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Reading all these posts about newbies, and some not so newbies, pulling massive trailers and not knowing how to makes me nervous to be on the roads at the same time. I guess all this hitching, towing, and backing comes too natural to me. I would never own some of these hitches people pull with. Seems to me they are just time bombs waiting to kill someone. It also boggles my mind how many campers come over to me asking how I just managed to back my camper up so easily. These are basic skills that should be mastered before you get out of town for safety reasons. Not intending to be mean here, but if you can't back your rig up, take it to a parking lot before you pull it across the country and practice. I was in an Alaskan RV park once while we lived up there and had a Canadian couple come up to me after I backed into a dump station to dump asking me to give them some backing tips. I had to wait on them about 30 minutes to get backed into their site before I could get by to dump. I watched him twist the wheel every direction but the direction he wanted to go. He pulled up 10 or 11 times. She was throwing her arms around trying to get him to move over. It was comical, but at the same time pretty annoying. After talking to them a little while, I had found that they towed most of the way across Canada to get there. They were avoiding situations where they had to back up. I told them they were going to have to get it figured out. They were extremely nice, but had bitten off more than they could chew. Maybe a Class B would have been a better choice. This was in 2010 and I'm certain they have probably dropped their camper on their bed by now. I understand everyone needs to start somewhere.
DodgeVoltage 10/23/13 10:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: The DC Beltway shu down this weekend = Real or hoax?

Looks legit. We'll see. I have to work all three days in DC. Can't wait to see it if it's true. https://www.facebook.com/ridefortheconstitution
DodgeVoltage 10/09/13 04:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tractor

Kubota or New Holland. I have a New Holland 45 horsepower, 4x4, hydrostatic transmission with a loader. It is the Cadillac of compacts. I have ballast in the rear tires and use it a lot around the acreage. Don't spend the money for a backhoe unless you can see a lot of uses for it. I don't have one, but have had many friends get talked into buying them only to use them once. That's thousands of dollars wasted. If you have the grass, buy a nice finish mower or bush hog. I have a post hole driller that I use a lot for building sheds and fences. Get a diesel as they are quiet and efficient. I can run mine for many, many hours on a tank of fuel. I use the loader bucket to get under trailer hitches and shove them around all the time. Works great if the tractor is heavy enough. PS- had to laugh at someone calling 3 acres a ranch. Where I'm from (not MD), that's a city lot and 1000+ acres is a ranch. That is where you would need our other tractor... https://scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/305863_2167624186542_1929839798_n.jpg https://scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/263703_1853844222239_3533457_n.jpg
DodgeVoltage 10/09/13 03:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Question? Fueling with Refrigerator or Furnace Running

News article from 2010 That's the first actual account of that potentially happening I have ever heard of. But the firechief and station owner aren't completely convinced it happened that way. This is also a motorhome with the fridge vent apparently right next to the gas tank fill (stupid design) and even then it took another event (hose spilling gas) to maybe cause this to happen. Certainly adds some credibility to the urban legend but really sounds more like a freak accident than anything likely to happen. That's the main vehicle for a gas station fire....spillage which gets a lot of evaporated gasoline into the air. I've never heard of a cigarette starting a fire at the pumps but you are not supposed to smoke there either. I have seen people smoking at gas pumps too....nobody blew up. It will only take once to make them regret that stupidity. I've seen them smoke at pumps too and I can't bite my tongue. I let them know to get away from me. A buddy of mine decided to use gasoline to help start a brush pile on fire once. He ringed the pile with gas (which was about 5 years old in a jug). He then dumped a stream of it out about 30 feet from the pile. Before he could light the match and drop it, the fumes ignited and the pile was ablaze. Gas is nothing to mess with near fire.
DodgeVoltage 10/06/13 02:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Question? Fueling with Refrigerator or Furnace Running

I was near an explosion once, but it wasn't gasoline or diesel. A motorhome was being filled with propane. The owners were elderly. The man was outside with the station attendant while he filled the tanks. Either the furnace or fridge kicked on and some propane fumes blew that motorhome to pieces. We were in a camper about 20 yards from there. It knocked the windows out and melted the siding on ours. I thought ours was going to go on it's side the way it rocked. Woke us all up on that Sunday morning. The woman inside died and burned with the MH. The man and attendant were blown clear but had injuries. The large bulk propane tank was knocked off it's stand. Like I said, this was propane. I won't ever mess with that stuff after seeing that. I do however fill my truck with diesel and don't worry about what is on or off. I can hold a lighter to diesel fuel and it won't ignite.
DodgeVoltage 10/06/13 01:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: has anyone tried these convection cooktops as advertised

