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RE: Finding a Mechanic for Suspension Issues: Southern Wisconsin

I had an '88 Toyota Escaper. Do you have a true one ton dual wheel full floater axle or do you have the lighter duty axle with foolie (fake ) dual wheels. Either way, you do not have to remove the entire rear axle assembly to do a brake job. You do have to pull the axle out of the housing to get things apart. Find any good mechanic that works on trucks and they will be able to do the job. You mechanic may not know what he is doing so finding someplace else is a good idea. Many of the older (ralative term here) had the original rear axle replaced with a full floating axle. If you have 5 lug front wheels and 6 lug rear wheels, this happened. It was a fix to a problem that Toyota paid for. There is a web group that specializes in Toyota based RV's. Go to http://toyotamotorhome.org/forums Those people have a correct answer to every question you can imagine. They helped me through many problems. Their forum currently has a conversation going on about brakes and suspension repair in southern WI. This is the link http://toyotamotorhome.org/forums/index.php?/topic/12293-wisconsin-mechanics-somewhere-between-madison-and-milwaukeeor-maybe-northern-illinois-near-the-wisconsin-boarder/ You can send me a personal message and we can talk. If you wish, pm your phone number and I will contact you.
BarabooBob 10/01/20 12:28pm Beginning RVing
RE: Arkansas SP $40 Dog Fee - REALLY ??

I have had a least one dog for the past 33 years. I will not take our dogs to any campground except our private property. I have seen to many other dogs with bad owners to put my dog in a bad place. At our campsite, which we allow any of our friends to use, dogs are only allowed if they are friendly to man and beast. Otherwise, leave them home.
BarabooBob 09/30/20 07:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Torque on Lug Nuts

Every vehicle that I own has aluminum rims. They are more likely to have rim damage than steel wheels. If the lugs are loose, the lugs will eat the rim. If they are too tight, the rim can be warped, lugs stretched, etc. I check mine 50 and 100 miles after the rim was removed, and before every trip. I then check them after 2 weeks on the road.
BarabooBob 09/28/20 05:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Are the campgrounds full in your area?

We just got back from 2 weeks in the Rockies, Bighorn Mtns, and Black hills. If we stopped by 4:00 we had no problem getting a site. We only have a 17' TT so we have more options that the longer units.
BarabooBob 09/24/20 02:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Settle this for Sequoia and 4Runner owners...

I have not seen any full size pickups using CVT's. This is a quote from FLeetowner.com--"After three years of development, Ford Motor Co. engineers are testing a more robust continuously variable transmission (CVT) design in a Ford Expedition SUV, with its standard 215 hp, 4.6-liter V-8 engine. This represents the first time this technology has been applied to a full-size truck. I wonder how they will work with 400 hp?
BarabooBob 09/24/20 02:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Converter charger

WFCO has a reputation for making converters that do not work when new much less 16 years old. When I bought my current TT, the brand new WFCO converter would not go into bulk charge mode. It would put out 13.6 volts and no higher. Rather than deal with a warranty issue and get another WFCO, I personally installed a Progressive Dynamics 45 amp converter. It worked great the day I installed it and still does now. I installed a PD my last Class C in 2010 and it was still working great when we sold it in 2017 after 60,000 miles.
BarabooBob 09/22/20 03:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Very nice campground near I90 in Adrian, Minn

The park is right off the interstate but far enough away to not be noisy. The woman working that night was extremely pleasant and actually appeared to like her job. Such a change from some places. They have 121 RV sites.
BarabooBob 09/21/20 05:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Food!

I just threw together a great tasting "Chinese" meal. I pan fried a thin sliced 5 ounce steak, threw in fresh onions, orange bell peppers, some broccoli, a pineapple tidbit fruit cup, added Gen Tsao sauce and thickened with a little corn starch. Served over rice. It took 10 minutes from start to eating. This is one of my "go to" because my wife does not like it and when she is skipping supper, it is easy to make.
BarabooBob 09/21/20 05:25pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Adding USB and 12v outets to my 2 RVs

