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RE: New Sticky Thread?

So many posters don’t have any knowledge of the need or importance of weighing their RVs to determine proper tire pressure; therefore, they should download and read Michelin’s PDF booklet that includes all details about proper RV tire care. Dave
dbates 04/30/15 06:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire Pressure

If you want a complete answer to your question download & read THIS for Michelin tire's PDF file. It explains the proper way to weigh your RV and what pressures to use accordingly. I switched to Hankook last year and Hankook advised their tire pressures are the same as Michelin but they don't have a downloadable PDF. Dave I called USA Hankook as the dealer didn't know for sure. Dave
dbates 04/23/15 09:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire Pressure

If you want a complete answer to your question download & read THIS for Michelin tire's PDF file. It explains the proper way to weigh your RV and what pressures to use accordingly. I switched to Hankook last year and Hankook advised their tire pressures are the same as Michelin but they don't have a downloadable PDF. Dave
dbates 04/23/15 07:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 80mph gusts wind ..ripped off half roof

Going through Nashville, TN in 2007 my 1998 Itasca roof came loose on the drivers side (no wind just rough Interstate) but I was lucky in that it just popped loose along the edge and I was able to reinsert it in the aluminum flange. There have been one or two other such reports on this forum and the RV service I stopped at said that they had repaired several in the past. Since I had gotten mine back into the groove they suggested EternaBond. I installed a strip the full length of the MH from the bottom of the aluminum flange to 3 inches over the fiberglass. It has worked so far but flying tornado debris scraped some of the EternaBond top cover off and I’ll have to repair that now. Based on what had been said on this forum and Google it is a maintenance problem and your insurance may not cover it. The seam where the fiberglass enters the flange is supposed to be checked, cleaned and resealed periodically. I cleaned the passenger side flange, resealed it and hope it will be OK. Good luck. Dave
dbates 04/16/15 10:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Concerned over ACME Tow Dolley Straps

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, 10 years & 50,000 plus miles ago, I’ve never had a problem with a loose strap. 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 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 04/15/15 12:28pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Tire pressure hankook ah11 245/70 r19

You can't tell for sure until you establish the RV weight on each of your individual tires. Last year I went from Michelin 225/70R19.5 to Hankook 225/70R19.5 tires and was advise that I should use the same tire pressure I used for the previous 9 years with the Michelin tires which is 70PSI. You really need to establish the weight on each tire and set you PSI accordingly. Click HERE for Michelin's tire guide. It will explain how to weigh your MH in order to establish the proper PSI for your tires. Dave
dbates 04/15/15 11:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow Dolly Procedures At RV Park

Try to get pull through site but if that’s not available get one that is long enough to hold the dolly, MH and toad. If only a back-in site is available just go to the site, park in the access road just past the site entrance, unload the toad (parking it in the closest unused space), unhook the dolly and push it to the back of the site with the tongue hitch down on the ground. Now back the MH into the site parking it over the dolly tongue with the dolly tongue left or right of the MH center (so that the tongue clears the MH hitch) then park the toad in front of the MH. When you get ready to leave just pull the MH forward enough to reattach the dolly, then pull in to the street and reload the toad. With the dolly tongue under the MH you only need about half of the dolly’s total length when calculating the space needed. In the 10 years and 50,000+ miles pulling a dolly (see map below for areas visited) we’ve only had two times that we needed to park the dolly other than at the MH site. Although we have a Demco KarKaddy SS dolly that can be folded down to almost half its full length we’ve never had to fold it down while traveling. Dave PS Yes, at 75 it's getting a little harder to move the dolly by hand but still doable.
dbates 04/06/15 06:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sealed Wheel Bearing on Demco Kar-Kaddy SS

I have over 51,000 miles on my 10 year old KarKaddy SS and the bearing are still doing fine. I'm not sure how many more miles they will hold up but hope for a long time. Dave
dbates 03/19/15 03:00pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Using a tow dolly

We've been pulling our 2004 Vibe (can’t be pulled 4 down) with a Demco KarKaddy SS since we got our 1998 30' Itasca with a 99 Ford V-8 (now 10 years). I like my Vibe so well that I didn't want to & couldn't afford to replace it. A dolly is not as big of a problem as some say on this forum and we've been well pleased with it. I can load it by myself in less than 10 minutes and unload in less than 5 minutes. If strapped down correctly you'll never have a problem with the straps coming loose. It tracks the MH perfectly so you’ll never know it’s back there but you can't back up any better with it than you can 4 down. We’ve never had a problem storing the dolly at a CG and never had additional charges. At home the SS tongue folds back and the ramps fold up to reduce its storage space almost 50%. As said by others above it’s a little messier strapping down in bad weather or in the mud but a piece of plastic to put you knees on helps. All that said, it is according to how old you are and how good or bad your legs are. I’m going on 76 and it’s getting harder to get down then back up to hook up so I know 4 down may be better for me in the future but I still love my Vibe. Dave
dbates 03/12/15 07:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Surge Protector error--open ground

I've had my MH plugged in 24/7 for 10 years and occasionally my surge protector will show the "No Ground" error code but the MH has full power. You indicate that it has been plugged in for 2 months. Did it show "No Ground" when you 1st plugged it in? Is the error code showing "No Ground" but is the power to you RV on now? If both of the above are "yes" then there could have been a grid power outage sometime in the last 2 months caused by a lost ground which was corrected and your surge protector is just letting you know it happened. Dave
dbates 03/11/15 10:27am Tech Issues
RE: auxiliary lights with dolly?

