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RE: Best gas engine, is V10 good

I like my Southwind 32V V10
mowermech 09/20/14 01:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What is the best Tow Bar

There is no "best", there is only personal opinion. I towed Jeeps for many years with a Reese fixed arm adjustable width $165 towbar. It did the job it was designed to do. Not that I am towing a Dodge 1500 short box truck, I needed a higher capacity bar, and I was lucky enough to find a used Roadmaster Stowmaster bar on craigslist. Again, it does the job it was designed to do, and it folds up on the front of the truck. Whoopee! It has the capacity I need, though. I really don't see where it is an advantage over the fixed arm towbar, but others insist the telescoping arms are better, so I must be missing something. IMO, the "best" for YOU is the one YOU like, and YOU can afford to buy. Good luck.
mowermech 09/20/14 06:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Flat towing 2014 VW Beetle

What does it say in the Owners Manual about recreational towing?
mowermech 09/19/14 03:47pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Geek practical jokes::::

That di-hydrogen mon-oxide is nasty stuff! Read the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) if you don't believe it: http://www.dhmo.org/msdsdhmo.html
mowermech 09/19/14 03:45pm Around the Campfire
RE: Subaru Forester as dinghy

AFAIK, ALL Subarus with manual transmissions are towable four down. NO automatic transmission Subaru can be towed four down. I don't know of ANY modification that will make an auto tranny Subie towable four down. NO Subaru can be towed on a dolly.
mowermech 09/19/14 10:32am Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

rain yesterday, thunder storms, but no hail, thankfully. It is supposed to be nice now until late next week, then more rain. It sure is green all across the land around here. Usually, the vegetation is pretty much brown by now. One farmer nearby was out baling his fourth cutting of alfalfa. Our garden is about done. the peas and beans are gone, the carrots are still growing, and the Brussels sprouts have done nothing. We still have hope, though. the strawberries are still producing well. I will need to find a bale of straw soon to cover them for the winter. I will be headed to Nevada Sunday. In the truck, not the motorhome. Yeah, I'm chicken. A snow storm in a 4X4 truck is no big deal. A snow storm when driving a motorhome IS a big deal! This time of year, the weather can not be trusted!
mowermech 09/19/14 06:15am Around the Campfire
RE: Fire

There is at least one DC-10 operating out of my area. Been seeing often as it comes and goes. There is that shocking video on utube of what I think was an Electra pulling up after dumping and both wings snap off. I used to work for one of the companies that flew fire bombers (it is now defunct). There were three crashes of that companies aircraft due to wing failure that I know of. One was a C-119G Flying boxcar. One was a C-130A Hercules. One was a PB4Y-2 Privateer. During my years with that company, I spent a lot of time at various tanker bases around the West. While some companies flew P3 aircraft (the Navy anti-submarine variant of the Lockheed Electra), I don't recall ever seeing an actual Electra that had been converted to firefighting role. Some companies flew DC-4 aircraft (one was a "super DC-4", it had larger engines), and some DC-6 aircraft, only a couple had DC-7s. The company I worked for had a KC-97 that had tanks installed. It usually had an Alaska contract, but sometimes was brought back to fly in CA. We also flew P2V-7 Neptune (SP-2H) aircraft converted to fire fighting. There was also a company in Alamagordo, NM that flew them, and a small company in Minden Nevada that had a couple. Now, Neptune, Inc. in Missoula, MT flies many of them.
mowermech 09/18/14 02:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: What diesel conditioner to use for storage??

"Little Thingys" will only grow at the water/fuel interface. If there is no water in the tank, nothing can grow. If there is water in the tank, it should be drained and cleaned, as water also causes rust and rust will eat a hole in the tank bottom! The tank should be filled full, IMO. An air space can contribute to condensation, creating water in your tank. If the tank is filled on a warm day, it should not expand enough to overflow. You CAN put Sta-Bil (or some other preservative) in the tank for storage, but it is not needed. Diesel fuel does not rot and turn to varnish like gasoline does.
mowermech 09/18/14 08:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Steering wheel unlocked when towing with a dolly?

