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RE: toad brakes?

Obeying the law complexity.....That's a completely different topic. You might check out Glenn H Reynolds, professor of law at university of Tennessee. He has written a number of articles regards compliance with todays administrative law requirements ,, and the inability to do so... retraite above describes the added value of aux brakes well. But would you be true to the cause by never pulling your toad with the aux brake disconnected The US coast guard has no requirement for radar application on boats under 50 feet BUT if you do have one on a boat under 50 feet it is a violation to be underway without it being in service. Test question on Captains 6 pax liscence
traveylin 04/10/15 11:53am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: toad brakes?

I am smiling... Break away system is a third level protection designed to stop the toad if it happens to become separated from the pulling vehicle. It is not guaranteed to stop it in a safe location ie on coming traffic. First level protection is to have a properly mounted baseplate and tow bar that is inspected by op frequently. Baseplate needs to be mounted to the frame not thin unibody construction. Your ranger has a frame, many toads do not. Second level protection is an independent set of chains attaching rv frame to toad frame. again unibodies do not meet the requirement. Probability analysis, failure cause analysis, layers of protection can all justify spending money on the back end if you cut corners on the front end. Trouble is the added complexity also adds failure nodes
traveylin 04/10/15 08:14am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: toad brakes?

I do not use a toad braking system as I consider them to be excessive failure contributors. Your Ranger is a lite truck and if you check GVW for the combination you will likely see it within the towing capacity of your mh. My simple observation during last years 4 month Alaska trip was that about 1/3 toads had aux brakes, 2/3 did not. My observation of the dingy forum the last 5 years is that folks with aux brakes tend to justify them, folks without them smile and move on. This was our second trip to Alaska and have only seen three moose well back off the highway in the trees. But those frost heaves will sneak up on you and really shake things up.
traveylin 04/10/15 01:44am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Satellite Dish Reception

We lost Sirius radio reception north of Whitehorse going to Anchorage. Satellite gets behind the curve of the earth.
traveylin 04/09/15 02:30am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: James Michener "Alaska"

I am not surprised....
traveylin 04/08/15 03:32pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: James Michener "Alaska"

Well now, if you look at the book cover you will note that it says a novel right under the title Alaska. Hard to miss. Unless you buy your books without covers which is a copy write violation
traveylin 04/07/15 11:24am RVing in Canada and Alaska
James Michener "Alaska"

Folks going to Alaska really ought to read "Alaska" by James Michener. Its a rather long story of the development from the time people walked across the Bering Sea during an ice age, to today's {1985} difficulties with developing school systems that are targeted to Alaskan needs. That story touch's on race, conservation, salmon life cycles, gold rush, weather hardship, oil, west coast politics, wooly mamoths etc. Its a great read and probably available at most used book stores
traveylin 04/04/15 01:13am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Ready cash

Well now Sue Henry has written a number of novels about the trials of the Alcan including theft, murder and mayhem.
traveylin 04/02/15 08:09pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: inverter

The inverter will use as much power as the cpap machine. Running the cpap direct off the battery is very desirable.
traveylin 04/02/15 08:30am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Ready cash

From a security standpoint, We prefer to do all small purchases{less than 50 $} in cash. This greatly reduces the number of places that have a continuing access to my credit card account. The probability of credit card theft is much higher than a stickup. Esp if the rest of you travelers are well known for carrying min cash and the thieves believe its not worth the effort. I carry sufficient amounts of local currency to avoid getting taken on the exchange rate, but the dollar is almost as well accepted as the looney. I traveled extensively in the middle east and far east for 20 years and used the same approach there
traveylin 04/01/15 07:05am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Ford wipers won't turn OFF

check the first connection off the wiper motor. it maybe loose. I tied mine with a tie warp
traveylin 03/31/15 07:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: blueox pins

I saw a fellow on the alcan beating the tar out of his tow bar to get them to loosen to allow disconnecting. He did not take kindly to the suggestion that when he gets it loose, add some oil to the slide for lubrication. I have a small hole under each arm about 1/8 inch dia that takes oil well. A lubed piston is a happy piston. Flat surfaces and turning the steering are good to do also
traveylin 03/28/15 05:23pm Dinghy Towing
RE: How to Get the Stink Out of Bathroom

shower drain needs water to make the seal loop work. That is my most frequent source of odor
traveylin 03/27/15 03:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toad Lights

I installed a trailer light package with the rear tail lights drilled through the bumper. The wire harness is tied out in front of the front grill. It was important to me to have a system I understand and can trouble shoot on the spot. Diode systems do work but that was not taught in Elect engr in 1967
traveylin 03/25/15 01:11pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow bar

First answer the question, do you want the two bar mounted on the car or MH when not in use. I wanted it left on the motor home
traveylin 03/24/15 02:20am Dinghy Towing
RE: Flat Towing a Chev Pickup

The base plate can also be installed by your local independent auto repair shop. The instructions will probably indicate two hours of labor. I do not get under vehicles any longer. I keep copies of the owner manual pages for shifting to the tow position and back to normal readily available. The shift into neutral transfer case and esp back to normal may be accompanied by a clang noise in the transfer case, Symptomatic of most transfer cases I have been told. My 2012 gmc allows removing the key without locking the steering. A nice condition that avoids running down the battery or having to remove fuses.
traveylin 03/24/15 02:14am Dinghy Towing
RE: How much sewer hose?

I use a 20 footer which works except when the rv park is laid out for travel trailers and fifth wheelers and the dump is at the extreme end of the site. I do not usually stay any one place for more than 5 nights so will back up and dump on the way out in that circumstance
traveylin 03/17/15 08:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Using a tow dolly

Saw a cheap dolly available at the I 10 Atchafalaya rest stop in Louisiana. It was pulled over on the truck stop side. Looked like the driver side bearing failed. Just needs a new axel. For free...
traveylin 03/15/15 08:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Using a tow dolly

Some wide track cars can be too wide to fit on a legal dolly. Measure before you buy....
traveylin 03/10/15 02:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do You Tow A GM Vehicle 4 Down

Tow a 2012 Colorado 4x4. Lite, hook up towbar, push two buttons to shift transfer case to neutral, release parking brake, remove key and go. Steering does not lock when key removed. Do not have to worry about running down battery or pulling fuses
traveylin 03/06/15 07:57am Class A Motorhomes
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