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31  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Zero Gravity Chairs on: September 30, 2010, 10:43:03 pm
We have a 3100 with a slide.  I had our local boat cover man make slip over covers with velcro on the bottoms and handle/straps on each side for easy carrying.  I also had him put velcro straps on the sides so that the chairs can be snugged together in the upright position for travel.  We carry them immediately behind the driver seat, and the slide, when it is retracted.  It works perfect.  They ride well and the covers are color coordinated with the leather on the driver/passenger seats.
32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using refrigerator while driving on: September 16, 2010, 08:52:55 pm

Ron:

I've enjoyed reading the forum and feel that I have learned much over the past couple of months.  My wife and I have been RV owners since 1996.

Your comment about transferring gray water to the black water tank is interesting.  I need to know how to do it as I know that sooner or later I'll need to do it.  Can you explain the procedure?

Dick
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dual tire Inflator Problem on: September 16, 2010, 08:33:49 pm
Thank you for the 'heads up'.  I'll double check our tires tomorrow before leaving our site.
34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Beware a very serious Dingy Towing Danger on: September 16, 2010, 08:29:20 pm
i bet if you guys would get your tow car rolling it would be fairly easy to turn over trying to turn it setting still.

I agree that a rolling vehicle will steer much easier.  However, I recently stayed behind a Country Coach pulling a Jeep identical to mine and I was familiar with the area and I knew that he'd be making a sharp right or left turn in the near future.  We were on blacktop. 

As he turned onto the main highway I watched as his front steering wheels turned a little to follow the rear of the RV; but he literally drug the Jeep on around the turn.

It is like bending a wire over and over; metal fatique sets in. 
35  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Beware a very serious Dingy Towing Danger on: September 16, 2010, 08:03:13 pm
I apoligize to all of you who responded to my initial comments regarding our dingy break away situation.

It has been quite busy around our family the past few weeks.  I just now figured out how to respond so hopefully I'll get with the program and treat all of you to more timely information.

My wife and I just picked up our new 3100 at Phoenix Cruiser yesterday and we are in Michigan tonight to have the VIP Tow Brake system installed on our 2006 stick shift Toyota Corolla.

We are very excited about our new RV and have only praise for the folks at PC.  They all did a great job to make our purchasing decision a pleasant one.  We looked at several brands and models of RV's over the past couple of years and we feel comfortable that we made the right decision to go with PC.

Dick
36  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Beware a very serious Dingy Towing Danger on: September 16, 2010, 07:50:17 pm
I used, and still believe in, Blue Ox products.  The frame was litterally ripped off the Jeep.  It was where the mounting bracket attached and it looked to be about 4" across and 4" to 5" long on both sides of the frame.  I can't begin to tell you how shocked I was at the failure as I have dealt in Heavy & Highway machiner all of my adult life and I am used to seeing mechanical failures. 

I once again urge all of you towing 'any' vehicle to inspect how difficult it is to turn your steering wheel when your vehicle is in the 'ready to tow mode'.  I don't necessarily believe the problem is only associated with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. 

I would also recommend that whenever your vehicle is on a lift to change the oil, etc. that you have a mechanic inspect the attaching area for any metal fatique.

It was only through my stict belief in preventive maintenence that I found a cracked frame on my 96 Beaver Monterey last year.
37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Beware a very serious Dingy Towing Danger on: September 12, 2010, 10:10:13 pm
Check how difficult it is to turn your steering wheel on your tow vehicle when you have it set to the towing position.  I always noted that our 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee steering wheel was extremely difficult to turn without the engine running.  My suspisions were confirmed when the mounting bracket litterally tore the frame off the Jeep.  Luckily we had just exited I75 in  north Chattanoga when our Jeep rammed the back of our coach.  Damage to the Jeep was extensive (broken radiator, windsheild washer bottle, and a ripped off front bumper); however the rear of our coach was saved with only minor fiberglass damage by the VIP Tow Brake system that instantly engaged the Jeep brakes when electric wires were severed.

I have since watched Jeep Grand Cherokees being towed around corners.  The steering wheels may start to follow the coach on hard pavement, but untimately they seemed to be dragged around the corner.  Multiply this by the rear swing action of the coach going down the highway and think of bending and breaking a piece of wire. 

I have religiously checked my rig at fuel and rest stops but I never dreamed of having a mounting bracket failure litterly rip the frame apart.  However, it is scary thinking of how many possible accidents are going down the road.   Thank goodness our accident happened off of I75 and only involved our own personal vehicles and we didn't hurt or kill any one.

Please check your tow vehicle as to how hard it is to turn the steering wheel when you are in the tow position and also have your mounting area regulary inspected for stress cracks or other damage.
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