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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
RE: essexcredit charges $459 loan fee

Under "truth in lending" federal law any fee for closing a consumer loan must be included in their annual percentage rate "APR" quote. They should give to two interest rates 1) the simple interest earning rate and 2) the APR which includes the earning interest plus any closing costs other than legal filing fees. The APR is what you should use to compare other creditors rates. If they are not quoting an APR they are in violation of federal law and I would not do any business with them. The only problem is that the APR is based on you loan paying out over the predetermined term. If you plan to pay the loan off quicker the APR would actually be higher. Dave
dbates 05/13/15 07:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mileage surprise

"Fill ups” can vary quite a bit due to MH tilt at the station, gas nozzle shutoff adjustments, how quick you want to get done, wind, etc. Multiple fillings are the only true test of MPG. In the 52,000 miles I’ve driven my 31 foot 1998 Itasca over a 1999 Ford F53 V10 (with 105,000 miles on it) its averaged 8.14 MPG with a per tank high of over 12 MPG and low of under 5 MPG. As you, my normal speeds are 63 MPH on interstates and 56 MPH on other roads. The overall average MPG has dropped over past 52,000 miles from 8.44 to my current 8.14. Dave
dbates 05/12/15 06:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: tow dolly

I have a Demco KarKaddy SS with surge brakes; have pulled it for 10 years and over 50,000 mile in all kinds of terrain (see map below). It has work wonderfully and I can pull it with any other vehicle I want as it does not require a controller. Dave
dbates 05/11/15 06:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why Coach Net or Good Sam for emergency road service.

I use to have State Farm ERS on both my toad (every day car) and MH. Over the years they did a very good job covering ERS for my toad but after reading their policy I questioned their coverage for the MH and the agent had to agree that it my not cover the full tow service cost to a qualified MH repair center. I then compared ERS coverage between State Farm, Progressive and Good Sam's. Progressive has much broader MH coverage and better ERS than State Farm for about the same overall premium. Progressive had about the same ERS coverage as Good Sam's but for much less cost. I switched all of my MH coverage to Progressive and have been very satisfied with them even after replacement of two windshields and substantial tornado damage claims with very small premium increases over the past five years. Based on many forum posts it appears that coverage from one area of the USA to another can make substantial differences in coverage and cost with any one insurer. So what is good in my area may not be as good in another area with the same insurer. Dave
dbates 05/08/15 11:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: No propane flow

If you have an old tank there could be a problem with the valve. As my Lions Club concession chairperson we go through about 20+ refills per year using 2 tanks and after a few years the valves will not open when turned on. I've taken the canisters to our propane distributer and they can sometimes get the value to release by opening the valve and slamming the bottom of the canister on concrete but doesn’t always work and we have to replace the canister.
dbates 05/03/15 11:58am Class A Motorhomes
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
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