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RE: toad versus no toad

Gas stations in the west part of the US are more open and as not as tightly packed as the eastern states where you live. I have always been able to fill my Class-C and toad without unhooking them. x2 even when driving a friends 42 ft. with a toad no problem. As far as fuel mileage. I drove on a trip of 275 miles with the toad, next trip without the toad, same trip same mileage. My 2 door JK had no effect on mileage. I forgot it was there until I made a left turn into a street...
klutchdust 02/18/20 04:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Toad/Dingy Rental

You could always try Turo. Since it's personal cars being rented, you might get lucky and find somebody who is already set up. What a great idea. Im looking to dolly tow something, looking into the rental company contracts to see exactly what is allowed or not. Basically I'm looking to "rent a wreck" to help with my fishing in the sierras. I have towed my Jk but my new JL 2019 I am hesitant to invest a ton of money for such short adventures. My JK (jeep wrangler 2 door) was all set up but only went on a few tours.
klutchdust 02/18/20 10:36am Dinghy Towing
RE: Toad options

So, you are planning on borrowing a dolly, renting a car and towing it when needed? Are you dragging the empty dolly to near your destination then renting a car nearby? 2 trains of thought. 1. Rental company will never know you're towing it if you drive away with the car. Liability? Assuming your insurance covers rentals, check with them and it essentially doesn't matter what the rental co policy is, if there's an incident, you're paying whether behind the wheel or behind the moho. 2. You have a brand new Rubi, why not just dolly it if you don't want to flat tow it and save the rest of the hassle? Can't dolly a jeep, it needs to be either 4 up or 4 down. The jeep on a trailer exceeds my C's weight limit. My concern is basically for my fishing in the Sierras. Last night i did a little more research and have discovered a few more roads that allow off road vehicles to be driven from point a to point b.The only requirements are stop/tailights and insurance which i have and ohh yeah my green sticker So I can leave my campsite and get to some great streams on my side by side.If you get to Arizona they allow travel down the road provided you have all of what I said plus directional signals. In quartzite that a very common mode of transportation. California hasn't caught on yet. UPDATE: A local to me car rental company that is not a national chain replied, sure no problem. Once I get ready and carefully read the contract I will be on my way
klutchdust 02/18/20 10:28am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2020 Winnebago Spirit 31k Wrench Light Warning

If you have an auto parts store nearby often they offer free code reading. Sometimes a engine warning light, or in your situation a wrench symbol is triggered by a loose fuel cap. If it came on just after you fueled remove the cap and tighten accordingly.Adding premium fuel will have no positive effect on your issue.
klutchdust 02/18/20 09:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Toad options

I have found that most rental car companies I have dealt with, do not allow you to tow one of their rentals behind your RV on a dolly or car carrier. There was one that if you had the correct "membership status", they had an option for those renting at a popular tourist destination. My destinations usually involve somewhat of a remote area near a stream or lake . I am going to research more and speak to the agencies. From what I have gathered so far the employees I have spoken to only understand what day you are picking up and what day you are returning, understandable though.
klutchdust 02/17/20 04:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Toad options

I have access to a tow dolly and if I were to rent a small car and tow it backwards it would be fine. Even if a rental company would allow you to dolly tow their cars why would you tow it backwards? I think most small cars are front wheel drive. And, dolly manufacturers probably do not recommend towing a car backwards for safety reasons. ok, you didn't read my comment where I realized my mistake. I changed it. Anyway, Im old school where the only front wheel drive car was a Eldorado. We laughed when he came in and had snow tires put on just the front. I forgot everything else is front wheel drive EXCEPT anything I drive. As far as safety is concerned, as a young lad and operating a wrecker service we towed hundreds of cars backwards and only using the seat belt to hold the wheel. way off topic now.
klutchdust 02/17/20 03:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Toad options

I would wonder if the rental car company would allow you to dolly tow. FWIW, virtually every small car these days is front wheel drive, so you would load it on the dolly forwards instead of backwards. Yes, you are correct, what was I thinking. I did just call one company and they were like duh......
klutchdust 02/17/20 03:04pm Class C Motorhomes
Toad options