Indiana doesn't require lights on the toad when using a dolly and as I understand it most all other states don't either. Since my Demco KarKaddy dolly has large LED tail lights I don't use auxiliary lights during the day but I have a set that I will put on if I ever have to drive late in the evening, at night or in heavy rain. I’ve been traveling this way for 10 years, 50,000 miles, in 41 of the states (see map below) and have never had a problem. Dave
dbates 03/07/15 05:40am Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow vehicle smells after towing

down home is right. We've noticed this problem for the past 50,000 miles pulling our Vibe on a dolly. It does help a lot to close the air conditioning vent & put it on recirculation. As said above rubber, oil, etc. from the road collects on the manifold, etc. while your towing and then burns off when you run the toad engine. Dave PS Thanks Scott
dbates 03/06/15 06:43am Dinghy Towing
RE: Tires...other than RV...

I've read that another thing to consider is usage. Generally RV tires set a lot in comparison to your auto therefore the oils and chemicals tends to pool allowing the rubber to dry out and crack quicker. If this is the case you might get more time usage out of your car tires than your RV. Another thing to consider is with 80 to 100+ pounds of air in an RV tire compared to 30+ pounds in an auto tire can cause substantially more damage to the RV if it blows. Dave
dbates 03/04/15 07:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Protect-A-Tow ?

X3 Good product that does the job. It also keep the rear end of the RV & camera clean when you have to drive in the rain. Do a search for it here and get a lot more positive comments. Dave
dbates 03/02/15 08:58pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Surge Guard Monitor

http://dbates.datapitstop.us/UPLOADS/FLD00003/00005387/Progressive%2DMonitor%2Ejpg I mounted my Progressive monitor right in front of the door so that after hooking up I can see the voltage, HZ, amps and if there are any error codes immediately. Dave
dbates 03/01/15 10:24pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: So, just how "hazardous" can a tank full of poo be?

I don’t imagine many of you are old enough to remember having to use an outhouse on an everyday basis but I do and still remember my father having to dump the outhouse over, shovel the waste into a trailer and hauling it away every few years. The RV systems we have now are GREAT and a heck of a lot cleaner than what was available back then. Plus with having seven kids (now all adults) it's a lot better than changing cloth diapers. In either case I just wash my hand when I’m done. Dave
dbates 03/01/15 10:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: tire pressure

Click Here for complete Michelin RV tire how to booklet for answers to all of your tire questions. Most other make RV tires are compatible with this booklet. Dave
dbates 03/01/15 09:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Surge Guard protection... Worth it?

For the past ten year I've had a Progressive HW30C on 24-7 and have had no problems with it. It's found reverse polarity & low voltage several times in CG. Based on many positive posts on this forum they have exceptional customer service also. I consider it the best inexpensive insurance for the many electronics in the MH. Dave
dbates 02/18/15 08:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Dolly towing with a 2013 Honda Accord

I can't say which dolly is the best as I've only had a Demco KarKaddy SS dolly for 50,000 miles & 10 years and I've been well pleased with it. It is a little more expensive but it's well built and when I've had questions their customer service has been excellent. Its wheels turn rather than the toad wheel plates. It’s totally galvanized so it should never have rust problems, the tongue folds back & the ramps fold up to reduce storage space by almost 50%, comes with surge brakes so you can use it with any pulling vehicle without the need of a brake controller. I bought mine new but have read here that many have found good used one at a substantially reduced price and they retail many places below the Demco’s suggested retail price. In any event after you get use to loading a dolly & if you strap it down right you’ll never have a problem with loose straps and find that dolly pulling isn’t the ordeal some on here suggest. Good luck with your decision. Dave
dbates 02/17/15 07:12am Dinghy Towing
RE: Guard for toad

Dutch, I have a 30' 1998 Itasca with mud flaps behind the rear wheels and pull with a Kar-Kaddy dolly. In dry weather I've never had a problem with toad stone chips but in wet weather I had problems with dirt accumulating on the MH rear and fogging up the rear view camera. I found that a Protect-A-Tow eliminated that problem. I still get some very fine gravel accumulating on the toad but in almost 50,000 miles have had no real damage to the toad. Dave
dbates 02/09/15 07:04am Class A Motorhomes
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