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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
RE: Insurance question

As I understand it, in Indiana the only thing an auto policy will cover on an attached trailer is liability (damages to a third party). For the trailer to be covered for collision, comprehensive, etc. it must have its own policy. Dave
dbates 05/15/14 07:53am Beginning RVing
RE: tire pressure ?

Clivk HERE for Michelin's current "Tire Guide". It will tell you everything you need to know about maintaining MH tires, how to weigh the MH to establish proper tire presure, etc. Dave
dbates 05/06/14 06:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow dolly question

I’ve pulled a Demco KarKddy SS for the past 9 years and 50,000 miles in all of the states marked below with no problems. Yes 4 down is a little faster and easier but I love my Vibe and it can’t be pulled 4 down. Some things to remember: 1. When I first started using the dolly I strapped the toad down as Demco recommended pulling it all the way forward to the front wheel stop then strapped it down but I found that the straps came loose & I even had one strap come all of the way off. I then realized that the straps didn’t slide over the wheel as they are tightened so they remain a little loose behind the wheels and when you started pulling the Toad slip back leaving the straps loose on both sides of the wheel. I now pull the toad all of the way forward then back up about one inch. I strap it down until the tires squish. As the straps tighten the wheels roll forward and the strap tension equalizes in both the front and rear of the wheel. Since I started doing this I’ve never had a problem with a loose strap. I still check them within 50 miles of start and again each time I stop (about every 2 to 3 hours) but I’ve never found a strap loose enough to cause a problem since. I talked to Demco about this procedure & they have no problem with it but have chosen not to change the guidelines in their manual. 2. If your dolly is a little wider than the RV watch those right curbs when parking. I ground the lettering off of the right dolly tire before I realized this. 3. Make sure that you allow plenty of front end room when parking along a curb. If you have to turn too sharply when pulling out the rear of the RV swings in the opposite direction pulling the dolly into the curb causing the dolly wheels to scrap or roll over the curb. Dave
dbates 04/27/14 10:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Spare tire question

My 98 Itasca came with the same hoist as Sooboy suggested and it works quite well. It's easy to raise and lower but as I get older it's a bear to get the tire (with rim) under and out from under the MH. The tire also extends a little below the frame and I’ve scraped the bottom of the hoist a couple of time coming out of service stations with high curb angles. Dave
dbates 04/26/14 07:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: First time tow car with tow dolly.

The KarKaddy SS I bought 8 years ago didn't have surge brakes. When I was planning some long trips through mountains I called Demco and installed the surge brake spring assembly they sent me. I did notice a little improvement in braking and figured I’d have better state law compliance. I don't know if this can be done with your particular model or age of dolly but it would be worth checking. Since mine was a recent purchase they didn't charge me for the parts; therefore, I don't know what the going price was then or is now. Demco provides very good customer service. Dave
dbates 04/25/14 07:05am Dinghy Towing
RE: tow dolly towing

I made the below adapter that you can purchase the parts at any auto supply store. The right end plugs into the MH and the left end has two plugs, one for the dolly and one for the maglights. https://dbates.datapitstop.us/UPLOADS/FLD00003/00005387/Maglight%20hook%20up.JPG
dbates 04/16/14 06:49am Dinghy Towing
RE: Surge Protector Reading L1

Progressive Industries EMS by itself will protect your RV from improperly wired receptacle producing 220 volts, but a multi-meter can be used to verify that the PI EMS is accurate with its diagnosis. I had a campground owner claim that the PI EMSes were often wrong but my multi-meter verified it was correct. Dave
dbates 04/14/14 11:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Hail Damage

A tornado destroyed my neighbor’s barn and flying splintered 2x4s put two holes in the side of our motor home and demolished one of the vent covers. They will only need to replace the vent cover not the whole vent system. Progressive is paying 100% of the damage because of their disappearing deductable.
dbates 04/14/14 10:32am Beginning RVing
RE: Indiana and Michigan

The Frederick Meijer Gardens on the east side of Grand Rapids is a well worth while stop. Check their website Link for more info. Dave
dbates 04/12/14 08:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: V10 spark plug issues?

I have a 1999 Ford V10 that is supposed to be one of those that has the above mentioned problem. It just rolled over the 100,000 mile mark and I had the plugs replaced for the 1st time. My mechanic said that there was no problem with it. I have no idea how many older Ford V10s have had this problem but several past posts on this forum have asked for survey responses as to who has had this happen but got very few responses. Mine may blow tomorrow but I'll worry about it when and if it does. Dave
dbates 03/28/14 07:15am Tech Issues
RE: tow dolly Brake?

