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RE: Holiday Rambler Break Controller Wiring

I am resisting the temptation, but it is difficult, so very difficult. I better just get along and ignore...
mowermech 09/10/21 08:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Just got back from Hawaii

To return to the OP: Hawaii. I spent a couple years there, at SChofield Barracks. I would not mind going back, as long as I didn't have to spend more than one hour on Oahu. I did manage to spend some time on The Big Island, Hilo and Kona (Kona Steak House was great back then). I would like to visit the other islands. Back then (early to mid 1960s), Oahu was a little racist, and very down on military personnel. I have no desire to return. No problem, I refuse to fly, and I get seasick, so I'm not going anyway.
mowermech 09/09/21 09:16pm Around the Campfire
RE: Just got back from Hawaii

I got my vaccinations at a vaccination clinic run by the hospital where my wife works, a purely civilian non-profit hospital. In fact, it states right on the record line that the vaccinations (both of them) were administered at "St. Vincent's Healthcare, Mansfield Clinic". When (if) the "booster" becomes available, it will probably be administered at the same place. No Federal, DOD, or VA were (or will be) involved.
mowermech 09/09/21 07:41pm Around the Campfire
RE: Just got back from Hawaii

wa8yxm -- let's keep the information as accurate as possible; the federal government does not issue vaccine cards; the federal crime is issuing or using any document which has an identity logo on it from any federal agency without such document coming from the federal agency itself. As yet, the federal government has not prosecuted anyone with a fake vaccine card using a federal logo. All this from the PEW Institute. All penalties for the fake cards have been assessed by various states. Interesting. Being a curious, cynical, often sarcastic type, I went to look at my "COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card" and found both the DHHS and CDC logos on the top right corner. On the back of the card, lower left corner is the date: 09/03/20. On the lower right corner is the form number: MLS-319813_r I wonder who printed and distributed the cards? So, being the type previously described, of course I googled it. Apparently, it IS a CDC form! I have no idea why the DHHS logo is on it. Joint effort, perhaps?
mowermech 09/09/21 07:30am Around the Campfire
RE: Towing Older VW Beetle

Yes, a standard transmission VW original Beetle (Thing, Kharman Ghia, etc) makes a great toad. The "automatic stick shift", however, is not considered towable. As previously stated, it is doubtful if any existing aux brake system will work with the brake pedal in any of those vehicles. For best information, check with the system manufacturer. Be sure to get whatever they tell you in writing. Good luck.
mowermech 09/02/21 11:13am Dinghy Towing
RE: Towing Older VW Beetle

ALL states, AFAIK, have a Braking Performance Law. So does the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). If you can not stop your rig within the parameters of the law, you must have an auxiliary braking system. If you can stop within the parameters, you do not need the braking system. I do not know of any state that requires auxiliary braking on a towed motor vehicle. Trailers, yes, above a certain weight (that weight may be GVWR or the actual trailer weight). In many states, a motor vehicle designed to carry passengers is not legally a trailer. Check the legal definitions for your state. I do not know of any third party testing having been done on aux. braking systems. No CR, UL, Good Housekeeping, none. The law, of course does not address morality or physics. It only addresses safety. Do your own research. Good luck. How can a law address safety without taking physics into account? When you increase weight without changing the braking laws of physics means you will increase time/distance needed to stop from the same speed. I think that might be a safety issue, no matter what the law says. I know RVs are often exempt from laws that apply to CMVs, and even the laws that do apply are unlikely to be enforced. On CMVs, any axle that does not have working brakes is not counted as a load carrying axle. A guy I worked with loaded his short end-dump to what was legal to bridge, then hooked up his TT. He did not know the fuse to the brake controller mounted on TT was blown. With brakes on the TT, good at 80,000. Same axles on long trailer, good at 80. He was grossing about 77,000 and not counting the TT was legal for 70,000. $635.00 plus court cost. The brake system for any vehicle, including MH, is designed to stop the GVWR of that vehicle, with a reserve for safety. If when you hang a toad on it, the GCVW is more than GVWR you are riding in that reserve. You missed the point of the post. Do you really believe that those who pass laws know anything about physics? Many of them are over-educated fools who forgot about those classes long ago, IMO. The fact remains, there are NO laws on the books in most (possibly all) states that require brakes on a towed motor vehicle designed to carry passengers! There IS, however, a Braking Performance Law (here in Montana it is 61-9-312) that requires a vehicle to be able to stop within certain parameters. In most states it pretty much matches the requirements in the FMVSS. Morality, physics, and "I will sue you!" makes for interesting conversation, but it does not change the requirements of the law!
mowermech 09/02/21 07:55am Dinghy Towing
RE: Towing Older VW Beetle

