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RE: Towing a Miata ND

Thanks for the clarification on model years and their notation, Tim. Also good info on the 5 speed transmissions. I have had a suspicion that the person who had all the trouble was doing something wrong, your answer kind of confirms it. Ed
eheading 09/10/19 06:34pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Towing a Miata ND

Forgive my ignorance but is a Miata ND? Regarding towing, we towed a 1999 Miata with a 6 speed manual transmission and never had a problem. I heard of some folks who towed one with a 5 speed manual though, and they had all kinds of transmission problems, so I concluded that 6 speeds are okay, but 5 speeds aren't. Ed
eheading 09/05/19 08:39am Dinghy Towing
RE: Cumbres Toltec Scenic Railway - Southern Rockies

Yeah we have never taken the Durango-Silverton railroad. We never knew we were going to be Durango soon enough to get reservations. We did take the Cumbres Toltec railway a few years ago. We traveled from Antonito to Chama and then took the bus back to Antonito. All in all a fun day. Clearly one of the best train rides we have taken.
eheading 08/30/19 12:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Flat towing a Mini Cooper

We towed a '14 Mini Cooper roadster with manual steering and no steering wheel lock. We could turn the ignition completely off and tow it. No fuses to pull, no worries. Worked like a champ. I was told that "BMW did not recommend towing" the MINI. My strong belief is that this answer is based on the fact that they have never tested if for towing. I have talked with many people who tow them though, with no problems. I have to suspect that Blue Ox and Roadmaster, makers of towing commitment agree with this assumption since they make the baseplate for the MINI. I was considering buying a Mitsubish car a couple of years ago, and that factory said DO NOT FLAT TOW. And, Blue Ox and Roadmaster do not make a baseplate for that car. That is my experience for what it worth (not much!!)
eheading 08/27/19 05:22pm Dinghy Towing
RE: 34/35' diesel pusher question. Newbie

We downsized from a 41' to a 34' motorhome and have been very happy. It may not do quite as well as the 41' in a cross wind, but it is more than acceptable. We have been very happy with ours and have put over 41,000 miles on it. Ed Headington
eheading 05/23/19 07:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 260 hp?

We have a 34' Newmar Ventana LE with the 340 HP 5.9 liter Cummins engine, and the 6 speed 2500 series Allison transmission. I love the combination. The transmission is the smoothest shifting of the 5 Allison's I have had, and I can climb hills as well as our 41' Revolution with the 400 hp 9 liter CAT engine. In my opinion, one reason it does well on hills is that it is governed at 2800 rpm instead of 2400. Regading the 260 hp, we had a 36' Monaco back in the 90's with the 230 5.9 liter Cummins, and lived in it for over 2 years. We were very happy with the performance of that coach. The weight on that was about what you quote for the Expedition you are looking at. Ed Headington
eheading 03/14/19 02:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: tow a mini?

We had a 2015 MINI roadster that we towed over 15000 miles. I concluded that the reason BMW says they "don't recommend towing' it is that they had not tested it. We had no problems. At the time we got theirs, Roadmaster didn't have a baseplate for the roadster, but Blue Ox did, so we used that. Never had any problems. Another nice feature on ours was that it did not have a locking steering wheel. This meant that we could turn the ignition off, take out the key, and tow away. Nice. Ed Headington
eheading 03/14/19 02:30pm Dinghy Towing
RE: New Dinghy

Glad you came out "whole" through all of your turmoil. I believe you will be happy with the Toyota. We actually tow a 2018 Corolla SE 4 wheels down (has a 6 speed manual transmission). Tows beautifully and I love driving it (of course I love a manual transmission). So enjoy it, they are sure dependable cars!!! Ed Headington
eheading 02/26/19 12:40pm Dinghy Towing
RE: New RV- need Roadside Assistance??

I wouldn't leave home without roadside assistance. In fact a few weeks ago I couldn't even leave home!!! Pulled the motorhome out of its RV garage and got stuck in the mud in our yard!!! Called my FMCA insurance number, they immediately dispatched the biggest truck you ever saw from 40 miles away. I think it could have towed our house if I had wanted it to. He came, winched out our motorhome - no charge! Ed
eheading 02/20/19 03:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Full Wall slide dependability

We have a bottom of the line Newmar diesel, a 34' Ventana LE. It has a full slide on the driver's side. We actually could not have our floorplan without the full slide. We have traveled over 40,000 miles now and only had one problem. We had an obstruction at one end of the slide when we extended it. Not good. However, the good news is that after about a 10 minute call with Newmar technicians, everything was realigned and working fine again. I cannot speak for other manufacturers, or for the new hydraulic slides on more expensive Newmar motorhomes, but for the Newmar electric slides, I would NOT hesitate to buy another unit with a full slide again. All of the theoretical analysis that has been presented on this thread has been very interesting, but actually owning one and using it in the real world is the real test - and ours has certainly exceeded our expectations. Ed Headington 2013 Newmar Ventana LE
eheading 11/23/18 02:04pm Class A Motorhomes
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