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RE: run tt off home power

For quite a while I ran the coach with a 75 foot extension cord with three 10 gauge conductors, plugged in a 20 amp outlet. It worked. Then, I installed a 30 amp RV outlet on the side of the garage, connected to a 30 amp breaker in the box. The 50 foot extension cord that is now required is also three 10 gauge conductors! I have run both air conditioners, no problems.
mowermech 08/29/14 07:43am Beginning RVing
RE: towing

1. You are welcome. 2. If you say so. 3. Go here to download the manual. Recreational towing instructions will be found on pages 146-148 (I looked at Print 3) http://owner.ford.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Owner/Page/OwnerGuidePage&year=2003&make=Ford&model=Ranger 4. If you are towing it behind a motorhome, it is a dinghy or a toad or a frog 5. good for you.
mowermech 08/28/14 08:01pm Dinghy Towing
RE: towing

From the REMCO website: 2003 Ford Ranger XL RWD V6 3.0L cyl 5-Speed Manual Manual 2003 Ford Ranger XL RWD V6 3.0L cyl 5-Speed Manual Manual Notes Towable as is with speed and/or distance restrictions. Please see Owner's Manual for confirmation and procedures. It is not recommended to tow this vehicle over 55MPH When towing for an extended period of time, start the vehicle as often as possible and allow it to run for five minutes to prevent battery drain. Follow prescribed towing procedures outlined in your Owner's Manual. It sounds like you need to read and heed the Owners Manual.
mowermech 08/28/14 12:55pm Dinghy Towing
RE: RV anti-freeze

We don't put RV antifreeze into the fresh water system. The lines are blown out with air and all faucets, and drains are left open. RV Anti freeze is only used in the sink/shower p-traps, and toilet bowl... Me, too. I figure if it good enough for the underground sprinkler system, it is good enough for the RV. I been doing the blow-out for about 30 years, with no problems.
mowermech 08/28/14 10:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Golf cart

Personally, since I used to work for an E-Z-Go dealer, I would look for one of them. Keep in mind that if one battery goes bad, you should change all of them. We had one customer that insisted that we just replace the bad battery. Not long after that, he was back in with a dead golf cart. the electronic controller did not like the unbalanced battery pack. IIRC, it cost him over $400, plus the 6 new batteries! There used to be a company that would rewind the motors, giving more power and speed. We modified a couple of carts with their motors, and it really made a noticeable difference! I don't know if they are still doing the rewinds or not. good luck in your shopping.
mowermech 08/28/14 10:27am Around the Campfire
RE: renting a tow bar

Why rent when you can get a Reese fixed-arm adjustable width towbar for $165? It has 5000 lb. capacity, and fits a 2 inch ball. I used one for years on various Jeeps.
mowermech 08/28/14 06:19am Towing
RE: So all of you 1500 haters

Not sure how folks deal with them beds shorter than 8'! We use a utility trailer for the rare occasion we need to haul something longer than 6 ft. Only happens maybe once or twice a year for some of us! That would get really expensive for me. A couple of trips on a ferry a week....lets see, first 22' is $18, next 8' to 30 is $36, 31-40 is about $54.......19' of truck, plus 12' of trailer, $54 on way, $108 round trip......OUCH! maybe even DOUBLE OUCH! then add in that I am over 7'6", another 16 or so for over height! Expensive trip! I'll take the std 8' bed over a 6' short bed thank you very much....... Them short beds must be for non contractor types........... marty Marty, you will note that my short bed is listed in my sig. as "TOY". Since I no longer need a big truck, that is what I have, a "TOY" truck. I no longer have horses, so no hay to haul. I don't tow a fifth wheel anymore, so I don't need a 1 ton dually. That little Dodge 1500 is just right for life as we presently live it. It is big enough to haul "stuff" to the thrift store as we thin things out, and the "quad cab" with the rear seat is just right for the grandkids, and I can get a LOT of groceries and other things in there when we go to Costco. AND, it tows very nicely behind the motorhome! It works for us.
mowermech 08/27/14 08:56pm Towing
RE: Cheap Sway Control

