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RE: Thoughts on ACME Electric Tow Dolly?

Again, the front wheels of the towed vehicle are tied to the dolly. Tied very tightly, in fact. They can not turn side to side! they can not steer the dolly! Yes, the video shows the steering wheel of the towed vehicle moving. HOW is it moving? What is twisting or bending under the vehicle to allow the steering wheel to move? The video does NOT show the dolly wheels or the towed vehicle wheels turning, only the steering wheel. Until I see the vehicle front wheels steering the dolly, or the dolly wheels actually steering, I simply do not and can not believe what the video is showing and the narrator is saying!
mowermech 05/05/16 06:17am Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I guess I need to find a tow dolly. Weighed the truck today. It weighs 7,240 with me in it. That means just a little under 7,000 lbs for the truck alone. I'm not sure that V10 can handle that much weight! The hitch and the frame rails don't hold much concern for me, they can be upgraded. engine power, however... Oh, well, if need be Carole can follow me in the truck!
mowermech 05/02/16 06:14pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

but....but...but.. I used the Keurig, and it is set to shut itself off... and I had fig Newtons, not donuts!
mowermech 05/02/16 06:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: Thoughts on ACME Electric Tow Dolly?

Imagine flat towing w/ the steering wheel locked in center position. That is exactly how a rigid frame dolly works, you are dragging the tires around corners. Could you explain what you are saying? The steering wheel is not locked and the wheels turn with the dolly. Exactly how are the tires being dragged? I am not sure that you know how the ACME works. I am not surprised that anyone would not know how the Acme works. I have watched the video several times, and I still don't know how it works. SOMETHING under the vehicle is twisting, causing the steering wheel to turn, and I do not know what it is. Keep in mind, the wheels are strapped down tightly. What is twisting under there to cause the steering wheel to turn? I do not like the whole idea, and I would never buy the Acme dolly. The American Car Dolly is less expensive, it has turntable steering, and it is delivered right to your door, free, set up and ready to use. If I were to buy a NEW dolly, that is what it would be! But, I will probably buy a used dolly that has steering and brakes.
mowermech 05/01/16 08:19pm Dinghy Towing
RE: The "all electric" coach is probably a misnomer

Have you had the all-electric coach in a full-hookup RV park with metered electricity for a month or so yet? I would be interested in hearing what the electric bill was in such a scenario.
mowermech 05/01/16 06:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow dolly

Thank you.
mowermech 04/30/16 06:13pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow dolly

There is no excuse for struggling with moving a car dolly: http://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Accessories/MaxxTow/MT70225.html?feed=npn&gclid=Cj0KEQjwr5G5BRD_n-T0pf7x4ucBEiQAlxHOP3whFsZAHECLuABcCdTbhS87uFBwia4QYk5WMYJlVisaAkn68P8HAQ Harbor Freight has a similar one for less than $60. Or, for those (like me) who are VERY out of shape, there is this one: http://www.saferwholesale.com/5000lb-Capacity-Heavy-Duty-Powered-Trailer-Dolly-p/gsi-trailerdolly-5000lbs.htm?vfsku=GSI.TrailerDolly.5000lbs&Click=35179&vfsku=GSI.TrailerDolly.5000lbs&gpla=pla&gclid=Cj0KEQjwr5G5BRD_n-T0pf7x4ucBEiQAlxHOP33i2CWBD3-xs7O77XHisyRn73V_agk1tODF2WVyZ-QaAh0_8P8
mowermech 04/30/16 09:06am Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow dolly

