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RE: Cured My Double Towing State Law Issues, Pics Inside

Is the trailer custom built from the ground up, or did he modify an existing trailer? Looks very nice. I was going to have a trailer built to carry two quads. I wanted to be able to carry them end to end so I could drive them both up and down a ramp at the back, and I wanted a narrow trailer that was just wide enough for the Quads because I wanted to be able to take it off road. And I only wanted one axle on it. A had an estimate of $1800 to build which I thought was a really good deal. It would have been no where near as heavy duty as yours and didn't have the fancy lifting mechanism. I still may have it build, but I wonder if I could find somebody like you found to make it. My estimate was through a local trailer dealer who buys from a manufacturer in Fresno. They were going to make the custom size trailer for me.
msmith1199 10/31/14 12:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: All I wanna know...

Abbott and Costello did a routine about buying a computer??? I guess I'm not old enough to remember that. No. this was just an imaginary skit as if they were still alive today. Here's the link. Pretty funny. How old do you have to be to remember an imaginary skit? I think I am old enough for that!
msmith1199 10/30/14 07:39pm Around the Campfire
RE: All I wanna know...

Abbott and Costello did a routine about buying a computer??? I guess I'm not old enough to remember that.
msmith1199 10/29/14 09:38pm Around the Campfire
RE: Storage and Batteries

Nevermind, I see what an ECU is. What are the dangers of it losing it's memory?
msmith1199 10/29/14 04:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Storage and Batteries

If you disconnect the chassis power your ECU will not be able to retain it's settings. Not sure how big a deal that will be. Maybe some drive-ability concerns when you get on the road again. What's an ECU and what does it do?
msmith1199 10/29/14 04:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Storage and Batteries

I just went and looked and no sign of an existing disconnect switch. The cables from both batteries run back into the frame and then who knows where from there.
msmith1199 10/29/14 04:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Storage and Batteries

For about $10 you can buy a battery disconnect switch which connects to the battery post. A $10 switch is not up to the 1000+ amps that your Cat needs to start. It is capable of disconnecting the smaller wire that powers the loads that drain your battery. Are you sure you do not have a switch near your engine batteries? I've never seen one. Is that something that is common?
msmith1199 10/29/14 03:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Storage and Batteries

Solar chargers don't work well indoors.
msmith1199 10/29/14 03:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Storage and Batteries

take the negative battery cable loose on each bank. But the battery has to be fully charge and in good shape. I have started pulling mine and take home and charge every month. The Chassis batteries on a DP weigh about 600 pounds each!! Okay, they aren't that heavy, but for an old guy like me they sure as heck feel that heavy when trying to lift them. I'm going to guess close to 100 pounds. So taking them home isn't an option for me.
msmith1199 10/29/14 02:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Storage and Batteries

For about $10 you can buy a battery disconnect switch which connects to the battery post and you then connect the existing battery cable to the switch - easy peasy. Disconnecting the cable also works. Didn't know it was that easy. I'll look for one of those.
msmith1199 10/29/14 02:49pm Class A Motorhomes
Storage and Batteries

I've never had to store my RV before so I've always had access to electrical power for it. But on the occasion where I have let it sit for a month or so without being plugged in usually my chassis batteries go dead and the house batteries get weak. To the question, I'm going to need to store my motorhome at an indoor facility I found, but they have no electrical to the units. So what's the best way to make sure I don't have dead batteries every time I go to use the motorhome? I have a disconnect switch for the house batteries and it seems to work well, but there is no similar switch for the chassis batteries. Is there an easy way to hook up a disconnect switch for the chassis battery or is it just as easy to remove the cables? With the cables removed should the batteries keep their charge for one to two months? I likely won't go that long between uses, but you never know.
msmith1199 10/29/14 02:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Seat Belts

The driver and passenger are required to be belted in. For all others it's optional. If you ride the Greyhound or Tour busses you're not required to wear a belt. School busses may now have belts but the kids are not required to wear them. In my coach, it's my responsibility to ensure my family's safety. I allow my grandkids freedom to roam, play games, sleep, watch TV, go to the bathroom etc. while we are underway....it's why we have the coach. In fact, my wife makes us lunch while we are underway, and I eat while driving. Now if, in my opinion, we encounter rough roads, winding roads, heavy traffic or any other reason why I feel they should be seated, my word is taken and they sit. They know the rules and readily comply. Much like the pilot in an aircraft. If the seat belt light comes on, you put it on. It's a rare time though that I've felt they needed to be constrained inside the rig.....Dennis California law now requires all occupants of a motorhome to be in belts. No longer optional for those in the back.
msmith1199 10/29/14 11:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Seat Belts

I don't have kids but have relatives who do and they have ridden with me, and they are belted in. They were allowed out on occasion to use the restroom and I didn't stop, but were belted in most of the time. There really is no such thing as a safe place even if it is a long flat highway unless you're going 10 mph max. And in California it's now that the law that everybody in a motorhome has to be buckled in.
msmith1199 10/29/14 09:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where to stay in San Francisco?