"I'm not having issues per se, but just am freaked out about seeing 30'ers flipped over from a crosswind with TV on its side." I have seen it, or at least the aftermath. NO fancy hitch is going to save you if the wind is that strong! If it can upset an 80,000 lb tractor/trailer rig, your light little RV doesn't have a chance. A cross wind is an entirely different thing from a trailer sway event. If the highway patrol says high profile vehicles should park and wait, it most certainly means RVs. ANY RV! Be careful out there, the world is a dangerous place! How does one get notifications from the highway patrol? Are there signs out? Or do you have to check their Facebook page :) I don't know about other areas, but around here, where they often have severe crosswinds, there will often be electronic readerboards alongside the highway giving advisories, or it will be announced on local radio stations, and sometimes on the NWS weather radios. Just another reason to listen to LOCAL radio instead of satellite radio!
mowermech 08/27/14 06:20pm Beginning RVing
RE: So all of you 1500 haters

What is so special about the half ton with a std bed in the pic?!?!?! so one can get a 10" bed or there abouts. How kewl would that be!!!!!!!! maaaaaavalous! it would be to get a 10' pickup bed. Not sure how folks deal with them beds shorter than 8'! Marty Easy just put my tail gate down and now it's 8 feet long. I know a guy in Northwestern Montana who needed to haul some things that required a 12 foot bed, but all he had was a 1946 Ford long narrow box pickup. So, he went and found another truck just like it, chopped them apart, welded what he needed back together, and had a 1946 Ford L-O-N-G (12 foot) narrow box pickup.Just goes to show, if you want it bad enough, and have the time, skill, and money, it CAN be done!
mowermech 08/27/14 02:18pm Towing
RE: Cheap Sway Control

"I'm not having issues per se, but just am freaked out about seeing 30'ers flipped over from a crosswind with TV on its side." I have seen it, or at least the aftermath. NO fancy hitch is going to save you if the wind is that strong! If it can upset an 80,000 lb tractor/trailer rig, your light little RV doesn't have a chance. A cross wind is an entirely different thing from a trailer sway event. If the highway patrol says high profile vehicles should park and wait, it most certainly means RVs. ANY RV! Be careful out there, the world is a dangerous place!
mowermech 08/27/14 09:25am Beginning RVing
RE: Can we tow a Honda CR-V with a Fleetwood 3500 max capacity?

" Many states requiring trailer heavier than 2000/3000 lbs to have their own brakes." Actually, depending on the state laws, it is more like 1500 lbs UNLADEN weight, or 3000 lbs GROSS weight. The law is also likely to require a breakaway braking system that is capable of setting the TRAILER brakes and holding them set for at least 15 minutes, AND the TRAILER must have brakes on ALL wheels. THEN, you need to look at the legal definition of "TRAILER". Many states have a legal definition that states a TRAILER is DESIGNED for hauling PROPERTY and for being towed behind a motor vehicle. I don't think a passenger vehicle quite meets that definition. Even a pickup truck doesn't meet the definition. Many states have a "Braking Performance Law". If you can stop within a certain distance from a certain speed on the specified surface, you are legal. What is the law in YOUR state? If you don't know, you might want to look it up. Keep in mind that braking laws are usually NOT "reciprocal". You have to meet the requirements of the law in the state in which you are traveling!
mowermech 08/27/14 09:16am Dinghy Towing
RE: Cheap Sway Control

The cheapest possible "sway control" is making sure your trailer is loaded properly, with 10 to 15% of the GVW as tongue weight. A properly built, properly loaded trailer hitched to a proper tow vehicle should NOT sway! If it does, find out why, and FIX IT! THEN, if it makes you fell safer, get whatever "sway control" gadget you want. A Weight Distributing hitch doe NOT "reduce the tongue weight on the hitch". If your trailer tongue weighs 500 lbs, you will have 500 lbs on the hitch with the spring bars connected. What the WD hitch does, is force some of the weight to be "distributed" to the front of the vehicle by pulling up on the back end of the vehicle. In fact, since WD hitches are so heavy, they ADD weight to the back of the vehicle! I towed a 15 ft. camp trailer and later a 19 foot TT with a Ford E150 Club Wagon (passenger van) around the mountains of Wyoming and Montana with no sway control and no WD hitch. However, when towing the 19 ft. TT with a Jeep Wagoneer I HAD to use the WD hitch to keep the back bumper off the ground, and the headlights out of the treetops. Interestingly, that is what the WD hitch was originally advertised to do many years ago! However, I did have a flatbed cargo trailer that had a sway problem. There was no way to load that thing to keep it from swaying! It was very poorly designed homebuilt trailer. Well built, but built WRONG! I sold it, advising the buyer that the axles HAD to be cut loose and welded back in the proper position.-
mowermech 08/27/14 06:47am Beginning RVing
RE: Never changed the oil.

