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Honda Fit

I'm pretty well focused in on replacing my present dinghy with a Honda Fit, 2015-2018. Yes, I know it has to be a manual trans. Like to hear from those of you who have one. It will be our only vehicle besides the 30 ft. Class C. Any issues with the car or towing set-up? Do you have supplementary braking and if so which one? Thanks.
Jayco-noslide 12/14/17 08:55am Dinghy Towing
RE: What is this On/Off switch for??

My Itasca 30 ft. Class C has a switch similar position and it will direct the RV house battery current to start the motor if the chassis battery is dead. Used it once to start the MH when the motor battery was gone.
Jayco-noslide 12/14/17 08:49am Tech Issues
RE: Realilistic mileage with a fifthwheel.

Unless an extremely heavy or lite load, 10 is the magic number. It won't be different from 10 enough to effect your budget.
Jayco-noslide 12/14/17 08:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Just an observation

Our last 2 RV trips, we found campgrounds and highways to be very busy.
Jayco-noslide 12/13/17 12:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bears

Despite the real need to be alert and cautious around bears, I think the danger of attack gets overhyped a bit? Although no doubt national park personnel are trying to "play it safe" they can have you thinking that you will encounter an attacking bear behind every tree. When I worked in and near YNP and Glacier NP I would tell visitors that they should enjoy the trails and carry bear spray but their chances of being injured or killed in the Park from an accident traveling to a trail head is MUCH higher than from a bear.
Jayco-noslide 12/13/17 12:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gas disposal

Good question. I asked it in my local small town community and really didn't get much of an answer. One was to pour it in my car tank. I don't like that idea but I guess if a small amount it might get diluted enough to be safe? I usually keep it around to clean paint brushes and to pour it on weeds well away from any buildings, streets, etc. Probably only a quart or so each year. This is not ideal.
Jayco-noslide 12/11/17 08:52am Toy Haulers
RE: Bears

Black bears are potentially dangerous but I would disagree with the statement that "black bears have killed many" understanding that we could debate what "many" means. Best I can tell from internet sources it happens about once a year in the entire US. But keep in mind that there are thousands more black bears that are common throughout much of the US; whereas grizzly are present in a tiny fraction of the northwest. I don't fear either simply because the probability of being attacked is way less than countless other dangers.
Jayco-noslide 12/11/17 08:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Bears

I'm not minimizing any of your bear experiences but be aware that there is a big difference between black and griz(bigger, potentially more aggressive, etc.). Grizzly are confined to the Yellowstone ecosystem and further north and west in Glacier NP and surrounding area. Not in Colorado or points south or east. Also there is no "brown bear". There are only grizzly or black but both may be almost white to black and everything in between. Both can be dangerous but its that grizzly that make me really nervous. Almost all deaths by bear attack are from grizzly.
Jayco-noslide 12/09/17 10:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Brakes or no brakes?

That Equinox way too heavy to not have brakes. No doubt over 3000 lbs., therefore illegal in Illinois.
Jayco-noslide 12/09/17 10:09am Dinghy Towing
RE: Full-Time with no toad

Just wouldn't work for us even though not full-time. We always want to run around the area, go for groceries, etc. It could work if you are just going one place and know what's available within walking or biking distance and a rental car would be available. You can't even explore a lot of parks driving something that big.
Jayco-noslide 12/08/17 09:41am Full-time RVing
RE: How many miles have you towed in one day?

We may have done it when younger but rarely and now, no way. It's not just the driving fatigue but we want to be in a campground and parked ready to start diner by 5 or a little later in mid-summer. Even more important if you don't have reservations. Taking it easy and having time to enjoy the campground, even if 1 night, makes the trip more enjoyable to us.
Jayco-noslide 12/08/17 09:37am Towing

Just a couple of months ago we had a "once in a lifetime" experience in Glacier NP. In 40+ years of hiking in Grizzly country we never saw any bear while actually hiking. But this time, while on the high line trail, just minutes from the parking lot, 2 very large(to us anyway) grizzly appeared just down the trail a few feet off to the side 40-60 yards ahead of us. We and several with us backed up a bit and moved off the trail thinking they were going to use the trail. Fortunately, they paid no attention to us a ran away when a ranger on the other side yelled. Didn't even get my bear spray out. Would never get this close on purpose but it does happen. Carry bear spray.
Jayco-noslide 12/08/17 09:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Brakes or no brakes?

