A newbie question, probably best answered by the coach manufacturer, but I thought I would start here. What is the criteria for the installation of a 10,000 lb towing hitch versus a 15,000 lb.Is there enough of a safety margin towing a 8,000 vehicle with a 10,000 hitch?
You can most likely tow 10K lbs with a 8K lb hitch and have no ill effects, even though not recommended. Also keep in mind that the hitch capability is only a small part of the towing properties and when overloaded, it's usually the transmission, that's the first to suffer.
I don't recall a 8K hitch rating. Suggest you review http://www.reese-hitches.com/learning_center/general-towing-classes Class I, II, III, IV, and V are the only classes.
The hitch you choose should be determined by the Towing Capacity that the MH manufacturer rates for your chassis. Which for most Class A's are 5K, 10K and 15K towing capacity. Most Gas are 5K, while DP's are typically 10K with some having a 15K rating.
Called Honda, and they said a tow dolly won't hurt the car.
One thing that I can't get my mind wrapped around is I've been reading that you take the keys out of the ignition. This locks the steering wheel. If this is true, how do turns work? I don't think this dolly has the swivel plates. Maybe it's very obvious and I'm just not seeing it, but I thight I'd ask before spending $1,600 on a dolly and messing up my wife's car.
Any other info/tips would be appreciated.
http://www.mastertow.com/tow_dollies.html States:The carrying pan steers for your car by swiveling smoothly on polyethylene pads which are maintenance free.
If you are looking for a great AM-FM radio I recommend you check C.Crane
Company they sell some great radios that have great reception, tone quality, etc.
We have several of their CC Radios that we have had for years and great reception for AM Stations. I have a CCRadio-EP AM/FM Portable Radio that works great, as my wife and I like to listen to AM talk radio stations, especially when we travel.
All the States that decide to raise their minimum wage to excessive amounts and increase their gas taxes will not be on my travel plans. If the local voters are elect politicians that are that dumb then they can suffer the increase costs for goods and services. It is time the voters start electing politicians that understand business and economics.
I have a Reese Class V Tow Beast Trailer Hitch hitch on my MH.
Class V Tow Beast Trailer Hitch
12000 lb. GTW/14000 lb. Wt. Distributing
1200 lb. Tongue Weight/1700 lb. Wt. Distributing
Req. Use Of 2.5 in. Shank Tow Beast Ball Mount
Do a Search on the net and you can find one from anyone that sells Reese Hitches, I expect.
In my opinion, for the benefit of the vehicle, it's better on a trailer. Besides, todays automobiles will continue to roll up miles, even if the engine is not running but wheels are turning.. Also, you are right, you can take any vehicle with you on a trailer.
All modern vehicles have electronic speedometers/odometers that do not register mileage if the key is not turned on i.e.the engine running.
Only the old cable driven speedometers/odometers that are driven from the transmission record mileage when the transmission is running.
I started out with a dolly and it worked great for 6 years, as that vehicle could only be towed on a dolly and I could not see buying another vehicle to tow 4 down at the time. I also pull a 20' enclosed car trailer for my 63 GP and have never found any problem with parking the trailer at any CG I stayed at, and the tow dolly always fit on my campsite with no problem.
I now have a 04 Honda Pilot that I tow 4 down which is very easy to connect, and tow. The equipment to tow 4 down is more expensive than a tow dolly, but limits you to towing only that vehicle.
It all depends on your needs and what you want to spend, IMO.
Diamond Shield tech used a wallpaper steamer to heat and soften the film then cleaned up behind it with zylene. The steam will not over heat the film but soften the glue behind it without making the film too weak to pull off in larger pieces.
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The Rep. that replaced mine used a steam gun, heating it and pulling it horizontally to the side vs. 90 degrees from the surface. He removed it in big sheets. When pulling it stretches and lifts from the surface. Seems like it took him between 1-2 hours, but that was 5 years ago and I don't recall the exact time.
I have Diamond Shield and when it was replaced they used a steam gun, not a heat gun. Started from an edge and as heated pulled it horizontal to the surface which would lift the 3M material. Takes patience and in some places the clear coat was lifted requiring re coating, before the new material could be installed.
Mine was covered under warranty.
Thank you all for the replies. I am doing my research, and this is part of it. My question stems from the fact that, after I did my research on a particular model, I made an offer, and was pretty much shown the door. No counter offer, no haggle, very much unlike any negotiating I had done for a car or truck.
Since there is no "consumer reports" service available that I am aware of, I just wondered if there was some protocol that I violated in my negotiating. I know the dealer has to make some profit, but it's my money, and I'm kinda attached to it.
Buying an Motorhome is not like buying a car or truck, different volume, and RV Mfg. are not like the Auto Industry.
It may be your money when buying, but it is the dealer's money tied up in a facility, inventory, overhead, taxes, etc. and he is attached to his money also.
If you have to ask,you probably can afford one. Like asking a yacht owner how much fuel he burns in an hour. You fill it up and when it get low you fill it again.
I have averaged 9 mpg over a total of 44K miles, towing dinghy, tow dolly, enclosed car trailer and 600+ hours on my Diesel Generator.
What would the max travel trailer weight that you would recommend- Maximum towing capacity of 6200 lbs. as recommended for your Durango by the Mfg. and electric brakes which are required in all states for trailers over 2,000 lbs.
Running engines every month seems to me to be an idea especially prevalent in the RV community.
There are many thousands of boats both gas and diesel powered sitting on shore in the cold parts of this continent. There is no way they can be started and run every months for 20 minutes under load. They are all fine in the spring.
Farmers store all kinds of expensive equipment every winter. Most of it is diesel powered. You can bet they don't take their combine out for a spin once a month.
Millions of dollars worth of construction equipment sits all winter. I don't see paving machines out for a tour in Feb.
Use the correct storage additive in the fuel. Charge and disconnect the batteries. Come back when you want/need to use the machine again.
x2 I do run my gen once a month under a load, which is what Onan recommends.
I have no faith in NADA prices, as I question where they get their information. When dealing with a private owner, I would base my offer on the specific unit, condition, equipment, maintenance, etc. and what you are willing to pay. Do you research on what similar units are listed for and go from there.
Here you go. Just saw our Damon gets a great rating. Yay!
Interesting note the fine print says highest score 75 pts so a 60 equals 80%
Wonder when this was done - does not have a date on it
Check the number of respondents and the ratings of quality MHs *you* know should have many very satisfied owners.
Do the same with any RV brand/s you are familiar with - whether it's a 5th or MH.
IMO - the poll numbers are WAY, way too low to form any kind of opinion, or a reliable indication of good, bad, or ugly..:S
I find their poll numbers ridiculous. Check Newell,Prevost,Bluebird, and other high end units and compare to standard or lower end MH, etc. Like comparing custom built to high production units.