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RE: RV roof vent cover

When they are new, give them a coat of white plastic spray paint to protect them from UV damage.
DougE 08/17/21 07:21am Tech Issues
RE: New truck pricing

The up side of the current situation is that the price of used vehicles has gone up about 10% since the first of the year. If you can find something on the lot that suits you, great, but if you order you're in for a long wait. I ordered a Toyota Tacoma on January 4th and received it 2 days ago. (This is July 24th).
DougE 07/24/21 06:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: RV navigation systemsl

I've never been happy with the navigation package in my GMC Canyon. I find the Google Maps on my phone to be much better. The GMC upgrade I probably needed to get every 2 years cost $125 as well (may be more now), something not required using Google. So happy to find that the Google Maps app can be mirrored to the display in the Toyota Tacoma I have on order. (Just don't know if there is an RV version available).
DougE 07/21/21 08:06am Technology Corner
RE: I hate roundabouts -- but maybe I am wrong

Roundabouts are much more efficient than a 4-way stop. The issue is that some drivers are unable to deal with traffic conditions as a "dynamic" situation where they must merge into an adequate "slot" while the traffic is in motion. Some can only cope with traffic as a "static" situation and can't merge into a moving "slot".
DougE 06/17/21 01:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: TX-146 to Avoid Houston

It's been a long time since I traveled in that area, but what about dropping off I10 at Winnie, going down Hwy 124 to High Island and then along the coast (and the Bolivar ferry), into Galveston? Certainly more scenic. Comments from locals?
DougE 06/08/21 08:22am Roads and Routes
RE: Patch small hole in aluminum siding

Get a fiberglass repair kit from the local auto supply. It goes on quite transparent and will be barely noticible.
DougE 05/31/21 05:59am Truck Campers
RE: ? DIY Utility Trailer Deck "Paint" ?-

Behr DeckOver. (and you can get it tinted to any color).
DougE 05/20/21 07:08am General RVing Issues
RE: 1993 Damon Intruder/P30 454 Overheating

This has been an issue for decades. Since you don't hear the fan clutch pulling in: Use only a factory fan clutch. Set it in the vertical position for 24 hours before installing. Check your radiator with a Harbor Freight infrared heat gun to see if the temperature differences across the radiator core make sense.
DougE 05/09/21 01:30pm Tech Issues
Texas Sprinter Repair

FYI. A shop for these vans is difficult to find. Mercedes dealers don't want to work on anything older than 2009 and most small shops are only comfortable with domestic products. However, if you're in South Central Texas I found a shop with mechanics that used to work for the Mercedes dealer in Boerne. They are Motion Fleet Services in Selma on I35 (located in the back of the Ewald Kubota Dealer property - go in their gate).
DougE 04/28/21 09:37am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: 3/4 ton diesel vs. gas

Yes, a diesel is a superior tow vehicle but more complex and expensive to repair. If you travel extensively and especially if you do a fair amount of mountain towing the diesel is for you. If you just make a couple of trips a year and aren't battling your way through mountainous terrain that often then a gasoline engine is just fine.
DougE 04/28/21 03:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Caster Question (Alignment) Again

If your truck has twin I-beam suspension the caster is not adjustable and the lack of caster in the stock version often leads to the apparent front end lightness you reference. If you will google "ford I beam caster adjustment" you will find a number of references to a caster/camber bushing that can allow more caster to be dialed in to the front suspension. It may be a little difficult to find an alignment shop that will do an adjustment to non-stock settings though.
DougE 04/27/21 06:36am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Toad on Trailer vs 4 Down

The clearance on those steering wheel locks is pretty minimal. I somewhat doubt that a rope would be rigid enough to matter unless the lock broke. Maybe just for peace of mind?
DougE 04/25/21 03:54pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Toad on Trailer vs 4 Down

