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RE: Jeep towing questions.

Might depend on which Jeep you're interested in - Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Compass, etc.... I've got personal experience with the Grand Cherokee, and can definitively say that some, but not all, automatics are flat towable. It depends entirely on the transmission. I suspect this to be true with other Jeep models, but I'm not certain. If you let us know what model you're interested in, we can give more advice. No vehicle comes from the factory with the necessary baseplate installed, or wired for the rear signal lights. The baseplates vary by manufacturer - Blue Ox, Roadmaster, etc...I'm partial to Blue Ox, but there are others available. Ok yeah I am gonna be doing a Wrangler. I totally thought I mentioned that. Ok good to know that I'll still have to install all of that stuff on there also.
Cmccain13 02/21/21 08:54am Dinghy Towing
Jeep towing questions.

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Cmccain13 02/21/21 06:51am Tow Vehicles
Jeep towing questions.

Ok I know this has proboably been asked here a ton but bear with me please. Do aftery last trip I am fed up with the tow dolly that we have. We have snagged the bumper of my civic too many times and with wet weather it creates so many issues. Ugh I'm going flat tow. So I was reading and you can have an automatic Jeep and still tow it? I was under the impression they had to be manual transmission. Also do you still need to get the tow plate installed like on other vehicles or do Jeep's generally come with that stuff already stick on the vehicle? Thanks for your time!
Cmccain13 02/21/21 06:51am Dinghy Towing
RE: Low Of 1 Degree!!!

Why not winterzie camper, cant take more than 15-20 min. HL Well i live in it full time. but i had planned on doing that (well semi winterizing) and when i went to drain the black tank it had already frozen solid.
Cmccain13 02/18/21 06:32am Full-time RVing
RE: Low Of 1 Degree!!!

How are you holding up? We are down in the RGV and been without power since yesterday morning but we've got enough propane and the generator is running. Plus it's probably not quite as cold as up where you are. well were holding up all right. I had a great plan of attack but all got thrown out the window when I went to dump the black tank it had already frozen solid so I tried to dump some really hot water down the top and start to thaw the bottom as well and now I just added to the ice cube and its completely full. so I'm worried about the condition of it I don't see any leaks or ice sickles down there so I don't think that it ruptured but I'm not 100% sure. I reaaaaaaaaly don't want to have to deal with that mess, so here's to hoping. also we have ice everywhere in the rig, on all the windows and a lot of the corners of the floor and wall. so imp worried about mold in the future. but I think there would need to be a more of an abundance of water than that to really have that affect on mold. but everyone is fine and the snow here is absolutely gorgeous so silver linings. are you in Texas or was your state already prepared for something like this; Going to be tough to assess until it thaws. Hopefully no major damage. We are in the Rio Grande Valley at the moment and it's a total cluster around here. Low 20's at night and they closed the freeway, power out, hunger games to get gas or propane. Back home in Michigan, it would be a non-event. Daytime is getting above freezing, so we just left the waste tanks open. We are having to run the generator as the power is out but otherwise no major concerns. Good to hear but man that gas and propane situation is a bummer. luckily I filled up on Friday and at our current rate I will be good until mid next week before ill need again. its finally out of the single digits up here near DFW so by tomorrow i think we will get some above freezing temperatures. my tanks actually hang out in the open under the rig and i think thats where i went wrong. the wind was just ripping though underneath and i though i had more time than i did to dump before the deep freeze.
Cmccain13 02/17/21 08:02am Full-time RVing
RE: Low Of 1 Degree!!!

