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General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Reduces Their Models
« on: October 19, 2021, 09:35:01 am »
Ron, Iím sure there are better service providers than what I have or maybe at better prices than what I use. I just havenít researched enough to know quite yet. You said you called them and they gave you numbers to call. I wouldnít be ok with any company that worked that way. I have used Triple A for 36+ years. You call them and they order your service and give you an  eta. They then follow up with texts on the ETA as well as when they arrive and a follow up on the service provider.  In Ca typical wait time is 30-45 mins unless you need flat bed and ones not available due to a major accident. Then it can be longer obviously. Once out of state I waited 3 hours. I was over 60 miles from the nearest place with a tow service and they were the only one for the area so not much can be done in that case. Price however for triple A with both of us on it and RV is 170 a year. I have no idea what true comparative services cost.

General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Reduces Their Models
« on: October 17, 2021, 10:33:53 am »
Ron , to a point I agree. The exception is tires have a definite life span in comparison and are subjected to different abuses.  IE; Iíve had one blow out and two flats since purchasing this pc. Iíve had several on my motorcycles. One of those was from a 3/8 chunk of rebar on the freeway. That did more than just cause a flat. 

This year our trip was typical for us at around 9,000 miles. We never saw less than three motorists with flats per day that we drove. Some on trailers, some on cars trucks or Rvís but never less than three per day and our highest day we spotted 6. Keeping track started when my Better half commented that we had flats and no one else seemed to. Granted seeing three in a day against the numbers of vehicles on the road is minuscule.

The spare I do carry is my road side assistance. When I had teenagers it paid for itself over and over. Now itís just part of my Risk management.

General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Reduces Their Models
« on: October 16, 2021, 08:43:21 pm »
Ron, the question becomes what spares are needed. On a trip I had a shock break, should I carry a spare? My gen starter failed should I carry one of those too? How about a engine starter or a coil pac, an egr valve and so on. Some will cause you to be dead in the water others a inconvenience etc. Thereís so many things that could possibly go wrong or none at all. It takes forever right now to get parts as well. Itís all basic risk management. A person could spend a couple grand on just in case parts and still not have whatís needed when it hits the fanÖ Murphyís law. 

General Discussion / Re: Black tank valveÖinstalled
« on: October 15, 2021, 09:58:58 pm »
Mines a 2011.   2552.  I changed my black valve in about 20 minutes.  Used a oil change pan to catch the quart or so of water in the pipes.  I carry an extra valve just in case I have one that wonít close all the way once again. I could change it out in 20-30 minutes in a parking lot.

General Discussion / Re: Black tank valveÖinstalled
« on: October 15, 2021, 07:16:55 pm »
Let me make sure I understand this. You cut your pipe just to change the valve? Is there something different on the 2014 model year?

General Discussion / Re: Jeep (Toad) braking system
« on: October 14, 2021, 12:59:53 pm »
Ron, I havenít a clue. The only thing I do know factually is in over 20,000 miles of towing my Jeep has no abnormal wear whatsoever and Iíll bet Iím far from the only one. There has to be a reason.  The tire wear you have shown is off the charts. How many miles did you tow for that much damage? Or maybe 😁 you got stuck in a round about?? 😁

Gary, Tochta reviews look good but at 700 each itís more than I want to spend on a recreational vehicle mattress.

General Discussion / Re: Jeep (Toad) braking system
« on: October 14, 2021, 10:08:24 am »
Ron, on my smart car I had some of the tire wear you mention but nothing too concerning. I thought maybe it was partly due to the narrow wheel base that I had any?  On my Jeep  TJLJ  I have absolutely none after over 20,000 miles of towing. I do have a drop hitch that adds probably 10Ē of length to the tow bar. Could that be the reason I donít experience the wear?

General Discussion / Re: Jeep (Toad) braking system
« on: October 13, 2021, 02:25:42 pm »
Gixxer .   So your in a keep YJ,  nice light weight Jeep.   Iíd still look into the stay in play.  I see no reason it wouldnít work.   

If you have a rust free Jeep YJ  I would never part with it.  4 or 6 cyl?  Soft top? The YJ is under 3,000 lbs in a soft top Ö awesome toad!

General Discussion / Re: Jeep (Toad) braking system
« on: October 13, 2021, 09:50:32 am »
Ron, the cost for the stay in play kit to switch vehicles is $60.00.  Not really a issue.

Also like yours itís connected to the vacuum system.

There seems to be a lot of people who like the surge brake tow bar. Iím not sold on it however. Iíve been in situations several times where a surge brake  would have activated even when I wasnít applying brakes. Would have only been for a couple seconds I guess but still not my choice. That aside itís an option.

General Discussion / Re: Jeep (Toad) braking system
« on: October 12, 2021, 10:11:01 pm »
I use the demco stay in play in my 2005 jeep  rubicon.  Once installed all you need to do is throw a toggle switch  and ready to go .  Cost.  $625.  To get that price you have to be patient in your search.

Don. I look forward to hear how you like them.  Not sure but I think they offer custom fit covers as  well. Probably half the cost of the mattress themselves

Don, which heft and thickness did you order? Iím in need of new mattresses myself. I used them for new foam to rebuild my dinette and they were great in assisting me in foam densities and suggestions. I know theyíre not cheap by any stretch.

General Discussion / Re: Spark plug service
« on: October 06, 2021, 11:44:33 pm »
I contacted Ford dealer and the mech who has worked on my rig. They say 105,000 miles per the manual.  I have no idea whatís right or wrong

General Discussion / Re: P0306
« on: October 06, 2021, 09:44:41 am »
You were right, I just called the place I usually go to and he said that was for plugs boots and labor, just as you said. He stated they donít change out coil pacs unless one goes bad and then only that one. He also looked it up and said plug service is due at the unusual mileage of 105,000 Miles per Ford motors.

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