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RE: portable grey waste disposal cart

Thank you,ToedToes. I was just wondering about that. I would never dump grey water on the ground, or in a pit toilet. I might be better off getting one of those simple containers that have 2 wheels and a handle and just wheeling it to the dump site. Dump site? Many State and Forest Service campgrounds around here have no such facility, and pouring your waste water into the vault toilets is against the rules. That is why the tote that I bought lived under the work bench out in the shop for many years, until I sold it for $15 in a garage sale! When the nearest dump station is 5 to 50 miles away, that tote was useless. Good luck.
mowermech 03/25/22 09:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Jeep toad ?

Interesting about the "chipped key" for 2005 and 2006 Wranglers Years ago, I had a 2006 Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited that I had spare keys for made at Ace Hardware. No chips. The stock keys had a plastic cover on them, but there was no evidence of any chips. The Ace Hardware keys worked just fine. My current 2005 Wrangler Unlimited; same thing. I carry an Ace Hardware key in my wallet, and there is another in a magnetic box hidden under the Jeep. Both work just fine for starting and driving the Jeep. I can only relate my personal experience. I was going to check the Owner's Manual, but I discovered I don't have one. Perhaps I will do an online search for it. EDIT: So, I searched for the Owner's Manual, and found a PDF file. It is readily apparent that Jeep installed, in some Wranglers, a Sentry Key Immobilizer System that had a chipped ignition key. Neither of the two Wranglers I have owned over the years had that system installed. My son's 2003 Rubicon doesn't have it either. NOTE: ALL of those vehicles sold new in California, where the system was considered to be in high demand. NOTE 2: Rumor has it that the system has a high failure rate when the vehicle becomes 10 to 20 years old, and Jeep has no parts available to fix it. It must be disconnected in the steering column, and the ECU reprogrammed to disable it so it can not be reconnected. I do not know if that is true. NOTE 3: If the plastic on your ignition key (2001-2006) is concave on both sides, it is non-chipped. If it is fat (convex) on one or both sides, it is probably chipped. Mine is concave both sides.
mowermech 03/01/22 10:10am Dinghy Towing
RE: Would $7 per gal effect your RV lifestyle?

Yes. That is one of the reasons we will be selling the motorhome this Spring. A TT to tow behind the diesel truck may be in the future if the MH sells. Converting to a fixed income lifestyle requires some changes!
mowermech 02/24/22 07:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Using my Class A in freezing weather?

Yes, cold weather living is doable! We once spent a Montana winter in a 32 foot Suncrest Class A. I built the water line out of hard copper tubing, heat taped and insulated. We had several other ideas that would not be good for something that will move in a few days. As for the Wet Bay, just put a 60 watt light bulb in there, in a Trouble Light cover. Keep it away from plastic stuff (I had to replace the bay light, it warped from the heat!). All I can say is, when RVing in cold weather, even at 20 below zero, Common Sense is king! Plan ahead, and THINK! As I said, it CAN be done! Good luck.
mowermech 11/27/21 10:25am General RVing Issues
RE: black tank digester

Pro: Makes you feel like you are doing something. Cons: It costs money and doesn't accomplish anything. Just use plenty of water and the tank will be fine. It's a holding tank not a digester and there are plenty of microbes in your natural deposits to digest the poo anyway. X3
mowermech 10/07/21 07:10am General RVing Issues
RE: We had to go to Kalispell....

Somebody from Boise is planning a trip to Northwestern MT, so I will boost this up so it is easy to find
mowermech 10/03/21 03:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Idaho & Montana Trip

Find the RV parks you want to stay at, and make your reservations NOW! I had to make a trip to Kalispell in August to attend a funeral. The only spot I could find was in a relatively new RV park on the Hwy 93 bypass South of town. $120 per night! There were several empty spaces there; why was obvious! I posted a review in the campgrounds forum here. I know how hard it is to plan that far ahead, especially when you are unfamiliar with the area you will be traveling through. However, it seems these days it is almost a necessity. Without knowing the highways you will be traveling, it is difficult to say what you might like to stop and look at. There are museums almost every where that are worth visiting. Deer Lodge is one such place, Missoula is another, Billings is worthy of mention, Kalispell is another, as well as Polson. Cody, WY has a great museum, if you are interested in guns or Buffalo Bill or Western art. The Homesteader Museum in Powell, WY is great, too. Idaho Falls has one of the largest Military Surplus stores in the country. I could spend hours in there wandering around and looking! In fact, I have done so! Again, plan ahead, and good luck.
mowermech 10/03/21 03:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What kind of small/medium truck can be towed

