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Fiberglass repair

On November 17th we had a tornado near miss that threw a lot of splintered 2x4s into our yard. Two pieces hit our 1996 Winnebago Itasca MH putting a small hole through to the inside and another just through the outer fiberglass skin. Can anyone recommend a good fiberglass RV repair center in central Indiana? Our local body shops do not work on MH. My Progressive insurance deductable is down to zero so it is all covered by the insurance. Dave
dbates 12/05/13 09:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rand McNally RV GPS

I too use MS Streets & Trips to plan and modify (much easier than GPS to track & change) my trips then upload it to my Garman GPS. Just learned from this forum how to upload MS to GPS and it was GREAT this summer. Dave
dbates 11/15/13 08:42am Technology Corner
RE: car dollys

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 7 years & 40,000 miles ago I’ve never had a problem with loose straps. I still check then after the 1st 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 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 11/15/13 08:22am Dinghy Towing
RE: Flying J dumps station

Our local Love's started charging $5 about 2 years ago. I know that they had some abuse but it also costs a lot to have they’re tanks pumped or for public sanitation. I like to have my black & gray tanks empty when parked at home. Love is convenient and their fuel price is usually the same or less than all other local gas stations. Dave
dbates 11/10/13 05:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: About once every 10 years

The great thing about that one is they make you appreciate all of the others tht much more. Dave
dbates 11/10/13 05:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Question about Tow dolly / Flat Tow

I've pulled with a Demco KarKaddy SS dolly for 8.5 years, over 50,000 mile and am very well pleased with it. If you decide to go with a dolly I HIGHLY recommend the KarKaddy but since you already have a tow bar and IF your current toad can be pulled 4 down I'd recommend going with it. Four down appears to be a bit easier especially if you have problems getting down on your knees but a dolly is not near as bad as the 4 downers make them out to be. Dave
dbates 11/10/13 05:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow bar? Dolly ?or enclosed trailer?

I'm 74 and yes it is getting harder to get down anywhere including hooking up the wheel straps & chains but I can’t afford to change toads and it’s not that bad yet. The Demco KarKaddy SS has surge hydraulic brakes with a master cylinder and it works just fine in the mountains (see the trip map below). It can be used with any other vehicle since it doesn’t require a controller. By the way the SS tongue folds back and the wheel ramps fold up to reduce home storage by almost 50% plus it is heavily galvanized so there is never a worry about rust. The very few times I’ve needed it Demco has had very good customer service. Dave
dbates 11/04/13 02:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best Motorhome Insurance Recommended

Insurance rates vary substantially from state to state, city to city and person to person, so what one company’s rates are, how they change from year to year and, how well they process your claims can vary substantially. Several people on this forum have dropped Progressive because of increasing rates but I’ve been happily insured with Progressive for over 5 years with very little rate change. I changed MH coverage from State Farm (still have them for my toad) to Progressive because of the difference in their road service coverage (State Farm’s is tailored for autos and Progressive’s is designed for RVs) for virtually no difference in premium. You need to shop for RV insurance, compare coverage, rates and service in your area then make a decision. Dave
dbates 11/04/13 07:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow bar? Dolly ?or enclosed trailer?

First determine what you can or can’t do with the vehicles you now have, (can they be towed 4 down or on a dolly). Yes, 4 down is faster & easier than a dolly but that time difference is only about 4 minutes after you learn how to do it. I’ve pulled my Vibe for 8 years, 50,000 miles & in all kinds of terrain (with surge brakes) on a Demco KarKaddy dolly. Once you learn how to do it you’ll never have a problem with loose straps or pay extra for storage (with the tongue under the MH rear you only add about 6 feet to your CG parking needs). You have experience pulling a trailer and with a dolly it’s even easier. Dave
dbates 11/04/13 06:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Protect-A-Tow

I've had one since 2006 and it's held up very well. I use it over my dolly tongue between the MH and toad. It really helps keep the rear of the MH & camera clean when it rains. I do find some very fine sand on the toad but have never had any problems with chips. If you do a search under "protect-a-tow" you'll find a lot of very satisfied report. Dave
dbates 10/31/13 10:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What is the best FREE word processor for windows

Google "Open Office". It's a free word & spread sheet software that a lot of people and companies are switching to because of Microsoft’s high price and the large learning curve required ever time they produce a new version. It’s cross compatible with Microsoft but does have its differences. Dave
dbates 10/28/13 06:11am Technology Corner
RE: Stablizer bars