How are you holding up? We are down in the RGV and been without power since yesterday morning but we've got enough propane and the generator is running. Plus it's probably not quite as cold as up where you are. well were holding up all right. I had a great plan of attack but all got thrown out the window when I went to dump the black tank it had already frozen solid so I tried to dump some really hot water down the top and start to thaw the bottom as well and now I just added to the ice cube and its completely full. so I'm worried about the condition of it I don't see any leaks or ice sickles down there so I don't think that it ruptured but I'm not 100% sure. I reaaaaaaaaly don't want to have to deal with that mess, so here's to hoping. also we have ice everywhere in the rig, on all the windows and a lot of the corners of the floor and wall. so imp worried about mold in the future. but I think there would need to be a more of an abundance of water than that to really have that affect on mold. but everyone is fine and the snow here is absolutely gorgeous so silver linings. are you in Texas or was your state already prepared for something like this;
Cmccain13 02/16/21 07:18am Full-time RVing
RE: Suggestions for places near New Orleans LA.

I would consider NOLA and beaches two separate stops. Gulf Port is going to be the closest beach destination. What's the plan for NOLA? We stayed at Bayou Seggnette SP and found it nice...but we aren't in the party crowd...just day trips. If we don't stay near a beach we will need a pool. We're only gonna be in LA for a week and then moving along. New Orleans will proboably be the best, it's me my wife and daughter. So we're not into the party crowd I'll check that place out.
Cmccain13 02/12/21 05:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Suggestions for places near New Orleans LA.

Warning - I have never lived or spent an extensive amount of time in New Orleans. I had one uncle who lived in Ama, across the river from New Orleans for his entire adult life, raised a family of 4 cousins near my age. Another uncle raised his family with another half-dozen cousins in Lafayette. Both had 5th wheels and traveled with their children as teenagers to the beach. In Mississippi, Alabama or Florida. They did not consider Grand Isle a good beach worth the effort and inconvenience of trying to get there. I have gone to the 'beach' with my cousins on Lake Pontchartrain a few times. There can be surprisingly largish waves there if the wind is out of the north. (That is how Katrina flooded New Orleans, raising the level of Pontchartrain so that if overflowed into the city.) Their preferred 'beach' was at Fontainebleau State Park on the north shore of the lake. But a much longer drive. Now, if your objective is to experience the incredible city of New Orleans, French Quarter RV is an excellent choice. If your objective is beaches, I suggest one of the many RV parks near the coast from Bay St Louis, MS to Apalachicola, FL It is about 55-60 driving miles one way from French Quarter RV to Buccaneer State Park in Waveland, MS It is about 110-120 driving miles one way from French Quarter RV to Grand Isle State Park in Louisiana - a much slower, more tedious drive. Ok this actually gives me a lot of what I was looking for, for people to live there and not go to the grand isle for beach time that makes my decision a lot easier and ill just go somewhere either in or near the city and enjoy the French quarter!
Cmccain13 02/12/21 12:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Suggestions for places near New Orleans LA.

so I was looking at places around there and I want to be near the beach and NOLA but I'm sure that places near NOLA are not going to have waves and such from the gulf, I would need to go to the grand isle right. Anyone have suggestions of places that they have been they liked in that area?
Cmccain13 02/12/21 08:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Low Of 1 Degree!!!

