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RE: Step one. Bought the van.

Great to hear from you! You gonna move the pop-top over to the new van?
camperdave 04/27/19 12:41pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Motorcycle trailer for Class C

I use hitch carriers too, one on front and one on back when needed. My bikes are fairly lightweight dualsports. I also have a cheapo leaf sprung 4x8 Harbor Freight folding trailer. I use it for lots of stuff, and it would do fine behind the motorhome with a bike or two on it. Yes it bounces a bit, but no big deal. If you've got the cash and want to really do it right, Kendon makes the best riding motorcycle trailers out there. Personally I avoid towing if I can for speed limit reasons, but no doubt a trailer is easier to load a motorcycle onto than a hitch carrier. On the rear, I use this carrier with my 350 pound bike: SMC-600R On the front I use this one with a 250 pound bike (I much prefer the above carrier, but already own this one so I use it when I'm bringing 2 bikes): MCC-500
camperdave 02/26/19 12:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Can't bring TT home because of neighbors parking in street?

I had a similar problem at my previous house. Except for the HOA part, we didn't have one. My solution was twofold. generally I could manage a modified 3 point (30 point?) turn using the driveways at the end of the cul-de-sac. You mention they are empty, so that seems like it could be an option. Pull in their driveway then back out the other way. Other option I did a few times was just back it in the whole way. I knew I could do it since I had to back it out more than once when there was no way to turn around lol. I would NOT call the HOA. Glass houses and all that stuff, burning bridges with neighbors is generally not a good idea if it can be at all avoided.
camperdave 02/26/19 12:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: "Acme" Tow Dolly with hydraulic disc brakes

I was looking into dollies a while back. What I mainly don't like about the ACME is it has removable ramps. Perhaps not a huge deal, but I like the simplicity of a tilt bed better, where you don't have to crawl under the car to get/install the ramps. Other than that, I love the simplicity and all welded design. I have never used one though. Only dolly I've used is a U-haul so my thoughts are those of research, not usage.
camperdave 02/26/19 08:27am Dinghy Towing
RE: Small inverter for TV

I have a Go Power 300w PSW inverter. I really wanted a Morningstar Sure Sign 300 because it has no fan, but the cost difference was just too much for me. But I've found that the fan doesn't come on in normal power usage so I can leave it on all night to charge phones and stuff in silence. Yes, direct 12v may save a quarter amp. I've got plenty of amps and like the simplicity of plugging things in like at home (as the electron manager of my family, I like to keep it simple). My criteria was good reviews, cost, and heavy weight. Roughly in that order.
camperdave 02/25/19 11:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Removable shore power cord inlet

I did that when I had my TT. Originally the cord got stuffed into a hold and was stored under the couch, making it a detachable cord gave me enough space to build a nice drawer under the couch instead. Inside storage was much in need on that TT, and I towed with a full size van so tow vehicle space for the cord was plentiful. One of the best mods I did. Bonus was when in non-air conditioning usage, I could use a simple adapter to extension cord and not have to lug the heavy shore cable out.
camperdave 02/25/19 11:08pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Battery in key fob ?

Why would she want to get in without a driver? What's the advantage in that? I mean you can come up with reasons why it's you think it's handy, but really they're just excuses for added/needless complexity. And they'll bite you in the butt if something goes "Oops". KISS. And what happens when you lose that fob? I can get a spare key cut for a couple bucks. What's a spare fob cost? Bet you love your roll up windows too. :B I'm with you, but it's a lost cause. Simplicity is a thing of the past, now it's all gadgets all the time. I'm keeping my daily driver 20 year old Nissan Frontier till it dies (which it probably never will). Roll up windows, manual locks, no ABS, no backup camera, and a $5 ignition key. Biggest issue I have with the touch door entry and keyless start (wife's car) is that I keep getting out of the car to get the mail while I have the FOB in my pocket (car still on). It embarrassingly honks at me...
camperdave 02/25/19 01:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Registering a Truck in California

The Ca registration fee is based on the value of the vehicle, that combined with ever increasing insurance costs is one reason I drive old cars! The 'all pickup trucks are commercial' thing is ridiculous. I don't understand why it's like that, or why manufactures have not stepped up to lobby that rule away. With the number of trucks sold for personal use, it does not make any sense. I think it's only ~$30/year extra for my little Nissan, but the fees go up quickly with weight class.
camperdave 02/25/19 12:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Battery in key fob ?

I have had a dead fob battery or near dead and the car does NOT start. Message, "keyless not detected" comes up. I just recently had to replace the batteries to both my fobs to the SUV. There should be a procedure to start the car even with a dead FOB battery. In my wife's car, it's a matter of putting the remote in a specific 'slot' in the center console. Some car's have a hidden ignition switch under a cover, and a key inside the FOB you can use. Check the manual (or google) for your particular car, I bet there's a way to start it with a dead FOB battery.
camperdave 02/25/19 12:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: ? About towing a truck 4 down with....

