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RE: Problems towing a Ford Focus

Is anyone having trouble towing a 2012 Ford Focus with 6 speed transmission? Manufacture date: 04/11. If not, what am I doing wrong? Any help greatly appreciated!! What kind of trouble are you having? How are you setting it up for towing? It's impossible to say what you're doing wrong if you don't post what you're doing.
kjburns 03/24/15 12:00am Dinghy Towing
RE: Dish

MV 3500 in-motion dome will support 2 Direct tv receivers, are you saying it will only support 1 HD Dish Receiver? It will probably feed two receivers, but the secondary receiver will not be able to run channels on another satellite. If the primary receiver is on 129W, the other receiver will only get the channels on that satellite. In-motion antennas only have one LNB, meaning they only "see" one satellite at a time. Open face antennas like the Trav'ler pick up all three satellites at once so all receivers can run any channel.
kjburns 02/09/15 11:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2 speed transfer case

Remco seems to indicate that it is towable, but you'll want to verify that.
kjburns 01/25/15 11:10pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Bath and half with double sinks

The 2015 Holiday Rambler Vacationer 36DBT has this layout. We just bought one about a month ago. http://www.rvguide.com/specs/sites/rv/images/data/floorplan/2015_HolidayRambler_Vacationer_36DBT.jpg
kjburns 01/24/15 01:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Big rig parks in seatle,wa. Area

Anacortes is a short ferry ride away from Everett, I've stayed at Pioneer Trails Rv Resort and would do so again. Nice spot and great people. I agree, it's nice place to stay and not too far north of Seattle.
kjburns 01/18/15 12:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best type of vehicle to tow behind a motorhome

If you're thinking about new trucks, I'd take a look at the 2015 Chevy and GMC. With 4x4 models, the transfer case neutral setting is what matters. Typically, the RWD trucks are not towable, nor are those without neutral for the transfer case.
kjburns 01/17/15 11:16pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Sold Diesel thinking about a gasser

We just did the same thing, going from a 2011 Tour 42QD to a HR Vacationer 36DBT. The main motivation was the license and insurance costs were running $7400/year and now they're less than half of that. We floor plan that includes a half bath, washer & dryer and good living room space. After a couple of trips, we're happy with the move. Of course, the downsides are known. The ride is rougher and there is a lot of engine noise when climbing or descending. Those items are pretty minor and we knew that going in. The coach drives well and it fits our use.
kjburns 01/07/15 08:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A Gasser and Mountain Travel

I also have an F-53 and tow/haul does work well. Elevation isn't the culprit, it's the grades. I've done some 8% in the area near Salt River Canyon to GLobe and it only takes a minimal amount of braking to keep speed under control. I never felt I was close to the brakes becoming ineffective. The V-10 winds up to 5000 RPM and sounds like I'm driving a Cup car at times, but it does work.
kjburns 01/06/15 09:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: DISH?

I would reconsider bundling services. Satellite internet should be your last option if cell, cable and DSL are unavailable. Phone service is a matter of choice. Many choose to go cell only and forget about a land line. That leaves TV and Dish will serve you well in the RV and home.
kjburns 01/04/15 10:52pm Technology Corner
RE: 2015 Chev Colorado/GMC Canyon

I did a little searching of dealer inventories and found a close shot of the transfer case dial. It looks like it has 2WD, Auto, 4 high, 4 low and N as the last setting. All but the "N" are printed in white. The "N" appears that it might light up when selected, so it's a bit hard to see otherwise. Based on this, I think they are towable.
kjburns 12/23/14 06:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Safety chains, Demco KarCaddy 460SS and 2013 Elantra

Normally the chains go to the car's lower suspension arms, not the tow hooks. I wouldn't wrap the chains around the axles.
kjburns 12/17/14 08:16pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Holiday Rambler 2015 Vacationer

We recently bought a Vacationer 36DBT and like it. There have been a few issues, like the driver's side slide out failing and some other minor issues. We downsized from a 43' diesel to this and we're finding that we're not giving up that much. Ours drives well and seems to be okay in crosswinds. We've spent a few days in it and are going to take a two week trip soon, so our experience is limited.
kjburns 12/16/14 12:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Purchasing a new class A

To clarify: My wife and our three small dogs are shopping for a used gas, 30' to 35' class A for weekends or 3-4 day trips within 200 miles and towing a vehicle. Our budget is $75-100K. Previously looking at Itaska/Winne or Tiffin. Are we going in the correct direction? In that price range, you're very close to new 2015 gas coaches. We just picked up a 2015 HR Vacationer 36DBT that's a little longer than you want and the price was slightly north of your budget. You'll find lots of choices in recent gas coaches to fit your price. You might even find some new ones with more features that you want.
kjburns 12/06/14 11:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Shopping at Lazydays?

