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RE: How to Dolly Tow Unlockable Sterring Wheel Car

Either dolly OR car steers. NOT Both.
mpierce 01/24/15 07:01am Dinghy Towing
RE: L1 OP Code on Norcold Fridge--Help (Norcold Recall Issue)

I have had the code and light. Reset with a magnet moved over the box by the red light. It is to prevent fires from overheating. Have seen NO sign of overheating. Believe most are a false alarm.
mpierce 01/19/15 05:53am Tech Issues
RE: Looking at older coaches

You can get a mid 90's Blue Bird Wanderlodge in the 60k range. Solid wood cabinets. Steel Construction. Price was over 500k when new. Very Well Built. Excellent forum for help. In that price range your looking at a non slide and a 6V or 8V92 not a series 60. Non slide , yes. 8v92, mine goes really well, nice engine. However, the series 60 starting by 1995 are in the 60-70k range.
mpierce 01/19/15 05:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cost of beef

Current prices for some meat cuts in the NYC region: From The Butcher Shop Full Size .14-16 lb. avg. . Boneless NY Strip Steak - $4.99 lb SAVE $3 lb. Half-Size • 7-8 lb. avg. • BonelessBeef New York Strip Steaks - $5.99 LB SAVE $2 lb. Already Cut Into SteaksBeef New York Strip Steaks - $7.99 lb. SAVE $5 lb. Stew's Naked • No Antibiotics • No Added HormonesBoneless Beef Sirloin Steaks - $5.99 lb. SAVE $4 lb. Stew's Naked • No Antibiotics • No Added HormonesShoulder Lamb Chops - $3.99 lb. SAVE $2 lb. Stew's Amish CountryBoneless Chicken Breast - $1.99 lb. SAVE $1.50 lb. The whole beef strip has my attention but I'll call them first to see if the tenderloin is included in the cut. Even if it isn't it'll still be a bargain for my sight. For the amount of beef we eat in a year a full strip should last all 12 months. What USDA Grade are these cuts? Choice? Select? There is a pretty fair discount for Select, over the better Choice. If those are Choice cuts, those are pretty darn good prices. Make sure any grade you look at, is an official USDA grade, NOT what some retailer says it is. It will be stamped on each package. If it does not say USDA -------, then it is NOT a USDA grade.
mpierce 01/18/15 07:07am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Best used DP value for 100K?

100k will get you a late model Wanderlodge, Blue Bird. Top of the line build. Check out: http://www.buybyebluebird.com as just one source. Call Randy, the owner, with what you are looking for. No affiliation, yada, yada.
mpierce 01/18/15 06:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking at older coaches

You can get a mid 90's Blue Bird Wanderlodge in the 60k range. Solid wood cabinets. Steel Construction. Price was over 500k when new. Very Well Built. Excellent forum for help.
mpierce 01/18/15 06:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Quartzsite snowbirds not here..Update They have arrived.

Just arrived yesterday. We are at a Bluebird Wanderlodge get together at South. More of us arriving daily, have 131 registered to boondocks here together.
mpierce 01/14/15 07:09am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Cost of beef