Any 4WD 1/2 ton with a N position on the T-case. A Chevy Colorado can tow that size boat as well as a Jeep Gladiator. Keep in mind that not all Hi-N-Lo transfer cases can be towed four down! There are a few that will not properly lube the bearings and seals when being towed in Neutral. I once had a Jeep CJ7 that could not be towed without modifying the transfer case. I sold it. ALWAYS read and follow the manufacturer's recreational towing instructions!
mowermech 10/02/21 07:22am Dinghy Towing
RE: Touchy subject - proper toilet paper for black tank

We use TP rated "Septic Safe" at home and in the RV. We never put "Flushable wipes" down the toilet at home or in the RV. NEVER! Think about it; those things have been soaking in a water/soap solution for who-knows-how-long, and are still in perfect condition. You might as well put a cotton terry cloth wash cloth in your sewer! Use them if you must, but put them in the trash where they belong, not down the toilet! Ask your sewage treatment plant operator what he thinks of them. I rather imagine you will get an ear-full, possibly laced with profanity!
mowermech 09/28/21 06:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Pet peeve, neighbors leave porch light on

I live 5 miles outside the city limits. All around me are people with "security lights" 30 feet up on a pole, that are on all night every night. I do not have one; I have never needed a night light. In town, there are street lights every where; one of the reasons why we do not live in town. When I go camping in the back country, I go to campgrounds where there are no hookups,and no lights. The last thing I want to see is a next door neighbor that must leave a light on all night! One of the reasons for going camping is to get away from light pollution. If you must have a night light, find a well lit RV park with full hookups. It will quite likely be better suited to your needs! EDIT: I do have a light on top of my flagpole to comply with flag regulations when flying the flag 24/7, and a couple of solar motion sensor lights on the shop. I don't know if anything has ever turned them on. Perhaps they don't even work after all these years.
mowermech 09/27/21 07:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Charging a towed vehicle's battery

In the receptacle on the motorhome there is an "always hot" pin. At least there was on mine. I had them run a separate wire from that pin directly to the toad battery. THAT is the best idea! Yes, it will require a 7-pin plug on the toad, but that is easily doable. Be sure that "always hot" pin is wired with 10 gauge wire from the power source in the motorhome all the way to the toad battery, and be sure there is a 30 amp fuse or circuit breaker installed in the line at the motorhome power source. Higher amperage may be required.
mowermech 09/25/21 05:51am Dinghy Towing
RE: Outrageous CA registration fee!

My motorhome is "Permanently" registered. So, there is no annual fee. That applies to my Dodge truck, my Jeep, the trailers, and the ATVs as well. Here, all vehicles 11 years old or older, all trailers (regardless of type or size), all motorcycles (that includes ATVs) and boats are permanently registered. But, then I went and bought a 2014 Subaru. I'll be paying annual fees on that for a few years...
mowermech 09/24/21 06:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oregon to charge 25% more for out of state RV campers

I will just stay in Montana, thank you very much. But then, we don't travel long distances much anymore anyway.
mowermech 09/22/21 07:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Fuel mileage

So if you collect all this data and don’t compute your mileage, why collect it? My DW always gets a receipt at each fill up and stuffs it in the glove box but never does anything with them. I do agree with your sentiment. And now to answer the OP’s post, after some 29k miles towing/not towing, my average is high sixes to mid sevens. (2016, Newmar BSS, 31ft, Ford V10) I drive the Ford V-10 motorhome shown in my sig, towing the Jeep shown in my sig. I keep a log book where I enter every gallon of gas that is put in the tank, what date I bought it, how much it cost, and the odometer reading. I have never computed the MPG, because I just don't care! I know it is terrible, and I know it is to be expected. Worrying about fuel economy in a motorhome is an exercise in futility. It is terrible, and there is very little that can be done to improve it! Why collect the data? It is something that I have done since my first vehicle along about 1958. It is a habit I am slowly breaking. The only vehicles I still do it in are the Dodge truck and the motorhome. Perhaps someday I will throw those two logbooks away. Of course, they are also a log of where we have been. Or, perhaps, someday I will do some math computations and see what the fuel economy was. Just a bad habit that I haven't managed to totally break yet.
mowermech 09/20/21 06:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fuel mileage

I drive the Ford V-10 motorhome shown in my sig, towing the Jeep shown in my sig. I keep a log book where I enter every gallon of gas that is put in the tank, what date I bought it, how much it cost, and the odometer reading. I have never computed the MPG, because I just don't care! I know it is terrible, and I know it is to be expected. Worrying about fuel economy in a motorhome is an exercise in futility. It is terrible, and there is very little that can be done to improve it!
mowermech 09/19/21 06:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A Low Bridge Accident

