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General Discussion / Re: Tow Dollies
« on: December 19, 2017, 09:04:51 pm »
Thanks Dave & Ron,

I have an email out to Acme on the overall width, but I suspect it will be close to the 93" exterior width of the Midnight Rambler (2552).

I have a black '08 Ford Focus Coup that can't be towed 4 down, but would look good behind our rig.

Wouldn't the price of a 4 down set up be around 2Gs? Not to mention to price of a good used car to tow 4 down.

On our trip to our beloved New Hampshire last October, I checked with a local U-Haul dealer. The rental would be $45 + tax per day, and on both fenders of the doll was posted, 'Not to be towed over 45 MPH'.

Our planned two week trip turn into one, due to other life issues, so we went solo and sat by beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee, drinking wine and listening to the loons.

I'll post the width later.  tymote

General Discussion / Re: Tow Dollies
« on: December 18, 2017, 08:20:05 pm »
What, nobody uses a dolly?  >( Surely not everyone tows 4 down!  pyho I'm new at this so could use some advice.  tymote

General Discussion / Tow Dollies
« on: December 17, 2017, 09:21:48 am »
Hi All,

Finally getting around to researching a tow dolly for the Midnight Rambler.

Which dolly to you use/like and why? The Acme line looks great and is USA made!

Your thoughts?

Hope everyone has been good this year and Santa is nice to you.

Merry Christmas to all, and

a Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Bill and Karen Graser  :)(:

General Discussion / Re: WeatherTech Liners or Mats
« on: October 27, 2017, 07:16:05 pm »
Black rubber.

General Discussion / Re: WeatherTech Liners or Mats
« on: October 26, 2017, 10:00:33 pm »
I got the same response from Weather Tech. Went to my local Ford dealer and ordered all weather mats for an E450 van. Great fit, driver side has holes for no ride up.

General Discussion / Re: Tire pressure?
« on: April 06, 2017, 09:39:28 pm »
So John,

Using your stated weights and comments above, are you running 75psi front & 70psi rear? Getting rig weighted and adjusting air pressure is on the to do list before we head to Florida next weekend. Thanks for the research!

General Discussion / Re: Towing calculations
« on: April 04, 2017, 02:45:00 pm »
Hope I didn't step on anyone's toes! :-[

I hope John realizes what a lucky man he is. ;)

Safe Travels  kumbaya

General Discussion / Re: Towing calculations
« on: April 04, 2017, 05:59:30 am »
John, Ron, and others,

Thanks for all of your advice and research on this issue. It saves me a lot of time and headache in muddling through making an informed decision about towing a sight seeing vehicle.

The V10 motors in our rigs, with their multitude of computers and mystery black boxes, don't easily lend themselves to DIY projects unless you have a degree in auto repair and thousands of dollars worth of tools. Gone are the days of the shade tree mechanic where a Saturday afternoon could be spent with a buddy and a six pack of beer, changing the oil, and pulling the distributor cap to check the points, while listening to Bob Seiger, or ' The Boss' on your cassette deck.

I do still change my own oil and check fluids as this is about all one can do these days. I was happy to see while crawling around underneath the Midnight Rambler, the the oil drain plug and filter are easily accessible!

So John, because of your time consuming research, and the fact that you know how to use a tire gauge and put air in the tires, I vote that your man card NOT be pulled! (cheer)

Best to All,


General Discussion / Re: Grille bug screen & windshield sun screen
« on: April 01, 2017, 02:35:46 am »
Ya Ron I thought of that too. Some sort of removable screen insert in the different grille openings would be best. I have an idea in my over active pee brain, just getting to it is the problem.

How does you AC condenser and radiator look after years on the road?


General Discussion / Total Eclipse in August
« on: March 31, 2017, 07:14:50 pm »
Hi all,

We are taking the Midnight Rambler to Hopkinsville, Ky. for the total eclipse on August 21. Anyone heading that way?

Hopkinsville is one of the best places in the country (2:40min totality) to witness the eclipse. We are staying in The Trail of Tears Park in Hopkinsville. The Casey Jones Distillery, just outside Hopkinsville, is opening up their grounds for campers/RVs.

We hope to get up to CJD and sample their line of fine tasting moonshine!  ;) Contact CJD and Hopkinsville Eclipse for more information.