Just convert to metric...1 C and it's not an issue (just kidding) Where are you in Texas and is there anything stopping you from moving? We are down in the RGV and our worst day is projected to be around 30F. Even up by Corpus Christie the worst is only around 23F for the worst low. (check the weather maps, it might make sense to head east or west rather than south) As a full timer, my first choice would be to get to a warmer area. Yes, 1F is challenging in an RV. If you can't move: - Fill the Fresh Water tank and disconnect the hose. - Assuming you are on a full hookup, drain the tanks and leave the valves open just before the first freeze. Try to limit water usage if you can as the waste hose will still freeze up. - If the water system is in an underbelly compartment consider putting a work light with a 75w bulb inside (be careful that it doesn't rest against anything that could catch fire). - Open the cabinet doors around any water pipes, so interior heat can get in. - Fill the propane tanks and plan on where you are going to refill them (We got caught in -5F for a few days one year and we were going thru a 30lb tank per day...the park wound up restricting propane fills to park residents) - If you have an electric heater, that can help. (during that time we were down to -5F, the furnace running full time and a space heater and we were still only up to the 50F's inside). - If you don't already have it, go to home depot and pick up some reflectics (it's silver backed bubble wrap insulation). Then fit that to the windows and hatches to help trap heat. Plan on a few miserable days. I'm really only worried about the tanks and the pipes. Do you think putting some anti freeze down the tanks? It's only gonna be bad for like 36 hours. Also I was thinking about pulling in the slide outs to make the space smaller. I was going to come back and add a comment about the slides. As long as it's reasonably livable, pulling them in will help. The water systems are the primary concern but if you run out of propane, a new set of problems piles on top. Drain the tanks, close the valves and put a gallon or two of antifreeze into each waste tank is viable. The only issue is how much water will you add. If you aren't going to use the waste tanks (go up to the camp bathhouse), that is perfect. If you use the tanks, as you dilute the antifreeze, the temp it protects against starts increasing. 1 gal of antifreeze in a tank with 30-40gal of waste water is likely going to freeze up when you are down to 1F. Ok good to know. Yeah I would be dumping the tank the night before it gets really cold and then doing the anti freeze we can hold off on waste tanks for the day and a half it's going to get insaine.
Cmccain13 02/11/21 04:21pm Full-time RVing
RE: Low Of 1 Degree!!!

Just convert to metric...1 C and it's not an issue (just kidding) Where are you in Texas and is there anything stopping you from moving? We are down in the RGV and our worst day is projected to be around 30F. Even up by Corpus Christie the worst is only around 23F for the worst low. (check the weather maps, it might make sense to head east or west rather than south) As a full timer, my first choice would be to get to a warmer area. Yes, 1F is challenging in an RV. If you can't move: - Fill the Fresh Water tank and disconnect the hose. - Assuming you are on a full hookup, drain the tanks and leave the valves open just before the first freeze. Try to limit water usage if you can as the waste hose will still freeze up. - If the water system is in an underbelly compartment consider putting a work light with a 75w bulb inside (be careful that it doesn't rest against anything that could catch fire). - Open the cabinet doors around any water pipes, so interior heat can get in. - Fill the propane tanks and plan on where you are going to refill them (We got caught in -5F for a few days one year and we were going thru a 30lb tank per day...the park wound up restricting propane fills to park residents) - If you have an electric heater, that can help. (during that time we were down to -5F, the furnace running full time and a space heater and we were still only up to the 50F's inside). - If you don't already have it, go to home depot and pick up some reflectics (it's silver backed bubble wrap insulation). Then fit that to the windows and hatches to help trap heat. Plan on a few miserable days. I'm really only worried about the tanks and the pipes. Do you think putting some anti freeze down the tanks? It's only gonna be bad for like 36 hours. Also I was thinking about pulling in the slide outs to make the space smaller.
Cmccain13 02/11/21 03:35pm Full-time RVing
Low Of 1 Degree!!!

Ok so disclaimer I am from Texas and I am not used to cold temps like this. its not going to get above freezing Sunday till Wednesday (its now Thursday) on Monday it will not get above 15 degrees and a low of 1 degree. I am not in a 4 seasons rig I'm in a Class C 2021. SO how worried should I be that **** is gonna freeze and break on me? I will be of course in the rig the full time. We have a space heater that helps but its a pretty weak one. Any help will be appreciated.
Cmccain13 02/11/21 01:48pm Full-time RVing
RE: Clicking sound from where home battery is.

