Being new the RV Class A thing and all, there were some rather embarrassing things I had to learn on our first trip out this Spring.
We’re back from a 2,400 mile trip and am happy to report that the ACME EZE TOW tow dolly is just that, an “EZE TOW”. The dolly loads and unloads easily and tracks true. It handles bumps and hard stops without fuss. It was entirely uneventful, which is just what I want from a tow dolly.
I’m probably in the minority but I like boxes made from wood for storage. The plastic ones are an efficient and cost-effective choice but they lack substance. I prefer the old wood boxes used long ago for bottled goods, etc. I pick them up at flea markets when I find them (increasingly rare). When I can’t find one to suit my needs, I make one. Here’s a video about making one such box. Yeah, I’m weird.
The storage in my electrical bay is tight. Especially since I added a hardwired surge suppressor (Progressive Industries). The dog bones kind of get in the way when I just toss them in this bay. So I made some hangers to keep them handy and out of the way.
There was some empty space above the DEF tank that was crying to be used. I made a shelf and store an additional step for those times when the site forces the coach steps to set too high.
We pull our toad (many RVers call towed vehicles “Toads”) using a tow dolly. The tow dolly has running and brake lights but they sit forward near the front wheels. At night, it can be difficult to spot the rear of the toad because the tow dolly running lights forward of the rear of the toad.
We went to the Grand Rapids RV show in (surprise) Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our goal was to see a Newmar Ventana 3412, similar to the one we ordered. Back in November we looked at 5 or 6 different Newmar coaches, but until today, we never actually saw the 3412 model. Preferring not to wait some indeterminate time for one to appear at a show or dealer lot, we went ahead and ordered one. It’s not as risky as it sounds given the number of images and video walk-throughs available. Still, it was nice to finally sit in “our” coach. It was all we hoped it would be.
After much research and endless second guessing, I bought a tow dolly from Acme Tow Dolly. So far it’s been a great experience. In this post I’ll talk about delivery and setup. Next time I’ll discuss actual use.
Recently, my wife and I went to the Newmar factory tour. Not nearly as sophisticated as I expected. It’s basically a big building with lots of skilled people assembling stuff with mostly hand tools. Kind of reminds me of those old pictures you see of Henry Ford’s early assembly lines. Nothing wrong with this, just not what I was expecting.