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RE: Please Be Careful !

Very sad indeed! I think this is an example of what not to do. What I mean is if someone pulls in front of you hit the brakes and hold on. Don't try drastic evasion maneuvers. Every situation is different but the evasion part can get you more than the collision part. Very Sad indeed, I agree with Cummins that I am sure all in the truck survived the initial impact. It was the impact with the wall of the wash, that inflicted the real damage. It does sound real callous to say not to avoid a collision, but you really want to stay on the roadway after impact. This is one of the reasons I drive with my lights on 24/7 when driving, I have done this for all 49 years I have been driving. You are far more visible!!!! You guys do realize in a major impact like this the vehicles do not just stop. It is a huge assumption to state the truck made any evasive maneuvers. If that car pulled out directly in front of the truck this is exactly what happens. Airbags, blackout and 50-60 mph puts that truck exactly where it is. Good points! I still say don't try evasive maneuvers unless you know your surroundings for a fact. I 100% agree. I just don't think that is what happened here. I was in an accident very similar years ago and the vehicles did not end up anywhere close to the impact. And trust me there was no "driving" after the initial hit.
mich800 08/18/15 05:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Please Be Careful !

Very sad indeed! I think this is an example of what not to do. What I mean is if someone pulls in front of you hit the brakes and hold on. Don't try drastic evasion maneuvers. Every situation is different but the evasion part can get you more than the collision part. Very Sad indeed, I agree with Cummins that I am sure all in the truck survived the initial impact. It was the impact with the wall of the wash, that inflicted the real damage. It does sound real callous to say not to avoid a collision, but you really want to stay on the roadway after impact. This is one of the reasons I drive with my lights on 24/7 when driving, I have done this for all 49 years I have been driving. You are far more visible!!!! You guys do realize in a major impact like this the vehicles do not just stop. It is a huge assumption to state the truck made any evasive maneuvers. If that car pulled out directly in front of the truck this is exactly what happens. Airbags, blackout and 50-60 mph puts that truck exactly where it is.
mich800 08/18/15 05:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Verizon plan changes!

This should ultimately help reduce the cost of phones. In the past phones were made so that they would work on only one carrier's plan. Now when you buy a phone it will work on any carrier's plan so it is easier to change carrier's. I think verizon knew that their coverage was king and wasn't worried about people moving from their service. The law where companies cannot lock their phones to a carrier most likely precipitated this. Before even after your contract ran out that phone could only be used for that carrier. So even if someone sold it the carrier still wins. But now mobile phones are portable to any carrier so there is nothing holding anyone to a specific company any longer.
mich800 08/13/15 06:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2013 explorer and corrosion on hood ??

Thanks have been researching this and seems to be a common problem fro aluminum corrosion. My buddy is a big ford guy and he is fighting ford on this and so far they told him he is S.O.L he paid 40,000 for that car. Soon to boycott I think. More than likely a paint issue not the hood material. I had a F150 with an aluminum hood and zero paint issues in over 10 years. Outside 100% of the time no garage. Is there something unique about the Explorer hood? Could be a manufacturing defect in a run of vehicles.
mich800 08/13/15 06:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Repair or Replace

Think you answered your own question. 1-2x cash value of the car and as was posted, if totaled, your insurance would only pay you ACV, assuming you carry collision on it. Unless you like the 'rolling sofa' since after all they don't build 'em like that anymore, sell it for cash or salvage would be the only other options besides fixing. Does it have auto-leveling suspension? Is that the reason for the cost? The air ride was replaced long ago with a progressive coil spring conversion. I like the coils better for me No, the issue is all the shocks, ball joints, A-arm bushings, trailing arms, tie rods, center link...basically everything that moves on the front and rear suspension but the rear coils need replaced. The car is maybe worth 1,000...car max offer is in the low hundreds... So, there is the rock and the hard place... Thanks! Jeremiah Sounds like by the price you do not intend on doing the labor yourself. If you are not doing the work it makes the decision a little more difficult. But if it was my vehicle and the rest of the vehicle was sound I would fix it. But I would also do the work myself.
mich800 08/13/15 12:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas pump card skimmers

