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RE: New to Dingy Towing - Need help?

We recently traded our Dually and 5th Wheel for a 32' Class C Mini-Motorhome. Of course now we are faced with towing a "toad" and do we go 4 down or dolly? When I try to analyze which is best they come out pretty much even but maybe I am missing something? It seems that the costs are about $1,600 for a dolly vs about $4,500-5,000 for parts and hook up for flat tow. My F-150 is probably a little heavy to tow and my wife's Volvo is completely untowable at least according to her owners manual. We also have a 2004 Buick Century that weighs about 3,400 but the manual says no flat towing. So it appears we either need to trade the wife's Volvo for something that can be flat towed or go the dolly route. It seems to me that the dolly route might be better anyway considering the costs difference and the utility of the dolly for any vehicle that can be dolly towed. Here are some of my questions: 1. When dolly towing are the lights on the dolly sufficient or do we need additional lights on the vehicle being towed? 2. Surge brakes or electric brakes? 3. Do we need a brake controller in the vehicle being towed? 4. If we always go for pull-thru sites is storing the dolly really an issue? 5. Should we can the whole "toad" idea and just get a scooter to carry on the back of the motorhome? We are probably missing something so any help will be appreciated. Thank you, Jerry let me take a whack at this. 1) If by 'sufficient' you mean legal that will depend on the state. while we don't tow on a dolly when we looked into that option back in '03 we decided that having extra magnetic lights on the back of the toad was not a bad thing. 2) I prefer a brake system that utilizes the toad's own power brake system and which is not dependent on a cigarette lighter plug for power. we use the Unified Tow Brake from US Gear. 4) The dolly will always be at least a minor issue. with a long enough pull thru you should be able to back the toad off the dolly and leave the dolly attached to the MH. 5) I wouldn't. Scooters are fine in their place but you may run into situations where you'll wish you had doors and a roof. weight is your enemy and a dolly will add weight. in my opinion before you do anything you need to determine the GVWR, GCWR and GAWR's of your class C. pay special attention to the gross axle weight ratings. then load up your class C as you would for a trip...food, fuel, water, LP, supplies, clothing, pets, people and other stuff...and take it to a certified scale. get individual axle weights. next, compare the individual axle weights to the GAWR for each axle. as long as the axle weights are less then or equal to the GAWR you'll be good to go otherwise you'll need to offload weight from that axle. the sum of the GAWRs should be less than or equal to the GVWR. next, determine the weight rating of your hitch...it's likely to be rated at 5000-lbs but double check. now you're ready to determine how much weight you can safely tow. in general, the maximum amount of weight you can safely tow will be the lesser of the following: * the GCWR (gross combination weight rating) of the MH minus the actual weight of the MH as it is loaded for travel (includes fuel, fresh water, food, clothing, people, pets, supplies, etc.) * the weight rating of your tow bar * the weight rating of your hitch good luck.
rk911 08/21/14 10:07am Dinghy Towing
RE: Am I special or what?

Took our "Bus" in for repair about 3 weeks ago, to find and repair a water leak, and repair air ride in divers seat. Also while it was there, I decided to have the front T.V. replaced and add a satellite dish, and repairs to sound system. I wanted a certain dish system, and gave them a copy off the internet of what I wanted, (a cheaper system)portable, that could be mounted on top. Got a call to pick up the unit, and everything was repaired/installed. Now, does everyone have this problem, or is it just me? The jobs were not done. The leak was not found or repaired, the dish was not installed and was different than what I wanted, it was only portable. Now, this is not the first time we have had this happen. Seems there is a communication problem between me and the service writer and between him and the technicians. Two of the problems are: the dish I wanted is no longer available and they didn't know we had shut valve under the sink to top the leak when we were camping. A simple phone call would have helped them and me. Hopefully we will get everything corrected but can't believe this only happens to me. haven't had that problem. maybe it's because every time I take the MH in for service I provide the shop with detailed, numbered written instructions.
rk911 08/20/14 04:19pm Class A Motorhomes

as long as you are not full timing look at state farm. we've been happy with the coverage and rates.
rk911 08/20/14 04:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Listings in Good Sam campground guide

We are finishing up a 12,000 mile trip and used the GS book a lot. We found a lot of campgrounds that were not in the book. The latest campground had been in business since the 70's. It was a nice campground with a very nice pool and a large split lake with catfish in one side and trout in the other. With a nice babbling brook running down one side of the park. My question is how do parks get listed in the book??? Plus why are parks shown as having wi-fi and cable and you have to pay for these amenities.......especially when the per night cost is over the top..... Why are there so many nice parks that are not listed and so many crappy parks that have a good listing? some of the former may not want to pay for the listing or have been overlooked. as for the latter, crappy is in the eye of the beholder.
rk911 08/19/14 07:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Pulling a "Toad" on a Trailer?

