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RE: Oregon to charge 25% more for out of state RV campers

Would Oregon campers be unhappy at paying extra for out of state camping? They have to in ID.IDAHO, USA — Idaho State Parks will double the price for out-of-state campers and visitors starting Thursday, June 10 to comply with a new state law. House Bill 93 specifies an increase in fees for some of the state's busiest parks, including Bear Lake, Farragut, Hells Gate, Priest Lake and Round Lake. The new price for non-residents to enter the parks jumps to $14. For out of state campers, a basic campsite at those parks will cost $48 a night. We ran into this a couple of weeks ago, at Farragut State Park. Washington State Parks charges a $5 extra fee for out of state campers. At Farragut, including taxes, fees and Reserve America's cut, a W/E site cost us $80 per night!:E I'm fine paying 25% extra but not 100% extra. IMHO, that just says "don't camp at our state parks because you're not welcome". So we won't return to Idaho State Parks until they charge a more fair fee for out of staters.
bikendan 09/22/21 03:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Wine Country north of San Francisco

I haven't been there in 20 years, lol. But i do remember at the end we went to see the old faithfull Geyser, one of 3 in the world with that designation. It was small but fun to go do, like saying you saw the worlds biggest ball of string. There were fainting goats there also. For wineries, i remember Chandone, and freemark abby? Not sure on spelling or even if they are still there. Domain Chandon is in Yountville and Freemark Abbey is just north of St. Helena. There's also the Petrified Forest outside of Calistoga.
bikendan 09/21/21 01:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hybrid popout rubber seal

Hi folks T-slot bulb - like rubber seal went bad and Cannot seem to find anywhere for my 2006 Trail Cruiser c-21 rbh. Will try to upload the photo but it should fit about inch wide slot with a 5/8 or even bigger bulb. Any ideas? Should be moved to Hybrid forum.
bikendan 09/21/21 01:31am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Wine Country north of San Francisco

As of 9/19/21, there are large wildfires at the trees. It probably will be shut down for the fall. Sorry.Are you referring to the Sequoia NF fire? That's not North of SF. The OP mentioned visiting Sequoia NP in the first post before heading to SF.
bikendan 09/20/21 01:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2022 Toyota Tundra Reveal

Here's the Toyota Tundra reveal. No more V8 engines! 3.5 Twin Turbo and a 3.5 Twin Turbo hybrid both backed by a 10 speed. Enjoy... Link Link 2 WOW! And I thought the Chevy Silverado was UGLY! I think this new Tundra is actually worse.
bikendan 09/19/21 11:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SUV for pulling hybrid

My wife and I plus two English Setters are tight in this but we make it. We spend three months in Florida every winter. Do not get a hybrid. Stay with a bunk model trailer. Our kids grew up in a travel trailer every summer. Today they are getting one they just purchased a Large suv with a v-8. Take the weight of people pets and gear and look how much weight you have there. Don’t purchase a new trailer they are problems on wheels. Buy used. Have you ever owned a hybrid? We did for 10 years and loved it. We sold it after we retired, only because our camping lifestyle changed. We still miss its openness and sleeping under canvas.
bikendan 09/19/21 11:40pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: “Pathetic quality”: RV dealers are fed up...

Take a quick look at RVs and you will quickly see that poor construction is only part of the issue. Materials and parts are often poor. Design and engineering are typically very bad. I equate the RV industry to the American auto industry of the 50s and 60s. It took some serious foreign competition to shake up the industry. Even now American makers continue to struggle with quality; e.g., for Ford quality is still "job one". Considering the high prices and poor quality, the door is open for foreign competition. Exactly where will this RV foreign competition come from? There is no RV manufacturering there except for a couple of Japanese boutique builders of tiny motorhomes. Yes, there are some European RV manufacturers but it's nearly impossible to make a profit to export them to North America. How many European RVs have you seen at any dealerships here? Shipping costs from Europe or the Far East are too high for them to make a profit. And RVs take up much more room on ships, than cars do. The only possibility would be foreign investors to buy an existing RV manufacturer and instill their version of quality construction. But I don't see that happening, like Hymer RV's debacle and scandal of purchasing Roadtrek.
bikendan 09/13/21 09:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV surveyors

