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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
RE: Clear film

We have liked Diamond Shield on two motorhomes enough that when we bought a new car for a toad, we actually had the DIamond Shield nano-fusion film put on the front of it. Ed Headington
eheading 03/30/16 07:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where is Winnebago in the Gasser lineup?

The only serious negative that I know of is for the last couple of years Winnebago, in both its diesel line and its gas line, has been plagued with Schwintek slide problems. These have caused several of our friends much pain. I THINK they may have solved that issue now. Time will tell. Ed Headington
eheading 03/30/16 07:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Engine Exhaust Brake question

The only problem that I am aware of is that if the exhaust brake is left on all the time, every time you let off on the accelerator, the engine brake comes on. I often don't want it to come on just because I let up on the accelerator pedal. That is the only issue I am aware of, as the brake is either on or off, no intermediate. Ed Headington
eheading 03/30/16 07:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Toad tail light wiring

In years gone by I always ran the wires to the existing toad lights and used diodes. For the past two cars I have used the separate bulbs. As someone said, my connector on the rear of the MH was wired for 4 wire. If you get a blue-ox wiring kit they even show you exactly where to drill the hole for the extra bulb. What I like about this way is that there is NO way the toad electrical system can be compromised. Anyway, the separate bulb is the only way I'd go now providing there is a place to put the bulb. Ed Headington
eheading 03/24/16 06:22am Dinghy Towing
RE: Towing with a Tiffin?

I know many people are very fond of Tiffin motorhomes, and I would never knock them. However, the American Coach motorhomes are A-1 also, and they are also known for super service support after ownership. SO-- I would say, get the one you like the best. Either manufacturer puts out a very good coach and will give you post purchase support. Ed Headington
eheading 03/23/16 02:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Branson

I agree that Ozark Country campground is the one for us for all the reasons posted above. We have been in many of the Branson motorhomes, but Ozark Country is the one for us. I am sure we'll be back there again sometime this summer or fall. Ed Headington
eheading 03/21/16 03:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago Itasca Full Wall Slide Failure

I cannot believe that neither Thor or Winnebago will replace the motors with anything but the original motor. The newer units have a larger more rugged motor, as I understand it. I think it is unpardonable that the manufacturers will not install the larger motor when a smaller one fails since the replacement will eventually fail also. And regarding the issue of a full slide, it is a Schwintek problem, not a full slide problem. We have a full slide in our Newmar motorhome and it has worked flawlessly for over 2 years now. Ed Headington
eheading 03/21/16 03:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How Did You Get Started RVing

When I was a boy scout I didn't like camping at all. After we were married, we bought our first RV, a pop-up camping trailer in 1967. Since then we have had 2 travel trailers and 7 motorhomes and have loved every minute of it. A lot of people stop camping/RVing when their kids are teenagers, but we never stopped and we as well as our 3 kids always enjoyed it. Ed Headington
eheading 03/12/16 02:43pm Class A Motorhomes
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