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RE: Tow bar lubrication

On the blue ox I have, rubber boots cover the shafts and are sealed at both ends. To lubricate, the tie wrap at one end is cut, boot compressed to lubricate shaft, and boot reattached with new tie wrap. Not much probability of dirt contamination. Just do not use a hammer to adjust. pops
traveylin 09/25/14 07:25am Dinghy Towing
RE: dinghy tire wear

No conclusive evidence but I do believe that the front tires of my toads have worn faster than normal usage, during the 30000 miles of towing. Not an issue because I will cycle off tires on a toad 50% faster than normal street usage. I really do not want a tire failure on a toad. pops
traveylin 09/25/14 07:17am Dinghy Towing
RE: RV Ovens, hate them, love them, or just meh?

It really takes two people and a blowtorch to get the pilot lite submissive completed and turn on the main gas. Mine is so safe it will never get above room temperature. If any one figures out how to get down on the floor, looking under the burner, hold a lit butane match lite under the pilot, while holding in the gas burner knob in best position without looking, seeing the 1/8 inch pilot come on and turning the oven gas on,,,,easily I would like a full description of their technique. Best part of this is I do not have to use oven cleaner. pops
traveylin 09/25/14 07:09am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Tow bar lubrication

Dry silicon spray in dusty climates may be a useful lubricant. Lubrication of valve stems in two separate plants in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait required quite a bit of review. Natrually you wanted a lubricant that was compatible with the process, but in general the corrosive atmosphere, high ambient temperature turned all lubricants into hard waxes that did not prevent galling. Wiping and application of lube oil seemed to work. Doing nothing did not. Beating on it with a hammer did not help. Silicon spray will also leave a residue. I just screwed up a 900$ electrical breaker by trying to lube it with silicon spray. Contact closures got sticky and were not operating. Took a lot of electrical cleaner to free it up. Best recommendation is to not use a hammer. pops
traveylin 09/23/14 02:07pm Dinghy Towing
Tow bar lubrication

A caravan pulled into the campground up on the northern part of the alcan and this dude proceeds to start disconnecting his toad towbar using a hammer to release the shaft locks. And using a hammer, hammering away. I explained to him that he might want to lubricate the towbar tubes as the parts were aluminum and subject to galling. Even showed him the ports where he could add some 3/1 oil. Response was its just tight and needs hammering. go figure pops
traveylin 09/23/14 07:52am Dinghy Towing
RE: Tire Age Question For My Neighbor

six years or 50000 miles is my rule of thumb. I just never want to have a flat/blowout on the highway. I was even more conservative with the tires on my daughters car, and the wife's car had a tire change every two years. I also carry a spare for the motor home on long trips. pops
traveylin 09/23/14 07:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pretrip anxiety... Is everything goint to work?

Tool box, electric meter and mfg bulletins are critical on board systems
traveylin 09/23/14 07:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2012 Canyon 4x4 Trip report

I had a blue ox tow bar left from the previous dingy and ordered the blue ox base plate for the 2012 canyon to match. Local car repair service I use installed the plate for 150 dollars. I really do not like to work under vehicles anymore. pops
traveylin 09/19/14 01:42pm Dinghy Towing
2012 Canyon 4x4 Trip report

This summer, wife and I made the trip to Homer Alaska and back in a 3 year old 30 foot class a gas, about 11000 miles. Toad we bought for the trip after a lot of research is a 2012 Canyon 4x4. Toad extremely well, some highlights below. Toad wheel base was significantly narrower than motor home and tracked behind motor home well. Able to use full turning radius, eliminating several traps that would have caused disconnection to complete turn. Usefullness was highlited by driving right on to the Haines/Skagway ferry with a hard right and full u turn in the ship. Next two vehicles, a 45 foot class a, and a large fifth wheel/pu required extensive back and forward with some paint scrapeing. Toad is light at 4100 lbs, pulled up mountains well, and stopped well without aid of assistive breaking systems. At two quick change redlites on the trip deceleration was enough to dislodge several items in the coach that were on counters using friction mounts. Pickup bed was well utilized to carry spare rv tire and mobility scooter. Door access is long enough and at right height for easy access Hookup time to Rv was a couple minutes for the towbar pins 2, saftey chains 2 and lite harness 1. And about 30 seconds to put the transfer case in neutral, pull the key and release the brake. Did not have to worry about battery rundown since steering is unlocked when the key is removed. Ground clearance, 4 wheel drive and horsepower allowed for an excellent day of offroading in the Moab area. Went on both the Gemini and Long canyon trails and did a great job of keeping up with the 4 wheelers and jeeps. Came back without a single identified shortcoming or fixit item. Trip was a continuous 100 days and we probably disconnected every 2-3 days.
traveylin 09/18/14 08:15am Dinghy Towing
RE: What type of RV is best suited for a wheelchair?

