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    CA, AZ, MT, OH, NY and all points in-between
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    Challenge Square Dancing; RV travel; camping near the beach *anywhere* (eg, Big Sur, Pacific Coast, Mississippi River in northern Alabama, Virginia Beach & Outer Banks)

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  1. donf888

    National Interstate Insurance

    Hey Valerie, We got our HDT & NH 5'er covered thru FCIS -- Farm & City (in Iowa), when Trese was still there... she knew how to get'er done with "agreed value" coverage on both! This happened (in 2013?) when Nat. Interstate discontinued 3-axle HDT coverage. I priced out Blue Sky as well, they were competitive; issues with Miller and others had to do with our LLC ownership in MT. Good luck, glad to learn you're okay & using your rig! Miss seeing you guys! Cheers,
  2. donf888

    BluDot adjust brake pressure & maintenance

    Jack -- Thanks for that info; it's encouraging to learn that a set of pads should last ~50k miles. For me, the concern wasn't the potential for blow-out (of the calipers), it's with the short life span of the brake pads I've seen... around 10-15k miles uses over half of the pad's thickness. I've now(?) learned (from Glenn) that there is likely a 4psi application pressure with zero braking pressure -- which might be the source of the reduced life span... just trying to find a solution that will help increase the life expectancy to (at least) the 30-40k miles range. FYI, we are, generally, religious about bleeding down the tank when parked... occasionally, may have parked one night without bleeding (but rarely). -Don
  3. donf888

    BluDot adjust brake pressure & maintenance

    As I mentioned earlier, my limiting valve is the RV-1 --- and it is set to 80 psi. My concern parallels Dick T's experience, where there seems to be premature wear on the disc pads. I didn't know about the LQ-4 valve having a hold-off feature where it would only respond when tractor braking pressure exceeds 4 psi. The RV-1 applies the brakes in-sync with the brake pedal,,,, which has a definite and most-reassuring feel as all 14 wheels apply braking pressure at the same time and the same force. BUT methinks there may be some degree of constant pressure (in the under 4 psi range) that is causing the brake pads to have continuous, small-psi contact leading to the pads needing to be replaced every 10-15k miles (regardless of brake usage). AND, NOW, Scrap has me thinking maybe we need to consider placing the RV-1 on the control line (not the supply-to-the-tank)... to ensure capping the braking force. Hmmm? -Don
  4. donf888

    BluDot adjust brake pressure & maintenance

    Dick, Per Jack's tutorial (back in 2011, same as now) the LQ-4 was the "original" advice for Kodiak, but is superseded by the RV-1 --- and that's the one we have installed. It limits the RV's air tank to 80psi, and my main question is about reducing its application pressure so the pads will last longer. (I sent you PM, so you can share what you have with me directly --- my email is donf.sjc@gmail.com Thanks,
  5. donf888

    BluDot adjust brake pressure & maintenance

    Interesting... (Note to self: find a hold-off valve to keep at 0psi until I apply at least some braking pressure; any specific advice on what valve to get, and where?!?) Thanks, Dick. -Don
  6. donf888

    BluDot adjust brake pressure & maintenance

    Always,,, like a religion!
  7. donf888

    BluDot adjust brake pressure & maintenance

    Thanks to Jack & Henry, we learned the Bendix RV-1 pressure reducing valve was the way to go for my Kodiak brakes (they stipulated 100psi or less); mine was set to 80psi (outta the box) so left it alone. The RV-1 was in lieu of the previous advice to use LQ-4 reducer (per Kodiak). Now, some 6 years later (and several brake pad changes), it seems the pads wear down faster than I'd expect -- only 10k miles the last set to less than half material. Just thinking they're getting more pressure than needed, looking to extend their lifespan to (at least?) 20k miles. On original install with Henry, we followed Jack's advice, here: http://www.jackdanmayer.com/rv_projects_and_improvements.htm#Blu Dot -Don
  8. donf888

    BluDot adjust brake pressure & maintenance

    Ceramic pads -- not sure, whatever came from Kodiak (or Mor\Ryde)... will need to check.
  9. Hi All, Sorry for the long absence -- family & personal issues have had a major impact on my presence for awhile! I've had the BluDot conversion since 2011, and it works very well -- it seems abit too much/well. Brake pads on my disc brakes seem to be 50% worn around 8-10K miles. That seems abit more aggressive than needed (given the truck (23k) well out-weighs the trailer (19k)); our RV-1 regulator keeps the tank below 80psi. I'd like to reduce the wear-and-tear on brake pads, so am wondering if reducing the RV-1 to 70psi would accomplish that (or not!). Secondly, I recently noticed there is a maintenance advice in the documentation for the RV-1 valve; has anyone followed this advice -- if so, how often?!? We do about 10-15k miles per year (since we tend to go coast-to-coast), am thinking (like wheel bearing) this level of use would dictact once a year maintenance. Comments??? -Don
  10. donf888

    HDT Members On The Road, Including Their Current Locations

    Driving Hwy 1 (PCH) north from Morro Bay to Carmel. Is a sweet ride -- okay for us many times, at 64' it's no biggie! -Don
  11. donf888

    HDT Members On The Road, Including Their Current Locations

    Main St Station casino (in Vegas) has RV park, FHU, $25/nite, walking distance to Fremont St Experience. http://www.mainstreetcasino.com/ Monterey has Elks lodge with RV parking (members only); same deal in Salinas. Or, Watsonville has fairgrounds with camping spaces (if no big event is going on). Alternatively, check Day's End directory (SKP only subscription, $12/yr)... Contact Guy Gipson or the website ... http://www.daysenddirectory.com/ HTH! -Don
  12. donf888

    The Class-less Class

    P.s. We miss Yoda,,, wish you were here -- hope all is well! Don & Fannie
  13. donf888

    The Class-less Class

    We are (finally) safely ensconced in (sunny) valley of the Sun (east Mesa, AZ),,, our winter haven; 75' covered RV parking next to the house, full hookups for properly equipped full-timers. Here for 3 mos (sq/round dancing & MLB spring training), holler if you get close (en route to North Ranch, or Q, or whatever!).
  14. donf888

    ET Got a New Sled for Christmas!

    Nice, Henry! Glad to see u r moving around abit, ever so gingerly! P.s. My upgraded ET from 3 yrs back has performed perfectly to Alaska & back... roads up there are still better than Calif & Mich, BTW!
  15. donf888

    HDT Members On The Road, Including Their Current Locations

    P.p.s. FWIW, the b.s. I've had dealing with lost pads & broken calipers (no thanks to Kodiak!), we coulda had about 10k more dollars over the years -- disc brakes are huge over-kill with HDT toter, and potentially high maintenance (what with pads, calipers & rotors); I do love the BlueDot affect -- it's amazing to feel all 14 wheels grab at the same time, just not necessary if driving an HDT -- plain old electric brake drums, properly & cheaply maintained, woulda been just fine!@!