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  1. Dollytrolley

    DRV (Pre-Thor) vs New Horizons

    I do not have a dog in this fight, but, having done a fair amount of Weight & Balance calculations on several DRV units I can state that the tankage (fresh, grey, black, propane) in the DRV often has the POTENTIAL to overwhelm the listed legal carry capacity (payload) of the units with minimal food and personal gear in the units. The POTENTIAL non-tankage-payload limitation is further compromised by the fact that is somewhat difficult to obtain a normal Balance due to the fact that the DRV tends to carry fairly light percentages of pin weight relative to the total weight of the unit since the majority of DRV owners need / desire to tow with pickup trucks that are load limited to near max even with the fairly light pin weight common on many DRV units......... Did Jack mentioned....... trade-offs......... Of course with careful weight management one might keep fresh, grey, black and propane levels low to save weight for somewhat higher payload potential however .........how low do you want to go with your tanks???? Chad hits the nail on the head........more carry capacity (3rd axle?) and better balance would be nice....... Drive on.........,(RV trade-offs......,.,how much money saved is......too much saved?)
  2. Dollytrolley

    Ground hog lied

    L. L. Yes indeed the .....dream......of the perfect year around home is......a "dream"......that a bit elusive so far.... When I was a bird-boy we had a winter home in Tucson that worked fine for..... Dollymama.......she rode Annie (horse before Dolly) ......while I flew daily the the WORST darn weather in North America or S. America or Europe or, or, ..... anyhow Tucson worked well except...... summer......is REALLY SUMMER......HOT.....and then MONSOON season would make Florida seem dry....... After flying in blizzards to remote locations for several days and then flying in from weather from the frozen North to arrive in balmy Tucson at 11:20 PM ......I would be a bit tired and need some warm desert time..... except....in 42 hours I was due to land in Moosebutt MT in another blizzard to pick up someone or something to fly to some other bad weather location......some days we flew to locations because the roads were closed due to bad weather.....gee .....boy oh boy gee this is going to be a delightful flight today.... Once in a while Grumps would fly along on a bad weather trip and would mutter....."too bad you were too poor a driver to drive a truck ......but I suppose flying is easy enough for you to make a little money to survive" Still looking for that year around location..... Drive on.......(Grumps was right..... except......when he was wrong....) .
  3. Dollytrolley

    Ground hog lied

    L. Lott, Thanks for the offer for sending some white junk to the kids.........but the local weather man says tonight it WILL snow FIVE FEET for sure on the Santiam just West of town and very likely be SIX FEET of NEW SNOW by morning........... Kids are 40 now so.......snow is starting to be a royal pain..... SIX FEET in one night is not much fun but years ago we lived just West of Sisters, Oregon on the McKenzie pass highway where the snowblowers turned around........One night it snowed EIGHT FEET........It took a hour with a D-8 Cat dozer to clean out our 200 ft driveway we drove to Redmond pulled a airplane out of the hanger .......Flew to Seattle......Caught a flight to Hilo hung out with some old school friends for two weeks then returned to our Sisters home..........that night a little storm blew in and only dropped SEVEN FEET of new snow....... With the old D-8 dozer I got lazy .........at the end of our drive way I would just push the snow berm out into our North horse pasture and just make a ramp of packed snow to push more and more snow as it kept piling up in the driveway with each fresh snowfall......eventually as winter turned into spring (2nd Oregon-winter) the packed 80Ft long X 15 Ft high ramp turned into a........Blue-iceberg in the pasture........people would stop in the middle of the road to gaze at the "iceberg" in June..........as the 'berg" melted it irrigated the pasture enough that we did not have to sprinkle the pasture until August that year (92)......... The only daylight we had in the house for three months were the living room window on the South side and Kitchen window on the North side that we kept dug out for fire escape......... People wonder why we like Death Valley camping in the winter just need to spend a winter in our old Sisters home........ Drive on.........(FIVE FEET is plenty of SNOW for........ one night)
  4. Dollytrolley

    Ground hog lied

    Run W P .......we hear ya........shucks here on the edge of Death Valley I was in the middle of my geezer nap in the Zero-Chair and a cloud the size of a VW bus blew by the sun and I had to put my socks on to paddle over to get another Dr. Pepper...... Plenty of snow in the high peaks around Death Valley but so far Hawaii shirts work fine..... Our kids up in Bend, Oregon finally have enough white stuff to ski on and on .....and.....on Drive on.............( S N O W ..............4-letter-word)
  5. Dollytrolley

    Why use a HDT to haul your smart ......

