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RE: Looking at used, canvas repair?

Inspect closely before purchase. Dry out completely before closing up and storage. Beware that some parks don’t allow soft sided RVs. What parks are you referring to? Fishing Bridge campground in Yellowstone, is the only campground for RVs there, that has a permanent ban on soft-sided campers. All the other campgrounds in YNP, that has campsites big enough for hybrids, allow soft-sided campers. We stayed in Madison, Grant and Canyon, in our hybrid. And you can stay at Fishing Bridge campground, in your hybrid, if you stay "turtled" in your hybrid.
bikendan 10/18/21 10:13pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Best Rv batteries

I used this Optima 8016-103 D34M BlueTop Starting & Deep Cycle Marine Battery for about 4.5 years and it still works perfectly. My RV stays parked much of the time, but I don't have to worry about the battery when I take it out. This product has a distinctive SpiralCell design together with continuous lead plates, which is capable of supplying a safe, strong and clean source of power. I am impressed with this battery because it actually serves a dual purpose: as a starting and deep cycle battery. Besides that, this battery has good vibration resistance, it is even fifteen times more resistant to various forms of vibration compared to other marine batteries. Holy Thread Resurrection, Batman!:E Been asleep for 3 years but is now alive again.:R Definitely reads like an ad.
bikendan 10/18/21 11:04am Tech Issues
RE: First RV Grand Design vs Keystone cougar

Were buying our first rv. Was sold on a bumper pull but the fifth wheels have me questioning that decision. We've looked at several of both and found, both a nice reflection in the 150 series and a Keystone Cougar. We want to be able to take it into the mountains and not just park it on a slab. Thoughts on each design ??!! Are you saying you want to tow a 5th wheel with a 1/2 truck? If so, you need to post the specs of your 1/2 truck. Bottom line is that very few 1/2 trucks can tow a 5th Wheel. Post #1: Can you tell me about Courtland apples vs Honey Crisp apples? Post #2: You need to post what kind of bag you have. You cannot carry those apples in just any bag. :p :R LOL.....You evidently have members of the weight police in every crowd. Ah! A member here for only 2 days, is already criticizing.:R
bikendan 10/16/21 01:52pm Beginning RVing
RE: My wife is gonna kill me, please help

I had a trailer that had an electric fireplace that had a switch I had to flip to use it because you couldn't use the furnace AND the fireplace at the same time....it was one or the other. You might look for a switch near the floor or near your electric panel. I thought some had a fireplace or microwave switch. Furnace runs on 12v DC, not like the 110v AC for the fireplace.
bikendan 10/14/21 06:51pm Tech Issues
RE: First RV Grand Design vs Keystone cougar

Were buying our first rv. Was sold on a bumper pull but the fifth wheels have me questioning that decision. We've looked at several of both and found, both a nice reflection in the 150 series and a Keystone Cougar. We want to be able to take it into the mountains and not just park it on a slab. Thoughts on each design ??!! Are you saying you want to tow a 5th wheel with a 1/2 truck? If so, you need to post the specs of your 1/2 truck. Bottom line is that very few 1/2 trucks can tow a 5th Wheel.
bikendan 10/12/21 01:00pm Beginning RVing
RE: Renting your RV

Hard to believe the question is even asked lol. It's been asked here, hundreds of times. 95% of responses say "No Way".
bikendan 10/05/21 01:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: What kind of small/medium truck can be towed

Should be moved to the Dinghy Towing section
bikendan 09/30/21 02:01pm Dinghy Towing
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
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