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RE: Halloween Or Not

In the 15+ years we have been here, no trick or treaters. However, there have been some changes in the neighborhood; there are now at least two little "curtain climbers" and a couple of youngsters. Maybe this year we will buy a bag of goodies. If nobody shows up, I can treat myself!
mowermech 10/19/20 07:28am Around the Campfire
RE: Junk Food Breakfast Cereals

I like sugar. Have liked it all my life. I have been known to put sugar on Frosted Mini Wheats! My weight held steady until I retired, then I became overweight, even though my sugar consumption was curtailed. The old saw that my mother used; "If you keep eating that much sugar, you will get sugar diabetes!" did not come true. Yet. It has been over 70 years since I first heard that. Another old saw disproven (for me, at least.). Oh, well, whatever floats yer boat, I guess...
mowermech 10/18/20 07:44am Around the Campfire
RE: 1/2T/huge TT vs strong cross wind = BAADDD DAY

Bar pit, Bar ditches are a shortened phrase for barrow. When older highways were built they “barrowed” soil from the side of the road to elevate the roadway and provide a place for rain water to collect. I guess it depends on the source. I was always told it was a "borrow" pit because of the dirt "borrowed" from there to make the road bed. If it is a "barrow" pit, it is because of the dirt that was hauled from there in wheelbarrows to build the road bed. Whatever... As for the OP, near Livingston, MT on I-90 the winds can be so strong that the freeway is closed to "high-profile" vehicles. Semis and RV trailers often get blown over along that stretch of highway. If an 80,000 pound truck/trailer rig must stop, your RV behind a pickup doesn't have a chance. I don't care if your truck is a half ton gasser, a 3/4 ton diesel, or a one ton diesel dually, you better get off the road!
mowermech 10/14/20 09:43am General RVing Issues
RE: tire pressure class c

There is always the tried and true "chalk mark" method. Get some chalk, and draw a line across the tread of the tires. Drive for 100 yards or so. If the chalk mark is gone on the edges, but not in the middle, the tire is under inflated. Add air. If the chalk mark is gone in the middle, but not on the edges, the tire is over inflated. Decrease the pressure. If the chalk is gone clear across the tread, the tire is properly inflated for the current load. If the chalk is gone on one side of the tire, there is an alignment problem that needs to be fixed ASAP! Under inflated or over inflated results in a small contact patch, which results in poor grip on the highway. We need all the rubber on the road we can get!
mowermech 10/11/20 07:20am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Military campground, base access

As a military retiree, my spouse does not need any pass for base access, she has her ID card. We have stayed at two Air Force FamCamps; at Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls, MT and at McChord AFB near Tacoma, WA. Neither required reservations. In fact, reservations can not be made at Malmstrom, first come/first served only. The campground is not on base. It was many years ago that we stayed at McChord, so I don't know what the policy is now. At that time, we had no problems with base access. The campground is on base. How the campground is administered is often up to the local command. That includes who is allowed access to the campground. The Pass policy for your spouse may be a local policy, or it may be DOD regulation, I don't know. If I were in your situation, I know I would never again patronize any military campground unless it is outside the fence as the one at Malmstrom AFB is!
mowermech 10/06/20 07:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Would You Take A Vaccine COVID-19

No. I have been housebound pretty much since this whole foofaraw began. I will remain pretty much housebound until it is over. When I leave the house, I avoid other people as much as possible, and put the mask on every time I get out of the vehicle. I will let others get the shots, and I will avoid catching the disease. That way they will not infect me, and since I am disease free, I will not infect them. Win/win situation!
mowermech 10/01/20 07:27am Around the Campfire
RE: Winterizing Travel Trailer

I used antifreeze once, about 25 years ago, in a 1977 Pace Arrow Class A. That was the one and only time I have ever used it, except in drain traps and the toilet flush valve. I have used the blow out method ever since, with no problems. After all, if it works for underground sprinkler systems that have no "low point drains", it should work for RV water systems that DO have "low point drains". It works for me, YMMV.
mowermech 09/30/20 07:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Camping and Traveling in the west in Winter

