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RE: Battery disconnect and Backup for tow vehicle (Ford)

I think a question worth asking is "why does the battery need to be disconnected?" If it's just a simple matter of battery drainage then either disconnecting the battery or rigging up a charge line handles the problem. But if Ford wants the battery disconnected to disable electric power steering, stability control, ABS, the transmission control module or anything else that has the potential to complicate 4 down towing that's a different matter altogether. I have no idea if any of those things are actually an issue, but it's probably worth checking out. It's a different vehicle and different year (2017 Explorer) but one reason I heard is that parts of the transmission shifter are electronic as opposed to a physical link from shifter to transmission. By disconnecting the battery, it prevents the possibility of the transmission jumping from neutral to some other gear. I don't know enough about the inner workings of transmissions much newer than about 1990 but if that is really true, it makes sense.
johnwalkerpa1 04/17/18 08:37am Dinghy Towing
RE: How many tow a 4000 pound dingy behind a class c with V 10

We flat tow a 2017 Ford Explorer behind our 2015 (ie V10 with 5 speed) Class C with no problems. The explorer, loaded to travel is much closer to 5000 pounds than 4000 and it does very well back there. I was surprised at how little I feel it back there and how little it impacts our travel. We do lose about 1/2 to 3/4 mpg but with the exception of very steep hills, we rarely even feel it. Good brakes on the towed vehicle are important. We use a Ready Brute elite tow bar with built in surge brakes that does a good job and is very simple to use. But there are many options.
johnwalkerpa1 04/17/18 08:18am Dinghy Towing
RE: Bathroom Remodel

Is a folding sink an option?
johnwalkerpa1 04/13/18 08:38am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Monument Valley

Its been a couple of years since I have been there but it should be no problem from what I recall. One caution is to be careful when pulling off on the shoulder...Some places it is very sloped and soft.
johnwalkerpa1 03/26/18 12:41pm Roads and Routes
RE: Term life insurance from Old (Group Plan) to Private Policy

I am not familiar with how insurance works in Canada, but in the US it is almost impossible to get term insurance if you are over age 70. And, in the rare case you can, it is ridiculously expensive for a very small amount. But, unless you have dependents or need to replace income for some reason, IMHO, there is little need to have life insurance in retirement.
johnwalkerpa1 03/26/18 10:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Back ladder

We carry a telescoping step ladder that will go up to 13 feet and hold 350 pounds. I think that is the best option but understand you may not have the storage space. However, having said that, we have carried that ladder around on 2 rigs for many, many miles since 2009 and have used it exactly once! A wind storm knocked a tree limb down and broke an amber marker light on the front cap....used the ladder to replace it. Nice but the funny part was I stopped at a truck stop to get the new marker light and the girl at the counter said "Hey, do you want to borrow a step ladder to change that out"? :)
johnwalkerpa1 03/23/18 10:34am Class C Motorhomes
RE: too rent a car or tow a car

We have a 32' Class C and have done it several ways....in our case, no single solution fits all of our needs so we pick and choose depending on the situation....Some variations are: 1. On an 11,000+ mile trip to Alaska we did NOT tow or rent. Never had any issues. Sure, a few times it would have been nice to have a car along but we went everywhere in the RV even when we had to break camp to do so. Or we walked when reasonable. No problem getting anywhere. We moved often on this trip, rarely staying any place for more than a few days. 2. We often take shorter trips to the beach. On these we tow a car. We have a home base campground then use the car to get around. The beach areas are more congested and we tend to stay in one campground for at least 4-6 days. 3. We have rented a couple of times. It works assuming there is a rental place nearby but it can be a hassle. It can easily take a couple of hours to get or return the car. and if you want to get it on an evening or weekend, often times you are out of luck. We find that on trips where we are moving often and/or covering long distances, it is often not worth towing the car. On shorter trips OR those where we plan to stay mostly at one location for more than a few days, it works best to tow the car...
johnwalkerpa1 03/09/18 08:22am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Travel Ban in Pennsylvania due to winter storm

Well, the huge storm is winding down...we got about an inch at my house :) Last night, the dire predictions said I was in the 8-12 inch area...I consider a foot to be a nuisance snow...hardly worthy of a state of emergency... In all fairness, they are getting more farther east but nowhere near what was forecast...
johnwalkerpa1 03/07/18 11:11am Roads and Routes
RE: Limit of six people per site?

Trying to get some friends of ours and their kids to go with us on an upcoming trip over Spring Break. We total nine people - which isn't a problem as the right sleeps 10 easily. However, all the campgrounds we are contacting (Fort Lauderdale area and Sarasota area) will only permit a maximum of six people per site. One campground said it had to do with fire codes - but I don't see why that would factor in. Does anyone have any insight into this logic? We often travel with eight and it comes up about half the time. I have found, in some cases, the rule is waived if the extra people are minor children, but rarely waived for adults. The solution for those campgrounds is to book two spots side by side. Which is fine...after all, 8 people do use more resources than 2 or 3...
johnwalkerpa1 03/06/18 11:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bears and garbage

Keep the garbage inside the trailer until you're at a gas station or somewhere with a dumpster. Yosemite bears peel cars open to get at food - a lightweight aluminium thing in the bed of your truck will not work. If the Yosemite bears peel cars open, I imagine they can have a real field day with some thin fiberglass, two pieces of 1/8" luan plywood, and styrofoam, or .024 or thinner aluminum siding and luan. I often think of that same thing when I put my grill in a compartment so its not left out for the bears to bother!
johnwalkerpa1 02/21/18 12:33pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Bears and garbage

