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RE: Cash or Credit

In my case all the stations that had a cut off it WAS the gas station limiting their losses. The first time it happened I immediately called my bank and it was not my credit card. During the first time I hit the road full time I quickly learned it is prudent to tell you bank BEFORE you embark on extensive RV traveling! :W The first time I crossed state lines within a day buying gas, rv supplies, food all that activity sent up red flags to my bank and they shut down my card. And then once again when I encountered the limit on the pumps when gas was so high I needed 3 times running the card to fill the MH! The second time was 'activating' one of my cards on the road 4 states away from home and on the same day hitting the grocery store, RV supplies, gas, and 2 fast food stores! I called to tell them it was me and the bank said boy you must have been really hungry! :B It is not the bank that dictates the limit. It is the sellers merchant bank terms. These are two completely different things. Calling your bank will tell you nothing about the business agreements the gas station or seller has entered into.
mich800 10/25/14 07:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Cash or Credit

Must be the station that sets the limit. I've run my card 3 times at some stations and only once at others. There are probably as many merchant agreements/plans as there are gas stations. If you have a merchant account you know. I get calls every week with some servicing company trying to get me to switch plans/provider.
mich800 10/24/14 02:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Warranty Claim Denied

Check fuses? Wouldn't that be a kick in the pants. Also, I found out they will not fold unless the mirror switch is in the middle. If it is turned to either side mirror it will not fold.
mich800 10/24/14 08:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cash or Credit

I have mostly run the card 2 times. But a few words of caution. 1. I ran into one station that wouldn't take the card inside, as someone or more had left a bad CC card. Now for them it is either cash inside before pumping or CC at the pump. 2. Gas stations are the most likely to have one of those phishing inserts left overnight. Be aware when traveling. You do not need to leave the card. Just have them run some number higher than you think you need say $200. Go pump, if you do not want the receipt just leave and your card will be charged for the actual amount. Or go back in and finalize the transaction. This is what I do when I fill my transfer tank. I have never had an issue getting large amounts of fuel this way. In merchant bank speak this is delayed capture.
mich800 10/24/14 08:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Urgent!! Brand new furnace not working

From your post you state that the furnace works when electrical is plugged in but furnace does not work when on 12 V. When you are plugged in I am thinking your converter is supplying 12 volts+ and that allows the furnace to run. It seems that when you unplug you no longer have the 12+ volts needed to run you furnace. If you are going to a store to get a heater then it means you are plugged in somewhere. Does the furnace not work when plugged in. Get a vot meter and learn or know how to use it this will answer your question. And yes it is possible to have lights etc... at something less that 12V I think they said is worked on shore once and now nothing plugged in or on battery only.
mich800 10/24/14 06:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Warranty Claim Denied

First they have to prove they were damaged by something other than normal failure. If they aren`t hanging off the truck or have physical damage to them they can`t deny a claim based on that. and even if they were, they are designed to be manually folded! Make a call to Ford! Aaaaaaa they most certainly can deny a claim; and they did in this case. Just ask the OP! :S All Ford has to do is say, "claim denied" next in line please. I've heard of it happening many times. :) Yes, but they have to have a good reason other than "because we said so!" While that is true and also with the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act. But they have all the leverage. Now the ball is in your court to prove otherwise shifting the financial burden on you.
mich800 10/24/14 06:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Warranty Claim Denied

Both mirrors failed at the same time ???....odd. I imagine the switch has been ruled out. You may call the Factory Rep and work a deal where you pay labor. We had 3 Power Door Locks go out on our 2008 Saturn Aura (48,000 miles)......estimate of $750, got GM to replace all three for $100 That's a good point. I wonder if you had a half you know what diagnosis? I would at least want to try and jumper the motor to confirm it does not work.
mich800 10/24/14 05:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Locked in by entry door handle I found the fix?

Lots of travel handles can not be flipped opposite direction due to slide outs, awning arms etc being located on opposite side of door. Handles can only be flipped across door when in transit for those rigs. Besides......most folks have found hat the handle does not prevent door from being pushed open. And if it does..just round off top of 'U' on bracket so handle is easy to move from travel position I also like K.I.S.S. vs reinventing. I agree knocking that edge off would make a big difference. Probably the ones that can get locked in have the handle mounted too close to the door increasing the leverage required to over come the spring.
mich800 10/24/14 04:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Cash or Credit

That is just for no sign at the pump. You can always go in and get as much as your credit limit or swipe your card twice at the pump.
mich800 10/24/14 04:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Warranty Claim Denied

$3000 for 2 mirrors!!!!!!!!!!!!! :E :E DANG, that's wacked!!! Sorry, can't help you with your problem. X2 how do they come up with $3,000 for a pair of mirrors. Even if you assume a $150 per hr labor for four hours, and $1,200 each for the mirrors that is crazy!!! I find it strange that both motors would fail at the same time, some control module would make more sense. Well a little search on the Official Ford Parts site list the price of the Mirrors at $473.67! So now we have over $2,000 in labor, no wonder it was denied!!! :S List is over $1k for power everything an heated. So if he needed both you are looking at $2-$2.5k without labor. But if you were to have an older truck in the future you could conceivably total your truck by just taking the mirrors out in a close call.
mich800 10/24/14 04:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

Is it just me or has this board gone a little crazy lately? It used to be someone had a question about towing limits they would be educated on how to determine for their specific vehicle. Usually the first question by the board would be; what is your gvwr, payload, sticker on the door etc. They would then be shown the nice diagrams on how to calculate if they are under those weights. Even some nice threads on how to get weighed. But now it seems the tide has shifted and this is no longer the case. But, if we cannot use the mfg's ratings who are we supposed to trust to let us know what what those ratings should be?
mich800 10/22/14 04:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

There are still those attempting to justify their position that under the mfg's specs is safer and those at the mfg's specs are intentionally playing Russian roulette with their family. The argument about emergency situations lose sight of what really matters (what is under your hat) is what will get you out of those situations. Stating someone is risking their family using the vehicle as intended is no different than saying you are unpatriotic because you are a democrat.
mich800 10/19/14 04:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anybody consider a semi for a tow vehicle?