I added three 12 volt outlets to my TT. The first one is right inside the door on the side of the overhead cabinet. I got the power for this on from the light above the sink. The next on is above the passenger side dinette seat at the rear of the TT. I got the power for this on by tapping into the stereo power feed. The third outlet is above the driver side dinette seat. To power this one, I ran a channel up the corner of the TT to conceal the wires and got the power by tapping into a line coming out of the converter. At the same time that I added these outlets, I added LED lights above the seats of the dinette to make reading easier. I used the same power supply that ran the 12 volt outlets. We use these almost daily to charge camera batteries when we don't have shore power.
BarabooBob 09/21/20 04:27pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Hitch Mounted Cargo Carriers

When I had my Class C, I had a carrier on the back pumper. I used ratchet straps from the end of the basket to the bumper on the C to eliminate wobble. I had a truck tool box mounted on the carrier that blocked my tail lights so I added some crazy bright LED tail lights to the carrier.
BarabooBob 09/21/20 04:11pm General RVing Issues
Very nice campground near I90 in Adrian, Minn

Last night we stayed in a very nice city run campground in Adrian, Minnesota. The campground was very clean, quiet, and had nice shower/restroom facilities. The cost for a night: tents $18, 30 amp service w/water was $28, 30 amp/ sewer/cable $29, 50 amp with sewer/water/cable $33. The campground is located just off I90 at exit 26.
BarabooBob 09/20/20 05:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Head light not working.

It would not be the first new bulb that was no good that I have seen. Check everything with a volt meter to make sure that you don't have a bad "new" bulb.
BarabooBob 09/20/20 05:30pm Tech Issues
RE: FORD F-150 AXLE RATIO CHOICE

I currently have a 2011 F150 heavy, SCREW, long bed, w/3.5 EB w/3.73 gears. I have over 200,000n miles. I just finished going over Chief Joseph Highway, Beartooth Highway, up the west side of 14A in the Bighorns pulling my TT. I may loose a bit of mpg when not towing but I love the grunt when I am towing. When I reorder, it will be a similar vehicle. I don't have a problem eating up my brakes. I have never smelled hot brakes on my truck either. The truck still looks good and runs great, so I don;t plan on a new one soon.
BarabooBob 09/19/20 06:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: Do most parks check/copy your ID? (Victims of ID theft)

I have checking into 10 campgrounds in the last 2 weeks. I used a credit card each time and have not been asked to even present my DL even once. They didn't even ask to see it much less make a copy of it.
BarabooBob 09/16/20 08:45pm Beginning RVing
RE: Advice to omit the auto change LP valve

Why not use the auto changeover valve as is is designed? I have one on my TT and really like not getting up in the middle of the night to switch tanks. I check my valve every day to see if it had switched itself to the backup bottle. I never smell any propane near the regulator and don't worry about it. We do a fair amount of cold weather camping so we enjoy a warm camper.
BarabooBob 09/16/20 08:37pm Tech Issues
RE: lug nut socket

Both my TT and my F150 require thin wall deep well sockets. Harbour Freight had them in 1/2" drive. I also bought a 30 inch breaker bar. The darned truck requires 150 lb/ft of torque and removing the lugs after they have been on a while takes some serious pull. My TT required 100 lb/ft on the lugs. Both units have aluminum wheels.
BarabooBob 09/16/20 08:32pm Beginning RVing
RE: Renewal

And how are you going to prove that you are a member if you don't have a smart phone or don't have cell service when the tow truck gets there? They really are shaving costs in every way possible. I don't think I will be renewing after hearing all of the problems that people are having.
BarabooBob 09/10/20 06:28am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: RPMs dropping uphill, Ford f-450

Downshift to keep the engine in the power band. You may just have to manually downshift, keep the rpms up, and SLOW DOWN. Even semi's slow down on 5% grades and they have a LOT MORE torque than you do.
BarabooBob 09/09/20 05:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Poor roadside assistance

My wife went off the road during a snow storm last year and we called GSRA. They sent a truck from over 60 miles away and there are 3 companies within 5 miles. 2 of them have a contract with GS (I called) and had a truck available. I asked the wife what happened and she reminded me that when I was teaching my daughters to drive, I said that the ditch is always a better option than a head on collisions. I apoligized for questioning her.
BarabooBob 09/09/20 03:33am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Replacing ceiling lights & adding more light

I have replaced all of the lights in my last 2 RV's with LED's. My current TT came with all LED lights but I added a couple more. I will never go back to incandescent bulbs. The current TT also has LED marker and tail lights. I prefer the brighter (almost blue tinted) light temp.
BarabooBob 09/09/20 03:12am Tech Issues
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