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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
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
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