Hope to see you there,


General Discussion / Re: Grille bug screen & windshield sun screen
« on: March 31, 2017, 07:03:54 pm »
Thanks to all for the ideas.

Ron, I remember seeing your post before and will keep it as plan B, but looking up local awning shops now, thanks Berry. tymote

I figured out how to remove the grille and will be doing that tomorrow to see if I can brainstorm a way to attach screening behind it. Any ideas or  :help would be deeply appreciated.


General Discussion / Grille bug screen & windshield sun screen
« on: March 31, 2017, 06:53:30 am »
Hi all,

Karen and I brought the Midnight Rambler (our 2552) home last week!  2o2

I was wondering if anyone has found a bug screen that fits over the grille without any scuffing, or better yet, a way to attach screening behind the grille to keep the bugs and road debris out of the AC condenser and radiator.

Also looking for and quality windshield sunscreen in black or gray. The type that Kyle offered were very nice but very expensive, and I was concerned about them walking away while out sightseeing.

Your thoughts and ideas are most welcome.

Safe Travels,

Bill Graser

General Discussion / Re: Water filtration for our PC
« on: December 13, 2016, 07:14:38 am »
I don't want to mess with storing, and carrying cases of water or having to run to wally world when we run low.

We use a Brita pitcher at home but, since I'm such a nice guy and cooperative customer, our local water company ask me to collect a water sample each year for testing and it's always been well within Federal limits for regulated contaminants.

The trouble is there are a lot of other unregulated contaminants in the nations water supplies and you never know what you are hooking into. Take pharmaceutical drugs for instance, part of the reason for the Rx drops at our local police station is to keep them from being flushed and getting into the water supply!  >(

Our Brita filter (reading from the box now) will REDUCE the levels of Copper, Mercury, Cadmium, Zinc, and Chlorine only. Check out the Pur.com website to see the list of 60+ yucky things that their filters are certified to reduce.

When water leaves any local water plant it SHOULD meet all State and Federal guidelines for regulated contaminants but what happens to it as it travels miles before it comes out of your facet? Has there been a break in the main down the road and now a lot of sentiment has to be flushed out? Or, a recent break in the campground ground water lines. (The need for a sentiment filter or the city water hose). And what kind of lines are they using anyway?  (WH) Does anyone remember Flint Michigan??

Now my lovely wife will say, "What does it matter, we'll only be there for a few weeks at the most anyway." I don't know about you but, at this stage of the game I can't afford to loose anymore brain cells, (ie. Lead at Flint) which the Pur filters claim to reduce along with all the other junk.  pyho

And what about a pressure reducer on the hose?  :help What is everyone using?

The wife says I'm over thinking things, (The curse of an active mind). Am I walking this lonely road alone?  >:(

A lot of bottled water is just local tap water, and then the making and recycling of the plastic bottles uses a lot of water and is bad for our precious Mother Earth.

Your thoughts and suggestions are deeply appreciated.  tymote

Bill G

General Discussion / Water filtration for our PC
« on: December 12, 2016, 09:17:16 pm »
Got word today that our 2552 PC is IN THE HOUSE! (cheer)

We are new at this and are wondering what others use to protect their rigs from too much pressure (type regulator used) and filter on the city water hookup hose.

It seems to me you never know what you are going to run into out there. Also don't want to mess with bottled water; weight, plastic bottles, yuk, but not satisfied with the filter pitchers. There are counter top filters, under cabinet filters, and facet mounted filters like the Pur that can filter out over 60 contaminants and should make my morning coffee even better!

 :help What's everyone using?   tymote

Bill G

Tips and Tricks / Maxxair vs Fantastic vent fans
« on: November 27, 2016, 06:38:47 am »
Hi all,

We ordered a 2552 and would really appreciate input pros and cons on the Maxxair 6200 and the supplied Fantastic fans. I like the looks, design, and concept of the Maxxair.

As of now we ordered a rain cover ($95) for the kitchen Fantastic fan and sticking with the little vent fan in the bath which I have a feeling is pretty much useless in venting the hot steamy showers the wife enjoys so much. She really doesn't ask for much, and it's the small things in life, right?

Need to talk to Earl again, but at $330 for another Fantastic Fan plus $95 for rain cover, I would think the Maxxair could be installed for less than $425.

Like the fact that the Maxxair is reversible. Don't know about the standard Fantastic fan. What about warranties and issues with both.

Your thoughts.....


Bill Graser, the new kid

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