    S S,..........no worries .....just have wife drive the Smart .......and have her ride in the Smart........til ......unload time ...... Drive on .......(stand way back at .unload) ...
  6. Gee......most days my manure pitchfork is plenty big enough.........however for this thread......might need a much larger manure-fork.... Perhaps I just declare .......everyone wins.......have a large Crown Royal with a splash of Dr. Pepper........kiss and make-up.... Drive on........(Bingo......Offense is now .......Defended or ....whatever...)
  7. Dollytrolley

    Unloading front axel?

    We can all toss buff-chips on the fire till the cows come home but the truth is that for the most part HDT RV rigs seem to get by without much attention to Weight & Balance since the hardware is fairly robust and seldom have steer tires failed ....... My "no-tire-exceeding-80%-of-sidewall-load-rate" has served me well......so far, so good...... the 80% rule is easy on the drivers but it can be a bit more critical on the steer tires but can be attained by paying attention to balance. Now of course being a "Geezer" I can make (and break) my own rules but it can be a bit sobering to drop by any HDT body shop and on most days you will likely see one or more truck missing a complete fender and headlight due to a steer tire failure......bad juju.........best not wonder back behind the body shop where the HDT that lost a steer tire turned turtle and lost the fender and the top of the cab. Unlike most commercial trucks we tend to carry fairly light loads and IF we pay a bit of attention we can also carry well balanced loads as well....... Drive on.........(Stay well ........balanced)
  8. Children ....... children......go stand in your corners.......let Dolly make everyone happy again........ So a few weeks ago......we were horse camping out in no-mans-land and a scumbag yahoo tried to get a bit ........aggressive and threatening toward me at camp.....so......not having any shooting-iron handy is simply picked up my trusty Manure-Pitchfork and gave it a .........DEFENSIVE-TWIRL...........guess what??.........yep the yahoo froze-mid-stride.............that is how DEFENSE is supposed to work....... Now pay attention.......ya see IF..........IF........the Scumbag Yahoo had taken TWO step more toward me then it was HIGHLY LIKELY that the old Manure Pitchfork would be a VERY OFFENSIVE Weapon indeed..........A Pitchfork with fresh manure on the tines is VERY OFFENSIVE........ Now as I recall Phil has mentioned that packs "heat" often while he is on the "job" , but most days he tends to task the heat in a defensive manner ........now a couple times in the past I have made Phil a bit grumpy and he might have had a few ......OFFENSIVE ponderings about me but so far he has remained restrained...........NOW, while I have never met Phil face to face, I have met a few chaps like him, and trust me, you get a bit too offensive and I'll bet Phil can get darn OFFENSIVE right back in return......... Now I have been shot at and hit, so I am a expert on being on the wrong end of OFFENSIVE, but the guy was a very poor shot so mostly scared me into deep defense. So carry a trusty Manure Fork (Used) and it's very easy to have both Defense or Offense or...........you can also pitch manure..... so.... with that explanation I deem this subject ready for the .......manure pile Drive on.......(some items are offensive.....some are defensive....and some is just ......manure)
  9. Dollytrolley

    Unloading front axel?

    And did I miss the steer axle and driver weights with the Ford Explorer on the HDT deck? And what was the steer and drive axle weights with the Escape on the HDT deck and only 50 Gal of diesel? Drive on..........(Heavy ........subject)
  10. Dollytrolley

    Unloading front axel?

    DM ......that IS the rattlesnake in the room........ Over many, many HDT RV Wt & Bal Calcs.......I have observed that it IS the BOBTAIL numbers that sometimes point to a NOSE-OUT-OF-BALANCE rigs......few are dangerous, but some would likely not be much fun with hard braking on a corner or slick road. HDT's often encounter less than ideal loadings........the nut behind the wheel is supposed to consider the loading and take care to not operate past the edge of the truck limits of handling...... Drive on..........(don't fall on your......nose)
  11. Dollytrolley

    Unloading front axel?

