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RE: 2004 trail cruiser travel lite

In our trailer it has a pop out on the front jand back with a place to put mattresses. On the front there is a window and blinds that are sitting about 2” above the panel so you can’t sleep on it. Is there suppose to be a panel that sits over the window and blinds in the front to sleep on it? It always helps if you posted the model number. Then we can Google your floorplan to see what you're talking about.
bikendan 09/06/22 12:37am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: short term RV Parking/Storage near Mt Vernon WA?

Maybe Blakes RV Resort.
bikendan 08/30/22 11:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Portable Solar Generators

Anyone have any exsperience with solar Generators? I'm currently putting the EBL 1000watt voyager and 100watt apollo solar panel through its paces. So far so good! I spend most of my time overlanding in my Jeep. I have been able to do alot more boondocking! I will report back soon! Have a blessed day! Stay Outdoors! Why did you start the same thread all over again? Your previous thread is two threads below this one.
bikendan 08/30/22 10:43am Tech Issues
RE: Tongue weight limits and wdh

What happens with the tongue weight limit when you are using a weight distributing hitch? My Tacoma says the the tongue weight limit is 650 lbs. Does that mean that if my trailer has a tongue weight over 650 I need a wdh, or that I shouldn’t pull that trailer even with a wdh? The function of a wdh is to take weight off the tongue, right? How would you even measure the tongue weight with the wdh in place? My current trailer has a nominal tongue weight of 380, but that is before water, a second battery, etc. Your Taco's owners manual towing section should detail how much tongue or trailer weight, will require a WDH.
bikendan 08/26/22 06:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New 12 volt compressor refrigerators

During the pandemic, RV manufacturers found 12v only fridges were cheaper and easier to install, hence the change from 2-way RV fridges. There were many issues from the start, especially with ones from Furrion. Bottom line is that you'll needa a minimum of 200w of solar and most move to a lithium battery bank setup.
bikendan 08/21/22 11:25am Tech Issues
RE: Few parts needed

Hey all, I recently picked up a 2001 Trail-Lite Bantom (R-Vision). I noticed a few things, first, that we have a soft spot in the floor near the rear table. I'm going to tackle that in the spring and rip all the flooring out, replace whatever rot is in the plywood, seal everything up and put new flooring down. Second, the reverse lights don't work. I took the reflector off and the reverse lights aren't even connected. The wire has either been cut or has been ripped out and wrapped around the actual bulb. Third, i'm missing the lower right marker reflector. Does anyone know the model # of it? I'm going to purchase a new one. The outside says SAE-AP2-91 which i'm told isn't the model, simply the reflectivity rating. If anyone is in Alberta and can recommend a good parts dealer, i'd appreciate it. C Thanks all Finding parts for a 22 year-old hybrid, from a defunct company, will be a challenge. You'll have to find parts that are close to the OEM ones. Don't believe that your trailer has reverse lights. The trailer's floor is constructed with luan. It's common for water intrusion to cause soft floors.
bikendan 08/11/22 01:43pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: MotorTrend F150 Lightning Tow Test

Here's a recent article from Mike Sokol, a well respected authority on RV electrical, about towing with an EV: https://www.rvtravel.com/rv-el...h-ev-truck-practical-rvt-1064/
bikendan 08/06/22 04:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: MotorTrend F150 Lightning Tow Test

I am not sure if I am more shocked at the dismal range or the $92,700 price of the 1/2 ton truck. Just saw an ad for a white F150 Lightning for $120k in stock, at the dealership I bought my used F150.
bikendan 08/06/22 01:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hooking up to water/sewer

When you have hook ups for water and sewer: 1)Do you hook up direct to the water system or fill your tanks and drain it down? 2) Do you leave the sewer valves open or closed? What is the best way for it to properly drain? 1)Direct to city water 2)Closed until nearly full Why do you ask? Since you've been a member here for nearly 10 years, is this the first time you are using water/sewer hookups?
bikendan 07/27/22 10:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Why do I need a W/D or sway control

I was hoping for more fact than opinion for my question.Check the hitch rating. Some say weight distribution is needed above 5000 pounds or 500 tongue weight. Check for a stamping right on the truck hitch. I don't think that an owner with a modern diesel 1 ton dually, needs to worry about the loaded tongue of an Airstream trailer.:R
bikendan 07/03/22 07:43pm Towing
RE: Traveling with Propane on

As you can see just from this thread, the vast majority of RVers travel with the fridge on propane. This has been the case, on the 7 different RV forums I've belonged to, for the past 17 years.
bikendan 07/03/22 01:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Would this be a power converter issue??

