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RE: Park models

I always thought Park Models were generally bigger than a TT and also a lot heavier. They aren't meant to be moved from campground to campground. Hence the name "Park(it) Model". Kind of like a small mobile home. Yea, i don't ever consider them as a Recreational Vehicle. They aren't really a vehicle. Just a smaller mobile home.
bikendan 09/21/20 02:49am General RVing Issues
RE: New RV delivery walk-through

We are expecting delivery of our new hybrid RV, a Rockwood Roo 23IKSS, in a couple of weeks. Does anyone have suggestions on what to do before we take possession? I've read the article at Trailer Life magazine (https://www.trailerlife.com/lifestyle/rv-living/rv-delivery-dos-and-donts/) but wondering if anyone out there has additional wisdom to share. We plan to follow their suggestion to do a "shakedown trip" right after we take possession. I just happened to stumble across a discussion on how to season the seams on the tent beds. Never would have thought of that. So if you have ideas about what to do AFTER taking possession, I'd appreciate that too. I sent you a Private Message.
bikendan 09/20/20 03:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Inverter

he's gone I sure wouldn't post my personal phone number on the open Internet, when there's the Private Message system here. Someone who has been a member here, for 7 years, should know about the Private Message system.
bikendan 09/19/20 12:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Best portable heater (30 amp) for my rv?

If you want quiet, get an oil filled heater. They take up more space but do the job. Otherwise, get the heater you like. As said, they are all about 1500 watts. Even the cheap ones. That's what we use. no noise.
bikendan 09/19/20 02:38am Tech Issues
RE: Hymer - Servicing in Ontario

My in-laws bought a Hymer just before the company went under. It's been a problematic machine since new with several ongoing issues, largely electric. Where are all the voices crying for foreign involvement in the RV Industry here? Apparently even German made RVs have quality issues too.:R
bikendan 09/19/20 02:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Towing camper with van. What rating hitch should I purchase?

Bikendan, that was dry TW. I've redone my math.... I would have to somehow keep my van/trailer payload at/under 300# to be safe and that's just not happening. And the TW is an immediate issue, so that van wont be pulling anytime soon. Valhalla360, I have already started looking. I'll be back in the forums with more questions once I get a proper TV. Yep, the 350lbs max hitch weight is the main weakness for minivans, then the 3500lbs towing capacity. That's why Popups, teardrops and A-frames are about the only choices.
bikendan 09/18/20 01:45pm Towing
RE: Towing camper with van. What rating hitch should I purchase?

Good input bikendan. I have found that the tongue weight on this particular trailer is about 390#. Obviously that still exceeds the van's max TW. Would a weight dist. hitch help at all?? or is it as simple as TW cannot exceed TW capacity of towing vehicle? thanks in advance. a WDH will not lower tongue weight, it just shifts it. and is that 390lbs the actual weighed tongue weight or a brochure/website "dry" tongue weight? and we haven't even discussed the van's payload capacity.
bikendan 09/18/20 02:30am Towing
RE: Towing camper with van. What rating hitch should I purchase?

Thanks for the replies everyone! Definitely good feedback. I figured class 3 was better option but this solidified my choice. I also knew that I was going to be maxed out (or very close) with supplies in camper/van but some of your info has me thinking I need to just purchase a truck with better towing capabilities sooner than later. The last thing I want to do is ruin the transmission on my wife's van in a year or two of camping. (sorry for the cross post). There aren't any hybrids with a dry tongue weight under 350lbs. The Rockwod Roo line of hybrids, are the best selling hybrid line and the most floorplans. Their smallest Roo 19 has a fictitious dry tongue weight of 448lbs. That's with no battery, no factory options, no water and no cargo. Popups or A-frame trailers are pretty much all you can tow with that. It's the 350lbs max hitch weight that's the biggest issue.
bikendan 09/17/20 12:51pm Towing
RE: Towing camper with van. What rating hitch should I purchase?

Tow vehicle: 2013 Nissan Quest SV 6 cyl. Max tow capacity: 3500# Torque: 240 ft/lb RV: 2000 Trailmanor 2720 SL Dry weight: 2875# Payload cap: ~1210# Hitch weight: ~392# In the van will be my wife and two young kids. Van dry weight: 4400# So, vehicle weight + load/passenger = approx. 5000# I'm looking at whether a class 2 or class 3 trailer hitch would be more appropriate. As well as whether a weight distribution hitch might be an even safer idea. Thoughts on safety of pulling this pop up/expandable camper with my van?? the fictional dry tongue weight will already exceed the Quest's max of 350lbs, before anything is added. that van is really only rated for popups.
bikendan 09/17/20 03:29am Towing
RE: Need advise on which new truck - 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton?

An another note... Depending on what state you live in, the 2500 might have to be registered as commercial. In New York over 6001 lbs (which is almost every 2500) , it does, and it's causing me to reconsider buying the 2500 I'm looking at. I have to travel Parkways. In NY you can not go on Parkways with commercial vehicles. The OP already bought a new F150, over a week ago.
bikendan 09/12/20 03:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: No 12 V juice--battery or converter?

