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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
RE: SCAN GAUGE

I've had II for 5 years and have appreiated very much. I use it mostly for MPG is on the road but is works as advertised for other data. If Campng World's is the model II & the shipping is less than $10.00 it's at a good price. Check this site to compare the different models before buying
dbates 01/26/14 01:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Surge protector

In the eight years I've been on this forum I've only seen one negative post regarding Progressive Industries but dozens regarding TRC. Even before they advertised a lifetime guarantee they were backing their products with quick, courteous tech support and repairing or replacing their products even when it was a buyer's caused problem. Dave
dbates 01/20/14 08:26am Tech Issues
RE: How long does a motor last in a Class A?

I purchased my 1998 31' Itasca MH over a 1999 Ford F53 V-10 in February 2005. It has 102,947 miles on it of which I've driven 49,824 miles. Both I and the previous owner maintained proper service. The only major maintenance it has had is a broken transmission linkage and now needs to have the engine power cooling fan fixed. My mechanic says that it is in very good condition and should not expect any other major problems. I did purchase a 3 year extended repair contract when I bought the unit because of its age & I was new to MH ownership. The contract did pay for the transmission linkage repair but the contract cost me a lot more the than the repair cost them so I didn't renew it and am glad I didn't. Dave
dbates 01/18/14 02:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1999 F-53 Windshield Washer Reservoir

If you can get good access to the crack clean it up an use EtrenaBond. Dave
dbates 01/16/14 07:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford F53 chassis air filter problem

Click below for Ford's fix to your problem. When I purchased the part in 2006 it cost $47.83 (including sales tax) but I've hear that it is much more expensive now if it's even availalable. If you Google the part number, several sites show up but you need to watch that they are not includng the entire air filter system under that part number. I'd suggest that you contact the supplier before ordering to confirm that it is the right part. If available it looks like it will cost $80 to $90 but it's easy to install so you shouldn't need to have any labor costs. Dave F52 water problem fix
dbates 01/13/14 08:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Streets and Maps Software

I’ve used S&T since it first came out for RV trips and my Lion’s Citrus & Rose delivery route planning. There are no maps, GPS or software that is 100% correct but S&T is so much easier to make route corrections than a GPS is and it’s loaded with POI, campground info, etc. Then just this year I learned how to easily transfer S&T routes to my Garmin GPS exactly as planed with S&T. I usually upgrade S&T about every 2 years so that recently created addresses and map corrections are included. The only reason I use the Garmin GPS while traveling is that my copilot does not like computers, GPS or any such electronic equipment and there is no visibly good place to set my laptop in the MH for me to use it. Dave
dbates 12/27/13 07:29am Technology Corner
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