hone eagle

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  1. 'piece work' is the enemy of quality. when workers run from unit to unit slapping caulk and followed by the stapler the result is customer complaints, they expect the RV to be like their car. The big 3 eliminated piecework in the '80s ,added robots for the work that damaged bodies. Can the RV industry do the same? Will they ? or will a offshore company show the way?
  2. jake activation over enough time will turn on brake lights to warn following vehicles.
  3. remember your U.S. dollar goes 30% farther in Canada .Find one - find a broker to do the customs /import paperwork.Pick it up at the border or have it delivered. New could be a issue but a low mileage 'demo' is very doable. I live near the border and depending on the dollar exchange , cars go either one way or the other . Businesses cater to the demand and facilitate the flow - for a fee.
  4. wreckers use 1/2 " cable and if it breaks the car just drops to the ground.Though U tube has a bunch of vids when it happens on a slope. Carl has a legit concern.
  5. Winch straps are nylon I am pretty sure ,size it so it can act a shock absorber . Nylon is very very stretchy at over half working load. kind of goes against everything we believe in eh? but don't go 'overkill'. Ralf
  6. This is important to remember all the pounds of load breaking strength are assuming straight pull in line withe drum, any turns will reduce the working load ,too tight a turn (knots are turns) the life of the line is short. That said our loads are a small fraction of max, you could use a 6 part block and tackle and hand haul the smart up. No one in it ? We should use a safety line as a second fail safe 'stopper' to keep it from trundling across the campground in case the tow line breaks. (Iam still driving it up :-)
  7. Not to beat a horse too much Carl ,but what is the radii of the fair lead? How many degrees of 'turn' are you making over what distance?The winch manufacturer is assuming a straight line pull.
  8. elegant and affordable
  9. This^ and use the biggest sheaves practical,tight turns make high tech rope break sooner then old fashioned dacron(low stretch) or nylon (high stretch).
  10. Did they mention synthetic line doesn't break ..... it melts. If you look at the fibres with magnification they have melted ends.
  11. Carl Myself when it comes time to replace the wire I will look into the anchor / dock rope . Modern synthetics are designed to not stretch whatsoever ,high performance sailing is not what I need ,I want the shock absorbing characteristics of dock/anchor line ,also meant to be exposed to sunlight for years.I understand it might be too big in diameter however. A good line for us will be a synthetic with a dacron cover , what sailors call halyards- resist sun and abrasion and easy to splice, which retains most of the line strength.If you knot it research the most appropriate knot, each manufacturer has a recommendation.
  12. Oh I just remembered - knots reduce the line strength by 50%(Some knots are better then others) .If you need to maximize loading learn to 'splice' ,U tube has videos. Also the sheave diameter of the pulley(on our clearance arm) is critical, it is expressed in multiples of rope diameter.Thats why a bigger rope going over a small sheave is actually weaker in the long run.
  13. Isn't Dynema the chemical name ,like 'kevlar', amsteel is a manufacturers branding? Samson or New england ropes are the more popular companies with sailors spend time on marine/sailing forums they are the rope guys, or maybe the commercial tugboat people.
  14. I can feather my freedom line until I get the 'clutch temp alarm' ,it will slam if you are ham footed.