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RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Hey, welcome back, fullmoon! Sounds like your trip went well in spite of the oil change problem. We had big plans for in-state trips last summer, but it seems something always came up to prevent it from happening. I did make it to the 85th consecutive year of the Glacier/Waterton Hamfest in July, though. I do wish some vendors would attend like they used to... Almost forgot, went to Cody, WY also, visited Meeteetsee and Powell museums, and the Greybull Museum of Aerial fire fighting, stayed in the Cody KOA. Hopefully, next summer will be better for making trips. Just going to Forest Service campgrounds and drowning worms in the creek would be great! The weather didn't miss the chance. Rained about half an inch last night! No snow, thank goodness!
mowermech 10/20/19 12:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

If it doesn't rain or snow tonight it will sure miss a heck of a good chance! Clouds are building, temp is dropping. I need the heavy snow to wait until Thanksgiving. I have to take the MoHo to the shop clear across town the end of this month, then bring it home after they get the storm damage repaired (about a week, I hope). I do not like the idea of driving that thing on snowpacked or icy roads! Certainly don't want to tow the Jeep under those conditions.
mowermech 10/19/19 05:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Glad to see you back, cummins. I woke up my old cummins yesterday and hauled a bunch of ferrous scrap to the scrap yard. Made $9 on that trip! Actually paid for the fuel with a little left over! Now I need to gather the copper scrap (except for potential antenna wire), the aluminum cans, and the "dirty" aluminum and haul it in. I have to look at the "dirty" aluminum first, and make sure there is nothing there that would make a good ham antenna... I also fired up the old garden tractor and beat the weeds in the pasture down the other day.
mowermech 10/16/19 10:32am Around the Campfire
RE: Jeep towed discharged when towing. This is new.

The first thing you need to do is check/verify that your Jeep has a steering wheel lock. If it does, you need to have the switch in the "ACC" position to unlock the steering (Jeep, in their infinite wisdom, removed the "OFF, not locked" position from the switch after 2006 or 2007). If there is no steering lock (I do not remember what year they stopped installing them), there is no need to leave the switch in the "ACC" position, no matter what the Book says. It seems the writers of the Book didn't keep up with the changes made in the vehicle! To make it easy to verify the steering lock (or lack thereof), jack up the front wheels, both of them, with the parking brake set. Turn the ignition switch OFF, and remove the key. Now, try to turn the steering wheel lock to lock and back to center. If you can, you do not have a steering lock, and you do not have to leave the switch in the "ACC" position when towing. If the wheel stops after 1/4 or 1/2 a turn, and you can not move it until you insert the key and turn the ignition ON, you have a steering lock, and you must put the switch in the "ACC" position to tow the vehicle. If the lock is installed, removing the pin is a fairly easy job for a good mechanic. Google it. Once that is done, the switch position problem goes away, forever.
mowermech 10/14/19 06:29pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Can a 2017 VW Jetta manual transmission be towed?

Then again, a potential buyer may see the base plate installation and think "Oh, wow, just what I have been looking for!" A somewhat interesting side note, the PT Cruiser, the Subaru Forester, and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited were sitting in a row, West to East, when two hail storms came through a while back. The hail was pea size up to ping pong ball size. The PT Cruiser suffered a few dents. The Subaru now looks like a golf ball. The Jeep has very few barely noticeable dents, although the windshield was broken. IMO, that is a good commentary on the metal they are made from! Finding a good used Jeep for a toad is an excellent idea. I am partial to the '06 and older. The '07 and newer were redesigned, and I don't care for the body lines or the engines. Some of us Jeep fans don't care if it gets chipped or scratched. "It is a Jeep, it is supposed to be chipped, scratched, and dented. That's why they call that trail near Moab, UT, Metal Masher!" Yeah, I been there.... Not with the current Jeep, though.
mowermech 10/13/19 07:07am Dinghy Towing
RE: Can a 2017 VW Jetta manual transmission be towed?