As pointed out the reality is your account can be stolen a number of ways. Skimmed, scanned, online hack, number taken by any number of locations like restaurants. But your actual risk of losing that money is very low due to the protections offered by the credit card companies. Conversely for the cash lovers. Get that lost or stolen and too bad. It is not covered by insurance and you are out.
mich800 08/07/15 01:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas pump card skimmers

Don't jump to conclusions about where/how your number was stolen. It may have been at someplace that got hacked a year or two (or more!) ago, and your number finally came up to be used. Very frequently, especially in the large breaches (Target, Home Depot, etc.) The thieves sell a huge batch of card numbers to others for resale. There are web sites where you can buy as many card numbers as you want. Then the purchaser makes their own cards, and takes them out for a quick spin - usually only a few places as the banks are pretty good about detecting questionable transactions. Frequently the purchase will be Gift Cards from convenience stores, which are untraceable, and therefore are then a guaranteed source of spending. It's pretty rare for people using skimmers to turn it around the next day - they are gathering lots of numbers for their use, or for resale - so yesterday's gas station use is unlikely to be the reason you got hacked. ALWAYS report this to the police! They may not be able to do anything specifically for you, but it aids them tremendously in detecting a pattern in an area, and being able to zero in on the bad guys. Just yesterday a pair from out of state were arrested after police were alerted that they were using numbers from last years Home Depot breech in our area. Secondly - always demand a new card number from your bank! Most do it as soon as notified, but never assume... The mandatory conversion to EMV chips in the cards this summer/fall should help reduce this kind of thing a lot! I have had an account compromised and the bank would not tell me how if they even knew. So I agree. Just because that is the last place the card was used means nothing.
mich800 08/06/15 08:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: need your info on bike rack

I take the front wheel off,with fast disconnects, and put in the back of the pick up. "it will be mounted to a 5er ladder."
mich800 08/02/15 08:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Buying a 2015 Ford F150? Get the Supercrew.

Ram and GM both have said that their crash protection is the same throughout their different cab configurations. Source please. Cause everyone but the IIHS, Ford,and AutoNews seems to be mum on the issue. And if you go to the IIHS web site, the Ford is the first truck to be subject to these new tests. And none of the Supercab or standard cab from either of the manufacturers did well either. I will say there is no excuse for not having these on all configurations. Hopefully a recall will be done to set it right. That being said, wouldn't bother me - all of them are plenty safe compared to the "deathtraps" I grew up riding in and driving. And we all know how honest Ram and GM have been in their dissemination of information.
mich800 07/31/15 09:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: traveling with water tows better?

My tank is in the very back and 42 gals. I can feel a difference as it takes about 300 lbs off my TW. We mostly have full hook-up sites so it's a moot point. Until you get there and CG water is off....broken line, contaminated water, electrical outage.......then no longer a moot point Granted 42 gallons weighs 348# but it hardly removes 300# off TW. More likely 50# Plus the time saved setting up not getting in line to fill up. We almost always travel with full water just to keep our options up like you do.
mich800 07/31/15 04:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Now for the "rest of the story"

The two issues that FCA got there backside redden were the tie rods on the Rams and the Jeep fuel tank issue that was under ****-Lair not FCA. How or why FCA should be on the hook is beyond me. They should make ****-Liar foot the bill for that IMO. As for pop corn and beer I'll take some after I get off work. :p Don When you sell your used vehicle and it breaks down five years later are you still responsible to the buyer? Chrysler will get through this fine. But there have been internal issues at Chrysler for years way before Daimler. They just need to man up and fix their structural problems within the organization. Time to stop the excuses and get it done.
mich800 07/29/15 07:23am Tow Vehicles
Some Good News

