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RE: Windshield water leak just started - Itasca 30B

When I had to have both windshields replaced the glass place advised that the metal around the window was rusty and he's seen this and complete rust through on a lot of Winnebago’s. This fact has been testified to by many on this forum also. The rubber seal that covers the glass & cap is easy to remove and reinstall but it only seals with tension. I’ve been using 1.5” PVC tape across the top of the rubber seal attaching it to the cap. It seemed to have eliminated the water leakage inside. I’ve needed to replace the tape about every 2 years and want to find a UV resistant tape that will last longer. This may or may not be your problem. Dave
dbates 11/18/14 09:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Essex loan issues?

Have you checked with your local banks? Some do & some don't finance motorhomes. Some have good rates and some don't. Dave
dbates 11/08/14 04:43pm Beginning RVing
RE: First time using tow dolly

Based on other posts on this forum you could end up having problems with loose or broken wheel straps; therefore, it’s a very good idea to have chains between the toad & dolly. If you strap the wheels down as suggested below it may never be a problem but I’d still recommend installing & using them. 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 strap 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, 9.5 years & 51,000 miles ago, I’ve never had a problem with loose 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 tire. 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 11/07/14 06:47am Dinghy Towing
RE: Do you tow or do you rent one when you get there???

I'm 2 years older than Mowermech and totally agree with him. For almost 10 years and 51,000 miles we’ve pulled our Vibe on a KarKaddy Dolly and will continue to do so. Most of the time we park in one location then travel up to 200 miles a day around the area to visit other points of interest. The fuel savings on the Vibe is substantially greater than any mileage lost pulling a toad or renting. Plus, as has been mentioned, in some areas car rentals are not readily available and it’s nice to have the transportation on the road if you have a MH break down or if you just want to eat out or get milk some evening. Dave
dbates 11/01/14 07:13am Dinghy Towing
RE: Are tow Dolly's a Hassle?

Yes, 4 down is easier but a dolly is not as bad as those above say. I’ve used my Demco Karkaddy SS for 9.5 years and 51,000 miles. 1. Loading and unloading time takes about 5 minutes longer than 4 down. 2. After a little practice you can do it by yourself without much problem. 3. At 75 it is getting a little harder to move it around but still doable and with a trailer dolly even easier. 4. 99% of the time it can be stored with the tongue down under the rear of the MH. 5. As my knees get older it’s getting a little harder to get down & up to fasten the straps and chains but I use a piece of plastic to kneel on and it is still doable. 6. After I figured out how to strap the toad down (not the way the Mfg. recommends) I’ve NEVER had a problem with a loose strap. If you’re in good health & patient during the learning curve you’ll get along fine with a dolly. Dave PS I too recommend the Demco Karkaddy SS dolly. It may cost a little more but it is so well built, will never rust and can be folded to home store in half its traveling length.
dbates 10/30/14 07:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow Dollys

Wildebill308 is right. When I first loaded my dolly I did it exactly as Demco advised in their manual and on my 1st long trip a strap came loose and almost came off the wheel. When I noticed that the straps would not slide over the tire as they were tightened I realized that the suggested change might work better. I called Demco and asked if they had any problem with it and they said no but they would not change their “recommended” strapping procedure. Numerous posters on this forum have tried this method and have testified that now they have no problems with loose straps. Dave
dbates 10/28/14 01:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow Dollys

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 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 rub 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 10/28/14 07:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Windshield

In Indiana most insurance covers windshields under their "comprehensive". Several years ago I was blessed with both windshields being cracked sufficiently to require replacement (one as we traveled to Texas and one when we were almost home) and Progressive covered all but the deductable. Our local auto windshield replacers had no interest in working of motor homes so I had to go 40 miles away to get it done. Based on several posts on this forum quite often body work is needed where the glass meet the metal. Mine only needed rust removal and repainting but some need more. That’s why our locals refuse to work on them as they never know what they’ll get into. Recently I had a nick in one and had the local repair it as I didn't report it to my insurance as the deductable was more than the $50 it cost. Dave
dbates 10/23/14 07:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Eternabond Tape

A lot of Wal-marts sells small rolls of it for a lot less than $85.00. Dave
dbates 10/22/14 07:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Tire Inflation Question