I appreciate all the opinions and I'm leaning towards braking even if I get the Fit. But I would still contend that it's not black and white. Just as a MH/toad will stop quicker with brakes, there are fairly wide differences in stopping distances among all kinds of vehicles. So if you follow the argument to always have brakes, then why not only buy the fastest stopping car. By the way what will brakes for a toad cost me. I already have the blue ox tow bar and the electrical connection for tail lights, etc. just not supplemental braking.
Jayco-noslide 12/08/17 09:24am Dinghy Towing
RE: High Pressure salesmen!

I don't think it's so much that "high pressure" works but the good salesmen know what arguments may appeal to an individual. Many of the typical ones don't work on me but having a good knowledge of the vehicle and pointing out the performance strong points might. When I sold to a dealer, his strong argument was "but I can write you a check right now". The biggest "trick" that not even many smart people get is that they will offer you an inflated amount for your trade-in but subtract it from the total asking price for what you are buying not from the actual price you could get with no trade-in.
Jayco-noslide 12/08/17 09:12am General RVing Issues
Brakes or no brakes?

I have now towed a Chevy Sonic(2700 lbs.) behind our 30 ft. Class C for 4 1/2 years with no braking on the Chevy dinghy. So far no problem at all. I know I could have to make a panic stop someday but the chance is reduced by good defensive driving and taking it slow. Next spring we will trade for a Ford Focus hatch(around 3000 lbs.) or a Honda Fit (2500 lbs.). If the Ford, I will definitely go with braking but am considering continuing with no braking if the much lighter Honda. Frankly, I want to save the $2000 or more expense of brakes and the hook-up. Not sure what I'm asking. I know the easy and obvious response is to have brakes regardless of dinghy. I don't think it's this black and white. I feel the the MH/Sonic stops as well as our previous truck/5th wheel and catastrophe can happen with brakes or from something not related to stopping. If I find clear state laws always requiring brake that would make a difference but frankly I can't find very good info.
Jayco-noslide 12/07/17 02:01pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Help me make sense of financing

1 poster stated "no financial person will ever recommend purchasing something you can't afford" I disagree. It depends on what "afford" means. To me it doesn't mean you can make the payments. it means that I can pay cash for it. In other words, pay for it the day I buy it and not delay paying for many years through monthly payments. Financial people not only state that it's OK to finance but actually a good thing. Wrong. Homes excluded. It was Dave Ramsey that got me started thinking about this.
Jayco-noslide 12/07/17 01:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: High Pressure salesmen!

Walk away or hang up immediately. High pressure is dumb, not good for the company and very annoying to a customer.
Jayco-noslide 12/04/17 09:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Help me make sense of financing

Consider having a goal of becoming debt free as soon as possible. It makes a huge change in the way one looks at purchases plus frees up more money eventually to invest or to pay cash for purchases. We paid $23000 cash for the used MH we bought several years ago, the used Chevy we tow and will pay cash for a replacement car next spring. Not wealthy and income is way under 6 figures. I know I'm bragging but mostly proud and hope to pass on the huge benefits of debt free for others to consider. Beware of the financial people who encourage us to delay paying for stuff we can't afford.
Jayco-noslide 12/04/17 09:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Why no over 40-foot trailers?

Personally, I can't imagine having a trailer over 32 ft. unless to park it somewhere and leave it but some would drag a 50 footer all over the country if allowed.
Jayco-noslide 12/01/17 10:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Planning VERY FIRST big trip in Class A.. . advice needed

Depends on season, location and type of campground. For coastal and southern Fl. Make reservation now for anytime this coming winter season IF you can get them. You'll have a better chance with the panhandle than with south and coastal Fl. But if it's an area not heavily visited (for example mid-west in early spring or late fall) we don't reserve. But even then you need to know the specific area and watch out for special events (like a fishing tournament). I have found, if any doubt, I will go ahead and reserve especially if the charge for cancelling is low. I think it's only $10 with america.gov campgrounds. but sometimes it might be a whole nights fee.
Jayco-noslide 12/01/17 10:00am Beginning RVing
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