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RE: Car caddy

IMO, the Kar Kaddy by DEMCO is quite likely the best car dolly available. However, it is also very possibly the most expensive! There used to be two different sizes made. If that is still the case, be sure you get one that fits the vehicle(s) you will be towing. As previously stated, almost any front wheel drive vehicle can be dolly towed. Almost! I have heard of some newer vehicles that can't be towed on a dolly, because when the rear wheels are turning but the front wheels are not, the computer gets confused. 4X4 and All Wheel Drive vehicles usually can not be towed on a dolly. Rear wheel drive vehicles should not be towed on a dolly; transmission damage may result. A drive shaft disconnect may be installed, or the driveshaft can be disconnected and secured to the underbody. (this will also work with 4X4 or AWD vehicles). Some people have loaded a rear wheel drive vehicle on a dolly backwards. It is not recommended by dolly manufacturers, but when properly done it seems to work. We towed our PT Cruiser on a Kar Kaddy dolly from Montana to Georgia and back. It really wasn't all that great of a problem. We had pull-through sites in all except one campground. That back-in site was the only time I had to drop the dolly. We tow our Jeep 4 down with a fixed arm adjustable width towbar. Many people will say that such a towbar is junk and should never be used. I hook it up by my self quite frequently, and that old (20+years) bar has worked flawlessly. If time is critically important, 4 down is a quicker hookup than connecting and loading a dolly. For me, time has never been that critical! 5 minutes to hook up the Jeep or 15 minutes to hook up the dolly and load the PT? The difference is really meaningless. The only thing that is truly important is to choose wisely for YOUR needs! Good luck.
mowermech 01/17/20 06:47am Dinghy Towing
RE: Golfing on the warmest weekend in January !

Just wait. A cold front has moved down out of Canada, and the Jet Stream will be bringing it your way, eventually. I currently have 10 degrees F., some areas have reported 2 to 5 below zero. It is currently snowing lightly. Mother Nature (she is NOT a nice lady!) WILL get her paybacks! We are paying for the nice December, and will continue to pay all the way into March or April. Good luck.
mowermech 01/13/20 06:47am Around the Campfire
RE: Towing a vintage car?

Haven't bought yet, not looking for a show car. Probably buy a nice driver condition so dings, etc. won't be a problem for me. I do use a Readybrake now for my truck and Tahoe. Great towbar. I nice driver condition vintage car might not cost the $100K plus you see on Barrett Jackson, but will still cost a pretty penny to get one in decent shape. The modifications you will need to do will likely reduce the car's value by more than the cost of a trailer, but it's your money. :) $100K? I guess it depends on your definition of "vintage car". I have seen "daily driver" capable cars from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s around here for less than $10K. In fact, I have a 1966 Chevelle 4 door sedan (needs transmission work, Powerglide) That I don't really want to sell, but if somebody offered 4 or 5K for it, I would just have to let it go (it has the 230CID inline 6). 1950s cars will be in the $15K to $25K range in driveable condition, a great deal more if restored, but never in the $100K range.
mowermech 01/13/20 06:40am Dinghy Towing
RE: Towing a vintage car?

Manual transmissions are NOT necessarily towable. More often than not, the lube is distributed by the rotating cluster gear which is powered by the input shaft. When the engine is not running, the input shaft is stationary and no lube is distributed. The center mainshaft needle bearings and output shaft ball bearings will eventually run dry and self-destruct. Be sure you know how the transmission is lubricated before setting the vehicle up for towing four down! SOME older automatic transmissions may have a rear pump driven by the output shaft. That pump MIGHT provide lubrication to the bearings. Such vehicles often can be push started by getting it up to 35 MPH in Neutral, then putting the transmission in drive. The rear pump will supply sufficient hydraulic pressure to engage the clutches or bands. A driveshaft disconnect may be the best bet for towing four down. It is likely that a good fabrication shop will have to custom design and install the baseplates to match the towbar. A trailer to load the vehicle might be an option, depending on the likes/desires of the operator
mowermech 01/09/20 08:06am Dinghy Towing
RE: New RV Electric RV Toad In Depth Review - Mike Mas

I think I will continue to use my Jeep Wrangler for a towed vehicle. For one thing, it is towable four down, I do not need a trailer. If I want to tow a trailer, I can load up my street-legal Kawasaki Brute Force ATV. Thanks, but no thanks. I neither need nor want one of these things.
mowermech 01/08/20 10:55am Dinghy Towing
RE: Do y'all see the IRONY here?

