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RE: Yellowstone Grant/Madison CG's

We stayed at Madison a few years ago in a pull-through site (our 5er measures just shy of 30') and we had enough room to fit in most of the sites. The pull-throughs probably give you some more options for positioning the RV for slides and awnings, but I doubt that you will have significant issues. yep, Madison has a number of pull-thru sites that are big enough for larger RVs. can't remember if Grant did though.
bikendan 08/17/19 01:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hope you travel alone?!!!!

Not sure I've seen one that low on a PU. i saw a lot of 1/2 ton crew cabs with low payloads like that, mainly Rams and Tundras. that's what happens when you buy one the higher trim levels with all the bling. built for luxury but not for towing. and i thought Dodge was supposed to increase payload capacities in the 2019 Ram 1/2 tons.:E
bikendan 08/17/19 01:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Grey Wolf, freezer working fridge isn't

Just brought home a new grey wolf 19sm, taking it camping for the first time. Have it plugged into the house, battery is fully charged. Turned on the fridge/freezer to prep for packing. Freezer is nice and cold, fridge does not seem to be cooling at all. Checked breaker, not an issue. Please help!! how long did you wait? takes 6-8 hours for the fridge section to get cold. that's if you have a RV fridge. you need to post make and model number because RVs come with electric/propane fridges, 12v fridges, residential fridges and 3-way fridges. you didn't say which one of those you have.
bikendan 08/17/19 01:49am Tech Issues
RE: Real towing advise please

I have a 2006 Ford F-150 and need to install a hitch. Just getting into to RVing any advice would be helpful. Looking for knowledge on costs and anything I would need to be able to tow and travel trailer (3000lbs) 1- you need to duplicate the factory tow package, since you obviously don't have it. That includes type III/IV hitch receiver, wiring for a brake controller, aux trans cooler. 7-pin connector for trailer umbilical cord. What you also have but will be more difficult, would be the Tow/Haul feature and a rear end ratio for towing. 2- is the 3000lbs number the fictional dry weight or actual scaled weight?
bikendan 08/16/19 12:01pm Towing
RE: Champion generator

I am contemplating buying a Champion generator. The documentation and information on the Champion web site looks good. I like the manuals with parts diagrams and wiring diagrams and such. The particular generator I am looking at is not listed on Champion's web site. This one from Costco in Canada: http://www.costco.ca/CHAMPION-5500W-GENERATOR-6500W-PEAK.product.100059944.html This is a 5,500-watt electric start model, with the Intelligence. I can't find a matching model on the Champion web site and the Costco site does not give a specific model number. Does anyone know how to get the specific manual for this model? I expect it's similar to the 6,500-watt model 41351, but I would like to see the specific manual if I can. The Champions are all made in China, it seems. Any obvious quality problems with them? Are the engines from any particular known OEM? Are they standardized in any way? If Champion pulls out of the market or drops models, do you suppose I will be able to get a Golden Lucky Singhua Brand (or whatever) low-oil cutout switch (or whatever) in 10 year's time? Thank you in advance There are literally thousands of threads about Champion products, in the Tech Issues forum here. The longest thread on RV.net, is about the Champion 3500w/4000w open-frame contractor-style generators. Visit that forum and you'll get all the information you need.
bikendan 08/15/19 01:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Real towing advise please

Please post trailer specs and truck's payload capacity from the driver's door yellow sticker. It'll say something like Occupants and cargo should not exceed xxxxlbs.
bikendan 08/14/19 01:19pm Towing
RE: My favorite Generator

I have four generators, a 5000 watt Generac home backup system, a 4000 watt Onan on my motorhome and a Kawasaki 1400 watt I use with my travel trailer. I also have an old 1985 or 86 model 600 watt Nissan, my favorite. This little tiny 600 watt generator is an awesome little generator. I learned that it is actually a Honda generator made for Nissan. I use it with my motorhome when we are boondocking and just need to charge the batteries or play the TV etc. It only holds about a pint of fuel and will run about 5 hours before it needs refueling. It is very quiet, light weight, sips fuel and easy to start. mtnman I have recently acquired a Nissan GL600 generator, what type of oil does it take? Holy Thread Resurrection, Batman!:E A 6 year old thread brought back to life.
bikendan 08/09/19 10:13pm Tech Issues
RE: 2007 Crossroads 36ds toy hauler

Does anyone tow a toy hauler like this with a 3/4 pickup? has a hitch weight of 2370lbs I do have air bags on rear of my truck what's your truck's yellow payload sticker say? it'll say something like "Occupants and cargo should not exceed xxxxlbs".
bikendan 08/09/19 01:48am Towing
RE: Crash in Australia (tongue weight). Video.

