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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
RE: TOWING A MINI COOPER

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
RE: Staying in Shape to RV Longer

Well, I will turn 80 in a month, and my wife is 4 months behind me. We have not done any special exercise plans, but do keep busy. We did downsize from a 41' motorhome to a 34' a few years ago, but our still enjoying our RV and traveling. THis summer was a light one, travelwise, only covered 6000 miles. We've been RVing for 50 years this coming spring, maybe that has something to do with it. Personally I just think we have been very blessed, and the two of us are VERY thankful for that!@ Ed Headington
eheading 11/20/16 05:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Flat-towing 96 Miata

Good news indeed. Years ago the Miata magazine showed that the 5 speed wasn't towable and how it didn't lubricate the gears with only the output shaft rotating. When I studied the diagrams it looked like it would be okay and I wrote a note to the author, but he never answered me. My data point was one owner and one car, so I am pleased to hear that this was not a typical case. It is hard to say what they did wrong, but obviously they must have done something. Ed
eheading 11/20/16 05:14pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Flat-towing 96 Miata

It is my understanding that the 6 speed manual transmission is towable, but the 5 speed is not flat towable. We towed a 99 with the 6 speed manual transmission over 10,000 miles and didn't have any problems. A friend with a 5 speed manual transmission burned theirs up flat towing it. Ed Headington
eheading 11/19/16 08:48pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Help with entry level diesel pushers

I would agree with the suggestion to check other manufacturers. We have a 2013 Newmar Ventana LE and have been very happy with it. The load capacity on our 34' LE is significantly higher than the load capacity on our 2005 Revolution LE, which I thought was very good. Newmar's build quality, in general, is excellent too. Ed Headington
eheading 10/09/16 07:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Transmission oil and filters when to change ?

I would suggest you look in your Allison transmission manual. It will give you the change intervals. I seem to recall that they recommend changing the fluid around 10,000 miles, and then after that it is a long interval: 50,000 or 100,000 miles. Hmm, seems I posted this at the same time Brett did. Ed Headington
eheading 10/09/16 07:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: AC Eagle or 2012 Monaco

I assure you that the 2006 American Eagle has a one piece fiberglass roof. We had a 2005 Revolution LE that had a fiberglass roof, so I am sure the Eagle did also. I believe that the Eagle had a fiberglass roof back before 2000. It might have always had the fiberglass roof when it came out in 1992 or 1993. Ed Headington
eheading 10/07/16 01:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: FREDs vs DPs

I think of a FRED as a diesel powered gas motorhome. What I mean by that is that the chassis is much closer to the gas chassis, springs instead of airbags etc. Normally a rear diesel chassis is heavier duty, with air bag suspension etc. I always thought there was a place for the FRED's in the market lineup. It gives someone the reliability of the diesel engine without the major cost increase associated with going up to a diesel pusher. Ed Headington
eheading 09/26/16 02:59pm Class A Motorhomes
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
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