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RE: Highway 99 between Whistler and Lillooet, BC

We took this road in our 40' motorhome 5 years or so ago. It is VERY windey, narrow and steep in places. We made it okay, but be Very careful at the blind curves, and going down steep grades.
eheading 09/22/16 04:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why can't I get what I want with manual transmission

We tow a Mini Cooper with 6 speed manual transmission. You can get them with at least some of the bells and whistles, maybe lots of them. While Mini does not recommend towing their cars, many of us do with no issues. We have towed ours 6000 miles so far with no problems. They told me (factory rep) that the only way it would affect warranty is if the failure was caused by towing - like trans failure. Check here and elsewhere though, I know of no one who has had a problem with towing. Blue ox makes a nice baseplate for towing. In addition the car does not have a locking steering wheel. THis means when you are ready to tow, put transmission in neutral, release hand brake, turn off ignition, remove key, and GO!! Ed Headington
eheading 09/22/16 03:55pm Dinghy Towing
RE: What do you tow 4 down?

We're towing a 2015 MINI Cooper Roadster, with a manual transmission. One thing I like about the MINI is that it does not have a locking steering wheel. So when we get hitched up, we just take off the emergency brake, put the gearshift in neutral, and remove the key. Never any problem with pulling fuses or draining the battery. The only disadvantage is that the Roadster is very low at the front, so I have to be extra careful that I don't straddle any debris in the road. Ed Headington
eheading 08/31/16 08:25am Dinghy Towing
RE: Dinghy Protection while towing?

We too have as very low toad, a Mini Cooper roadster. SInce I was concerned about stone chips, we actually had the nano shield Diamond Shield applied to the front end. After our first trip of 6000 miles this summer, it seems to be doing a very good job of protecting our Mini.
eheading 08/27/16 02:51pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Slide out kitty wampus....what the heck (happy ending)

You are lucky that it was as bolt that sheared. Two motorhomes ago, our slide had spiral pins that were the sacrificial item. When they sheared it was HARD to get the shafts lined up to re-insert a spiral or roll pin. Out last motorhome had grade 8 bolts for that purpose. When I sheared one of them, it was MUCH easier lining up the shaft to insert a replacement bolt. As has been mentioned above, we had to use grade 8 bolts. Ed Headington
eheading 08/07/16 03:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Words of advice for cell phone users

We have AT&T service with our iPhone. The first time we went to CAnada, we ran into these charges. We called AT&T. They said they were sorry and took off the charges. BUT they said ALWAYS turn off DATA ROAMING. SInce then we have not had any problems. Ed Headington
eheading 07/17/16 01:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: How do you protect your surge suppressor

We have a Progressive Industries Energy Management system. It has a lifetime warranty in case it does get wet and need repair. I and they have determined that as long as it is not submerged in water and the front face with the indicator display and plug is not facing up, it will work just fine. I had let mine lay on the ground twice with the front facing up and it got wet and failed (and Prog. Ind.) repaired it free. Since I have made sure the front face is not up in a heavy rain I have not had any problem. Ed Headington
eheading 07/17/16 01:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Full wall slide vs multiple smaller slides

Like others we have as full slide and have had it a little over 2 years and 21000 miles with no problems. The motorhome is a Newmar and it has a processor that keeps the two motors in synch. We could not have our floorplan, which we like, without the full slide. Ed Headington
eheading 06/26/16 09:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rigging tail lights on 2016 F150 as toad

You might want to check with Blue Ox. When I had my car done, Blue Ox gave me the baseplate part number and the wiring kit. The installation instructions were included. They showed exactly where to drill the hole for the extra taillight bulb on my Mini Cooper. Ed Headington
eheading 05/12/16 07:45pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Any problem with the refirigerator behind the driver?

My only problem with the refrigerator behind the driver's seat is that means the kitchen is right behind the "cockpit". I personally like the living room behind the driver and co-pilot so that you get the big panoramic view from the living room seats. Just my personal preference. Ed
eheading 05/10/16 06:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Monaco mirror

I think most likely it is a Velvac mirror as stated above. We had a 1995 Monaco Windsor and had to replace a mirror and it was a Velvac. I believe almost all of the motorhome manufacturers use these mirrors. Ed Headington
eheading 05/04/16 09:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Brakes on towed vehicle or not?

