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RE: We always unhook, even on an overnight stop

CPR?? If my heart is not beating, and I am not breathing, I'm DEAD! Leave me alone! Yep, DNR statement is on file. Even so, I always unhook the Jeep as soon as we get set up. In fact, one place where we stop frequently REQUIRES unhooking the towed before pulling into the campsite. As previously indicated, it is your rig, do it your way.
mowermech 07/16/19 01:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: private land camping questions, cell booster suggestions

Seems to me, all the land owner would have to do is not charge for RV parking. Of course, donations are encouraged, say $25 or $30, to "help defray expenses". Sorta like the RV dump station at the City Park in Cut Bank, MT. Dumping is no charge, but the last time I used it a $3 donation was encouraged (I dropped $5 in the "Donation Box"). I do not believe any state agency can prevent a land owner from providing a free service.
mowermech 07/16/19 12:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: A poll: What does 2 blinks of the left signal mean to you?

Any light on a vehicle, steady or blinking, means only one thing IMO: The light works! Here in Montana (see MCA 61-8-311) you are required to pull off the road at the first available safe place if there are 4 or more vehicles behind you. On twisty mountain roads what is described here will be ignored by many of us. If you are going slow, and pull off at a safe place, we thank you, and we'll wave as we go by.
mowermech 07/14/19 09:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

The cooler is fixed; turned out to be nothing more than a corroded wire. $90 for a service call. Worth it, IMO. Real exciting thunder storms last two evenings. Lots of lightning, brief heavy rain showers, but (thankfully) no hail. The same is forecast for tonight. Of course, the rain means I will have to mow the lawn again! Temps for the coming week are forecast to be somewhat lower. The lower 80s is good. 95 is too much (that's today, they say).
mowermech 07/14/19 09:35am Around the Campfire
RE: Dolly towing

"...put it in neutral also transfer case in neutral..." That is not what the Owner's Manual says! Again, READ and FOLLOW the instructions in the Owner's Manual!
mowermech 07/12/19 07:30pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Oceano Dunes OHV Park Barely Survives for Another Year

Protect The "rare" Snowy Plover.... Riiiigghhtt.... I heard years ago that they did some genetic testing and found that the "Snowy Plover" was identical to other known Plovers! Also, they found that the Plovers liked to nest near the OHVs because the noise scared away the raccoons and other predators that ate their eggs. When they moved the borders to keep the vehicles away from the birds, the birds moved nearer to the vehicles. We spent several months at an RV park right on the edge of the Dunes. I don't remember the name of the place, but it was quite nice. Of course, that was 15+ years ago. Perhaps things have changed now
mowermech 07/12/19 07:24pm Around the Campfire
RE: Want to use a tow bar to pull a titan xd

Thank you just wanted to make sure. I will be towing my Jeep cj7 the truck is just a better ride to move around in towns I have never been to yet. CJ7? Better check to see what transfer case is installed. I bought a CJ7 some years back, and discovered that the transfer case in it would not properly lubricate when being towed 4 down. However, the T-case could be removed, disassembled, and some splash vanes could be welded on a certain gear to splash lube the bearings. Instead, I sold it. Sorry, I do not remember which transfer case it is that is not towable 4 down. I just remember that I had a CJ7 and sold it because I couldn't tow it. Good luck.
mowermech 07/12/19 02:21pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Dolly towing

Again, READ and FOLLOW the instructions written in the Owner's Manual for your information and edification. The Manual does not say that you can tow the Jeep on a dolly with the rear driveshaft removed, but it DOES say that transfer case damage is a possibility if it is towed on a dolly. Will the bearings dry out and self-destruct if you tow it that way? I do not know. You can always call Jeep Customer Service and ask them. I would never tow my Jeep on a dolly. But then, the Jeep under discussion here is not mine. Do as you will. If the transfer case bearings seize up and shatter the case it will be an educational experience. If it doesn't happen, that, too, will be an educational experience. Please come back and let us know either way.
mowermech 07/12/19 01:12pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Dolly towing

Yes, if he removes the rear drive shaft the Jeep can be towed with the front wheels on a dolly with no problems. The transfer case does not have to be in Neutral, the transmission does not have to be in gear. Seems to me, though, that considering the fact that a 5000 lb. capacity towbar is available from Walmart for less than $175, (that is what I use) or from Harbor Freight for less than $100, and magnetic tow lights are available from the same sources for $20 to $50, and a Jeep can be towed 4 down with no problems (read and follow the instructions in the Owner's Manual), it doesn't make sense to use a dolly. But, again, it can be done with the rear driveshaft removed
mowermech 07/12/19 08:42am Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Right in the middle of a heat wave, the cooler in our ground source heat pump decided to take a vacation! It may be that due to parts not being available, we will have to have a complete new unit installed. I hate to think of the expense, but the thing has been doing fairly well since it was installed along about 1991. the joys of home ownership...
mowermech 07/12/19 08:34am Around the Campfire
RE: Anchorage shatters all-time high temperature record !

