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RE: Question about 12V charging on Jeep JL while flat towing

Don’t know how I was wrong? I’m never wrong! :h I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken... :B
Alan_Hepburn 09/12/21 04:46pm Dinghy Towing
RE: RV state sticker map opinions

Please stop discussing the DOD tunnel to Hawaii. It is classified! Can we at least mention the AWESOME travel plazas that they built every 200 miles along the tunnel? Great food and awesome views!
Alan_Hepburn 08/18/21 11:50am General RVing Issues
RE: RV state sticker map opinions

Stick Hawaii on there just to blow people's minds if you want. We put Hawaii on our map and when people ask about it I just say that when I was in the Army we got to use the DOD Tunnel to drive there...
Alan_Hepburn 08/15/21 12:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toilet burping

A mound in the tank causes problems, but not THAT problem. It doesn't block the air from escaping the tank on flushing. I'll have to disagree with that - I've experienced it personally on 2 different RVs. Our current RV has a black tank that is fairly shallow right under the toilet opening, and then deepens out; like a "step" feature. When we're sitting for a length of time when we flush everything hits the shallow part of the tank and can build up there with no movement to push it to the deeper part of the tank. When we're moving every day the pile gets moved by the movement of the RV on the road. We know when there's a big pile because the toilet burps when we flush. Using a hose to force that pile into the deeper part of the tank works every time.
Alan_Hepburn 08/12/21 11:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Jeep Wrangler ReadyBrake Elite II Setup

Y-Guy - I ran the wires through the passenger front door about where the window frame causes the door angle to change. It looks like the gasket is a bit thicker at that point and it works well. Never had an issue with wires getting crushed or broken.
Alan_Hepburn 08/04/21 10:45am Dinghy Towing
RE: Jeep Wrangler ReadyBrake Elite II Setup

When I used the magnetic lights on our Wrangler I ran the wire into the interior, through the passenger-side front door, then out through the rear tailgate. So the only wire exposed to wind buffeting was along the side of the hood. You could also run the wire under the hood if you want to take the trouble of lifting the hood. The weatherstripping on the front door and the rear tailgate glass is pliable enough to allow the wire to pass through without damage.
Alan_Hepburn 08/03/21 10:24am Dinghy Towing
RE: Jeep Wrangler ReadyBrake Elite II Setup

We've got almost the identical setup on our 2020 Gladiator, except I went with the Standard Clearance ends on the Spartan bumper, and we've got the Elite instead of the Elite II. For the lights I looked at the CoolTech wiring harness but didn't like their price tag so I made my own for about 1/3 the cost. It's basically a switch that is installed in the Jeep's harness that switches the lights from being powered from the Jeep or the RV - simple design but requires cutting into the OEM harness.
Alan_Hepburn 08/01/21 01:51pm Dinghy Towing
RE: 2 way radio in RV????

19 was traditionally the east-west highway channel. 17 was the north-south channel. 3 is the dump truck and similar vocational truck channel. 6 is the skip-shooter channel. Most big-trucks don’t even use CB anymore. Dump trucks use it mostly for talking to the loader and scale house when they’re at a yard. So, with people switching to GMRS is there a "traditional" channel for anything yet?
Alan_Hepburn 07/11/21 03:06pm Tech Issues
RE: US101 Northern California

We went through on Thursday - left the campground (Chinook RV Resort) shortly after 9am and got in line. There were 15 vehicles ahead of us in line, waiting for the road to open at noon. I must say they were prompt: it was exactly 12:00:00 when we started moving! We got through the one-way section and then saw the line waiting to go south: almost 5 miles long! According to the handout we got at the RV Park the road is closed on Monday through Thursday from 8am to noon, and from 3pm to 7pm. All other times it is open to one-way traffic - controlled.
Alan_Hepburn 07/10/21 12:09pm Roads and Routes
US101 Northern California

Anybody traveling from Northern California to Oregon in the next several days - be aware that CALTRANS is doing major work south of Crescent City: WILL BE CLOSED INTERMITTENLTY FROM 12.4 MI SOUTH OF CRESCENT CITY /AT VISTA POINT/ TO 1.9 MI SOUTH OF CRESCENT CITY /AT HUMBOLDT RD/ (DEL NORTE CO) FROM 0900 HRS TO 1100 HRS, FROM 1200 HRS TO 1400 HRS & FROM 1500 HRS TO 1700 HRS MONDAY THRU FRIDAY - DUE TO A ROCKSLIDE - TRAFFIC WILL BE ALLOWED THRU FROM 1100 HRS TO 1200 HRS & FROM 1400 TO 1500 HRS - MOTORISTS ARE SUBJECT TO DELAYS OF UP TO 2 HOURS 1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC FROM 2.6 MI NORTH OF KLAMATH /AT PEINE RD/ TO 2.9 MI NORTH OF KLAMATH /AT OLD HUNTER CREEK RD/ (DEL NORTE CO) 24 HRS A DAY 7 DAY A WEEK THRU 0700 HRS ON 10/31/22 - DUE TO BRIDGE WORK 1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC FROM 12.4 MI SOUTH OF CRESCENT CITY /AT VISTA POINT/ TO 1.9 MI SOUTH OF CRESCENT CITY /AT HUMBOLDT RD/ (DEL NORTE CO) FROM 1700 HRS EACH AFTERNOON TO 0900 HRS EACH MORNING & FROM 1100 HRS TO 1200 HRS & FROM 1400 HRS TO 1500 HRS - DUE TO A ROCKSLIDE - MOTORISTS ARE SUBJECT TO DELAYS OF UP TO 2 HOURS 1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM 3.7 MI NORTH OF THE JCT OF SR 197 /AT ROWDY CREEK RD/ TO 4 MI NORTH OF THE JCT OF SR 197 /AT BECKSTEAD AVE/ (DEL NORTE CO) 24 HRS A DAY THRU 2359 HRS ON 12/31/21 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
Alan_Hepburn 07/05/21 11:38am Roads and Routes
RE: Check in/out timing...