MPond says it right! I agree! Our motorhome plus our toad when loaded as we travel is a little over 1000 pounds below the GVWR of the motorhome alone. Also the toad weighs less than 3000 pounds which is the limit without brakes here in Florida. I spoke with the chassis manufacturer who said that if the combined total weight is less than the GVWR for the motorhome then there is no reason to need auxiliary brakes on the toad. All of the auxiliary brake manufacturers want us to believe that ALL states ALWAYS require auxiliary brakes, but this is false. As MPond stated, you can always do something to improve your braking. Even if you are driving a motorhome alone, you can increase the size of the brakes, used larger tires to increase the area of rubber contacting the road, etc, etc. However it seems to me that if your vehicle meets the requirements of the chassis manufacturer and the requirements of your state, you should be "legally" safe, whether you ever get hauled into court or not. Ed Headington
eheading 05/02/16 06:03am Dinghy Towing
RE: Brakes on towed vehicle or not?

As WNYBob says, you need to be sure what your state requirements are. Here in Florida if a trailer is under 3000 pounds you don't need brakes. Secondly, you need to determine what the limits are on your chassis. Most chassis manufacturers now say that the brakes are only good to the GVWR of the chassis. In my case I tow a 2700 pounds car, and the weight of the car plus loaded motorhome is over 1000 pounds less than the GVWR for the chassis. The chassis manufacturer has told me that as long as the combined weight is not over the GVWR, the unit can stop safely. Ed Headington
eheading 04/25/16 03:09pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Flat towing advice

That's too bad that you just returned from Lakeland. We could have shown you our Mini!!! It is also too bad that your son-in-law's Mini is an automatic. To the best of my knowledge, they are not towable four down. You would have to tow it with a tow dolly. Ed Headington
eheading 04/24/16 07:35pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Flat towing advice

If you check with Mini you will see that they don't recommend towing it 4 wheels down. However if it has the manual transmission, there doesn't seem to be a problem I suspect they just never tested it. A number of people are towing them including myself, and Blue Ox makes baseplates for the Mini. We are towing the Mini Roadster, and have a little less than 1000 miles of towing on it with no problems whatsoever. I have talked with others who have towed them for many more miles than us and they have experienced no problems either. Ed Headington
eheading 04/24/16 04:08pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow bar

For years we had a Roadmaster baseplate and a Roadmaster towbar, Falcon, Sterling, and now a Falcon all-terrain. Recently we installed a Blue Ox baseplate on our toad, so now I have the Falcon All-terrain towbar with Blue Ox brackets on the end to match our Blue Ox base plate. I bought the Blue Ox brackets from Roadmaster. For braking we have had the Ready-Brake surge brake, and SMI Stay n Play. We do not have a braking system now as our car is below the 3000 pound requirement in Florida and the car plus our loaded MH weigh less than 1000 pounds below the GVWR for the motorhome alone. If I were to purchase another braking system it would be the Reasdy Brake. Easy to install, low in cost, and worked very well for us. Ed Headington
eheading 04/16/16 06:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: I don't know what this is.

We had a manabloc system in a Monaco Windsor years ago. It worked okay. The only disadvantage I saw to it is that because of bringing all the water lines to a central position, the lines to any given fixture are longer than when the standard system is used. This meant that we had to run the water a lot longer if we wanted hot water. Since we normally run off the water in our tank, this was a monor disadvantage to us. Other than that, the system worked fine. Ed Headington
eheading 04/16/16 06:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: mini cooper country

I do not have experience with all wheel drive MIni's. I do however tow a 2015 Mini Cooper Roadster with no problems yet after 800 miles of towing. (manual transmission). There are a number of people towing Mini's of various models, all with manual transmissions, and both Blue Ox and Roadmaster have Mini tow brackets for sale. I recently spoke to a fellow who has towed his Mini for thousands of miles with no problems. Unfortunately all of the data that I have is with front wheel drive manual transmissions only. My manual explains that my car can be towed to a repair garage with 4 wheels down, and does not list any mileage limits. I suspect Mini has not ever tested it, so cannot recommend towing it. I did ask Mini how my warranty would be affected, and they said only if a failure could be contributed to the towing would I have a problem. Again unfortunately this may not apply to the new all wheel drive model. Ed Headington
eheading 04/12/16 05:13pm Dinghy Towing
RE: How do you handle bad campgound power

I agree with 2Oldman, don't connect and use the inverter. Our EMS shuts off when the voltage is over 132V and lower than 105V. When the power is out of those limits I find a site with acceptable power or don't use the CG power. Ed Headington
eheading 04/05/16 08:59am General RVing Issues
RE: RV Engineering and Construction

Regarding "bragging about Amish quality". As near as I can tell, just about every manufacturer in Indiana makes that claim. In visiting at least a half dozen Indiana manufacturers I never saw any Amishmen in the factory until I went to Newmar, which happens to be owned by a Mennonite family. At Newmar, the Amish all over everywhere in and around the factory. I thought this was very interesting. Mind you, I am NOT saying there are no Amish individuals in the other factories, just that I personally have never seen them. Ed Headington 2013 Newmar Ventana LE motorhome
eheading 03/31/16 02:39pm General RVing Issues
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