We spent a few days last month at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo. I don't believe this is the place for you. We were the only occupants of the fairground at the time we were there. It's close to the SF Bay ferry, and right next to I-80 if you wanted to drive into SF (which we did). But the Fairground is really just a parking lot with full hookups. Plenty of space, plenty quiet, no one else around except a few workers in the daytime, but absolutely no activities for families except Six Flags across the road. I was a cop in Vallejo years ago and I didn't even know they now had an RV park at the fairgrounds, but I sure would not stay there. That neighborhood across Highway 37 is one of the most crime ridden places in the SF Bay Area. No way would I be able to get any sleep knowing the area. There is a reason you were the only one there!
msmith1199 10/29/14 09:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to stay in San Francisco?

This past June we spent a week at Marin RV Park in Greenbrae, just north of SF. It's nice and clean, but the spots are very small. Not a problem if you're going somewhere everyday like we did, but it's certainly not a place to have a campfire and sit outside. We enjoyed our stay because we found it very convenient. It was close to everything we were interested in. Most days we walked the 10 minutes to the ferry then sailed for about 30 minutes to dock right at the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero. From there you can walk to the various piers (very touristy) and the Alcatraz ferry tour. Or you can ride on a cable car or a streetcar. One day we drove to Tiburon and took the ferry to Angel Island where we biked the circumference of the island. Another day we biked across the Golden Gate Bridge (a wonderful experience!). There's no shortage of things to do and we were very glad we weren't way up in Petaluma, fighting traffic into the city every day. I've been by that area a jillion times and never even noticed that RV park there. In looking at the Google earth image it does look like a tight fit, but that is a good location if your goal is to go into SF. To the OP: I've never stayed at this place, but this looks like a very good option for what you're looking for. Another similar type set up (but further away) is the RV park at the Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. It's a ways from SF, but only a couple of miles from the BART station so you can ride BART directly into SF. But this park in Marin County looks like your best choice.
msmith1199 10/28/14 10:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to stay in San Francisco?

Why North? That means you have to cross the Golden Gate to get into SF. San Francisco RV Resort in Pacifica is a great place (not cheap) and has very easy access to SF, but it is just south of SF on Highway 1.
msmith1199 10/28/14 09:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Saftey Chains on Tow Dolly

Every once in a while (once a week!) a debate comes up about having a Brake Buddy or other similar device on vehicles towed four-down. There is always the crowd that says if you don't have aux brakes that you're basically going to kill everybody on the highway. Quite a few times they have posted links to news stories about towed cars breaking free of the tow vehicle and causing some type of damage to the car or to other vehicles. Only problem is every single link that I have ever seen posted on here about an accident caused by a car breaking free are cars that were on tow dollies as opposed to being towed four down. There have been stories of four-down cars having hitch malfunctions but all stayed behind the motorhome thanks to safety chains or safety cables. The only stories I have seen where that didn't happen was when the straps on the tow dollies gave way and the driverless car was off to the races.
msmith1199 10/27/14 03:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A vs C HELP

You're talking about living in something for months at a time. I don't recall anybody ever saying "I just have too much space in this motorhome" when they were living in it for months at a time. I have a 35 foot class A. The longest I've been out in it is two weeks. It is a perfect size for taking the one and two week trip. If I was going to full time, or be on the road 3 or 4 months out of the year, I'd want at least a 40 footer.
msmith1199 10/27/14 10:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Truck Stop Lanes

Recent threads about tire whacking and truckers' opinion of motor homes got me to thinking about an issue I've wondered about. We often pull into a rest stop for lunch. If there's an obvious place to pull off to the side, I go there, but sometimes I'll pull into a pull-through lane. I really don't need all that room (28 ft) so I feel like I'm kinda hogging the space that could be used by a longer vehicle. Some of these rest stops have 2 areas, one for cars and one for trucks/RVs. I've gone into the truck area only to see a few motor homes pulled off the the side of the car area. Just polling to see what other RVers do in this situation. Public rest stops paid for with my tax dollars too. I use the truck spaces when I need to.
msmith1199 10/27/14 10:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How do I find my water pump?

They're often behind a drawer, under a seat or behind a blank panel. You just have to leave it running (wont hurt to run dry) and keep looking for it. I don't know what kind of water pumps you have, but I have never seen one yet that said it was okay to run it dry. Every one I've seen, or owned, specifically says don't run them dry.
msmith1199 10/27/14 10:52am Class A Motorhomes
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