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  1. RickW

    2018 East Coast Rally.

    I just want to know why Carl arranged for that white stuff that fell from the sky last night and this morning .....
  2. RickW

    East Coast Rally Email- All Registrants

    Carl, If the majority of the people who did not receive the email are Gmail/Google users, you(David) can contact Gmail about getting "white listed". I periodically have to do this for my companies myself. Google is very aggressive about spam. It is estimated by some industry gurus that spam make up approximately 75% of all eMail sent. With the infrequency of you sending out blast eMails and not being white listed, Gmail assumed you were spam due to receiving multiple eMails with the same content basically simultaneously.
  3. RickW

    Good news for HDT's in CA (maybe)

    Just like the conversion process is going to very by state, so is the policy of issuing a new VIN. Texas for example does not issue a new VIN. When titling as a motorhome from truck, only the body type on the title is changed.
  4. RickW

    ECR Cooler Needed

    Carl, Finally back in town and got a chance to look. Will this work for you?
  5. RickW

    ECR Cooler Needed

    Carl, I should have what you need. Let me get back home and make sure it is still in the shop and somebody has not already helped themselves to it and I forgot who!
  6. RickW

    Proper Use Of Volvo Jake Brake

    The higher the RPM the more effective the brake will be. Also the lower the gear, the more effective the brake will be. In 10th @1500rpm the brake will seem gentle. In 5th @1500rpm it feels like it is going to throw you through the windshield when on high. As for position, I always found myself flipping between the two going down the grade. Basically when I was slowing down to a speed I felt was too slow, I would switch the position from high to low. On less steep grades I would often switch between low and off. What you will find is with the exhaust brake it is not a set and done. You are going to find yourself adjusting the setting frequently for the moment. Once you get it figured out on how it works best for you, you will find your foot is only on the service brake for complete stops.
  7. RickW

    Looking for generic rocker switches

    This is what I did: You can find the switches and several options in the WayTek catalog.
  8. RickW

    class A license form

    I bought a New Class A DP last year. I was never asked to sign or even told that I would need a minimum Class “B” to legal drive my new purchase. Of course I already had a Class “A”.
  9. RickW

    Wording on the title

    The procedure will very by state. In Texas, for example, I had to fill out an affidavit that states that I have done the conversion. Then file a transfer of title. The new title was issued as a "MH" instead of a "TK".
  10. RickW

    Flat tow automatic jeep

    My 2014 Wrangler is manual but as posted just put the transfer case in neutral and the transmission in gear and away we go!
  11. Send in Newt for the negotiations .... he is ruthless!
  12. RickW

    Why HDT + 5er vs Class A + Toad?

    As for the question of which is better, the answer is the one that works best for your lifestyle. We did 12 years in 5th wheels, 7 pulling with an HDT. 9 months ago we sold the HDT/5th and purchased a Diesel Pusher. There are +/- to both setups. In the end, it is our current lifestyle and the way we are currently traveling that make the DP a better choice for us. We miss our HDT but absolutely love our DP and do not regret making the switch. When trying to compare the difference between the two different setups, make sure you are doing an Apple to Apple comparison. For example, in my case I purchased a brand new motorhome. If we purchased a new 5th wheel, odds are we would not have purchased a new truck (nothing at all wrong with our old HDT), so it would have been much cheaper to purchase a new 5th wheel. But because we purchased new MH everything was new, including the drivetrain. So to purchase a new 5th wheel and HDT (for a Apple to Apple comparison) that would be equivalent to the MH purchase and would have put us in the same ballpark financially in the end. GVW/GCVW has to be looked at and closely watched regardless of which setup you decide on. In Mark's case he downsized so keeping all his stuff and keeping within his weight limits is now more challenging but he is now able to get into places he was previously unable to with his now shorter length. I on the other hand went from a 40' 5th wheel to a 45' DP with a tag axle. My GVWR is 49k. At the rally, I weighed in @ just under 43k. So I can carry more junk (as long as I distribute it correctly, I am currently at the limit for my front axle but I also have my tools and other heavy stuff towards the front that could be moved to the rear). I also now have a much longer wheel base and no longer bend in the middle. So getting into some of the same places are now more difficult than it was previously. Unless you are willing to pull doubles or have another driver follow with the toad, I do think the MH gives you more choices and flexibility over the HDT. Our HDT was setup for carrying a Jeep Wrangler. So we were limited to the Jeep or something smaller for a toad (so not many options). With a Smart car deck you are basically limited to just a Smart car. With the MH we can take the Jeep or the P/U. Witch ever is best for our needs for the trip we are making. Of course a 5th wheel toy hauler opens up the toad possibilities but a car that is parked in the living room is not an option (at least that is what I am told) around here. So like I said, the best one is one that fits your lifestyle.
  13. RickW

    Smart car electric vs gas

    As already pointed out one of the biggest hurdles with 100% electric car is going to be the range. Another hurdle could be the charging. You are most likely going to be limited to only charging using a 15a extension cord. While that works, it is vey time consuming in most cases. Most cars are designed to be charged using a charger that requires more power than you will have access to in most camp grounds. So using the quick charger is typically not going to be feasible. Another thing is not all camp grounds are going to allow you to charge your car. Or they may charge you an additional fee if they do. In their eyes, charging your car means you are using more electricity then they expect for the fees they are charging. On the upside, I have started to notice charging stations in some of the national parks. I am assuming that they are for public use but not positive. Also unaware of any fees for using them.
  14. RickW

    Smart car electric vs gas

    As already pointed out one of the biggest hurdles with 100% electric car is going to be the range. Another hurdle could be the charging. You are most likely going to be limited to only charging using a 15a extension cord. While that works, it is vey time consuming in most cases. Most cars are designed to be charged using a charger that requires more power than you will have access to in most camp grounds. So using the quick charger is typically not going to be feasible. Another thing is not all camp grounds are going to allow you to charge your car. Or they may charge you an additional fee if they do. In their eyes, charging your car means you are using more electricity then they expect for the fees they are charging. On the upside, I have started to notice charging stations in some of the national parks. I am assuming that they are for public use but not positive. Also unaware of any fees for using them.
  15. RickW

    A sporty Trolley?

    I thought I had seen it all ..... now this!
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