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RE: E350 trickle charge

Thanks for the responses! Been using a 10watt solar panel on the coach batteries and it works really well. 10w isn’t enough to keep up while camping, but is fine for maintaining charge while in storage. The panel sits on the dash and is plugged into one of the coach outlets. I tried it on the chassis, through the dash and it didn’t seem to be working. I thought there might be a diode in the circuit. It is a very tight fit for the plug so maybe I wasn’t making contact, or I didn’t wait long enough to see an increase in voltage. 10w isn’t very much juice! I’ll try again and report back. Thanks! Norm
F1bNorm 09/15/19 11:41pm Class C Motorhomes
E350 trickle charge

The 2006 Ford E350 has live (key removed) cigarette lighter (2) sockets in the dash. Shouldn’t I be able to trickle charge the chassis battery through that outlet? Thanks!
F1bNorm 09/11/19 09:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV toilet paper

We’ve used Costco TP forever! Like Dave says, use plenty of water so it can slosh around in the tank. This is for any TP! The only downside with Costco is if you run out while on the road, you’re going to have to use another brand or find a place to store that huge package! Norm
F1bNorm 08/06/19 03:08pm Beginning RVing
RE: Towing a Honda CRV

I have the same problem. My solution was to add a battery cut out. See: https://www.amazon.com/Post-Battery-Master-Disconnect-Switch/dp/B001N729FS/ref=sr_1_4?crid=2MZQYP8XQUICI&keywords=battery+disconnect&qid=1564867364&s=gateway&sprefix=Battery+di%2Caps%2C214&sr=8-4 Note: the CRV battery post is smaller than standard, so you might need a shim. See: https://www.amazon.com/Schumacher-BAF-2-positive-negative-batteries/dp/B0060YI0YS/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Battery+shim&qid=1564867989&s=gateway&sr=8-1 We use the valet key when towing, attached to it is a 3x5 card with the tranny routine and the radio reset code. Norm
F1bNorm 08/03/19 03:40pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Recommended Tow Set-Ups (Brands) for the Toad

X2 No brake box sitting on the drivers side floor. Your base plates will be dependent on your vehicle. We use Blue ox baseplates but have the Ready Brute Elite tow bars with integrated surge brakes. I really like these bars, everything is mechanical so there is nothing electrical or pneumatic to fail on the braking system. And the brakes are built into the bars so there is no installing/uninstalling the brake system like on a lot of other brands and it's not invasive to the vehicle. Takes about a minute to hook everything up from start to finish. Super easy. They were a little more expensive than some other brands, but when you consider the brakes are built in, but they are comparable to a set of bars and additional brake system, so in the end it's a wash. We tow a CRV. ready brute bars
F1bNorm 07/03/19 01:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tow Bar In or Tow Bar Out?

Bought myReady Brute w/built in brake around 2009. Wonder if the vintage makes a difference? Check with NSA? Norm
F1bNorm 03/23/19 08:12pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow Bar In or Tow Bar Out?

Okay, you made me look. My Ready Brute tow bar does not lock in the forward position. The locking pin does drop, but does not engage. If the bar did lock in both positions, I would think in certain conditions you could lock one bar in and the other out, which would not be good! Try yours and report back. Norm
F1bNorm 03/22/19 02:58pm Dinghy Towing
RE: 4 seatbelts NOT facing sideways

Our ‘06 Winn Aspect 23b, a B+, has 6 lap belts in addition to the driver and passenger cab seats. 2 facing forward and 2 facing rear at the dinette and 2 on the side couch. Does not have anchor clips for current child seats. See: http://library.rvusa.com/brochure/06Aspectbro.pdf Norm
F1bNorm 03/19/19 04:45pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How useful is a Toad?

The test to see if we wanted to tow our CRV was to have my wife follow the MH to a favorite campground. We decided it was nice to have the car, so we set it up to tow. Depending on the destination or distance we now have the option to tow or not. Towing: freedom to sight see, not have to store stuff in the camper to move, CRV has room for extra gear, mate can go off on their own (unless you don't mind sitting outside of quilt stores). Not towing: Better gas mileage (about 1 MPG), easier to maneuver (you can't back up with a towd), no speed limit restriction for towing (CA-55MPH). If you set-up your CRV, we are happy with the ReadyBrute system. I suggest you include a battery charge line. Norm A plus for towing whether a TC or small MH is that you can carry extra stuff in the towd.
F1bNorm 03/04/19 10:55am Dinghy Towing
RE: Motorcycle trailer for Class C

I have and use both a trailer and a rack. Here's my take: Rack- Plus: Easy to use. No speed restriction (CA trailer 55MPH max). No fuss backing up. Neg: Exposed to elements, less secure (theft), affects handling Tips: Get one with a channel, not the ladder type. To ease loading, use a long ramp or load from a curb. Cargo Trailer (enclosed)- Plus: contents are out of sight and out of the elements. Can carry more stuff, gas can, BBQ, bicycles etc. Tows easily. Can be used at home to store same items. Neg: Backing is tricky, should have a backup camera, small trailer cannot be seen while towing. Another set of wheels/tires to care for (do get a trailer with full size 15" wheels). Speed restriction for trailers in some states. Tips: do not get a cheap HF trailer. Install a bike chock and tie down eyes. Norm
F1bNorm 02/27/19 02:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Step down in Class C

We have an ‘06 Winnebago Aspect, E350 chassis. It has an entertainment center over the cab and the step down is about an inch. Norm
F1bNorm 02/22/19 05:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Other than RMNP, what can u do in Denver area?

The Hammond Candy factory tour was fun. https://hammondscandies.com/products/hammonds-factory-tour Favorite of my wife, https://www.rmqm.org/Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in nearby Golden, CO. We stayed at/liked the Cherry Creek Campground Norm
F1bNorm 01/06/19 12:25pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Chaser vs. Dinghy

We currently chase, tow and rent. If traveling from campground to campground, we often do both tow and chase. It’s nice to have the option. We started rving with a TT, so we always had a vehicle to sight see in. When we switched to a C, we missed being able to hop in the car and go to town. Sight seeing with the MH was not always easy. Especially finding parking in downtown areas. The test was to have my wife drive our CRV behind the camper. Liked having the car so we set it up to tow. A down side to using a chaser is most campgrounds charge an extra car fee if you drive the car in. If you tow it it’s considered a trailer and no extra fee. We do a few extended trips, say 4000+ miles and usually with a single destination, on those trips we rent a car. A lot depends on where you are going and what you are going to do upon arrival. Money wise it’s a wash. Towing, it costs us a mile or two per gallon, but we make it up by the higher MPG when sight seeing in the toad. Our CRV is smaller/lighter than a typical TT and for the most part, an easy tow, except you can’t backup. I say try using a chase car for a few trips and then decide. There is no perfect answer, just more choices! Norm
F1bNorm 01/02/19 01:01pm Dinghy Towing
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