Not a problem, but if you DON'T have one or have never used one, then I don't see how you could bash it or say it doesn't work. Then you haven't been paying attention! I have repeatedly stated that I will never have a dolly that does not steer, either with steering linkage and kingpins like the Demco or with a swivel plate like the American. The Acme has neither. The dolly does not steer. They say the car steers for the dolly. I think something under the car is being unduly stressed. You and Acme say it works fine. I don't care. I don't like it, and I would never buy one. Now, can we just leave it at that?
mowermech 09/18/14 07:47am Dinghy Towing
RE: Questions about Tractor Supply

Harbor Freight does NOT have: Electric fence controllers. electric fence wire. electric fence insulators. barbed wire T-posts lawn tractors weed sprayers Ariat boots "A Taste Of The Wild" pet food. Carry-On trailers roto tillers saddles, halters, bridles, ropes, saddle blankets, propane cylinders, Ford tractor parts, and lots of other farm/ranch stuff. However, Big R does (two stores in town), and so does Western Ranch Supply We buy a lot of stuff at TSC! It is the closest. However, TSC and WRS do not have guns and ammunition. But Big R does.
mowermech 09/17/14 08:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: The ultimate custom Class A conversion!

I'm guessing it's from the 70's. Titan maybe?? i'm thinking the same thing "Titan" although Commander is a close second Commander was my first thought, probably early 1970's. I almost bought one years ago, but DW said "NO! It's ugly."
mowermech 09/17/14 04:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: car dolly choice

Yes, I know you love your Acme. I rather like the American, with the built in electric brakes and controller. Sure, it is a couple hundred more, but it is delivered right to my door, if I order one, and it STEERS, which is an absolute requirement, IMO. But, my Demco is working just fine, I don't NEED a new dolly. Again, I have nothing more to say.
mowermech 09/17/14 04:19pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Steering wheel unlocked when towing with a dolly?

Ok, the video has been there since April, at least. That just shows how little interest I have in the Acme dolly. You love it. That's fine, I accept that. Please accept the fact that I would never buy one. that is all I have to say about the issue.
mowermech 09/17/14 04:16pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Thinking of building an rv storage unit complex

There are two RV/boat storage facilities within a mile of my rural mini-farm. One has both covered and open air storage, as well as some commercial shops. The open air line is full almost all the time. Some units have been parked so long they are sinking, and the weeds are taking over The other has only open air storage. It has been open only a few years, and is almost full. The RVs and boats come and go on a regular basis, so the owner is able to mow the weeds. Neither facility, AFAIK, has any electricity, water or sewer for the open air portion. Both are fenced with 6 or 8 foot chainlink with barbed wire topping. Lighting is minimal. I have no idea what they charge, my coach is parked beside my house. Oh, yeah, I just was reminded that there is another open-air storage facility off the highway, about 1 1/2 to 2 miles away. It is open air only, gravel, and fenced. Around here, it seems that if you have 5 acres that aren't being used, and can afford the fence, and the CCRs (if you have any) allow it, you can start a storage lot for RVs and boats. Usually, the "spaces" are just wide enough and long enough for the RV or boat, and there are minimal if any "amenities". You get a parking spot, not much else. If you want to build one, I guess it is up to you how to go about it. Do you want (and can you afford to build) a high-end parking "resort", or would you rather have a plain parking lot. It seems several people around here are having success with a plain parking lot.
mowermech 09/17/14 12:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I'm not entirely sure, but we may have set a new record this morning! "The earliest season cream-of-wheat/sausage breakfast."
mowermech 09/17/14 11:06am Around the Campfire
RE: car dolly choice

The American Car Dolly can have a brake controller attached to the tongue for an extra $120. No need to install a brake controller on the dash of the coach. See here: http://www.americancardolly.com/ez-brakes/
mowermech 09/17/14 10:23am Dinghy Towing
RE: Steering wheel unlocked when towing with a dolly?