We just bought our HR Vacationer there, at the Tucson location. Most of the transaction was handled over the phone and online. After a bit of negotiating, we got close enough to my numbers and made the deal. In our case, we were downsizing from a used DP with tag axle to a new 2015 gas MH. We got a substantial amount of money back. We'll be heading back to Tucson for Christmas and plan to have a few warranty things done. I'll know more about their service department after that. So far, I'd say we're satisfied with the experience there and the new coach. It's funny. My wife really loves the smaller motorhome and we're not giving up much at all. I've found that it handles well, even with a moderate cross wind. The systems are simpler, but it does 95% of what we're used to.
kjburns 12/06/14 10:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Insurance and Registration

This problem varies a lot from state to state. I'm in AZ where tags are based on the MSRP and reduce each year. It's pricey. I paid almost $3700 last year for registration and about the same for insurance. We have no violations or claims, so it's probably just the cost of the RV. Add that up and you're talking over $600 per month for the right to own it and drive it. I decided that we don't use it enough to justify the cost. I'm not going to give up RVing, but we are downsizing from a 2011 Tour 42QD to a 2015 Holiday Rambler Vacationer. The MSRP is less than half, which makes the expense a lot more tolerable. The new coach suits the way we'll use it and won't drain the checking account...as quickly :) I'm not one to try to bend the rules and register in another state. I live in AZ so I register it here and bite the bullet. If I registered it elsewhere, I'd probably get caught. I don't want to test those waters.
kjburns 11/27/14 12:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you tow or do you rent one when you get there???

I rented...once. Bring your own car and you'll be a lot happier. Dollies are a pain to use, but the beauty is that you buy once and can tow almost any FWD car. I have a dolly now and plan to keep using it. In short, I'm not going to talk you out of it :)
kjburns 10/31/14 10:10pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Are tow Dolly's a Hassle?

I'm a recent convert to dolly towing due to necessity. I bought a FWD car (Ford Fiesta ST) and found later that it isn't flat towable. All Fiestas except the ST are towable and the manual isn't correct. I've always towed Jeeps, so there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth when I first started using the dolly. I prefer flat towing, but there is a lot to be said for a dolly. It makes more sense economically since it's a one time purchase and you can tow almost any FWD car. Setup for flat towing is pricey and goes with the vehicle. I've only used the dolly a few times and it's not difficult to load. I did it alone on the last trip. I store mine under the back of the motorhome, so it doesn't take up much space. I plan to continue to tow with the dolly. Once you get a system down, it doesn't take much more time to load. If I change cars, I don't need anything to make it towable. But...I've been eyeing the new aluminum F-150 4x4 and if I buy one, the dolly is toast :)
kjburns 10/30/14 11:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thinking Diesel. Am I biting off more than I can chew?

I have owned three DPs and never carried spare parts. They're pretty reliable. I have Freightliner handle the oil changes and the dealer deal with servicing things like the AquaHot. It's not that expensive. If it's an old used up rig, you might need to bring parts, but other than that...
kjburns 10/15/14 07:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fuel Cost in Arizona?

The bill stated: 2. If the use fuel is used in the propulsion of a light class motor vehicle (such as a pickup truck), or an exempt vehicle (certain school buses, government and non-profit vehicles on a highway in this state, the tax rate is $.18 per gallon). The $0.26 rate is for commercial (for profit) vehicles.
kjburns 10/15/14 10:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford focus vs Ford Fiesta vs Fusion hybrid

I'm pretty sure they're all towable, it's just a matter of which you prefer. The hybrid will be the heaviest and may be pushing it for your class C. I have a Fiesta ST (not towable) that's pretty minimal on space, but is enough for my needs and it's a blast to drive. The Fiesta ST and Focus ST are six speed manuals and can't be towed. The main difference in the models you're looking at will be space and weight. You'll need to see which size is a best fit and verify that your C can pull it.
kjburns 10/06/14 10:35pm Dinghy Towing
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