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  1. So, I did it. I ditched my Roadside Assistance and couldn't be happier - THAT DOESNT MEAN THIS IS FOR EVERYONE but for us it works and may for someone else. So after reading ALLLLL of the horror stories about the various companies out there I decided to do some research and figure out how to keep cash in my pockets vs giving to someone who may or may not be there for my and my family. Here is what I came up with: Good Sam was going to cost me $150 a year and If I need a tow once every 5 years that is about $750 for a tow that would general cost be maybe half that for the few miles they will tow me. As long as I have my towed, unless its Transmission or lower block issues I carry enough tools to go as far as ripping a cylinder head off if needed. Tie issues - well if I blow one I got to pay for the tire anyway so there service charge for them coming out to do it isnt worth the 150 bucks a year to Good Sam Here is the real kicker - THe Hartford who graciously insures us even after i sued them, HAD BETTER coverage for Motorhome/RV than Good sam with dedicated departments for us FOR FREE!!! Your heard me its included in the premium. I get Cash for interrupted trip, cash for lodging, rental car, Towing to the nearest qualified repair facility (No matter how far) AND ITS INCLUDED in my premium, So check your insurance companies offerings cause I was paying for something i got for free ANYWAY!
  2. I just wanted to leave some technical Installation notes in reference to a 2002 Jeep Liberty which should be good up to about 2006. I installed the Brake Buddy stealth made by Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation out of Emporia KS. The Brake Buddy stealth is a 3 part system consisting of a controller that allows on-the-fly adjustment of the brakes and a toad, and all in one adapter that's plug and go, with a built-in break away and a battery maintainer. The third component is a towed vehicle main unit that is installed under a seat or in the trunk and is designed to remove 100% of the weight off of the motor coach. On the Jeep Liberty they are three things that I need to specifically point out that will make your installation a wee bit easier however, the two to three hour time they claim it takes to install as false as it takes about 7 to 8 hours. I'm sharing that because if you have Camping World or some other outfit install this brake controller do not think it's going to be a two to $300 job to install it's probably going to be close to 8 or $900 especially if you do not have your lighting already pre-wired. The lighting alone potentially will run you $300 in labor to do correctly. Not to mention the seven and eight hours I'm talking about does not include the amount of money and time it's going to take to install the controller in the coach. Prayerfully you have a factory-installed harness which will make installation take 1/3 of the time but nevertheless it's still an hour to an hour and a half installation of the controller and to test it. My installation was done with minimal tools, 1/4 inch drive socket set, crimp pliers, a cable cutter, a Dremel style cut wheel and if you don't like screwdrivers under your panels a good panel separation kit from Harbor Freight and a small impact drill. The first thing I desperately need to point out is you must have an impact drill in order to do this installation because of regular drill simply does not have the power to install the self tapping screws. The self tapping screws that need to be installed on the pulley under the brake pedal will take some finagling and if you can only get one screw in it will be sufficient to hold everything together until you can actually drill for a second or third hole. The second thing I need to point out to you is the location of the main unit. It is easiest and best if it is installed in the trunk closest to the rear seats and you have to be careful where you drill because the wrong place will puncture the gas tank. Closer to the seat hinges puts you away from the gas tank. First drill holes closest to the split seat and look under the car to see where they come out. You can also peel back some of the carpet and drill for your ground. This is probably the most important because if you're not aware that it's going on it could potentially cause an accident. You have to use the largest check valve for the brake booster that is in the kit. No it will not be the correct size but the hose will stretch and fit over it. If you use the smaller check valve you will not have enough vacuum for the brake booster to assist you and breaking. The large black check valve will allow enough vacuum to come through. There is a grommet in the lower left portion of the driver side behind the carpet that you can punch out and run the wires for the main unit. Mine was already punched out because I installed an amateur radio transceiver so pulling the wires through was a bit easier. However if you have to knock that grommet out the five to six hours that it should have taken will take every bit of seven. It's going to be tough finding somewhere to mount the battery maintainer and the brake booster. I mounted my brake booster with wire ties directly next to the master cylinder. In fact, a portion of the wire tie goes around the master cylinder where the brake lines come out. It's fine if it's mounted there just make sure you do not have wires touching the cylinder head on the driver side. The battery maintainer is mounted on a support directly behind the grill with a wire tie. One big wire tie and it won't move at all. Lastly, when you install the controller and the front of the Jeep, you have to run wires for your lighting and terminate them with the appropriate plug because this system will plug right into that. If done right and you have to install the brake lighting as well as Punch The Grommet it will take 7 to 8 hours to install.
  3. So ... camping world tried to tell me they could do it faster and I flat out told them ”I can install with the best of them and this installation done CORRECTLY is a 7 to 8 hour job for one person. 2 people could do it in 3 but there is no way y’all measure faster than someone who can measure” got the dumb look. Pound for pound I like this permanent mounted break as it’s as close to “proportional” as I could get less than a Grand
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    Ditched my Towing and Roadside Assistance