After spending a considerable amount of time and treasure to outfit my 08 JK to be towable behind my Cambria ,I found that it did not go on as many trips as I thought it would that would require a toad. I do travel quite a bit solo but my Honda Ruckus sits on the back of the coach. Sure, it was great to have at Moab and out in the desert, but I find myself using my side by side and motorcycles more as the wifey likes to stay home and chase bees with her business. I have a 12ft. flatbed for that. So, I now have a 19 Rubicon. At this point Im not real comfortable setting IT up and possibly ending in the same scenario. I have access to a tow dolly and if I were to rent a small car and tow it behind the motorhome. I need a car for fishing trips in the Sierras, Bonneville and maybe another adventure with the wife to Mt St Helens. All our other planned trips will not require other transportation. Does anyone else do this sort of thing.
klutchdust 02/17/20 02:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: engine longevity?

I have rust on my unit's frame from just visiting a few days most Winters Up North. I don't know when it becomes a problem though. Same with my Mercedes-Benz autos. A couple weeks most every Winter up North, and bits of rust show wherever bare metal is. It's part of the North Country Winters. Surface rust is going to happen. Having lived in upstate New York I have seen firsthand what salted roads can and will do to your vehicles. I like to take a creeper and go underneath my rig and i do it on a regular basis. You may want to try that and poke around at the rust and see what is going on. As you describe your adventures, my guess is you have just some surface rust. As was said, take a hammer and tap on some metal, if the rust falls off you may have some issues.
klutchdust 02/13/20 09:18am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Bolt on bigfoot levelers on an e450 chasis

I'm looking to install a bigfoot system on my Nexus Viper 27v. Does anyone have any experience with the new ford e450 bolt on system they are offering to mount the cylinders? I'm curious about clearances required for outside mounts of the rear cylinders. Is this something that you would like to do yourself or have someone do it for you?
klutchdust 02/11/20 09:06am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 25’ Class C. Ford vs Chevy opinion

"The salesman said the Chevy brakes aren’t as good that’s why less tow rating and the reason they use Ford for all of the bigger class Cs. " First off was he selling Fords, secondly if a salesman lips are moving he is usually lying. That is about the dumbest thing I have heard yet, nope wait......extended warranties and "piece of mind" that tops it all.....
klutchdust 02/10/20 10:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: pp space heater in a rv

If you use one make sure your read and understand the operators manual. Pay close attention to the part about ventilation being required for safe operation. Personally I wouldn't use one in a camper without a carbon monoxide detector. I just watched a video about these heaters. A man who has used one for many years says he keeps his top vents open ( Im assuming they are the 12 inch and not the escape hatch on my rig) and the bathroom vent open as well. Then cracks a window and he says it's very comfortable with both fresh air and the heat . Now, how do you that use these run the piping into the rig? I have a 25 foot extension hose to run my barbecue. The battery box area looks intriguing but I do not like to drill holes in anything. What say you.....
klutchdust 02/06/20 11:37am Class C Motorhomes
RE: dry camping

I have found that warming the coach before retiring, having multiple extra blankets and leaving the heat off works for us. In the morning I turn on the heater, jump back into bed and stay there until it warms up. Many moons ago I used catalytic heaters or propane heaters and found the amount of air circulation required offset the heat it was producing. I personally don't trust them.
klutchdust 02/05/20 03:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Impossible RV specs... Help!

We have a 2017, Itasca Spirt 27q that we bought new in Aug. 2017. That has a permanent, walk around, Queen Bed. We put a thicker short mattress on it. Thicker so it was more comfortable, and a Short Queen, so it is easier to get past the end of it. It is long enough of us. It has a slide for just the dinette. Also the sheets in the cab of the E-450, swivel around to use in the coach. But the cab floor is 3-1/2-in. lower than the coach floor. And the shower is rathe small. Dusty My 30 foot Cambria has a small shower ,for a man with wide shoulders like myself. i installed a curtain rod holder that folds out and allows for more shoulder room and by using a longer curtain keeps the water inside the shower. Huge difference, now those dang toilets are another issue.
klutchdust 02/04/20 11:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: engine longevity?