Many RV parks close after October 15th (at the latest). A few (very few) are open year-round. Most USFS campgrounds and State Parks close shortly after Labor Day. Be prepared to dry camp in rest areas or parking lots. Facilities for filling fresh water tanks and dumping waste tanks may be few and far between. Keep in mind that chains may be required on mountain passes, especially on towing vehicles, and chains may be required on the towed unit as well. If you do not have tire chains, you may have to park and wait until chain requirements are lifted. Some stores that sell tire chains will buy them back if they are not used. Winter travel in an RV over I-90 can be done, IF you are prepared for lack of facilities and winter weather. Good luck
mowermech 09/29/20 08:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Remco to discontinue it's vehicle towing kits

I have a REMCO LP-1 unit around here somewhere. Perhaps I should hang on to it; it may have antique or vintage value soon! I am reminded of the WARN hub kit for Jeep AMC 20 rear axles. It is,I have heard, no longer available. If the manufacturer no longer has high demand for something, they will quit making it. If you sell one or two a year, you can't afford to keep on!
mowermech 09/28/20 10:06am Dinghy Towing
RE: Germs while traveling

Nitrile gloves from Harbor Freight. Change them frequently; peel the used ones off without touching the outer surface. Lysol (or alcohol) wipes in a ziplock baggie. Wipe the baggie after each use, then throw the wipe(s) away. Be sure your mask is an approved type, and be sure it covers your nose. Wash the mask daily, or let it sit in bright sunlight for several hours. If the mask feels damp, replace it. If you are very, very careful, you might live another year. Then again, perhaps not...
mowermech 09/27/20 08:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Braking system & brake buddy

Research the laws in your state, and make your own decision as to what they mean. I did for my state, and several surrounding states. I came to the conclusion that in many states a towed passenger vehicle does not comply with the legal definition of "trailer", so trailer brake laws do not apply. However, many (if not most) states have a Braking Performance Law in the State Code that closely mirrors the FMVSS regulations: You must be able to stop any combination of vehicles within xx number of feet from xx MPH on a level, dry, clean hard surface. (MCA 61-9-312 specifies within 40 feet from 20 MPH for any "combination of vehicles".) If you can do that, you are legal. Pennsylvania, apparently, has no such regulation (I have been unable to find it, anyway), however a breakaway system is required (PA Title 75, Paragraph 4502). There are non electric or electronic systems available (Ready Brute is one) that are purely mechanical and meet the requirements of all states. By the way, California does have a Braking Performance Law that closely mirrors the FMVSS, and is very nearly the same as the Montana (MCA) code!
mowermech 09/27/20 11:47am Dinghy Towing
RE: Where to sell a Toad

IMO, craigslist is your best bet. Be sure your ad is very detailed, and put lots of pictures in it. While it is true that ALL RVers do not browse CL, many do. Another possibility is Facebook Marketplace. Again, be very detailed in your ad, and post pictures. RV Trader is another place to look. IMO, you should be honest about the odometer mileage not being the actual miles on the vehicle. Tell prospective buyers about the towed miles. Good luck.
mowermech 09/14/20 07:46am Dinghy Towing
RE: Question about exiting in an emergency

If you're in an RV and truly have flames licking your a$$ it's not going to matter if you can find the dead bolt or not. It will be too late by then. RV's go from on fire to fully engulfed very quickly. Now if your smoke detector goes off and you can't get through the window, a good swift kick of the door or a hard shoulder into it will get the door open. Those dead bolts aren't hard to get open. You have very little time in an RV if there's a fire. You get out by any means you can. It's not like the RV is going to be salvageable anyway so no need to worry about damaging anything. Yeah ... and I've always wondered about your "RV's go from on fire to fully engulfed very quickly" comment ... that seems to be true. Other than a steel propane tank and a motorhome's steel fuel tank (both of which probably don't catch fire initially or at all) and interior wood cabinetry, what is so flammable in an RV, anyway? Other than the above, our motorhome consists mostly of fiberglas, foam insulation, steel, and aluminum. One might also ask "How does a steel and concrete skyscraper burn? How does a stone castle burn?" Answer: The steel, concrete, and stone does not burn. The wood and fabrics inside do! A fuel or oil leak on or near the engine, a propane leak near the tank or the water heater or the furnace or the kitchen stove or the refrigerator, an electrical problem in the power panel, and the flammable interior is suddenly on fire! I once went camping in the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming, and on the way up saw the remains of a motorhome sitting beside the highway. Just the frame, running gear, and ashes. That is all that was left. It was far enough up the pass that once the engine caught fire, the nearest fire department couldn't get there in time to do anything. Nobody was hurt. Cell phones weren't common back then, and there is no cell service up there anyway.
mowermech 09/08/20 06:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Help: Towing A Jeep First Time

