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About mike.meneldil@gmail.com

  • Birthday 09/22/1962

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  1. Thank you for your input. Sorry if I created any confusion. When I said that the Jeep is All Wheel Drive (AWD), I should have been more clear. It is a 4-wheel drive vehicle that uses the Quadra-Drive system. It is not changeable between 2-wheel and 4-wheel mode (4WD is always on). The tires all have to be very close to the same circumference, otherwise damage can occur to the differential as a result of excessive stress on the gears. Also, the transfer case has a neutral setting so that the vehicle can be towed. If I had it to do over, I would have focused just on the tow system (other than to state I plan to tow wheels down and that I've confirmed that the vehicle can be towed). Roadmaster is certainly one of the major brands and I've heard good things about them. It is definitely under consideration. Any thoughts about Demco? I mention that because the dealer where I purchased the rig carries this brand (and therefore advocates it). I've heard good things about it and Blue Ox as well. Are they all about the same in quality, or do you believe one really stands out? Also, any recommendations as to where to purchase (e.g., a store versus online, direct versus store, etc.) would also be appreciated. Thanks, Mike
  2. Hello. I need to purchase a first-time towing system for a 2008 Monaco Diplomat 40SKQ. We plan to tow a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I'm planning to tow with all four wheels down because the AWD transmission requires even tire wear (a dolly that transports the Jeep with two wheels up does not support this, and I'd also have to deal with finding a place for the dolly when not in use). I'm open to alternative thoughts on this. My main question, however, is what tow bar system should I use (e.g., Blue Ox, Demco, etc.)? As you know, there's quite a number of brands out there and it's hard to wade through all the competing information. I'm hoping that some of you have (or know of someone who has) a similar setup and can provide some suggestions based on your experiences. Any recommendations regarding a braking system for the Jeep would also be appreciated (bonus request). Thanks, Mike
  3. Thank you both for your help. When I did it this time I realized I had not saved it properly. - Mike
  4. Thank you for your responses. I have tried to add RV info like the rest of you do at the bottom of your posts but haven't been able to figure it out yet (I already posted a note for help in the newcomer section). Since you ask, it is a Monaco Diplomat. It seems the dealer is working to get back some profit by offering additional services. I don't blame him - it's a tough economy. I had already decided to skip the extended warranty. Your input on the exterior treatment has made up my mind on that, too. You'll note I was already skeptical; now I plan to pass on that offer as well. I appreciate the bonus input on the cover. I was debating that, too, but didn't specifically mention it. I also was wondering about rub/wear marks. Plus, it would be quite a chore to get a cover on such a large vehicle. Regards, Mike
  5. Hi. I'm brand new to this site. I tried to follow your advice regarding adding a signature. Evidently, I'm not getting it. I filled in information in a couple of places as to what I'm driving, but it doesn't show up when I post. Would someone please provide the specific path I need to follow for adding a signature? Thanks, Mike
  6. Hi. This is my first post (I just joined your site a short while ago). I did a search in the forums for this topic, but couldn't find anything on it, so I'm posting this. I am purchasing a Class A motorhome from a dealer. Although it is a 2008 model, it has not been sold before (other than to the dealer). The dealer is pushing an extended warranty as well as something called an Environmental Protection Plan. Basically, this involves a Teflon "Scotchguard" type application on the interior and some type of applied chemical (also Teflon based) on the exterior to provide "UV protection and original factory luster" for seven years. The price for all this $1,795 ($1,095 for just the exterior). I'm skeptical. My wife and I feel we can take care of any interior treatments ourselves; however, the exterior treatment as described to me is beyond my capabilities. What do you think? Is there any value in this? I figure if I keep it washd and waxed and use a cover when feasible, I should be OK. Nonetheless, I don't claim to be an expert, so your input would be appreciated. Thanks, Mike
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