I like the Huskqvarna 2-stroke whackers, blowers, and chain saws vs. Stihl, if for no other reason that I can't get them online or without a huge markup in price. I do run some SeaFoam through my equipment once a year and they are so old now I can't remember when I bought them. Interestingly, my Rancher chain saw has a larger engine (55 cc) than my first Honda motorcycle from 1970. I also rode a 2-stroke triple 750 Suzuki GT-750 in the '70s without issue, it had that nice automatic injector system so no mixing, and had to keep the radiator full, LOL. Wing-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding!
We need to whack all the enviro-nazis in this country, roll back emmissions to Y2K standards and let the economy breathe, for once.
Here in SoCal we understand that it's not about cutting emissions, but control. No more "freeways", dangerous vehicles we don't want to buy, "smart" cities where sardines will live, "redistribution" by crippling taxes to create a two-class society. Our vehicle emissions are 99.9% cleaner than they were decades ago, but we still have stupid summer/winter gas blend and evaporative controls on every gas pump because 40 years ago cars didn't have evaporative recovery cans on their fuel systems. 2/3 of all pollution is caused by static sources, and with "mission accomplished", the whackos are calling carbon dioxide a pollutant and a pond a "navigable waterway". Sheesh! (39 year career science pro).
I agree with the NRA as a first source of advice. Pay particular attention to the NJ law regarding "lockbox transport", and then legal use in your campsite, considered a residence under most state laws as it's a rented space of habitation.
Bob, the answer is H*ll Yeah! There's always plenty of room for cut eucalyptus in the Class A bins on mom's Allegro. Haven't had anybody out west ask us about our wood either, LOL. And we just get kindling (woodscraps) at the campground laying around with a flammable solvent for a firestarter.
And in addition to gators, if you're stranded in the mangroves overnight, you not only have the mosquitoes to deal with, but thanks to some ignorant pet owner, the pythons will climb into your boat from over the transom or side. We have a short fence around our 'Glades place so the dogs can go out at night without worry of Wally...
I'm not comfortable driving a car that runs on coal, as typically the power grid that fuels electric vehicles do. Now once that 500-year supply of oil runs out, rest assured, I'll be right in line with everyone else using the "new" technology.
We'll be fine, we've slept on airbeds (or on the ground) for many, many years inside various tents. We have nice warm sleeping bags. Plus, where we go tent camping, it doesn't get that cold in the summer.
That's good, because outside of the heat of summer, you'll soon freeze. I just don't want to take all the extra gear with us to overcome the heat-sink performance of hollow-tube air mattresses. 2 of my ThermaRest CampRest pads are circa 1988 and still performing like new. Our local mountains in San Diego and south Orange County can drop below 50 at a higher altitudes like Mt. Laguna, but we do a lot of winter camping in the desert - it's no place to be cold at night. We use Marmot Mountain and A16 goose down bags that weight almost nothing, and in combination with a self-inflating sleeping pad (available in many thicknesses) mean not having to carry a lot of other gear to stay warm. If the seller can't show you a 5.0 R-Value, take it back and tell them to sleep on it.
I saw some knockoffs like the OP was looking for at CostCo, and they were right around his $40 price point.
Happy Tent Camping!
After doing a bit of research on air beds last year, I read many good reviews of this: Lightspeed Outdoors 2 Person Air Bed with Pump. I found one at Costco (in the store) last week for $39.99 and brought it home. The material seems a lot sturdier than the normal blow-up cheapies and it includes a battery operated pump and a carry bag. It's flatter than our other inflatable beds, but I slept on if for a while and it was quite comfortable. I'm going to sew a cover for it made out of a flannel sheet set. The cover will have a pocket at the top so that pillows can be tucked into it and won't slide off.
Note that this is not the queen size version, which is a bit thicker and bigger (and costs more).
Are you sleeping inside a heated RV or Home or using a heater? If not, I'd definitely take it back to Costco and return it, unless you can find a 5.0 R-Value listed on the package or insert. you bought a hollow-tube air mattress that is designed for use inside a heated enclosure. Once temps drop below 50-degrees F., this mattress will suck the warmth out of you while you sleep, requiring several times the amount of insulation to compensate. You're in for miserable sleeping if you have a tent and no heater. A better choice would be a self-inflating sleeping pad from ThermaRest, MegaMat, or the Costco knockoff version. Putting it on a cot takes away most of the insulating value, as a cot has the same empty air space under the sleeper that a hollow-tube air mattress does. You need a cellular blocking network of foam and padding over a slow-heat-transfer solid surface for the most comfortable sleep in a tent.
Schumacher chargers are fine, we've used several of them for nearly 20 years for the AGM battery, Harley, and stored vehicle. More money gets you a higher charging Amp rating. Inside, all of these chargers are probably of very similar construction, with cosmetic differences on the outside.
I know where you can get independent, reliable advice from thousands of owners of this vehicle. Their experience is one of "worse than average" reliability compared to similar vehicles from different manufacturers. For whatever reason, you are not allowed to say their name on this forum, but the initials are "C. R." and loosely would mean "buyer's reviews". Their April issue details reliability and if you choose, the recommended version of this vehicle. Here in the low desert, their vehicles are highly regarded off-road. On-road, they seem to offer greater opportunities to expand your mechanical skills, or at least meet and greet a wider audience of dealers and repair facilities.I hear you and understand where you are coming from. Certainly, it makes sense to check the reviews but you have to take them with a grain of salt.
