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  1. Thanks everyone. I'll contact A&E next week. I'll have it all fixed up by the time I put the RV away for the winter. Hi Linda, it's always good to hear from old friends. It's hard to imagine that it was 10 years ago when Sharon and I were fulltimers and out roaming this great nation. Are you guys still on the road? I think I remember that you changed RVs some time ago. But I've slept since then so who knows? Hi Kirk, I'm sitting here out here on the porch with a Lee Bottom tee shirt on enjoying the cool breezes this morning overlooking the corn and the beans growing all around us. As you know we have had our share of medical issues so our RVing is somewhat limited these days. I used to see Ginger every month at the Beekeepers meetings but I had to give all of my hives away and she's off on other adventures so I don't see her much anymore. Do you and Pam still have your place in TX? Two years ago we went back to Chekika in the Everglades just for a look-see and it is totally abandoned again. Completely overgrown and infested with gators and pythons. What a shame, we put a lot of work into that place. Later
  2. A few years ago we radically downsized to a used 27ft. class C Minnie Winnie that we really like. All of the awning fabric will need replacement at the end of this summer season. The awnings are A&E brand and the patio awning has the aluminum cladding at the top. In my research I have found that the cladding type is propriety A&E design and that A&E may be the only place to find a replacement. I have looked and looked and looked and cannot find out if I can buy replacement fabric directly from A&E. Can you guys tell me if I can purchase directly from A&E or any other vendor? Thanks, Boogity
  3. Thanks folks. I'll continue to mess with it but not now . . . it's 2°F outside and the wood stove inside feels gooooood.
  4. Thanks guys. I made and used the two "U" shaped coat hangar wires. Everything worked OK until today when I realized that the left side of the radio is hanging up on something from behind. I really don't want to get up under the dashboard but maybe I will have to pull the engine cover out. Nothing is easy is it.
  5. In our Winabago MiniWinnie the radio has quit working. After checking the obvious things like fuses without success I would like to remove the radio for further investigation. There are 2 small holes on each side to the radio faceplate that tell me that there must be a tool or a way to release the radio mounting device to allow the radio to be removed by sliding straight out. I have tried many things in my toolbox and in my shop without any luck. Do any of you have experience with this type of radio installation? I have a picture but can't figure out how to include it in this post without sending it to a photo website. This just ain't my day. This might work . . .
  6. No I can't return it Ron. It's several years old and I used in my previous toad. I'll keep looking into the situation. Thanks for your assistance.
  7. RonMon - do you know how the power brakes would work if the Hydra-Boost power steering pump is not working while being towed? The SMI Stay-n-Play system uses a very small pneumatic piston to press the brake pedal when the motorhome brakes are applied. The vacuum pump in the S-n-P system makes the brakes much easier to apply allowing them to use a tiny piston whereas the other type systems (Brake Buddy, Patriot, etc.) do not have a vacuum pump and therefore need a much bigger piston to apply considerably more force to the brake pedal. I need to get busy on getting ready to hit the road and now I'm facing some confusion. Murphy's Law.
  8. I have an SMI Stay-n-Play tow vehicle brake system out in the garage that I had planned to install into my 2010 Toyota Tacoma. Yesterday, while re-reading the installation instructions I discovered that a vacuum type braking system may not be compatible with vehicles that have HYDRA-BOOST power brakes. The 2010 Tacoma has HYDRO-BOOST brakes. Today I called SMI and talked to a technical guy who told me that all I need to do is cut off the vacuum hose that comes out of the Stay-n-Play unit. And do not connect the Stay-n-Play vacuum hose to anything. What???? He did not impress me with his knowledge nor his experience. I have a $1,000 system out there on my workbench and I would certainly like to use it if possible. Do any of you folks have experience using a Stay-n-Play system on a vehicle with HYDRA-BOOST brakes? Sheesh! This stuff was much simpler when I set up my previous rig.
  9. Man! I must be loosing it. Last night I typed a response to the replies form you guys and when I came to check tonight I see that my response is not here. I'll bet I did not hit "post" before I closed the forums. Duh! I'll try again . . . Kirk - I think you are correct, every vehicle with power steering I have ever tinkered with has had mechanical connections from the steering gearbox to the steering linkage and the hydraulic power steering piston was simply an assist. I'm fairly certain that it is still that design on today's vehicles. Today I jacked the front wheels off the ground on my Tacoma and with the steering wheel locked I could move the wheels only a small amount. Dutch_12078 - I'll keep your reply in mind when I make my decisions over the next few weeks. Thanks.
  10. @Dutch_12078 Do you have a supplemental transmission oil pump for towing on your RAV-4? We have a 2008 RAV-4 that we could tow. It has a bazzillion miles on it and I would rather tow it than the pickup. And I would not have to install a driveshaft disconnect. Yeaaaa!
  11. Thanks for the replies folks. I also posted this same question on the Tacoma Owner's Group website forum and received several different answers. But one of the replies stated exactly what Al Florida posted above . . . he said that he always tows his off-road 2008 Tacoma with the steering wheel locked and the ignition keys in his pocket. He explained that he discovered that the key lock on the steering column only locks the steering wheel and not the front wheels of the vehicle. I think I'll look into that a bit further. When I think about it (hard thing for me to do) the steering wheel shaft simply controls hydraulic valves in the power steering system and hydraulic pistons move the tie rods left and right. So maybe he's right. I'll have to experiment later today. I also have a request for info. from Toyota as well as the driveshaft disconnect mfg. (Remco).
  12. Hi everyone. We've been off the road for several years and now we are planning to start RVing again in a much-reduced capacity. I'm planning to tow my 2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner pickup truck (two wheel drive) behind a MiniWinnie class C motorhome. I have towed several vehicles in the past 15 years and I'm familiar with many of the requirements for towing. I can purchase and install the driveshaft disconnect equipment, the towbar hitch (baseplate). The brake/turn signal lights and braking system is a piece of cake. My primary concern is whether I would need to remove certain fuses while traveling. As most of us know, the ignition switch must be in the "on" position to release the steering wheel lock while towing and this causes a drain on the battery. Many vehicle manufacturers publish info. on what fuse (or fuses) to pull but I can't find the Toyota information. Any help out there? Thanks.
  13. ON TELEVISION TODAY, A DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVE POINTED OUT THAT WHEN OBAMA HOLDS A RALLY 25-30,000 PEOPLE SHOW UP, WHEREAS, WHEN McCAIN HOLDS A RALLY, HE ONLY DRAWS 10-15,000. THE REPUBLICAN SPOKESMAN REPLIED, "THAT'S BECAUSE McCAIN'S SUPPORTERS ARE AT WORK."
  14. We went to breakfast at a restaurant where the 'seniors' special' Was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $1.99. 'Sounds good,' my wife said. 'But I don't want the eggs.' 'Then, I'll have to charge you two dollars and forty-nine cents Because you're ordering a la carte,' the waitress warned her. 'You mean I'd have to pay for not taking the eggs?' my wife asked incredulously. 'YES!!' stated the waitress. 'I'll take the special then.' my wife said. 'How do you want your eggs?' the waitress asked. 'Raw and in the shell,' my wife replied. She took the two eggs home.
  15. My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion, and I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table. My wife asked, "Do you know her?" "Yes", I sighed, "She's my old girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn't been sober since." "My God!" says my wife, "Who would think a person would be able to go on celebrating that long?"
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