, or travel trailer must have a single license plate displayed on the rear of the vehicle. A custom vehicle or street rod registered under 61-3-320(1)(b) or (1)(c)(iii) may display a single license plate firmly attached to the rear exterior of the custom vehicle or street rod. All other motor vehicles must have one license plate displayed on the front and one license plate displayed on the rear of the motor vehicle. (c) A person may not display on a motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer, or travel trailer at the same time a number assigned to it under any motor vehicle law except as provided in this chapter. (d) A low-speed electric vehicle or a golf cart operated by a person with a low-speed restricted driver's license must have special license plates, as provided in 61-3-332(9), displayed on the front and rear of the vehicle. (2) A person may not purchase or display on a motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer, or travel trailer a license plate bearing the number assigned to any county, as provided in 61-3-332, other than the county where the vehicle is domiciled or the county where the trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer, or travel trailer is domiciled at the time of application for registration. (3) It is unlawful to: (a) display license plates issued to one motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer, or travel trailer on any other motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer, or travel trailer unless legally transferred as provided by statute; or (b) repaint old license plates to resemble current license plates. (4) For the purposes of this section, "conspicuously displayed" means that the required license plates are obviously visible and firmly attached to: (a) the front bumper and the rear bumper of a motor vehicle equipped with front and rear bumpers, except for a custom vehicle or street rod as provided in subsection (1)(b); or (b) a clearly visible location on the rear of a trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer, or travel trailer. I would be willing to bet nearly every state has a similar law. Here is the Minnesota statute: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=169.79 I didn't want to take up the space to paste the whole thing, It is longer than the Montana statute!
mowermech 06/29/16 04:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Yeah, Jim, I hear ya... The MoHo is nice, but we have been thinking about a bumper pull toy hauler. Just thinking, it won't happen. There is no way any dealer would give us $1000 trade in and pay off the coach so they could sell us a trailer! We'll just stick with what we have! It gets us there and brings us back, what more could one ask for.
mowermech 06/29/16 06:48am Around the Campfire
RE: Semi rear ends trailer with kid inside.

Since it is apparently illegal to allow anyone to ride in ANY trailer where the incident took place, it is good that the driver was cited for the infraction. However, please keep in mind that in SOME states it IS legal to ride in a fifth wheel or a truck camper (often a means of communication with the driver is required) but not in a bumper pull trailer.
mowermech 06/28/16 08:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2003 totoya sr5

Check the REMCO website. My guess is that a lube pump will be required. Of course, you can always get under it and remove the driveshaft from the differential yoke, then wrap the U-joint with tape to keep the caps in place, and tie the shaft to the under-body securely. be sure to put the hardware in a bag so it doesn't get lost. I used to do that with a Datsun pickup in my younger years. It works. Well, it worked then. My middle is more than a little thicker now, maybe I couldn't get under there these days! There may be a driveshaft disconnect kit available for it. Good luck. IMO, the best four down toad is a Jeep Wrangler. I prefer a 2006 Rubicon Unlimited 2 door. I had one a while back, and it was great on the highway, easy to tow, and that 4.0 I-6 is about as bullet-proof an engine as you can find. But, be careful. There are so many wonderful accessories out there in after-market land that one can get many thousands of dollars invested without even realizing it!
mowermech 06/28/16 03:19pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Hey, GP, welcome back! HMMMM... Open a window... NC, maybe it is time to look at that 36 foot diesel pusher and a Jeep to tow behind it! Yes, rosie, Carole goes with me to some Ham functions; Field Day and the Glacier/Waterton Hamfest, in particular. Sometimes she goes to the weekly coffee klatch get togethers, too. (Thursday mornings, 10 AM local time, at various places around town). there is also the "Second Wednesday Lunch" on the second Wed. of each month. sometimes we go to that, too.
mowermech 06/28/16 03:12pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Well, dang it, Jim, you didn't need that, for sure! I hope the insurance takes care of you as they should so you can get another rig and be back on site in a day or two. Doggone weather, anyway! You get flooded, and we sat on top of a mountain melting in the heat, with no rain at all. "THEY" (whoever "they" are) should find a way to fix that.
mowermech 06/27/16 07:10am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Field Day 2016 is done, as of noon local time today. I only got 33 contacts. Saturday there was a lot of noise on the bands, and conditions weren't too good. This morning that band was quieter, and more people on the air. We had 3 stations with 4 operators. I was on the 40 meter band, a husband and wife team were on 20 meters, and we had a code operator working several different bands. All together we had over 300 contacts (the code operator made over 200!). My 33 contacts is a personal best. I guess I just don't work the bands the way I should, and I know I should stay up all night to take advantage of the less crowded conditions, but I'm just not that dedicated to the contesting aspects of it all. It is fun to take the radio out of the house and work off of batteries in the motor home just to show I can do it! IMO, that is what Field Day is all about!
mowermech 06/26/16 05:55pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I only lost a couple of square inches of skin(well, OK, just the first layer of skin), and a few drops of blood, but I got the dernfoool clip installed, and it seems to be holding. I still have no idea where the old clip went. I didn't find it on the floor of the truck. When I took the dash apart, I found four loose wires. A previous owner had apparently installed something then somebody decided it wasn't a good idea and disconnected it. Everything that I want to work, does, so I am not going to worry about the loose wires and the rocker switch that does nothing! Ham radio field day this weekend, so tomorrow we will go up the mountain and get set up, then starting at noon Saturday until noon Sunday I will see how many contacts I can make. There is no wi fi up there, and I'm not sure about cell service. We may be in contact by radio only!
mowermech 06/23/16 06:52am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Once again, I am reminded that design engineers or perhaps simply designers know absolutely nothing about the maintenance and repair of what they design! The clutch master cylinder push rod fell off of the clutch pedal on the truck. the retaining clip disappeared. It is possible that the pin broke, I don't know, because I can barely see the pin, even after removing the "access panel" in the dash under the steering column. I went to the dealer and got a new clip. $1.85. Today I will attempt to install it. I may have to remove more pieces of the dash. Fer cryin out loud, it is a 3/4 ton TRUCK, not a sports car; why did they have to cram so much stuff under the dash, and not make any provision for working in there! OK, that is my rant for the day.
mowermech 06/22/16 06:45am Around the Campfire
RE: are all rv toilets macerator ??

