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RE: TOAD Braking System Question...

For the Solman (the OP), there several different braking systems available and finding an installer with extensive experience with one brand may be difficult. The adjustment isn't an exact point as the potential installer stated and will take a bit of trial and error to find the point you are comfortable with. Installation is pretty simple but I don't know if your individual skills are up to the task or not. Either system the installer mentioned will suit you needs and the end result will be the same but my recommendation is the Ready Brake. If you set on a Blue Ox tow bar Ready Brake sells just the surge brake side of the tow bar. The various towing laws across North America can be interpreted in may different ways. One can argue that their state DVM identifies a car as a car and a trailer as a trailer per the registration and each has specific laws regarding use. Another way to look at this is when was the last time a wrecker towing disabled vehicle connect any type of supplemental brake? Didn't happen when I had my gas coach towed. A U-Haul dolly doesn't have brakes either but you can rent one just about anywhere. Anyway, regardless of it such system is required or not I like the idea of being able to add several thousand pounds of weight to my coach and not increase the stopping distance of the set up. I have a Ready Brake tow bar with the surge braking and a break away. No adjustments, power, air or other such requirement to operate. I connect up and head out.
Dale.Traveling 07/31/14 08:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pros/Cons to Active Duty Military RV life

I thought with FamCamps you were limited to your length of stay. DougMost do and 45 days seems to be about the average but you can get extensions if your are traveling under TAD orders for training or such. Was camped at Great Lakes a few weeks ago and there was a Second Class from California a few camp sites down from me. Headed out every morning in uniform and returned each afternoon. I don't see too much of a downside of doing it for a single guy/girl on active duty particularly in San Diego with the rather comfortable weather. You may end up having to sign a long term lease for a semi-permanent camp site and not have the option to of early termination for deployments like you can with transfer orders. Also you can't use your VA loan benefit for an RV purchase. They would rather you buy something a bit less mobile.
Dale.Traveling 07/31/14 04:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Yard prep for RV parking in Phoenix

Crush rock should be OK. As mentioned check local zoning restrictions and underground plumbing lines. Crushed rock isn't much different than the slab of concrete. Maybe even better if it drains the 7" of rain better than the slab.
Dale.Traveling 07/31/14 04:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leveling system cracked windshield

Hard to dispute the sequence of events but I don't understand how the slow lifting of one corner of a coach is more damaging than the dynamics in countered going down the road. Myself I would get it fixed and keep on enjoying camping. Stuff happens from dump valve handles pulling out to fridge fires to weather events. Check your insurance. Good possibility it's covered.
Dale.Traveling 07/31/14 04:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Microwave not working, convection OK

Dead magnetron. It happens sometimes gracefully (slowly as in stuff takes longer to cook) or all at once (worked this morning just fine). Might be more cost effective to replace the oven over repair but doesn't hurt to check.
Dale.Traveling 07/29/14 12:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blown Engine, 8.1l

I've no mechanical aptitude at all. But I'm just curious: how do you get the engine out and back in with one of these rigs, considering that the entire house structure was built after the engine was installed on the chassis?It's not easy. Going up will require partial disassembly of the engine (removing the cylinder heads and such) and using an engine hoist either thru the driver's door or thru the living area of the coach. The other direction is down but may require removal of the front axle and/or cross member frames of the chassis. Either direction is a lot of man hours which could add up to more than the value of the coach but still less than what you might pay for a replacement. Hate to be the OP at this point. Either choice, replace engine or replace coach is going to be expensive.
Dale.Traveling 07/29/14 12:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Going from short class A to long(ish) class A

Unless your former coach was you daily driver doubt you'll notice the difference. But if your muscle memory is better than mine just watch the sharp turns in a CG particularly if there's a tree of other such object that will take a chunk out of the side of your coach. Trail swing also. Take your time and use your mirrors.
Dale.Traveling 07/28/14 01:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Any downside to a domestic fridge in a Class A?