We had one like this. Bug Tow Bar It connects to the axle which requires lying on the ground, does not fold up and has to be removed for driving the car. It becomes a PITA very quick. Some states require a aux brake. ALL states, AFAIK, have a Braking Performance Law. So does the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). If you can not stop your rig within the parameters of the law, you must have an auxiliary braking system. If you can stop within the parameters, you do not need the braking system. I do not know of any state that requires auxiliary braking on a towed motor vehicle. Trailers, yes, above a certain weight (that weight may be GVWR or the actual trailer weight). In many states, a motor vehicle designed to carry passengers is not legally a trailer. Check the legal definitions for your state. I do not know of any third party testing having been done on aux. braking systems. No CR, UL, Good Housekeeping, none. The law, of course does not address morality or physics. It only addresses safety. Do your own research. Good luck.
mowermech 09/01/21 08:22pm Dinghy Towing
RE: CBC radio

Regardless of "coverage maps", cell phone use in Western states is something that should not be relied on! There are long stretches of highway out here, both interstate and federal highways, that cell coverage is spotty or non-existent. Ham radio 2 meter and 70 centimeter repeaters, however, are very prevalent all across many states. Yes, you need a repeater directory, and your radio must be programmed to hit the repeater. Having a radio that has a SCAN feature to search for active repeaters is a plus. Getting an Amateur radio license is easy and inexpensive. The 2 meter/70 cm radios can be inexpensive or very expensive, your choice. The same goes for antennas. Having a cell/smart phone can be nice, but in a life/death situation it could very well be worthless! Why do I tout Ham Radio? Perhaps because I are one: KJ7POE
mowermech 08/21/21 10:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: old diesel fuel in tank

Algae, I have read, only grows when water is in the tank. It grows at the water/fuel interface. No water in tank, no need for biocide. Water in tank, the tank should be drained and cleaned, then filled with fuel, and all fuel filters replaced. Diesel fuel does not rot and turn to varnish the way gasoline or gasohol does. Age does not mean much to diesel fuel.
mowermech 08/21/21 10:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: We had to go to Kalispell....

The first rule in business: Charge too much and you won't make money, charge too little and you won't make money. The best rate to charge is the one that maximizes profit. Unless this campground is full when all others in the area are full he needs to adjust accordingly or learn the hard way. My sentiments, exactly!
mowermech 08/18/21 06:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: We had to go to Kalispell....

A very successful friend in retail always says you can tell the price is right if the buyer is cursing the price while reaching for their wallet. It appears the park's rate was spot on. No. I reserved and paid because I had no choice! I tried to find a lower rate near Kalispell, and there just were not any sites available. Keep in mind the park was nearly half empty! That, in itself, tells us what others thought of the rates and the park. I quite likely could have found a site at a better rate anywhere from 10 to 30 miles from town, but for that time such a distance was not acceptable.
mowermech 08/16/21 08:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: We had to go to Kalispell....

to attend a funeral. Planned to arrive 5 Aug, leave 7 August. Every campground close to town that I called was fully booked, no sites available. EXCEPT the relatively new RV Park right on the edge of town. The one that I said I would not stay in because of the price. Yep, "Montana Base Camp". Lots of empty spaces. It is easy to see why... First, the price: $120/night! Second, all sites are back-in. No pull-through sites at all. Third, amenities, or lack thereof. No store, the office is difficult to find (it looks like just another laundry/shower building). Free laundry, though. a washer and a dryer in a little cabin with the shower facility in the other end. Fourth, new park, so no shade. What few trees there are haven't grown enough yet. Fifth, it is right next door to a log home building business, so that is noisy. There is also quite a bit of highway noise. We slept soundly, but I can see where some would find it terrible. On the plus side, the single access road and all sites are paved. The sites (full hook-up) are well laid out, with lots of space. There is an emergency exit at the cul-de-sac at the end of the road. They allowed our kids to pitch a tent in our site ($27/night extra, not bad, really.). The park was easy to find. Entrance and exit is from/to a round-a-bout, so quite easy. All in all, not a truly BAD experience, except for the price. I doubt if I will go back again. Montana Basecamp, Kalispell, MT Good spot when there is nothing else available! Wow, you need to back in, I have never considered that an issue. Sounds like they were trying to recover all the building cost in the first year! Since I wasn't towing the Jeep, backing in was no big deal. However, having only one road with back in sites on both sides, IMO, shows poor planning on the part of the designer. When towing, I definitely like pull-through sites. Parking on the street to unhook the toad, then backing in just seems to be a waste of time and may be inconvenient for others waiting to get parked. The same issue arises in the morning when getting ready to leave; Others may be inconvenienced by me parking the Jeep in the road so I can get the coach out of the site, then park the coach in the road while hooking the Jeep up and getting ready to go. Trying to hurry the hook-up is when mistakes can be made. No, thanks, if at all possible I want a pull-through site!
mowermech 08/15/21 09:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: We had to go to Kalispell....