When I unhook my Jeep from the motorhome, the first thing I do is unlock the doors, put the transfer case back in High Range, and the transmission in First Gear. THEN, and only then, will I unhook the towbar. I don't even use the parking brake when hooking up. Connect the towbar, put the transfer case in Neutral, the transmission in 6th gear, set the ignition switch, and lock the doors. I never have to worry about not releasing the parking brake, because it isn't set to begin with! It works for me, you do what is right for you.
mowermech 09/05/20 10:30am Dinghy Towing
RE: Help: Towing A Jeep First Time

The transfer case, when in Neutral, will make a little noise when the transmission is in gear with the engine running. That is normal. Any gear grinding noise is not normal. It may mean that regardless of what the computer says, the T-case is not fully in Neutral. This could possibly be a linkage problem. IMO, you should take it to the dealer and show a mechanic what is going on; set the parking brake, put the T-case in neutral, and with the engine running put the tranny in Drive, let the mechanic (technician) listen to the noise you are hearing. Insist on a mechanic, not the service department counter clerk! It is quite likely you will find that the noise is nothing to worry about.
mowermech 09/05/20 08:03am Dinghy Towing
RE: Do You Trust Hitch Locks?

A number of years ago we were southbound from Springfield, MO to Branson and stopped in a diner for lunch. There were 2-3 other class A's with toads in the lot as well . When we came out there were a number of police officers present.I found one rig had it's toad stolen. Seems it didn't have any locked pins and it had the key in the ignition. See it coming? Yep, gone. Your choice how you tow. When I am towing the Jeep, I have a spare key in the ignition and the doors & tailgate locked. Since the Jeep has a hard top, the locked doors will at least slow a thief down. I have thought about removing the steering lock pin so I won't have to leave a key in the ignition, but I haven't got a "round tuit" yet.
mowermech 09/05/20 07:51am Dinghy Towing
RE: Water Pump replacement for older Travel Trailer

Any 12VDC pump rated for at least 3 gallons per minute and 55 PSI will do the job nicely. The Shur-Flo is a good choice, but there are others. I would not get a pump rated less than 3GPM and 55PSI. I had one in our motorhome, and hated it. I upgraded as soon as I could!
mowermech 09/04/20 07:09am Tech Issues
RE: Another question for you wood workers

It depends. The arbor is likely to be a housing with a bearing at each end. Remove the blade and remove the arbor (probably 4 bolts underneath). the pulley may have to be removed to push the shaft out of the bearings. Use a long punch to drive the bearings out of the housing. Identify the bearings and contact the nearest bearing supply house (Dixie Bearings, Bearings, Inc. etc.) to order new ones. Reassemble in the reverse order of disassembly. PRESS the bearings into the housing, do not drive them in with a hammer! The arbor might have seals at each end, with roller bearings instead of sealed ball bearings. If so, get new seals, cones, and races. Pack with grease at assembly. If it is a REALLY old saw, it might have "pillow blocks" as bearings. If so, just buy the replacement cartridges. You should not have to buy the housing unless it is so old that new cartridges are not available. Let us know how it goes.
mowermech 09/03/20 12:13pm Around the Campfire
RE: What's Your "Theme"?

While a "theme" would be fun (Montana/old West), I am too cheap to spend the money and register a brand so I could mark the walls with brands including my own. Oh, yeah, brands singed into the walls, ropes, pistolas, rifles, horses, cows, long horns on the front of the coach (and on the front of the Jeep)... Ahhh... on second thought, I want to stay married, so no.
mowermech 09/01/20 07:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Question about exiting in an emergency

Since the most likely source of fire (kitchen, refrigerator, water heater, furnace, etc.) is between the bedroom and the door, the only good means of egress is the bedroom window. Yes, my clothes are at the foot of the bed, ready to put on; or throw out the window as the situation requires. Fire extinguisher? As far as I am concerned, that thing is there to comfort the insurance company. It is not meant to be used; it isn't big enough to really do any good. In an RV, IMO, you don't have time to play with the fool thing, GET OUT AND AWAY! Most people have never practiced using one, so they are likely to make the situation worse instead of better by using it improperly. Again, get out and run away!
mowermech 09/01/20 06:38am General RVing Issues
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