First, the worst car on the road today is far more reliable than the best car on the road 30 years ago...
Second, each car seems to have its own problems. It's way too confusing to draw statistical conclusions...
Third, A lot of review sites feature very upset customer...
So yes, you are correct, the reviews are often bad, but how does that translate to my expected experience with a given new model that's not even out yet?
Those reviews I cited from C.R. Magazine are from subscribers like myself, we do lengthy surveys each year on our vehicles, appliances, and other consumer products. They also pretend to be an average shopper and buy an unprepared vehicle for rigorous scientific testing. They are "independent and reliable", unlike JD P'ers or other companies that accept $ for advertising and product placement. Because "past performance predicts future reliability", their comprehensive ratings are useful in predicting outcomes. Personally,I'm Ford and GMC certified (gotta make a $ between jobs as a chemist sometimes) and in my experience each model usually last around 10 years, and parts don't change 100% every year, so there's a lot of carryover with small improvements over the life of the model decade. If you want to buy the least reliable cars on the road, more power to you and your mechanic, lol. The "statistical conclusions" are there in print and online, but you have to borrow the issue or buy a subscription. If a product maker uses their name in advertising, they are as vicious as Disney for stomping out illegal infringement to protect their reputation. I've been taking their advice for over 30 years, and outside of their "social issue" stances, the product advice is as good and saved me a lot of $ and aggravation. :@
I know where you can get independent, reliable advice from thousands of owners of this vehicle. Their experience is one of "worse than average" reliability compared to similar vehicles from different manufacturers. For whatever reason, you are not allowed to say their name on this forum, but the initials are "C. R." and loosely would mean "buyer's reviews". Their April issue details reliability and if you choose, the recommended version of this vehicle. Here in the low desert, their vehicles are highly regarded off-road. On-road, they seem to offer greater opportunities to expand your mechanical skills, or at least meet and greet a wider audience of dealers and repair facilities.
I would not buy one due to "much worse than average reliability" reported by Consumer Reports and its subscriber's own experience as owners. First year reliability has been much below average. If I was buying, I'd look for other 4X4 options. It it's your only choice, the best option is the 3.2-liter V6 in Limited trim as the 4-cylinder is slow and gets "lousy fuel economy for the class- just 22 mpg overall".
2012 Coleman, the use of a chimney starter eliminates petroleum residues and off-tastes in food from using self-lighting or liquid lighter fuel, and by using crumpled newspaper has fewer safety issues. We love the apple and cherry wood chips in flavoring our marinated beef, chicken and pork (Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese) BBQ cookouts.
The WeberQ is top-rated by Consumer Reports and doesn't require you to carry a chimney starter like the SmokeyJoe, and you won't have moisture issues as with charcoal in wet mountain climates. I'm upgrading from my Weber Go-Anywhere Gas Tabletop when it rusts out to the Weber Q. Oh, and a handful of cherry/mesquite/hickory/apple soaked wood chunks will give you all the smoky flavor you wcould want without the space issues of charcoal. I own four grills and a Meco smoker currently and am always looking for the next "better option" myself.
We switched from a Weber Tabletop Gas with 1 lb. bottles to a Smokey Joe, and between having to re-stoke the thing with charcoal, carry the additional chimney, and moisture issues in the mountains involving briquets, went back to the Weber with pleasure. You might consider a Weber Q1000, which like the Tru-Infrared you and I use at home, is top-rated by Consumer Reports. We are tent campers and carry our grill in a nylon binocular cover where it doesn't dirty up anything inside our vehicle. I'll upgrade to the Q when my Weber Tabletop wears out.
Most dealers won't accept TruCar relationships for that very reason, and any salesman who matches their pricing is going to be out of a job unless he makes the lost profit and costs back on the trade. The opinions given above who suggest otherwise don't know the industry. CarMax is also notorious for lowballing trade-in values and only beat dealers by a small amount statistically. (When between labs I stay busy with a seller's license, I'm GMC and Ford Certified.) If you need to buy a vehicle, get your advice from Consumer Reports. Getting it from where you are reading this right now is not the place.
Many metropolitan areas have an "UFO Outlet" upholstery jobber that suppplies home and commercial users with a variety of materials depending on thickness and firmness needs, and can recommend an expert cutter if needed. DO NOT put yourself, your children, or your dog on anything resembling a hollow-tube air mattress, unless the manufacturer gives you an R-value of 5.0 or greater. Those things are only intended for use at home in heated enclosures. Camping should be comfortable and restful, don't torture anyone by using an air mattress. Mom's Alegro had one inside the sofabed, but the RV also had a huge furnace and two big AC units, LOL.
We will be in a large RV, 45 ft, pulling a 30ft trailer, we do not need hookups but may have to stay outside the park due to the size. We also plan to stop at Grand Canyon and maybe Redwoods depending on what time allows. In grand Canyon we plan to river raft and do the mule/donkey ride (things my father did as a kid). Thanks for the advice!
We stayed in Thousand Trails just outside the West Gate with both the 38' MountainAire and two tents. 50A service, great tenting area also, clean and well-managed with a fork of the Tuoloumne River for great trout fishing. We weren't members and you don't have to be either to stay there. Having stayed at this park, and being tenters, I'd never stay inside the campgrounds inside the valley, but that's just me.