At one time or another over the past 15 years, I have done every kind of towing possible: Four down (flat) towing; on a dolly; and on a trailer. For a front wheel drive vehicle, dolly towing is perfect. to move the dolly around, go to Harbor Freight and get one of the two wheeled trailer dolly gadgets. It works great. The American Car Dolly can be purchased for less than $1500, with brakes, delivered to your door ready to use. See it at: http://www.americancardolly.com/ Usually, dolly towing is forbidden by the manufacturer of All Wheel Drive or 4X4 vehicles, unless the rear driveshaft is disconnected. there may be exceptions, but I don't know of any. Some (but not all) rear wheel drive vehicles can be towed on a dolly. Again, if the driveshaft is removed or disconnected, no problem. It is imperative that you stop after a few miles and check the tie down straps, safety chains, etc. But then, you should do that when towing four down or on a trailer, also. It is not recommended that a dolly be backed up. It is also not recommended that a four down tow be backed up ( I tried that once. Never again!). A trailer, however, can be backed anytime anywhere, even around corners, depending only on the skill level of the driver. I may get a dolly again, so I can tow our PT Cruiser. If/when I do, it will either be a good used DEMCO Kar Kaddy II with brakes or a new American Car Dolly. I will never have a dolly that is not built to steer!
mowermech 04/29/16 12:47pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Am I Crazy for Thinking of Stepping Back 9 Years?

I would keep what I have for now, then in 5 years get the FINAL motorhome! IMO, it would be foolish to get a different coach knowing that in 5 years I will be trading it in for the "official retirement coach". IMO you would lose less money by waiting.
mowermech 04/28/16 03:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: You may want to wait on LED's - incandescents might be back!

One thing I never see mentioned about LED lights is that they don't emit much heat. This was brought out in a few towns in snow country that installed LED traffic and pedestrian lights. The old incandescent lights created enough heat to keep themselves clear of snow. The LEDs did not, and were immediately clogged with snow in the first storm. IIRC, they had to install electric heaters in the light housings to keep them clear of snow. LOTS of energy savings there! There are still a few pedestrian lights around here that get totally blocked by snow. Oh, well, back to the drawing board...
mowermech 04/28/16 07:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

SNOW!!! About half an inch of wet, sticky, sloppy, SNOW!! and still coming down rather heavily. At 0330 when I let the cat out, there was none. 32 degrees. As it warms today, the snow will change to rain, and what is on the ground will disappear. I imagine it is a little bit of a set-back for the plowing crews on the Beartooth Highway, though. Up there (6000-11,000 feet) the snowfall is probably pretty deep! If it is snowing in Northwestern Montana, the same goes for the crews trying to get Going To the Sun Road open by Memorial Day! rosie, we still have the PT Cruiser Convertible. I don't think we will ever trade that car off! Carole and I both like our "Miss Vanilla". I sold the dolly, though, wanted to get a newer one. But, as usual, there always seems to be something else to spend money on. If I can't tow the Dodge 2500 due to weight, I guess that will force the issue. Obviously, no outside work will be done today...
mowermech 04/28/16 06:57am Around the Campfire
RE: Best fuel economy speed

I feel most comfortable at 60 to 65 MPH. I have no idea what the "fuel economy sweet spot" is. I'm driving a small house on wheels, towing a half ton pickup. IMO, "fuel economy" and "motor home" are mutually exclusive terms. They simply do not belong in the same sentence.
mowermech 04/27/16 06:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Brakes on towed vehicle or not?

"The part you quoted only says why your point is immaterial." Obviously, I disagree. My point is; in many if not most of the scenarios presented, by the time the driver's foot hits the brake pedal he (or she) has already hit and/or run over the obstacle that suddenly appeared in front of the vehicle. Auxiliary braking or the lack thereof has not even come into play yet. THAT is my point. No more, no less. Just that, nothing else. Therefore, IMO, such scenarios are fallacious.
mowermech 04/27/16 12:59pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I went crazy and got a TRUCK! The trip to Sheridan, WY and back convinced me that the little half ton just won't cut it for towing that 7 X 14 enclosed trailer up and down hills. So... I found an older (1999) Dodge with the identical cab and box, an aftermarket front bumper and grill guard, towing mirrors, only 161K miles, BUT it sits on a 3/4 ton chassis, with a Cummins 24 valve engine! I am in the process of changing all the gimcracks and goodies from the half ton to the new truck, but it is cold and wet outside. That kinda puts a damper on working out there, especially since some of what needs done requires crawling around under the trucks. I also need to go get it weighed. Maybe I can set it up for towing behind the motorhome, maybe not. The weight will tell me... Of course, regardless of weight I CAN tow it, even if it is not advisable.
mowermech 04/27/16 12:36pm Around the Campfire
RE: Durham NC RV killing bridge to be neutered