A farmer here in ND told me in the grocery store the other day when I was complaining about the cost of Beef that She gets more than $3/lb on the HOOF. Ditto the comment that there is no such thing as "Cheap Cuts of Beef" anymore. Oxtail (actually Beef tails) more than $7/lb! My Prime Rib for Christmas was $11/lb. When I lived in Asia it was common to get local beef for $5/KILO (2.2lbs)But the beef isnt nearly as good as ours. Unless she is selling finished cattle direct to consumer, that is NOT true. I raise cattle in ND too. Just sold calves, in the $2 range, but that is for feeders. The finished cattle were under $2/lb. Figure though, that only about 60% of live wt. is left after changing to carcasses. Then, more loss in bone, fat, and cutting into cuts of beef. Well I was just quoting what I was told by a lady in a store..not meant to be taken as gospel. I just went to Cattleprices.com and it tends to support your contention on price. But even at 2$/lb it is little wonder that with all the transport, processing and packaging and handling it comes out at todays prices. Whatever happened to Ground Beef at .59/lb and gasoline for .49 9/10 per gallon??? (dont worry I know the answer I am just being sentimental) (Please dont post replies with econ101 lessons):) LOL! I am pretty sure they went to the same place my 175# 22 year old body went! A long time ago! Sure do miss them all! I am sure the lady in the store said that. If I was selling fattened beef to a consumer, I would need more than the commercial market, because I cannot feed small numbers at the same low cost as a lot with thousands of head in it. In fact, if you can develop a relationship with a grower, it is a great way to get known beef. We raise, and fatten, a few head ourselves every year. We do sell most of ours as feeder cattle every year, but fatten a few for friends and ourselves. I have gotten so that I seldom buy a steak in a restaurant, because the beef we put on the table at home is so much tastier. But, it costs even more!
mpierce 01/14/15 06:57am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Tongue of 1972 Shasta very difficult to get off ball.

Most, if not a lll, are adjustable. Look up under the coupler. There is probably a nut on a threaded rod. Loosen it just a touch, and try again. Keep trying, until it is free. DO NOT over loosen, as it can be loosened to the point it will not latch! Check when done, by locking on the ball, and raising the rear of the TV, to be sure it does not come off.
mpierce 01/11/15 05:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Motorcycle and jeep towing.

I am sure to stay anywhere the weight limit on the rear axles, you need a tag axle. Even then, might not be enough capacity. I have the same problem, only I need to put a sidecar rig on. I am thinking of one like this: http://www.bestpricetrailers.com/trailers/525106PRE.aspx#.VLJp6V5zVBV
mpierce 01/11/15 05:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire air chuck for duel tires

I have run Cross fires on semi trucks over 2 million miles personally. LOVE THEM. Pressures are exactly the same. I have seen a chart about the tire wear when pressure is only a couple pounds different in a set of duals. They have a check valve in them, so that if one tire has a leak, it will seal, and not allow air to drop over 10# in the other tire. I got better tire life, and tire wear with them, both on my semi, and on the trailers. Also made it very easy to check pressure. Just take a glance at the face of them, and if in the yellow, good to go! Turn black if under pressure, red if over.
mpierce 01/09/15 07:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tag axle lifting

On mine, activating the switch raises the tag. If my speed rises over 6-7 mph the tag automatically comes down. Deactivating the switch lowers the tag. Easy enough to check. While in neutral, go back and see if you can spin the tag wheels. ...Dennis Not necessarily true, although it may be in some cases. On trucks, when you "lift" the tag, it comes up off the ground. On a lot of DP MH's, mine included, it does NOT lift off the ground. One could NEVER "spin" the wheels lifted. The tag wheels are still on the ground, but the air pressure is taken off. To lift, it needs springs to lift it up, and a lot of coaches do not. Some may.
mpierce 01/08/15 08:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Used MH discounts

NADA will give you ballpark price, IF, a big IF, the MH is only a few years old. Older units are way undervalued by NADA, i.e., they sell for a lot more than NADA. ex. 1990 Bluebird Wanderlodge. NADA about $12,000. Real World, $35-55,000.
mpierce 01/08/15 07:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cost of beef

A farmer here in ND told me in the grocery store the other day when I was complaining about the cost of Beef that She gets more than $3/lb on the HOOF. Ditto the comment that there is no such thing as "Cheap Cuts of Beef" anymore. Oxtail (actually Beef tails) more than $7/lb! My Prime Rib for Christmas was $11/lb. When I lived in Asia it was common to get local beef for $5/KILO (2.2lbs)But the beef isnt nearly as good as ours. Unless she is selling finished cattle direct to consumer, that is NOT true. I raise cattle in ND too. Just sold calves, in the $2 range, but that is for feeders. The finished cattle were under $2/lb. Figure though, that only about 60% of live wt. is left after changing to carcasses. Then, more loss in bone, fat, and cutting into cuts of beef.
mpierce 01/07/15 09:35am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Recharging batteries: genset vs. chassis alternator

