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RE: Brake systems- Motohome Magazine

Actually I am disappointed in both FMCA's and Motorhome's handling of the supplemental brake issue. They both say categorically that you should never tow anything without supplemental brakes. However I live in Florida where you are not required to have brakes if your "trailer" is under 3000 pounds. Secondly, my toad (2800#) plus my loaded motorhome, TOTAL weighs 1000 pounds less than the GVWR for my motorhome alone. The chassis manufacturer says if the total load does not exceed the GVW for the motorhome the chassis is perfectly capable of safely stopping your combination. WHile I realize that there are probably a small percentage of people who meet this criteria, it seems to me that the magazines have just joined the tow brake manufacturers in stating "everyone needs supplemental braking". In addition, I agree with others, I think the Ready Brake is a great tow brake system, and I think it is a crying shame that it is not included in the review of brake systems. Ed Headington
eheading 12/07/17 07:13am Dinghy Towing
RE: Wanted: feedback from drivers late model 300-340 Cummins

We have had a number of motorhomes with Cummins and CAT engines with the 3000 series Allison transmissions. Our last Revolution LE had the 400 hp CAT. We now have the short Ventana LE with the 340 hp engine with the 2000 series transmission. Yes, it does shift down to 5th gear more than our 400 hp CAT did, but because it is governed at 2800 rpm, I have found that it does as well on hills as our larger engines did. In addition, the 2500 transmission is the smoothest shifting Allison we have ever had. The shift in and out of 4th gear was always a little rough, we can hardly feel this one shifting. In addition I like the 9,5 to 10 mpg compared to our 7.2 in our last motorhome, and I really like the flat floor all the way to the rear closet, a feature which I believe is only available with the 340 hp Cummins engine.
eheading 12/04/17 03:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fleetwood revolution coach batteries

I agree with others, I am amazed that your 2008 Revolution did not come with AGM batteries. We had a 2005 Revolution LE for 9 years. It came with AGM batteries, and that was why our tray didn't slide in and out. The AGM batteries were the best coach batteries we ever had; no water to add, no maintenance, no corrosion in the battery compartment, and when we sold the motorhome after 9 years, the batteries were still doing fine. Our replacement motorhome did not come with AGM's, and after 3 years of filling water, and watching corrosion start in the battery compartment from the acid vapors, I bought the bullet and replaced them with AGM's. Great move once I paid for the batteries. Now no maintenance, no corrosion, etc. etc. As others have said, if you can afford the cost of the batteries, go for the AGM's!!! Ed Headington
eheading 10/01/17 04:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: More route to Albuquerque

Your proposed route, I-70 to I-44 to I-40 is exactly the route we drove this summer from central New Jersey to Albuquerque. Overall we found the roads to be in pretty good condition. I believe the roughest roads we hit were through and around Oklahoma City. We got to I-70 in western PA via I-287 in NJ to I78, to Pa Tpk, and then onto I-70 where it separated from the Pa Tpk just west of Donegal. Ed Headington
eheading 08/23/17 05:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 50 amp MH, plugged into 30 amp, ok to run 2 ac units??

As has been said before, we have found that in hot weather if you draw close to 30 amps you will destroy the connector. Ed Headington
eheading 07/16/17 06:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dolly, Flat Tow or Trailer best way to Alaska

We travelled to Alasks 3 times in a Revolution LE flat towing a Chev. Tracker. We did have protection on the front of the Tracker, a Roadmaster Guardian. With that installed, we had no problems towing the Tracker. I agree with what has already been posted, though, whenever you run into construction or fresh gravel coat, SLOW DOWN and move the far right side of the road. Ed Headington
eheading 05/18/17 07:26pm Dinghy Towing

We have towed a 2015 MINI Cooper Roadster for over 8000 miles with no issues. In fact, we have the round key, and that system has no steering wheel lock, so you just put it neutral, brake off, remove key and "GO". No problems. To the best of our knowledge, the reason it isn't listed as towable is that BMW never tested it. Just enjoy it!! Ed Headington
eheading 04/24/17 02:52pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Coach batteries

My personal preference is AGM deep cycle batteries. Yes, they are pricey, but you never have to worry about adding water, there is never any corrosion in the battery compartment, and when we sold our last motorhome after 9 years, our batteries were still doing fine. To make wiring easy, I choose 6V or 12V based on what is in your coach now. That way you can just wire in the new batteries exactly the same as the current ones. Reduces the chance for error. Ed Headington
eheading 03/18/17 01:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Passport america

We have had a Passport America membership for years and wouldn't leave home without it. Agree that there are lots of restrictions, but they are clearly spelled out so you know ahead of time where you can use it. The cost is so reasonable that you only have to use it a couple times a year to have it pay off. Ed Headington
eheading 03/17/17 06:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fleetwood 39V Diesel

We used to have a 2005 Revolution LE that was over 41' long, and it didn't have any capacity problem on the rear axle. Ed Headington
eheading 03/04/17 05:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing a MINI - Connection to the car question

For both Blue Ox and Roadmaster, there are two tubes that show and a hook for the safety cables. As been said above, they are pretty small but they are there. If you send me a private message with your email address, I'll send you a picture of what our MINI roadster looks like with the baseplate attached. Ed Headington
eheading 03/04/17 05:26pm Dinghy Towing
RE: GAWR - Spartan rating vs. Axle mfr rating...

Have you asked Spartan how they got the rating up to 20,000 pounds from 19000? They are certainly a very reliable company. Seems the simplest place to start is to ask Spartan to explain this apparent discrepancy. I would be most interested to hear what their answer is. Ed Headington
eheading 01/22/17 11:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Brite-Tek Roof ????

I agree Bruce, but my point was that even with the fiberglass roof, the top surface of the slideouts is always Brite-Tek all the way up to and including the King-Aire. At least that is what I was told at the factory, and what it looked like to me. Ed Headington
eheading 01/09/17 03:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Brite-Tek Roof ????

It is interesting to note that ALL Newmar's have a brite-tek roof on their slides, including the top of the line King Aire. We have a Ventana LE, bottom line diesel with fiberglas roof, but brite-tek on the slides, and they are doing just fine for us. Ed Headington
eheading 01/08/17 04:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blue Ox base plate vs Roadmaster Tor Bar Bracket

The Roadmaster baseplate is easier to install as the lateral arm is external to the car. In my particular instance, the Blue Ox baseplate was harder to install, but adds less to the total weight of the car (part of the baseplate actually replaces part of the car frame. Because of that, while I have had Roadmaster baseplates for over 20 years and have had excellent service out of them, I slightly now prefer the Blue Ox because of the less weight on the car. If I were still installing them myself, then I'm not quite sure as on our MINI Cooper, the Roadmaster would have been definitely easier to install. My situation was somewhat affected by the fact that I have/had a Roadmaster towbar. However at nominal cost, you can get BLue Ox "ends" that replace the Roadmaster "ends" on the towbar. I have been very pleased with the installation that I now have. Ed Headington
eheading 01/08/17 03:59pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Dingy braking - do, did, or won't

We first started towing in 1996, towing a Geo Metro, 1800 lb. No aux. braking. When we graduated to a Geo Tracker weighing 2900 pounds, we added auxiliary braking. Now we are towing a MINI Cooper Roadster that weighs about 2800 pounds (less than the 3000 pound requirement for trailers in FL). In addition, when we have our motorhome, a 34' Newmar Ventana LE, full loaded with the car in tow, the TOTAL weight including the toad is over 1000 pounds less than the GVWR of the motorhome. We don't have an auxiliary brake at the current time. Ed Headington
eheading 12/23/16 04:02pm Dinghy Towing
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