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RE: 50 amp Cord

RIGHT ON Johno02. But very few people understand this or will do it. I learned that years ago and it works great for long lower amp extensions and garden hoses too. Dave
dbates 07/23/15 09:38pm Tech Issues
RE: "Refurbished" (?) Laptops

About two years ago I bought two for our church from Wal-Mart and they have been A-OK. In both cases I purchased Wal-Mart 3 year warrantees which covers about everything and have yet to need them. Dave
dbates 07/20/15 10:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Why do People run AC with doors and windows open??

Some people just don’t care or know any better! A friend of mine use to rent two identical apartment complexes, one included heat and AC with the rent and the other rent plus heat and AC costs. It was not unusual to see those including rent, heat & AC with doors and windows open in the summer and winter. If it got too hot or cold rather than adjusting the thermostat they just open doors &/or windows. He finally changed the rent arrangements. As utility costs go up we could see more CGs separating the utility cost from their rent. Dave
dbates 07/14/15 06:28am Tech Issues
RE: Adding rear rock guard

Do a search using "Protect-A-Tow" on this forum. You'll find a lot of very good comments about it. My experience has been very good. Dave
dbates 07/10/15 07:19am Class A Motorhomes

It's not just campgrounds. Just look along your highways. As a church and Lions Club member I've helped clean along highways. By the time you get a mile clean you could start over again picking up the trash dumped while your were cleaning. When I was a boy Scout the rule was "you leave nothing behind and make the place look like you were never there". Dave
dbates 07/06/15 07:00am General RVing Issues
RE: surge or electric brakes

I've pulled my Vibe on a Demco KarKaddy dolly for 11 years and 54,000 mile in all kinds of terrain (see map below) with no problems and the surge brakes work just fime. KarKaddy is Demco’s best model. It allows you to fold the ramps up and the tongue back to reduce home storage space by almost 50%. It’s fully galvanized so you never have to worry about rust and the dolly wheels are rack & pinion swiveling rather than toad wheel plate swiveling. I’ll have to agree with “blknomad” above about the nay sayers but will admit as I get older (76) it’s getting a little harder to get down & up from my knees to hook up the toad to dolly safety chains. It may take 3 to 5 minutes longer to hook up but that’s no big deal and if you strap it down correctly you’ll NEVER have a problem with loose straps. By the way you're not supposed to back up 4 down or with a dolly (with or without brakes) but I've backed up a few feet with my KarKaddy with not surge brake problems (you just have to take it easy). Dave
dbates 06/29/15 09:52am Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow Dolly Recomendations

I can't speak to what toads can or cannot be towed on a dolly but I've been very happy with my Demco Karkaddy SS dolly for the past 11 years. It's fully galvanized so you never have to worry about rust, has surge brakes so any vehicle can pull it safely without having to install a brake controller, its ramps fold up and the tongue folds back to reduce home storage by almost 50%, it has rack & pinion swivel system rather than swiveling wheel plate and Demco is very receptive to answering questions if needed. It may cost a little more but I've felt it was worth it. Dave
dbates 06/27/15 11:03pm Dinghy Towing
RE: What is that gray putty behind exterior fixtures?

In our area Ace Hardware carries it. Lowe's doesn't. Dave
dbates 06/23/15 09:16pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: How much is Motorhome Insurance?

Also forgot "Depends on the age and value of the motor home you buy." A $100,000 motor home will cost you a lot more than a $40,000 one. "Old Guy" hit the nail on the head. Check your local insurance agents. Dave
dbates 06/18/15 06:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 245/70-19.5 Hankook tires

I replaced Michelin with Hankook 245/70-19.5 on April 23, 2013 and now have 9,427 mile on them. I have no complaint with them. The ride is not much different that the Michelin and they seem to be wearing A-OK. I had no complaints with the Michelin but the price was sooo much better. Dave
dbates 06/15/15 09:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Voltage at the pedestal

The 16 amps you were reading is based on the electrical equipment that is drawing power at that particular moment. When the air conditioner compressor first starts it will draw higher amp then reduce some after it gets going. It's interesting to see how many amps different things draw i.e. the microwave, lights, AC, TV, etc. Dave
dbates 06/13/15 09:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Surge protector

I like mine where I can see it inside the coach. If the power goes off I can immediately check it to see what the problem is. I also like to be able to see how many amps the coach is using. Mine is mounted above the utensil draw in the galley faces the exterior door so I can check it when I go inside after hooking up. If you want the display outside you should call Progressive tech support at 919-267-6964 or email then at "tech@progressiveindustries.net" to see what they recommend. Dave
dbates 06/08/15 06:20am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Average fuel mileage on a 35' with the V10??

You don't say what year you're thinking about but here is what mine has averaged. It's a 30" 1998 Itasca over a 1999 V10. I pull a Vibe on a Demco KarKaddy dolly all of the time and generally run 62 MPH on interstates and 56 MPH on other roads. As you can see by the map below we've travel in all types of terrains. In the 10 years and 54,000 miles that I've had it the average mileage has been 8.14 MPG with a three tank average between 7 to 9 MPG. These include limited generator use. Dave
dbates 06/05/15 06:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Survey-How do you reserve?