    Your right but what I am not doing is paying for it 2xs.
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    New to forums.

    DUDE Your bus is awesome. Hope we get to be in the same campground one day. I love looking at bus conversions.
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    2002 cat 3126 Journey DL will not start

    Shuuuu dont tell anyone! Especially that JLeamont GUY LOL!
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    Proof motorhomes don't float.

    it will buff out
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    Bridge clearance - Busted Kenwood DNX571TR

    Perfect example of this is Luray KOA in Virginia. The campground website tells you exactly how to come in cause the back road is tighter than spandex on a three hundred pound man.
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    2002 cat 3126 Journey DL will not start

    Afternoon to ya .. I have a friend that had a similar issue with is CaT motor from that year on a freightliner Chassis He did find a solution and if I can get Fred on the phone tonight Ill relay what his solution was. Not sure if it will help but at this point information is information.
  10. I cant be the only Amateur Radio Op that throws an antenna in the air when camping. I try to sneak one in a tree or on the flag pole every chance I get. I even had a 40M dipole up in Disney!!! Anyone of my other fraternal ham brothers and sisters flinging wires in tree when they camp? de KE3HAY
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    Seeking participants for new magazine feature

    I turned to the FMCA family in 2016 when i was looking for my Coach because they SPECIALIZED in Coaches and Motor Coaches only! Like Joe who clearly stated they joined to meet people of common interest, I purpose of ME being here was to find people who were interested in the SAME THING i was interested in, a MOTORCOACH where I can pull up to a traffic light, pretend i have an issue, turn my 4 way flashers on, get up, winkie in the head, get back in my drivers seat and pull off as if NOTHING at all Happened! If I wanted to talk about pulling into a rest area, getting out of my Truck, opening the door, turning on the water, WINKIE (unless I already did cause it took too long to find somewhere to stop) and do the reverse to get back in the truck and leave ... I would have joined IVR or one of them other sites for all Rv'ers. I said this in this manor to show you and everyone else that NO, a trailer is not ABSOLUTELY NOT like my coach so the focus no matter how you want to water it down IS NOT on Motorcoaches anymore nor can you say that the magazine will not be "less focused" because i doubt if you will add pages to accommodate as that cost more money! So to recapitulate the original purpose of the post, you want to include a feature that includes new members talking about their life - No OFFENSE, we live the RV life WE, (The Hayes Clan) are not really interested in someone elses because truthfully, the forum covers that already. I would rather have information about the latest innovation in toilets cause I have to buy one next week and that is more beneficial that talking about my life as the friendly neighborhood undertaker that likes to camp in the woods and tell campfire stories ... NOW I SOUND LIKE A CREEP! I want to meet families like I met Joe and his family, over some conversation here, at a campground, and awesome convo over the campfire as we sang rounds of KumBaya! As Joe eloquently stated, I am here to help the new guy. I now have a WHOLE YEAR under my belt and who better to help a newbie than someone who has made his fair share of newbie mistakes, remembers them like yesterday cause thats when most of them happened, and can help someone get through their mistakes, trials and issues. I have one thing to say to this, WELCOME TO THE USA where the little guy is told to speak but never heard or listened too. I thought we declared Independence from England in 1776???? Yet we act more and more like them each and every day! Ken, read my post, THERE IS a difference! Its kinda like the difference between PSK31 and RTTY - both use a sound card but thats where the similarities stop. Their process of operation is TOTALLY different ... yes both are digital modes but they take too different paths to achieve the goal and what we are arguing here is the PATH and Process not the end result. de KE3HAY Who gives them the authority ... I dont know, but I can tell you how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop! 364 according to a group of engineering students from Purdue University. Figured to was easier to answer that question then the one you asked!
  12. When you compare that to the 150K or even 15K you just spent on a coach ... its Nothing!
  13. What Joe Said is "More the Reason" why you want toad braking. I towed a Saab 2017 miles on a round trip journey to Orlando from Maryland We traveled down 95 with some time on 85 and 26 and I have to be 100% honest, I didnt feel the car back there. I really didnt "Feel" it when I was braking and lets face it, It was 1000lbs less weight behind me then the Jeep that we typically tow. Did I need brakes on the dolly to stop the car and the coach --- NO. Would I have been up (*&^ creek if the car got loose as a goose on the highway - sued beyond your mind. I installed the brake Buddy Stealth system because I dont have air brakes and after looking at the other systems, should the toad become separated from the Coach and the umbilical chord disconnecting automatically hits the breaks. It was a simple break away Supplemental system combo that uses Quasi proportional breaking and it wasnt $2000 bucks. The 800 bucks and the 7 hours of installation was worth the peace of mind.
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    Alternator not charging

