I've always tow'd 4 down. I've been looking for a new car............I like SUV's and the choices that can be towed 4 down are very limited.
So, I was just thinking, maybe buy a SUV that I like, just buy a tow dolly. Having never used one..........I'm looking for input...............the pros and cons. Thanks
Looking to buy a new car. Will be towing it behind the motor home, plus my daily driver. Have narrowed it down to the above 3 vehicles. Looking for comments.
I know the 2015 CVR are not towable, so would be a 2014 model.
The Jeep Cherokee comes with 2 engines, 4 and 6 cylinders, any comments on these choices?
I prefer 2 wheel drive, I have a 10,000lb tow limit on my motor home. Thanks
A few years ago, I took mine in for a few minor issues. Called and they set up an appointment. I called the night before to make sure everything was still a go. Went to the office and they filled out all the paper work, came out and did a walk around..........took the keys, and said, they'd give me a call in a couple weeks, when they hoped to get to it. When I mentioned I had an appointment, they said yes, an appointment to drop it off. When I questioned them, they said that's the way they schedule, they're always at least 2 weeks out. When I again questioned them, they said that's the way they have been doing it for years.
Even though they're suppose to be a very good shop, I'm never been back.
When I'm travelling, I usually just get in the right lane and put the cruise control on about 57mph...........(speed limit here in CA for towing is 55mph, whoops I'm over by a couple) 57 or there about seem to be the typical speed of traffic in the right lane.
As far as other drivers.......as a whole, most truck drivers are good, there's always the exception though, I've seen some really bad ones out there..........of course I've seen some really bad motor home drivers too. I've seen truckers doing 70 plus and motor homes towing doing 70 plus, but they are rare.
Keep in mind, that some states have much higher towing speed limits then here in CA, so I assume there's always the possibility that the odd motor home or trucker from out of state is unfamiliar with our 55mph limit.
My biggest complaint with AUTO drivers is they don't have a clue on how to merge into traffic. They don't look, will match you speed and just nudge up too........unaware that you can't get over because of traffic, plus they're the ones, that are suppose to adjust their speed to blend into traffic. I don't play games with them, and will try to adjust my speed, but sometimes that's difficult in heavy. traffic.
Glad it all worked safely out for you.
Gee in movies, if you have an air leak/break, you loose your brakes and are a run away..........same things for trains in the movies........disconnect the air hose and you have a run away train..........only in the movies .......thankfully.
I'm looking for a bike rack that will fit into a 2 inch receiver. I've priced some locally, and they're all over $200.00. I just need one to carry 2 bikes. Don't want junk, but don't need a Tour de France super deluxe model either.
PS. I need to clarify something. I need a rack that will fit into a double receiver. The lower one will be for my tow bar for the car........upper one will be for the bike rack........so clearance is an issue. I want to be able to fold up the tow bar when I unhitch the car.
Do they make an adapter that will slide over the square tubing tongue of the tow bar that has an additional 2 inch receiver for a bike rack.
I know they make a double receiver, but I'd rather not add the additional length to my hitch.........seems like that would just add stress to components.
Tried calling Blue Ox the last few days, and all I get is a recording asking for me to leave my name and number. I did yesterday morning, and haven't heard anything. What's going on.......anyone know?
I would think there's a market for both.......just do look at all the RV's for sale online and on the lots. I've sold 3 motor homes myself.........1 gas, 2 diesels.
Gas I sold in a couple of weeks
1 Diesel I sold in a couple of days
Other diesel I sold in about a month
All boils down to being priced fair........and someone out there wanting you coach.
If you're over priced, you won't sell either a Gas or Diesel rig.
Yes, Carry a tool box. I bought one at Home Depot. i bought it when I had a gas motor home. I carry basically the same tools for my diesel as I did when I had my gas. There's always something that needs to be fixed, but 99% of the time it's a little item that can be fixed with a screw driver, or combo wrench. You're not going to do heavy maintenance on the road, that's why they have diesel shops all over.
As far as carrying parts.........filters, a belt, that's about it. You could load the motor home up with parts, and I'll just about guarantee that the part the would break, would be the one you wouldn't have. Kinda of a common sense thing. You'll find out as you go along what you need. If you need something, you can always drive to the nearest store and get it.
Concerning a Diesel being complicated......well yes and no. If it's a gas or diesel, they all have the typical house things, frig, sinks, TV's, Microwave etc etc...so there's not much difference there as far as maintenance.
As far as the running gear.........well, they both have engines........diesels are suppose to be more reliable......but anything mechanical can have problems. Both have transmissions, drive trains, front ends etc. Diesels generally have air bag suspension, typically, very few problems there, Diesels have exhaust brakes, again, very few problems.
Diesels, cost more? Diesel parts generally are more expensive, but how many parts are you going to buy, the engines are suppose to typically last a million miles. Tires are bigger, and do cost more, but this is a once in 7-10 year purchase. Typically more batteries, but again, so you have a couple more batteries to buy every few years. Oil changes...........diesels have more oil capacity......but typically you only change the oil once a year, and that should be around $200 at the nationwide truck/RV oil change store.
Having owned both Gas and Diesel, I'm enjoy my diesel more, the ride and lack of noise is very nice. With that said, NOT all air suspension motor homes ride the same.......be careful.........and test drive, and then test drive some more. Good Luck
I have just under 30K miles.........but it's 10 years old........how important is the 4 year interval? Why would you need to adjust the valves if the engine sat for 4 years........what could change. I can understand mileage or amount of hours the engine has run, but year? Should I have the adjusted with just 30k miles? and 10 years old?
When I bought my 40E which is actually 40' 9", I stopped by the local CA Highway Patrol and asked them. There were two officers at the front desk, they both said, NO, didn't need a different license. A friend of mine, a few months later, told me, that I did. So I stopped by the Highway Patrol office again. Two different officers this time told me NO, didn't need anything. I questioned them a 3rd officer had come into the room, and they asked him, the answer still was No. Just as I was leaving one said, let me check with the commercial division at Chowchilla. Well, as it turn out, yes I did need a Non commercial Class B. When I went to take the written............it literally took them over an hour, which included several phone calls to Sacramento to figure out which test to give me. They said they had never given that test before. When I took the driving portion, the examiner told me he had never given a Non commercial Class B in his 25 plus years. So yes, there's confusion regarding this.......not only on here, but with the DMV and CHP. It's my understanding that about the only working group that typically need a non commerical class B are firemen. It is clearly written in the California vehicle code..........and YES, you need one if you're OVER 40'