On long trips we generally don't have a predefined schedule so we start calling ahead at about 2:00 or 3:00 PM. We use Microsoft Streets & Trip plus Sam's campground directory to find parks 1 to 2 hours ahead of our anticipated evening stop. In 10 years and 52,000 miles we only had one time that it appeared we might not be able to find an RV park to stay in. Then one of the parks we had contacted called back to advised they had a cancelation and now had room for us. Dave
dbates 05/28/15 02:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Surge-gaurd

I've had a Progressive Industries EMS-PT30C for over 10 years and have followed the different brand reports on this forum. Even before Progressive advertised their life time guarantee their customer service was exceptionally better than Surge Guard's plus the fact that Progressive's equipment is segmented so that parts can be replaced allowing you to repair a unit without two way shipping. As far as the need for such an item I consider it as important as carrying MH collision insurance. I've never had a surge but many on this forum have and it saved them thousands of dollars and repair time for electronic equipment damaged. I’ve had low voltage and reverse polarity power a few times and the unit protected me from potential damage. Dave
dbates 05/23/15 09:39am Tech Issues
RE: Flat Tire/Interesting Facts

So many people fail to understand that the cost of goods is nominal compared to all of the other expenses a business has. There is rent &/or loan payments, phone, heat, lights, taxes, INSURANCE, labor, advertising, accounting, legal fees, equipment initial cost plus maintenance thereafter, employer's share of Social Security, etc. etc. As a bank commercial loan officer for 40 years I had hundreds of people wanting to get in business for themselves thinking that their only real expense of doing business was the cost of the goods they plan to sell. Besides all of the above expenses that road side service had the additional expense of a truck with all of its equipment plus the driver that does not generate other income 24/7. Your mechanic friend did you a real favor I sure hope that you thanked him. Dave
dbates 05/22/15 06:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Progressive Surge Guard Recommendation

As Learjet says the EMS-LCHW50 has a readout on the basic unit in the electrical bay and the EMS-HW50C has a remote readout you can mount within the motorhome. The remote readout is very handy in that you can monitor the voltage, Amps, Hz and any past or current error codes that occur at a glance. Dave
dbates 05/20/15 01:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Hooking up and unhooking vehicle and tow dolly

I word maxed out my above response so here are a few other things to think about: I use to have my wife help me load the toad but it seemed that all she could do was shake or nod here head then we’d have words so I finally figured out the following. With the dolly hooked to the RV and set to load get your toad lined up where you think it will be in the center of the ramps. Now pull up just touching the ramp, get out and check to see if it's centered. If not, back up, try to compensate for the differences, pull up to the ramp again, get out and check it. When you’ve achieved center find a vertical alignment point on your toad (steering wheel, wiper spot) with a point on the dolly and use these in the future to achieve center. In the future you may still be out of alignment the 1st time but eventually you’ll usually hit it on the first try. Then load the toad as I suggested in my previous response. Loading & unloading only takes a very few minutes more than 4 down so its not a real reason to go 4 down. It’s is a little nerve racking if the ramps and tires are wet as the tires tend to slip on the ramps and you’ll need a little running start to get up the ramp. If you not real careful you can run right over the dolly stop and get caught. This happened to me once but I was at home, had two good jacks and cribbing to get the toad back up to stop level and pulled it back onto the dolly. I’ll turn 76 the 4th of June and can still move the dolly around on level ground but I got a “trailer dolly” from Harbor Freight and it makes it easy to move the dolly if the ground is rough or I have to push it up hill. I’m lucky that I have a bay large enough to hold it. I keep my toads for many years, like my Vibe to well (it can't be pulled 4 down) and can't afford to change to a 4 down toad so I'm happy with the dolly. If you normally keep an exclusive toad for several years, and can afford to buy a toad that can be pulled 4 down I'd suggest you go 4 down. The older I get the harder it gets to get down & up from knees. As mentioned above the Demco KarKaddy SS is a very find dolly. It’s a little more expensive but it’s well worth the price. It is fully galvanized so you’ll never have to worry about rust. It has rack & pinion steering just (link a car) so it follow you around very nicely. Its ramps fold up and its tongue folds back to reduce storage space almost 50%. It has surge brakes so you can use it with any vehicle as you don’t need a brake controller. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me through rv.net. Dave Bates
dbates 05/16/15 07:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hooking up and unhooking vehicle and tow dolly

I’ve pulled a Demco KarKddy SS for the past 10 years and 52,000+ 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. 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. 4. I’ve only had two times that I had to park the dolly elsewhere because the RV site was too small. If you back the dolly to the rear of your site, drop the tongue down and back the MH over the tongue it only extends about half dolly size behind the MH. 5. I’ll turn 76 in June and yes it is getting a little harder to move it around but it’s still doable. Dave
dbates 05/16/15 07:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: surge protector question

Google the Progressive model you decide you want and go with the best price. Dave
dbates 05/13/15 08:06pm Tech Issues
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