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RE: No electric at rear receptacle for toad

Yep - - it was a blown fuse. But the fuse sure didn't look blown, which made it hard to fine. Thanks everyone who responded for your help!
DouglasC 06/23/22 06:12pm Dinghy Towing
RE: No electric at rear receptacle for toad

It's almost certainly some blown fuses that you haven't found. Your motorhome might have separate fuses if you have a factory Ford towing package on the chassis, and it's also entirely possible that the motorhome builder wired up the trailer plug with its own separate fuses. I would try to find those wires to the trailer plug and follow them to the front of the motorhome and look for inline fuses, or possibly a fuse block. Thanks! I believe the problem is a blown fuse as well. Will keep working on that theory. I now have access to the 2006 E-450 trailer wiring diagram. That should help me sort it all out.
DouglasC 06/23/22 04:42am Dinghy Towing
RE: No electric at rear receptacle for toad

Yep - I have a Ford E-450 chassis. Checked the fuse box inside to the left of the driver's wheel well. Also the fuse box under the hood on the right side as you face the hood. None of the fuses that supply power to the trailer (in this case my toad) seem to be blown using a visual inspection. May need to do a continuity test on the fuses.
DouglasC 06/22/22 04:24pm Dinghy Towing
RE: No electric at rear receptacle for toad

The problem has to be in the motorhome since there is no 12V power at the Bargman receptacle at the rear of the motorhome when MH running lights and/or emergency flashers are on. (Thankfully, running lights and emergency flashers work fine on the MH.)
DouglasC 06/22/22 09:57am Dinghy Towing
No electric at rear receptacle for toad

Tail lights on toad no longer work when hooked up to motorhome. Checked out the wiring harness for continuity - - all good. Then checked the Bargman receptacle on rear of motorhome - - no power. On closer inspection of the wiring harness, I discovered a couple of places where the wires had become bare from rubbing on the tow bar. Figured that a bare wire must have shorted out the circuit. Checked all the fuses in the motorhome that seem to have anything to do with towing. No blown fuses. Also checked for loose wires under the motorhome - - found none so far. I'm stumped! Any ideas on what to check on next?
DouglasC 06/22/22 08:48am Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow dolly or not?

I think that the saying "to each his own" works here. As for me, I started out using a tow dolly 30 years ago. That lasted a year! Turns out that the tow dolly was stolen from my back yard while I was away on vacation. All my RVing friends wondered if I had paid someone to steal it! That's because I continuously complained about having to use the tow dolly to haul my car around. What a pain to load and unload the car and then store the tow dolly at a campsite. I took the money the insurance company paid me for the stolen tow dolly and had my car outfitted for towing 4 down. Never looked back! Have now outfitted 9 vehicles over the past 29 years to tow them 4 wheels down. In my opinion that's money well spent, but of course some would disagree. Anyway, that's my story and I'm stick'n to it!
DouglasC 04/18/22 02:13pm Dinghy Towing
RE: US31 from South Bend to US24

Great road in good condition. Have traveled it many times. Will travel it again in 2 weeks. The road has been upgraded in recent years. Many sections now limited access. Just south of South Bend the speed limit is 65 MPH for the limited access section and then 60 MPH south to US 24.
DouglasC 04/08/22 02:28pm Roads and Routes
RE: Santa Fe-Taos and Flagstaff suggestions please

X2 on Bandelier National Monument! We spent a lovely couple of days in the area a few years ago. If you're into history, there is a trail that leads to several cliff dwellings of the ancient Pueblo people who lived in the area about 1150 AD.
DouglasC 02/20/22 02:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Differential Service

Had a complete differential failure on my 2006 E450 at 17,200 miles. Replaced with a new differential. At 72,000 miles noticed some leakage at the differential pinion seal. Had the seal replaced and changed the fluid.
DouglasC 12/23/21 02:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What do tow behind your Class C?

Tow a 2019 Ford Fusion Energi (PHEV) 4 wheels down. Great tow vehicle!
DouglasC 10/22/21 07:05am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Do you do this in the US?

We purchased a screen room (with canvas flaps) to use with our 1st Class A motorhome back in the early/mid 1990s. Even had the fabric altered to fit our longer & higher 2nd Class A motorhome. As had been mentioned, set up and take down were quite a job and time consuming. Due to that, we didn't use the screen room all that much, only when we stayed at least a week in one location (which didn't often happen back then). Seems like one rarely sees these screen rooms anymore. Guess the cost and difficulty of set up and take down caused them to go out of favor with the RVing crowd.
DouglasC 09/28/21 02:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small Class A vs Large Class C

As the saying goes, "to each his own". Guess that's why the RV manufacturers make so many different models in so many sizes. Having said that, we have been RVing for 35 years and have owned 7 motorhomes. We started with a 19' Winnebago LeSharo in 1986 - - and kept getting bigger, eventually owning a 39' Newmar Dutch Star DP while we were full timing. Over time we decided that that MH was just too big and started to downsize, 1st going to a 34' Dolphin gasser. After we stopped full timing and built a home in an RV community we decided to downside again to a Class C. One requirement that we had was that the MH had to have a walk around queen bed in the rear. Our choice of a Jayco Greyhawk 27DS ended up being the perfect choice for us. This unit has tons of interior storage and lots of outside storage as well, including a pass thru compartment for storing longer items. We have lived in this motorhome for as long as 6 months at a time and feel that we could full time in it if necessary. We seldom miss the panoramic front window of the previous Class A motorhomes and like the additional safety of having an actual front bumper and air bags in case of an accident. We have now owned this motorhome for 15 years and recently passed the 80,000 mile mark on the odometer. The Ford V-10 engine is "bullet proof" and all in all we couldn't be happier with the way that this motorhome has held up over time and mileage.
DouglasC 09/13/21 06:54am Class C Motorhomes
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