Wife is limited by polio, with crutches and braces can walk about 8-9 steps. Bathroom breaks when traveling seriously discourage the use of a trailer of any kind. We used a class C for 4 months and found that the access to the front seats was a real problem. We purchased a class a and have inhabited it each summer for a hundred days of travel for the last three years. From there you can customize your solution. pops
traveylin 09/17/14 01:35am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Unleashed dogs in campgrounds: A solution

I got a very old 12 pound ****zsu that is very territorial. When walking the dog, I always go in other directions from other dogs. A dog owner with a doberman pincher followed me several hundred feet in a new mex campground wanting to have the dogs meet and greet. After several entreaties to not get closer, I finally said that ****zsu will initiate the fight by ripping his doberman's nose off as he has done in the past with other large dogs. What is it about dog owners that disregard requested distance. This happens frequently. Not so much with Dobermans since insurance prohibits campgrounds from allowing large aggressive breeds. pops
traveylin 09/16/14 08:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Transit to south Texas

Well,,crazy ray, even though I grew up in st Charles parish, I do not understand your comment. Please elaborate. Pops
traveylin 09/12/14 04:24pm Snowbirds
Transit to south Texas

Transiting To south Texas from the west currently. The oilfield work between Carlsbad and pecos is extreme and you have to run fast to keep up with the Hugh number of 18wheel trucks. Carlsbad is inundated with workers looking for a long term Rv spot. Lady at the Rv park south end of Carlsbad said they get 25 calls a day for long term. Rv park 6 miles east of fort Stockton has a new owner, upgraded cable and added a bunch of long term spots to there east side. It's a nice facility priced well and had a good number of pull through spaces available at three in the afternoon. We have had poor experience finding a spot for the next 200 miles until closer to San Antonio. Pops
traveylin 09/11/14 03:12pm Snowbirds
RE: Blow up beds in couch

Planning to remove the inflate bed/couch in our class a this winter. The junk to be removed has the following issues. The pleather surface is crumbling It is to low to get out of. The bed takes up to much room, blocks sink access To much work to set up. Will build a custom bed that simply folds out with storage space below using seat cushions for mattress. Pops
traveylin 09/11/14 02:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2014 Alaska Trip Lessons/Info

Something that was a new experience was the inability to receive Siri radio in the Yukon and Alaska . The curve of the earth is sufficient to block the sati lite signal once you get behind the mountains north o f Whitehorse and further north. Pops
traveylin 09/11/14 02:41pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

We crossed at Oroville also and were totally enthralled by the amount of fruit orchards on both sides of the border. Had a conversation with the police chief of Oroville at a wine and music evening. He was a great guy, played second guitar. Fresh fruit from a road side stand is many times better than store bought. Paid 3.09 for gas in Roswell today. It was great. 600 miles to go Pops
traveylin 09/10/14 04:49pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: 2014 Alaska Trip Lessons/Info

We are not finished yet,still have 800 miles till we get home. We are contemplating going again in 2016. The distance is formidable 12000 miles. Not just a cost issue but physical also. We stayed in more privat cgs this time because it was easy, not necessarily more useful or pretty. 2016 maybe we go as far as Valdez and spend a month there. That would cut off serious mileage on the north end. Maybe also use the interstates on the south end to run 65 mph instead of 50 on the more seic byways. Pops
traveylin 09/09/14 10:00am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

Something very unique about the Alaskan experience, you begin to meet fellow travelers at campgrounds in great falls Montana and continue to meet the same folks at other campgrounds down the line, unplanned. I would walk the two dogs early and late and had chance meeting with one couple in five different locations. Many folks will seek the company of a caravan, traveling together. Independents as they take the comen path develope acquaintances also. The moral of the stores,,,be nice to people starting out, as you may well be camped next to them in the next village down the line.. Pops
traveylin 09/06/14 05:34pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

Tying up with a rental delivery is a neat deal, if the economics work out for both parties. That's a side issue. Indiana is probably 4000 miles from anchorage on the route and in 17 days you will average 250 miles per day including the days spent on the bus in Denali, day fishing for salmon on the Kenai, day fishing for halibute at Homer, afternoon at Liard hot spring, posting your sign at Watson lake, checkout day at ia, checkin day at anchorage, side trip to Dawson, side trip to Valdez ,side trip to Skagway, beaver creek at 30 mph. If the delivery works for you do it, but drive like hell to Liard hot springs and stay on schedule from there. We are still not finished with our second trip to Alaska. 95 day since setting out. You gotta go. It's the trip of a life time. With limited time I would drop the northern part of ak, chicken Fairbanks and Denali. Denali is visible not a large part of the time. Pops
traveylin 09/03/14 02:49pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

Carmen, consider renting a Rv for a week since you are new to it,things to be learned prior to starting out to Alaska next summer,,, How much to pack, you will try to take to much stuff The operation of the different systems on an Rv, refrigerator, battery's, gas detectors, hold tank size etc How fast the vehicle goes and fuel used. Slower and gulps gas How to park and access stores A weeks experience will allow your ak trip to proceed with less stress. Pops
traveylin 09/03/14 09:07am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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