I don't remember any really low bridges in Flathead County, Montana, so they likely had no experience with such a thing. There IS, however, one right here in Billings, that goes under the railroad tracks downtown. IIRC, it is 8 feet high. It used to grab a tall vehicle fairly often, even took a 9 foot cabover camper off a truck once. Nobody has tried to go under it in several years with a tall vehicle. HMMMM... Used to be one or two a year, now none. Interesting. Sorry this happened to the folks from Somers. Hopefully, people will learn from it: KNOW how high your rig is, and be aware that not all bridges/underpasses have 14 feet clearance! Yes, most do, but some do not. Pay attention!
mowermech 09/16/21 06:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow Dolly Question

First the dolly has served me for years under different cars. I have 4 now . My dolly cost $700 when new far less than installing flat towing apparatus on all of the various vehicles I have owned. I have owned Smarts since 2008 and I am curious as to what is wrong with towing my Smart while it is out is gear on my dolly. Saves my front tires and gas. LOL! The big question is, how is your transmission lubricated? If it is splash lubed, as many two wheel drive vehicles are, it may not be getting adequate lube while being towed on a dolly or four down. It is misinformation to say that all manual transmissions can be towed without damage. It simply isn't true! Some can, some can't. It behooves you to know which yours is!
mowermech 09/12/21 11:44am Dinghy Towing
RE: Jeep toad ?

I tow a 2005 Wrangler Unlimited. I like the 2003 - 2006 body style, and the 4.0 l I-6 engine. It is easy to set up for towing: Transfer case in Neutral, transmission in 6th gear (yes, it is a 6 speed manual tranny!), Ignition switch in "Off, Not Locked" (spare key in pocket so the doors can be locked), and we are good to go. All that is done AFTER the Jeep is connected to the motorhome! I don't have to worry about releasing the parking brake, because I never set it, and positioning the Jeep behind the motorhome is a lot easier than positioning the motorhome in front of the Jeep, IMO! We were lucky enough to find this Jeep in a pretty much unmodified condition (custom bumpers and a receiver hitch the only mods), with a hardtop, and less than 10 grand! The longer wheelbase of the Unlimited has a somewhat better ride than the standard short one, IMO, and the rear seat remains folded up nearly all the time, so the 2-door is not a fault. The extra cargo space is nice, too. A trip to Costco would be impossible with the shorty! Good luck in your search for the "perfect Jeep Wrangler" for you! On the key. Have you thought about cutting a non chip key. That way you can unlock the wheel, but not have to worry about it getting stolen! The 2005 and 2006 Jeep Wranglers do not have a "chipped" key. They DO have an "Off, Steering Not Locked" ignition switch position, which the '07 and later Wranglers do not have. I have often wondered why Jeep dropped that switch. But, since I never intend to buy an '07 or later, I really do not care. Mine will run over 200K miles soon, still starts good, runs good, and doesn't burn any oil between oil changes. I did replace the clutch and a couple of U-joints last year. As us "jack pine savages" are wont to say; "Kain't hardly beat a deal lak thet!"
mowermech 09/12/21 11:34am Dinghy Towing
RE: Jeep toad ?

I tow a 2005 Wrangler Unlimited. I like the 2003 - 2006 body style, and the 4.0 l I-6 engine. It is easy to set up for towing: Transfer case in Neutral, transmission in 6th gear (yes, it is a 6 speed manual tranny!), Ignition switch in "Off, Not Locked" (spare key in pocket so the doors can be locked), and we are good to go. All that is done AFTER the Jeep is connected to the motorhome! I don't have to worry about releasing the parking brake, because I never set it, and positioning the Jeep behind the motorhome is a lot easier than positioning the motorhome in front of the Jeep, IMO! We were lucky enough to find this Jeep in a pretty much unmodified condition (custom bumpers and a receiver hitch the only mods), with a hardtop, and less than 10 grand! The longer wheelbase of the Unlimited has a somewhat better ride than the standard short one, IMO, and the rear seat remains folded up nearly all the time, so the 2-door is not a fault. The extra cargo space is nice, too. A trip to Costco would be impossible with the shorty! Good luck in your search for the "perfect Jeep Wrangler" for you!
mowermech 09/12/21 06:31am Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow Dolly Question

Having both lights is an excellent idea, IMO. The dolly lights will tell others where the outer edge of the dolly is, and the tail lights on the towed vehicle just might be required by state law in many states. I know that here, if the load extends more than two feet behind the tail lights/turn signals, lights or reflectors are required (in the daytime a red flag at least 12 inches square is adequate). Yes, the lenses on the tail lights may qualify as "reflectors", but lights are a good idea, especially after dark! As always, do your research. Check the laws in your state, and comply with or exceed them.
mowermech 09/11/21 06:55am Dinghy Towing
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