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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

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
RE: How big is the market for Dinghy Towing?

Probably somewhere in the mid 90% range of motorhomes have a toad...Particularly as you get above 25ft. I do believe that is pretty close.
mowermech 11/05/19 05:53am Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

More snow this AM. Wet, sticky, sloppy stuff. It will probably melt off soon.
mowermech 11/04/19 07:43am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I think they will make it. Seeing as how they have three weeks to do about 4 days actual work, and the parts are already ordered and on hand... Well, we'll see.
mowermech 11/02/19 09:53pm Around the Campfire
RE: Towing a Ram 3500 manual ?

First, visit a scale and weigh the 3500 in the configuration you will be towing it. Then, see what the towing capacity of the vehicle you plan to use to tow it is. If that matches, then find a towbar of the necessary capacity. Based on the known weight of my 2500 (about 7900 lbs.), you will quite likely need a towbar with 10,000 pound capacity. Before you buy the towbar, shop around for a driveshaft disconnect for your truck. If such a disconnect is not available, it is possible to get under there, remove the driveshaft from the differential yoke, wrap the U-joint with tape to hold the bearing caps in place, and tie the shaft firmly out of the way. I did that years ago, when towing a Datsun pickup. It took about five minutes to remove the shaft before towing and replacing the shaft when ready to drive the truck.
mowermech 11/01/19 07:47am Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

The motorhome is at the shop. They say the parts arrived Monday. I hope they can get it in and start the repairs; we have company coming sometime around Thanksgiving, need the extra bedroom! they know they only have three weeks, they think they can get it done. Including the windshields! THAT would be wonderful, having all the work done leaving nothing to do in the spring. I like that idea.
mowermech 10/31/19 06:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

+1 degree F., with a slight breeze, for a wind chill of -6. Whoops, changed already. Now -2, with a 2 MPH breeze, for a wind chill of -2. All side roads are glare ice, but much of the freeway is clear. Still spotty ice out there, though.
mowermech 10/29/19 06:04am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Yall can keep that white stuff...... I wish we didn't have it. Just heard a report on the 2-meter radio that Hwy 312 is solid ice all the way, Worden to Billings. I don't think the motorhome is going to the dealer tomorrow (or today either, for that matter!). It may just sit where it is until after Thanksgiving, in hopes that the weather will moderate in December.
mowermech 10/28/19 01:36pm Around the Campfire
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