Boy....Sounds like what happened to me. I had no problem on the flats but went over The Grapevine at 25-30. Took it to Freightliner and said that I thought I had algae in the tank. Called me the next day and said my coach was ready. I had a crack in the pipe from the manifold to the turbo. Picked it up and got on the freeway and immediately noticed that I was hitting 55 at 1500 rpm, whereas before I was doing 55 at 1700 rpm. Lots of power now. Went up I-5 and over the pass into Oregon at my normal 47 mph. Now getting 11.9 mpg instead of 9.8 mpg. Take it in and have them check both fuel and turbo.
I can think of several things:
1. Do you have the proper tire tiedowns? Must have these.
2. Generally speaking, if the towed car extends over 4' behind the taillights on the dolly, you need lights on the back of the toad (depending on your state's lighting requirements-see your vehicle code)
3. You need a checklist to make sure you have properly prepared your dolly and toad for towing. Many, many times, the biggest issue is automatically setting the handbrake after loading the toad on the dolly and forgetting to release it until someone flags you down or you see smoke in your rear mirror.
4. Safety chains. MAKE SURE your chains are adequate to keep your toad from taking off down the road if the tire tiedowns fail. Yeah, I know, small chance of that happening, but........ I found that some dollies have lightweight chains that would part if the weight of the toad was suddenly pulling on them.
I had the toad wired so that when plugged into the MH, the brake lights and turn signals operated from the MH, not the toad. Total cost including installation was around $150. A good investment. Also saved toad battery.
I would take I-5 to Grants Pass, 199 (or 299, I can't remember)to Crescent City and 101 to Redwood Park. I have driven my 36' MH with no trouble. Now, to get to Lassen does require a windy, serpent road. 299 is just that between Eureka and Redding. It is doeable, but if you are worried about the curves, you need to think about it. The only other way is to take I-5 from Grants Pass. But, you still have to get to the coast for Redwood Park.
Personally, I would go over to the coast from Grants Pass, and then to Redding and on to Lassen. There is a KOA CG in Shingletown, which is just a short drive to Lassen. Only a couple of restaurants there though.
The thing that you need to remember is what YOUR rig is designed to tow.
Do not rely on dry weight because it can be deceptive. Particularly if you are at or close to your max. weight. The weight you need to be concerned about is the GCVWR (Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating) of your TV. If you are within 80% of that max., you are approaching problems.
You will read lots of posts on this forum about how well their rig tows when overloaded. Don't be swayed. Their rig will wear out faster, break down sooner and become unpleasurable to drive sooner than if you have an adequate tow vehicle.
It sounds like you are trying to justify towing with an inadequate rig by citing all of the "extras" and safety things you do. Here is the issue: If you are overloaded or close to your max., and you have a panic stop (an unanticipated emergency 'slam on the brakes' stop), you more than likely will find brake fade or failure. You can't plan for that type of stop. You can plan for minimizing the effects by towing within the rating on the tow vehicle.
Not only that, but you will spend a lot less money in the long run if you start out with an adequate tow vehicle.
I expect to be trashed for saying this, but I have been there-done that with an inadequate TV. When I upgraded to a vehicle designed to tow more than what I was, I never had trouble or expensive repairs.
I assume that you plug your braking device into the aux outlet on the dash. If so, this is what I would do:
I would add another plug in outlet someplace under the dash for that braking device and wire it to that charge line from the tow vehicle.
This bypasses that toad's electrical system completely and should stop running the system down.
I say this assuming that you are not using the toad's electrical system for brake/tail lights.
They system I have, which is also a 7 pin device uses a diode to switch from the toad's system to the MH system for brake/tail lights. I don't have to use the electrical system for my braking device. /the cost for the diode system was not that bad.
Just a thought.
Not silly questions at all.
No, not all manual trannies can be towed. Generally speaking, the answer is no.
Why would you want to tow something that can be towed 4 down on a dolly?