Your air conditioner uses 12V too. I suspect your converter has failed or the battery has a shorted cell. How does an air conditioner use 12v? They are powered by 120v AC power and most thermostats are powered by little AA/AAA batteries.
bikendan 07/02/22 08:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Traveling with Propane on

Have been traveling with the fridge on propane for the past 30 years, with 4 different trailers. Do leave it on electric during the night before and switch to propane when we leave.
bikendan 06/30/22 11:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Traveling with Propane on

I precool my 3way fridge on electric then drive with it on 12volt. When I get where I'm going I will turn it to propane. If I need to get gas I turn it off at the fridge, gas up, and when out of the gas station will ignite the propane back on. Very few RVs have 3-way fridges, usually only popups, A-frames and truck campers.
bikendan 06/30/22 11:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Puma ac unit fan running but no ac

Have a mbc20 puma this weekend we went camping all was well after we set up turned on the ac like always and fan kicked on and heard ac unit kick in but no cool air just fan checked all breakers fuses and such all were fine so just thought maybe was having a voltage issue so just let fan run when we got home today plugged into home power and still same issue . Camper is a 2022 puma xlt lite was hoping something simple short of a trip to the dealer as it takes them forever to take care of an issue Thanks for any advice Scott Set the thermostat to AUTO.
bikendan 06/26/22 02:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Where have all the members gone on this forum?

I get tired of the politics, seems like some folks (both on the left and right) will take every possible opportunity, to interject their world view, no matter how of topic it is, complete with name calling. And act like they are authorities on ever subject. If someone says "in my opinion" that is one thing. But when they act like they are superior to the rest of us mere mortals that is hard to take Just My opinion!!! Hit that "Notify" button when the politics bother you. The mods may not agree with you that it's political, but it does absolutely no harm and points out things that we miss sometimes. I've worked with the rest of the mods for 17 years or so and I believe we're all very good about calling balls & strikes where the politics are concerned. We may not see eye to eye on certain issues, but I think we get it right where politics are concerned. My barometer for this is that we all kind of naturally take pokes at whoever is in office (which I personally agree with and think it's a vital part of our democracy). This means that I'm constantly deleting posts that bash our president and to a lesser degree our congress. This makes it look like I'm supporting the guy in office, which usually isn't the case. But if we have a blue guy in office and I delete the posts bashing him, then I'm a dumb lib. And if we have a red guy in office and I delete the posts against him, then I'm a fascist pig. I'm wrong either way, which kind of tells me I'm not that wrong. Anyway, hit that Notify button if a post gets under your skin and I'll see what I can do. The Notify Moderator feature hasn't worked for many months, maybe a few years. Is it working now?
bikendan 06/25/22 01:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where have all the members gone on this forum?

There have been a number of threads here, on this topic. Have you noticed that the Beginning RVing section has been dead for a long time. You would have thought that, during the all time record RV sales of the pandemic, the Beginning RVing section would be flush with new members seeking help. But many new members have been chased away so there's no new blood. And probably many have gravitated to their brand's owners forum or Facebook groups that own their particular model.
bikendan 06/20/22 01:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Harbor Freight Predator 3500

There a literally thousands of posts here, about that generator. Bottom line is tnat most love the generator. But the 2000w version is not a good choice because of its much louder noise rating.
bikendan 06/17/22 01:19pm Tech Issues
RE: You tube Fulltimers getting squeezed

Whoever made this statement, in the article, "Camper vans, which range in cost from $100,000 to $200,000 before customization, have the best gas mileage, getting between 20 and 30 miles per gallon", is so off base.
bikendan 06/16/22 01:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Arm length

I am trying to size me an equalizer hitch. I know the weight but now I see there are different length arms that come back to the trailer tongue. How do you know what the length should be? Thanks Do you mean a Weight Distribution Hitch or the actual 4 point Equal-i-zer WDH? Equal-i-zer is a specific brand of WDH. As far as I know, there aren't different lengths but different weight capacities. The bar lengths vary between brands and models.
bikendan 05/31/22 10:22am Towing
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