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RE: Does anyone tow a "sporty" car?

I tow a Fiesta ST. It isn't towable four down, but it's worth the extra hassle of using a dolly. It's barely larger than a Miata, has four seats and a slick manual transmission. The irony is that it's less expensive than a Miata yet has more tech. My Fiesta ST has nav, Recaro seats, smart key with push button start and 197 hp, yet it's easy to buy one for $24k. Having owned three Miatas, I can safely say that this car is equally fun to drive with more utility.
kjburns 09/14/14 01:20am Dinghy Towing
RE: Need to completely regroup,looking for a toad for Fleetwood

If you don't mind going a bit smaller, the Ford Fiesta is towable (except the ST that I have). It's light, inexpensive, well equipped and fun to drive. I bought the ST for the fun to drive factor, but it turned out that model wasn't flat towable so I had to pick up a dolly. About the most you can spend on one is $26k with all the options and no discount. The non-ST flavors are well under $20k. The Focus you mentioned is a bit larger, with some more room, and also a viable choice.
kjburns 08/24/14 12:15am Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow dolly - not that bad after all

My one problem with a dolly is that part where I have to chain the car to the dolly. The rest is easy.
kjburns 08/18/14 12:20am Dinghy Towing
RE: How young were you when you bought your first DP?

Retired at 53 and bought my first DP at 54.
kjburns 08/13/14 11:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is anyone still using a car dolly?

My new car isn't towable, so I opted for a dolly. It's not as convenient as flat towing, but I do like the car so I made some compromises.
kjburns 08/07/14 07:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing a VW Beetle or? on an Acme Tow Dolly

I have a Fiesta ST and use an Acme dolly. I don't think the car matters much in this equation. Almost any FWD car will work equally well, including the Beetle. The Azera would work too. My car is pretty low and it went up the ramps without scraping. I have only pulled it once, but it wasn't a problem at all. Four down is preferable, but that's the price we pay to drive some cars. Fiestas are generally towable, but not the ST.
kjburns 07/24/14 08:56pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Whats the best car to tow ??

This is one of those questions with no correct answer. I've towed a Cherokee and a couple of Grand Cherokees. All were easy to set for towing. Now I tow a Fiesta ST on a dolly. The dolly is less convenient, but the car is a blast to drive. Fiestas are all flat towable except the ST. Towing four down is more convenient, but it isn't the only factor. If you prefer a car that's not towable, a dolly might work for you. It beats towing something you don't want to drive.
kjburns 07/21/14 12:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Slingbox

I've used Sling and more recently a Vulkano. Either is handy if you have the bandwidth. When we're at home, my wife can watch her shows on the TV and I can watch my sports on my laptop or tablet over wifi. Away from home, they will work over the internet.
kjburns 07/18/14 12:27am Technology Corner
RE: Elio Motors

Here is a new Translogic video review.
kjburns 07/15/14 07:11pm Dinghy Towing
RE: help! I'm new at this... looking for advice.

I would certainly start with a toad. Traveling without a dinghy is a pain.
kjburns 06/20/14 11:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2014 Winnebago - Journey - 42E

The 42E is very similar to our 2011 Tour 42QD. It's a very comfortable floor plan that is well suited to life as a full time coach. We love ours.
kjburns 06/15/14 08:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: To drive or not to drive - That is the question?

My wife has publicly stated that the motorhome is mine and mine alone. She travels in it, but refuses to take the wheel.
kjburns 06/14/14 06:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dish to drop ION?

Money Dish, DirecTV and the a Cable-Co's have been threatening to drop (fill in the blank) channels to get more money from those channels It is money, but you have the scenario backwards. The channels charge the satellite or cable provider and when the contract is up, the posturing starts. The Weather Channel was so full of themselves, they wanted the government (Congress? I forget) to get involved with their squabble with DirecTV. They thought they were an essential service. DirecTV said that all of TWC's filler programming was reducing the number of viewers and I agree. With all of the other weather resources out there and the lack of focus at TWC, I never watched it. I'm on Dish, so the fight had nothing to do with my programming. As I recall, TWC wanted to increase their price in the new contract. DirecTV wanted to reduce it since fewer people were tuning in. I don't know if they ever settled.
kjburns 06/04/14 08:56pm Technology Corner
RE: Sorry I bought an iPad.

Realter, I'm afraid that you're just a PC guy. We don't "get" Apple products. I had a couple of iPads for my wife and me, but gave them away. iTunes is a complete disaster IMHO. There were things I liked about the iPad, but far too many things I didn't like. An Android tablet will probably much more familiar to you and work the way you want. That has been my experience. I've worked with some Apple systems and owned iPads, but I can't say that I've ever been very comfortable with them. With Windows and Android, I can do almost anything in a few seconds. That same task would have me scratching my head on an Apple. The "by guess and by golly" method doesn't work.
kjburns 06/03/14 11:48pm Technology Corner
RE: Coach Net - You decide

Last June, CoachNet towed our MH about 70 miles at no charge.
kjburns 05/31/14 11:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Minorities

Dennis, that's a good one. I wondered where you were going with this post. I never did serve, being just young enough to register right before the war ended. I have infinite respect for those who did serve. My father-in-law did three tours with Force Recon...to get away from a woman!!! My own father climbed power poles in Korea. My friends who are active, wonder about the decisions. The camouflage changes, and cutbacks in their benefits grate on some. The VA debacle is another biggie. The budget cuts seem to be in all the wrong places.
kjburns 05/27/14 12:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is there a GPS for Laptops

Do a Google search for "laptop gps" and you'll find plenty of examples, generally USB dongles or with a USB cable.
kjburns 05/16/14 08:59pm Technology Corner
RE: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST Not Towable

I didn't want a standard Fiesta. The ST (1.6L, 197 HP, 6 spd manual) is a little rocket ship and handles like a go cart. It's a hoot to drive and is getting 33 mpg to boot. The ST also has gobs of torque and will chirp its tires on a 1 - 2 shift without trying too hard.
kjburns 05/16/14 12:19pm Dinghy Towing
2014 Ford Fiesta ST Not Towable

We're downsizing to a smaller house with a much smaller garage. Almost all sources, including the owner's manual, say that the car is towable. My first clue was Remco, which said it isn't. Further searching on the subject found confirmation from Ford on page 11 of this PDF file. Fortunately, my wife's MKT is towable so I'm not stuck buying a dolly.
kjburns 05/03/14 11:18pm Dinghy Towing
RE: if you had a choice

I believe the correct answer is "yes" :) You can't go wrong with either.
kjburns 05/02/14 10:50pm Class A Motorhomes
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