Where's Robert Ryan when you need him?:W Need his Down Under perspective. What do you need him for when you have the award winning Geezer.Net crash forensics investigation team on the case? Because he's the Forum's official Australian representative! :B
bikendan 08/08/19 11:49am Towing
RE: About to buy a TT, so confused, could use some help.

A TT of that weight and length will have a loaded tongue weight way over your soft suspension SUV's max amount. You're committing a common newbie mistake by focusing on the towing capacity and not the car's payload capacity. The Sequoia will run out of payload capacity WAY before getting close to that 9600lbs number. And that 9600lbs number is only if it has the factory tow package. Figure 13% of the estimated loaded trailer weight for a loaded tongue weight. My guess would be around 1200lbs loaded. Subtract that and the weights of the whole family and the weights of car cargo, from the number on the yellow door sticker. It'll say something like "Occupants and cargo should not exceed xxxxlbs".
bikendan 08/07/19 12:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing speed

62-65mph towing. Fuel mileage suffers if I go any faster. 62mph is my optimal speed.
bikendan 08/07/19 12:19pm Towing
RE: Crash in Australia (tongue weight). Video.

Where's Robert Ryan when you need him?:W Need his Down Under perspective. I've seen a lot of these kind of combos, in Europe. Saw many that were the tail wagging the dog.
bikendan 08/07/19 12:14pm Towing
RE: question about parallel generators

I am sorry yes my Generator is a inverter type. It would help if you posted make and model since i don't know of any 2300w inverter generator. 2200w yes. Also not all inverter generators can be paralleled.
bikendan 08/07/19 12:09pm Tech Issues
RE: November Honeymoon trip suggestions

Back in early November, 2006 from the SF Bay Area to Chicago and back, to pick up our brand new HTT. Let's just say that weather turned on us, during the return leg and we almost crashed. No way would I be heading to Utah, during that time of the year.
bikendan 08/05/19 11:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2019 Ford Expedition Max

Most of the trips with this as a tow vehicle are very lightly loaded. Only me and two dogs. Maybe a cooler. Everything else goes in the truck/RV. I can't imagine over loading with the current boat. As far as the price going up with options, that is my struggle right now. I am used to ordering the top trim levels. The high rebates are only good for the XLT. Not that the XLT is a bad trim, but it doesn't compare to a Denali/Long Horn/Platinum. I looked at one Ex today with the 202B package (leather, upgraded head unit), adaptive cruise and lane assist, along with the HD tow package. They are asking $49k after all the rebates. Going up one trim level gets you to the $65k range, which is much more than I want to spend. Just not sure I will be happy with the XLT...... If you go for those bling trim levels, you'll be sacrificing payload capacity.
bikendan 08/05/19 11:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hwy 20 from Willits, CA to I% in Calif

I have had mixed recommendations on traveling east from Willits to I5 South. I am pulling a 34 foot 5th wheel. Any suggestions? Well, it's always been recommended by RVers, on every RV forum I've belonged to. And I lived in Napa Valley for a number of years and towed Highway 20 between 101 and I5 numerous times and never had an issue. It's not a fast route but it's the most direct route.
bikendan 08/05/19 11:32pm Beginning RVing
RE: GC battery sale

Boy I wish we had a Sam's club over here. I need 8 GC2's for my bus :( I wonder if Costco will price match? i doubt it, since there are no Sams Clubs in Washington anymore.
bikendan 08/03/19 02:12am General RVing Issues
RE: GFI trips when generator used

Op, disappeared.... it's only been 2 days.:R
bikendan 08/02/19 02:29am Tech Issues
RE: genny not putting out over 200 watts.

OP, stay away from these cheap open-frame contractor-style generators IF you're planning on using it in a campground. They are too loud and will exceed campground noise rules. If it's only for other types of usage, then go for it. I have a Champion 3500w/4000w open-frame contractor-style generator that I use for home backup power. But NEVER in a campground.
bikendan 08/01/19 03:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Pop-up trailer for newbies.

I have family members (nephew, wife, twin 5 year old boys, and 10 year old girl) who have become interested in getting a pop-up trailer for their minivan. Currently, they are tenting. My questions: 1. Who makes these trailers and which companies are the most reliable? 2. What features should they look for? Which aren't worthwhile? 3. What other factors should they consider? We are long time RV'ers with B class campers but I know very little about the pop-ups. I intended to ask this in the folding trailer section but that seems pretty much dead. I'm fairly certain that they aren't interested in a hard sided foldable. Thanks. There are probably around 10 different brands of popups made. You'd have to look at each brand, to really know which brands make the better Popups. There are a number of Popup-specific Forums on the Internet. Popup Portal and Popup Explorer are 2 of the best known. Have your nephew check them out and post questions there.
bikendan 07/29/19 02:39pm Beginning RVing
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