OK, the generator is "necessary" due to the lack of power lines in the area. I can understand that. But, has anybody considered how the fuel is delivered to that genset? I really doubt that a diesel powered tank truck making frequent deliveries is very "green". However, as in all things, ya do what ya gotta do, let the chips fall where they may, and don't worry about the irony...
mowermech 01/06/20 06:32am Around the Campfire
RE: Oil headed for 70 bucks s barrel. Here we go.

All I know for sure is that the price for 87 octane 10% ethanol gasoline is down locally to $2.53/gallon city wide. That is nearly a $0.40/gallon reduction since last summer. I can live with that!
mowermech 01/06/20 06:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Lights on Toad Veh when Dolly Has 'em (wiring options)......

Since most state's safety reuirements mirror the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) it might be a good idea to look those requirements up. IIRC, the FMVSS requirement is that if the load extends two feet or more behind the lights, there must be lights OR REFLECTORS on the end of the load at night, and/or a red flag of a certain size during daylight hours. The tail light lenses on your towed vehicle SHOULD be designed to act as reflectors when the light is not on. Therefore, it is likely that the towed vehicle is within the requirements of many State Laws and the FMVSS. I have to wonder; if lights are not required on a dolly towed vehicle since there are reflectors already installed, what about a towbar towed vehicle? It has the same reflectors installed at the factory, and the end of it is only a few feet behind the lights on the towing motorhome, why does it NEED lights?
mowermech 12/09/19 01:09pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Making new center console UPDATE!

How difficult will it be to remove the engine cover ("doghouse") when this installation is complete? It won't work in mine. There is a storage compartment in the center top of the dash. This would block the lid. Beautiful job of fitment, though!
mowermech 12/09/19 06:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Overnight low, minus 5. Currently minus 4. That is according to my electronic "weather station". Whether the "weather station" is accurate or not (it usually agrees with the antique mercury thermometer on a gazebo support post) that is just too durn cold!
mowermech 12/01/19 06:56am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Hey, y'all, hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving day! Started snowing lightly at 0900, but we aren't going anywhere, so it doesn't matter to us. The weather forecast says it will snow clear through the weekend, with possible blizzard conditions. Staying home sounds like a wonderful idea!
mowermech 11/28/19 09:24am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I heard about that storm from my son in Nevada. He was planning on coming up for Thanksgiving, but with winter storm warnings posted for Northern Nevada, Southern Idaho, and Southwestern Montana, he is thinking perhaps he will just stay home. We, however, according the the extended forecast, won't have much (if any) problems.
mowermech 11/24/19 08:32am Around the Campfire
RE: 2nd to Wrangler what are the best toad options?

According to the Motorhome Magazine towables chart the 2014 (just the age I thought I might want to purchase) is towable with no restrictions (manual transmission only). Several other Subaru models of that same year and manual are also listed as towable with no restrictions. So how reliable that list is I'm not sure; seems to be the main guide rvers use to pick out a toad to purchase for that purpose. I'm just wondering if any of you out there can give me first hand knowledge of actually usibg a 2014 Subaru manual, easily and with no issues for a number of years? Or does someone know that you absolutely cannot tow a 2014 Subaru. Again (it can't be said too often), READ the Owners Manual and FOLLOW the instructions contained therein! Yes, there have been times when the writers of the Manuals were behind times (Jeep steering lock, for instance. Even after the lock was deleted, the book said put the ignition switch in the "ACC" position to unlock the steering before towing. They deleted the "OFF, not locked" switch position at the same time!). But, more often than not, the Manual is the final word. Yes, there are people who tow vehicles even though the Manual says "Don't". If/when something bad happens, it comes out of their pocket. Maybe nothing bad will happen. How lucky do you feel?
mowermech 11/24/19 08:24am Dinghy Towing
RE: Mens' belts left or right

