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RE: I'm thankful for...

Is it OK to be angry and grateful at the same time? Seems to me that is another of those "purely personal preference" things. If YOU think it is, then it is!
mowermech 11/25/14 08:26am Around the Campfire
RE: How to hook up a toad to an RV using a tow bar?

"Unless you have very, very excellent depth perception and an accurate aiming point, a solid arm towbar is most likely a two person hookup." Based purely on personal experience, I don't find that statement to be true. That is what the GOAL method is all about, you Get Out And Look to see where you need to move, then get back in and move there. I frequently hooked mine up by myself with no trouble. HOWEVER, I had a hoop above the winch on my custom bumper, and I could hook the safety chain on that loop to support the towbar at the proper level to just miss the ball when I had it in the right position. when not in tow, I could also tie the towbar to that loop in a vertical position for travel, using the safety chains (but NOT in California, I understand that is illegal there).
mowermech 11/25/14 08:19am Dinghy Towing
RE: I'm thankful for...

My wife, my kids, my grandkids, and yes, even my great0grankids. and CHOCOLATE and Guinness beer
mowermech 11/25/14 07:01am Around the Campfire
RE: How to hook up a toad to an RV using a tow bar?

I used a Reese Towbar almost exactly like that one (the bumper brackets were a little different) for many years on various Jeeps and other vehicles. I used to hook it up by myself with minimal problems, but I had the capability of hanging the towbar on the safety chains to hold it at the right height, then I would use the GOAL method (Get Out And Look) to get lined up properly with the ball on the motorhome. Drop the hitch on the ball, hook up the lights and safety chains, put the transfer case in NEUTRAL, the transmission in 6th gear, and we were good to go. Now, I have a Roadmaster Stowmaster telescoping towbar for the truck (I figured I needed the 6000 lb. capacity). I don't find it to be all that much easier to use. Luckily, I got it used, so I only paid twice what the Reese bar cost, instead of 6 times. It IS rather nice to have it folded on the front of the truck instead of standing up like the old bar did on the Jeep (besides, they say that is illegal in CA. I don't know for sure).
mowermech 11/24/14 02:25pm Dinghy Towing
RE: SUPER Dodge Truck!

I think that "separation of the truck bed" is a fuel tank; "...Mega Cab with an 8-foot bed and an oversized mid-mounted gas tank that combines with a second frame-mounted tank and a third auxiliary tank in the bed for a maximum capacity of 170 gallons. That gives the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine a range of around 1,700 miles per fill up." Apparently, the writer of the article does not know that diesel trucks don't have GAS tanks! 170 gallons on board! I would only have to fill that thing every two months! Not that I would ever buy one. For one thing, it would have been a better idea to build a sleeper in the cab rather than the Mega-Cab!
mowermech 11/24/14 11:06am Towing
RE: Service traveler Brake system

I strongly recommend that you take your truck to a dealer, where they can plug in their computer and determine where the fault lies. Long-distance diagnosis is very difficult at best, and you will probably not find your answer on any internet forum. There are simply too many possible gremlins in any electronic system; even people who have had the identical problem may not have an answer that applies to YOUR specific truck! good luck.
mowermech 11/24/14 10:56am Dinghy Towing
RE: No Shave November

My beard is a statement that I hate to shave, period. IMO, the custom, foisted on us by Society, that it is somehow appropriate to attack our faces with a sharp blade every morning is barbaric and ridiculous. I never did like it, and as soon as I no longer HAD to do it because of some damfool regulation, I QUIT! So, no, it is not a fashion statement (I don't do "fashion" either), it is not seasonal, it is not a matter of laziness, and it has nothing to do with cancer or any other disease. I simply don't like it, so I don't do it!
mowermech 11/24/14 09:02am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Welcome back, Veebyes. I have had an exciting night. Had a hit and run in the PT Cruiser. I pulled over and stopped, called it in. a witness also called in, and tracked the other car, reporting to the police. they found the guy... Witnesses report he ran three red lights before he hit me, then he told the cops I was the one that did not stop. I'll let the insurance company handle it...
mowermech 11/23/14 09:27pm Around the Campfire
RE: No Shave November

Participation is a given for me. I quit shaving many years ago.
mowermech 11/23/14 09:11pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Amazing... Even magical electronic gimcracks need maintenance! My computer was acting up. Getting slower, jerky when scrolling up or down, even playing solitaire was frustrating. So, I shut it down, turned it over, and used the vacuum cleaner on the vents in the bottom. Now it is working just fine! It was just getting hot because the vents were mostly plugged!
mowermech 11/23/14 06:06pm Around the Campfire
RE: 18 mpg Dodge while towing?