Is there an advantage to breaking up the 4 hours of generator use into 2 x 2 hour segments? I did check the voltage on the battery when it was charging, and it was 13.6V. KD4UPL and BFJ13: you recommended a adding a portable charger. Wouldn't I need to be plugged in to shore power to use one of these? I did check the voltage on the battery when it was charging, and it was 13.6V. KD4UPL and BFJ13: you recommended a adding a portable charger. Wouldn't I need to be plugged in to shore power to use one of these? Yes, two segments are more efficient than one twice as long. The battery will accept more current each time. 13.6. You should have a convertor that is putting out 14.4 or so volts. 13.6 takes forever to fully charge. No need for a power cord. Run your generator, and plug a GOOD charger/convertor into your camper! I have a PD 9260 that I use as a portable battery charger. I put #2 cables on, and battery type alligator clamps on them to hook to the battery charger. Works very well. You say room for only one battery. Any chance you could go to a little larger size? Also, they usually use a starting battery, getting the largest deep cycle you can fit in space will help. If interested, look at portable solar panels. They come complete, just hook to battery. Example here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Portable-KITs-100-W-Watt-100W-folding-PV-Solar-Panel-12V-RV-Boat-Off-Grid-2x50W-/231094509371?tfrom=191253885978&tpos=top&ttype=price&talgo=undefined Then, run generator a couple hours in the AM, to bulk charge faster, and let the solar work all day long to top off. This is best idea. 100w panel for one battery, after bulk charged a couple hours, should top off the battery pretty good.
mpierce 01/03/15 04:37am Tech Issues
RE: Fenders come close to car on dolly.

Make sure that the steering wheel in the car is also locked so that there isn't a 3rd pivot point that swings the car farther into to turn, and make wider turns. navegator Our tow dolly (ACME) requires the steering wheel to be able to turn. Correct. IF the dolly has a turntable, lock the toad wheels. IF the dolly does NOT have a turntable, then the front wheels are unlocked. You have a swivel at the ball hitch. You need ONE more, NOT two.
mpierce 01/03/15 04:15am Dinghy Towing
RE: Avoiding Atlanta

Between 10 am and 2 pm going threw Atlanta is not to bad.usely just stay in one and take it easy. I drive semi between MN and FL, and go thru Atlanta all the time. The info above is correct. Barring an accident, the middle of the day is fine. There will be traffic, but it will be moving at speed limit. Or, before 5 AM, or after 7-8 PM.
mpierce 01/02/15 04:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Handling of shorter diesel

The longer the wheelbase, for a given length, the better. i.e., the closer the rear wheels are to the rear, the better. I have seen some single rear axle models with REALLY long overhangs. I always wonder how they do in cross winds, and one would NOT want to take them thru much of a dip in the road! That said, I think there are a lot of pretty darn good handling coaches in that 36'to 39' range.
mpierce 01/02/15 04:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: OK, What's Wrong With Propane Generators?

The biggest drawback is fuel. You use a lot of it. If you are out in the summer, and need to run the generator 12 hours or more a day, it will use a LOT of fuel. And, it is harder to transport propane to your campsite. If you have a diesel generator, you can run a long time on the fuel in your tank. My Bluebird has a 300 gallon diesel tank. I can run the generator a loooong time! Even with a 80 to 100 gallon tank, it will last many days. And, you can transport more in fuel cans, and dump in the tank if needed. Harder to refuel propane. If you only do a couple days at a time, then the propane is a pretty good deal.
mpierce 01/02/15 04:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Real cause of "rivering" or cupping? Air pressure?

Some brand designs have more trouble with "rivering" than others. It is a design problem, and there is not much you can do, other than use a different tire next time. You just live with it, until time to replace tires.
mpierce 01/02/15 07:33am Class A Motorhomes
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