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RE: need help with purchase of new bunkhouse

I haven't looked at the two units in detail, but must say, that is an EXCELLENT review of them that Effy just provided! Lots of great info and good points to think about there. If it wasnt for the full wall Scwintek slideout, my vote based on that review would definitely be for the Thor Miramar. However, given some of the horrendous issues they have had with that slideout mechanism on larger slideouts.....I would be very, very nervous about buying a unit with such. At the very least, only way I'd buy that Miramar is if they threw in as part of the deal, a really, really good extended service contract that would cover EVERY aspect of that slideout!
willald 07/16/14 08:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow dolly - not that bad after all

I would dread the day I would have to hook up in a total down poor. Agreed, but hooking up in a down pour would be no fun regardless whether you were towing 4 down or with a dolly. Of all the reasons we chose to go to four down towing, the threat/risk of having to hook up in the rain really wasn't one of them. Will
willald 07/14/14 11:42am Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow dolly - not that bad after all

I have towed four down with different cars for many years now. I traded the latest toad recently just before a trip and was faced with having to decide what to do. I had never used a tow dolly and the thread here and elsewhere gave me pause about doing it. But, I no longer had a four down towable and we were planning a big trip for the summer this year. So, went out and bought a used Acme Eze tow. I turned out to be one of those what is all the fuss about experiences. I towed my car over 6000 miles behind the Class C. Put it on and took it off as needed. It was EZ! The first couple times I had the straps coming loose - meaning there was a slight gap between the wheels and the stop after driving for a while, but then I bought a bigger wrench and cinched them a couple more clicks and no more issues. It took only a couple more minutes to connect the straps than wrestling with my Blue Ox and brakes did, so that was a wash. I did totally wear out a set of tires on the dolly though, thanks to the crappy roads in this country. I guess if I had the choice I would go four down, but overall the dolly experience was not a big deal and certainly not as bad as the four down fans might have us think. ..As one that dolly towed with the same dolly you have (Acme EZE), and now tows 4 down (and have for some time), I actually agree with you. Four down is definitely my first choice, but if circumstances changes and we were to go back to dolly towing, I'd be OK with it. However, it would only be with an Acme EZE tow dolly. The EZE dolly really does eliminate some of the disadvantages about dolly towing.
willald 07/14/14 09:51am Dinghy Towing
RE: Help choosing towing system Sunseeker Class C

with that logic I can only assume that it is not a good idea to over engineer something? No, over-engineering definitely has its merits. However, in this case, when that 'over-engineering' means spending $1k more to get a tow bar with 10k capacity vs 8k, when you have a much 'weaker link' in the chain limited to 5k (hitch receiver)....No, sorry, I'm not sure I'd call that over-engineering a good idea. Thats just MHO, though. (...And, thats without even getting into how much better and easier to use a brake system the Readybrake would be over an 'electronics box' type system like the Patriot.) But, its the Original poster's decision, not ours. I just thought that since the initial post initially asked for ways to do this without spending as much $$, that saving a bunch by going with an integrated tow bar and brake system that'd cost $1k or more less, would be a good idea.
willald 07/14/14 07:39am Dinghy Towing
RE: Help choosing towing system Sunseeker Class C

Not that it will change your mind reinita, but your Sunseeker's hitch is only rated to 5000 lbs. While there isn't anything wrong with over engineering on the tow bar, don't overlook how much your RV can tow. Thats a really good point, and yet another reason why the Blue Ox tow bar's 10k capacity vs 8k of the Readybrake really is insignificant; You'll exceed the hitch receiver's limit looong before you come close to the 8k limit of the Readybrake towbar. Will
willald 07/12/14 08:59pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Help choosing towing system Sunseeker Class C

Hmmm. It looks like the Blue Ox has a 10k towing capacity vs. the Readybrakes's 8k. We need the extr wiggle room because we plan to put a canoe and bikes on the Jeep. But thanks again for the suggestion. LOL, you could put 20 canoes and bikes on that Jeep, and still come nowhere near 8,000 lbs. :) But, whatever floats your boat. Will
willald 07/12/14 08:09pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Help choosing towing system Sunseeker Class C