Over the years, I have owned almost every type of RV. NONE have had a macerator toilet, nor have I ever found it needful to purchase a macerator pump. As has been mentioned, "Gravity works!"
mowermech 06/20/16 12:54pm Beginning RVing
RE: Using 4wd to slow down

I have to say that most of you guys have no idea what you're talking about. First most new pickups have auto locking hubs which means when you engage the 4x4 stick or switch in the cab the hubs engage as well. Ford does have auto and manual hubs in one package. Why Ford did this is for the convenience of auto hubs but when you bury the truck in a hole and can't roll the truck enough to get the hubs locked in one can get out and lock them in. Using 4lo to ascend or descend a steep forest road is not foolish at all. All your doing is gearing down the transmission getting more torque or power to the wheels. Yes the front end is locked in and on pavement if you make a sharp turn the wheels will hop as there spinning together so don't make sharp turns, heck even just having a rig in 4 hi will cause tire bind on pavement. I guess that none of you have had to crawl up a steep road with the trailer in tow, well if you can only go 4 or so miles an hour up the hill with your foot on the floor try shifting in 4lo then select a transmission gear that gets you the torque and speed you want. Same works for doing down hill, shift into 4lo then select a transmission gear that keeps your speed down so you are only touching the brakes a little. 4lo and first gear in the transmission will get you about 3 or so miles an hour before everything starts winding up, 4lo and 5th gear will get you around 25 miles an hour before wind up. Most manufacturers recommend keeping your speed under 25 mph when in 4lo. It amazes me some of the answers people give on this forum that have probably never even had a pickup in 4lo. Obviously most of the guys that have posted have never towed down a steep 5mph forest road for 10 miles or more. The answer is really quite simple: 1. READ the owners manual. 2. FOLLOW the instructions contained therein regarding the use of four wheel drive, and specifically the LO range in the transfer case. If you haven't read it, you might be surprised at what it says! I have owned 4X4 vehicles since about 1970, mostly Jeeps, Chevys, and Dodges, and I have never seen one that had a "2Lo" transfer case position, nor have I ever seen one that didn't say using LO range without having the hubs locked in was a BAD IDEA! ("It had 2 hi, 2 low, neutral, 4 hi, and 4 low." I would like to see proof of that!) Yes, I HAVE done a considerable amount of driving on logging roads in the mountains of Northwestern Montana, mostly for fishing or cutting firewood, but some just for sight-seeing. I rarely had to use 4Lo. However, on the "slick-rock" near Moab, Utah, the use of 4Lo was rather common, if not absolutely necessary. Yeah, in a small way I been there, done that. I still say that using 4Lo to go down Homestake Pass on I-90 East of Butte or Lookout Pass on I-90 or the Vantage hill on I-90 in Washington would be a damfool idea! Read the instructions!
mowermech 06/18/16 07:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Using 4wd to slow down

To get back on track, NO, 4lo is a really foolish idea for going down a steep hill. READ the Owners Manual, and FOLLOW the instructions on when and where to use 4lo and when and where to NOT use it!
mowermech 06/14/16 09:40am General RVing Issues
RE: surge brake activation???

"Climbing with your 4-way flashers on (required for slow moving vehicles)" Not always. Look here: http://blog.esurance.com/warning-you-may-be-using-your-hazard-lights-incorrectly/#.V12KzKKYuc0
mowermech 06/12/16 10:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: surge brake activation???

Yes. It is made by Tekonsha, and mounts on the trailer tongue. In fact, the American car dolly can be ordered with it installed. Look for it on the Tekonsha website. http://www.tekonsha.com/products/brake-controllers/proportional-controllers/prodigy-rf/TzaIxkVx1cI5XOy!osRB508pViEKmVBf
mowermech 06/12/16 07:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hunt's or Heinz? Coke or Pepsi? Ford or Chevy?

Any ketchup, Guiness, and Cummins.
mowermech 06/11/16 12:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mustang towing. 2 down?

Possible? Yes. It has been done, may very well be being done as we type, and will be done in the future. Illegal? Not to my rather limited knowledge, so long as there are red lights and reflectors on the vehicle. As stated, make sure the steering is firmly tied so the wheels are in the straight forward position. I strongly recommend that you do NOT attempt to rely on the built in steering wheel lock. It probably is not strong enough.
mowermech 06/11/16 12:08pm Dinghy Towing
RE: medium duty engine/tranny thread closed

Ron(cummins12V98), Jim and myself have been talking about a get together some day. I met Ron here and on the TDR site. We had a beer together a few years ago. Then a pizza outing with better halves. We spent three days and Years Eve with them the past winter at their park in Desert Hotsprings. Jim lets make it happen! Remember one can block posts from those that post BS. Chris Jim has been talking about a Montana fishing trip for years now. How about one of these days we meet in a campground near Red Lodge, MT, for some trout fishing in Rock Creek? Oh, and Jim, remember: Illigitimati non carborundum! (don't let the b a s t a r d s grind you down!) Hang in there, buddy, and keep improving.
mowermech 06/11/16 07:10am Tow Vehicles
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