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RE: Where to buy good semi-cheap ratchet socket set in USA?

The Snap-On truck will have it if the others don't. The OP was looking for "semi-cheap". Buying off the Snap-On truck is NOT! LOL
mpierce 07/31/14 05:35am General RVing Issues
RE: New Firearm Law in Tenn

Someone posted that anyone who would shoot at a Police officer is the kind of person who would NOT care if the law allowed him to carry or not. I fully agree by the way. So, let me set up a scenaro. First you, the law abiding gun owner who sometimes drives in bad neighborhoods, have a gun in your glove box.. So you drive to the high end mall, and turn your car over to the valet who parks it for you... While you are shopping some light fingered type hops in your car, hot wires it and off to the races, HE uses your gun to shoot the cop that stops him. Had it been illegal for you to carry in your car, being law abiding, you'd not have had the gun the ILLEGAL used to soot the officer. That said.. I sit squarely upon the fence when it comes to gun laws. You can set up a "scenario" to do anything. Same example: Your car they stole is used to run over, KILL, another. Are you then saying you should NOT own a car, because it MIGHT be used to KILL someone? Gets ludicrous, doesn't it?
mpierce 07/31/14 05:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Question about diesel brakes

Many new tractor trailer trucks still use drum brakes all the way around. I was just reading that many trucking companies order them that way because of the additional weight and cost of the air disc brake system. Drums work great, just make sure the adjusters are properly adjusted and that the grease seals aren't leaking. Disc brakes are lighter, not heavier than drums. They do cost more.
mpierce 07/24/14 05:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Max Towing Wars - Ford vs Ram

Here's some more testing of the HD trucks now including the Chevy. Link Someone is lying about the numbers BIG time. Either that or Fords tranny is gobbling up power faster than Joey Chestnut can eat a hotdog. That can't be true either because Fords mileage numbers are very good. Another thing; why have two different types of trailers? At these speeds aerodynamics are HUGE. Why not all the same? It would be fun to put these trucks on the rollers and see who is lying about power numbers. Good points... I was wondering if anyone else would notice the different trailers with fairly different front covers to boot. Without IDENTICAL trailers, or even the same trailer, THIS TEST IS WORTHLESS! Just a SLIGHT change is aero on a trailer will make several mph change at speed, requiring a LOT more HP to pull at speed.
mpierce 07/24/14 05:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Vehicle taxes where you live... how bad?

I live in SC, and I've never heard of having to add the weights together. My Yukon's tax bill lists it as 6100 lbs, the Dutchman's tax bill lists it as 5600 lbs. SC does limit sales tax at $300 max on purchase, so someone buying a vehicle for $6,000 or $60,000 pays the same. Yukon's last bill was $91.40, Dutchman's last bill was $271.17. I do not know about SC, but it is true in most states, but not all. Some require the wt. to all be on the truck registration, some split between truck and trailer. ND requires all on the truck. BUT, unless you TELL them, they have NO WAY of knowing you are pulling a trailer that is heavier than the truck is registered for. UNLESS you get stopped for something, and they check. Then, you are cited for being overweight. Commercial, you will eventually get caught. Being an RV, which seldom get checked for anything, there is a good likelihood you will never be checked.
mpierce 07/24/14 05:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are large gas motor Rv's underpower?

The same length DP is almost always heavier built, and built with better components that will last a lot longer that most gas MH's. So, you pays your money, and takes your choice.
mpierce 07/23/14 06:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need recommendations: Drinking/RV/Boating Hose

White impart less taste of rubber to the water. White is also the standard color for drinking water, other colors may be used for other purposes. There is no law or rule, so you are free to use what you want.
mpierce 07/22/14 06:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Question about diesel brakes

A lot of semis have gone to disc front, drum rear. All are air brakes.
mpierce 07/21/14 06:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tragedy involving RV, probably caused by RV.

I met a pickup pulling a trailer with a Bobcat type loader on it two days ago. Just before I met him, I saw something fly out. It came over into my lane. It was the front door, frame with two panes of glass in it. I dodged to the shoulder, managing to miss the frame, but hit broken glass from it. If the wind had been stronger, and I had been two seconds ahead of where I was, that sucker could have come thru my windshield! I imagine he had pulled that hundreds of times without a problem. He kept going. I do not believe he even knew what happened. Crud happens. Be prepared.
mpierce 07/20/14 06:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Tragedy involving RV, probably caused by RV.

