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RE: Fullsize Chevy truck as a toad

Looking through some of the motorhome specs it seems if I want to pull that truck with a gas motorhome I may be better off with a class c. regardless, it's all about weights and weight ratings. since you're doing tnis bass-akwards you need to first know what your truck weighs with a full tank of fuel ut otherwise empty. then see my earlier post on how to determine how much weight can ve safely towed. good luck.
rk911 01/16/17 10:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 35 Foot Max?

This comes up a lot and there are so many opinions as to whether the couple extra feet in length is a problem or not...My guess is that a campground that limits to 35ft is more likely due to the actual campground (parking pad lengths and/or campground roads) rather than the roads leading into the campground... agree. the pad might be 35' long but the space may be quite a bit longer. our wheels might be on the pad but there is usually enough space for the rear of the motorhome to fit beyond the rear edge of the pad and for our toad in front.
rk911 01/16/17 01:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fullsize Chevy truck as a toad

Well I am going at backwards from the way most people do I guess. I have the truck already and I don't want to buy another vehicle just to tow behind a motor home. So I am trying to choose a motor home based on my toad. I want a diesel pusher but I don't want to spend that amount a money in one. do you know what your truck weighs with a full tank of fuel but otherwise empty?
rk911 01/16/17 01:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 35 Foot Max?

i don't know who does the measuring in the many, maybe most of the state parks we've been in over the past 31-seasons but I can tell you that the length-limits cited in the directories and web sites is often wrong or misleading. our most recent past MH was 35'/dual slides and we never had a problem finding a space other than on holiday weekends...which we tend to avoid anyway. we now have a 39' class A MH and while we don't use public parks as much as we used to those we have used have not presented a problem for us. that's not to say that all public parks will accommodate us or that even a majority of parks in some area or region won't accommodate but I don't think the problem will be as widespread as you might think. if you're thinking of using a specific park or parks why not call and speak to a human and ask about lengths?
rk911 01/16/17 12:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fullsize Chevy truck as a toad

suggest you weigh your full size PU with a full tank of fuel but otherwise empty. that will be your base weight. in general, the maximum amount of weight you can safely tow will be the lesser of the following: - the GCWR (gross combination weight rating) of the MH minus the actual weight of the MH as it is loaded for travel (includes fuel, fresh water, food, clothing, people, pets, supplies, etc.) - the weight rating of your tow bar - the weight rating of your hitch this is why it's vital to know what your MH weighs as it is loaded and configure for travel before choosing a toad. Your MH will not collapse if it is overloaded but you will experience handling issues as well as longer braking distances and accelerated wear on suspension, brakes, steering, etc.
rk911 01/16/17 11:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How many don't pull a TOAD behind their coach?

I used to own a motorhome and not toad and then bought a fiver and owned that since 2000 and now have put the fiver on site for whole summer, and bought a 2003 Newmar Mountainaire and will not pull a TOAD and will rent from a company like Enterprise so they bring the car to you at campground and they pick it up. Why pay the taxes and insurance and maintenance on the car when you can rent. IF I were out there for months at a time then would think about owning a small car but until I am out more than 3 mos at a time, car rental. before we started towing we did the enterpise thing. they will...usually...pick you up. the smaller the town the fewer office staff available to give rides meaning they are less likely to offer that service. and in all cases we had to return the car to the office and in most but not all cases we were able to get a ride back to the CG. FYI.
rk911 01/13/17 09:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow car hookup by single person

But how do you hold the tow bar out in front the toad so you can line up? That part was the one I struggled with for a fixed tow bar. you don't. what I do is extend the arms and lay them on the ground in a ^ pattern that approximates the distance between the hookup points on the baseplate but narrower than the distance between the front tires. I then pull forward to a point where I believe the hookup points are at or a little bit forward of the ends of the arms. I get out and check and, if necessary, move the car forward or back a bit. with practice and experience I can usually hit the correct point on the first or certainly the second try. I shut off the car and engage the parking break. I first connect the tow bar arms to secure the dinghy to the MH. on my particular vehicle it's easier to then connect the umbilical cord, the aux braking system break-away connection and then the safety chains. I double check everything with the check list and then prepare the dinghy for towing which in my case is simply putting the tranny in park and the transfer case in neutral but I use a checklist for that as well.
rk911 01/12/17 07:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: SUVs that can be towed