On some forums (which shall remain nameless) every time we say that our temps here are running 10 to 20 degrees BELOW the 30 year average, we get told that "That is WEATHER, not CLIMATE! It has nothing to do with Global Warming!" However, when a temp any where is ABOVE "average", it is most certainly proof, beyond a shadow of a doubt, of GLOBAL WARMING! So what if we are having thunderstorms twice a day, with heavy rains, in July, with temps in the low 60s. It means nothing! Maybe some day we will hit an "all-time record high" of 115 degrees F. I doubt if it will happen this year... Of course, it could. If it does, it will be meaningless in the greater scheme of climate.
mowermech 07/08/19 05:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: 4WD or 2WD

I towed a 32 foot triple slide fifth wheel for three years with a Dodge Cummins 3500 dually 4X2 truck. Never got stuck, never needed four wheel drive. It did, however, have a limited slip differential, and I always had aggressive traction tires on the rears. Now, the truck in my sig. is 4X4. Not because I NEED 4X4, but simply because finding a 4X2 is nearly impossible these days. So many people are convinced they just have to have a 4X4 that used 4X2s are very rare. As for resale value, I have never understood that. I seldom buy anything with an eye out for what I can sell it for. I buy it to USE, not SELL!
mowermech 07/08/19 11:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

We survived the fireworks on the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth of July. So did the dogs and cats. We even survived the fires in the backyard firepit, along with the toasted (burned) marshmallows, melted chocolate, and graham crackers. A great time was had by all. I hope your holiday was the same...
mowermech 07/07/19 06:56am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

It is so great to have beautiful days and rain in the evening... Especially when the rain does NOT come with lightning, thunder, and hail! Of course, the rain means that I will have to mow the lawn again. Oh, well, such is life.
mowermech 07/02/19 08:50pm Around the Campfire
RE: Supplemental Brake... Necessity or Preference

Just bought a Nat. Dolphin 38' Class A MH; looking at braking issue. MH stats: GVWR 24,000 GCWR 30,000 Unloaded WR 20,840 Max CC 3,160 Cargo CC 1,782 Tow Veh 3,880 The way I read these figures, I should be able to pull and brake with my MH safely.My concern has always been safety, legal and liability. States have different laws requiring aux brakes. A 3,880 toad requires a brake in most states. Should the unfortunate happen I don't want to be explaining to the insurance company or judge why I ignored the states requirements. Not to mention putting my assets at risk. Most states do not have laws requiring a braking system on a towed motor vehicle. However, nearly all states have a braking performance requirement. You must be able to come to a full stop within a certain distance from a certain speed, on a level, hard, clean surface (See MCA (Montana Code Annotated) 61-9-312 for an example of such a law). If you can meet that performance standard, you are legal. If you can't meet the standard, fix it so you can. An almost identical standard can be found in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).
mowermech 06/27/19 03:13pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Lake Elmo is a little reservoir (5 acres?)and State Park in Billings Heights. Day use only. 94 degrees at the moment. We have been having rain showers in the evenings and overnight. The hail has missed us, but I heard that some places around Eastern MT had golf ball to soft ball sized hail. It has been too windy to build a fire in the backyard fire pit to make s'mores. Maybe one of these evenings... I built a vise stand for sharpening mower blades. Got the height just about right. Then discovered that sharpening blades in bright hot sunlight is not a good idea! I'll have to wait until the sun starts going down, and the shop throws a shadow over there! I hope everybody has a safe (but noisy) 4th of July.
mowermech 06/27/19 03:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Well, Field Day is a bust for us. We wimped out due to weather. Just didn't want to deal with the mud at the site we would have used, so we stayed home. Also wasn't real fond of the idea of putting up a 24 foot metal mast and wire antenna with thunder storms in the area. Oh, well, there is always next year. We haven't done much fishing in the last couple of years. I did get a license this year, and went up to Lake Elmo with son, daughter, and grandsons for Father's Day. I caught one, daughter caught one, and oldest grandson caught two. It was a fun day!
mowermech 06/22/19 07:14am Around the Campfire
RE: What are your yearly registration costs for your truck?

Every vehicle listed in my Sig. has PERMANENT registration, except the PT Cruiser. This year when the registration is due for renewal, it will get the PERMANENT sticker. Some say "10 years old" qualifies for the Permanent registration, but it actually means in the eleventh year. At least, that is what I was told in 2016; "Wait until 2017, then you can get the Permanent registration. Since it seems we will keep it, this year it will get done. IIRC, the truck cost $253 for the Permanent registration.
mowermech 06/19/19 09:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I love it when a plan comes together.... It is good to hear that your plan worked well. I hope mine does, too. I have the radio and tuner set up in the MoHo for Ham Radio Field Day. Now to get on-site Friday, and get the antenna erected. Then I'll see how my idea worked. Maybe I should take the radio from the house with me, just in case... Oh, I almost forgot; I better drain and refill the water tank. A lack of water would not be a good thing!
mowermech 06/18/19 06:28am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Actually, a wet spring makes for a bad fire season. The heavy growth of grasses, weeds, and underbrush makes for very hot fast traveling fires when it does dry out. Which, of course, it will, eventually. Something like 75% of such wildfires are the result of lightning strikes, so, no, you can not prevent such fires. You can, of course, prevent fires caused by human stupidity, though. Once such a fire (natural or human caused) starts, it can not be "put out". The best that can be hoped for is to contain it and let it burn out. I spent a few years working on slurry bombers. I learned a little bit.
mowermech 06/16/19 09:18am Around the Campfire
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