    Speaking from the world of Gas Naturally aspirated engine knowledge - If you are that concerned I would get the alternator to a real genny shop not a Auto Zone or anything like that but someone who specializes in rebuilds of starters and Alternators. They will be able to tell you if the brushes are OK,and verify the diode and Voltage regulator are GOOD then go from there with trouble shooting. This way you are 100 sure you dont have a bad alternator. After that you have all the other options here.
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    Flat towing with motorhome

    Im kinda confused on this one. Spin as in someone is trying to drive the Truck while attached to the coach? Spin as in you left it in gear ... like if you neutralize the transfer case there is absolutely no way to supply power to the rear wheels for them to "SPIN" on their own. Are you towing it backwards? What kind if tow system do you have? All tires should turn and rotate as you go down the road so this question needs a bit more ................................ clear I guess is the best way to put it.
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    Masseys landing RV Resort

    Typically I always put my legs down when I have my awning out because the stress that it puts on the side wall of the coach can be detrimental as Joe has already pointed out. If you read the documentation that comes with it they do tell you to pull them off the wall. I can typically get my awning back up and out-of-the-way in about six minutes. I’ve been through a few storms with the awning out and if you supported appropriately and put the anti-flat straps on it can usually handle 30 mile an hour winds. Too much more than a regular summer storm like if they’re predicting 50 and 60 mile an hour winds I just won’t pull it out.
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    Masseys landing RV Resort