If you’re left handed it’s the other way round. Think about it. Lefty here, I concur. Lefty here, and if I put my belt through the loops right to left my big, brass, "#1 DAD" belt buckle will be upside down. In my 75+ years, the belts, even military, have always been started in the loop to the left of the waistband closure. Now that my waist is bigger than my hips, the belt doesn't hold my pants up very well, so I wear suspenders. Since the suspenders do not have the means of carrying my Leatherman holster, which I feel incomplete without, I also wear a belt. That Leatherman is also a minor reason I will not fly. TSA would have a conniption fit if I showed up at security check in wearing it!
mowermech 11/23/19 07:34am Around the Campfire
RE: 2nd to Wrangler what are the best toad options?

Older manual transmission Subarus were towable, I have read, according to the Owner's Manual. Newer Subarus are not, even manual transmission models. Regardless of the vehicle you are interested in, always find "Recreational Towing" (or something similar) in the Owners Manual, read and follow the instructions. Generally speaking: No vehicle that has a CVT is towable. Manual transmission does not necessarily mean it is towable. Automatic transmission does not necessarily mean it is not towable. If there is no warranty, anything can be towed, if you are willing to accept the fact that the transmission might be destroyed due to lack of lubrication (it might take a while, but eventually it will probably happen). If there is a warranty, but the Manual says "do not tow with all wheels on the ground", but you do it anyway, the warranty on the transmission will likely be void. As for "best towed", I don't believe there is a "best". There is only what YOU like. For instance, years ago the most common "towed" was a Volkswagen Beetle, the original. Very light vehicle, fun to drive, inexpensive towbar readily available, just hook it up, put the tranny in Neutral, and go. No limitations. Good luck in your search for YOUR "best toad".
mowermech 11/23/19 07:22am Dinghy Towing
RE: The best Wranglers for towing?

My 2005 Wrangler Unlimited has a 6 speed manual. I had an earlier Wrangler (don't remember what year, it was long ago) that had a 5 speed manual. Other than that, I do not know for sure.
mowermech 11/22/19 08:12am Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Worrisome, to say the least!
mowermech 11/20/19 08:38am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I am assuming ro_sie must have a problem of some kind. It is the not knowing that is making me worry. whether it is of a personal nature, or Art's condition, or what... I just don't know.
mowermech 11/11/19 01:23pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

The weather station is still inop. Customer Service says the rechargeable battery may be dead, turn the sensor off and wait at least 24 hours before turning it back on. I consider that to mean at least three days of sunshine (solar cell recharge). But, then I got a letter from the company stating that there may be a software problem with the display, call and they will send a new one. That call has been made, the new display should be here this week. When I hook it up, I will turn the sensor back on and see what happens. If it still doesn't work, I will consider that $80 wasted and buy a different model from a different company! Another Canadian visitor moved in Saturday night, cold and snow (the remains of the last front all melted). the temp this morning is hovering near zero degrees, and there is about 2 inches of pretty, shiney, dangerous new snow. Roadways are, shall we say, interesting. Later in the week, the temps are supposed to be seasonal average or better, so this will be gone soon. I sure wish ro_sie would come back and let us know what has happened...
mowermech 11/11/19 06:17am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

The snow we got on the 4th melted, but now we have fresh stuff. I haven't been outside to look at a thermometer (it is cold out there!), and my nice new "weather station" seems to have had a failure, so I don't know what the temp is. IIRC, the forecast said the high for today was to be in the mid 20's. but it will moderate ("they" say) tomorrow through Saturday, so the snow will be gone soon. "Self-shoveling snow". I love it!
mowermech 11/06/19 06:52am Around the Campfire
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