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RE: Rock protection for toad.

We have used the Roadmaster Guardian since 1999 and had very good luck with that. Ed Headington
eheading 03/15/18 12:06pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Slide not settling into position

I would definitely call the service advisors at Newmar Corp in INdiana. We jammed our full slide on our 2013 Ventana LE. A call to Newmar and within about 5 minutes we had the problem solved. I would definitely try them, they have been VERY helpful any time I have called them. Ed Headington
eheading 03/11/18 05:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: $199 per hour shop labor rate

Which General RV location is charging $199/hour? Is this at all their locations, or one particular one. ANd if just one, which one is it???
eheading 03/05/18 10:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Symptoms of HEUI pump failure?

That climb on I-26 from SC into NC and on into Asheville, is a killer. It is one of the steepest climbs I have encountered on and Interstate and that includes a LOT of traveling in Colorado and other parts of the Rockies. Ed Headington
eheading 03/04/18 02:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: $199 per hour shop labor rate

Just like MINI Cooper cars. All the maintenance requirements and details are "in the car software". There is no where you can find it written out when and what should be done on an ongoing preventive maintenance program. Ed Headington
eheading 03/04/18 02:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Debris Protector

I have used the Roadmaster Guardian since 1999 and have been very happy with it.
eheading 02/27/18 03:12pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Towing a Toyota Corolla

Ha, ha!! Good point!!! My boo boo. How about 3 minutes, does that sound a little bit more reasonable?? And I have to confess on our first trip out towing the Corolla we did NOT wait 3 months to drive it!!! (thanks for pointing that out) Ed Headington
eheading 02/18/18 07:28am Dinghy Towing
RE: Towing a Toyota Corolla

When we purchased our 2018 Corolla just 1 month ago, I carefully read the owner's manual that states a manual transmission Corolla can be towed. With a proximity key, you must leave it in "Accessory" so the steering wheel does not lock. After towing you should let idle for 3 months before driving off. As stated above, I really want to tow with the ignition off. I determined that opening a door is what triggers the steering wheel lock. So I removed the "door switch" for the driver's door. I lock the car so no other door can be opened by accident. So far we've towed it 35 whole miles with no problems:B Ed Headington
eheading 02/17/18 06:01am Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow Bar Receommendation

I too have a Roadmaster towbar. My last car had a Blue Ox baseplate, and it was easy to change the ends of the towbar to Blue Ox ends. Don't know much about the Demco, but if you are buying a towbar (in my case when I got the Blue OX baseplate I already had a Roadmaster towbar) I would be inclined to go with the Blue Ox towbar. It is a dependable durable towbar, and any questions concerning your entire hookup would involve only Blue Ox. Ed Headington
eheading 02/16/18 03:47pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Towing a Toyota Corolla

I think you are right on. I think that is exactly what is happening. The door switch does send the signal to lock the steering wheel. Ed Headington
eheading 01/29/18 11:53am Dinghy Towing
RE: Towing a Toyota Corolla

Actually I have modified our Corolla so that I can tow it with the ignition turned all the way to off. I determined that what activates the steering wheel lock is opening a car door. What I did was remove the "door open" button on the door jam, so now the computer does not know whether I open the door or not. Now when I prep the car for towing, I lock all the doors except the driver door. I then exit the car. The only penalty I pay for this mod is that the interior light does not come on if all I do is open the driver door. If I open any other door, or use the handle grip or key fob to unlock the car, the light turns on. For me this is a good solution. Unfortunately when I emailed this question to Toyota they just replied with a politically correct answer that said "don't do anything".
eheading 01/28/18 03:12pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Towing a Toyota Corolla

Thanks for the informative ideas. Yes, Toyota says the manual transmission Corolla is fine to tow in the ACC position. It just says to make sure the radio etc are turned off. I have been thinking the safest thing would be to add the charge line directly to the battery as some of you have suggested. And to Old Guy, I bought this car because I liked it, it met our needs, I like Toyotas, and Toyota says it is good to tow without removing any fuses or anything else. Toyota says if you leave the radio and accessories turned off, it will be fine. I have just been mildly concerned about towing it for several days. My conclusion has been to just add the charge line, but I was looking for any experience anyone else has had,that might indicate it isn't required. I got a lot of info from others, which I do appreciate. Ed Headington
eheading 01/25/18 01:55pm Dinghy Towing
Towing a Toyota Corolla

We recently purchased a 2018 Corolla SE with manual transmission. We are currently outfitting it for towing. Toyota says you must tow with the smart key in the "accessories" position. Does anyone have experience with towing the Corolla? Is there any problem with draining the battery with the ignition in the "accessory" position?? Thanks, Ed Headington
eheading 01/23/18 05:02pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Anyone tow a Chevy Spark

We just bought a 2018 Toyota Corolla with manual transmission, and I am faced with the same dilemma. They say tow the car in the accessory position. They assure me if the radio is off I won't have a battery problem, but I am concerned about battery drain. Ed Headington
eheading 01/20/18 03:52pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Honda Fit

Is anyone towing a Fit, manual transmission with the Proximity key? I was wondering how that works. Does the Fit have a locking steering wheel? We currently have a MINI and the steering wheel doesn't lock, so we can tow it with the ignition key removed. Ed Headington
eheading 01/14/18 02:23pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Gas Class A Recommendations Please

Are you really determined to have a gas motorhome, or just a desire to have one in the 35' range. I ask this, because Tiffin and Newmar both have nice diesel motorhomes in the 34-35' range. This will give you the better ride, higher load capacity etc. while still giving you the shorter length. We went from a 41' diesel to our current 34' Newmar Ventana LE and are very happy with it. Newmar also now offers a very upscale class diesel, the New Aire if you want to spend more money. Ed Headington
eheading 01/02/18 03:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is 70 the age to stop towing

I find this whole thread most interesting. I turned 81 last week and we purchased our last motorhome just 3 years ago. I have to admit though, that we did downsize our motorhome from 41' to 34'. We are thrilled with the smaller size, but still enjoy traveling with our 3 dogs and 2 cats. Ed Headington
eheading 12/20/17 03:38pm General RVing Issues
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
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