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RE: Solar power

Join the Forest River owners forum where you may get your answer and probably find someone with the same trailer. You won't get it here. There are a hundred + threads about solar here, and all are a mashed up pile of back and forth arguing about things where the participants are mostly wrong to begin with, basically BS. x2! is a general RV forum. If you want model-specific information and feedback, a brand-specific forum is a better resource, than Forest River Forums have sub-forums for every FR brand. The Toyhauler section has a Cherokee sub-forum.
bikendan 10/29/22 02:32pm Tech Issues
RE: GMC Sierra EV Denali

Loved my Avalanche and the Midgate feature. I could fit my surfboard in ti and with the factory bed covers, it was secure. If they ever figure out how to increase the range when towing, without stopping to charge every 40 miles, it could be my next tow vehicle. But I'd choose the Silverado version since I don't need all that heavy bling of the Denali.
bikendan 10/20/22 10:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Un-Even trailer

Hi.Front of my trailer is lower than the back. Should I get air bags for my truck tow vehicle or will a waite distribution hitch work. Thanks. Gregory. From Erie PA. Sounds like you have a Ram 1500 with not enough payload, for your trailer's loaded tongue weight.:W As was said, your post is way too vague and requires much more information, to give you adequate guidance.
bikendan 10/20/22 01:09pm Towing
RE: Help with trip planning from San Diego to San Francisco

I live in northern Ca and want to take my 5th wheel on a southern CA coastal RV trip. I'm starting from the SF bay area and I'm willing to make a long, one-day trip to San Diego, staying maybe at Campland on the Bay at San Diego for a couple of nights. I'd like to start north along the coast and maybe stay one or two nights at a couple of locations on the way back north. Has anyone made this trip and have any recommendations on where to stop over on the way back north along the coast? I know it's crowded down there and will require reservations in advance. I'm thinking my last stop might be Pismo Beach, Avila Beach or Morro Bay. Any tips or suggestions? Where are you planning to access the coastal route, Highway 1 or Highway 101? If you are thinking Highway 1, through Big Sur, you might want to rethink that part.
bikendan 10/12/22 12:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Winter Battery Storage

I read somewhere that batteries should not be allowed to freeze. You need to find better resources to read. As was said, fully charged batteries are fine to at least 0°F.
bikendan 10/09/22 06:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hobson Beach campground, Ventura Calif.

Does anyone know if Hobson has a dump station and/or water available? We're in one of the dry campsites and couldn't get on of the scarce full hookup sites. TIA, Ron No dump station.
bikendan 10/01/22 05:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: GS extended warranty

Very expensive! 3 different claims over 4 months not a dime payed by them ! Pre-Existing condition known or unknown is used the most All together cost me about $12,000.00 , guess I’ll cancel the insurance lol ! It's all about what's in the fine print.
bikendan 10/01/22 05:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2004 trail cruiser travel lite

In our trailer it has a pop out on the front jand back with a place to put mattresses. On the front there is a window and blinds that are sitting about 2” above the panel so you can’t sleep on it. Is there suppose to be a panel that sits over the window and blinds in the front to sleep on it? It always helps if you posted the model number. Then we can Google your floorplan to see what you're talking about.
bikendan 09/06/22 12:37am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: short term RV Parking/Storage near Mt Vernon WA?

Maybe Blakes RV Resort.
bikendan 08/30/22 11:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Portable Solar Generators

Anyone have any exsperience with solar Generators? I'm currently putting the EBL 1000watt voyager and 100watt apollo solar panel through its paces. So far so good! I spend most of my time overlanding in my Jeep. I have been able to do alot more boondocking! I will report back soon! Have a blessed day! Stay Outdoors! Why did you start the same thread all over again? Your previous thread is two threads below this one.
bikendan 08/30/22 10:43am Tech Issues
RE: Tongue weight limits and wdh

