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RE: Slide out, store in, or out?

Unless you're in it, there's no reason to expose the slide out seals toweater/sun or the slide roof to water, if you don't have to. As was said, it just takes a few seconds to open.
bikendan 06/24/19 01:45pm Tech Issues
RE: What can I do with/expect from a generator?

We have boondocked four days easily without, but for skiing this winter and possibly up to one week of boondocking... Saw a used Honda 3000ec available for $750. What will that do for us? How long do I need to run something like that the charge our batteries up? I have two 6v batteries. That's a great price for a Honda 3000i. To recharge the batteries, you should only need to run it for 2-4 hours a day. BUT we have no idea what you want the generator for. Run the a/c, recharge batteries, run the microwave, etc....?
bikendan 06/23/19 10:31am Beginning RVing
RE: How do you begin to plan for extended road trips?

When we retired in 2014, we decided to start leaving for the late winter/early spring, for sunnier/warmer climes. We are gone for 7-8 weeks and use Passport America and RV Park Reviews. We almost always make reservations since more and more Baby Boomers are doing the same thing. Living out West, there's a lot of competition for campsites especially coastal ones, which are often booked year-round.
bikendan 06/23/19 01:39am Beginning RVing
RE: So, how does Highland Ridge Open Range rank?

We've been looking at the 280RKS 5th wheel and TT. Overall I'd give them a good rating, based on quality and fit/finish. They seem to respond to complaints from owners. We owned a Rockwood and now a PrimeTime. I would rate the Open Range a little higher.
bikendan 06/22/19 11:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Cleaning Canvas

I know rubbing alcohol cleans a vinyl coated exterior bunk end with great results. I only did this in small areas that I needed to patch due to mice chewing through the tent ends, so I cannot speak to the affect on the water proofing of the material, but the area's I cleaned looked like new and this is on 13 year old material that I haven't really cleaned before and it is vinyl, so I don't expect any adverse results. This was on white bunk end tops. It removed pine tree sap, bird droppings and whatever else. I'm considering soaking an orbital polishing tool with rubbing alcohol and cleaning the entire bunk end top ( yeah I have time for that). IF you had Popup Gizmos, you wouldn't have to do all that. Way easier to clean the Gizmos, than the canvas.
bikendan 06/21/19 02:27pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: 2020 Chevy Duramax 3.0 Diesel

I hope they put it in a Burb/Yukon XL. With proper cooling capabilities....... Won't be that much of an improvement, if they don't bring back the 2500 version. Still has the limitations of a 1/2 ton soft suspension SUV.
bikendan 06/20/19 01:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer dolly?

IMHO, buying and hauling the Trailer Valet, would be an unneeded expense for this purpose. Much better to get experience backing the trailer. In all my years of Camping, with many time in tight state park campgrounds, I've never seen anyone use something lime this, to get in a campsite. But if you have use for it, for home usage or storage ot usage, then it might be worth it.
bikendan 06/20/19 01:30pm Beginning RVing
RE: What are your yearly registration costs for your truck?

2014 F150 SCREW XTR 4x4 3.5 Ecoboost with the Max Tow package and 1828lbs of payload capacity. Washington State Registration costs- $101 No smog testing No personal property tax No vehicle inspections
bikendan 06/19/19 03:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Advice for first time RV rental and experience

Not sure if you understand. Finding any RV with two separate sleeping compartments, will be very difficult. Only a large RV would have this feature and no rental company would have such a RV. Maybe be a private rental but such a RV is not common.
bikendan 06/19/19 02:01pm Beginning RVing
RE: Towing with 2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve

Titans have the worst gas mileage of any of the 1/2 tons. that said, unless your extra bling on the truck, subtracts a lot of payload, you shouldn't have any problems towing that MiniLite.
bikendan 06/19/19 03:02am Towing
RE: Advice for first time RV rental and experience