Last year the Ford 97 F53 under my 98 Itasca I started hearing a metal rattling in the rear. I checked it out and found that one rubber bushing was missing and the other in bad shape. I Googled “Ford F53 sway bar bushings”, found several places that have them & they are very inexpensive. I ordered a set and replaced them myself (easy job). It made a WORLD of difference. The wobble when a semi passed was virtually gone and the overall ride improved. The front ones appear to be A-OK for now. Dave Bates
dbates 10/21/13 03:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question about using a tow dolly

You have more than just toad instructions to think about. It’s also according to what type of dolly you have. There are three types: 1. Swivel dolly wheels with fixed toad plates, like “Demco” 2. Fixed dolly wheels with swivel toad plates, like “Master Tow” 3. Fixed dolly wheels and fixed toad plates, like “Acme” The first two require that the steering wheel to be locked in place with the transmission in park. The swiveling wheels or plates on the dolly will take care of the turning. The last one you must leave the ignition on so that the steering wheel will turn thus allowing the front wheels to turn with the toad to do the swiveling. In all cases you MUST check with the toad’s manufacturer for dolly towing instructions as these change with the manufacturer and vehicle model. A few on this forum have complained about dolly wheel straps coming loose on the road. If they are strapped down as some dolly manufacturers recommend this can happen but with a slight modification in strapping instructions it will never happen. Send me a private message if you want the modification info. Dave
dbates 10/18/13 07:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hocking Hills

It's been years since we camped in that area and it is according to what services you need. Woodall shows two CG in that area with more than 20 amp service; Hocking Hills State park (Old Man's Cave) and Hocking Hills KOA. Both have numerous sites with 30 & 50 amp full hook ups. Go to http://www.woodalls.com/ for more info. Dave
dbates 10/18/13 06:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: SeeLevel Tank Monitor System

I don't know what the difference "before or after 2009" is but I installed my 709-PH sytem in 2006 and have been very well pleased with it. Dave
dbates 10/03/13 06:43am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Accumulator Tank

I installed one similar to what BurbMan did and we’ve appreciated it most at night when the pump doesn’t run every time the toilet is flushed or someone runs water. Dave
dbates 09/30/13 11:27am Tech Issues
RE: Trip Planning Software for COMPUTER

Johno02, In S&T version 2013 you can see all campgrounds around a particular location or along sections of your planned route by using the “Find nearby places”. Click “Categories” and select “Places” then “Campgrounds”. Select a “Search” miles distance from your route then in the “Around” window click the “Selected driving instructions”. Now go to the “Driving Directions” window and select the two points you want info for. Click “Refresh” in the “Find nearby places”. If there are any campgrounds between the two points you’ve selected they will show above. If you click each one it will show up on your map. Dave
dbates 09/29/13 01:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Electrical hookup Question

pianotuna: High/low voltage, power surges, etc can and do happen in the middle of the night or while you're away from the CG. I've got better things to do than set in front of a voltmeter or Kil-A-Watt 24-7. The Progressive unit watches it for you. Several on this forum felt the same as you and then wished they hadn't when they paid big deductable bucks for repairs. Dave
dbates 09/25/13 06:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stone chips in windshield

Just had mine done. The local windshield shop came to my home and I watched him do it. They have a multi suction cup tool with a rubber pallet with a small hole in the center that is compressed down on the chip. They squeeze a small amount of sealant into the hole then force it into the chip with a screw. You could actually see the sealant fill the inside of the chip. They let it set for a little while, remove the tool and scrape and polish the excess sealant from the window. Yes, you can still see the chip but it’s much less noticeable and will not allow moisture to penetrate the chip. I assumed that if I turned it into my insurance I’d loose my deductable reduction (which has been substantially reduced) so I paid the $65 for the repair. My brother-in-law has used a similar retailed product to repair chips in his windshields in the past and it seemed to work A-OK. Dave
dbates 09/25/13 06:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Acme or Demco Kar Kaddy

Over 40,000 on Demco KarKaddy and glad I got it. Never a rust problem as it is fully galvanized. If it's the SS model it has bright LED brake lights, the wheel ramps fold up and the tongue folds back to reduce storage space by almost 50%. What little (twice) experience I’ve had with Demco’s customer service has been GREAT. Dave
dbates 09/24/13 01:58pm Dinghy Towing
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