    So this is a quick post about Masseys landing resort in Millsboro Delaware. The resort sits right on the Indian river and has its own beach, beautiful swimming pool, bar in the swimming pool, and awesome tiki bar, a dog beach, plenty of sand, they cut rate on property, several restaurants, and did I mention enough booze to get a Philistine drunk. The only drawback to it and I think Joe can comment on this as well, there’s nothing Close to it meaning if you want to go to Rehobeth beach or do we beach or even get some pizza you’re gonna have to get back to the beaten path. Anywhere you go outside of the resort for recreation is every bit of a 30 minute drive. To get to the outlets 30 minutes, to get to Dewey Beach about 45 minutes, Rehobeth beach is about 35 minutes, and Lewes Delaware is about 45 minutes The local undertaker shop is about 25 minutes unless I happen to be camping beside you and then I’m just seconds away. If I’m not mistaken Joe never left the resort and everybody seem to be well pleased. I do have to venture off the property because someone forgot to pack the dog food and the DW found out that there was an outlet mall so I Found myself praying to God that he shut down the Internet so we would come back home with gas money. The only other drawback is the price, last year we stayed it was like $80 a night but now for the same weekend is looking like it’s going to be $120 a night and I’m not sure if they’re going to run a special or do something to attract people from last year but the cost plus the The fee that we pay to get into the crab feast may or may not be worth the effort. I think I can buy crabs and we just go hang out somewhere else a lot cheaper nevertheless, that doesn’t mean don’t go it just means understand before you get there if you want to put some money out that’s all. Here are a few pics that we took of the campsite and one of the beach
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    Masseys landing RV Resort

    Why thank you kind sir! The room was not State Park space, but it wasn't as tight as Disney's Fort Wilderness ... which by the way I wont go back to anytime soon, Even if its Free. There was a bunch of sand but its beach front so ... cant have a beach with out the sand. I just wish the people that were with me learned to take shoes off BEFORE getting in the coach. Unfortunately you cant yell at your mother, and she wouldn't let me yell at the kids, and the DW just ignores me. Go Figure! This is why I spend most of my camping time outside by the fire ...shaking my head cause I subject myself to the rigors of showing my family something different than the concrete jungle of Baltimore! In closing Mr. Manholt, This is why Man invented Beer! AND Masseys has plenty of it everywhere! You don't have to wine and dine a beer but I do the DW --- It comes in multiples of 6, Beer doesn't pout, If you mention a "three-hundred-fifty cubic-inch V8" around a beer, it won't think you're talking about an enormous can of vegetable juice, A beer is always ready to leave on time, Beer doesn't demand equality and MOST IMPORTANTLY a beer DONT CARE if I sit around and watch baseball all day. After all A beer doesn't think baseball is stupid simply because the guys spit. If you have ever met my babies, the Wife, and my mother you'll understand whyI love them AND Beer is my best friend at the campground! And if you ever met my Mother "OUT" Law you'll understand why i am always camping and never available for her to ask me ANYTHING!
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    Masseys landing RV Resort

    Thats How I know that Aint coffee ... Cause I had one too!!!! WE had a good time that weekend. Crabs were OK, the rest of the food was questionable at best.
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    Masseys landing RV Resort

    That Aint no Coffee!
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    Camping Without A Toad

    It’s new but it’s beautiful. Had a good time. If you want more detail I think Brett is right will start a new thread but it was nice.
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    Camping Without A Toad

    Pretty Much. All of my stuff is manual. My awning is manual and Jacks are hydro but sometimes I have to put one side on wood to help them out. I AINT MOVING THIS COACH once we at the campground. If I am there for a night, I may not hook up sewer depending on the situation (I travel with Women) Sometimes you can get a shuttle to places but Joe will attest, Williamsburg was one of those places we HAD to have a toad or we would have been ordering pizza and looking at each other in the pool.
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    Camping Without A Toad

    I dont see a significant difference with the Jeep but the Saab on a dolly ... I loose a few miles. I wont start that thread but I usually never leave home with out the toad. Maybe to get gas or something.
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    Camping Without A Toad

    My toad ... I never leave home with out it. It a wonderful Coach Pusher! Disney was the ONLY place --- and Massey's Landing in DE where I didnt need it. Everywhere else it was almost a necessity. If you want to eat, you need it, If you want to get beer (unless its a resort that has a store) you need it. IF you want to see the sights you kinda need it but keep in mind Uber cost more in most cases than a $2000 putter 5 speed with liability insurance. I have DW that likes Baskin Robins at 2AM so try getting a Lyft at that time of AM. I think Joe mentioned resorts like JellyStone and a few other places but lets face it, as soon as your kids get older and as soon as the DW gets the munchies its worth the few extra buchs in fuel to yank it down the road.
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