I am reminded of the 8 foot railroad bridge here in Billings. Yes, that's right, EIGHT FEET of clearance! Actually it hasn't collected any trucks or campers for quite a while. Perhaps people are finally realizing the 8 feet isn't very high!
mowermech 04/27/16 07:51am General RVing Issues
RE: How we empty our RV waste tanks at a dump station

I just ran a long wire from the valve handle to the drivers seat. It's easy to drain the black tank while rolling down the interstate. And, it saves time. No more waiting in line at the dump station. :B And you are watering and fertilizing the roadside landscaping. Helping the road dept. How thoughtful! Many years ago I saw a system advertised that, when added to a motorhome, squirted the contents of the holding tanks into the exhaust header where it burned and/or vaporized while driving. All that came out of the exhaust pipe was heat sterilized fine ash and water vapor. I remember at the time thinking "Hey, that's great!" It is gone, now, of course. I wonder why?
mowermech 04/27/16 07:46am Beginning RVing
RE: Brakes on towed vehicle or not?

"The same distance with or without auxiliary brakes." EXACTLY!! Generally, about 188 feet. In most of the scenarios used to justify some kind of braking, you have already hit whatever got in front of you before you can begin to stop! Note that I am not saying that some kind of braking on a towed motor vehicle is not worth while. I am merely saying that many of the scenarios used to justify such braking systems are basically fallacious! Another one is the use of trailer laws applied to a towed motor vehicle. Here in Montana every TRAILER must have brakes on ALL wheels. A vehicle on a dolly has brakes on two wheels, but four wheels are on the road. If the vehicle on the dolly is actually a TRAILER, the rear wheels on the towed vehicle must have brakes as well as the dolly wheels. I really don't think that would be a good idea! Maybe there are reasons why most states do not have LAWS requiring brakes on a towed motor vehicle (even though it is a GOOD IDEA)!
mowermech 04/26/16 06:40pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Brakes on towed vehicle or not?

... Just don't drive fast and don't tail gate and you will be fine.. What about the guy that pulls out in front of you or swerves into your lane unexpectedly and slams on the brakes? The Physics of Towed Vehicles In the event that scenario happens, and you are traveling 60 MPH, how far will your rig travel before your foot hits the brake pedal? Look it up! Then think about it...
mowermech 04/26/16 01:32pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Brakes on towed vehicle or not?

In many states a towed motor vehicle is NOT a "trailer" according to the legal definition of "trailer", so trailer towing laws do not apply. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) has braking performance standards. Many states have incorporated those standards into their own code of laws. The stopping distance can be 40 or 45 feet for a "combination of vehicles". IIRC, FMVSS says 40 feet from 20 MPH, as does Montana. California says 45 feet. Braking laws are not covered under Reciprocity Agreements.
mowermech 04/26/16 08:47am Dinghy Towing
RE: Venting

A few years ago I had an 11.5 foot Caribou truck camper on a 3500 dually. When I checked in to the Great Falls KOA, they sent an employee on a golf cart to guide me to my site. I took one look at the site, and told the employee "NO!"! There was a low hanging branch that would have scraped the top of the camper. They gave me another site that did not have any low hanging branches. IMO, I always have the right to refuse a site that does not fit my rig, whether it be height, width, or length that limits it. I am not a bit hesitant to state "No, this is not acceptable!" It does not happen very often.
mowermech 04/26/16 08:30am General RVing Issues
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