We are looking at class 8 because of these highly suspect economics: 2015 Ram 3500 Laramie DRW 6.4 gas - $58,000? Diesel $66,000? ciphers inta "bi weekly payments" of $340 for only 8 years according to the build and price website. Add depreciation over 8 years of RV towing 10,000 miles a year of say $32,000 for easy figgering? So pay back $58,000 and absorb $32,000 = $90,000 minus the residual value of the truck of $25,000 = $65,000 spent before the fixing. Not to mention the lost opportunity value on the $65,000 paid out. Compare to a fleet maintained $20,000 Class 8 tractor that has more brakes in one front wheel than the above pickup, and own it over 8 years and put 80,000 miles on it. How much less is it going to be worth? Please note we live in a place with room to park and store it, and a province that allows class 8 trucks to be registered as personal trucks like a pickup if that is what you use it for. You do not add depreciation to costs. It is solely an accounting number. Your cost is the purchase price plus interest minus residual only if you sell it. There is no opportunity cost on $65k as in your example you are financing it.
mich800 10/19/14 08:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

Thanks, I pretty much thought the half tons were c-clip. From what I have read the old 9 inch was expensive to build so they changed to the 8.8 and the 9.75. I wonder about the ford and dodge trucks. Yes, the 9.75 in the F150's are c-clipped. The 8.8 is also lighter and a little more efficient for lighter and/or lower HP vehicles.
mich800 10/18/14 06:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

I will be looking new. Both 2014 and 2015 The Ford F250 on up are full floating. I am sure others will chime in with the other brands. 2014 Specs
mich800 10/18/14 05:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

mich800 If I stay off the road I won't get run over. But I am not trying to eliminate all problems. I just don't want a c-clip semi floater. I don't want to right off any truck. I just want to know which ones have a c-clip axle. I would think there must still be a tapered bearing semi floating axle out there somewhere. I may be wrong, I have looked hard to find one. That's why I came here. Looking for help and information. You don't have to go up to the one tons to get a full floating axle. All the 3/4 tons have full floaters at least as a option. Are you looking new or do you need the info for multiple model years?
mich800 10/18/14 05:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

And if you have a tie rod end or ball joint fail you lose steering. If you have a front drive shaft u-joint fail maybe it bounces up though the tunnel and takes out your feet. I have seen far more vehicles on the side of the road with the drive shaft hanging or front wheels pointed in different directions. If the c-clip is a deal breaker look at 350/3500 and larger trucks and be done with it. You will sleep better but if are under the mfgs ratings statistically no safer.
mich800 10/18/14 04:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

Well, there is barely safe, barely under the maximum specs of a 1500/150 ... then there is very safe, right into the middle of the maximum specs of a 2500 / 250. SO, when you're carting around your family, which truck would you rather drive with three of your kids in the back seat? And, I'd say brakes is one of the major factors -- not weight capacity. Could you explain how operating under the mfgs specs is barely safe? Or is this just hyperbole? Is that like driving the speed limit is mostly negligent? If you really cared about your family and others on the road you would drive at least 10 under the speed limit.
mich800 10/18/14 04:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

I buy all the half ton claims as long as you include all the parameters and the fine print. Problems arise when we focus on only some of the parameters, ignore a few parameters and disregard the fine print and other disclaimers. Marketing departments loudly boast of the tow rating, in some cases promote payload and smother all other parameters and disclaimers leading to lots of confusion and improperly matched combos That is the case with ALL trucks. From the compact mini truck all the way to the one ton and beyond. The bigger trucks are no more immune to fine print than any other. I agree there is a line and a debate between SRW trucks and DRW trucks. There is also a debate between duallies and MDT's. Nevertheless this thread referred to 1/2 ton trucks. My comments apply to all size light duty trucks. Stay within all of your parameters and you can trust/believe the ratings. When you fudge and ignore some of the ratings, disregard the fine print and disclaimers you set yourself up for a towing experience that is less than optimal. I agree. I just do not know why some post about half tons and imply the specs are inaccurate but if you put some arbitrary and outdated title on it like one ton you can just toss the manual because it is all good. I find it hypocritical some will maintain you must stay within the manufactures specs but not if it is a half ton because the manufacturers specs are wrong.
mich800 10/18/14 03:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

I buy all the half ton claims as long as you include all the parameters and the fine print. Problems arise when we focus on only some of the parameters, ignore a few parameters and disregard the fine print and other disclaimers. Marketing departments loudly boast of the tow rating, in some cases promote payload and smother all other parameters and disclaimers leading to lots of confusion and improperly matched combos That is the case with ALL trucks. From the compact mini truck all the way to the one ton and beyond. The bigger trucks are no more immune to fine print than any other.
mich800 10/18/14 02:50pm Tow Vehicles
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