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RE: Is anyone still using a car dolly?

I went dolly because I love my Vibe (it could not be pulled 4 down) and keep my cars for many years (10 years so far). Normally I can load or unload within 7 minutes without any assistance. I'm 75 and yes it's getting a little hard to get down & up to hook up the chains & straps but it's still doable. The comment about loose straps is and indication that they don't know how to strap down in the 1st place. After I figured it out in 50,000 miles I've never had a strap come loose. If you get a dolly be sure that you get it with surge brakes so it can be used with any pulling vehicle and personal message me for strap down instructions. In 9 years I’ve had to store the dolly only twice in a place other than at the campsite. We do try to get pull throughs but it’s not too hard to push the dolly to the back of the site and pull the MH over the dolly tongue to save space. With that said if you keep 4 down toads for many many years that’s the way to go as it’s a little easier to hook up but if you trade toads frequently it can be costly to refit and you might loose some money on the sale of the old one because of the modifications. Dave
dbates 08/08/14 11:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Insurance - Collision on a towable?

Tow behind coverage apparently varies from state to state. You MUST talk with an insurance agent in your state to find out what covers what. Dave
dbates 08/06/14 10:09am General RVing Issues
RE: What are the diff between tow bar, dolly, trailer?

I've pulled my Vibe (can't be towed 4 down) on a Demco KarKaddy dolly for almost 10 years and 50,000 miles. Yes, it is a little more work than 4 down but only adds about 4 minutes to loading & unloading. I've only had two CG that I had to park the dolly other than with my MH. I try to get pull through but if not available I put the dolly at the rear of the site with the dolly tongue underneath the MH rear. You can get a good dolly for about the same as it costs for all of the equipment you must get to tow 4 down. If you trade cars very often you may have to get all new 4 down equipment each time. You can't back up very far with either 4 down or a dolly but you can with a trailer. As I get older I have a little more problem getting down on knees so if I keep RVing I may have to get a towed that I can pull 4 down. Dave
dbates 08/03/14 06:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Rv insurance

Progressive RV Insurance covers a lot of things for a premium that State Farm & Allstate will not cover such as personal property (cloths, computers, etc.), predetermined total loss covereage & campground liability. I changed from State Farm to Progressive because their road emergency service was much broader & better defined as far as where they will tow my MH to if needed. My premium wasn’t any higher and has not changed much in the last 5 years. Dave
dbates 07/30/14 05:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow Dolly

I generally us the suggested trailer dolly at home. I'm lucky enough to be able to put my trailer dolly in one of my large bays and if needed use it on the road but does your dolly have a trailer jack? See one Here It allows you to leave the tongue down and just pull the dolly and then you can fold it down so that the tongue can go under the MH. Dave
dbates 07/28/14 09:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1999 Ford V10 Cooling Fan Clutch problem

tderonne, My scangauge wasn't working this week so it can't tell me anything. The engine temperature gauge was in the red but it didn't boil over. I stopped, left the engine running with the heater wide open and poured cool water over the radiator, the temperature dropped and I didn't seem to have any engine problems thereafter except on long steep hills. By shutting down the AC, turning the heater to full hot and running its fan on high we were able to keep the temperature below the red mark thereafter. Dave
dbates 07/24/14 07:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1999 Ford V10 Cooling Fan Clutch problem

Thanks for your quick & good replies. Our Ford dealer doesn’t generally work on V10s; therefore, didn’t know where all of the grease zerks were or that there was an emergency brake fluid reservoir at the rear of the transmission that needs to be checked occasionally plus they have to work on motor homes outside on the ground, therefore, they recommended my mechanic’s shop many years ago for better service. My mechanic has a truck repair shop and works on V10s but has never done a clutch under a motor home chassis; therefore, he was not sure how to price the job until he could check access from the dog house &/or underneath. He has always done a good job for me on other repairs so I’ll have him check access to see if he can do it more reasonable than $1,000. Thanks again Dave
dbates 07/24/14 07:15am Class A Motorhomes
1999 Ford V10 Cooling Fan Clutch problem

My Itasca class “A” engine cooling fan will not engage during long hill climbs. On my current trip to the east coast we had to shut off the AC, turn on the heater and run the heater fan on high to keep the engine from over heating. I'm assuming that it’s a fan clutch problem. My regular Mechanic has no experience working with this problem on a motor home. He says that if he can't get at the clutch from the interior it will cost as much as $1,000 to pull the radiators (chassis & AC) to replace or repair the clutch. Has anyone had personal experience with this problem? If so please advise. Thanks in advance Dave
dbates 07/22/14 07:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Changing Insurance to State Farm, your input requested

I started out with State Farm on my motor home, auto & home owners but after reviewing their policy regarding road service I changed the motor home over to Progressive at about the same annual cost and it has increased VERY little in the 7 years I’ve been with them. Progressive’s road service is about the same as Good Sam’s separate road service but a lot less expensive. State Farm uses their auto policy to cover motor homes and is limited in what they will cover. Progressive has personal possession, campground liability, predetermined total damage for the motor home and some other coverage’s that State Farm does not provide. I did retain State Farm on my auto and home but I’m having problems with them on tornado damage to my home now. I also had tornado damage to my motor home and Progressive was very quick and professional in handling the claim. We’ve noticed in the past that even though our agent is very nice and tries to help us with claims she has virtually no authority or leverage with their adjusters or company. Dave
dbates 07/02/14 09:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Directv-AT&T Merger