My gut feeling is why not. Being a manual, no fluid issues to worry about. In neutral the only thing rotating are the half shafts and inside the transmission the main shaft is turning and distributing gear lube so like I said, why not? Yes, the rear half of the mainshaft is turning, but does that stir up the lube oil? When the front half is turning, causing the cluster gear to rotate, the oil is being distributed very well in most trannys, but the rear half does nothing as far as lubrication is concerned. Just something to think about. Not all manual transmissions are towable. Some will damage the output shaft bearing and seal due to lack of lube. It may take a while and many miles, but it will eventually happen, and it will likely not be covered by any warranty. good luck.
mowermech 10/12/19 04:51pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

We RVers need to Boycott places that don’t allow a special part of the camping experience...”campfires”. It’s bad enough that so many places don’t allow wood fires but not allowing propane campfires is beyond ridiculous! We carry in our RV a variety of equipment and supplies for a campfire and it’s so disappointing to not be able to use them and enjoy that experience. I own a small RV park and when we are in a burning ban I have had people cancel their reservation...”Really, we can’t have a campfire?...we will book another time” I will not book anymore places that don’t allow a campfire. We carry along a propane firepit and an extra 20 lb. propane tank to power it in order to solve the "no campfires" problem! No fire ring to clean out or messing with firewood is required. The flame is adjustable and comes up through the bricks in the firepit to look just like a the real thing. It puts out heat just like the real thing, cooks S'mores and hot dogs, emits no odors to bother other campers, and you just turn a knob to shut it down when going to bed. It works like a champ for providing carefree campfires everywhere. Amazing the number of people who apparently did not read and understand the OP! "It’s bad enough that so many places don’t allow wood fires but not allowing propane campfires is beyond ridiculous!" Seems to me that is pretty clear: Banning wood fires is OK when necessary, but banning propane "campfires" is ridiculous. I agree. I carry one of those things along with a 5 pound propane cylinder. There is no smoke, no sparks, no embers, nothing but a little propane fire. I also carry a small propane grill and a two burner propane cook stove. If the campground or RV park tells me "NO!", well, once again I am on wheels, I can leave quite quickly, never to return. I'm sure they really do not care if I leave, and they do not care about the comments I might make on a website. Y'know, I do not care whether they care or not!
mowermech 10/12/19 04:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Weather is supposed to get cold and snowy tonight. High tomorrow will be in the mid 20s, they say; overnight low tomorrow will be in the teens. Possibility of up to a foot of snow, depending on who we listen to. I'm sort of ready. I put the snowplows and tire chains on both ATVs, poured anti-freeze in the drains and toilet in the motorhome, etc. Should go find the snow brushes for the vehicles, I guess. I know where two of them are... I think our chat thread has run its course. This will be my last post until somebody else posts a comment. It's been fun, y'all...
mowermech 10/08/19 04:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: Hottest October day ever !

Just remember, that is local WEATHER, not global climate! Just like the three to four feet of snow in Browning and East Glacier, Montana last weekend.
mowermech 10/02/19 05:27pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Yep, truck is totaled. I bought it back, reduced the insurance to liability only. I don't care if it looks like a golf ball. I will drive it until the wheels fall off, or I die, whichever occurs first. Still waiting to hear about the motorhome...
mowermech 09/30/19 09:19pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

It appears the truck will be totaled. I should know more by next week.
mowermech 09/26/19 07:03am Around the Campfire
RE: Cigarrette Addiction

...And then there are those who never smoked, never chewed, never lived near a smoker or chewer, yet came down with, and died from, lung cancer. Nearly every time, the "experts" could not find a definitive cause for the cancer. It seems like cancer is not like a pearl in an oyster. You can't cut to the center of it and find the little speck that caused it to form!
mowermech 09/26/19 07:00am Around the Campfire
RE: Cigarrette Addiction

I was addicted to smoking cigarettes for 40 years (started during a mortar/recoiless rifle attack in Viet Nam). then the State decided that they needed money for CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program), and added a $1 per pack tax. So, I finished what I had on hand, and quit. The State lost money on that one! They didn't collect any more of the existing taxes from me! Ennyhoo, yes, I did smoke outside, fair weather, rain, snow, or below zero temps. I can sympathize with the lady having to go out in the rain due to the rules established by fear mongers. IMO, her rights have been violated, forcing her to endure getting wet and cold, and possible health issues, to participate in using a legal product. Oh, by the way, all those claims the health fanatics make about things getting better when one quits smoking? In my case, all lies. None came true. However, I do not have lung cancer. Yet.
mowermech 09/24/19 03:14pm Around the Campfire
KOA, Cody, WY