As mentioned you need to know all your other MH's weights and where you stand. Including the GCWR & GAWR ... more weight in the rear hitch could put you over. " EVEN " if it's within the towable amount for the hitch. correct. in general, the maximum amount of weight you can safely tow will be the lesser of the following: * the GCWR (gross combination weight rating) of the MH minus the actual weight of the MH as it is loaded for travel (includes fuel, fresh water, food, clothing, people, pets, supplies, etc.) * the weight rating of your tow bar * the weight rating of your hitch
rk911 08/18/14 08:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pulling a "Toad" on a Trailer?

Has anyone tried pulling their "Toad" vehicle on a trailer? I'm talking about a Class A Gasser with the Triton V-10... The reason that I ask is that I have a Subaru Outback.. All Wheel Drive means that I can't tow either 2 down or 4 down. I don't really want to go and purchase a dedicated Toad, but would like to have a transportation option. Looking at potentially buying a 1000lb trailer (weight, not capacity), and loading my 3,386lb (Curb Weight) Outback on it. Total weight: 4386 -- which won't put me over GCWR for the Class A. Do I need electric brakes? Surge brakes? Thoughts? Thanks! unless you've already weighed the MH you're assuming that it weighs at or less than it's GVWR. more importantly you're assuming that the weight on each axle is less than or equal to it's gross axle weight rating. before you do anything I strongly suggest you load up the MH as you would for travel...don't forget pets and people...and get certified weights on each axle. then compare to GAWR.
rk911 08/17/14 01:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Listings in Good Sam campground guide

.....many CG's listed in the Good Sam book that are not affiliated with GS. That's because so many of the CG's have DROPPED their GS affiliation. I am running into more and more of them the past few years. I got real ticked off with that issue. Pull in to a CG sporting the big GS logo on their sign and expect to get the GS discount...not. They say they dropped GS. Well take down the dang sign. And after a year when the new CG books are published take them out of the darn GS book. By the 2nd year out full timing I stopped searching out CG's that have discount cards, don't use CG books, no reviews. All those methods netted me some real crappy CG's. I now am finding REAL nice pleasurable CG's to stay at. CG's all now have there own websites and one quick and easy google search will show you all of them where you are at. In my traveling experience on the road, I found over 50% of CG's are NOT listed in RV books. As like I did when I first started out, you all are missing out on some real nice CG's to stay at if you live and die RV'ing by the so called golden book of CG's!!:W we've been using the GS directory since we started this RV thing back in 1986 and there have always been unaffiliated campgrounds in the book. I doubt that the book was ever intended to show just the GS campgrounds. heck, the GS website will display both GS and unaffiliated CG's when doing a CG search. we've run into former or never-affiliated GS parks that will honor the card but never the other way.
rk911 08/17/14 11:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Listings in Good Sam campground guide

RVParkReviews.com - pretty much all you need.al This doesn't list all the CG's either. Only ones that someone has posted a review on. neither does Woodalls or AAA but there are many, many CG's listed in the Good Sam book that are not affiliated with GS.
rk911 08/17/14 10:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Ham Radio

I have noticed that there are many Ham Radio operators out on the forum. Is there a forum for Ham RVers. 73s KQ6TG Buster The RV Radio Network - The RV and Ham Radio Club
rk911 08/14/14 07:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice on dinghy towing a truck please

...Depending on which generation you are, think Eydie Gorme :) Steve Lawrence & Edie Gorme! great duo.
rk911 08/09/14 02:38pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Car trailer versus flat towing

you've identified the main problem...what to do with the trailer in camp. some CGs restrict campsites to 2-vehicles. others have to be parked in overflow. then there's the added weight of the trailer. do you know how much weight you can safely tow? in general, the maximum amount of weight you can safely tow will be the lesser of the following: * the GCWR (gross combination weight rating) of the MH minus the actual weight of the MH as it is loaded for travel (includes fuel, fresh water, food, clothing, people, pets, supplies, etc.) * the weight rating of your tow bar * the weight rating of your hitch our MH is also a 35' Class A and we flat tow one of our jeeps ('03 wrangler/3400-lbs, '10-Liberty/3900-lbs). good luck.
rk911 08/09/14 01:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice on dinghy towing a truck please

