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RE: Surge protector

Most of us understand that nothing will 100% protect your RV electronic from a very close lightening strike. A good Progressive or Surge Guard units will protect you from general power surges, high/low voltage, high/low HZ, reverse polarity, 240 volt improperly wired posts, etc. Based on the many posts on this forum both company's more expensive units will cover all of these problems; therefore, between the two, customer service after the sale is the variable you should seriously consider before buying. Dave
dbates 12/03/14 08:14am Tech Issues
RE: Surge protector

Click HERE for a comparison chart between Progressive & Surge Guard. Just remember that Progressive has a lifetime warranty and excellent customer service history (even before they had the lifetime warranty). Dave
dbates 12/02/14 08:24am Tech Issues
RE: Stand alone mapping software

I do the same thing BarneyS does. I've got Streets & Trips 2013 and will probably continue using it for my long trip planning. Where I will have problems is making multiple delivery routes for my Lions Club members to deliver the citrus and roses we sell. New streets within our city and county have been a problem in the past even with current software. Dave
dbates 11/30/14 05:50pm Technology Corner
RE: protection for car

I've been using a Protect-a-tow for several years over my dolly. The front attaches to the rear bumper of the MH and the rear uses two bungee cords attached to large S hooks mounted on each side of the dolly. See below: https://dbates.datapitstop.us/UPLOADS/FLD00003/00005387/Prot-A-Tow.JPG It does not fully reach the toad but is seems to keep most of the larger stones off the toad and really keeps the MH rear & camera clean. I think Protect-a-tow sells a longer model that might do an even better job but I’ve not needed to replace mine yet. I have a Demco KarKaddy and there were two holes on the wheel plates that the S hooks fit into. I don't know what king of dolly you have so I can't suggest how you would mount yours. Dave
dbates 11/30/14 05:38pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Which State Has the Best Drivers?

As you can see by the map below that we’ve been on most states and found that in general they all have good and bad drivers. My son lives in Virginia and the only thing he worries about is when there’s ice or snow on the roads. Being raised & learning to drive in Indiana he knows that you must slow down when those conditions are present but his fellow Virginians seem to feel that they can stop on a dime no matter what the road conditions are and continue to drive as usual. The only place I’d stay away from is I 45 between Dallas & Houston. It makes our Indy 500 drivers look like little old ladies. High speeds, cutting back & forth between lanes without warning and tailgating is the norm. Dave
dbates 11/26/14 07:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Surge protectors, for rv.

bumpy, Both Progressives hardwired 30 & 50 Amp units have bypasses. It appears that only SurgeGuard's 50 Amp unit has a bypass. Dave
dbates 11/20/14 01:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Surge protectors, for rv.

I'd 2x the motion for Progressive but figure out which unit you think you want then Google it. You can find the least expensive source for each model. It’s not unusual to be able to find prices below manufacturer’s suggested retail or dealer prices. Just remember to check shipping costs before you buy. Click HERE to see comparison charts for SurgeGuard and Progressive units plus remember that Progressive has an excellent reputation for customer service. Dave
dbates 11/20/14 06:46am General RVing Issues
RE: F 53 - 19.5 wheel lug nut size

If it weren't so cold today I'd get my sockets set and try them on my 1999 F53 but I think I'll stay in where it's warm today. Besides that I wouldn't worry about it. If any of my MH lug nuts need to be removed I'd let my road service or mechanic do it. As hard as they are torque down I’d have to get an air impact wrench to get them loose. Dave
dbates 11/19/14 11:55am Tech Issues
RE: My tow dolly again

In my mind if the plates don’t turn freely I'd never pull a toad with it because if you made a turn and a plate got stuck in that position when you straighten out the toad could be dragged down the road sidewise. The plates must twist freely. The only other alternative would be to lock the plates in a straight parallel position and keep the toad’s ignition switch on so its front wheels can turn but I would not recommend that. Demco KarKaddy dollies use a rack & pinion system (with ample grease jerks) that allows the dolly wheels turn rather than having swivel plates. Dave
dbates 11/19/14 11:42am Dinghy Towing
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
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