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RE: Towing error leads to BIG reissue bill

We always double check the dash indicator and roll forward a few feet with it hooked up to make sure the wheels move freely before hitting the road. The Owners Manual for both our 2017 JKU and 2020 JT state that we should shift the transfer case into N, then test it by shifting the transmission into D and pressing the gas pedal, then shifting into R and pressing the gas pedal. If the Jeep tries to move then something isn't right. Finally, we shift the transmission into P and we're good to go. The images seem to show that the vehicle in question was an automatic I'm not sure where they got the information that it was in 1st gear... The Manual for my 2005 Wrangler Unlimited says the same thing. So did the Manual for the 2006 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon I used to have! READING and FOLLOWING the instructions solves numerous problems!
mowermech 06/12/21 12:38pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Braking system required?

Why do they build 90% of the boat trailers with no brakes. one reason would be that the majority of boat trailers are small single axle. bumpy ...and, the trailer with boat aboard weighs less than the state braking requirement. Another factor is lack of enforcement. I have never heard of a boat trailer being weighed on the side of the road!
mowermech 06/06/21 07:50am Dinghy Towing
RE: Retirement

I did. Now, I'm 79. I suppose if I had waited, my check would be bigger. But, what the hey, it makes the mortgage payment...
mowermech 05/16/21 08:50pm Around the Campfire
RE: To portable dump tank or not to portable dump tank...

I used to have a tote. After I bought it I realized that where we normally camp the nearest dump station is likely to be 10 (or more) miles away. Most Forest Service campgrounds in this state have no dump stations, and dumping RV tanks into a vault toilet is against the rules. The tote sat under the workbench in the shop for about 15 years, then I sold it for less than $20 in a garage sale. Think about it before buying one. Will you have a place to dump it at the remote campground you like?
mowermech 05/13/21 07:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Night light

You still wear a watch? Why something so small and easy to use just to tell the time.:h It also reminds me of day/date, and looking at the watch is faster than getting the cell phone out of my shirt pocket (yes, I actually wear shirts that have pockets!) and flipping it open (yes, it is a flip phone, not a "smart phone". It makes phone calls, nothing more.) to check time/day/date. My watch is on my wrist 24/7, except when bathing. It has been for 60 years, I would feel lost without it.
mowermech 05/06/21 06:37am Around the Campfire
Night light

I have found that the glowing dial on my "Takes a Licking and Keeps On Ticking" wrist watch makes a very nice light for wandering around the house in the dark. It does not seem to reduce the life of the watch battery (at least not a noticeable amount), and it is not as bright as a "tactical flashlight". It will not work until my eyes are accustomed to the dark!
mowermech 05/05/21 07:23am Around the Campfire
RE: Is There a 24’ Version of These RVs available?

A couple of years ago, I saw something similar sitting at a transmission shop downtown. It was on a Dodge Ram 3500 4X4 chassis. I don't know what transmission it had (the shop does auto tranny and clutch work, so it could have been either). It looked to be mid to late '90s truck, with Cummins. It did seem to have an over cab bed. I don't know the length. My son had one on a Dodge chassis ('94, IIRC) many years ago. I think it was slightly smaller than the one I saw here, and it was 4X2. So, they are out there somewhere. Used ones seem to be quite rare. New ones are very pricey, and are probably larger than 24 foot. Good luck in your search. EDIT: Originally, they were called a "Chassis-Mount Camper". I see Tiger calls them "Class C motorhomes". Well, yeah, I guess they are a "C".
mowermech 05/05/21 07:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Towing

Although I am one of those who believes that a secondary or auxiliary braking system is important and effective ,I still have a problem finding any legitimate statutes that specifically address the legal requirements for doing so! There are all kinds of statements published by the various companies selling auxiliary braking units indicating regulations in this jurisdiction or the other but no government issued requirements can be found probably because Towing equipment is not specifically covered under legislation. If someone can provide such documentation provided by the department of transport I would be interested in reading it! As stated I use a proportionate braking device which works very well with the air braking system in my Diesel Pusher and my Honda CRV !Maybe I'm not understanding what you're asking about, but every state in the US has laws specifically applying to trailers and the requirements for brakes on them (depending on weight). Are you saying that Canada doesn't? While touting the laws regarding brakes on TRAILERS, it pays to look at each State's legal definition of a "trailer". In many States (including mine), the legal definition of a "trailer" quite obviously does not include towed motor vehicles. However, nearly every state (again, including mine) DOES have a "Braking Performance Law" that usually mirrors the requirements in FVSS; you must be able to stop within a certain distance from a certain speed on a hard, dry, level surface. The called for parameters are almost all the same or very similar. To get an idea of said laws, take a look at MCA (Montana Code Annotated) 61-9-312.
mowermech 04/30/21 09:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water heater, anode rod, electrolysis, and teflon tape

I'm lucky. My water heater has a plastic plug, no anode rod, so I do not have to worry about how it works.
mowermech 04/16/21 07:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Adding washer and dryer to FW

While I imagine any washer dryer can be winterized if you run anti freeze through it. The RV models are designed to be bounced down the road and winterized. Not sure that makes them worth the extra $$$ though. My splendid is an all in one. Washer and dryer are same unit its not a stackable. I bought it used for $250.00 I think the "bounced down the road" is the key. Household units are not designed and built to take the abuse of mobile use. Most of them have shipping supports that must be removed before use. We had a Splendide vented combination unit in a fiver many years ago. We used it twice a day nearly every day for about three years with no trouble. Would an apartment sized unit for home use have survived the many miles of travel and heavy usage? I don't know. Maybe, maybe not. Personally, I would not be willing to try it.
mowermech 04/09/21 08:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Questions for Veterans

