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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
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
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