Based on the experience I've had with AT&T and what I've seen on this & other forums about Direct it's two bad customer service companies joining to make one very bad customer service company. Forty years ago when I had to moved one requirement was Bell (AT&T) phone service being available as they were the best in Indiana but now their customer service is virtually nonexistent. Dave
dbates 07/01/14 07:03am Technology Corner
RE: help with tire straps

Loose tire straps are not a problem if you make 2 changes in your loading procedure: 1. Don’t pull the toad all the way forward on the dolly. Leave about 1 inch between the front tires and the front wheel stops. 2. Tighten the straps down until the tires squish. When you pull all the way forward the straps will not slide over the tire leaving them a little loose behind the tire. By allowing the 1 inch gap in front of the tire the wheels will roll forward tightening the straps on both sides of the tire. Since I started doing this 9 years & 50,000 miles ago I’ve never had a problem with loose or broken straps. I still check them after the first 50 miles and each time I take a rest stop (about every 2 to 3 hours) but rarely can tighten them any further. Two other things to watch for. A dolly is wider than the toad & in my case a little wider than the MH so watch when you park next to a curb that you don’t rube the lettering off of the curb side dolly wheel. Also make sure that you have plenty of room to pull way from a curb. The sharper you turn away from the curb the more the dolly tongue will swing into the curb causing the dolly to jump the curb. Dave
dbates 06/29/14 08:51pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Towing with a car caddy

In the last 9 years I've pulled my 2004 Vibe almost 50,000 miles on my KarKaddy dolly and the Vibe still has its original front & rear struts and has over 170,000 mile on it. I also think you need to find another mechanic. Dave
dbates 06/28/14 09:00pm Dinghy Towing
RE: How to get bleach into fresh water tank

I put a faucet with a short (12”) hose on a square plastic 5 gallon bucket. I then fill the bucket about 3/4 full of water, add the bleach, set it on a ladder with the hose in the fresh water intake port and turn the valve on. When it drains dry I fill the tank with fresh water. Dave
dbates 06/24/14 07:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: help! I'm new at this... looking for advice.

If it doesn't already have one consider installing a Progressive Industries EMS to protect you from all external electrical hazards. It's very good insurance against expensive damage to your RV electronic equipment. Dave
dbates 06/19/14 07:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Power protector

I second all of the above. Progressive Industries has the best units available because of the their quality, historical customer service and fully backed warranty. Do a Google search for the best price for their best units (portable or installed). Dave
dbates 06/19/14 07:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hot water tank

My 98 Winnie Itasca has tne Motoraid water heating system and it's GREAT. On the road or when you get to camp you've got hot water available. The engine cooling lines also go to the bedroom to provide heat there. If I ever have a problem with the lines I'll repair them rather than plug them. Dave
dbates 06/15/14 12:04pm Beginning RVing
RE: Recommended RV Class A Insurance Company

I've had Progressive for over 7 years and have had two claims (two broken windshields and a substantial tornado claim). Both were handled VERY well. I had State Farm but they insure under their auto coverage and Progressive is designed for RVs with much better road service coverage. So far my premiums have stayed about the same as when I first switch over to them. Dave
dbates 06/13/14 10:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Insuring contents

Full time or not Progressive Insurance will insure your contents based on a stated value. How good their rates are will be based on your insurability & what area your being covered in. Dave
dbates 06/03/14 03:05pm Full-time RVing
RE: Dolly recommendations please...

I've been pulling my Vibe on a Demco KarKaddy SS for 9 years & almost 50,000 miles. It's a very good dolly and Demco's customer service is GREAT. When I needed a tire even though they sell tires they advised that I could get one locally and they upgraded the surge brakes for free. They are fully galvanized so you will never have to worry about rust, have hydraulic with break-a-way brakes. The SS model folds down to almost ½ size for storage and the maximum tongue weight with any toad is 200 #. The comment above about having problems with keeping the straps on is not a problem if it is strapped down properly (not as Demco recommends). If you end up getting a dolly send me a “personal message” and I’ll message you back with that procedure. Dave
dbates 05/28/14 06:00am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2000 Adventurer on Ford V10 chassis

I don't know if the 2000 is much different that the 1999 but I have a 1998 Winnebago Itasca over a 1999 Ford V10 that I bought used. It has 102,000 miles on it of which I’ve put almost 50,000. Bruce may be right about the roof problem as I had the roof pop loose the full length of the driver’s side. I was able to get it back in place then sealed it down with Eterabond. I found out later that these seam joints need to be periodically checked and maintained just like everything else. My tires are 225/70R19.5. Other than tornado damage I’ve only had normal maintenance with both the chassis and body. Dave
dbates 05/20/14 10:07am Class A Motorhomes
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