As I have previously posted, the Ford V-10 is about as reliable as you can get. One friend had 350K on his truck and another 495K on his. One was totaled thus ending it's career, the other one got a new engine. Cylinder spark coils were common occurrences and water pump was the next. A serpentine belt is good to have and get those hoses checked and replaced. Yes, it can be costly however on the road you will pay 3x as much. Regularly scheduled maintenance using quality parts and lubricants is the best extended warranty you could ever invest in. After EVERY trip, I get my creeper out and take a slide under my rig with a flashlight. Loose wires and broken zip ties are common. Become friends with a mobile RV mechanic. They usually charge much less that a brick and mortar repair shop and they come to you. My dad's cars could make it to 100K and after that they struggled, those engines are long gone. Today's engines are so much better.
klutchdust 01/30/20 02:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorcycle on stock hitch

Yes, you are correct. I’ll change my reply : “ Using plastic shims sounds cheesy” Thanks for the heads up.
klutchdust 01/30/20 10:32am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorcycle on stock hitch

For the anti rattle. Go to a home store and buy a pack of plastic wedge/shims used to install doors and windows. Jam the narrow end in the receiver and snap off if you want the excess. No more wiggle. I prefer to use a large bolt with washers and nylon lock nut. Once tightened there is no chance of any rattles .Using pieces of wood sounds cheesy. Unless you use a locking hitch pin (and I already had one failure on those) you risk losing or having someone tamper with the pin.
klutchdust 01/28/20 10:07am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ford V10 vs Pending V8

The new 7.3 is a beast on paper, no doubt. One of the reasons we expedited our purchase new in 2019, after many years of lollygagging, is because we were worried the V10 would disappear in 2020. That fear pushed us over the edge. The V10 was proven reliable in the long term, with cheap parts, cheap maintenance, and plenty of power for Class C. So we upgraded. The 6 speed trans was more recent, but it is used in rigs with much more power than the V10 and much more GVWR and GCWR than any class C I would ever purchase. I went with the proven reliable V10 and 6spd and have zero regrets. I'm sure the 7.3 has a good bit more performance, but additional performance to me wasn't worth the risk with less-proven equipment. Just my opinion and I don't know anything about anything. ...I'll bet your bride will vouch for that last statement, pretty funny. friends have or had V-10's in various vehicles and after 300K and 495K in the other one, I am amazed at what little parts failed. Mostly coils and both had water pumps.
klutchdust 01/23/20 12:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ford V10 vs Pending V8

Just a word of caution from an ex Ford employee. Years ago it was usually a bad idea to buy the first generation of anything new. I'm not saying Ford hasn't improved over the years, but, IMO, it's a good idea to let Ford work the bugs out. (in the field) Time eventually heals almost everything. Think: popping spark plugs on the first gen V10. Failed COP coil packs. Timing chain tensioners. Phasers. The list goes on. Etc., Etc., Etc. Chum lee Great advice and true. If you look at most new products be it auto's or cell phones etc. The consumers are the test pilots and the manufacturers learn from true life use. Now, I'm not sure of how different these engines would be than what they have manufactured before or is the idea of having a V-8 in a motor home something new to them. If a buyer is wondering if fuel mileage will increase I honestly doubt it.If it does it will be a small increase. I find it amusing that a friends 42 foot Entegra bus gets the same MPG as my 29 foot Cambria. Fun costs money, and I gladly pay it.
klutchdust 01/22/20 10:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dually Valve Stems

For those with the stems in the rim, how do you handle tire rotation? An RV owner who rotates his tires ????? I didn't think such an animal existed. Really folks.....for the 95% or so of owners who do NOT rotate their tires.....just put a short, straight stem on your outside dual and be done with it. Simple, cheap and easy. :) I guess I'm a rare breed. It seems like a really cheap cost to get them inspected and rotated. Because of that, I never understood why a person would install a valve in the rim that was tire position specific since it would no longer serve it's purpose when tire is moved to another location. But, if rotating tires isn't something most RVers do, guess that answers my question. My outside rims are aluminum and the inside of the duals are steel. To rotate, the tires have to be removed from the rims etc. When it went in for alignment the shop did that for me but I won't do it again. When a tire shows wear it will be replaced. I was trying to keep all the tires in the same tread pattern but the new michelins are slightly different than the older model tires. On my other vehicles tire rotation AND including the spare on my new JL is important, the motorhome not so much. In all my travels I have yet to find a need to add air to my tires when on the road.
klutchdust 01/16/20 09:48am Class C Motorhomes
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