Why do people feel that they need to embellish, exaggerate, lie about this? I think a better question is; "WHY do people feel the need to ARGUE about this?" If the guy believes he is getting 18 MPG, just leave him alone! He is happy, why mess with him? I don't think his illusion or delusion is any of my business. It has absolutely no effect on me or my vehicles. Maybe that is one reason I quit checking fuel economy. When the vehicle needs fuel, I fill it up. I used to keep a logbook in each vehicle, wherein I entered every gallon of fuel bought, the odometer reading, and the place where bought, the date, and sometimes the time of day. What a useless bunch of numbers that turned out to be. Now, when fuel economy is mentioned or questioned, my answer is always the same: "Damifino!"
mowermech 11/23/14 09:58am Towing
RE: Any gain from WD on a dodge 3500

I think you should forget about the weight transfer to the front axle. with that truck, you don't need it. Instead, look at where your headlights are pointing when the trailer is hooked up. Are you blinding oncoming drivers even on low beam? THAT is what the WD systems were originally invented for! Long ago, I had a 19 foot TT that I towed with three different vehicles. I did not use a WD hitch on the Ford E150 Club Wagon. It was not needed. I did not use a WD hitch on the Dodge 3/4 ton. It was not needed. I HAD to use a WD hitch on the Jeep Wagoneer! It was an absolute necessity to keep the back bumper off the ground, and the headlights on the road where they belonged.
mowermech 11/23/14 07:25am Towing
RE: 2012 outback auto tranny

generally speaking, Subarus with manual transmissions are towable. Subarus with automatic transmissions are not. You can NOT dolly tow ANY Subaru!
mowermech 11/22/14 06:18pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Shaving?

When I retired, I quit shaving. I was already down to once a week or thereabouts. Now, I don't shave at all, ever. I mean, c'mon, guys, how smart is it to attack your face and neck with a sharp blade every day, then tie a noose around your neck? No, I don't wear neckties, either. In fact, the only ties around here are a left-over from a military uniform and a few Western style bolos. I don't even own a suit!
mowermech 11/22/14 06:14pm Around the Campfire
RE: Braking System for Tow Vehicle

Not only do you have to check the laws of your State on towing brake systems but the States you plan to frequent to make sure your safe and legal. Some States have no laws but most do! Every state where I have checked the towing laws ( mostly in the West) DOES have an applicable law! It is called a Braking Performance Law or Standard. For an example, look at Montana Code Annotated (MCA) 61-9-312. California has a similar law, except, IIRC, their distance for a towing vehicle is 45 feet. I have never seen a "list of towing laws" that refers to braking standards! Keep in mind, when discussing "emergency stops", that at 60 MPH you will travel over 150 feet BEFORE your foot even touches the brake pedal! REALLY GOOD reflexes may be shorter, old guy reflexes may be longer.
mowermech 11/22/14 09:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Car bra protection

I spent $400 (give or take a little) on a full front cover for the PT Cruiser. We used it on our trip to Tennessee and back. Since we tow the PT on a dolly, I wonder if it wasn't a waste of money. The car is high enough that nothing much hits it anyway. But, if something ever does bounce up there, the car is protected. I haven't noticed any damage from rubbing. Yet. I didn't use anything when flat towing the Jeep I had, nor do I use anything when flat towing the truck.
mowermech 11/22/14 09:18am Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

WOW, what a nice day! 40 degrees and dark when I got up at 0600, newspaper says high should be about 48 (that means it might hit 50 or better!), and the overnight low of 40 again. It won't last, of course, clouds and rain, maybe snow, in the near future. I just looked at the weather station, it says 50.6 degrees. However, the temp sender is presently in full sunshine.
mowermech 11/22/14 09:12am Around the Campfire
RE: Flat tire

It is "Tire-Rama" here. They have been good to me on pressure checks, flat repair, replacing the front hub bearings on the truck, using MY parts that I had purchased elsewhere, and changing the oil on the coach. Yep, when I needed tires on the rear of the coach, that's where I went! Come to think of it, when I needed all six tires replaced on the old Class C, that's where I went. Maybe that's why they treat me so good!
mowermech 11/22/14 09:07am Around the Campfire
Advertising: whoops or deliberate?

Oh, what the heck, I'll put it under "Humor", it IS kinda funny... To set the scene; a full page ad on the last page of the Saturday newspaper, for a multi-line dealer on the West end (Cars, trucks, boats, RVs, and ATVs). At the top of the page, an ad for a "1999 Dodge Roadtrek 190 Versatile, Loaded, $21,995". The ad is headed "MANGER SPECIAL"! So, are they celebrating Christmas, or making a mistake?
mowermech 11/22/14 09:00am Around the Campfire
RE: Class A or C ?

Never really thought about the safety part of it. Thanks for all the great input. Would I be safe in guessing the A would be about 2 mpg less? IMO, if you are truly concerned about fuel economy, you do not want a motorhome of any type!
mowermech 11/21/14 07:57pm Class A Motorhomes
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