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RE: Seven States to Ban the Sale of Gas Powered Cars in 2035

Aren't Washington and Oregon becoming clones of Cali-fornicate-ya? Asking for a friend. "becoming"? They already have! We were native Californians who moved out when we retired. We moved to Washington State, which was Californicated in only 7 years. Now we're in Arizona and hope it doesn't happen here.
bikendan 03/24/23 04:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How long should a battery last?

That's about right. You should not be running an electric fridge on that battery. The battery will be shot before the end of the year. We have no choice as it is a 12v/120v fridge. I typically do not use it on 12v except for while driving. Your fridge is 12v ONLY. It doesn't run on 120v AC power. I don't know of any such thing as a 12v/120v AC RV fridge. The only RV fridge close to that, are the much smaller 3-way fridges And many RV manufacturers offer a 2-way propane/electric fridge as an option.
bikendan 03/24/23 03:13pm Tech Issues
RE: How To Set Up An F-250 For Towing?

Jayco customer service sent me information about installing a backup camera in my trailer. Here is the dealer's photo of that area. I can't tell if they installed a camera or it's just the mounting bracket. I've sent a message to my salesman to ask about it. The current version of the Furrion backup camera is about $500 with the video monitor for the truck. Is there a more affordable solution I should consider? I've read that some can work with a cell phone. https://i.imgur.com/bVk5Hvfl.jpg That is the standard rear camera PREP. No camera, just a bracket and wires. There are much better and cheaper choices, than Furrion. There are literally thousands of threads/posts here on rear observation cameras. Haloview is probably the most recommended brand. Furrion is low on the list.
bikendan 03/15/23 04:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How To Set Up An F-250 For Towing?

I might suggest that a trailer ball in that hole in the bumper is not enough, but then again we don't know the size of the trailer. I hope it has a real hitch installed under the bumper. The plug on the trailer should match one of the receptacles on the truck. It may or may not have factory installed controller. Need a lot more info just to answer your questions. The OP listed the trailer in his signature. Since the TT is over 36ft long, he's going to need more than just a trailer ball. He's going to need a WDH with sway control. He needs to educate himself a lot more on towing. It's clear he doesn't have much of a knowledge base.
bikendan 03/13/23 01:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Camping in New Zealand

Never thought of the government red tape. How long ago was it your sister in law planned her trip? Thanks for the insight. NZ has much tighter entrance red tape, than when we were there 20 years ago. Watch To Catch a Smuggler: South Pacific. You'll see how much more restrictive entrance is now, especially regarding biosecurity.
bikendan 02/27/23 02:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ram 1500 can it tow Keystone 280BH??

mdson, is there a reason you haven't posted your actual door sticker payload capacity? I'm in the same place as you. The DW wants a particular TT to replace our current TT. I'm up against similar numbers and have a F150 Ecoboost with Max Tow package. It's 29ft long but is about 2000lbs heavier than the 25ft TT we have. I'd like to upgrade to a 3/4 ton but now isn't a good time for that.
bikendan 02/16/23 11:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 can it tow Keystone 280BH??

Heres a link to the exact camper: https://www.keystonerv.com/product/springdale/comfort-travel-trailers/floorplans/280BH The tow vehicle is a 2016 Ram 1500 that has upgraded shocks, springs(TufTruck XHD), sway bars, Helper airbags and E-Rated tires. I will be using a weight distributing hitch just like I do with my current 26Ft Shadow Cruiser and my vehicle does have a brake controller/tow package. So per the specs of this Travel trailer I should be fine with proper loading of my truck, but what worries me is the length of this new TT. The original plan was to get a few more years out of the shadow cruiser until I can get a Ram 2500, but the camper is causing me too many headaches left over from the previous owners + we need more room for the family and dog. No mountains are in our immediate future and most trips are ~3 hours or less. So do yall think I can safely tow this camper? Thanks! You didn't post what the driver's door sticker says is the truck's payload capacity. 2016 Ram 1500s were notorious for poor payload capacities. Figuring that having 1000lbs of axtra trai,er weight, when loaded for camping, 12% would mean a ballpark tongue weight of 984lbs. That goes against the payload number, then subtract the weights of everyone in the truck, any truck cargo/add-ons weight and 100lbs for the WDH. If there's any payload capacity left,you should be OK.
bikendan 02/15/23 06:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Recurve R3 vs Equalizer E2