It seems like a lot of deleted and closed posts lately in this section. Here is some good news related to earnings. So the industry is making a come back and hopefully saving up for the inevitable down turns when they do happen.
mich800 07/28/15 05:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anybody towing 36', 9000lb TT with F150 HD payload ecoboost

So based on all comments it looks like I am going f250 or f350. Yes ford because that is what DW likes best. Also I test drove both 6.2 and 6.7. I like the diesel better. It would take a lot to get used to the gas with hp/torque at high rpm after the ecoboost. I am not happy with the ride in either. The diesel was better I think. Both I tested were 20" wheels with a/t tires. The set on the gasser were fairly aggressive. Plan to try and find or get 18" wheels with a/s tires. Will this help the ride noticeably? Really want to try and make it at least somewhat better. The other thing that bothered me was the steering. It was very unresponsive, almost "loose" compared to my f150. I had to move the wheel a greater distance to do corrections while going down the road. I think this would get tiring while on the highway with semi traffic and constant minor adjustments requiring lots of steering input vs the very small movements of the f150. Any comments on this? The steering ratio is lower on the super duty so that's what you are noticing. At first I did not like it but it is one of those things that really does not matter and you will get used to it. I find it a benefit when towing because any input has less effect on the rig so if I happen to be watching the scenery instead of the road and my hand moves a little, it stays between the lines longer. I think it is more that the F150 uses a rack & pinion set up as far as "feel" goes.
mich800 07/25/15 06:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM's Campaign Against Aluminum

Ford ALU story of a month-long job and an unbelievable service bay bill — $17,000! http://truckyeah.jalopnik.com/how-a-2015-ford-f-150-aluminum-repair-cost-17-000-and-1719664610 Nice article but lacked one thing, perspective. What would the cost be to fix heavy cab damage on a new $70k steel cab truck?
mich800 07/23/15 08:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RV purchase consultant

I guess it depends on how you intend on getting paid. The trick is not just becoming another layer in the sales process. Now if you would also help them negotiate pricing you may have a viable business model.
mich800 07/23/15 10:41am General RVing Issues
RE: HD truck sales numbers (2500/3500)

But when you add up Chevy and GMC...Never mind. Thats only 1/2 ton sales. BUT, fleet and municipal make up a sizeable portion of Fords sales. When it comes to almost anything government or municipal the bottom line purchase price is the deciding factor, not overall reliability or value. Ok, so Ford is on top because government makes stupid purchases? You would have thought they could have negotiated better deals when they owned the company. Fleet managers are too stupid to calculate total cost of ownership. I guess half ton purchasers are brilliant statisticians and not the ones getting gored by the bison in our national parks.
mich800 07/23/15 06:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Article: Three Reasons Not to Upgrade to Windows 10

Another reason some of us may choose not to upgrade to Win 10: Windows 10 has permission to watch your every move. Bottom line: M-soft can view your existing files and keylog everything you type when you create new ones. Use Windows 10 and you are agreeing to give access to all your data to the company.No offense, but isn't that link for the Technical Preview? Do you know if that statement is in the EULA for the open Windows 10? No, I don't know. But I guess we'll find out in exactly one week from today when Win 10 is in full release. But is it like health care. Do we need to purchase it to see what is in it? :B
mich800 07/23/15 06:05am Technology Corner
RE: HD truck sales numbers (2500/3500)

McDonalds outsells Olive Garden....jus sayin' So would these be accurate staying with the food chain analogies? Ford = McDonald Ram = Quiznos GM = Bennigans
mich800 07/22/15 08:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Just Curious ?

Not sure if this is serious. But I can select the language on my F250. Other than the information center I don't think there any actual words on the dash.
mich800 07/22/15 07:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: HD truck sales numbers (2500/3500)

But when you add up Chevy and GMC...Never mind.
mich800 07/22/15 07:43pm Tow Vehicles
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