I don't know of any bike rental place that would allow you to take them for two weeks straight. I agree about renting at the destination. That way you don't have to deal with transporting them. Finding a rental Motorhome, with sleeping capacity for two couples and two children, won't be easy. Best bet is a private party rental with a larger Class A. Also, most European visitors don't realize how BIG the West is and how long it takes to drive to different destinations. There often aren't direct routes, requiring you to drive longer.
bikendan 06/18/19 02:40pm Beginning RVing
RE: Add on tow mirrors recommendations

CIPA mirrors are a great add on. Here's the link to the chevy version Link x2! Used them on my Avalanche with great success and now use them on my F150. Well worth the cost.
bikendan 06/10/19 12:45pm Towing
RE: Rear Camera Intercom

Aircraft carriers are noisy and the yellow shirts use arm and hand comands to guide the aircraft, so I taught the wife some basic arm and hand comands and we do not need to shout, she also does not stand behind the RV but makes sure that she can see me on one of the side mirrors, and she is always visible to me and I make sure that she is inside the RV when we cat launch out of the camping spot, LOL. navegator Well, why isn't she using LSO padddles?;)
bikendan 06/10/19 12:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Parking at Walmart

Wanted to leave my 5th wheel and TV in their lot at Fleming Island,Fl, just south of Jacksonville. I had shopping to get supplies,on my way South.Was leaving next morning. Was told, NO, it would be towed if supervisor for outside, Amanda, saw it when she came to work. Winn Dixie next door was more accommodating and they got my business. Walmart has the last of my money. many cities/towns ban overnight parking in business parking lots. most Walmarts don't own the property they're built on, therefore have to follow local ordinances.
bikendan 06/09/19 02:42am General RVing Issues
RE: RV reviews.

many brands have their own owners forum.
bikendan 06/09/19 02:37am Beginning RVing
RE: Marine/RV Battery

I wish I had room for 2 6v gc's. My battery box is 15"x8.25"x9.5" high. I have an ac delco 29mf. May try this one: https://www.walmart.com/ip/VMAX-XTR31-135-Golf-Cart-Battery-AGM-Group-31-Deep-Cycle-Battery-12V-135Ah/387091324 A 6v golf cart battery has the same footprint as a Group 24 12v battery. It's just a little taller. That's why you can fit two of them on most trailer's A-frames.
bikendan 06/08/19 02:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Marine/RV Battery

Which to buy, Costco Interstate or Walmart Everstart? if you always camp with electric hookups, any cheap dual purpose marine battery will work. the Costco Interstate is good. BUT if you plan on dry camping or boondocking, go to a dual 6v GC2 golf cart battery setup. Costco and Sam's Club has them.
bikendan 06/08/19 03:00am Tech Issues
RE: bottle in holding tank

DW dropped empty plastic chem bottle in black holding tank. have dumped the tank ok with no problem. Can see it with flex camera but cannot get to it. it`s 4" long and 1 and 3/4" round. I`m worried it will jam up the dump valve. Any ideas on what to do? Or not to do. Thanks for any help... not that it helps you now but this is why i use the dissolvable chem packs.
bikendan 06/07/19 02:39am Tech Issues
RE: Storing tools for the RV

i keep the TT tools in the pass through and the truck tools under the rear bench seat.
bikendan 06/05/19 02:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Choosing a travel trailer

I have a Dodge Ram 3500. Towing should be no problem. We are looking at Salem cruise lite 273QBXL Catalina coachman 273BHs Imagine 2800BH The tallest of us is 5ft 10. Kids are 10 and under. We are definitely trying to get a bigger trailer to accommodate us for the next 10 years but don’t want to go so big that we can’t get it into any parks. We are not hardcore campers but have talked about selling our house and potentially living in it for a year. Last time we were buying a house we lived in our pioneer ck180 and it was cramped. the Grand Design Imagine should be a way better trailer, than the other two, as they are entry-level trailers. GD has a much better rep than the other two brands. of course, it'll be more expensive.
bikendan 06/05/19 02:57am Travel Trailers
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