So, you are saying that having the car loaded on a dolly with the wheels firmly strapped in place is the same as jacking it up so the wheels will steer freely? Sorry, I still do not believe it! The front wheels of a car can not help steer the dolly that they are firmly strapped to, whether the steering is unlocked or not. The tires of a non-steerable dolly will skid sideways when turning. Unlocking the steering of the car that is loaded on the dolly will not change that. Again, I have watched the Acme video of their dolly in a 90 degree turn. The wheels of the car do not move! Again I ask, exactly what damage to the car will occur if it is towed on an Acme dolly with the steering locked? Email ACME and call their bluff and let us know what they say. Why would they tell you to unlock the column if it wasn't necessary? Wouldn't it make it even all more the easier to do? In the video you will see the steering will moving. No the front wheels do not move on the dolly, but the rest of the vehicle does. OK, they have created a new video since the last time I looked at it. Yes, it does show the steering wheel moving. That, to me, is just a little worrisome. Exactly what is moving in the steering linkage that allows the steering wheel to move when the front wheels do not move? The front wheels are firmly tied down, and the car is twisting enough that the steering wheel rotates? Something in the steering system is being twisted in a way that it was not designed to do, IMO, based on over 40 years working as a mechanic. I admit, it seems to work. I don't care, I don't like it, and I would never purchase one. I have a dolly that steers, and that's what I will want now and forever. Watching their new video has firmly convinced me that my old, nearly antique, Demco Kar Kaddy is a much better unit. For me, definitely better! No, I will not contact Acme for an explanation, because I really don't care. Some people are very happy with the thing, and are willing to accept the fact that something is moving that probably should not move. That's fine. I am not in the market for a new dolly, and it I were it would be the American unit built in Colorado and delivered to my door, for only slightly higher cost than the Acme. It steers.
mowermech 09/17/14 08:19am Dinghy Towing
RE: The Wife:::::

...And that is when the fight REALLY got underway!
mowermech 09/16/14 09:00am Around the Campfire
RE: Steering wheel unlocked when towing with a dolly?

So, you are saying that having the car loaded on a dolly with the wheels firmly strapped in place is the same as jacking it up so the wheels will steer freely? Sorry, I still do not believe it! The front wheels of a car can not help steer the dolly that they are firmly strapped to, whether the steering is unlocked or not. The tires of a non-steerable dolly will skid sideways when turning. Unlocking the steering of the car that is loaded on the dolly will not change that. Again, I have watched the Acme video of their dolly in a 90 degree turn. The wheels of the car do not move! Again I ask, exactly what damage to the car will occur if it is towed on an Acme dolly with the steering locked?
mowermech 09/16/14 07:06am Dinghy Towing
RE: Steering wheel unlocked when towing with a dolly?

Oh, I trust YOU that you have towed with an Acme dolly for over 10,000 miles. I do NOT trust ACME when they say this: "If your car uses a locking steering column, we recommend that you leave you keys in the accessory position to allow your wheels to turn freely." That is a direct copy and paste from THEIR "Owners Manual" on their website. They also say: " IF YOU ARE TOWING A CAR WITH A LOCKING STEERING COLUMN LEAVE THE KEY SET TO ACCESSORY AND THE CAR WILL TOW AND TURN JUST FINE. " The all caps are theirs, not mine. So, when the car is on the dolly, and the straps are tightened so the wheels can not move, the car steering will help the dolly turn? Sorry, no, I do not believe it. As I stated, I have watched the video of the dolly, with a car aboard, turning, and I don't see the car wheels moving at all. What damage will occur if you tow on an ACME dolly with the steering locked? How can it damage anything when the front wheels are tied down tightly? For those who do not know what is being discussed here, look at this: http://cartowdolly.com/gallery/ See how those car wheels are tied down? They simply can not help steer that dolly!
mowermech 09/15/14 03:48pm Dinghy Towing
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