AFAIK none are licensed. SIL needs to be FULLY prepared with his own complete PDI regardless of who he may hire to help. He needs to be FULLY prepared to walk away. Cost, non refundable deposit, just sold, etc. Things like water damage, rust underneath and much more. Not many experienced RVs would buy a remote rig that far away. We drove 4000 miles roundtrip to pick up our hybrid TT, from Napa Valley to Chicago and back. We're willing to do such a trip again, to save money. I know of other West Coasters who've done the same thing.
bikendan 09/05/21 12:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Wine Country north of San Francisco

Just don't do what we did -- we toured the Dry Creek area near Healdsburg on bikes. Wine tasting and hilly terrain do not mix. (Great Zinfandels, though.) That's a great bike ride to do. If it's open, the Dry Creek General Store is a great place for lunch. It was built in 1881.
bikendan 09/04/21 12:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wine Country north of San Francisco

I grew up in the Sonoma Valley and my wife and I lived in Napa Valley for 12 years. She worked at 3 Napa Valley wineries as a wine educator. Napa Valley can be overpriced but the Valley is gorgeous, especially in the spring. A lot depends on your level of wine experience and tastes. In Napa Valley, We recommend Castello d' Amorosa, Sterling, V. Sattui, Rombauer, Chateau Montelena, Hagafen and Darioush. Most of these are recommended for the experience, as well as good wine.
bikendan 09/03/21 01:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Timbrem or Sumos on F150

Hi Dan, did you go with the blues (1000lbs) or black Sumos (1500)? We are towing 7500 lbs. It sounds like the blues are softer and may be easier over bumps. BTW, the gap doesn't create the slam effect when towing as the rubber is in full contact and compress. I think it is the hardness of the rubber in the Timbren that causes the jarring effect. MC I went with the blue ones since I have plenty of payload capacity but wanted to help with the small amount of rear sag.
bikendan 08/18/21 12:02pm Towing
RE: Timbrem or Sumos on F150

I love my SumoSprings on my F150! I chose them because of the more modern microcellular urethane material, over old tech hard rubber. They work as advertised.
bikendan 08/18/21 12:07am Towing
RE: Honda / Westinghouse companion

Can you companion operate these 2 generators. Honda an Westinghouse? Most will say no, including the manufacturers.
bikendan 08/03/21 02:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Forest river E-pro gfi location

Any ideas? I have 20ft Forest River Flag E-pro 19BH travel trailer. Lost Shore power in a storm for a few minutes...All came back except the electrical outlets and the, "power phone charging tower." No breakers blown and all fuses look good. No one I have talked to can tell me how reset the GFI plugs..I have three, bathroom, under table and outside, none have a center reset. One nice rv place said there has to another one? The dealer tech dept is no help...I said, "someone has to know where it is?" NOT..Hoping someone here can help, or I have to call out a tech...Thanking in advance. Your title says it's an Ibex trailer but your post says it's an EPro. These are different trailers. Which is it?
bikendan 08/03/21 02:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Can I rent your RV?

This question has been asked here many times and at least 90% of the responses are NO!
bikendan 08/03/21 02:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Weigh safe trailer ball with built in scale. Any comments?

Then get a Sherline tongue scale. Put the tongue on it and load away. When done just hitch up like normal. This^^^^^^ I rather spend less money for a scale that has a variety of uses and for other trailers, than a very limited item like this.
bikendan 07/27/21 10:47pm Towing
RE: Camping in a high temperature area.

Are there any brave souls camping in the PNW during the heat wave. Are people using their RV and its AC to beat the heat? Has the sound of generators increased? our house is only 5 years old and we have a modern heat pump system. it has managed to keep us cool during this PNW heat wave. didn't have to jump in our TT.
bikendan 06/29/21 03:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Traveling to the United States can be an amazing experience

Yep, Spammer. Has a link to their business, in their profile.
bikendan 06/25/21 01:21pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: towing a Smart Car

thread should be moved to Dinghy Towing section
bikendan 06/23/21 03:41am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2022 Toyota Tundra Reveal

Toyota has just handily taken the ugliest truck award from the Silverado HD. I have no brand loyalties but both have the ugliest front ends I've seen in a long time. I don't get it.:h
bikendan 06/21/21 02:37pm Tow Vehicles
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