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RE: Towing 4-wheels down.....braking required for vehicle?

From what I've read, the surge brake has a shock-style cylinder that activates at 250lbs of pressure applied from the toad in a braking or shoving situation from the toad onto the RV via the surge brake tongue connection. Simple, straight-forward cable connection that if installed correctly, should work in those situation you describe in Alaska. Force is force regardless if its from braking/sliding/slipping/bucking.....too much pressure and the surge brake will pull on the toad brake pedal as needed. Obviously, if the toad goes sideways in a slide all bets are off (as in most all braking systems).
VA-Apraisr 09/20/22 04:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Towing 4-wheels down.....braking required for vehicle?

Haha......saw the photo and thought you were serious!! :) Yeah, trying to avoid the redneck fix-it-yourself-and-go process! I'll be using a 4" riser hook as well since my Jeep has a lift on it to ensure straight pulling and proper engagement of surge braking. Just waiting on the parts to be delivered and then wiring up the toad to the RV.
VA-Apraisr 09/12/22 06:10am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Towing 4-wheels down.....braking required for vehicle?

Thanks for all the info. Using the surge brake from NSA as well as breakaway cable in case the worst happens. Fortunately, the aftermarket metal front bumper with winch and D-hooks can be used instead of a Blue Ox mounting bracket which saves some $$. All in all, converting to 4-down isn't costing me the price I received selling my tow dolly.
VA-Apraisr 09/09/22 05:18pm Class C Motorhomes
Towing 4-wheels down.....braking required for vehicle?

Bought a 2018 Jeep Wrangler and moving from a tow-dolly to this setup. Wondering if the auxiliary braking system is required. I didn't have anything other than emergency cable brake for trailer in case it came detached from the RV. I've bought a used Blue Ox towing bar and was looking at a Blue Ox braking unit that sits on floor of tow vehicle. Just seeing what the best setup is to be safe. Thanks!! PS: Ok, I ordered the NSA Ready Brake receiver surge brake and one question: Do you guys just turn on running lights if driving at night, or did you run additional wiring?
VA-Apraisr 09/08/22 10:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Leveling Blocks

Got those 3-level one piece as shown above and love them. They stack together beneath my sofa and super easy and very strong. Otherwise, salt-treat wood can be used to create the same thing.
VA-Apraisr 08/29/22 03:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C RV model recommendations

I agree with the Conquest 6280 design!! I have a 28A Thor product which is almost identical in layout and LOVE IT! Especially the doorway to block off front living space from bed/bath when one is getting ready for the day. Separate shower is very nice so other can be shaving/brushing teeth or "other" duties :) Never have understood the diesel preference myself (cost/maintenance/did I mention $$$?). Best of luck on your search.
VA-Apraisr 07/20/22 02:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Declared Value Insurance.....any carriers you recommend?

Yep, nothing left to chance with insurance underwriters/policies. I have a 750hp 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee I used to race (now just a toy) and had a declared value on that for $25k (just the cost of the engine setup) and didn't have a problem. Fingers crossed I'll try Progressive/State Farm/American Family for some input. Thanks again all! PS: And yes, had left the beach due to lightning approaching and one gal on the beach was holding her pole and lightning struck the ocean and she felt it in the pole and dropped it and ran to the truck. I never fish in the storm and left accordingly but somehow it decided to send me a signal :(
VA-Apraisr 05/26/22 04:17pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Declared Value Insurance.....any carriers you recommend?

I expect resistance for sure. Just know the 4x4 conversion is now $20-23k range alone and upgraded the entire interior, lithium battery system, suspension, solar, etc. and the only reason I dropped my comprehensive a few years back was because they based it on a stock 2003 RV and had a value of around $9000. I'll make some calls and see what I can do to try and get some reasonable coverage in case "lightning" strikes again. Thanks all!
VA-Apraisr 05/25/22 02:42pm Class C Motorhomes
Declared Value Insurance.....any carriers you recommend?

Was fishing this past weekend and lightning struck a 13' graphite fishing rod on the front of my RV in the cooler rack. It vaporized the rod completely and broke front windshield but otherwise not damage to RV. I only carry liability insurance, so, this would have been devastating if my RV had burned up. Since it's 4WD and customized, want to insure it for comprehensive/total-loss insurance with a declared value of $60,000. Any insurance carries you'd recommend before I do the dreaded Google search which will automatically generate wayyyyy to many inquires from every insurance provider out there?
VA-Apraisr 05/23/22 03:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hardware costs for flat-towing (brackets/wiring/tow bar)....

