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RE: Eternabond vs MFM Peel&Seal

Eight years ago my Winnebago fiberglass roof popped out of the aluminum track on the full length of driver’s side. I had not realized that they required periodic reseal maintenance. I as able to re-insert the fiberglass into the track and an RV repair service suggested Eternabond. I installed a 4” wide strip of Eternabond the full length of the roof (30’), pressed it to the roof fiberglass and around the aluminum track. Since then the only thing that has happened to it is tornado damage that poked a couple holes in it and a few scrapes on its surface covering. If installed correctly it really does the job. Dave
dbates 01/14/16 09:32pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Looking for Michigan advice

The Island is GREAT but remember you can't drive there you have to take a ferry. Several years ago we camped at "Mackinaw Mill Creek CG" about 3 miles south east of Mackinaw City on US 23. Their facilities were very good and a current check of rates shows that they are still reasonable. Also I suggest that you visit "Old Mill Creek SP" just down the road. It has an operating water powered vertical saw mill, pit saw and a zip line. I assume that you're going south in "Upper Michigan then through Wisconsin. If so stop for a "fish boil" in Wisconsin. It's real good eating with white fish and potatoes. Dave
dbates 01/10/16 11:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Are you satisfied (repair cost wise) with your MH?

I don’t really know what too much or very little maintenance cost for a MH should be but my MH is a 30’ 1998 Winnebago Itasca over a 1999 Ford F53 V10 engine that I bought used in February 2005 and have driven it 58,000 miles. I try to keep up with preventative maintenance and have most if it done by professionals. I do keep detailed records of my maintenance and fuel costs though. Maintenance cost has been $828.68 per year (including $1800 for new tires 3 years ago). This does not include insurance costs or camping fees. Fuel costs have been $2,048 per year or 38 cents per mile. I do know that just like a summer cottage, boat, airplane, golfing, etc. if you play you pay. Dave
dbates 01/08/16 09:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RVing in 1937

Thanks for finding this. It brings back some old memories as I lived in one just like those shown for my first five years of life with Mom, Dad, older sister and the last year younger sister. We didn't move around with it but it was cheap living while my dad built our future home. It was 18'x 6', had a fuel oil stove, ice box, an outhouse out back and we had to carried water for daily drinking, cooking and washing. Some say those were the "good old days". As a kid I enjoyed them but I sure wouldn't want to go back to them now. Dave
dbates 01/08/16 08:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Dinghy tow dolly questions

You need to provide more information! 1. What are the specification of the MH you're planning to pull the dolly with? 2. Have you checked with the dolly manufacturer to see if the dolly can handle the Mazada properly? 3. Does the dolly have a braking system? 4. Is the hitch on the MH strong enough to handle the dolly and toad? Even though I've pulled my Vibe on a dolly for over 10 years and 50,000 mile I'll agree with jerseyjim that 4 down is better but it's getting harder to find toads that can be pulled 4 down and can you afford changing toads? Dave
dbates 01/07/16 07:19am Dinghy Towing
RE: Leaving a tow dolly outside the campground

If you do as "bukhrn & kalynzoo" suggested above you won't have a problem. In 11 years and 60,000 mile of pulling a dolly I've only had to park the dolly off campsite twice (both were at upscale CG). I will have to admit I don't camp in National or State parks very often but if you can get a larger space, park the dolly behind the MH and pulling the MH over the dolly tongue you seldom, if ever, will have a problem. If you have to park the dolly in an unsecure location be sure to lock the ball catch with a harden steel padlock. That way they can't just cut it with a hacksaw or bolt cutters but would have to use a cutting torch to get it off (that's I know from personal experience when I left it at a service center & forgot my dolly key). Dave
dbates 01/03/16 11:38am General RVing Issues
RE: computer to gps

I'm sorry but I have no suggestions for the website you're looking for and hope someone else can come up with an answer to your question. For years I've been using Microsoft Streets & Trips software for planning RV trips and delivery routes for my Lions Club citrus sales. In recent years I've been transferring that data to my Garmin using gpx files. It works quite will for the citrus routes (where the delivery points are close together) but not so good for long trips unless you put in a lot of extra waypoints in before uploading the gpx file. Garmin will reroute as it sees fit between waypoints which may or may not be the way you want to go. I can only assume that this would be the same with any other mapping software gpx uploaded to a Garmin. Since Microsoft last updated S&T was 2013 and there will be no more I’m like you and will have to find some other trip planning software also. Dave
dbates 12/29/15 09:38am Technology Corner
RE: Tank level sensors

I installed my SeeLevel II tank monitor system over nine years ago and although it's not perfect its soooo much better than the OEM system that came with the MH. Occasionally the black & gray tank readings get out of line but if I use the GEO method to clean them the gauges work fine again. Dave
dbates 12/29/15 07:27am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Ready to go

You would have to be extremely skilled to back up a dolly using the MH as “Dale.Traveling” suggested. But if you do you must reinsert the “locking pin” into the dolly first. Without that pin being in place you can back the dolly a very short distance and in a straight line only. In almost 11 years and 50,000 miles of traveling I’ve never had to unload the toad anyplace other than my campsite. We pull to the site, unload the toad, park it in a nearby empty space, disconnect the dolly, push it to the back of our campsite, park the MH over the dolly tongue and then park the toad in our campsite. If I have to move the dolly any distance or uphill I have a “trailer dolly” that I can hook onto the dolly tongue to move it around. I’m lucky in that my back bay can hold the trailer dolly. At 76 it’s getting a little harder to move the dolly around but still doable. Do you have any idea how old your KarKaddy is? Is it the SS model (folds in half for storage)? If it’s more than 10 years old it might not have the down hill tension spring that keeps the dolly brakes from being activated too much on steep down hill travel. Mine didn’t have this spring. Demco shipped me the spring with instructions and I installed it. If you don’t have a “operation manual" for the dolly I’d suggest that you Google “Demco KarKaddy SS” for a manual. Good Luck and Happy Camping Dave Bates
dbates 12/23/15 07:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ownership Partner

If you have the right partner(s) it can work but you won't know if you have a bad partner until it's too late; therefore, during my 40 years as a commercial loan officer the advise I always gave individuals wanting to go into business was, "Partnerships at best are bad and family partnerships are even worse." Dave
dbates 12/22/15 10:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Car dolly

Indiana does not require tail lights on the toad if the dolly is well lighted. My Demco KarKaddy dolly has very bright LED lights but if I ever have to drive at night or in bad dark weather I hook up a set of magnetic light (which includes a license plate light) to the toad just for safety sake. Dave
dbates 12/17/15 07:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: rv taxes

Yes! Thank goodness Indiana did away with the personal property tax on RV's, which was a real pain. Now it's just a normal registration (with excise tax) like any other vehicle. But, I'm pretty certain, if the vehicle sits unlicensed, and then you decide to license it, you have to pay for the back years it was unlicensed anyway! (Someone may correct me on this, but I'm pretty certain it's still that way). (I sure hope I'm wrong though). You're close to right. I just called the Indiana BMV and they advised that you have to pay a maximum of two prior year's excise taxes if after being in storage you want to start using it again. Dave
dbates 12/11/15 07:10am Tech Issues
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