It’s unlikely it has anything to do with which leg of your trip you were on. Assuming it’s one of those CB’s tripping and resetting, it’s going to take some knowledge of the circuits each one is protecting in order to test each one. Your owners manual may have that info, but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t. As new as this unit is, I would be checking into getting Coachmen to authorize warranty service at the closest, most convenient location to you, or even a mobile RV service tech. I’m of the opinion that electrical problems shouldn’t be ignored. That yellow with black-stripe wire going to the item I marked #2 isn’t pinched under the seal and anything metallic, is it? Just wanting to make sure. :):) No that wire isnt pinched or anything it looks like they are all secured as well. i did have my refrigerator runnign though so i am going to turn it off and hope that was the issue when we leave here tomorrow for texas.
Cmccain13 02/04/21 01:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Nomad Internet experience

Like many of these new style cellular based warless internet plans, the quality is only as good as the network your on at the location your at. If you pick a plan based on Big Red's network, if the Big Red brand name service sucks, so will your service. Likewise if Big Blue has lousy reception in an area with their own named service, your service will also be lousy if on the plan based upon Big Blue's network. So, the real question has to be what about the plan/price options (forget reception as that's carrier/location dependent) steers you towards this service? Also, what is it about your old service that makes you want to switch? So with att and Verizon i get a total of 60 gigs of data before they throttle the hell out of the speed. i go through about 58 gigs in a month and that only covers work. so with this i will be able to get unlimited data and be able to stream all i want with it as well. It will be on tmoble/sprint network with the nomad internet. i will still have my ATT hotspot on my phone in case I'm somewhere they don't have T-Mobile service for work but i doubt ill be anywhere T-Mobile doesn't cover with 4glte
Cmccain13 02/03/21 06:55am Full-time RVing
Nomad Internet experience

hello any one have experince with nomad internet? im thinking about switching.
Cmccain13 02/02/21 12:10pm Full-time RVing
RE: Clicking sound from where home battery is.

Leave the IMG tags with the brackets in the image location URL and they will post as images like this: https://i.imgur.com/p4kt4UFl.jpg #1 looks like a maxi fuse holder. There should be a replaceable fuse under the cover. #2 I think is a solenoid, possibly to isolate the house batteries from the starting battery when the engine is off. #3 looks like four self-resetting CB’s mounted with the “cans” down and the terminals up. To a plastic holder maybe? Hard to tell through all the paint. No, that’s got to be a +12v buss bar, only one of those CB’s has two cables attached to it. If those are CB’s, any one of those could be tripping due to a problem somewhere, then resetting, then tripping again, etc. That would sound very much like a turn signal flasher. :):) Is this something that could possible only have happened on that leg of the trip, i actually wont be where i can get this addressed for about 3 more trips. Unless i need someone to come out and look at it before hand ill have to find a way.
Cmccain13 02/02/21 12:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Clicking sound from where home battery is.

Some pictures of what’s in and around your battery box would help. There are enough experts on here that can identify what each component is, and what it does. If you’re unfamiliar with posting images on this forum, use this site. It’s pretty easy, you’re just uploading your image to the hosting site (Imgur), and copy/pasting the provided link into your forum post. RV.net Photo Upload and Post :):) Here is what I have. Batteries https://imgur.com/gallery/xVHbWDj
Cmccain13 02/01/21 11:07am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Clicking sound from where home battery is.

Self-resetting CB? :):) not sure but my circut breaker box is under my bed in the back. there is a part that is located next to the battery that may have been making the noise but im not sure.
Cmccain13 02/01/21 06:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Clicking sound from where home battery is.

It could be the A/C compressor turning on and off. Turn off the air inside and see if it goes away. yeah we didn't have any air on ac or furnace. In trouble shooting I had turned off the electrical switch in the coach to disconnect 12v power to the coach to see if that fixed it, it did not.
Cmccain13 02/01/21 06:37am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Clicking sound from where home battery is.

Do you have a BIM ? A battery isolation manager charges both chassis and coach batteries by switching back and forth , alternating the charge from one to the other. Maybe you are hearing the solenoid clicking. Im really not sure, but there is something located right next to the battery separated by a compartment under the stair where the battery is located. it does seem like its something related to that since it sounds like an electrical issue.
Cmccain13 02/01/21 06:35am Class C Motorhomes
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