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RE: Cummins Onan P2500I Inverter Portable Generator

Look at how many people are fooled by the i-power 2000w inverter generator sold at Costco. It's blue and has Yamaha in big letters on it. They look at the small print that says "powered by". Clever marketing gets customers believing that it's a Yamaha brand generator, for $500.
bikendan 03/28/20 12:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hello newbie here...looking for suggestions/ideas :)

Hi everyone, just bought a new to us 2012 Jayco Hybrid 20E with the two pop up beds at each end. we used to have a 32Ft travel trailer...the Jayco will be used just for long weekends trips to the beach etc.. Any suggestions on how to make those beds comfortable? should we get air mattresses or just nice sleeping bags??? Anything else we should upgrade or watch out for? Thank you Cheers :) Eva Mattress toppers or egg crates for the beds. Popup Gizmos for the tent ends. Aerospace 303 for bunk seal maintenance. Check the bunk doors and hinge areas for water intrusion or delam. Check bunk door seals for tears, cracking or permanent compression.
bikendan 03/26/20 06:57pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Gas prices

Just got regular for $1.65, at a Tuscon Costco.
bikendan 03/24/20 11:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Can You Pass Through States with Stay at Home Orders?

They've taken hundreds to jail for violating the stay at home orders. If I were you I wouldn't chance it. Bypass Delaware and any other state that will confine you for being out and about. Better yet, stay in Florida. There is always one scumbag who wants to spread rumors and lies and upset others. I should probably use a more correct internet term: "troll". This is just disgusting when people are panicky, upset and trying to decide what they should or can do. He's pretty well known for stuff like this. That's why we long time members just ignore his posts.
bikendan 03/24/20 11:13am General RVing Issues
RE: New Camper problems

I am thinking of putting two 800cca optima rv batteries wired in parallel, does any one else do this? Anything with a CCA rating, is not the best choice for a towable. CCA ratings are for starting an engine, towables don't have engines so a CCA ratings is useless. Get a true deep cycle battery, like a pair of 6v golf cart batteries in series.
bikendan 03/22/20 10:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Senior Citizens Speak Up

The plot thickens. The governor of California just issued an order that all Californians must stay home. What if you don't have a home? Or what if your home has wheels? Can you role over to a free state? If I lived in California and my home had wheels, I woulda been long gone before now. Mike As a Californian will tell you, if you are not paying taxes in the state -- and specially if your poor state is being subsidized by their tax money, you have no right to speak about them and it's NOYB!:B California got enough of my tax money, and I got nothing for it.. so yeah, it is my business. Mike You are from Georgia for chrissakes! You are getting $1.29 for every dollar you pay in federal tax. If you are complaining about taxes you are paying in California, don't visit. You only get California tax is if you go there and buy stuff. Californians and NYers don't have any choice but subsidize with their taxes your very poor state. Just cause it says Georgia, doesn't mean he's never lived in California. I'm a native Californian and lived there almost my entire life(for 60 years), until I retired and escaped as quickly as possible. So even though my profile says Washington, I paid California taxes for 45 years. So I definitely feel I can comment about California, as many of us that left California have the right to.
bikendan 03/20/20 12:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Towing 4.6k w/ Nissan Titan vs Dodge Durango

If you are a "by the numbers" guy, you will need to look at the payload capacity of both vehicles. Personally, I would use the Durango (are RTs still Hemi?). First hand experience, they make a good tow vehicle for the weight class you are discussing. 5 or 6 people in the vehicle, will eat up a lot of the vehicle's payload capacity, leaving very little for the WDH weight and loaded tongue weight. I would expect the Titan to have a higher payload capacity. OP, you are making a common newbie mistake by focusing on the towing capacity number, instead of the Payload Capacity number. That's the more important number to work with. You'll find the Payload Capacity number on a driver's door yellow sticker. It'll say something like "Occupants and cargo should not exceed xxxxlbs". Just checked both vehicles. The durango is 1200 and the titan is 1322. A lot lower than what i thought they might be. However, the titan would likely have less cargo and people at all times so i guess this makes sense... I wonder what is industry standard on 1/2 ton trucks... Thanks for this advice! 1/2, 3/4 and 1 ton terminology has changed over the years and really don't reflect the reality of the truck lines. 1000lbs payload is now the very low end of 1/2 ton trucks. My F150 has 1828lbs of payload capacity. F150s with the Heavy Duty Payload package have payloads over 2000lbs, which was 1 ton territory back in the day. Vehicle payload capacity has to account for the weights of all the occupants, vehicle cargo, weight distribution hitch and loaded tongue weight. The total of all that has to be less than the 1200lbs or 1322lbs number.
bikendan 03/17/20 05:23pm Towing
RE: Towing 4.6k w/ Nissan Titan vs Dodge Durango

