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RE: Best or favorite dingy towed vehicle?

I like my Honda Fit, 5 speed manual transmission. It is towable and meets my transportation needs. There are still quite a few subcompact sedans or hatchbacks that are towable with manual transmission, if those work for you. My previous towable was a Ford Ranger with 5 speed manual. It no longer met my transportation needs when they came to include a third occupant in an infant safety seat. Some folks need a towed vehicle for one person, two persons, five or more persons, or a huge amount of cargo. Figure out what size and type of vehicle you need, then look for one of those that might be towable.
tatest 10/17/17 02:49am Dinghy Towing
RE: Is the pool of 4 down towable vehicles diminishing??

tatest 10/17/17 02:43am Dinghy Towing
RE: mp3's on usb drive

The sector size on the new FAT32 drive could be too large for the Jensen. FAT32 standard allows a wide range of sector sizes (512 bytes to at least 4 KB) and clustering arrangements to support devices ranging from 2MB to 16TB. The computer writing to the larger storage device could very well format the device to use blocks and clusters not in the range of what an older client can handle. I've run into this often on solid state storage devices for cameras, as capacity has progressed. Sometimes I've been able to make the camera reformat the storage media, in which case it might use half, or a quarter of the nominal capacity, but I doubt that your player has even that much smarts.
tatest 10/17/17 02:37am Technology Corner
RE: Texas with a 30' 5W

Where in Texas? Generally, I like to visit October through May (outside the hurricane season, but all sorts of interesting weather possible). High Plains can be cold November through February, while the Gulf Coast and Coastal Plains will usually have mild winter conditions, susceptible to occasional severe thunderstorms (Tornado Alley moves south for winter). Coastal Plains can remain hot late into the year. When I was in training at San Antonio we had heat restrictions on our activities well into October, never got into our overcoats (raincoats for warmth) through end of December. But they also can get cold, visiting Houston regularly over 35 years, I once got caught by ice storms that closed all of the freeway overpasses, probably January or February.
tatest 10/17/17 02:22am Roads and Routes
RE: Through Dallas & Houston. Am I nuts?

From where in Oklahoma? The state is almost 300 miles wide. From the eastern part of the state I use US-75 or US-69 and Indian Nation Turnpike and US-271 down to Paris, Texas-19 to Huntsville, when my destination is Houston. This bypasses Dallas area by a wide margin. Getting to the Texas Gulf Coast without going through Houston depends on your destination. Going to Galveston means going to Houston. But if coming from western Oklahoma and going to Corpus Christi or further south, US-281 out of Wichita Falls bypasses Dallas by a large margin, taking you to San Antonio where I-37 gets you to the coast or I-35 gets you to Laredo. San Antonio is its own traffic problem, but nothing like Dallas or Houston.
tatest 10/17/17 02:08am Roads and Routes
RE: RV Resort Membership ??'s

Memberships work if your visiting patterns, rules, costs work for you. RV park memberships make it a bit more complicated, because you might want to compare to other sorts of time shares in the same area. RVing might not be the least expensive way to visit Branson several times a year.
tatest 10/17/17 01:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rock Crusher Canyon RV Resort

The attractions are moderate winter weather and peace. Two of my brothers retired in the area. The older one golfed, read, and worked on genealogy during his brief retirement. The younger one hangs out with friends and fishes golf balls out of the water hazards in his country club resort. It is a place for relaxation. Tampa is about an hour away. Orlando is about an hour and a half. We have cousins living 1-2 hours from that area, but our cousins wouldn't be your attractions. One of my cousins spends most of his Florida time riding motorcycles around SW Florida, if that works as an attraction for you. Fishing in the Gulf, or waters off the Gulf, is about 30 minutes away. Beaches start about an hour's drive down the coast, but the major west coast tourist attractions start south of the Tampa area, about three hours to Sarasota, four hours to Fort Myers. For the real action on the eastern coast, five to six hours to the Fort Lauderdale-Miami-Miami Beach area. Being from a generation that traveled to learn the ambiance of different places, I don't really understand what folks mean when they ask about "attractions" because for my younger sisters and my children that usually means theme parks. Those would be in Orlando area.
tatest 10/17/17 01:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Southern Utah Weather

Late September, early October is nice, although this is well enough known that the parks stay pretty busy, it is the most popular time for visitors flying in for RV circle tours, from Europe and the eastern U.S. Mid-October gets a huge influx of traffic whichever week the UEA has its lobbying visit to the state legislature, creating a week-long school holiday at a time of the year when southern Utah weather is most pleasant. This year it is this week. After mid-October, it depends on your weather expectations. The area gets a long cold winter, but outside the mountains it is a mostly dry winter, and cold means the parks are not so crowded. I've been there in early October, great weather tending to be warm, but thunderstorms possible, and in May when it was moderately warm at lower altitudes, quite cold up in the passes.
tatest 10/17/17 01:12am Roads and Routes
RE: Pilot and Flying Js