Spent two nights at the Cody KOA last weekend. Tried to save a few bucks by getting a "regular" site instead of the "Deluxe" site. I won't do that again! Some of the "regular" sites looked to be OK, but the one we got was not even close to level, and the sewer connection was too far away. Since I did not want to buy another hose, when it came time to leave I had to back up the coach to dump the tanks. It appeared the "deluxe" sites were somewhat better; closer to level, and longer. Still have to park carefully to ensure the hose(s) will reach, but doable. Other than those two minor annoyances, it was a great place. Very nice little store, loaded with "touristy" stuff. Since it was near the end of the season, all that stuff was 50% off, some at 75% off! Friendly staff, military discount (as retired military, that is important). I allowed my KOA card to expire, and for a short term stay didn't renew it. Renewal is now $30, and the savings for 2 nights at the end of the season wouldn't be worth it. Perhaps next year...
mowermech 09/23/19 08:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Blue Ox Tow bar for Jeep Wrangler JK

I have towed several Wranglers and CJs (and a Datsun pickup) with a Reese stiff-arm adjustable width towbar ($165 at Walmart the last time I looked) for many years. In spite of the doom and gloom from the telescoping arm aficionados, it has worked just fine for me, I even hook it up by myself! Several years ago, I bought a Roadmaster telescoping towbar (6000 lb. capacity) to tow a Dodge 1500 pickup. Never did like that thing. When I got another Jeep, I went back to the Reese towbar. It simply works for me.
mowermech 09/22/19 08:24am Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

No word on the truck yet. None on the motorhome, either! Took the "vintage" 14 foot riveted aluminum boat I recently acquired out to the lake the other day. My electric trolling motor seems to be draining the battery rather rapidly. I'll have to check the battery, and if it is good the motor probably needs replaced. Found a couple of seeps near rivets, so will have to get some rivets and practice my skills in removing and replacing rivets. It has been years, I hope I can still do it...
mowermech 09/18/19 11:19am Around the Campfire
RE: School me in public parks camping...

United States Forest Service campgrounds in Montana rarely accept reservations. There are a few near Red Lodge, MT that do, but they also have some sites set aside for first come, first served. Most FS campgrounds have vault or pit toilets, and one water faucet for each 5 sites. A "water thief" can not be used on most of those faucets; you will not be able to hook up a hose. There is no electricity. Most campgrounds do not have dump stations. In fact, the nearest dump station can be many miles away. Conservation of water is a way of life! Very few campgrounds will allow emptying your RV tanks into the vault toilets. This is a very good guide to National Forest Campgrounds: https://www.forestcamping.com/dow/list/nflist.htm
mowermech 09/13/19 05:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tow Dolly VS flat tow

IMO, there is no "better" or "best", there is only what YOU are willing to do, and what YOUR vehicle requires. we towed our PT Cruiser on a dolly from Billings to Chattanooga and back. We did not experience much of what the naysayers and doomsayers tend to say. we tow our Jeep Wrangler four down, and don't experience much of what the doomsayers and naysayers say. For instance, if anyone mentions using a fixed arm adjustable width Reese towbar ($165 at Walmart), there will be many negative comments, the first of which will be "You can't hook it to the motorhome by yourself, you WILL need help!" UMMM... Golly... I do that frequently, no problem. Just keep in mind that there may be a huge difference between what others say can't be done, and what YOU can do! Another "for instance" (aimed at me); if you want an inexpensive non-steering dolly, go for it. Personally, I will never own one. I want king pin steering (Demco KarKaddy, expensive) or a turn-table steering (American Car Dolly, Mastertow, etc., comparatively inexpensive). Regardless of which way you go, there are many used ones available, often at half the price of new. Good luck.
mowermech 09/11/19 11:34am Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Oh, goody! Rain! Cooler temperatures! We needed that...
mowermech 09/07/19 07:53am Around the Campfire
RE: Need TOAD advice ........................

I, too, am in "The Jeep Wrangler isn't all that bad!" camp. Mine has nearly 200K miles, and has been fairly trouble free. Yes, J-E-E-P DOES stand for "Just Empty Every Pocket", but that is because of all the aftermarket accessories that are available to put on a Wrangler. I know of people who bought new Wrangler Rubicons and wound up with over $50,000 in accessories on them! However, since the OP is not at all interested in any Jeep, and wants a toad that will have few problems (there is NO vehicle that never has a problem), I can only recommend what used to be considered the ultimate towed vehicle: A Volkswagen Beetle, the original. A towbar designed specifically for the car is readily available, for less than $200. The car is light, with no towing restrictions. There are various iterations that can be found, with a little searching: The standard Beetle, the Super Beetle, a 2 seat Manx or similar vehicle, a 4 seat Manx or similar, the Thing (expensive), the Karmann Ghia (hardtop or roadster), etc. Any of the above can be found fully restored to better than factory new condition, with a little searching. Good luck.
mowermech 09/07/19 07:43am Dinghy Towing
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