Jon, did you try Columbia Falls RV Park? No, because of transportation. Had to leave the Jeep home due to an electrical problem that wasn't discovered until hooked up and ready to go. So, wanted to be as close to Kalispell as possible. After we got home, I found the problem; bad 7 pin to 4 pin adapter.
mowermech 08/14/21 09:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
We had to go to Kalispell....

to attend a funeral. Planned to arrive 5 Aug, leave 7 August. Every campground close to town that I called was fully booked, no sites available. EXCEPT the relatively new RV Park right on the edge of town. The one that I said I would not stay in because of the price. Yep, "Montana Base Camp". Lots of empty spaces. It is easy to see why... First, the price: $120/night! Second, all sites are back-in. No pull-through sites at all. Third, amenities, or lack thereof. No store, the office is difficult to find (it looks like just another laundry/shower building). Free laundry, though. a washer and a dryer in a little cabin with the shower facility in the other end. Fourth, new park, so no shade. What few trees there are haven't grown enough yet. Fifth, it is right next door to a log home building business, so that is noisy. There is also quite a bit of highway noise. We slept soundly, but I can see where some would find it terrible. On the plus side, the single access road and all sites are paved. The sites (full hook-up) are well laid out, with lots of space. There is an emergency exit at the cul-de-sac at the end of the road. They allowed our kids to pitch a tent in our site ($27/night extra, not bad, really.). The park was easy to find. Entrance and exit is from/to a round-a-bout, so quite easy. All in all, not a truly BAD experience, except for the price. I doubt if I will go back again. Montana Basecamp, Kalispell, MT Good spot when there is nothing else available!
mowermech 08/14/21 02:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Traveling west now with fires

Yes, IMO it is doable. First thing, though, forget XM radio. Keep tuned to local stations as you travel, so you will get local news about road closures, etc. Also, if you haven't traveled out here, don't trust GPS! It doesn't matter if it is in-dash, "smart" phone, or on-dash Garmin. They can, and often do, send you on roads that are either questionable, non-existent, or misplaced (the actual turn is 5 miles away). Keep in mind that some State Parks and/or USFS campgrounds may be closed due to extreme fire danger. Those that are open will likely have extreme fire restrictions, i.e. no campfires, no smoking except in limited areas, etc. Of course, as always, many are "Pack it in, Pack it out". No garbage service, no dump station. We recently made a trip from Billings to Kalispell and back in our motorhome. I had to make reservations in a campground I did not want to stay in, because everything else was booked up. There were, IMO, good reason for not wanting to stay there; first, the price was $120 per night. Second, all back in sites. Third, few amenities (no store, little cabins for laundry and showers). There were several open sites while we were there, probably due to the price. It is a new (a couple years old) park, so perhaps things will get better. Make your reservations as far in advance as possible! Good luck.
mowermech 08/13/21 07:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Thoughts on a weird/unique way to empty holding tanks.

Please keep in mind that there are two very different types of toilets in back-country campgrounds. One is the "pit toilet". This is pretty much identical to the old "outhouse" some of us had when we were kids: A hole in the ground with a little house on top of it. When the hole gets full to a certain point, the house is moved, the hole filled in, and a new hole dug to put the house over. In these, the liquids percolate through the soil, and the solids are left in the hole. The other is the "vault toilet". In this case, the hole has a solid concrete or fiberglas vault in it, with a pretty much permanent house built above it. The vault holds everything, and must be pumped out regularly, usually on a schedule not on an "as needed" basis. Dumping RV tanks in either toilet is almost always against the rules, and may result in a ticket being issued, and/or eviction from the campground. The (in)famous "blue tote" may seem like a good idea, but around here the nearest dump station can be anywhere from 10 to 40 miles from the campground. That is why I no longer have one. Some areas may allow draining the grey water slowly into the brush next to the campsite. Other areas will issue a ticket and/or eviction notice for doing it. As always, read the instructions when checking in to find out what is legal and not legal. Then comply with the instructions. Good luck
mowermech 07/15/21 09:53am Tech Issues
RE: Towing error leads to BIG reissue bill

We always double check the dash indicator and roll forward a few feet with it hooked up to make sure the wheels move freely before hitting the road. The Owners Manual for both our 2017 JKU and 2020 JT state that we should shift the transfer case into N, then test it by shifting the transmission into D and pressing the gas pedal, then shifting into R and pressing the gas pedal. If the Jeep tries to move then something isn't right. Finally, we shift the transmission into P and we're good to go. The images seem to show that the vehicle in question was an automatic I'm not sure where they got the information that it was in 1st gear... The Manual for my 2005 Wrangler Unlimited says the same thing. So did the Manual for the 2006 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon I used to have! READING and FOLLOWING the instructions solves numerous problems!
mowermech 06/12/21 12:38pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Braking system required?

Why do they build 90% of the boat trailers with no brakes. one reason would be that the majority of boat trailers are small single axle. bumpy ...and, the trailer with boat aboard weighs less than the state braking requirement. Another factor is lack of enforcement. I have never heard of a boat trailer being weighed on the side of the road!
mowermech 06/06/21 07:50am Dinghy Towing
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