I need to buy, and then tow, a mid- to full-sized SUV. 1) Does anyone know what SUVs can be towed? 2) Any recommendations for a particular vehicle Thanks I should have cautioned you to know and understand the various weights and weight ratings of your motorhome before buying a dinghy. in general, the maximum amount of weight you can safely tow will be the lesser of the following: - the GCWR (gross combination weight rating) of the MH minus the actual weight of the MH as it is loaded for travel (includes fuel, fresh water, food, clothing, people, pets, supplies, etc.) - the weight rating of your tow bar - the weight rating of your hitch this is why it's vital to know what your MH weighs...by individual axle weights...as it is loaded and configure for travel before choosing a toad. Your MH will not collapse if it is overloaded but you will experience handling issues as well as longer braking distances and accelerated wear on suspension, brakes, steering, etc.
rk911 01/11/17 05:20pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow car hookup by single person

I will be towing a vehicle and need to be able to easily (relatively) hook up the towed vehicle by myself. 1) Any recommendations for a particular tow bar brand? 2) Any hookup procedure recommendations? Thanks. piece of cake. I like the Blue Ox brand of tow bars and base plates primarily because of their commitment to customer service and satisfaction but the other mfgs. will have their proponents as well. shop them all before deciding. as for procedures...you'll develop a routine over time but two suggestions. first, develop and use a checklist until you have that routine and even then double check everything...always. second, don't let anyone interrupt you. that's when mistakes are made. if someone comes over to chat while you are hooking up or unhooking, stop what you're doing, complete the chat and then start over from the beginning to be certain you didn't miss anything. the one issue you might have is checking that all of the dinghy lights are working properly. the few times I was out alone it was easy to check tail lights, blinkers and 4-way emergency lights. the brake lights were a problem since I couldn't be in two places at once. so I either solicited help from a neighbor or I used a length of wood against the brake pedal to keep it depressed while I checked the lights on the toad. good luck.
rk911 01/11/17 05:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: SUVs that can be towed

I need to buy, and then tow, a mid- to full-sized SUV. 1) Does anyone know what SUVs can be towed? 2) Any recommendations for a particular vehicle Thanks motorhome magazine publishes a list of flat-towable vehicles every year. AFAIK you do not need to be a subscriber to access that list. Jeeps are very dinghy-friendly just be sure that the Jeep you like has a manually selectable neutral position in the transfer case. Clicky
rk911 01/11/17 04:57pm Dinghy Towing
RE: How many Ham checkins next 24 hours

K5GIT Kerrville, Tx hello, Kerrville! one of my fav places in the world.
rk911 01/10/17 09:25am Technology Corner
RE: Seamless window on 2016 Winnebago Suncruiser 38Q

My windows open out which is nice when it is raining. They are hinged on the top with a piano hinge. A turn screw opens and closes. One of the turn screw mechanisms has come loose. It is a blade type device that runs the length of the window. I have pushed it in and it works until I put any pressure on it which is necessary for a tight fit. It appears that glue may be required but I don't see any signs of glue residue. Anyone else had this problem? I guess what I am really asking is how to fix it. you may be over-tightening the mechanism. we keep ours finger tight and so far no issues.
rk911 01/09/17 01:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How many Ham checkins next 24 hours

N9DKO & N9DKN, Rich & Donna, Wheaton IL. 73 all
rk911 01/09/17 01:27pm Technology Corner
RE: Help me understand the flaws with these "features"

There are a couple other threads floating around where people are complaining about certain features. These features are available/common in the particular brand I'm looking at right now. I can understand the frustration that might go with having a fridge installed in the slide resulting in constantly running fans. But this seems like it could be easily remedied in a variety of ways. The other feature I thought was pretty clever was the TV that rises out of the counter top. It appears to me that adequate counter space is usually even more rare than adequate storage space. The pop-up TV seems like a great way to solve some of that. I want a TV and my wife wants counter space, but usually not at the same time. Unless it's prone to breaking, what's the beef with this feature? when we were shopping for our new MH we wanted a residential fridge so I can't comment on that question. as for the TV we found that the TVs that rise out of a cabinet not only took up valuable storage space but also placed the TV far too close to the viewers for comfortable viewing.
rk911 01/07/17 12:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Does costco give discount off of posted fuel price.

