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46  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Bike Rack on: February 06, 2014, 06:41:33 pm
Heres another example of why I love this forum:

For six months Ive been thinking that no way could I haul bicycles on my bike rack with it attached to the rear of our PC and at the same time pull a toad because I thought that I would need to remove the bikes when we had to disconnect the toad before driving around the campsite.  Removing the bikes before moving the toad would be too logistically difficult.  Barry and Ron have helped me see some other possibilities.

First Barry told me that he can accomplish my desired task with his set-up and then Ron helped me see how I might maneuver the tow bar that was causing the problem in my attempts.

Ron, I had never thought of operating the tow bar in any way other than what I had always donepush the two arms together, lift them vertically, then fold them horizontally into the stored position.  From the photo you included in your last post, it looks like you usually leave  a part of the baseplate attached to the two tow bar arms when you disconnect your toad, and that keeps the arms in a triangle shape.  Thats something that I might like to do when I dont have my bike rack on the PC.  But, our bike rack is similar the Barrys (see his in the first photos in this thread) that has the dual track bars where the bike wheels sit.  Those track bars block lifting the tow bar arms up to vertical.   Your thoughts here of using a different approach helped me start thinking.

Perhaps instead of lifting the Roadmaster All Terain tow bar arms to vertical when I disconnect the toad, I could just push the arms together and then swing them right or left  horizontally to a position under the bike rack track bars.  The arms will not lock in that position, so I would need to strap them up to the track bars well enough to be able to drive the PC around in a manner suggested by Ron.

Barry, your photos show a tow bar the looks like a Blue Ox, so maybe that make it easier for you to disconnect your toad and drive the PC away without removing the bikes.  Am I right on that?  Any comment or suggestion on the possible plan Ive laid out above?

--Bruce
47  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Bike Rack on: February 06, 2014, 11:37:03 am
Barry,
Wow, I'd like to be able to stow the tow bar as you do.  My Roadmaster tow bar "arms" must be lifted and then folded to the side after the toad is disconnected.  My Saris bike rack is dual track like your rack, and it blocks my attempts to deploy or stow the tow bar when the rack is attached to the PC.
Your tow bar must operate differently, or I don't understand my options with mine.
Does this description make sense to you?  Maybe my solution is to buy a tow bar like yours.
Thanks for your help on this.
Bruce
48  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Bike Rack on: February 05, 2014, 01:00:58 pm
Barry,
Does your bike rack and tow bar set-up allow you to disconnect your toad and fold up the tow bar without taking the bicycles off of the rack?
--Bruce
49  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC from 5th wheel on: January 22, 2014, 03:52:36 pm
We sold the 37' diesel pusher that we owned for nine years and now own a 2014 2552 PC.  As you say, we gave up a lot of space but are very  happy with our new rig.
--Bruce and Sharon
50  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wet Dometic Awning on: January 21, 2014, 11:31:18 pm
The Dometic awning on our 2552 has always been dry when opened after some rain.  But, we haven't been in very heavy rain.  Maybe that accounts for the difference.
Bruce and Sharon
51  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric Couch Transitiion Piece on: January 21, 2014, 11:25:39 pm
We store ours on the floor behind the couch.
Bruce and Sharon
52  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 21, 2014, 11:21:34 pm
Hi Joe,
Here are my "2 cents" worth.  I agree with Ron and Tom's comments.  I feel that the 2552 is not a good choice if you want to go without a toad very often. 
We love our 2552 partly because its relatively small size makes it fairly easy to drive and park, but it's not small enough to generally use on short trips around areas where we are camped.
--Bruce
53  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fresh Water Tank Drain on: December 31, 2013, 11:19:06 pm
On our new 2552 the fresh water drain valve is below the passenger side bed.  I lift the rear half of the mattress, locate and pull out a small square (about 6") of wood that has been cut into the bed, then reach down to the valve that is located near the rear end of the tank.
--Bruce
54  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: WEST COAST TRAVEL WINTER TIME on: December 29, 2013, 11:58:50 pm
Sparky,

Here are a few of the RV Parks along I-5 that we like:

Flag City RV near Lodi, CA  (http://www.flagcityrvresort.com)

Premier RV in Redding, CA  (http://www.premierrvresorts.com)

Holiday RV between Ashland and Medford, OR  (http://www.holidayrvpark.net)

Premier RV in Eugene, OR  (http://www.premierrvresorts.com)

Bruce and Sharon
55  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Santa Barbara and Palm Springs RV Park recommendations? on: December 29, 2013, 11:16:50 pm
Outdoor Resort Palm Springs (actually in Cathedral City city limits) is a beautiful resort (http://outdoorresort.com).  Not sure if they allow Class B or C motorhomes these days.

Emerald Desert RV (https://www.emeralddesert.com) in Palm Desert is very nice.  It's near I-10 and near railroad tracks, but we were never bothered by that.

There are several other RV parks in Palm Springs or nearby, but we've never stayed in any of these.

We've never been able to find a nice RV park in or near Santa Barbara.

Bruce and Sharon
56  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2013 Honda CR-V battery discharged after tow on: December 27, 2013, 12:00:01 pm
Doneworking,
I suspect that your wife's idea is great if you want to keep your current jeep and not take long trips.  The benefits to you of towing really depends on where you want to travel, what you want to tow, and how you want to travel in the local areas of your destination points.
 
We choose to tow mostly to have the toad available for shopping, exploring, etc. once we get to a new area without having to break camp with the PC.  Plus, we can leave our pets safely in the coach while we go to places that don't allow them.

I'm sure that many members on this forum will tell you how easy it is to tow their smaller sized jeeps.

Happy traveling,
Bruce
57  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2013 Honda CR-V battery discharged after tow on: December 26, 2013, 06:34:38 pm
Dick,
Thank you for the post on the Roadmaster FuseMaster.  I found the application list at:
http://roadmasterinc.com/products/accessories/electrical/fusemaster2.html

We haven't towed the CR-V on any long trips lately and have been careful to turn off most battery drain items when we have towed--so far no more dead battery at destination.  Maybe the Invisibrake system is doing its job, too.

58  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: WEST COAST TRAVEL WINTER TIME on: December 26, 2013, 05:38:47 pm
Sparky,
We often travel the I-5 in California and Oregon and agree with what Bob has just posted.  That is why we never drive I-5 north of Lake Shasta during the winter. LOL
But, as Bob points out, you can make it if you are careful, flexible, and fortunate.
Bruce and Sharon
59  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: BATTERY REPLACEMENT on: December 20, 2013, 11:16:25 am
Another great report from you Sparky.  Thanks!
Bruce
60  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: December 16, 2013, 01:44:24 pm
The four tires that I can see on our 2014 2552 (built on a 2013 E-450 chassis) have B3JH 009X and 1313.  So, they are outside of the recall manufactured dates.
--Bruce
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