There are many small filling station/convenience store outlets under the Pilot brand. These will not have truck stop facilities, and many don't even pump diesel. That's where Pilot got started, before expanding into the truck stop and travel center business, and Pilot did a lot of expansion in the 70s and 80s buying up small outlets along the Interstate system in the middle of the country. Flying J's should all be at least truck stops, some developed into travel centers for a broader audience, except that since Pilot bought the Flying J brand, they could have applied it to lesser facilities. But I don't think so, most everything new gets the Pilot brand. For the past 35 years I've been in Love's country, prefer to stop there rather than Pilot, so I don't get into a lot of Pilot stations. Even when out of Love's country, I tend to prefer Petro over Pilot when looking for travel center facilities. Some of the Petro travel centers are almost destinations, like the Joplin I-44 travel center in SW Missouri.
tatest 10/17/17 12:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Disposal of small propane canister question.

They fit into the same category as aerosol spray cans, most of which now use flammable hydrocarbon propellants since the global ban on CFCs. Nobody really wants them in the trash stream going to landfills, but hardly any place sets up a special program for handling them. Sooner or later the contents will be vented to the atmosphere, and the propane containers at least contain only propane, no extra toxic chemicals like paints, hair lacquer or pesticides. In many municipalities, all of these device will be on a list of things not to put into the trash, universally ignored.
tatest 10/17/17 12:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Renting out an RV for profit?

If it were really a good return on investment, the companies that want you to let them rent your trailer to strangers would be buying their own equipment rather than brokering yours. Yes, you can see some money coming in but it might not cover all your costs, let alone compare well to other investments of the same small capital. Renting out through a broker is more in the nature of cutting your losses on a RV that you don't much use, rather than making money. Many dealers maintain small rental fleets as a way of bringing in sales business, and even so some of them will be brokering customer units rather than investing in their own rental stock.
tatest 10/15/17 12:15am Beginning RVing
RE: Difficulties with Pets and RVing

It depends on the dog. Many dogs travel well, others don't. My daughter has one dog that needs to be tranquilized for a 15 minute trip, another that loves to travel (most of the time the dog sleeps). My wife got one dog so well paper trained that it was miserable going potty outdoors, particularly in strange places. Some dogs can be left alone (a frequent situation traveling) but others go berserk. If your Lab is only nine months old, you probably haven't worked any of this out. I suggest making sure that the dog is regularly exposed to a wide range of experiences including what might be encountered when traveling. My experience is young dogs adapt to what they learn early, while those that become "difficult" will be those that have adapted to narrow strict routines and living experiences and become frightened by change. For RVing, one of the things you will need to teach your dog to do will be to get used to being around strangers, human and canine.
tatest 10/15/17 12:00am Beginning RVing
RE: What do you do about Atlanta?

You could route around Atlanta well to the west with very little extra distance. There are some large cities I like to avoid because of impossible traffic densities at the time I will get there (as you are treating Chicago) and Atlanta is one of them that stays messed up for much of the day. But avoiding one bottleneck on the Interstate system will often put me through a different one, so it is about the timing as much as the route. Consider I-65 out of Nashville to Montgomery, US-231 from Montgomery to Dothan, US-84 to Bainbridge, US-27 to I-10, then over to I-75. Or from Montgomery, US-231 down to I-10. I now go through Atlanta west to east (I-20) to get to S. Carolina, as a 5 AM start from NE Mississippi or NW Alabama gets me there about 9:30-10:00 AM, which is not so bad west to east (but it is pretty bad for folks coming in from the east). But I don't go through Atlanta east to west because I hit it at the wrong time of day, afternoon to evening rush hour. My westbound route is I-40 rather then I-20 with a night stop before crossing the mountains, an early start ahead of regional commuter traffic, which gets me through or past Nashville mid-day, and counter-flow to afternoon commuters at Memphis. There is probably a good time for I-75 north to south, but I don't know what it is. Going through north to south, I would usually hit Atlanta around 10 PM and stay on I-75. I do know that the loop roads the truckers are forced to use are currently slow for much of the day, because of construction projects.
tatest 09/14/17 08:32pm Roads and Routes
RE: Antifreeze recommendations

