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RE: advice on which towable vehicle

Please keep in mind that not all 2 wheel drive manual transmissions are towable four down! If the bearings and seals burn out due to lack of lubrication while being towed, no warranty will cover it, you get to pay for it out-of-pocket. By the same token, not all 4X4 vehicles can be flat towed. It depends on the transfer case; if there is a Neutral position in the T-case, it MIGHT be flat towable. If there is not a Neutral position, it is probably NOT flat towable. As has been stated many times, the vehicle Owners Manual is the final authority on towing. For me, the best towed is a Jeep Wrangler, even though off-roading is not something I do these days. Oh, wait, this is Montana; driving on some County Roads IS "off-roading"! I like my Jeep. IMO, it is comfortable, reliable, fun to drive, and since it is more than 11 years old, it has PERMANENT registration. Update: What with construction that just started (destruction phase) on Hwy 312 about a mile or two from home, there is currently an "off-road" experience right there! That little stretch of highway is rougher than any "slick-rock" trail near Moab, UT!
mowermech 04/11/20 06:25am Dinghy Towing
RE: All this time on our hands

I have discovered that there are elves in the Ham Radio community. I took the garbage out yesterday, and discovered a huge copper pipe J-pole antenna laying at the edge of the driveway beside the Jeep. It isn't quite a 6 meter one, but it is big enough to convert to 6 meters with little effort. I will ask on the morning 2 meter net, see if I can find out where it came from and thank the person who dropped it off.
mowermech 04/07/20 07:20am Around the Campfire
RE: Should we be going?

Sunshine/VirusFresh air and sunshine kills the virus. CAUTION!!! This has not been verified; the data is still very inconclusive. Thanks you for pointing that out, Moderator. I edited my post to take it away. However, it IS well known that getting out in the sunshine and fresh air is better for a person than sitting in the house all day. If you stay away from other people, it IS good for you in many ways! Ask your doctor. Removing the "fresh air and sunshine" statement doesn't change the rest of the post. By the way, when you post a link to something, please do a lot of us a favor and do not post a link that requires a subscription. I could not read your linked article because of my adblocker, so I did a search and found several articles that seemed to agree (more or less, depending on the source) with the link you posted, and which didn't seem to care about adblockers. Again, thank you for correcting one sentence from my post.
mowermech 04/06/20 03:13pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Should we be going?

The USFS/BLM is closing most forest campgrounds here. IMO, that is asinine! The campsites are 50 feet or more apart! Fisherpersons are nearly always over 6 feet apart. If the water systems or outhouse are a problem, shut them down and forbid tent camping; self contained RVs only! Oddly enough, the campgrounds I am interested in going to have many "boondocking" sites up the creek a ways, completely undeveloped, that are not closed. Only "developed" campgrounds are closed. Yes, we must protect ourselves and others, but is it really a good thing to throw logic under the bus? I really do not think that is a good idea. As for the "hugs, kisses, handshakes" issue, I have never been one for shaking hands, and there is only one person in the world that I will hug and kiss, and we live in the same house and sleep in the same bed. Way too late to worry about that now. Yes, be safe. BUT, please do it intelligently. By the way, I live in the country. We have a fire pit in the back yard, so we can have a "campfire" any time we want. We can park the motorhome in the pasture and "camp" by ourselves any time we want. We can even hook up electric and water! BUT, fishing in the irrigation ditch is an exercise in futility.
mowermech 04/06/20 07:33am RV Lifestyle
RE: All this time on our hands

I want to build a 6 meter J-pole antenna, but I can't go to Ace Hardware for the copper pipe and fittings. I have the coax cable, solder, flux, and propane for the torch, but no copper pipe. The weather is getting nice enough that I can go outside and build it, but... Oh, well, I can get gardens ready to plant. I did get both tillers tuned up before society fell apart. I did rinse the first ten layers of winter mud off the vehicles a few days ago. It may get warm enough to really wash them pretty soon. I need to get under the Subaru and find out what the "thump/thump" is in the rear end. It might get dry enough to get the ramps out and back up on them so I can get under there. We are working on getting the mouse mess cleaned up in the motorhome. A certain soap and herbal packets seem to have failed over the winter. DW wants a doggy house built under the bed, I can begin that process, too. Oh, yeah, and install a bow eye on an aluminum boat that really isn't designed for one. Long ago and far away I was an aircraft sheet metal mechanic. I can do this! If I mess it up, I know how to patch the boat! So, yes, lots of projects. Now, if I can just beat the procrastination...
mowermech 04/06/20 07:08am Around the Campfire
RE: Should/will Glacier, Teton and Yellowstone open?