I say this because I now tow 4 down and previously had a dolly with a FW drive vehicle on it. If you carefully analyze the costs of a good tow dolly VS. 4 down, they are pretty close.
Even with a dolly, you still need aux. lighting on the toad. Most states have a limit on how far a towed object can protrude behind your vehicle without lighting.
Also, you do need brakes on the dolly. I know many will say they aren't needed, but most states require braking devices on towed devices over 1500-2000 lbs. (That means tow dolly (around 5-600 lbs) and vehicle (around 2-3000 lbs.)
Take into account the weight of the dolly AND the toad for your total towed weight. It does affect your fuel consumption. A 4 down toad is shorter in length as well as lighter.
Isn't it interesting that what starts out from the OP becomes a bash of CA!
I have discovered (in 1967) that Ford pickups have a crimp in the fuel hose between the filler and the tank(s). I have owned a 67, 91 and 11 Ford PU and all three would stop filling 4-6 gallons short. I do not think it has to do with speed of filling. My frustration with Ford PU's was that they did not take into consideration the difference between gas and diesel. The only filler spout is designed for unleaded gasoline.
I now have a Diesel MH with the large filler pipes (both sides of the coach). Let me tell you that when I fuel in the truck lanes, I don't worry about letting the foam settle because there is none. When the pump kicks off, fuel is right at the top of the pipe. This is the high-speed truck pumps. When I first got the unit, I tried to add fuel after the pump kicked off and it ran over. NOTE: THIS IS WHY CA DOES NOT WANT YOU TO CONTINUE FUELING AFTER THE PUMP STOPS. I also notice that when fueling the MH Diesel at regular pumps, when the pump stopped, the filler pipe was full. Hence my reasoning that it is not speed or foam.
Now, with my '11 Ford Ranger Toad, when the pump stops, it will take about 3 more gallons (usually). I did crawl under and lo and behold: The filler hose is crimped over the frame and under the bed! Talk about design flaw! I suspect that other PU Mfgrs do the same thing.
I was challenged one time while filling my truck at Costco, and told the attendant to go watch someone else and if I spilled, I would tell him. So far, I haven't spilled.
mAKE SURE THAT YOUR EXACT MAKE/MODEL AND TRANSMISSION ARE TOWABLE. If you forget the tranny, you may well face serious $$$$$$ repairs. Not all manual trannies can be towed 4 down, I was surprised to find out.
IMHO you need to do two things: 1. Check your manual to be sure that your EXACT make/model/transmission is towable.
2. Check with REMCO to verify that. The reason I say this is that I planned on purchasing a Toyota for 4 wheel down towing after being assured by the salesman, manager, mechanic and service manager that my model was towable. Manual was silent. I put a deposit on a new one, went to Camp World to find out about the towbar, etc. for this vehicle. They checked their computer and told me Remco said it could NOT be towed 4 down. Went back to Toyota dealer and went through the above mentioned people, before the service manager called Toyota and received assurances it could be towed. Not satisfied, I had the service manager call Remco. About 10 minutes later, he came out and said the vehicle was indeed NOT Towable 4 down. Cudos to camp world who wouldn't sell me the towbar and related equipment.
I did find a towable pickup,and purchased all of the necessary equipment, including a braking system for the toad. I would not tow without a braking system because of the extra assistance it gives my MH to stop with. In my case, I use the airbrake for the toad, tied into my MH's braking system (air)
I also had the truck wired for towing and don't regret it. Yes, portable lights may be cheaper, but more problem than wiring the vehicle.
I used to tow on a dolly (Honda Civic) and while it was OK, now that I use a towbar, I don't want to go back.
We just returned home from a trip uup to Linden, WA, Bellingham and Federal Way, WA. Never saw such beautiful NW weather in the years we have gone up there. In the high 70's to mid 80's every day. Mt. Baker stood out more beautiful than Mt. Rainier!