If you are talking about the Nuwave, we have two- one for house and one for camper. We love them. You can cook quickly and the plus side is they don't heat up the house or camper like a regular cooktop or camper propane stove. They also don't take up much space. I highly recommend them.
DodgeVoltage 10/04/13 02:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Only ford in the lot

Seems to be very regional. In this area Ford far outnumbers the other 2, especially in the 250/2500 and 350/3500. And as mentioned above, check regularly. There are days when I see more GMs and/or Rams on the road and you may get the impression they may be the leader, but over the long haul there will be far more Fords seen in this area. When I travel down I-10 I notice Ford Super Duty's outnumber the GM and RAM trucks hands down. Heck I still see more 6.0 psd powered trucks than the '10-current RAMs. In addition I seen last year (3) 6.7 RAMs broke down (2) on I-10 with 5vers and (1) in Bass Pro parking lot with coolant dripping down side of the engine. It all depends on what your looking for. Heck, I was on I-10 thru Louisiana and Texas to Houston a month ago and all I saw was Dodges (all years). Even saw a beat up '80s Dodge dually pulling a travel trailer. Maybe there were Fords, but since I can't stand them, I wasn't looking for them. I think any of these "scientific" findings are skewed.
DodgeVoltage 10/03/13 08:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cyclone 4100 King and B&W companion

I have a pretty equivalent Voltage and it works fine. Not at all concerned.
DodgeVoltage 09/29/13 08:47am Toy Haulers
RE: Has anyone bought an extra freezer for their rig?

Does anyone have an extra freezer in their rig? Can you put one in the basement? These RV freezers are so small, that if we decide to stay on the road for several months at a time, we would be constantly running to the nearest Whole Foods, which is not so near in most places. We have kept a small freezer in the truck bed if we need to and plug it in at least every other day and it stays frozen. *there are other food stores that might be closer than WF for convenience.
DodgeVoltage 09/29/13 05:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Winterizing tanks

When you pump antifreeze thru the lines a small amount of water is run into the tanks before the faucets run red. To me, that amount of antifreeze that goes into the gray and black tanks is probably enough to keep them from freezing. So, I just leave that amount of water/antifreeze mixture in the tanks all winter. This also gets the a/f into the traps. My whole 42 footer uses less than 2 gallons of a/f to winterize it all. Have done this for years with no problems, even in Alaska.
DodgeVoltage 09/24/13 12:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pretty cool TH by a horsetrailer manufacturer

Camping in a livestock trailer.........Not for me! Yep, with all the cows, horses and goats. There is really no difference in this Sundowner model and the popular Forrest River Work & Play (except the Sundowner is probably nicer). It doesn't have any of the stall equipment in it. Many horse trailers with living quarters are more refined and upscale than 90% of the campers on the road.
DodgeVoltage 09/24/13 07:36am Toy Haulers
RE: Did I Over Caulk?

The horizontal looks like it will create a dam. Perhaps chalking the complete horizontal would be better. Clear 100% silicone chalk would be recommended. I would not recommend silicone for this purpose (or anywhere else on the outside of your RV for that matter). Use an RV caulk like Sika or Wurth bob +1 on not using silicone. I touched up a few places on mine a few months ago and it has weathered bad, shrunk, cracked and peeled already. Use the good RV stuff the first time and don't redo it later.
DodgeVoltage 09/23/13 08:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Dually Leveling

It seems to me that Fords sit pretty level empty from the factory- which I personally think looks dumb. GMs and Dodges ride higher in the back when empty- which is how a truck should sit. I bought my previous Dodge used and the person before me had "adjusted" the way it sat. I never liked the look of it, but didn't want to spend the money to fix it. It also sat low when loaded which drove me crazy. They should sit level when loaded. But like I said, that's just my opinion. To each his own.
DodgeVoltage 09/23/13 08:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: How far can you comfortably tow in a day?