I have reservations at an RV park near Glacier for the third weekend in July, to attend a Hamfest. So far, the reservations have not been cancelled, nor have the hamfest organizers cancelled the hamfest. We are in "wait and see" mode...
mowermech 04/04/20 09:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Hand Sanitizer

I see Walmart is selling 750 ml bottles of Everclear alcohol. I don't know how pysically big that is, but I think I'd prefer a smaller container of regular sanitizer to carry round all day, if one can be found. IIRC, 750 ml bottle is what is commonly known as a "fifth", or one fifth of a gallon. Most "hard liquor" is available in pints or fifths. Ah, according to a quick search, a 750 ml bottle is a "metric fifth". A "real" fifth is 757 ml, or exactly 1/5 of a gallon. I neglected to check to see when the change took place.
mowermech 03/17/20 06:44am Around the Campfire
RE: Hand Sanitizer

AFAIK, there is no shortage of Everclear (90% by volume grain alcohol). That, too, sanitizes. And, you can drink it.
mowermech 03/15/20 05:18am Around the Campfire
RE: BirmingHamfest 2020

Check out this list: http://www.n7cfo.com/amradio/hf/hf.htm Nearly every hamfest in the Northwestern United States!
mowermech 02/21/20 06:02am Around the Campfire
RE: Who is responsible for discounts?

I quite often ask about discounts for Retired Military. If they say "Why, yes!" I always present my DD form 2 (Retired) to show that I am in reality Retired Military. Of course, at the MAFB Famcamp, presenting the ID card is REQUIRED! As for Senior discounts, if I ask for it, I present proof of birthdate. No problem. AAA? No. AARP? No. Good Sam? Dropped it many years ago. KOA? Not at this time. When I go to Costco, I am required to present my card twice; once to get in the store, and once to check out and pay. I do not find that offensive. I have even found some places that give both the Retired Military and Senior Discounts. Not many, but it has happened. Yes, I think it is great! I firmly believe it is my responsibility to ask about discounts. Often it works, sometimes it doesn't. I won't know if I don't ask!
mowermech 02/19/20 08:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: How stupid can people be

In the 1950s we called it "hooky-bobbing". I have no idea where the name came from. My mother bought a "traction kit" (rubber cement and sand-like glass chips) for my overshoes. That put a stop to my hooky-bobbing!
mowermech 02/11/20 06:37am 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. But no one wants a 4 door 6 cylinder Chevelle. There are gear-heads around that would want to build a "resto-rod sleeper"; stuff a 454 crate engine in it, with a four speed tranny and a 4.11 diff (locker, of course).
mowermech 01/28/20 06:26am Dinghy Towing
RE: Here is something for you Class A people to upgrade to

Yeppers, beautiful coach, but, no thanks. To begin with, of course, way to expensive and fancy for my jack-pine-savage tastes. Second, that thing would not fit in any USFS campgrounds I would be likely to want to visit. In fact, I would never want to take it off the freeways! Come to think of it, I'm not sure many of the commercial campgrounds I visit could handle that length. Third, as the old song goes "Give me 40 acres, and I'll turn this rig around..." I'm quite happy with my 32 footer. I do not need 45 feet/4 slides. I'm sure they will sell a dozen or so, but I won't be one of the buyers.
mowermech 01/25/20 09:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Crazy Parts Prices from Manufacturers

Several years ago, a nice, shiny, brand new AutoZone opened near me. When a fog light (3 inch sealed beam) on the motorhome burned out, I thought I would give them a try, so I popped the old one out and took it in. Me: (holding the sealed beam up for the counterman to see) I need one of those. Counterman, moving towards computer: What is it out of? Me: 2002 Fleetwood motorhome. Counterman, turning away from computer: Oh, I don't have parts for one of those! He didn't look at the GE number on the bulb, made no effort to find out if he had one or a similar one! Me: OK (turned and left). I have never been back. I often wonder, though, what he would have said if I had been looking for parts for the Ford engine or transmission...
mowermech 01/23/20 05:36am Dinghy Towing
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
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