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  1. Also, if you tow without supplemental brakes in a state that requires them, you could be in deep trouble if you get in an accident. Even if it isn't your fault, you could be blamed because you were driving illegally. Happy (and safe) travels, Tim
  2. I tow a 1990 Bronco and have not needed any modifications. Just like yours, my Bronco has an automatic transmission and a manual transfer case. We simply put the transfer case in neutral, leave the transmission in park (but make sure the steering doesn't lock), and drive away. We've had no troubles. The quick test proposed in Kay's post (above) is the same one I use, and the same I would propose for you. Good luck and happy travels, Tim
  3. Chuck, The ad shows a website at http://www.soiclub.com/Default.asp and a phone number of 818-378-8803. That should get you started. Cheers, Tim
  4. Hi CJ, Welcome to the FMCA Forum. Since we live in southern California, we haven't motorhomed to the Rose Parade. However, you'll find an advertisement in the current FMCA Magazine (pg. 71) about an FMCA chapter that organizes a Rose Parade program. We met some members who attended last year and they had a great time. It might be worth investigating. Happy travels, Tim
  5. I usually cruise just under 70, and kept the cruise control at 60 this trip. I was surprised at the change in fuel consumption. Next trip I'll set the cruise at 55. Who knows maybe, it'll get 10 mpg. Best wishes, Tim
  6. After re-reading some older posts about the "Economy Mode" on the Allison transmission control panel, I finally got around to trying it out last week. On a 580 mile round trip to Nevada, I used the economy mode and kept highway speed under 60 mph. The results were dramatic; a 25% improvement in mpg! I usually get about 7.8 mpg, and logged a surprising 9.8 mpg with slower speed and the economy mode. Thanks again to the authors of the earlier posts on this subject (http://community.fmca.com/topic/1149-allison-economy-mode/). You save me some serious cash with that advice. Happy travels, Tim
  7. The price they quoted you might be a bit high, but is in the ballpark for professional installation. Unless you are solidly confident of your skills in fabrication, electrical, and mechanical work, this project is probably best left to experienced tradesmen. You certainly don't want your toad wandering off on it own. Good luck with your new coach, and happy travels, Tim
  8. Jake, You might take a moment to read the rules of this forum. Using the FMCA forum to advertise or solicit business is prohibited. Note from moderator: Ad content deleted. As you said, Jake is welcome to ask marketing questions here, but as on virtually all Forums, is not allowed to advertise. Thanks. Brett
  9. Thanks Brett! I just placed my order. This will save time and trouble every time we plug in, and leave more time for happy hour.
  10. Congratulations Rich, you're a DIY inspiration. I've got a few items to be addressed, and was thinking of turning them over to the mechanics. Now I'm thinking of tackling them myself. Cheers, and happy travels, Tim
  11. Walter, A good possibility would be Exclusive RV Services in Pomona, California. They have secure indoor storage for RVs and can certainly store your car. While it's an hour's drive to LAX, it's a lot closer than Palmdale. Dan Murphy owns the company and can probably arrange to get you dropped off and picked up at the airport. Their phone number is 909-465-9492, and the address is 1353 Philadelphia Street, Pomona, CA. Happy travels, Tim
  12. Glenn, Cutting in a side vent or adding a supplemental transmission cooler would involve significant effort or expense. Before launching into those modifications, have you considered the more typical solutions? Your underlying problem is high operating temperatures during summer or long grades; both of which add extra strain on the cooling system. With your coach now 16 years old, I would start with the radiator. Has it been carefully cleaned so any road gunk, oil or mud are removed? Once that's gone, take an infrared thermometer and check the temperature all across the radiator; you may find hot spots and cool spots indicating lack of coolant flow and the need for a radiator rebuild. Next, the fan function can be checked, and the coolant itself tested. Finally, the coolant filters might be clogged, or the pump might need rebuilding. Unless your coach has always had high temperature troubles, I'll bet one of these approaches will solve the problem. Good luck.
  13. Hi Larry, First of all, welcome to the FMCA forum. You'll find it a great resource in your MH travels. Let me gently agree and also disagree with Bill's post. He's completely correct that Hwy 1 is drivable and beautiful. However, it's also narrow, has lots of tight turns, and runs right along cliffs dropping hundreds of feet into the ocean in many areas. It will be a very slow go and requires (at least for me) full time concentration. Also, there are almost no places to stop and park to shop or explore, and roadside camping is not allowed if I remember correctly. Having traveled that coastline several times, our approach is to leave the coach on either the north or south end of the Big Sur coast (Carmel on the north end, or Morro Bay on the south side) and take the toad. That way we can stop at our leisure, explore the smaller parks and scenic sights, and visit the places off the main road. Either way, you can't go wrong. I'm just lazier than Bill. BTW lunch at Nepenthe in Big Sur is a must, as is sunset at on the hotel deck at Lucia. Enjoy your trip! Tim
  14. If you decide to leave the coach in So. Calif., here are two good options. 1. Exclusive RV Service, Pomona, California. 909-465-9492. They are close to the Ontario airport, and a 40 minute drive from Los Angeles Int'l. airport. 2. Power Sports Indoor RV & Boat Storage, Corona, California. 951-603-0884. They are about 30 minutes from either the Orange County airport or the Ontario airport. Both facilities are clean, fully secure, and can provide power if needed. Happy travels, Tim
  15. Hi JT, Highway 101 is an easy drive through gently rolling hills all the way from San Luis Obispo to Ventura. You won't have any troubles on 101 either north or south of Santa Barbara. There are road repairs going on in Santa Barbara, so expect delays in the city itself. The coast road (Highway 1) is another story. It is very challenging south of Monterrey through Big Sur and south to Morro Bay. That road is NOT recommended for large motorhomes. If you don't have reservations in the Santa Barbara area, let me suggest Ocean Mesa RV Park. Its about 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara, has a wonderful view of the ocean, is clean with full hookups, and a nice cafe. There are also good view spots (without hookups) at El Capitan State Beach in the same area. Happy travels, Tim
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