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RE: Flat Towing 2012 GMC Acadia

Off subject, I know, but ro_sie where ya been? long time no see on here!
mowermech 11/23/20 01:04pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Washer and dryer suggestions

We lived with a Splendide combo unit, external vent, for a couple of years full timing in a fiver. It worked great for us. When space is at a premium, having a single unit instead of two stacked up was rather nice, in our opinion. YMMV.
mowermech 11/21/20 03:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Garmin GPS

after making a trip from Billings, MT to Moab, UT, following a GPS unit (not Garmin), and having the less-than-smart GPS tell me to turn right down in WY where there wasn't a road (I could see the right turn from the top of the hill, a mile or so on down the road)... I became convinced the fool thing was great for finding rummage/garage/estate sales in town, but I would never rely on it for long distance travel directions again. We now have Garmins with lifetime map updates. They don't show the latest reconstruction on our way to town ("traffic circle"). Yes, they both have been updated. Maybe next year. The last time I went to Great Falls, it didn't show the highway change up there, either. It showed me driving through a wheat field! That was two years ago. Maybe when I get the updates next spring... I will never allow it to tell me to go over Beartooth Pass this time of year. It is closed until late Spring/early Summer 2021! Don't let Garmin tell you to use the railroad underpass in downtown Billings. The clearance is only 8' 6"! Those things are a good tool, but only YOU are smart enough to stay out of trouble on the highways and byways!
mowermech 11/18/20 03:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Considering an LLC, looking for experiences

Why do you want a Limited Liability Company? Come to Montana. Find a UPS Store in a town that you like. Rent a PMB (personal Mail Box). You now have a Montana address, and the UPS store will forward any mail to you at whatever address you tell them. Register your RV using that mailing address. If it is 11 years old or older, you can get PERMANENT license plates for it. If it is a trailer, the PERMANENT plate is automatic, regardless of age, type, or size. You should get a Montana driver's license. If you find that a physical address is required, buy a lot somewhere in the country so that you can say that your address is 1501 Bumdiddly Road, Sometown, MT 59xxx. However, you will likely find yourselves liable for paying MT income taxes, and filing a tax return every year. But, you will not have to pay any fees to a firm of lawyers!
mowermech 11/18/20 06:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Motorhome vs travel trailer for cross country with pets??

Some more things to consider: When we were full-timing, we found several RV parks that would only allow two pets. We had two cats and a dog. Even though the cats stayed in the trailer all the time, there were occasions we were not allowed entry into an RV park. Of course, being as we were on wheels, it was not an insurmountable problem, we just went on down the road. There are also RV parks that have age limits on the RVs they will allow on the premises. Ten years of age is an oft quoted number. Any unit older is not allowed. We never encountered one of them, but apparently they exist. We even found an RV park near Everett, WA that did not want patrons to have weapons in their "rolling home". At the time, I didn't have any with me, but I did not give them any of my money anyway. In all of our travels in MT, ID, WY, CA, WA, OR, and NV that is the only park we found that had such a rule. As stated, one of the benefits of being on wheels is that if you don't like the rules you can get on down the road. Oh, and when you get to your destination, please be aware that many rental homes and apartments have pet restrictions. Good luck.
mowermech 11/11/20 11:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Cold Coffee

It is even more embarrassing to set the Keurig up, press the button, and then realize that you forgot to put the mug in place! Yes, the little catch basin WILL hold 10 ounces of coffee. It will be brim full, and it is likely to spill when you attempt to get it to the sink to empty it. I have one cup of coffee in the morning, which usually cools some before I finish it. I have two on Mondays, though. The second one is during the 0800 2 meter net. I am net control on Mondays. That cuppa gets pretty cool also...
mowermech 11/09/20 04:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: Set clocks back today

I had all the in-house clocks set back last night before I went to bed, except for my bedside clock; it is supposed to be automatic. It didn't work. So, I have to turn the DST switch to OFF, then set the time back! Then, this morning, I checked my watch against the NIST time online, and set it for the best accuracy. I even reset the digital clock used for UTC (GMT for us oldsters). It had wandered about 5 minutes over the last year! Wonderful modern electronics...
mowermech 11/01/20 10:29am General RVing Issues
RE: How fuel stabilizers work...or not

I have been using Sta-Bil Storage for years in my ATVs, weed whackers, garden tractor, Toro ZTR, chain saw, and rototiller for years. No problems. They all run on 87 octane 10% (more or less) ethanol. In my experience, Sta-Bil Storage works just fine, at 2 ounces plus a little in 5 gallons of gas. It is working for me.
mowermech 10/31/20 08:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Daylight savings time !

Oh, no! Fall back one hour. That means it will take me about 15 minutes longer to reset all my clocks than it did to Spring Ahead (some clocks cannot be backed up, they have to go all the way around. Time consuming!) Of course, as usual, I will do the clock reset before bed, then go to bed. I will be completely recovered from any trauma by Monday morning. Sure glad I don't work graveyard shifts anymore...
mowermech 10/28/20 09:49am Around the Campfire
RE: Heating Cost: Electric vs. Propane

Keep in mind that the propane furnace also heats the chamber where the tanks reside. A portable electric heater will not heat those areas, unless you run the furnace fan without heat, IF your thermostat will allow that (Mine won't.). The instructions for many portable 1500 watt electric heaters state that they should not be operated while asleep. Sure, it is a CYA for the manufacturer, as required by corporate lawyers, but it is something to consider.
mowermech 10/28/20 09:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Halloween Or Not

