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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
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
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