I use a bit less than a gallon and a half to flush the lines of my 29 foot motorhome that has the fresh water tank and pump in the left front corner, the water heater in the right rear corner, so about 60 feet of cold water lines, 30 feet of hot water lines. This is after draining every line and bypassing the water heater. I run enough out of the taps to fill all of the traps, and flush out the outside shower, still don't go through two gallons. Your TrailLite almost certainly has some type of hot water heater bypass, although it might not have a winterization inlet ahead of the water pump. If you bypass the water heater, you need no more than 2-3 gallons, usually less than two. If you drain the fresh water tank, water heater and all lines before starting, and don't bypass, you'll need another six gallons for antifreeze to reach the hot water lines. If you just start out by dumping antifreeze into your fresh water tank, 20 gallons might not be enough to get the water out of everything downstream, because the antifreeze mixes with water and will be diluted. The downside of dumping antifreeze into your fresh water tank and filling your water heater (besides cost) is the number of fresh water flushes you are going to need in the spring to get the antifreeze out. While the RV antifreeze (if it is the right stuff) is low toxicity, the agent added to make it bitter is quite effective even at very low concentrations.
tatest 09/14/17 07:50pm Beginning RVing
RE: TT Outside Construction

Usually that difference in skin reflects a difference in construction. The aluminum siding is popular on "stick-built" structures, wood-stud walls a light weight version of how frame houses are built. The wall gets its strength from the framing. When you see fiberglass skin, you are usually looking at laminated panel construction, an aluminum perimeter-framed foam core with skin glued to both sides, skin can be wood or other composites. The wall gets its strength from bond of skin to the core. There are some exceptions, as Winnebago started out with aluminum outer skin when it developed the first laminated panels, and some builders like Northwood have put fiberglass skins on wood-framed walls. Then there are the high-end manufacturers (like Excel) who built an aluminum studded frame structure and cover it with with composites, or Holiday Rambler who used to build an aluminum studded frame and cover it with aluminum, then later switched to fiberglass skin.
tatest 09/14/17 07:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tow/Launch Boat With Camper Van

PleasureWay's Traverse on the E-series was more of a sleeper van, although it had a small kitchen area. To sleep more than two, it had to have an upper bunk under a pop-up top. Sort up like an upscaled version of the camper vans Westfalia and Sportmobile built on the VW vans for more than 40 years. If you want to tow a boat, you would be looking for a Traverse with 5.4 V-8. Sportmobile will still do this type of conversion, on order. While they have a wide selection of conversion plans, pretty much every thing is done to customer order, furnishings can be located where structure and chassis equipment allows. There are also smaller companies that do camper conversions, sometimes as slide-in equipment. You'll find some of these, as well as DIY conversions, when shopping used vans. What you can do depends on how many people you need carry, how many you need to bunk. These less residential camping van conversions often work better on boat ramps and off paved highways because they don't have as much stuff hanging under the van as you'll find on more residential B's. A search on Pleasureway Traverse should take you to YouTube sales demos from dealers (2012-2013) with further links to similar packages on other van platforms, like the Active conversion on Nissan NV. Some of these will be links to European offerings, where this type of camper van is much more popular.
tatest 09/14/17 06:10pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Nervous about ending up with a mass produced junk box.

It gets hard to create "quality" using the assembled box structures conventionally used in mass-production RVs. There are RVs built differently (look into Casita, Oliver or Bigfoot trailers) but these are relatively expensive, and the construction methods make it difficult to build the wide range of sizes and floorplan variations buyers are looking for.
tatest 09/09/17 06:23pm Beginning RVing
RE: Leave the emergency(parking) brake off?

Parking brake likely has nothing to do with your caliper seizing. The motorhome sitting with the brakes unused is the most likely cause. My E-450 does not use the disk brakes for parking, there is a small drum brake on the tail of the transmission. My E-350 (and most light trucks with rear disk brakes) uses small drum parking brakes inside the rear disks. I've had one car that mechanically tightened the rear calipers with a lever attached to the cable, but have not encountered one that used the hydraulics for parking.
tatest 09/09/17 06:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Generator question

Itasca Spirit user manual from Winnebago actually suggests starting the engine before trying to start the generator or move the slideouts.
tatest 09/09/17 06:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Why were all the RV's left in the flood?

Move them where? It is a long way to high ground and Gulf Coast hurricanes tend to move a long distance inland. The Texas coastal plain stretches inland to roughly I-35. When only a few tens of thousands of folks evacuated west for Rita the 200 miles to San Antonio became a 12-hour drive. The highway to Dallas took even longer, and the hurricane followed those folks to Dallas. Forecasters can only roughly predict the path or how far it will get before losing energy and drying out. Hurricane Agnes (1972) hit the Gulf Coast at western Florida, got all the way up to drown Corning, New York. If you went north on that evacuation, it was the wrong direction.
tatest 08/31/17 04:10pm General RVing Issues
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