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RE: Full Hook-ups or no?

We choose campgrounds based on location,space between sites and price. We generally prefer federal and state park campgrounds.Hookups is normally not a consideration. My wife does like to have at least electric. But we do have a Honda 2000 generator for those ocassions where there are no hookups. x2!
bikendan 01/19/20 02:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Champion generator

to me the most important element of this decision is the noise level. my experience camping is that Honda can't be beat in that category. Almost every inverter generator is as quiet as a Honda now. To be competitive, they have to be. actually, very few can match Honda's decibel ratings. most come close but only a handful match it. and i'm a fan of a number of non-Honda inverter generators.
bikendan 01/17/20 01:36am Tech Issues
RE: Residential Refrigerator – Good or avoid?

We dry camp a lot and would NEVER have a residential fridge. We don't need that much fridge space, for just two people. Retired Firefighter huh!..:R You need to explore the fire hazard potential - and if you're still happy with your gas/electric - add fusible link actuated extinguisher in the rear of the fridge compt. "Space" - Refrigerators are available in all sizes, whether gas/elect or electric only (residential). BTW - NEVER -say- NEVER, ROTFL!! . i consider the fire hazard potential as minimal. Are you a firefighter?:R We love dry camping too much, to give in to having a residential fridge. Haven't seen any RV fridges as big as the residential fridges. So they aren't available in ALL sizes.
bikendan 01/15/20 02:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Full Hook-ups or no?

We do a mix of hookups and dry camping. For instance, we're leaving to head south next month, for 10 weeks. half of our time will be dry camping and the other have with hookups. We prefer the bigger campsites we get by dry camping in California state parks/beaches. But we do enjoy the RV parks in Arizona.
bikendan 01/15/20 02:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Residential Refrigerator – Good or avoid?

We dry camp a lot and would NEVER have a residential fridge. We don't need that much fridge space, for just two people.
bikendan 01/14/20 02:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hitch Question

We are downsizing from a 5th wheel to a small TT. We just purchased a 2104S Rockwood. The length is 22'4", the Unloaded Vehicle Weight is 4841 and the Base Axle Weight is 4168. What is your recommendation for a hitch. Our Chevy Duramax Silverado has a receiver. Would you recommend an equilizer hitch? Which one? We do want stabilizer bars. Thanks for all your help!! Equal-i-zer is a brand of a WDH, which I have and recommend. You're asking for recommendations for a WDH(weight distribution hitch). There are lots of well loved makes, Reese/Blue Ox/Andersen to name a few. Modern WDHs, like the 4pt Equal-i-zer, have integrated sway control, which are much better than old tech add-on friction sway bars.
bikendan 01/12/20 01:16pm Towing
RE: Difference in receiver styles

I just bought a 2019 Ram 1500 classic and it doesn't have a receiver so I need to put one on. What is the difference in these styles? I understand the class difference and I'm still debating on whether to use a class 3 or 4 but I can't find any info on the style difference. Both styles can be found in class 3 and 4. i gotta ask, if your Ram didn't come with a receiver, it must not have the factory tow package, correct? therefore did you have a brake controller and its wiring installed and a trans cooler installed? Also your combo pic doesn't seem to show that you're using a WDH since i don't see one in the pic and your Ram has a lot of rear sag.
bikendan 01/10/20 01:51am Towing
RE: Toyota FJ towing Shadow Cruiser 225 RBS

Hello, would you still have your 225 RBS Shadow Cruiser? If you do I have a friendly request. I had a blow out and the tire destroyed the wiring that goes to the slide, both 12v for light and 110v for receptacles. I have the slide end of the wiring under the dinette, no problem there. The problem is where the wires go into the "basement". There are two wire ties on the outside bottom of the slide but I can not see where the wires go for power. Is there a "curly" wire that retracts? With the room extended a photograph would truly help where to start digging for the wire. I would like to thank you in advance if you could help. The manufacture is useless, they won't even answer an email. Wayne Since this thread is nearly 7 years old and the OP hasn't posted for a very long time, I think you're better off sending them a PM.
bikendan 01/08/20 11:22am Tow Vehicles
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bikendan 01/07/20 12:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Oregon or what to do after Glacier

We're Floridians and try to head west every summer. We are teachers so we have the luxury of time. We've fallen in love with Colorado (RMNP, Ouray, Durango, Ridgway),Utah (Zion, Bryce, DHP and Moab) and we've played long and hard in Yellowstone and the Tetons. We always try to add something new and Glacier is our paradise. Question is, what can we do from there west? I think we've decided against our first impulse, which was to cross the border into Waterton just to avoid customs with our dog and all. We've never made it to the Pacific. Any input would be much appreciated. Oregon? Pacific Coast Highway? We're one year from retirement, so Alaska will have to wait for that. If you decide to go to the West Coast, during the summer, you better start making reservations now. Especially for anything on the beach. I'm guessing that any Southern California State Beach campgrounds are already booked up.
bikendan 01/04/20 02:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Can installing weight distribution hitch be a DIY project?