    After several decades of almost getting killed by out-of-balance-thingy-ma-jigs of various flavors (Cranes, Boats, Barges, Aircraft, Trailers, Etc, Etc...) and HAVING to ACTUALLY calculate ACTUAL Weight & BALANCE ......I......have simply given up being amazed at the "urbin-Leg-inz" that abound when a bunch of folks start .........using the "Thumb-in-the-air" method to arrive at ........"Truck / Trailer-out-of-balance-wild-A$$-Guesstimatez"......... Take this to the bank..........It is WAY, WAY, easier to hit TEN holes-in-one's at Pebble Beach than arrive at accurate with the “thumb-in-tha-air-method"Truck / Trailer Weight & Balance........BUT.......how much does it matter? ? How much does it really matter with a HDT / RV combo? ? Most of the time it …...Likely…..HDT Balance matters not much history seems to say. I the real world commercial heavy trucks wonder around with infinate load AND balance conditions and a LOT of scales abound on the sides of roads to check the ……...Balance……. of commercial trucks. Oh ya once in a while some trucks wonder onto the scale over-weight but far more often the out-of-balance is the problem that bites the trucker in the butt. I used to cobble up more than a few RV weight & Balance calculations for mostly Truck and Trailer RV combos from LGT's, MDT's, and HDT's but for the last year or so my Wt & Bal Calc gig has dropped off to a nothingburger…….obviously I have …….solved RV Weight & Balance “problems” …….so…...next time you meet a F-150 rocketing by you at 77 MPH hooked to a 38 ft 5er with a Hog clamped to the back bumper…….smile…..rest easy…...maybe the chap has his WEIGHT and b a l a n c e calculated to the finely-tuned- edge to assure safe operations…….oh ya….. Just scatching my head I looked over a couple hundred HDT weight and Balance calcs and threw a dart to find a example of front axle …...load / unloading….so…. Bit more than a year or so ago a fellow was in the process of buying a NEW HDT to RV with and the classic ……..”what will my axle weights be with 29 different hitch-smartcar-Hog-Drom-toolbox-Etc-42Ft fiver-hitched…..AND…..unhitched…..question was pondered. So…….Scrap being…..Scrap, sent me THREE brand-spanking-NEW-Kenworths to cobble some weight a balance calculations with….. Here is just one, of too many weight and balance calcs of one of the KW's Example: 2017 KW 205” wheelbase with hitch at 241 inches aft of steer axle. Empty: steer axle= 9,460 Lbs (64.27 %) Avg Drive Axle (Center of tandems) 5,260 Lb (35.73%) total WT= 14,720 Lbs Empty WT , With trailer hitched with 3,620 Lb hitch pin loading: Steer= 8,286 Lbs (45.18%) Avg Drive Axle = 10,054 Lbs (54.82%) Total WT= 18,340 Lbs. Sota a nothingburger…… so…...as I recall from a few hundred RV calculations my comment is that…. few IF ANY steer axles were unloaded very much…..BUT more that a few were pretty darn heavy at times when bobtale….. Being a geezer and having seen a LOT of tire rubber flung-off-in-the-ditch I have a personal rule that I try to not exceed by 80% that the sidewall tire load rating of ANY tire on the RV….. I have seen several RV combos that were +100% of steer tire load rating…...grim….. Drive on…….(steer with…..care)
  12. Dollytrolley

    Service Dogs?