Just dont leave any garbage or organic waste outside your rv or anywhere a bear could get to. There is no such thing as a bear proof container! If any bears show up take pictures and enjoy the opportunity to see nature up close. Enjoy your trip! Well of course there is such a thing, but thin aluminum sheet isn't it. Yep, I made one when I lived in bear country... it was about 500 pounds of steel and bolted to a concrete slab :) worked perfect but not too practical for mobile use!
johnwalkerpa1 02/21/18 12:31pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Extension Valves on Inside Dually, Yes or No

Tire-Man. Great product/service - no leaks. Agreed......totally trouble free and maintains constant pressure better than anything I've ever had. When I bought them 4 years ago it was about $150 for the kit and another $100 to have them installed. Best money spent on any mod.
johnwalkerpa1 02/19/18 09:12am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Depreciation

Whew! Lots of great responses! Thanks Guys! I'll continue my research! Digging digging digging! PS - I was looking at NADA recently and thought the same thing, seems high! Finding out actual sales is probably key! Yes, they are always high. As an example, I recently looked mine up on NADA. It is 2015 model year 30' Class C and retail is currently showing MORE than what I paid for it in 2014. Not taking into account my down payment, just what the actual sale price was at the time. There is no way on earth I could sell it for anything close to what NADA says. I'd guess I could realistically sell it for about $15K less than NADA now. But, I'm not selling :)
johnwalkerpa1 02/19/18 09:04am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Family returns from vacation to find home flooded, frozen

Turning off the water and opening a faucet is not going to keep pipes from freezing. No, but it will limit the damage to 80-100 gallons rather than ten thousand :)
johnwalkerpa1 02/02/18 12:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Does an affordable, quality class A or C exist?

Some units are better than others but you will find many people happy with the entry level units and some unhappy with the higher end units too. And all combinations thereof:) In reality, it is going to be rare to find any RV at any price point that will match the quality and reliability you found with your two cars. And, even the most reliable of brands (car, RV, or otherwise) still churns out the occasional lemon. Remember that very few people make a lot of noise about something that works well. But, almost everyone will scream about something that does not. There are indeed a few people that have had true nightmares out there. But, I expect there are far more satisfied people out there than it seems. I wouldn't let it bother you too much and certainly don't let it talk you out of your plans...Find a make/model/and most importantly floor plan you like then be extra careful with your inspection/checklists. If buying new, the dealer is key. Despite the occasional annoyances, we have always found that the good far outweighs the bad...Have fun!
johnwalkerpa1 02/02/18 11:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: New power outlet question

I'd like to install a new power outlet to use primarily for my toaster oven. The only circuit that I can tie in to is the circuit that the water heater plugs in to. Are other outlets typically tied into this circuit and would it be safe for me to tie into this circuit for another outlet? Would I be constantly tripping the breaker if toaster oven and water heater on electric were both on at same time? It would work well if you always turn off the electric side of your water heater when using the toaster oven, but not a good idea otherwise.
johnwalkerpa1 01/22/18 09:36am Travel Trailers
RE: A Minor Hassle When Using a VPN

Aside from the various theories on the use of VPN, what the OP is describing is nothing more than two-factor authentication. It is widely used and is going to be the norm...in many places, it already is the norm.
johnwalkerpa1 01/22/18 09:29am Technology Corner
RE: My Plans Have Been Wrecked

The lease pros/cons and alternate MH/toad options have been covered well so i won't rehash those... But, in your original post, you said "My plan to retire in September, 2018 and live in an RV full-time is being re-evaluated. My plan was that when my auto lease was up in August, 2018 I could lease a big new tow vehicle (maybe an F-350) and buy a 2-3 year old travel trailer."..... If you had already decided that was the best plan for you, I wouldn't let an unfortunate accident change your plans. Assuming that insurance makes you whole on the existing lease and you owe no money, why not just go ahead and get your new "post retirement" vehicle 7 months early? Its not like its years. Maybe not an valid option if you currently drive 100 miles a day but if your daily mileage won't exceed your lease restrictions or cause you to spend an exorbitant extra amount in gas, just get the truck now. Its not that big a deal to use a truck as a daily driver. Just a thought.
johnwalkerpa1 01/22/18 06:44am Beginning RVing
RE: Good deal or not a good deal?

Well, the last page of lawyer vs other guy sure helped with the OPs question...... Lol! Yep, reminded me of two 10 year old kids arguing on the playground.....but it seems like the OP did get some good info in spite of these two...
johnwalkerpa1 01/16/18 08:16am Beginning RVing
RE: Recomendations for a new gasser

Very true, my $79.00 registration fee went up to $3,600.00 and Insurance went up from $500.00 per year to $1,500.00 but after 2 years of headaches we just decided since this is going to be out last home what the heck. My Monaco Monarch needed Transmission work, front end work, just replaced a fuel pump and 6 new tires. Probably would have been worth the effort but now we are comfortable in the new rig and thats the key. Miserable and cramped or lots of storage with a whole wall slide and a bedroom slide so flip a coin, pros and cons we are happy and glad your bounder keeps you happy. Sooo, How does a $79 registration fee go up to $3600? Fee goes up when you trade a 17 year old Monaco Monarch in and buy a 2018 Thor, the positive side is the fee goes down 10% every year HAH. Actually we are very pleased going from 32 feet to 37 feet. 30 feet of it is one slide and the Master Bed has its own slide. This morning I found a connection for my propane grille. Did that $3600 registration include sales tax. If not that is robbery Agreed! I was fuming (sort of ;)) when my annual registration went up from $81 to $112 a few years back.
johnwalkerpa1 12/28/17 05:18am Class A Motorhomes
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