Certainly, it can be a DIY project. for example, for the 4pt. Equal-i-zer, there are tons of installation videos available.
bikendan 12/31/19 03:00am Towing
RE: Yellowstone / Old Faithful area

The ONLY FHU Reservable CG in YSNP is Fishing Bridge however it it closed for the 2020 season for “Renovation” The other CGs- Grant Village, Bridge Bay, Canyon, Mammoth, Madison (the closest CG to Old Faithful) are non reservable “dry” CGs.There are some other smaller CGs that are suitable for tents etc. only. To get a site in any of the non reservable CGs be there EARLY get in line and the Ranger will assign you a site as the previous campers leave. you can reserve a campsite at Madison, Grant and Canyon since we did but not a specific campsite. And FB is closed in 2020 until mid-September: CLOSED FOR 2020 SEASON UNTIL MID-SEPTEMBER Fishing Bridge RV Park—elevation 7,800 feet (2377 m)—is located near the Yellowstone River where it exits Yellowstone Lake on its way north toward the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. This is the only campground in Yellowstone to offer water, sewer, and electrical hookups for RVs. Because grizzly bears frequent the area, no tents or tent campers are allowed. Campfires are prohibited in the Fishing Bridge RV Park, including the use of portable fire pits.
bikendan 12/29/19 02:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone / Old Faithful area

Personally, if i drove all the way to Yellowstone, to visit, there's no way i'd camp in a town and not in the Park itself. there's so much to see and hear and experience by camping in one of YNP's great campgrounds. instead of a sanitized concrete commercial campground in W. Yellowstone.
bikendan 12/27/19 02:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: potty without the rv

if i was in your situation, i'd do like i did backpacking. carry a roll of TP and a trowel. simple as that. as others have said, Carry or Bury.
bikendan 12/27/19 02:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Yellowstone / Old Faithful area

The best is Grizzly in West Yellowstone; there are other nice ones in West Yellowstone. It's about a 30 minute drive depending on what animals show up along the way. And depending on traffic on the West side.
bikendan 12/20/19 06:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: So many closed topics!

Yosememite, There is always more than one way to skin a cat per say. Say something, disagree with someone, no big. Name calling will get you no where on this forum ANYWHERE! Not just here. As I have noted before, I am probably the lowest deleter of threads, posts etc on So if you happen to get my attention. You deserve it! I have no problems with people debating, as long as it is kept polite. If someone is not being polite, adult like, then expect to be deleted in posts, threads, or even need to get your posts approved by a mod before they are posted, last is deleting your account. If you are causing "ME" that many issues, I skip the approval of posts, just plain ask to have you deleted! Also, in real life, have some respect for real snowflakes, they can kill you in the form of an avalanche. having been knocked down by a mini one at Stevens Pass ski area on the 7th Heaven run, I would not want to be in a real one! I've seen the damage a real one can inflict too! Marty Way to go, Marty!:B
bikendan 12/20/19 01:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Everyone's gotta see this VW.

Fantastic rolling art work!
bikendan 12/15/19 01:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 towing...

I have a payload of 1200 lbs and max towing of 7,800. Hemi V8, stock class IV hitch, not sure about the trans cooler. I will have to add trailer brakes to the truck though. Bottom line is that with a measly payload of only 1200lbs, you're going to be very limited, ESPECIALLY for a toyhauler. Second, having a hitch RECEIVER doesn't mean it has the factory tow package, which would include a trans cooler and pre-wiring for a brake controller. Forget the Max towing number, with a payload of 1200lbs, you'd never even get close to 7800lbs. Lastly, using fictional website/brochure dry weight numbers is a common newbie mistake. NO RV weighs that near those numbers, especially when loaded. With a bogus tongue weight of 670lbs, it could easily weigh 1000lbs with the toy and stuff in the trailer. Subtract 100lbs for the WDH, that leaves you 100lbs for the driver, passengers and stuff in the truck.
bikendan 12/13/19 01:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How much water to ad to black tank when starting out.?

3-5 gallons.
bikendan 12/13/19 01:16pm Beginning RVing
RE: No Warranty on your RV? Don't buy new?

I am new here and I am surprised most of you guys recommend not getting a new RV with warranty. I bought a very old boat a few years ago and it was my first boat. Looking back I wish I had a warranty on it because it was impossible to find parts for the boat and I spent more time working on the boat than I did actually sailing. Seems like the same logic applies to an RV???? Are there any good RV warranties out there are all they all bad? All new RVs come with at least a one year factory warranty. Many of us feel that most of the stuff that's wrong, can be found in that first year. No one is against that. It's the third-party extended warranties that most don't recommend because they almost always don't cover the more expensive issues that RVs have, like roof damage and delamination. The fine print often has many exclusions.
bikendan 12/11/19 01:47pm Beginning RVing
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