Here's where I am (all new, free shipping): Blue Ox Aventa LX BX7445 class IV tow bar, $612 Blue Ox Aventa LX BX88231 towing accessory kit, $250 Blue Ox BX88285 EZ light wiring harness kit for my Jeep (2012 Wrangler Rubicon), $147 Blue Ox BX1126 baseplate, $362. Currently pricing out brakes, but looking at the Blue Ox BRK 2012 Patriot, $1,000. Am I missing anything important? Yes, swap the blue ox tow bar, accessory kit, and patriot braking system for the Readybrake integrated tow bar and brake system I mentioned previously, and you'll be good. And, that approach will save you nearly $1000 since you won't have to buy a separate braking system. Not to mention you'll have a much better, simpler, easier to use braking system. Other than that, your list looks good. :) does the readybrake have a break away function? bumpy Yep, has a very good break-away unit, called their 'Readystop' unit (I noted it in my previous post as well). Yes, it costs a few more $$, but even with that, it still is much, much less $$ ('bout $1k less overall) than what you'd pay buying a separate tow bar and brake system. Will
willald 07/12/14 04:42pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Help choosing towing system Sunseeker Class C

Here's where I am (all new, free shipping): Blue Ox Aventa LX BX7445 class IV tow bar, $612 Blue Ox Aventa LX BX88231 towing accessory kit, $250 Blue Ox BX88285 EZ light wiring harness kit for my Jeep (2012 Wrangler Rubicon), $147 Blue Ox BX1126 baseplate, $362. Currently pricing out brakes, but looking at the Blue Ox BRK 2012 Patriot, $1,000. Am I missing anything important? Yes, swap the blue ox tow bar, accessory kit, and patriot braking system for the Readybrake integrated tow bar and brake system I mentioned previously, and you'll be good. And, that approach will save you nearly $1000 since you won't havve to buy a separate braking system. Not to mention you'll have a much better, simpler, easier to use braking system. Other than that, your list looks good. :)
willald 07/12/14 06:53am Dinghy Towing
RE: Help choosing towing system Sunseeker Class C

For everything noted that they are installing, $3700 isnt too awful bad. However, there are a few things you can do different, that will drop that cost drastically. Without necessarily having to look for used equipment on Craigs list (although that works, too). First off, forget the Falcon tow bar and Invisibrake system they suggested. Order Readybrake's Readybrute Elite tow bar with integrated/included braking system from hitchsource with free shipping for $1175. That alone will save you well over $1000 from what CW was going to charge you, since you don't have to buy a separate braking system. Other things you'll need is the base plates for another aprx. $440 (you can get that from hitchsource with free shipping, too), Readybrake's Readystop break-away unit for another $100 or so, and a taillight wiring kit for maybe another $70. Then, of course, installation for all this if you don't want to install it yourself. I'm betting, you can order all I mentioned, and get it installed, for MUCH less than $3700. I'm going to guess somewhere around 2000 or 2500. Thats what I'd recommend.
willald 07/11/14 10:08am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid

When towing a ford fusion hybrid, do the regenerative brakes charge the batteries when your aux braking system activates? Or does it have also have a conventional braking system with brake shoes and such. No, and yes. When towing a Ford hybrid, Ford instructs you to leave ignition switch in ACC position, which means the drivetrain and regenerative braking is off. Sooo, no, the high voltage batteries do not get charged when your aux. braking system activates. The Fusion hybrid does have a conventional braking system as well (4 wheel disc, ABS). This is what is used when your supplemental braking system pushes on the pedal. The way the braking system works on the Fusion hybrids, is that it has both regenerative braking as well as conventional braking. Regenerative braking is only turned on, used, when driving the vehicle (not towing). Depending on how hard you brake, regenerative braking is used first, with conventional braking kicking in only if you push harder on the brake pedal and need to stop quicker. Every time you stop, once you come to a complete stop, it shows you a 'score' of how much of your braking was done with regenerative braking. If you can anticipate your stops and brake gently more often, you use more regenerative braking that provides charge to the batteries, meaning you can run in EV mode more and get better mileage. Gentle braking definitely helps your mileage with a hybrid. If you frequently wait 'til the last minute to start braking, you will not see as good mileage with a hybrid. This also means that the conventional brake parts (pads, rotors, etc) on a Fusion hybrid last almost forever, because they are used much, much less than they would be on a conventional vehicle. Anyway, hope this answers your question about how the brakes work on a Fusion hybrid. We've had ours for over a year now, and absolutely love everything about this vehicle. As already said, its soooo easy to tow, IMO the easiest and most simple auto tranny vehicle there is for flat towing. Mileage is absolutely amazing, and its just really cool having a vehicle that can run silent, without burning any fuel for a lot of the time. Kinda like having a large, fast, very comfortable golf cart in campgrounds, haha. Only downside you may not like: Check the trunk in the back. Due to the batteries it has, there is not quite as much trunk space as some other vehicles. Not an issue for us, but may be for some. For us, it 'discourages' DW from shopping and buying as much stuff, since not as much room to put it, hahahaha. :B
willald 07/09/14 08:03am Dinghy Towing
RE: jack pads for motorhome