Thank you sir! Definitely follow up on your lead. Safe travels!!
VA-Apraisr 02/08/22 01:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hardware costs for flat-towing (brackets/wiring/tow bar)....

Ferndaleflyer: I have a good quality tow dolly as well.....just a pain in the $$S to move it around and find a storage space for it. And I'm 61 and workout every single day :) but that's a workout I do NOT enjoy (hence, the info for an upgrade!).
VA-Apraisr 02/07/22 03:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hardware costs for flat-towing (brackets/wiring/tow bar)....

On more question: many mentioned running a wire to help keep tow vehicle battery charged from the RV alternator system. Assuming this is since the tow vehicle ignition is on the "ON" position the whole time while traveling? So, the 7-pin hookup does NOT account for this, right? I was going to have my brother assist with this if and when I go this route, and just wanted a heads-up.
VA-Apraisr 02/07/22 05:46am Class C Motorhomes
Hardware costs for flat-towing (brackets/wiring/tow bar)....

Seeking general estimates please. I know it will depend upon which brake system, tow bar, etc. but just wanted a general idea on the associated cost(s) to go from a tow-dolly to 4-down. Thinking of using RV more for travels and do NOT want to deal with the trailer anymore. Simple hookup and GO sounds a lot more fun and less stress. Thanks in advance for replies as always!!
VA-Apraisr 02/05/22 01:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Lithium Iron Batteries and Charging Systems

The folks at BattleBorn are awesome to discuss options and questions about converting over to Lithium. Yes, expensive, but if you boondock a lot and want "worry-free" leave-it-and-forget-about-it lifestyle, this IS the way to go. Going on 2 years with this setup with 400watts of solar panels on top and virtually never need to start my generator (weather permitting). 10-year warranty was a great motivator as well.
VA-Apraisr 01/27/22 03:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is there a Class C that can be driven into sketchy terrain?

Mine is a 2004 Fourwinds Ford V10 E450 with Quigley conversion. They put I believe a 3" lift at the time and oversized tires for better clearance. I put a 2" spacer between back dually tires so I can air down and not "kiss" the sidewalls. I carry an air compressor. Would have a winch, however, I have a beach cart on the front end for surf fishing. Manual locking hubs with dana 60 axle. It's been bullet proof for over 100k miles. Having 4x4 is really essential if you have heavy angles/ditches and need pulling power of front tires. I like all the info PNichols mentioned and have most in my RV as well. Also a 40' long tow strap rated for 30,000lbs. Do your research and build your DREAM!!!
VA-Apraisr 12/05/21 05:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is there a Class C that can be driven into sketchy terrain?

I've gone up to WV in my 28' RV and crossed creeks, single-lane dirt roads BUT was not on super steep terrain/mountains or washed out roads. The rear overhang is the issue on very rough/steep roads and can "tail drag" which can lead to serious issues especially if you can't back up to clear it! The Tiger looks great although doesn't seem to offer much more useable space than a slide-in truck camper. If you can find a reasonable used RV ($40-50k) and have it converted into 4x4 (Quigley 4x4 or similar $20-$22k) then added larger tires/front winch/lights/solar/Lithium batteries (another $6-8k) you'd be in business. I've off-grid camped in mine for 16 years now and wouldn't trade it for the world. If it's worth doing, it's worth doing RIGHT!!! Good luck!
VA-Apraisr 12/05/21 01:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fantastic Fan

Seriously, do these fans really increase the airflow throughout the RV? I have two wall fans that face the sofa and one facing the bedroom in the rear to help on non-windy days on the beach. I’d consider installing them if they really move the air throughout the space.
VA-Apraisr 12/03/21 05:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Toyota is working on a mini monster truck.

No access forward to the cab either....wet bath (ughhhh).....tiny, tiny, tiny.......would rather have a slide-in truck camper which does require a truck, but, at least you have a pickup truck to use. Don't see it in my future.
VA-Apraisr 11/03/21 02:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 4x4 Class C ?

For a reasonable price range, converting a used unit will be your best option. Cost for 4x4 alone from Quigley is $22k range. Absolutely worth it if you go off the grid like I do 95% of the time. And remember, it’s still a BIG BOX and not an off road vehicle. Use with extreme care.
VA-Apraisr 10/21/21 03:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 4x4 Class C ?

You could contact Quigley 4x4 who converted my 28’ class C. They may have vendors you could contact for answers to your questions. Good luck!
VA-Apraisr 10/21/21 01:35pm Class C Motorhomes
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