Here are some quotes from the newspaper article. "The object that went through the windshield has been identified as some type of a bracket for an equalizing hitch on a trailer, he said." "No one knows which vehicle the component fell from, and no one saw it actually fall, but it’s unlikely the object would have reached the windshield if it had just been sitting on the road, Nilan said." IF this is correct, "bracket", then most likely a failure. Most "brackets" are attached, more or less permanently, to the trailer hitch. But, still so vague as to not know for sure.
mpierce 07/17/14 05:55am General RVing Issues
Battery powered clock, alarm, weather radio

I am looking for a battery powered clock, alarm, weather radio for the bedroom cabinet. Can be just battery back up. Otherwise, needs to be reset every time power is lost for a moment. Thanks
mpierce 07/15/14 06:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Pilot / Flying J to pay $92M for rebate program

General customers were NOT over charged. Even most trucking companies were NOT. JUST some of those who were getting a special extra discount for volume per contract. So, NOTHING was taken from the general public. So, why would they get a refund?
mpierce 07/15/14 05:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Roof top AC

How old is it? If 10 years or more, I would go ahead and replace.
mpierce 07/15/14 05:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: flying J Petol

Yeah, been reported several times over the last year or so. Only applied to discounts to trucking companies, NOT to just single transactions, like ours, at the pumps.
mpierce 07/15/14 05:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 100 Watts Solar with Deep Cell 31s or Trojan 6 Volts

Since you said you have a generator, if you can, run the generator for an hour or so first thing in the morning. The bulk charge it will allow your convertor to put into your batteries quite a bit of watts. Then, let the solar "top off" the batteries the rest of the day.
mpierce 07/14/14 05:26am Tech Issues
RE: voltage drop in hot weather

The whole system probably dropped a little too. LOTS of AC's running all over at that temp.
mpierce 07/14/14 05:22am Tech Issues
RE: Curios about dry-camping

What make, model, and year trailer? Did you have a main disconnect off? Are you saying the frog worked on 12v, but nothing else? Most modern fridges require 12v to run the controls. Need more specific info.
mpierce 07/13/14 06:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What good are clearance lights?

\ The "full width" Hummer H1 is only 86.5" wide (Military version is 85"). Most Class A and many Class C motorhomes, as well as many 5'vers and TT's, are between 96" and 102" wide, as are most OTR truck/trailer combinations and OTR buses. The Hummer is also under the 10,000 lb minimum for clearance, identification, and other large vehicle lighting requirements. Thanks, Did you know the only vehicles allowed on the freeway over 96 inches wide WITHOUT AN OVERSIZE PERMIT are RV's and Flat Bed Tow trucks? both of which are 102" wide. Not counting mirrors. HUH? Essentially EVERY truck and trailer you see on the Interstate will be 102", no permit needed. I own small trucking company. This has not been true since 70's or so!
mpierce 07/13/14 06:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV age & park rules?

I had a 1964 airstream. Was polished up. NEVER had an issue. The rule is there so that if a "trampmobile" pulls in, they have a way to tell them NO. I believe there are a few high end resorts, that I cannot afford, that do strictly enforce an age rule, regardless of looks. But, they are few. Besides, if they are too hoity toity for me, I don't want them anyway!
mpierce 07/12/14 07:26am General RVing Issues
RE: What good are clearance lights?

I wish that they would flash when you activate your turn signals so that folks alongside you know you want to change lanes. I have found on occasion that activating your turn signals when someone is alongside you, waiting a few moments and then starting to move over is occasionally very effective tho.:B I do just love those folks that are in the left lane on the freeway and see your turn signal when you need to move over and pull up even with a corner of your rig and hang there.:E You would not be able to see them flash, even if they did. You mean having side mounted turn signal lights. Newer outfits have the side mounted flashers, required if over a certain length.
mpierce 07/12/14 07:21am Class A Motorhomes
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