Click HERE for a Michelin tire guide book on how to weight your MH. If you can't find a individual wheel weight scale it will explain how to properly calculate each wheel weight using a single weight scale. I got my MH weighed at our local grain elevator. Dave
dbates 10/22/14 07:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hwy 1 in Ca

We did most of that route several years ago. Our MH is only 32' but if the driver wants sight see you sure don't want to be driving any MH. We camped on 101 near hwy 46, drove the toad half way to Monterey on hwy 1, returned to MH, drove the MH up 101 to Monterey, camped there and round tripped the north half of hwy 1 in the toad. With a toad if you miss something you can easily turn around & go back, toad parking is readily available and with the higher fuel prices on hwy 1 it’s less expensive. Dave
dbates 10/19/14 09:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hankook tire inflation question

Last year I replaced 6 Michelin tires with 6 Hankook 225/70R19.5. I called Hankook and they advised that I should use the same tire pressure that I had been using in the Michelins which was (70 #) and based on my verified MH weight. The Michelin tread had worn quite well for the 50,000 miles that I had run them and the ride is about the same now. Dave
dbates 10/05/14 12:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Any issues with 19.5 wheels???

My 1998 30' Itasca has 104,695 miles on it of which I put 51,572 miles. A year ago I replaced the 19.5" Michelin with Hankook tires because of their age. As was mentioned before, there are a lot of MHs out there with 19.5” tires that apparently have had no problems with them. It sounds like a previous owner problem rather then 19.5" tire problem. Dave
dbates 09/30/14 09:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Surge protector - advise please

Check this website for all detailed comparisons but know this, Progressive has hundreds of testimonials on this forum about their quality, after sale customer service and lifetime warranty even before they published a warranty. Yes, Surge Guard works OK but if you have problems after the year that's it. Dave
dbates 09/27/14 02:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Progressive Insurance Problems with Claim

It must depend on the state your in. I switched from State Farm to Progressive 5 years ago, got better coverage for the same money and the rate has increased very little since. I've had two major claims (two broken windshields then later tornado damage). They have been extremely professional in claim handling and service. I still have State Farm on my toad and home but I’ve been very disappointed with their claim service. Dave
dbates 09/11/14 09:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Car Dolley Towing

I've been pulling my Pontiac Vibe (same body as Matrix) for 51,000 miles on a Demco KarKaddy SS and never had a clearance problem. Based on the OP's other posts he has a BMW toad but can't find what dolly he is using. It would be nice to know as someone else may have the same configuration. Dave
dbates 09/11/14 09:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How much hassle to hook up a car dolly?

KarKaddy owner for 9 years. It usually takes about 8 minutes to load (without help longer if DW tries to help) and 5 to unload. Yes, at 75 it’s getting a little harder to get down and up from my knees but still doable and you'll get wet in the rain either way. I also usually get pull-throughs and only twice in 9 years & 51,000+ miles have I ever had to park the dolly off site. Dave
dbates 09/10/14 08:50am Dinghy Towing
RE: Blowout, bad and good luck

Progressive insures under an RV policy not an auto policy so their Road Service is designed for recreational vehicles and covers is about the same as GS. That is why I switch from State Farm to Progressive plus got better other coverage for the same money. I still have State Farm for my toad and home though.
dbates 09/10/14 08:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: car dolly choice

I'd suggest that you look at the Demco KarKaddy SS. It's fully galvanized so no rust or paint problems in the future. Its tongue folds back and the wheel ramps fold up to reduce storage space by almost 50%. They have surge brakes so no brake controller is needed and can be used with any other vehicle that has hitch. They also have life-time lubricated wheel bearings and their customer service is exceptional. Their suggested retail price is higher but Google it and you’ll usually find them selling for less. Dave
dbates 09/05/14 09:17pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Florida cracking down on out of State plates ?

Triker 3 response: Vehicle plates are much cheaper in FL. than IN. Vehicle insurance may be a different thing. FL has no state income tax, IN does. That’s true but people are claiming they live over ½ year in both states to obtain home owner occupied property tax deductions in each state. By doing this, property taxes go up for all other taxpayers. One county auditor has collected over $250,000 in back taxes from such people and anticipates much more. Dave
dbates 08/30/14 06:47am Class A Motorhomes
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