We have a 1999 Dutchstar DP. We have only owned it for about 2 years and so far we have towed our Ford Taurus on a dolly. We now plan to buy a truck and are getting so much conflicting advice on this we decided to turn to the experts :) We need a truck comparable in size to the Ford F150 because we will at times be towing a boat with it. Other times we will want to tow it behind our coach. We had one Ford dealer tell us that all new vehicles could be towed four down. After some research, we found this isn't true at all. (If buying new we will purchase a Ford, used could be other makes.) The truck will have to be automatic but other than that we are kind of confused on what we need. 2Wd or 4Wd New, used, what years.. etc? I have read several owner's manuals and looked at the towing guide for several years, but I would like to hear from folks who actually tow or have in the past towed a truck. Thank you so much for any advice!!! trucks can be quite a bit heavier than autos but in any case it's important for you to know how much weight you can safely tow before you select a vehicle. step 1: determine what your Dutch Star weighs as it is typically loaded for travel. that would include full fuel and LP tanks, as much water as you usually carry, food, clothing, pets, supplies, people and other stuff. load 'er up and take it to a certified scale and get actual weights on each axle. that's important...don't just get a total weight, get individual weights for each axle. step 2: compare the actual axle weights to the GAWR for each axle. you're in good shape if the actual weight is less than or equal to the GAWR for that axle. if not then you'll need to unload weight from that axle. the sum of the actual weights should be less than or equal to the GVWR. step 3: in general, the maximum amount of weight you can safely tow will be the lesser of the following: * the GCWR of the MH minus the actual weight of the MH as determined in the above steps. * the weight rating of your tow bar * the weight rating of your hitch if you're planning to tow the pickup on the dolly then the weight of the dolly has to be added to the weight of the truck. once you know how much weight you can tow you can start shopping for a truck. good luck.
rk911 08/09/14 12:29pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Smart Phone (apple) National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map

MVUM map, is what the National Forest calls their road maps. Motor Vehicle Use Maps. Sorry should have included it in the original post. ok, thanks. the app seems to be a method by which maps can be displayed but the maps are not included but must be purchased or otherwise acquired. when I searched for 'Avenza' in the iTunes store I found the app marked 'Free' with a + sign. that usually indicates that while the app is free the data it uses it not included.
rk911 08/08/14 10:39am Tech Issues
RE: Smart Phone (apple) National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map

what is a MVUM map?
rk911 08/08/14 09:04am Tech Issues
RE: Using Roku or Chromecast

Why did you log off? Open is open. You are welcome. If McDonald's had been next door would you have logged off of that connection? McDonald's provides the wifi for the use of their customers. "Bill Smith", the private citizen does not. "Bill" contracts with an ISP for the benefit of his household and nobody else (that will be in the ISP's terms of service). next door neighbors and others who may detect his signal are not part of his household. sure, "Bill" should lock down his wifi signal but if "Bill" left his garage door open would you feel entitled to borrow his lawnmower, tools, etc?
rk911 08/08/14 08:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Using Roku or Chromecast

I was wondering if anyone uses Roku or Chromecast when staying at RV parks or camps that provide free WIFI. I use them at home for streaming movies and such, but my concern will be that the parks FREE WIFI will be too slow to handle the load, I also have seen places that limit the amount of bandwidth that can be used. Any comments will be appreciated. it's considered bad form, rude and selfish behavior to stream video over a CG's free wifi system. most systems can't handle that and some CG's are now throttling connections down to a snail's crawl when any sort of streaming is detected. if you want to stream suggest you contract for access from Verizon, millenicom, etc.
rk911 08/07/14 01:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Adding enzymes when parking

I am sure this question can be answered a hundred different ways, but I am still asking away. When leaving your last camp, or site and draining the black tank with the intention of taking it back to storage for a week or a month, do you drain completely and leave empty or is it best to drain and then add a gallon or two of water and an enzyme product? Thanks for the help! other than when parking it for the winter we always add black tank treatment (RVTrine is what we use) immediately after dumping.
rk911 08/07/14 11:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: $100,000 dollars

assuming everything else is equal i'd opt for the factory warranty of a new rig.
rk911 08/06/14 06:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Medicine while traveling.

We have refilled Walgreens prescriptions at their stores in Alaska, Colorado and Wisconsin. In these cases, we have called the local pharmacy to make sure they can do it with no problems. Just recently we were able to have our doctor in Ohio call (or e-script?) a new prescription in to a Walgreens in Wisconsin. I was surprised as I thought many states did not allow prescriptions from an out of state doctor, but I guess that is not the case. Now that 90 day prescriptions for maintenance drugs are common, we don't need to get refills as often and have more of a cushion. you don't really need to go to all that trouble. your doc can send the script to your home pharmacy. when you're ready to refill just go online to the walgreen's website (create the free account first), refill the script and before checkout just select the store at which you want to pick up. that's all there is. some insurance plans will not authorize more than a 30-day supply for out-of-state but otherwise we've had no issues refilling any script at any walgreen's.
rk911 08/06/14 03:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wind question

At what mph of wind do you decide it's not safe to drive your class A? Going to be heading across Wyoming and Nebraska, very different environment than we are used to. Thanks in advance for your thoughts, experiences. we get off the road when I get fatigued from fighting the wind. that point varies with me. I can handle the wind better earlier in the day than later but I do recall one time in NM where we got off the road around 11am.
rk911 08/05/14 10:57am Class A Motorhomes
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