Another question from a non veteran but one who supports the Military and is always trying to make up for it. Do you get offended when I always "Thank You for Your Service" when it's clear you are a Vet? Thanks for Your Service. No, doesn't bother me. I hope it doesn't offend you when I reply that I get my "Thanks for your service" the first of every month when the check hits my bank account. CM1, USN (RET)
mowermech 04/08/21 07:31am Around the Campfire
RE: Thoughts on a MC Toad Trailer

Personally, I would get a minimum of 6 foot by 10 foot trailer. A little trailer that the bike "just fits" on would rapidly become a nuisance to me. It has been my experience that a tandem axle trailer is easier to back up than a single axle unit. Of course, that may be my problem and nobody else in the world has encountered it. Good luck.
mowermech 04/05/21 07:01am Dinghy Towing
RE: backing up 4 down jeep jk

Thanks for the replies. I am only talking a few feet here and I am aware of the steering issue. Disconnecting is a snap with this tow bar. So I imagine I will disconnect now and then. Good thinking, IMO!
mowermech 03/29/21 01:52pm Dinghy Towing
RE: backing up 4 down jeep jk

I was "forced" to back up my Jeep Wrangler once (yeah, I know, I could have disconnected, got the Jeep out of the way, backed up the truck, then reconnected. I should have!) It was fine for about 4 feet, then the steering SLAMMED over into a full left turn against the stops. Yes, I was backing straight, no turn. I will never do that again, I do not care how many people brag that they have done it with no problems. One experience was enough.
mowermech 03/29/21 07:40am Dinghy Towing
RE: For Those of You That Flat Tow

It is really quite simple: READ the instructions in the Owners Manual. FOLLOW the instructions, VERY carefully. No problem. That is what I do when towing my Jeep Wrangler. However, I have made a few modifications to the instructions, based on personal experience: 1. ALWAYS connect the towbar to the motorhome FIRST. Doing this eliminates the need to set the parking brake, so I do not have to worry about releasing it. 2. Put transfer case in Neutral, transmission in 6th gear. Start engine, let the clutch out. If Jeep does not try to move, turn engine off, leave switch in "Off, Not Locked" position (If your Jeep is 2007 or newer, it doesn't have that position). 3. Connect wiring and safety chains. I'm good to go.
mowermech 03/19/21 10:02am General RVing Issues
RE: This weekend Change Clocks

But, but, if you stay heading west all the time, you will never get old and die since the clocks stay moving back. ;) No - you lose more if you go far enough west, springing forward 23 hours. The US Navy once took away my daughter's birthday. On Dec 4, 1982, we left Seattle on a Northwest flight that was running late, leaving about 9 pm. We arrived in Tokyo at 1:15 AM on Dec 6. After a 3 hour ride to Yokosuka, we got up at about 9 local time to look around the base. My daughter, whose birthday was Dec 5, was upset that she did not get a birthday on her birthday. Of course, now she say's she is a year younger than her DL says saying "The US Navy took away my birthday in 1982, so I'm a year younger than you think." In 1966 I had two birthdays! Left Saigon on my birthday, landed in Oakland on my birthday. So how old do you say you are??? -S The fact that I had two 25th birthdays does not change my age. It is still current year minus birth year, which equals more years than I thought I would survive! I set my clocks (except for those in vehicles) last night about 8 PM. I did not lose any sleep, nor will I lose any sleep any night in the future due to DST.
mowermech 03/14/21 09:47am General RVing Issues
RE: This weekend Change Clocks

But, but, if you stay heading west all the time, you will never get old and die since the clocks stay moving back. ;) No - you lose more if you go far enough west, springing forward 23 hours. The US Navy once took away my daughter's birthday. On Dec 4, 1982, we left Seattle on a Northwest flight that was running late, leaving about 9 pm. We arrived in Tokyo at 1:15 AM on Dec 6. After a 3 hour ride to Yokosuka, we got up at about 9 local time to look around the base. My daughter, whose birthday was Dec 5, was upset that she did not get a birthday on her birthday. Of course, now she say's she is a year younger than her DL says saying "The US Navy took away my birthday in 1982, so I'm a year younger than you think." In 1966 I had two birthdays! Left Saigon on my birthday, landed in Oakland on my birthday.
mowermech 03/13/21 07:51am General RVing Issues
RE: This weekend Change Clocks

One less hour of sleep. What? Why? I set my clocks ahead about 8 or 9 PM, then go to bed at my "regular time". I don't lose any sleep at all! No way would I get up at 0200, reset the clocks, and go back to bed. I don't know any body who does that. For those who really hate this twice a year foolishness, have you contacted your State Legislators and asked (or demanded) that it be stopped? If not, why not? If enough people made such contacts, perhaps the legislators would listen, and pass a law to have the clocks stay on the same time year 'round. In fact, I would prefer to be on DST year 'round. However, I am not going to try to force my preferences on everybody!
mowermech 03/12/21 12:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cali planning carb tests for Class A

That's OK, I have no plans to ever go to CA again. By 2024 I will probably not be able to drive that far anyway!
mowermech 03/07/21 07:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Potentially dangerous mistake in March RV Magazine

I have seen similar instructions for hooking up a toad to a motorhome. They always say set the parking brake,prepare the toad for towing, then back the motorhome up and connect the hitch, then do not forget to release the parking brake. I have never done it that way. Drive the toad up to the back of the coach, connect the hitch, THEN go through the preparations. Once the hitch is connected, there is no need to set the parking brake, so it can not be forgotten. Driving the toad to the coach is a LOT easier than backing the coach to the toad! Of course, that is merely my opinion. I could be wrong, it happens frequently.
mowermech 03/03/21 04:06pm General RVing Issues
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