Any real world experience for rearward dolly towing? Caster on an S15 is about 3*. If you raise the rear 12" with a 108" wheelbase, that's a 6* rise and changes the caster to -3*. If you tow backwards then the caster is back at the original 3* positive. So no issue? Is the steering column lock sufficient to hold the wheels in the straight ahead configuration? By the way, I appreciate all the comments as its giving me additional things to consider.
DougE 04/25/21 08:15am Dinghy Towing
RE: Toad on Trailer vs 4 Down

Per my signature I currently have a Class B Sprinter. (Sold the motorcycle thus going to a S15 toad). I may sell the Sprinter and just fix up a van for camping. I generally expect cargo vans to be good for 500#/5000# but will ensure whatever my tow vehicle is, is capable. (I've traveled in every class but a 5th wheel for ~60 years.)
DougE 04/24/21 03:25pm Dinghy Towing
RE: El Paso, TX

I worked in El Paso for about 2 years. Don't quite know what you can find to do for 3 days. Military town due to Fort Bliss. Juarez across the border is too dangerous. In southeastern New Mexico you can do Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe National Park.
DougE 04/24/21 03:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Toad on Trailer vs 4 Down

Those are some quick responses. Thanks. I ran a Class A for a number of years with a Suzuki Sidekick toad. Nice rig but the Sidekick was pretty snug inside and I had to exercise the transmission every 200 miles to keep it lubed. Most of my life I've had way too many vehicles and I'm trying to keep it simpler these days so don't really want to add another vehicle. The S15 will have a step bumper so can be used to spot a trailer after it's unloaded. But, yes, dealing with the trailer is another consideration. Both Lwiddis and corvettekent are using their tow vehicles for general transportation whereas I favor having a second means of transportation.
DougE 04/24/21 09:27am Dinghy Towing
Toad on Trailer vs 4 Down

Class B (TBD - probably just a simple cargo van conversion) with 1988 GMC S15. S15 (2700#) is short wheelbase, automatic, 2wd (V8 conversion). Trailer (1560#) is 16' car hauler, wood deck. Question: Haul on trailer or tow 4 down? With the trailer I have to deal with ramps, tie downs and the additional weight, but I can back it. Towing 4 down I have to pull the rear wheels up on ramps, crawl under, disconnect the driveshaft at the rear (4 nuts) and tie it up. (Nope, don't want to get a drive disconnect). Overall length difference is probably only about 2' to 3'. Should get better gas mileage doing 4 down. Tow bar hooks up easier than trailer tongue. (Wish I knew how to set up a poll on this!)
DougE 04/24/21 06:58am Dinghy Towing
RE: El Paso, TX

I've stayed at the Las Cruces KOA several times with no complaints. There are 3 truck stops at the state line (Texas/New Mexico) that may charge a minor fee for overnighting.
DougE 04/24/21 06:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wow, 6 months wait for a Chevy-Tahoe

Due to the virus there is a shortage of computer chips. The auto industry runs on the "just in time" delivery concept for parts so have no stock on hand to absorb shortages. I placed a Tacoma on order January 4 and still have no build date.
DougE 04/10/21 06:52am Tow Vehicles
Thoughts on a MC Toad Trailer

I like to have a secondary means of transportation. In my case that means a motorcycle. At 77 its getting a little difficult to roll a 2-wheeler around so I'm looking at a Can-Am Ryker. The overall dimensions are 93" long x 60" wide so at a minimum it takes a 5'x8' trailer (a snug fit). I currently have a car hauler trailer with a 16' long bed so I'm considering whether to purchase and purpose adapt an aluminum single axle 5'x8' trailer or use my existing trailer that has tandem axles. (Note that the little trailers come with 55 mph rated tires and sometimes, metric axles, so I'd have to upgrade the axle assembly for interstate travel.) The Can-Am Ryker only weighs 620# so the car hauler trailer is overkill, but saving $2000 or so on the small trailer could offset quite a bit the addition cost of towing with the car hauler trailer but I don't have a handle on what the added cost might be. Since the MC weighs so little is there anything to be gained by taking one of the car hauler trailer axles out of service, eliminating two tires on the ground (less rolling resistance, less tire scrub on turns)? Your thoughts?
DougE 04/05/21 06:15am Dinghy Towing
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