Started home from Dash Point State park on Tuesday. Good trip down to just above Salem where I refueled. (Was happy with 10.1 mpg)Had intended to spend the night in Grants Pass. Near 7 Feathers, I noticed it getting pretty hazy and by the time we got 30 miles further down there was a sign advising travelers to watch out for heavy smoke. Before getting to Grants Pass, it was like driving in heavy fog, and I do mean heavy. At t he first GP exit, could only see about 100 yds., and I was beginning to have lung problems. Decided to drive to Medford. Not much better, so we ate and continued on. Over the pass was as smoky as Medford and the radio said there were 4 different fires to the west of GP and Medford. Yreka was a little clearer, but not much. Finally stopped at the Shasta rest area about 30 miles above Redding, CA. We got there about 9 p.m. and lots of room. When I got up around 6, every space was full and trucks were out on the highway. It looked like every trucker S/B out of Oregon did the same thing I did. At least the sky was blue and only a little haze!
Drove down to Vacaville and fueled at Sam's Club. Got 11.9 mpg! Not bad at all.
Still hacking and coughing, but I guess I will survive.
Check the smaoke before going north from Redding and South from Seven Fethers. You may not want to stop!
Good route, scenic and goes close to Jack London's home. I have driven it a number of times. You should do fine in that rig all the way. When you get to Sonoma, Find a parking place and tour the main part of town. I highly recommend cheese from the cheese factory and bread from the bakery on the square. Mary's Pizza Shack restaurants get their bread from this bakery.
From Napa to I-80 is no problem. From Susuin to Rio Vista needs watching. If it is real windy, that stretch takes the brunt of it, so be prepared.
Generally speaking, you are not commercial. However, you need to pay attention to the location of the sign(s).
For example: Many residential areas will have signs like that to keep large trucks from driving through.
Sometimes business areas restrict commercial vehicles to specific streets.
As previously noted, if you see a sign restricting a bridge to 10,000 lbs., you don't want to try it with a 20,000 rig, commercial or not. The consequences could be like the one in Mt. Vernon WA.
Some roadways are not designed/built for vehicles weighing over 10,000 lbs. and are signed appropriately. Believe them.
Kinda like the height restrictions "Large,Tall Trucks restricted" Well, I'm not a truck, but I am 12'3" high and a 12' underpass would take my roof off as easily as a trucks.
In California, before RVing was so popular, the speed limit for vehicles towing or 3 or more axles was 55 mph. The signs said Trucks, Autos Towing 55. (Speed limit is still 55)
So,guess what? Boat trailers, RV trailers said "I'm not a car or truck so it doesn't apply to me.
CalTrans finally got the message and changed the signs to read:
ALL VEHICLES TOWING 55. Boat trailers and RVers still ignore it, thinking it doesn't apply.
In the case of a weight restriction, I would be very careful about driving a highway with a 10,000 lb. limit. I wouldn't want to take the chance. Just because my 26,000 lb. MH is not commercial doesn't mean it doesn't weigh 26,000 lb.s
This is just great! I made reservations for Dash Point State Park 3 days ago for two stays in the middle of July while we attend a memorial for our grandson. Since there is nothing else anywhere near Federal Way, I am stuck. What about the monies already put out for the reservation? I am going to my grandson's memorial even if I have to park on the side of a road. Walmart in Fed. Way is not an option-no parking.
As an aside: I notice that if you make a reservation in the Washington system and you have to change campsites, they charge a double fee. In my case, it is the reservation fee and non-resident fee. Even though you are trying to make a single reservation, because you have to change sites, because someone else has that site for part of your stay, you still have to pay those fees twice. Talk about squeezing every dollar out of the RVer.
Two things to understand. the GVWR of the trailer is the maximum weight of the trailer AND anything in it.
The GVWR of the tow vehicle is the same as above. You won't want those two weights to exceed the CGVWR of the tow vehicle.
