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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
RE: Florida cracking down on out of State plates ?

In some areas of Indiana county officials have worked with Florida and vise versa with regard to tax fraud. Because people are claiming both states as their principal residence to retain real estate tax deductions in both states and obtain lower cost license plates. Dave
dbates 08/29/14 09:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Epson versus Canon, pigment based inkjet printers

I bought an Epson Stylus N11 three years ago and have been well pleased with it. It's small so I can take it on the road with me. I chose Epson to two reasons 1) it was so cheap at Sam's. 2) I wanted the dye ink that will not wash out with water and I thought Epson was the only one that had dye ink. At home I generally use my non-color HP LaserJet 4,000 for most thing as it's toner is a lot cheaper than ink jet ink. Dave
dbates 08/28/14 09:34pm Technology Corner
RE: lightening strike?

A friend of mine keeps his MH in a barn that was struck by lightning. Even though the MH was not plugged in he sustained several thousand dollars in damage to the MH. So with a very close strike it doesn’t make any difference if you do or don’t have a surge protector but in so many other situations they are of great value. Dave
dbates 08/28/14 07:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: No Leveling System in my Class A

Yes, I can imagine levelers would be very nice but our 30’ 1998 Itasca didn’t have them when we bought it 9 years & 51,000 miles ago and I’ve never felt the need to add them. We just tell the CG that we don’t have levelers, ask for the flattest spot they have available and they try to accommodate us. Pull through spots are usually fairly level and as long as the MH rear is a little high (keeps our heads up when sleeping) and the left & right are not too far off we’ve never had a problem finding a spot that has affected the refrigerator. I do have four 2x8 wood ramps that can raise the wheels about 3 inches but I seldom (maybe 4 times in total) have ever use any of them. Try this for a while then consider the need to spend the $5,000. Dave
dbates 08/28/14 06:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire Help Please

I changes from Michelin April 2013 to Hankook because of the price difference (about $1,000 less). They now have 5,800 miles on them and I see no difference from the Michelin which had 44,650 miles and 9 years of age (still looked good but thought it best to change). Dave
dbates 08/27/14 09:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Covering cars when towing

I'd 3rd the Protect-a-Tow. There have been several posts on this forum testifying how will the Protect-a-Tow served them on their trips to Alaska. I have mud flaps behind each rear wheel and very little gets beyond them. I generally only use the Protect-a-Tow when it’s raining. It does allow fine grit to settle on the toad but I've not had a problem with any real damage. The Protect-a-Tow also helps keep the MH rear end and camera from fogging over when it rains. It’s also easy to hook up and take down. Dave
dbates 08/23/14 06:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New to Dingy Towing - Need help?

I've pulled my Vibe on a KarKaddy dolly for 9+ years and 51,000 miles over quite a bit of the USA and it's not as bad as some folks lead you to believe. That said 4 down is probably a little less complicated but I can load or unload the Vibe by myself in less than 7 minutes each. I try to get pull through sites but the majority of the time they are not available so I off load the Vibe, unhitch the dolly, push it to the back of the site and park the MH over the dolly tongue. I've only encountered two CG that I had to park the dolly other than on site. I’ve never had to “crawl on the ground” to hook up the wheel straps or safety chains. I do have to get on my knees to hook them up (the down & ups are getting a little harder at age 75 but still doable). If you can afford to get a light weight toad that can be pulled 4 down and you plan to keep if for many years I’d suggest that you do that. If you like to change cars frequently I’d strongly recommend the dolly. From my experience I’d recommend a Demco KarKaddy SS dolly because it’s fully galvanized (no rust problems), the tongue folds back and the ramps fold up to reduce home storage by almost 50%, has surge brakes so you don’t need a brake controller and can be pulled with any vehicle plus Demco provides excellent customer service. Dave
dbates 08/22/14 07:07am Dinghy Towing
RE: Progressive Insurance

I've had two major claims (both windshields replaced at the same time and tornado damage) with Progressive and they were quick, very professional and my premiums have not increased. I’ve had claims with State Farm on my auto and home and they’ve been a pain in the neck on both of them. Based on many posts in this forum it appears that it can vary greatly from state to state how well an insurance company handles their claims. Here in Indiana the places I had the RV repairs done said they prefer Progressive over all other insurance companies because they pay timely and are fairly accurate with their estimates. Dave
dbates 08/22/14 06:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Tire Pressure Gauge and Chuck

Here's a Sample of the type of chuck that works well with dual wheels. It's available on the net or at most auto parts dealers. With this type of chuck the only problem I've had is with tire mechanics that don't align both stems at one hole or even with a hole in the outer wheel. Twice I've had to take the MH back & have this corrected. Dave
dbates 08/15/14 06:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is anyone still using a car dolly?

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 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. I don't understand your "ball Joint" problem. My straps never touch them as they go over the top of the tires only. Dave
dbates 08/09/14 04:21pm Class A Motorhomes
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