    This evening, Dollymamma and I had dinner with Mr. Cob and his bride and having been around Newt and seeing the effect that dog has with Dave is really stunning. On the way to dinner Dave mentioned the sadness that he has when he sees someone "gaming" service-dog rules and the sad and harmful effects that folks that game the system with fake-service-dogs. Over thirty years ago my young twin daughters were puppy-raisers for Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) of San Rafael, California. Over two thousand puppy-raisers are a key part of the GDB program and these young people are charged with care and socializing so vital in giving these young dogs the start in life that is the basis of what will likely be the most amazing help that many blind people will ever have to be able to lead a active life.........more than life changing....... it often is life itself. Perhaps it might be appropriate at this point to consider the stated view of fake-service-dogs as stated by GDB: Q: What is GDB's position on fraudulent service dogs? Guide Dogs for the Blind does not agree with, nor does it support the training or use of fraudulent service dogs. Personal testimonies from many of our clients demonstrate that fraudulent service dogs pose a variety of challenges for people with disabilities who travel with properly trained service dogs. Some of these challenges include safety, health, and dog attack risks, as well as the erosion of the positive image of a formally trained service dog in the eyes of business owners and the public. Fraudulent service dogs pose a fundamental threat to the access, independence, and mobility that service dogs enable. Guide Dogs for the Blind is aware of the hazards and complications fraudulent service dogs pose to an officially designated working dog. A “fraudulent service dog,” is any dog that is not formally trained to perform a specific service to assist a person with a disability. The three major laws that give access to a service dog and a person with a disability are the Americans with Disabilities Act; Fair Housing Act; and The Air Carrier Access Act. There is a lack of consistency between these major pieces of legislation, which provides incentives for people to train and use fraudulent service dogs. There is no established federal or state administrative body to set and enforce rules pertaining to service dog regulations. Drive on..........(Be careful........how much is too much to "game" the "system" folks.......)
  13. So few days ago Dave , his Bride Donna, and attack-mutt Knewt limps into Last Chance Peak Dolly Paint Horse Kamp for a bit of RV repair and grease slinging………. Dave claims to be retired but he made me EXHAUSTED just taking a peek a couple of times as he yanked ALL six wheels of the Toy Hauler and cleaned and repacked the bearings and then replaced some axle shackle bolts……..I could easly ran the job into 8 to ten days no problem…... Dave is REAL serious about his “Retirement” so he has “Serious-Toys” and perhaps the most serious 'Toy” is the……..Can Am “Rock-Rocket” If you want to “Re-Live” some of the really “Stupid-Dumb-Stunts-of-your-youth” you need to take your favorite credit card down to the local Can Am joint and throw the credit card on the counter and yell……..”Give me one of those Mr. Cob(b) Electric-Blue-Rocket-Rocket-Spaceships……… We blasted out of Kamp with the “yellow-geezer-key” inserted in the Rock Rocket so we only pulled enough G's to get into mild grey-out……..With the “Green-hold-my-beer-key” inserted the full afterburner is engaged and you will need Kevlar Rachet Straps cinched tight to keep your pacemaker in place…….. Of course being engineered for geezers the Rock-Rocket has no less than T W E E N T Y - T W O INCHES of suspension travel so it glides smooooothly over bowling-ball-size-boulders at Mach 1.3 and you don't spill one drip of Dr. Pepper…….. Somewhere I have a old pressure-suit and that might be what is needed to deal with the “Green-Key” but just blasting around crushing rocks on Last Chance Peak makes up for most of the trouble of getting to be a geezer………… Now with far less to loose…... all you have to do is wonder down to your local Can Am joint and throw a credit card on the counter and bellow………...”get me one of those Electric-Blue-Rocket-Rockets like you made for Mr. Cob(b)” Who says you can't teach a old dog bad tricks………. Drive on………...(Rock Rockets……….Relive your miss-spent-youth) Rock Rocket on the edge of the center canyon cliff at Last Chance Peak Chocking the wheel on the cliff edge Dave enjoying a Yacht ride at Last Chance Peak Yacht Klub (Bayliner built about 14 miles from Daves WA home )
  14. Dollytrolley

    Hmm.........Old Goat again.

    Dollymamma takes a quick gander at Dollymamma takes a glance at those two images.........grins and says.........."you bunch of old geezers need some more Geritol with a splash of Crown Royal.......IT'S a Charm-Braclet-Smiley-Face-With-Mouth-Open-And_Big-Eye......IT will look OK hanging around the old goats neck but will clash with his eyeglass frames.........perhaps some 1-inch thick frames water-jetted-to-match-the-smileee-face" Drive on.............(Henry gets some.......charm)
  15. Dollytrolley

    50th wedding anniversary

    Hmmmmmm..........so perhaps I might take a few clues from you Henry & Crew....... Some years ago Dollymama decided to ride Dolly at the central Oregon coast at one of the longest sand beaches at Wakonda Beach Airstrip so we purchased the East side of the Airport and needed some........"home-care-Items" for her anniversary..........you know like a 9K mini-excavator.......F750 5-yard dump truck..........Bobcat Skidsteer.........ALL match-painted in her fav-colors........... Here is some X-pert-Advice..........when you buy your wife a 1963 F-750 Five-Yard-Dump Truck for her anniversary.......buy one with POWER STEERING.........she drove it very well but turning it at 30,000 lbs was not always an option.......... Drive on.............(Power steering is always a good.........anniversary option)
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