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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
RE: Towing a Nissan Versa Note with an Acme Tow Dolly

This photo will give you an idea of the clearances I work with. It's a little difficult getting the straps over the tires. There also isn't much room underneath to hook up the chains. http://images.thecarconnection.com/lrg/2014-ford-fiesta-st-euro-spec--first-drive-march-2013_100424153_l.jpg
kjburns 10/01/14 09:14pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Towing a Nissan Versa Note with an Acme Tow Dolly

I tow a 2014 Ford Fiesta ST on the Acme dolly. The Fiesta ST is at least as low as the Versa Note. The toughest part is connecting the chains underneath. On my car, there really isn't enough space to get both hands under there so I have to do it with one hand. The Versa Note should have no problem on the Acme dolly. The Fiesta ST is a hot hatch version of the Fiesta. It has 197 hp with a 6 speed manual and lowered suspension. It's an angry little economy car with an attitude :)
kjburns 10/01/14 09:06pm Dinghy Towing
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
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