I would have simply answered "And that affects you how?" Or, instead of taking an adversarial stance, how about just saying something like "Yeah, we got here faster than we thought - the front desk said it was okay to check in early."
Alan_Hepburn 06/25/21 03:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: towing a Smart Car

Prior to 2008 the smart 4two was the model 450, and was available only as a grey-market vehicle. It could not be towed 4-down due to the design of the transmission. In 2008 it finally became available as the model 451, with a completely redesigned transmission and the 2008 and newer cars are, indeed, towable.
Alan_Hepburn 06/23/21 05:23pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Long Range Two Way Radio

All, Thanks very much for the feedback! ktmrfs, after my research, I'm like the GRMS together with MURS. What make/model do you have? I'm considering a Tera TR-505. I just picked up a Midland MXT275 GMRS package from Amazon - haven't had a chance to install or test it yet, but it gets good reviews on the various off-road forums I've checked.
Alan_Hepburn 06/21/21 03:41pm Technology Corner
RE: Towing or packing a Smart Car on the back of a Class A

It's only been mentioned once here, but be aware that the smart cars from 2008 forward are 4" longer than the maximum allowable width of vehicles. The older, grey-market smarts were shorter and that's why some people got away with loading them cross-ways on the back of their tow vehicles.
Alan_Hepburn 06/18/21 10:52am Dinghy Towing
RE: High Profile 5th Wheel - Southern Cal to Gold Beach Oregon

I'm guessing that the Golden Gate Bridge is the toll road. Any kind of booth crossing like that (tollbooths, immigration, agricultural, etc.) should have truck lanes for high profile vehicles. The Golden Gate Bridge has no toll going north - if you're seeing a north-bound toll it's most likely the Richmond-San Rafael bridge, or the San Mateo bridge. They both charge the toll for west-bound traffic. The current toll is $21 for 4 axles and $26 for 5 axles.
Alan_Hepburn 06/14/21 02:08pm Roads and Routes
RE: Microwave replacement options

no such thing as an RV microwave. All are household ones that RV maker made some brackets to match and mount in the opening. Find one that fits in the hole. In most cases you'll be looking for an "over the counter" microwave, and they are generally 30" wide, although you might find one or two with other sizes. Then you'll have the choice of rear, side, or front venting - many can be changed by simply adjusting a vent baffle. Mounting is similar on pretty much all units: a bracket on the rear of the microwave will mate up with a corresponding bracket on the wall at the installation location, and usually 2 bolts, accessible in the cabinet above the location. May times those bolts will be concealed under whatever shelf lining material that is used to make things look nice in the cabinet. Removing the microwave is straightforward: unplug it from power and remove the 2 bolts from above, then tilt the top of the microwave toward you and lift the whole thing off the rear bracket. Installing is the opposite: lift it up to engage the rear bracket, then rotate the top up into position and replace the 2 bolts. Plug it in and it should work!
Alan_Hepburn 05/14/21 04:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Mopar wiring harness on 2020 Wrangler

The Mopar wiring harness is 82215382AB. It is a lot of work to install and you have to be careful with the electrical plugs since the directions are not very clear, but it works well. I used the Cooltech harness on our 2012 Wrangler, but the current harness requires you to remember to flip a switch. Wow, they are pretty proud of that wiring harness. Over 3 times what I paid for the 2015 JK harness. Thanks for the info. I came to the same conclusion, so I went online and bought a 25 foot coil of 7-conductor wire, in a sheath, for about $35, and two 4PDT switches for about $5 each and I'm building my own version of their harness, for my Gladiator AND my wife's Wrangler!
Alan_Hepburn 05/12/21 02:44pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Jeep missed the boat

These days it’s all about the tranny, the transfer mechanism, and the rear. You need the right combo of all, which comes with the willingness to give up some 4WD capabilities, to make it towable 4-down. Both our 2017 Wrangler and our 2020 Gladiator have the 3.6L V6 engine, automatic transmission, and manual transfer case - I don't think we've given up ANY 4WD capabilities and both vehicles tow fine...
Alan_Hepburn 04/23/21 02:41pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Park suggestions/opinions in or near San Jose, CA.

X2 Coyote Valley, good access to SJ. The SJ trailer parks area is questionable, but I can get a update from my SJ Fireman son if you want as I haven't been there in a while. Rush hour traffic is rather heavy but hopefully you can avoid it. Hopefully your expenses are covered and your vaccinated. Sorry for your loss. they are covered and we will be by the tine we leave. thanks. and we're including some of the trailer parks as a Plan 1a. you might ask your buddy which TPs are in OK areas. As a San Jose resident I would say that NONE of the trailer parks IN San Jose are very desirable - they are all your typical "trailer park" rather than RV parks. You're better off going down to Morgan Hill - Coyote Valley RV is nice, but their price reflects that, and they are pretty strict about adhering to their "10-year" rule. Maple Leaf RV Park is more reasonable, if they have any openings - they've concentrated on long-term residents lately and I don't know how many transient sites they keep available. Farther south would be Betabel RV Park - they have a pretty good sized transient section. Farther out would be Casa de Fruta, but that's an hour away from San Jose.
Alan_Hepburn 03/30/21 12:49pm General RVing Issues
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...
Alan_Hepburn 03/16/21 02:08pm Dinghy Towing
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