I carry several pieces of 2x12 treated wood that I cut into 12" pieces (so, pieces are 12x12x2). Plenty big enough for the jack pads, with a little extra room in case I don't get it in exact right place. Costs very little, and can also be used for leveling blocks when needed. Used to use plastic pads like the one mentioned above. Problem I had with them is their smaller size means you have very little error margin in terms of where you position the pad. Meaning, if you don't sit it EXACTLY where jack pad will come down, the pad will not be entirely on it, making it not quite as solid/stable. With 12x12 blocks, I have a bit more error margin to work with.
willald 07/08/14 01:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wanting to hear from Class A gas powered owners

How powerful is the V10? PLENTY powerful enough for what you want to do. I've owned two V10s - one in the Ford Excursion we used to have that towed (very well) a 34' TT, and one in the 36' class A we have now. I've never had any problems going as fast as I want to. And, we do travel through the mountains quite often. FYI, Ford boosted the power on the V10s long about 2006, with 3 valve-per-cylinder heads and a newer intake manifold. This boosted its output to 362 horsepower, and 457 foot-lbs of torque. Our Excursion we had previously had the older V10, the MH has the newer one. You can definitely tell a difference in power, the new V10 definitely has more 'throat' and throttle response than the old one did. Does it struggle towing a car? No. I've towed a 4600 lb minivan behind our 36' MH, and (now) a 3700 lb Ford Fusion. V10 handled both just fine. It gets a bit 'loud' when it kicks down a gear when pulling through the mountains, but the V10 is made to turn those high RPMs, and will run just fine that way. What size cars are you towing behind it? See answer to last question. :) What kind of MPG should one expect? Obviously a lot of factors enter into that, but I average around 7 mpg, towing or not. Same I got, I might add, when towing the 34' TT with a V10 powered Excursion. Sounds like your use, camping style is about the same as ours - weekend trips and a couple week long trips a year. For us, a gasser MH fits much, much better for numerous reasons. I think it would work well for you, too, as long as everything else about the MH you chose is right (floorplan, price, etc). One thing I just HAVE to say here, about one poster's comments: From driving a V10 powered C class I couldn't imagine how that V10 would handle in anything bigger, I see your foot down all the time. 82 pounds per HP seams to be pushing it. Id try going with a diesel. A V10 powered class C on an E450 (or E350) chassis) has a 'watered down' version of the V10, that only puts out around 305 horsepower. The v10 that goes in the F53 Class A chassis puts out 362 horsepower. Sooo, its not really a good comparison, comparing a V10 powered Class C to a V10 Class A that has over 50 more horsepower. Not to mention the handling difference between an F53 class A chassis and an E450 the Class C is on. I think a V10 gasser Class A would work great for the OP (original poster). Especially on the long trips to Florida. Its really, really nice having everything at your disposal on the road - bathroom, kitchen/refrigerator, etc.
willald 07/07/14 02:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Want to upgrade - Is diesel worth it?

Every coach (class A, B and C), 5th wheel and TT will find a home that will be perfect for that family. As they say in the car business, there is a butt for every seat. Yep, that pretty much sums it up, Mark. Will
willald 07/02/14 12:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Amish fridge goes into dumpster!

I'm curious, those of you that have done away with LP gas entirely, and say you've gone totally electric: What are you using for heat? Did you find an electric furnace to replace the LP gas furnace most units come with? Or are you just relying on various stand-alone heaters, that don't use the heat ducts your coach has? I personally would hate not having ducted heat, would make it really tough to keep entire coach warm in the winter.. that post mentioned he had Aqua hot, which is diesel powered. Right, Aqua hot is used to heat the water, I got that. I am more curious about what folks are using, to heat the entire coach, what they've replaced the traditional LP furnace with.. Will
willald 07/02/14 08:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2015 Honda Fit

It must be one of few Ford autos that hasn't had a transmission problem towing. Ford's eCVT tranny used in their hybrids has been around and been used in their hybrids for several years, with no issues, ever, related to flat towing. The transmissions used in a few of their other (non-hybrid) vehicles, is where they've had flat towing issues. That was/is part of why we went with the hybrid. As far as towing procedures, making a buying decision based on having to idle 3 minutes in neutral every 8 hours or "go" doesn't compute. Some of the procedures I've read for some vehicles, its more like, having to stop and idle 5-10 minutes every 4 hours. Either way, its something I did NOT want to have to deal with. Also, you forgot some other PITA 'procedures' necessary for some vehicles, that you don't have to with Ford hybrids: 1. Disconnect battery 2. Pulling various fuses 3. Having to run shift lever through various, peculiar shift 'patterns' before towing. The CVTs I have driven or read about are mush buckets like my Moped! Hopefully they have improved. Thanks. Jack H Older belt-driven CVTs, I agree were not so hot. However, the eCVT Ford uses, from what I can tell is a whole different, much better animal.
willald 07/02/14 08:11am Dinghy Towing
RE: Amish fridge goes into dumpster!