But be aware that there are likely still a few things (like the propane detector) that draw electricity even with the disconnect switch "OFF". So for long term storage, disconnect the negative battery cable. Or install a battery disconnect switch right on the battery. I did and my dual batteries were still nearly fully charged after 4 months of storage.
bikendan 09/10/20 03:03am Tech Issues
RE: How do you pay your bills on the road on extended trips?

The DW either calls the companies and pays by credit card or uses her cellphone as a hotspot and pays by her laptop. She has a list of all of our bills and when they are due. It's quite easy compared to getting mail.
bikendan 09/09/20 12:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Windows on drivers side?

I would appreciate any help also couches RV in Ohio seems to be the best pricing for trailers. Does anyone know of any other large wholesalers that have comparable prices in the Pacific Northwest? Thanks in advance to all of you. J Snell No such thing as RV wholesalers out West. This is because we're too far from Indiana, where the vast majority of RVs are manufacturered. Shipping costs to the West, make for higher prices, especially for something as big as a destination trailer. Most of these large RV wholesalers are located near Indiana and use high sales volume to have the lower prices. This is why some of us Westerners choose to buy in the Midwest and drive there to save money. By the way, none of them are true wholesalers, it's just a marketing gimmick.
bikendan 09/06/20 02:01pm Beginning RVing
RE: Camping in sub freezing weather

..It takes a pretty good RV to live comfortably in those temps. Ours was a 1990 Teton with a -20 or -30 F guarantee...... memtb I suspect this is why we have so many differing opinions. I can say for sure that my RV was not designed to handle low temps. It does sort of OK down to a bit below freezing. Below that it will be drafty inside and the furnace will need to run frequently. In cool damp weather frost on the exterior will show the RV construction. The walls are braced with 1x3 slats. Between the slats there is cheap 3/4" rigid foam. Yep, the OP needs to get a higher end trailer built for cold weather camping, like Arctic Fox or Outdoors RV, made in Oregon. Marketing BS like "Arctic Package" or "Thermal Package" are fancy terms for heated underbelly or holding tanks. They aren't going to make a 3 season RV into something for the temps the OP is talking about.
bikendan 09/05/20 01:06pm Beginning RVing
RE: Fastway e2 weight distribution

I thought that e2 looked pretty familiar. Is it an authorized knock-off? Fastway E2 is a part of the same company that makes the 4pt Equal-i-zer, Progress Mfg Inc. in Provo, Utah.
bikendan 09/04/20 01:48am Towing
RE: Best Weight Distribution Hitch

Curious about awkward angle unhooking. Is it difficult with the Equalizer or is essentially the same challenge with all WD hitches? Not with an electric tongue jack.
bikendan 09/04/20 01:45am Towing
RE: Fastway e2 weight distribution

My son is looking a travel trailer and they want to sell him on a Fastway e2 hitch. what are the real life opinions on these hitches? Need to know length and GVWR of the trailer. IMHO, it's fine for shorter and lighter trailers. But I'm a fan of its big brother, the 4pt Equal-i-zer WDH. It's American made while the E2 is made overseas and only has 2 points of sway control vs the 4 points.
bikendan 09/03/20 02:08pm Towing
RE: Poor workmanship -- Entry Level VS Higher Price ????

$7.25 an hour to build RV's? Prove it. "Prove it" seems unnecessarily confrontational, especially when you can Google it yourself, but here you go. Minimum wage in Indiana is $7.25/hour as stated. https://i.imgur.com/bZkfKHXl.png Now try to lighten up a little. Considering McDonalds pays $10-12/hr, I'm not buying $7.25 just because it's technically allowed. As a follow up, did a quick online, Forest River is hiring now...no experience necessary $30-40k/yr, which translates to around $15-20/hf. Yep, ever since the RV boom started a few years ago, they raised wages much higher, due to worker shortages. They have been paying way more than $7.25/hr for some time now.
bikendan 09/03/20 01:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Losing home & need to immediately relocate to truck camper

I always read the whole thread before responding because i don't want to post something that's no longer relevant. If i'm not willing to read the whole thread, i don't post. When I'm retired, I'll waste significantly more time to keep you happy. Stay safe, thank you for your service. You did say "Not sure how you read the forum" so I was just explaining how I do.
bikendan 09/03/20 01:52pm Beginning RVing
RE: Anyone Mountain bike in Asheville-Pisgah?

Beuhler...Beuhler... not sure why you would expect responses from mtn bikers in less than 24 hours, on a RV forum. i would ask your question on a mtn bike forum, before i would ask on a RV forum. i'm a MTBer and i always wished i could ride out there. but i've never been to the East Coast and there's always plenty of places to ride out West.:B
bikendan 09/03/20 03:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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