If you are a "by the numbers" guy, you will need to look at the payload capacity of both vehicles. Personally, I would use the Durango (are RTs still Hemi?). First hand experience, they make a good tow vehicle for the weight class you are discussing. 5 or 6 people in the vehicle, will eat up a lot of the vehicle's payload capacity, leaving very little for the WDH weight and loaded tongue weight. I would expect the Titan to have a higher payload capacity. OP, you are making a common newbie mistake by focusing on the towing capacity number, instead of the Payload Capacity number. That's the more important number to work with. You'll find the Payload Capacity number on a driver's door yellow sticker. It'll say something like "Occupants and cargo should not exceed xxxxlbs".
bikendan 03/17/20 01:09pm Towing
RE: 2012 Yukon XL Towing 30Ft

I'm sorry but I have a hard time believing that a 32'+ TT has a dry hitch weight of 362lbs. The Denali will have a lower payload capacity because of all the fancy bling.
bikendan 03/10/20 05:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 05 Ford Escape

Due to unfortunate financial issues we had to sell off truck and trailer a few years ago and are getting back into camping again. I have a 2005 Escape 3.0 AWD currently, wondering about it's manners when towing a pop up in the 2-3k range. It's rated for 3500 but unsure of towing with a short wheel base. If anyone has experience I'd like to hear from you. Just remember that the 3500lbs rating is ONLY if it has the full factory tow package. If not, the rating is 2000lbs, I think.
bikendan 03/10/20 12:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sumo super springs for 2019 F150

Boomer, I recently installed a set of the blue Sumosprings, on my 2014 F150 SCREW 4x4 and we're on our first towing trip with them. They are all I hoped they would be. Took sag out when loaded and gives a much better/stable ride with the TT. Unloaded they only kick in on bumps and railroad crossings. Well worth the cost and no air bags to fill. Took me about 30 minutes to install. Based on my research, they ride better than the stiffer Timbrens.
bikendan 03/08/20 02:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Slide out awnings yay or nay?

Hello All, I just got a new fifth wheel with three slideouts. I never had slideouts before so this is new to me. I did a search on slide awnings this forum, I know that some people love them and some do not. I thought I would post my own query on this and see what the latest thought are on the matter. If you don't have the awnings I assume you have to climb a ladder and clean the roof on the slide. One fellow told me the rubber wiper will take care of it. Guy at the rv center said just blow them off and close them up, is this acceptable? Do you need to wipe them down dry in the rain? Thanks Wouldn't have a RV without them. Our previous trailer didn't have them. Within a year of owning it, we had one installed on the 12' slideout. We found that tree sap/debris and other stuff affected the slideout seals, resulting in a variety of issues. Once we got it, those issues disappeared.
bikendan 02/29/20 11:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Homeless people coming to your favorite campground!