I used to haul my 1000 lb Road Glide in my Ranger.... many cross country trips with no issues. I did put air bags on the rear, with the S40 that won't be needed. I also have an S40 and sometimes would take that instead of the HD. That poor tailgate! :E :B Bike in the truck is a perfect way to go. It's my plan as well, but I don't yet have the truck for it. Maybe in a few years. For now my bike just goes on a hitch carrier, but it's a light(er) weight dualsport.
camperdave 02/22/19 10:55am Dinghy Towing
RE: My F250 finally bit me in the bu##

over the last few years I've dumped some serious money into my 1998 Ford van with only 120k miles on it. Entire air conditioning system rebuild ($2400 for front and rear), rebuilt rear pumpkin and U-joints ($5000), front suspension rebuilt ($1000) plugs and coils (preventive, but expensive!), and other misc stuff. All on a van that books at around $2k I'd guess lol. But it's my schlep truck and I love it. Cheap to register and insure, and I only drive it a few thousand miles a year at this point. Nothing electrical yet though. At the point when electrical gremlins start popping up, that's when I'll consider replacement. I don't mind fixing mechanical failures, but electrical can just be so darn frustrating. And in my experience once they start, it's all downhill from there...
camperdave 02/22/19 10:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: question about camping with a pittbull

One problem with the stats is that if a friendly golden retriever bites your kid, you're likely to forgive it and move on. If a Pit bites, it's straight to the cops. The reporting is not a level playing field. I'm a huge fan of stats in general (it's kind of my job, lol). I have nothing against insurance companies using what they have available. But I don't think they are fair and balanced. "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
camperdave 02/22/19 10:07am RV Pet Stop
RE: If money was not a issue

I don't think I would do any. Never had an issue with drums other than difficulty of maintenance, and if money is no object I'm taking it to a shop for inspection/adjustment every year anyway lol. Independent suspension, not sure what that adds for me. Another thing I don't think I've ever had an issue with. Spray on roof... nope. I'd just have the shop that does my annual inspections (money is no factor, remember?) take care of the stock roof as needed. I'd sure have a nice truck though!
camperdave 02/21/19 11:53am Fifth-Wheels
RE: question about camping with a pittbull

I've never been asked for her papers (or even asked what the breed is) unless I was boarding her. No one has ever had an issue with her when camping, but I suppose if it did happen (she's a Pitt mix) we'd have to go camp somewhere else. I like the idea of getting her listed as a Terrier mix, that would probably solve the issue for you.
camperdave 02/21/19 11:45am RV Pet Stop
RE: Camping unavailable to locals

Hey, at least you only deal with it part of the year. It's 365 around here.
camperdave 02/21/19 09:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fuel shutoff switch for Honda eu

I suppose it depends on where you are and what the generator is sitting on, but I prefer to turn off a petcock and let the genny run till it dies over dumping gas onto the ground. The two places my generator usually runs is on my asphalt driveway, or in the back of my van. Neither of which I want to dump gas on. Did you ever read the manual for a Honda eu2000i generator? You put a small container under the provided hose and drain that very small amount of gasoline into it. I was speaking to why I personally prefer to run-dry rather than drain. And yes, I'm sure everyone drains into a nice little container lol.
camperdave 02/19/19 12:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Fuel shutoff switch for Honda eu

I suppose it depends on where you are and what the generator is sitting on, but I prefer to turn off a petcock and let the genny run till it dies over dumping gas onto the ground. The two places my generator usually runs is on my asphalt driveway, or in the back of my van. Neither of which I want to dump gas on.
camperdave 02/19/19 12:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Buying Class C Is Chevy 6.0 good for towing?

It is a 2009 Four Wind Dutchman 28' We bought it today. Not sure where to find the towing information and the hitch doesn't seem to have specs. Where might I find the info? One way to figure it is to check the door jam for the truck specs. There should be a GVWR and axle weight limits on the sticker. Best would be to actually weigh the motorhome as it sits, then you'll have an accurate rear axle weight and will know how much you can add to the hitch and stay under the limit. There should also be a large sticker somewhere inside the motorhome (mine is in a rear closet) that lists the Cargo Carrying Capacity. This sticker should show the unloaded vehicle weight as it left the assembly line, as well as GVWR and GCWR. Mine lists the hitch rating and tongue weight limit too (5000/500), not sure if they all do. See if you can find that sticker inside the motorhome, it may hold your answers.
camperdave 02/19/19 11:32am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying Class C Is Chevy 6.0 good for towing?

Just basing it on brochures I looked at when I was buying. I was looking at the 04-09 range and many of the GM's had 350# tongue weight limits back then. OP didn't say which make/model so who knows. But it's something to check which is why I mentioned it.
camperdave 02/16/19 08:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying Class C Is Chevy 6.0 good for towing?

Ive always had the Ford 460 or a V-10. Is the Chevy 6.0 big enough to tow? We haul a 18' car trailer with 4 full size quads and gear, but only once a year (About 500 miles) the rest of the time no towing or just a little trailer. So Will the 6.0 be ok? The motorhome is a 2009 28' Class C A lot of the GM class C's have a 350 pound tongue weight limit, that would probably be the limiting factor on towing with one. The 6.0 itself should be fine.
camperdave 02/15/19 04:26pm Class C Motorhomes
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