For the foreseeable future, I expect the cost of the chargers will be spread out over all the customers through higher prices at the businesses that supply free charging. I agree this is what is probably happening, but I don't necessarily agree with. Why on earth should I subsidize someone else's transportation? Why should the store treat one customer better than another because of the type of car they drive? I remember talking with an electric car owner at a restaurant. He said he taught at a university near where I worked. Knowing it was about a 100 mile round trip, I asked if he saw any real benefit to electric due to the high mileage of the commute. He told me he got to charge his car for free at the university. Great, so I was subsidizing his commute too (it was a state school). I really don't get subsidizing others like this.. . I suppose the pretense is that an electric vehicle emits no pollution...... Perhaps, but don't forget the electricity needs to be generated somehow. Most electricity in the US is produced using coal and natural gas. generally speaking, which process consumes more energy...producing the average gasoline powered vehicle or the average all-electric powered vehicle? anyone?
rk911 01/05/17 07:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water Tank Fill In Montana

Do the Flying J location have a spot to fill the water tank? most do. other truck stops may as well.
rk911 01/05/17 06:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toad Questions

We just purchased a 1998 Winnebago Chieftain. We were hoping to tow our Jeep Wrangler along with us. I was reading the owners manual and it states that we can only tow 3500lbs. The Jeep is above this. Is there anything that I can do or do I have to start shopping for a new toad? your winny likely has a Class II hitch which is limited to 3500-lbs but your towing weight might actually be less. consider...in general, the maximum amount of weight you can safely tow will be the lesser of the following: - the GCWR (gross combination weight rating) of the MH minus the actual weight of the MH as it is loaded for travel (includes fuel, fresh water, food, clothing, people, pets, supplies, etc.) - the weight rating of your tow bar - the weight rating of your hitch this is why it's vital to know what your MH weighs (by axle) as it is loaded and configure for travel before choosing a toad. Your MH will not collapse if it is overloaded but you will experience handling issues as well as longer braking distances and accelerated wear on suspension, brakes, steering, etc.
rk911 01/05/17 11:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Does costco give discount off of posted fuel price.

If I were a RV Park owner I would make it known that no one can charge their Electric cars without some form of payment. Costco Visa card gives 4 percent off at Costco fuel stations. that'll come, maybe sooner rather than later. someone has to pay for the energy..ain't no such thing as a free lunch.
rk911 01/05/17 09:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Does costco give discount off of posted fuel price.

...For the vast majority it takes 20 seconds to charge. 10 seconds at night to plug in and 10 seconds in the morning to disconnect. For us that is about twice a week. 20-seconds to charge or 20-minutes? and I'm assuming that's at 240-volts? Yah, a bit of a play on words, 10 seconds to plug in and 10 seconds to unplug, meaning I don't care how long it takes during the night to charge it only takes me about 20 seconds to do the connecting and disconnecting, However in answer to your question, if our leaf (30 KWH battery) was completely empty, (never the case) it would take about 4 to 5 hours to recharge it. It has a 6,6 KW charger. And yes that is using a 240 connection. Our other car has a smaller battery but also has only a 3.3 kw charger so its about the same. Really we tend to charge when they get to 30 or 40 percent of charge. At a commercial CHaDemo charger it charges at a 50 KW rate so 30 minutes to 80 percent. Our leaf has a smaller battery than say a Tesla or a Bolt. For those who need more range they can go that route. For us 150 to 200 KM is more than ample range. If you get a medium range EV like our Leaf make sure you get the CHaDemo Quick charge option (standard on all new leafs) so in a pinch if you have a longer trip it charges quicker. That hasn't happened for us yet. Leafs are also cheaper and depending on where you live (country, state or province) they can cost in the mid 20's vice the mid 30's to a lot more. Shorter range EV's 120 KM and shorter can be purchased for around 10,000 used although some 5 year old EV's have a TON of mileage on them. Some not. Remember, people buy these as commuter so some put 25,000 to 40,000 or more kilometers per year on them. ok, thanks for the clarification. we're not really interested in an electric car until we can get roughly 300 to 400-miles on a charge and a re-charge takes about the same amount of time it takes to fill the gas tank. not likely to happen in my time but you never know.
rk911 01/05/17 09:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Does costco give discount off of posted fuel price.

...For the vast majority it takes 20 seconds to charge. 10 seconds at night to plug in and 10 seconds in the morning to disconnect. For us that is about twice a week. 20-seconds to charge or 20-minutes? and I'm assuming that's at 240-volts?
rk911 01/05/17 08:25am General RVing Issues
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