I met a man in 1960 who had a 1950 Buick that he claimed had never had an oil change. He also claimed that it had 150,000 miles on it. He said he changed the filter every 1500 miles and added a quart of oil to make up the loss from the filter change. He was an instructor at the Navy helicopter school I went to back then, a Marine Sergeant. His claim was that oil does not "break down". He would ask, "if those oil molecules break, what does it become, it isn't oil anymore!" The only time I worry about changing oil exactly on time or miles is when there is a warranty that requires such changes. Since I have nothing under warranty, I change oil about every 5 or 6 thousand miles or once a year, whichever comes first. Buy the rig, change the oil and filter, check the air filter, and go have fun!
mowermech 08/26/14 09:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Propane tank full?

No propane tank or bottle should ever be filled to more than 80%. Some gauges show FULL at 80%, some show 3/4 full. Apparently yours shows 3/4 full when at 80%. Yes, that is normal, and required. If it were me, I would get extra 20 or 30 pound cylinders to carry with me, and get the extension hose to connect them. Just keep in mind that they must be transported in a ventilated compartment, or outside.
mowermech 08/26/14 09:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

beat most of the weeds down in the pasture, tomorrow when the new mulching blades come in I will change the mower to a mulcher and get the lawn done. I think I will cut it high, then go back over it lower in a couple days.
mowermech 08/26/14 08:50pm Around the Campfire
RE: LP question.

Any gauge can malfunction, even the most reliable ones. It sounds like something is wrong between the tank and the indoor gauge; an open circuit, a short circuit, a stuck sensor, etc. You can take it to a qualified service person and have it checked and repaired, or you can just rely on the tank mounted gauge (if it is really working). Personally, I would want the dang thing to work the way it should. The repair might be simple and inexpensive, or it could be rather pricey. good luck.
mowermech 08/26/14 11:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why buy out of California

Yessir, as I have stated many times: 1. KNOW the law. 2. COMPLY with the law. 3. DOCUMENT the fact that you have complied with the law. and you will have no problems! It really IS just that simple!
mowermech 08/26/14 10:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I ordered new mulching blades from Amazon. they say the little town of Winnett got over 8 inches of rain out of that weather front. Roundup got over 6 inches. We got between 1 and 2 inches. The average for this month is .55 inches. I think we got more than they are reporting. There is an old bowl out on the deck, away from the roof line and gutters, that has about 3 inches of water in it. It was empty when this mess started!
mowermech 08/26/14 10:48am Around the Campfire
RE: The Memphis Belle

There is a HUGE difference between the PBY Catalina and the PB4Y Privateer! As I said, the PB4Y-2 is the Navy version of the B-24. It has a high single tail instead of a twin tail. It is not an amphibian like the PBY-5A.
mowermech 08/26/14 10:44am Around the Campfire
RE: The Memphis Belle

If you ever pass by Greybull, Wyoming, be sure to stop at the rest area at the airport and go to the museum of flight and aerial fire fighting. they have 2 Super PB4Y-2 aircraft on static display (that's the Navy version of the B-24). They are "Super" ones because they have R-2600 engines instead of the original ones. They also have 2 C-119 Flying Boxcars and a Beech 18 (C-45, SNB-5). Be sure to bring your binoculars. There are several aircraft lined up on the inactive runway; KC-97s, P2V-7s, an F-27, and others. Tanker 84 is sitting out there. IIRC it is the only KC-97 that was ever used in fire fighting. Too bad the museum can't get it on loan or something. Years ago, I worked on those aircraft.
mowermech 08/26/14 08:14am Around the Campfire
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