A modern residential fridge sips power so unless your travel plans include extended stays without shore power you will need to run the generator to recharge or add solar to the coach. About the only down side might be when the day comes that it dies and has to be replaced. The only route out of the coach could require removing the windshield and using a fork lift to get it out but a side by side absorption fridge might require the same level of effort. A residential fridge is on my list of wants for my next coach.
Dale.Traveling 07/27/14 06:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Worry About Possible Problems

The stress will fade as you use the coach. Same with the stress of driving it for the first time. Break downs are part of ownership. Some might be a minor inconvenience others catastrophic. No way to tell. Best advice is to always know where you are (GPS will tell you)and have an ERS subscription for those times when you're really stuck far from home.
Dale.Traveling 07/26/14 05:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Traction w/DP

A gas coach can have as much as 1/3 of the coach hanging out behind the rear axle with might include all the liquid load (gas, fresh and waste water). Last time I had my gas coach weight checked came in at 15.5K Lbs. 10K of that was on the rear. Front to rear weight distribution is going to vary between various models and manufactures but I think overall this might be a draw in the DP/Gasser battle. Also I really, really, really try to avoid getting into situations where I might be concerned about the traction of the drive axle.
Dale.Traveling 07/26/14 05:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Canadian Campground Pics

Craigleith Provincial Park Blue Mountains, ON - Lake Huron https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-_ETyosPCqZw/U88S34_XXpI/AAAAAAAAUKQ/jslOtY_It0o/s640/DSC01003.JPG https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-d2AgXl8vswc/U88TB3oLusI/AAAAAAAAULQ/fKe3JXQkbqQ/s640/DSC01009.JPG https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-KsgTLSVmU88/U88TnyqlZuI/AAAAAAAAUPA/onFsNXIL4q4/s640/DSC01037.JPG https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-kUGdSCf7TZ8/U88TxOG5_FI/AAAAAAAAUP0/iROPmmwu0Z8/s640/DSC01044.JPG
Dale.Traveling 07/24/14 11:40am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Canadian Campground Pics

Pancake Bay Provincial Park Batchwana Bay, ON - Lake Superior https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/--3pospyFmWk/U88W2nFXGzI/AAAAAAAAUWo/Nb721E3BwyE/s640/DSC01064.JPG https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-lyYLfde2BtM/U88W47TVrRI/AAAAAAAAUWo/NxXLhiuHoVI/s640/DSC01065.JPG https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-dNqAjBmjwP8/U88W8tWdi7I/AAAAAAAAUWo/eP2lqj24gPE/s640/DSC01066.JPG https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-_UDxK-4wBBw/U88W9zZJRdI/AAAAAAAAUWo/wkicoWQFhMc/s640/DSC01067.JPG https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-ijNlZ-2I-Ms/U88W_2IF2oI/AAAAAAAAUWo/50kdF4oD38I/s640/DSC01068.JPG https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-mqi8Wzy6h4I/U88XKFwmvMI/AAAAAAAAU2s/wvh4WMviwF0/s640/DSC01074.JPG
Dale.Traveling 07/24/14 11:34am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Very Scary Tow Car Breakaway

, it is also important to ensure the safety chains/cables are attached to the frame of the car. Probably most of us are guilty of this, myself included. Also not just the car end but at the coach receiver as well. Overly dependent on the hitch and base plate to stay where they are. I think I'll add additional safety cable between the coach receiver and frame along with the base plate to frame to my list. Cheep insurance.
Dale.Traveling 07/24/14 08:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wash/Wax

The wrap changes everything. As stated by rgatijnet1 you need to talk with the wrap folks on how to approach exterior cleaning.
Dale.Traveling 07/24/14 08:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Broken plastic Atwood hot water heater drain plug

Although an inconvenience just be happy the plug is plastic and not metal. May break easy but just as easy to get out without damaging the water heater tank.
Dale.Traveling 07/24/14 04:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Very Scary Tow Car Breakaway

Fortunately failures of this nature seem to be pretty rare but checking both the coach receiver and base plate doesn't happen as often as maybe it should.
Dale.Traveling 07/24/14 04:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: fresh water tank

Cup should work. Drive around a bit to shake it up. Drain, refil for a flush and you should be good to go.
Dale.Traveling 07/23/14 11:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: A and E awning

I don't believe you can without basically replacing all the hardware. Very different tensioning system using a cylinders in the arms as opposed to the springs in the tube. Would be cool if someone had a retrofit kit and I would be in the checkout line behind the OP (cost dependant).
Dale.Traveling 07/23/14 06:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel --- front engine -vs- rear engine

If you're asking about a standard class A, more or less it's a gas chassis with a diesel engine. You should gain enough in fuel mileage to off set the fuel cost difference but don't expect much more where comparing to a diesel pusher. If the price is right it's a good option to go with but I would rather wait a year, bank a bit more and then buy a diesel pusher.
Dale.Traveling 07/21/14 08:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Funny noise coming from ?

Check the heat shields around the convertor. Usually the shields are spot welded. Crack a weld and it will make a racket.
Dale.Traveling 07/21/14 07:50pm Class A Motorhomes
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