I love to drive and will usually do 800-900 miles per day when I am by myself. I have done almost 1100 in a day and didn't even get going til 9:30 that morning. I almost made it to Oklahoma City from Baltimore before I stopped. Recently did a 3000 mile round trip from DC to Houston. Averaged about 800 per day. I'm really contemplating getting back into trucking when I retire from the Air Force in a couple years. I love the open road and enjoyed my time trucking before the military.
DodgeVoltage 09/19/13 12:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Great Upgrade for $32

I believe that that trickle is intentional to avoid wild hot/cold swings when turning it back on. bumpy I agree totally. They're made that way for a reason.
DodgeVoltage 09/14/13 05:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Warrenty expired...

You can still purchase an extended service plan if you're concerned. Yeah, that won't cover most things that will go wrong because of loopholes in the fine print- a 60 some page booklet of what's not covered that is handed out with the signed aftermarket contract. I have found that out recently.
DodgeVoltage 09/10/13 12:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bigger motors on slideouts for voltages?

Dunno. The originals in my 2011 work perfectly once I learned to lubricate properly. joebedford - could you tell us about your lubrication procedure? I'd like to lube mine as a preventative measure.Silicone spray on the rollers and white grease spray on the tracks. Made a night and day difference. Doesn't the white grease spray on the tracks make a mess with dust on the sides of the slides and on the rubber seals? I guess it would take the metal grinding sounds away. I take it you mean the grooved rails on the sides of the slides that the gears mesh into?No, no mess & grinding noise gone. I sprayed the grease liberally in the gear tracks and groove. Then I cleaned the overspray off the side of the slide. The grease doesn't touch the seals and it doesn't really attract dust (and it was really dusty in RGV last winter). I bought some and will give it a try. Thanks.
DodgeVoltage 09/09/13 10:12am Toy Haulers
RE: Bigger motors on slideouts for voltages?

Dunno. The originals in my 2011 work perfectly once I learned to lubricate properly. joebedford - could you tell us about your lubrication procedure? I'd like to lube mine as a preventative measure.Silicone spray on the rollers and white grease spray on the tracks. Made a night and day difference. Doesn't the white grease spray on the tracks make a mess with dust on the sides of the slides and on the rubber seals? I guess it would take the metal grinding sounds away. I take it you mean the grooved rails on the sides of the slides that the gears mesh into?
DodgeVoltage 09/08/13 07:12am Toy Haulers
RE: Bigger motors on slideouts for voltages?

I'd be first in line if mine could be retrofitted with more powerful motors. I get tired of moving them in and out a few times to get them fully in or out. They sound like they really struggle to move. They work better with the camper's 6 point levelers down, but who wants to put them down each time to open the slide far enough to get something out of the fridge while traveling. I hold my breath each time I put the slides out for fear that I won't get them back in causing me to be stuck somewhere. I don't know why Dutchmen didn't just use hydraulic levelers and slides?? They are so much better.
DodgeVoltage 09/07/13 08:55am Toy Haulers
RE: Toy hauler/small vehicle

I was looking for exactly the same idea. Small car, less than 10 ft, weight around 2500 pounds or less. Three cars come close - Smart Car, Toyota Scion IQ, Fiat 500. Smart car $12,000 drives like******because of it's clutch-less manual (and feels unstable above 30mph. Fiat is the nicest $18,000 but slightly too heavy. That leaves what I believe to be the perfect Toy Hauler car the Scion IQ. It drives fine on the freeway, weight is right in the acceptable range, fun to drive too $14,000. I drove all three and pick the Scion IQ hands down. Also, check out the Outlaw Class A, it is car carry capable. Smart cars aren't unstable over 30 mph at all (but they are more susceptible to wind gusts). I go 80 in mine all the time and it is as stable as my SUV. I have it loaded in my toy hauler right now ready for a trip tomorrow. It is a little short on power at times, but it does well and I get up around 45 mpg. Try one out, but don't expect a corvette like drive from it. Mine is well equipped and cost about $16,000 in 2012. They are awesome in my opinion and weigh in at less than 1800 lbs. Best air conditioner out of my 4 vehicles!
DodgeVoltage 08/15/13 01:14pm Toy Haulers
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