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Yesterday in Childress, TX. We stopped for burgers. And, a better shot taken on the Texas coast to show how well the Ranger's Ingot paint matches up with the Bay Star's color scheme.

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That was our deciding factor. I loved so many colors and couldn't decide on which one. We went with what matched the MH best!

 

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Our motorhome is spending the night at a KOA in Amarillo tonight. Pulling in next to me was a very nice couple from Florida in a motorhome pulling a Ranger. We hit it off quickly and shared stories and opinions on the Ranger as a Toad. He was as enthusiastic as I am. Rangers are hard to spot on the road; they're harder to spot behind motorhomes. To have one pull up next to you is unheard of. Cool!
You guys will never believe it. The very next night, different park in a different state, motorhome 2 sites down is towing a black Ranger XLT. Super nice guy.
 

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On our way to Manistee MI for three nights. I was concerned about the Tremor's weight with the bike rack and heavier hybrid bikes but we came in at just about 4900 and that was with a few things in the bed that could've/should've gone into our MH instead.

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You guys will never believe it. The very next night, different park in a different state, motorhome 2 sites down is towing a black Ranger XLT. Super nice guy.
It happened again today. I was driving between Albuquerque and Santa Fe and passed a Newmar diesel-pusher towing a Ranger. That's three incidents in a single week. I think the word is out on Rangers as towed vehicles.
 

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It happened again today. I was driving between Albuquerque and Santa Fe and passed a Newmar diesel-pusher towing a Ranger. That's three incidents in a single week. I think the word is out on Rangers as towed vehicles.
You will not believe this, but we were up in Manistee, Michigan on a 3-day getaway this week and a car rolls by as I'm loading up the bikes. He stops and says, "Wondering if you know what the curb weight is on your Tremor"! First of all, he knew right away the difference between a standard Ranger and the Tremor package. Second of all, he was obviously interested in towing it!

We (naturally) chatted for a good five minutes, where I discovered he and his wife are in a 2018 Bounder and were (like us) concerned about staying under the 5000 pound hitch rating. I have a feeling there are plenty more Ranger-toads to come. ?
 

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Anyone with a Roadmaster Invisibrake want to share a pic of what you did with the vacuum line to the booster? I know which line to cut to insert the one way valve and 'T' fitting but I have never encountered these odd size hard plastic lines with what looks like clampless heat shrunk ends. Did you just cut and insert the valve? seems a fitment issue to me, or did you just remove that hard plastic lime and replace it with an old school rubber vacuum hose, which is much easier to work with. I have everything else wired, tested, and finished, been putting this off pending information.

Followup!! OK, got it done, by the way, PVC pipe cutters sure make a clean cut on the hard vac lines. :)
 
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I had my closest call this week. Our Class A motorhome was moving south and approaching Houston on I-45. Here, I was taking the offramp to 610 East. Well, the 610 ramp splits here--East (me) to the left and West to the right. This driver decided at the last minute to switch from West to East in front of me. When I'm towing the Ranger, my displacement is about 26,000 pounds and my total rig is just over 55 feet long. When I've got a head of steam up, I cannot stop quickly. My dash cam saw this:

 
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I had my closest call this week. I was moving south and approaching Houston on I-45. Here, I was taking the offramp to 610 East. Well, the 610 ramp splits here--East (me) to the left and West to the right. This driver decided at the last minute to switch from West to East in front of me. When I'm towing the Ranger, my displacement is about 26,000 pounds and my total rig is just over 55 feet long. When I've got a head of steam up, I cannot stop quickly.
Shaken, not stirred.

I drive Toronto’s notorious 401 highway often - it’s a bit like Talladega at times. Why is it “always” someone in a small Sentra, Civic, Corolla, or Elantra who drives this way?
 

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Shaken, not stirred.

Why is it “always” someone in a small Sentra, Civic, Corolla, or Elantra who drives this way?
We would have looked huge to them. They shot over that curb directly in front of us. That took a big dose of stupidity to do that. We'd have squashed them like a bug.
 

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We would have looked huge to them. They shot over that curb directly in front of us. That took a big dose of stupidity to do that. We'd have squashed them like a bug.
I’m, at 55 ft, you ARE huge.

What flashes before a bug’s eyes when it hits the windshield?
 

 
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