I'm curious, those of you that have done away with LP gas entirely, and say you've gone totally electric: What are you using for heat? Did you find an electric furnace to replace the LP gas furnace most units come with? Or are you just relying on various stand-alone heaters, that don't use the heat ducts your coach has? I personally would hate not having ducted heat, would make it really tough to keep entire coach warm in the winter..
willald 07/02/14 07:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Want to upgrade - Is diesel worth it?

I challenge the "Gotta have the perfect layout" argument. Really? You can't live with a compromise or two? I agree. Can't you live with a compromise, and live with a coach that doesn't have 500 horsepower, and might slow down a little bit when climbing huge mountains out west? And, a compromise that means it won't be totally silent when climbing hills, and might not handle like a dream liner jumbo jet? Especially when that compromise will save you more $$ than most people spend on a house?! yes, *I* am used to living with various compromises, and always have. I'm willing to live with a coach that doesn't have air suspension, doesn't have obscene 'overkill' for horsepower. That 'compromise' allows me to enjoy RVing without having to sink more $$ into a depreciating asset than we spent on our house, and without having to own a rig that is obnoxiously loud, and stinks to high heaven. That compromise also means I have a window on the back wall, and don't have to have a coach that looks like a charter or school bus. :) I agree, Katuna, we all need to be willing to make compromises. ;) Will
willald 07/02/14 07:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Breaking laws F Y I

LOL, gasser9, you got a few things to learn. :) Looking at (and re-posting) 'towing laws' from a web site owned by a company that sells supplemtal toad brake systems (rvibrake), is a little like asking a drug dealer for information on how addicting and dangerous a drug is that he is selling. The advice you get, is going to be just a *LITTLE BIT* biased, exaggerated, etc. due to the source. I'm sure 'mowermech' will be on here shortly to give you more specifics, but bottom line is, once you read ALL the REAL laws, you'll find that truth is many states do NOT require braking on a towed motor vehicle. You have to look at the REAL laws, though, not the 'myths' that supplemental brake companies put on their web sites to try and misle folks into buying their products.
willald 07/01/14 03:12pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Want to upgrade - Is diesel worth it?

Mr. Mark, JimM68: Like so many other things, to each their own. :) I thought about typing up a nice long post, 'responding' to what each of you said, but really, whats the point? This issue has been beat to death soooo many times, and bottom line is we all are going to buy and enjoy owning what we want and like. Regardless what anyone else says. On second thought...Ahhh, what the heck, lets have some more fun! You are always going to prefer your loud, filthy, stinking, diesel exhaust belching behemoths that cost obscene amounts of $$$,look and feel like driving a big school bus, and require special licensing from DMV to even operate in many states. Have you had the flashing red lights and stop arm installed yet, so your kids (or grandkids) can get off safely like they do from a school bus? :B ..And I will always prefer gasser rigs that allow the floorplan options I like, don't stink, aren't obnoxiously loud to everyone around it, don't look like a big school or charter bus, don't require any special licensing to drive, and don't require one to be filthy rich and independently wealthy to own and maintain it. Lets just be thankful we have so many great RV choices, so we can all chose what we want to travel with, and not have to stay in hotels. :) Will You know Will, I think it would be fun just sitting around having a beer with ya and we'll include Jim. :) MM. Sounds like a plan. :) We'll have to do this it at my campsite, though, as I'm not sure my lungs could take breathing in all the nasty diesel fumes that will be lingering around at your campsite. Hahahahahahahaha! :B Will
willald 07/01/14 07:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2015 Honda Fit

"Not that it matters - Bean Counters will tell Engineering to do what helps Bottom Line - But - How many LIKE CVT's???" It has nothing to do with bean counters and everything to do with better fuel mileage. I purchased a new 2014 Honda Accord last October with a CVT and any reservations I had about the CVT quickly disappeared. I just returned from a 500 mile round trip and I got 42 MPG going one way and 35 MPG going the opposite direction. Did I mention I was driving 74 to 75 MPH on the highway? Those MPG numbers are pretty close to hybrid MPG numbers and I didn't have to spend thousands of dollars more for a hybrid model. Yes, once you drive a CVT vehicle for a while, you won't want anything else. Its amazing how much more efficiently and smoothly it uses the engine's power, keeping the engine at the perfect RPM range for how much load it is under without any 'shifting', ever. We spent the extra $$ for the hybrid not so much for the mileage, but for how easy it was to flat tow. Mileage was just an added bonus making it even more worth the extra $$.
willald 06/30/14 02:07pm Dinghy Towing
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