You need to know the Combined Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GCVWR) of the tow vehicle. That is the maximum total weight of the truck and whatever it is towing.
Now, another thing you should know is the pin weight of the trailer. That is the amount of weight resting on the vehicle towing the trailer. It is important because if your tow vehicle may have a GVWR of say, 7500 lbs. If you fill the gas tank(s), put all the "stuff" you want to carry in the bed, put your passengers (and animals)in, you may find you weigh a lot more than you think WITHOUT EVEN HOOKING UP THE 5ER. Say your tow vehicle, loaded as above, weighs 6900 lbs and the pin weight of the 5er is 1500 lbs. You have to add that 1500 lbs to the 6900 for a total of 8400 lbs. That puts your tow vehicle overweight. Now, if your 5er tops out under your tow vehicle's CGVWR, you are still overweight on the truck. Sounds complicated, and it is, but you have to remember that you can easily overload one segment of the combined rig and still be under the gross of both vehicles.
I would look at the Gvwr of the truck, pin weight of the 5er, and the Gvwr of the 5er as well as the total combined gross vehicle weight rating of the combined vehicles.
Ed, I'm not sure I would take that rig over that pass. If I recall correctly, it has signs warning against it. If you remember the curves, steep grades and shake your hands switchbacks........
I agree with taking 88
Kinda depends which way you are going on I-5. I don't recommend 128 to 29 because of the tight curves. It is doable though.
If you take 37 to Vallejo, you can pick up 780 to 680 to 580 to 5. Or, you can go E. on I-80 from Vallejo to Susuin City and take 12 east to 5. That way adds about 10 mi. back north, but avoids all of the urban traffic.
If it were me, I would drive 101 to Petaluma, take lakeville highway to 37, then to I-80. (The exit in Petaluma says Vallejo on the sign)If going south, I would go west to 780 (1-2 mi) and E. to Benicia and take the bridge across, which becomes I-680, and take it to Dublin and pick up 580 and follow it to I-5.
I have stayed at this park numerous times while visiting in Federal Way. A very pretty park in suburbia that makes you think you are out in the wilderness. I like this park. I am not sure you can get in without a reservation. Sometimes reservations are hard to get too, so don't wait till the last minute or you won't get in.
The first thing you need to know is that it is a very popular place. You need to go to WSParks, find Dash Point and see if you can get a spot. FYA only 3 spaces have full hookups. 1, 3 and 5. Spaces in the 50's have water/elect. and a couple are pull-through, but not always real level. Also, the circle road is a little narrow, so if anyone is parking on the edge, you will have a tight squeeze. They do have a dump station.
I have stayed in the elecct/water with a 30' fiver with no issues. I have also stayed in my 36' MH and toad with no issues, as I stay in the front (1,3,5,). A number of the W/E spaces are deep so you shouldn't have trouble getting that rig in. Only issue might be tight turns while backing.
Again, look up first and see what the availability is.
It is not just Flying J. Oregon is the same way. However, Oregon truck stops usually post the truck price with PUC in the sign.
I suggest you do what I did and find a website that gives the truck and auto price and plan accordingly. If you had driven into the truck lane, you would have initially seen the lower price but as soon as you either started the pump without the puc code or told them you were not professional, that price changed to the higher one.
I don't see why you were surprised.
Golly Gee!And so many are afraid to come to CA because we have earthquakes. Lets see......last one causing damage was??????? Oh! several years ago. Last tornado causing damage was????? Yesterday!
Since I am a California boy, tornado's scare me. I guess insurance in tornado country is similar to earthquake insurance here. So expensive you can't afford it.
Have I endured a tornado? No. However a couple of years ago, I hunkered down in a Sam's Club parking lot in Omaha and watched the local news warn of several in my area. Was I scared. You bet! This was the same day that a tornado took out an entire town in Iowa as we were driving west on I-80.
No thanks, I like my earthquakes.