In the 15+ years we have been here, no trick or treaters. However, there have been some changes in the neighborhood; there are now at least two little "curtain climbers" and a couple of youngsters. Maybe this year we will buy a bag of goodies. If nobody shows up, I can treat myself!
mowermech 10/19/20 07:28am Around the Campfire
RE: Junk Food Breakfast Cereals

I like sugar. Have liked it all my life. I have been known to put sugar on Frosted Mini Wheats! My weight held steady until I retired, then I became overweight, even though my sugar consumption was curtailed. The old saw that my mother used; "If you keep eating that much sugar, you will get sugar diabetes!" did not come true. Yet. It has been over 70 years since I first heard that. Another old saw disproven (for me, at least.). Oh, well, whatever floats yer boat, I guess...
mowermech 10/18/20 07:44am Around the Campfire
RE: 1/2T/huge TT vs strong cross wind = BAADDD DAY

Bar pit, Bar ditches are a shortened phrase for barrow. When older highways were built they “barrowed” soil from the side of the road to elevate the roadway and provide a place for rain water to collect. I guess it depends on the source. I was always told it was a "borrow" pit because of the dirt "borrowed" from there to make the road bed. If it is a "barrow" pit, it is because of the dirt that was hauled from there in wheelbarrows to build the road bed. Whatever... As for the OP, near Livingston, MT on I-90 the winds can be so strong that the freeway is closed to "high-profile" vehicles. Semis and RV trailers often get blown over along that stretch of highway. If an 80,000 pound truck/trailer rig must stop, your RV behind a pickup doesn't have a chance. I don't care if your truck is a half ton gasser, a 3/4 ton diesel, or a one ton diesel dually, you better get off the road!
mowermech 10/14/20 09:43am General RVing Issues
RE: tire pressure class c

There is always the tried and true "chalk mark" method. Get some chalk, and draw a line across the tread of the tires. Drive for 100 yards or so. If the chalk mark is gone on the edges, but not in the middle, the tire is under inflated. Add air. If the chalk mark is gone in the middle, but not on the edges, the tire is over inflated. Decrease the pressure. If the chalk is gone clear across the tread, the tire is properly inflated for the current load. If the chalk is gone on one side of the tire, there is an alignment problem that needs to be fixed ASAP! Under inflated or over inflated results in a small contact patch, which results in poor grip on the highway. We need all the rubber on the road we can get!
mowermech 10/11/20 07:20am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Military campground, base access

As a military retiree, my spouse does not need any pass for base access, she has her ID card. We have stayed at two Air Force FamCamps; at Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls, MT and at McChord AFB near Tacoma, WA. Neither required reservations. In fact, reservations can not be made at Malmstrom, first come/first served only. The campground is not on base. It was many years ago that we stayed at McChord, so I don't know what the policy is now. At that time, we had no problems with base access. The campground is on base. How the campground is administered is often up to the local command. That includes who is allowed access to the campground. The Pass policy for your spouse may be a local policy, or it may be DOD regulation, I don't know. If I were in your situation, I know I would never again patronize any military campground unless it is outside the fence as the one at Malmstrom AFB is!
mowermech 10/06/20 07:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Would You Take A Vaccine COVID-19

No. I have been housebound pretty much since this whole foofaraw began. I will remain pretty much housebound until it is over. When I leave the house, I avoid other people as much as possible, and put the mask on every time I get out of the vehicle. I will let others get the shots, and I will avoid catching the disease. That way they will not infect me, and since I am disease free, I will not infect them. Win/win situation!
mowermech 10/01/20 07:27am Around the Campfire
RE: Winterizing Travel Trailer

I used antifreeze once, about 25 years ago, in a 1977 Pace Arrow Class A. That was the one and only time I have ever used it, except in drain traps and the toilet flush valve. I have used the blow out method ever since, with no problems. After all, if it works for underground sprinkler systems that have no "low point drains", it should work for RV water systems that DO have "low point drains". It works for me, YMMV.
mowermech 09/30/20 07:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Camping and Traveling in the west in Winter

Many RV parks close after October 15th (at the latest). A few (very few) are open year-round. Most USFS campgrounds and State Parks close shortly after Labor Day. Be prepared to dry camp in rest areas or parking lots. Facilities for filling fresh water tanks and dumping waste tanks may be few and far between. Keep in mind that chains may be required on mountain passes, especially on towing vehicles, and chains may be required on the towed unit as well. If you do not have tire chains, you may have to park and wait until chain requirements are lifted. Some stores that sell tire chains will buy them back if they are not used. Winter travel in an RV over I-90 can be done, IF you are prepared for lack of facilities and winter weather. Good luck
mowermech 09/29/20 08:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Remco to discontinue it's vehicle towing kits

I have a REMCO LP-1 unit around here somewhere. Perhaps I should hang on to it; it may have antique or vintage value soon! I am reminded of the WARN hub kit for Jeep AMC 20 rear axles. It is,I have heard, no longer available. If the manufacturer no longer has high demand for something, they will quit making it. If you sell one or two a year, you can't afford to keep on!
mowermech 09/28/20 10:06am Dinghy Towing
RE: Germs while traveling

Nitrile gloves from Harbor Freight. Change them frequently; peel the used ones off without touching the outer surface. Lysol (or alcohol) wipes in a ziplock baggie. Wipe the baggie after each use, then throw the wipe(s) away. Be sure your mask is an approved type, and be sure it covers your nose. Wash the mask daily, or let it sit in bright sunlight for several hours. If the mask feels damp, replace it. If you are very, very careful, you might live another year. Then again, perhaps not...
mowermech 09/27/20 08:45pm General RVing Issues
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