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RE: 2012 Newmar ventana LE 3634

We have a 2013 3434 Ventana LE and love it. I particularly like the engine and transmission combination. The 2500 tranny is the smoothest Allison we have ever had. And granted, if you look at the GVWR and the CCWR, it doesn't look like there is much towing capacity. What is not apparent at first glance on our motorhome however is that the GVWR for the motorhome alone is about 3000 pounds heavier than any other coach we have seen in that size range. Because of this, when we are towing our 2018 Corolla, the combined weight of the car and the loaded motorhome is approximately 1000 pounds LESS than the GVWR for the motorhome alone. I like that!! Ed Headington
eheading 05/24/18 07:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tiffin Allegro Red 33AA vs. Winnebago Forza 34T

Ironically, although the TIffin has a longer wheelbase, its length is also longer. Our Ventana LE wheelbase is 49% of the overall length. The Tiffin RED 33AA wheelbase is actually a little less than 47% of the total length. What is important in wind handling is the ratio of the wheelbase to the total length. Having said that, I realy doubt there would be a measureable difference between the two in wind handling. The only way to really know is to test one of each in a stiff cross wind. Ed Headington
eheading 04/23/18 10:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tiffin Allegro Red 33AA vs. Winnebago Forza 34T

I can only speak of the handling for the Ventana LE. Naturally it is not quite as stable as our 41' previous motorhome, but it still handles very well in the wind. In severe cross winds out west, we have never had a problem with the handling of the coach. Ed Headington
eheading 04/21/18 06:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tiffin Allegro Red 33AA vs. Winnebago Forza 34T

We are driving the 34' model, and have been very happy with it. No significant problems in 4 years and 35,000 miles. Had a very short list of problems when we purchased it also. Ed Headington
eheading 04/15/18 05:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tiffin Allegro Red 33AA vs. Winnebago Forza 34T

Another highly competitive unit in the size you are looking for would be the Newmar Ventana LE motorhome. They also have a 34' model. We have one and love it. I believe ours has more slides than either the 34' Forza or the Allegro RED. Ed Headington '
eheading 04/12/18 05:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Flying J/Def fluid pump

I cannot remember the last time I entered a Pilot or Flying J service plaza and they didn't have DEF at the pump in the US.I would have said they all have it at the pump, and it is cheaper than at Walmart. The standard price I have seen is $2.79/gallon. Ed Headington
eheading 04/12/18 05:37pm General RVing Issues
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
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