I’ve tow a Pontiac Vibe on a Demco KarKaddy SS dolly for 9 years and originally it only had break-way brakes. I noticed problems in mountain areas, learned that Demco's newer models had surge brakes. About a year after purchase I contacted Demco and they sent me (free) the surge brake spring with installation instructions (which was easy to do). It’s made a big difference and I wouldn’t have any dolly without brakes. Dave
dbates 03/13/14 08:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Surge guard question/problem ?

SurgeGuard really hides thier tech support phone number but on their website there is a "try all of this before calling" pdf file. Here is the link to it. Try this before calling After you do all that they ask, there is a phone number to call. Based on the past posts on this forum about their tech support, "Good Luck". Dave
dbates 03/03/14 09:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Considering a tow dolly...... Info needed

I’ve pulled a Demco KarKaddy SS dolly for 9 years, almost 50,000 miles and have been very pleased with it. Its wheels swivel similar to the frontend of a car rather than having swivel plates. They are well built, fold down to about 50% of their in use size for storage and the company provides excellent customer service. Some people have complained about straps coming loose, but if you strap it down right you won’t have that problem. When I first started using the dolly I strapped the toad down as Demco recommended by pulled the toad all the way forward to the front wheel stop but I found that the straps came loose & I even had one strap come all of the way off. I then realized that the straps won’t slide over the wheels as they are tightened so they remain a little loose behind the wheels and when you started pulling the Toad it slips back leaving the straps loose on both sides of the wheel. With this in mind, I now pull the toad all of the way forward, back up about an inch then strap it down until the tires squish. As the straps tighten the wheels are allowed to roll forward and the strap tension equalizes on both sides of the wheel. Since I started doing this (over 44,000 miles ago) I’ve never found a strap loose enough to cause a problem. I still check them within 50 miles of start and again each time I stop (about every 2 to 3 hours). Demco doesn’t have a problem with this but has chosen not to change the guidelines in their manual. Also remember: 1. If your dolly is a little wider than the RV watch those right curbs when parking. I ground the lettering off of the right dolly tire before I realized this. 2. Make sure that you allow plenty of front end room when parking along a curb. If you have to turn too sharply when pulling out the rear of the RV swings in the opposite direction pulling the dolly into the curb causing the dolly wheels to scrap or roll over the curb. If you have any other questions just "private message" me. Dave Bates
dbates 02/21/14 07:09am Dinghy Towing
RE: Roadside Assistance

RA is why I changed from State Farm to Progressive for my MH. State Farm uses their auto policy for RVs and Progressive's is designed for RVs. I compared Progressives with Sam’s and found little difference. I’ve not had to use RA yet but Progressive has handled two substantial claims with fast professional service and in the five years with them my premiums have changed very little. Dave
dbates 02/17/14 02:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Installing Progressive SurgeGuard

I second the suggestion for a Progressive unit but first call Progressive for their recommendation on your question. They have many years of knowledge and an exceptionally good customer service reputation. Dave
dbates 02/06/14 06:55am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Another surge guard question??

Call Thor or check with your Thor dealer. If your RV doesn't have one, then you will have to decide if it's worth getting one. We've been paying for home owners insurance for 37 years and never had a claim until 3 years ago when a lightening strike and then in December a nearby tornado caused considerable damage. If you don't carry homeowner's or RV insurance then I'd assume that you could consider the one time $350+/- expense for your RV's electrical protection a waste of money. Dave
dbates 02/06/14 06:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Surge Protector

We were camping in Minnesota a few years ago and our Progressive unit shut down. I checked the error code and it was due to low voltage. That evening TV news was advising that any of Minnesota’s electric companies were having low voltage problems because of aging electrical grides and the inability to obtain right of way to replace or upgrade their existing grides. Although low voltage will not “blow” out many RV electronic systems extended period of low voltage will burn out AC compressors. We were camping at a brand new campground and our Progressive unit would not connect as it registered reverse polarity in the pedestal. The advantage of a hardwired unit is that you can’t plug in without protection. Progressive units are the only such product with a lifetime warranty and the best customer service record on this forum. Dave
dbates 02/02/14 01:11pm Beginning RVing
RE: Magnetic tow lights

Even though most states don't require toad lights when pulling on a dolly I use the magnetic lights if I have to drive after dusk. I run the wire under the toad hood, in through the front door and out the rear or back door. I also wired in a license plate light. The 2nd picture is a homemade double connection for the wiring harness. https://dbates.datapitstop.us/UPLOADS/FLD00003/00005387/Mag%20Lights.JPG https://dbates.datapitstop.us/UPLOADS/FLD00003/00005387/Maglight%20hook%20up.JPG
dbates 01/27/14 07:33am Dinghy Towing
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