Well, hold on there---maybe there are things that need to be said here. As an old firefighter, I've held hands of folks that have had a terrible event just happen to them and they are going to need a hand up. It's the people that are too lazy to even clean up their "homeless" dump, drop feces in the street, use drugs, and then claim they are being abused by society that fry my berries. When we, as a society, have to hire a "poop patrol" to wash the streets of cities, homeless has over stepped its bounds. Oh, where does the street washing contents go??? Why into the drain which flows into the water. But OMG!!don't wash yer car! That pollutes the water. A 3% unemployment rate means that folks can usually get work of some sort. It's just that a number of our citizens are to lazy to do it. Don't get me started on the green, blue, & purple haired folks!! As a retired California firefighter and former state mental institution worker, I have some perspectives on the homeless dilemma. States closed down their mental institutions when the rights of the mentally ill swung way to far in the opposite direction. This caused a decrease in the ability to help those with severe mental illness, who very often sought drugs and alcohol. As an employee of these institutions, I saw too many released into world with no support systems. As a firefighter/EMT, I frequently went to homeless camps and shelters. From what I saw, the overwhelming majority of homeless are the mentally ill and substance abusers. Those that are good people who had bad luck, are a very small percentage. The vast majority of homeless that I met, didn't want to work, didn't want treatment, didn't want to live in a shelter and didn't want to stop using drugs/alcohol. California has 50% of the nation's homeless population, even though it's the most expensive to live in. And it's still growing, so expensive housing is not the issue.
bikendan 02/25/20 11:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Generator Placement questions

Become a member of PassPort America (1/2 price camping) and forget about parking lots. It's not considered proper etiquette to use a generator, open your slides or awning or use you BBQ and lawn chairs while over-nighting at Walmarts, truck stops and rest areas. And don't use the storm drains to empty your tanks either! IF you get away with it, you're only ruining it for the next poor sap wanting a few hours of rest. Many places that used to allow over-nighting no longer allowing it because of the objectionable behavior of a few miscreants. And besides, at an RV park, the kids can run and play - maybe get a shower and clean up while you're there. As a fan of PA, we highly recommend it. BUT the OP is traveling in a popular area in the SUMMER! I've never seen a PA campground with 50% off in the summertime.
bikendan 02/24/20 09:42pm Tech Issues
RE: First Timers

Sorry to be brutal but trying to tow a 28'+ TT, with a Nissan Frontier is just dangerous for you and the public. And with a fictional dry tongue weight of 610lbs, it will exceed your Frontier's max hitch weight when loaded for camping. You need to look for something in the 20'-21' range or get a full size truck if you really want this TT. Prowler 240RB Specs
bikendan 02/24/20 09:23pm Beginning RVing
RE: Pickup truck advice

Why violate the rule? Buy or select the TT/5er first then match a tow vehicle to it. ^^^^^^THIS! Figure out which TT you want and then select the properly spec'd F150 to tow it. The f150 has too many variations to simply just pick one. A higher trim level F150 will generally have lower payload capacities. I have a 2014 F150 SCREW 4x4 Ecoboost with the Max Tow package that I selected to tow the particular TT we wanted to buy. When shopping, focus on PAYLOAD CAPACITY, not towing capacity.
bikendan 02/23/20 11:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying an RV with patched water leak

Hope you have some fix it skills, because thats what you'll be doing constantly.
bikendan 02/22/20 11:32am Beginning RVing
RE: College Student & Full Time"RV" Living

Hey. Didn`t get the chance to the fact that a single reporting form in all subjects is an essay. In Oxford, even in maths, you need to write an essay in the form of a scientific article, where you make an introduction, include in the text formulas and graphs, their description, explanation of the result and conclusion. About 30 essays have been written in the last 2 years. Of course, we have unique students on the course who do not write anything themselves, but order essays on sites like this https://bestessay4you.com/. Holy Thread Resurrection, Batman!:h A 6 years old thread brought back to life.
bikendan 02/22/20 12:11am Beginning RVing
RE: Rez fridge question

The reason I asked was my fiver goes to the storage lot. Currently I have the 3 way fridge and the night before we head out I go and fire it up so it cools down by the time we leave. Never seen a 3-way fridge in any 5th wheel. What make and model number is it? Only 3-way fridges I've seen, are in pop ups and truck campers. I own a PrimeTime product and they have only installed 2-way RV fridges or residential fridges. Maybe a 12v DC only fridge but no 3-way fridge.
bikendan 02/17/20 11:05am Tech Issues
RE: what do you think about hybrid Mitsubishi

That said, I'd guess the OP is a spammer, attracted to the "Hybrid" travel trailer forum by accident. :) Yep!
bikendan 02/13/20 02:07am Hybrid Travel Trailers
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