What happens with the tongue weight limit when you are using a weight distributing hitch? My Tacoma says the the tongue weight limit is 650 lbs. Does that mean that if my trailer has a tongue weight over 650 I need a wdh, or that I shouldn’t pull that trailer even with a wdh? The function of a wdh is to take weight off the tongue, right? How would you even measure the tongue weight with the wdh in place? My current trailer has a nominal tongue weight of 380, but that is before water, a second battery, etc. Your Taco's owners manual towing section should detail how much tongue or trailer weight, will require a WDH.
bikendan 08/26/22 06:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New 12 volt compressor refrigerators

During the pandemic, RV manufacturers found 12v only fridges were cheaper and easier to install, hence the change from 2-way RV fridges. There were many issues from the start, especially with ones from Furrion. Bottom line is that you'll needa a minimum of 200w of solar and most move to a lithium battery bank setup.
bikendan 08/21/22 11:25am Tech Issues
RE: Few parts needed

Hey all, I recently picked up a 2001 Trail-Lite Bantom (R-Vision). I noticed a few things, first, that we have a soft spot in the floor near the rear table. I'm going to tackle that in the spring and rip all the flooring out, replace whatever rot is in the plywood, seal everything up and put new flooring down. Second, the reverse lights don't work. I took the reflector off and the reverse lights aren't even connected. The wire has either been cut or has been ripped out and wrapped around the actual bulb. Third, i'm missing the lower right marker reflector. Does anyone know the model # of it? I'm going to purchase a new one. The outside says SAE-AP2-91 which i'm told isn't the model, simply the reflectivity rating. If anyone is in Alberta and can recommend a good parts dealer, i'd appreciate it. C Thanks all Finding parts for a 22 year-old hybrid, from a defunct company, will be a challenge. You'll have to find parts that are close to the OEM ones. Don't believe that your trailer has reverse lights. The trailer's floor is constructed with luan. It's common for water intrusion to cause soft floors.
bikendan 08/11/22 01:43pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: MotorTrend F150 Lightning Tow Test

Here's a recent article from Mike Sokol, a well respected authority on RV electrical, about towing with an EV:
bikendan 08/06/22 04:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: MotorTrend F150 Lightning Tow Test

I am not sure if I am more shocked at the dismal range or the $92,700 price of the 1/2 ton truck. Just saw an ad for a white F150 Lightning for $120k in stock, at the dealership I bought my used F150.
bikendan 08/06/22 01:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hooking up to water/sewer

When you have hook ups for water and sewer: 1)Do you hook up direct to the water system or fill your tanks and drain it down? 2) Do you leave the sewer valves open or closed? What is the best way for it to properly drain? 1)Direct to city water 2)Closed until nearly full Why do you ask? Since you've been a member here for nearly 10 years, is this the first time you are using water/sewer hookups?
bikendan 07/27/22 10:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Why do I need a W/D or sway control

I was hoping for more fact than opinion for my question.Check the hitch rating. Some say weight distribution is needed above 5000 pounds or 500 tongue weight. Check for a stamping right on the truck hitch. I don't think that an owner with a modern diesel 1 ton dually, needs to worry about the loaded tongue of an Airstream trailer.:R
bikendan 07/03/22 07:43pm Towing
RE: Traveling with Propane on

As you can see just from this thread, the vast majority of RVers travel with the fridge on propane. This has been the case, on the 7 different RV forums I've belonged to, for the past 17 years.
bikendan 07/03/22 01:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Would this be a power converter issue??

Your air conditioner uses 12V too. I suspect your converter has failed or the battery has a shorted cell. How does an air conditioner use 12v? They are powered by 120v AC power and most thermostats are powered by little AA/AAA batteries.
bikendan 07/02/22 08:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Traveling with Propane on

Have been traveling with the fridge on propane for the past 30 years, with 4 different trailers. Do leave it on electric during the night before and switch to propane when we leave.
bikendan 06/30/22 11:35am General RVing Issues
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