OP here. Well....I hate winter because I have too much time to sit and think about stuff that I may or may not need! I found a one year old E4 hitch for $325 and will be installing it in the Spring! Will sell my E2 to help cover some of the upgrade cost. Probably not gonna help with the noise situation but should be an improvement in handling. Have you looked into the Bracket Jackets for the E4 Equal-i-zer WDH?
bikendan 02/03/23 08:37am Towing
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

Here's All Electric Family towing their Airstream using a strategy of two EV trucks to get their camper to the campground. Unbelievable! Link Thanks, that was fun. BTW for those who haven't seen this, they're taking both EVs to an EV rally and they wanted to see which truck performs better. They say several times this is just a fun experiment and isn't the way they normally travel. That's a beautiful 30' Airstream. :-) How does a young family afford a very expensive Rivian, a very expensive Airstream AND an expensive F150 Lightning? I also would like to see how the Rivian and Lightning do towing a conventional TT, instead of the streamlined Airstream.
bikendan 01/15/23 01:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: lithium batteries

Has anyone converted either engine or carriage batteries or both from lead acid to lithium ion? There are literally thousands of lithium battery threads in the Tech Issues forum.
bikendan 01/03/23 12:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pet Peeves in RV Parks

Wow I guess I have been guilty of most of these things everyone complains about. Thank goodness we travel with a pretty big group. We go to many state parks that have horse facilities and if you encounter our group you are going to be very unhappy. We have lots of music and sometimes a PA, we have never had anyone complain most just usually join in. Let me explain why sometimes those lights are on, try carrying food between campsites or cleaning up the mess. You all fuss about not picking up after dogs, but how can you pick it up if you can't see it, plus I worry about snakes and alligators. If I had a $ for every time I tripped over a fire ring I would be rich. I turn them off when I go to bed. You all would have loved the first time I put a movie in the DVD and didn't realize I was blasting the campground via outside speakers. Thank goodness the dog had to go out. I will pay attention to my outside lights when not camping with my friends. We have met some of the nicest and strangest people camping. One lady was very offended when my husband offered to get her fire started with a torch. We realized she was a true naturalist when she pitched her tent in the middle of poison ivy. Lots of poison ivy. You know that using a headlamp, will solve your light problems without turning on a bunch of lights. We always use our headlamps when it gets dark, so we don't impact our campground neighbors.
bikendan 01/02/23 11:48am General RVing Issues
RE: 1992 Kit Road Ranger having electrical issues.

So imtrying to locate the converter,where could i find a manual or diagrams to assist me? Doubt if there's a manual or diagram out there, for a 31 year old RV, from a small manufacturer that made very few units.
bikendan 12/13/22 12:26am Tech Issues
RE: Solar power

Join the Forest River owners forum where you may get your answer and probably find someone with the same trailer. You won't get it here. There are a hundred + threads about solar here, and all are a mashed up pile of back and forth arguing about things where the participants are mostly wrong to begin with, basically BS. x2! RV.net is a general RV forum. If you want model-specific information and feedback, a brand-specific forum is a better resource, than RV.net. Forest River Forums have sub-forums for every FR brand. The Toyhauler section has a Cherokee sub-forum.
bikendan 10/29/22 02:32pm Tech Issues
RE: GMC Sierra EV Denali

Loved my Avalanche and the Midgate feature. I could fit my surfboard in ti and with the factory bed covers, it was secure. If they ever figure out how to increase the range when towing, without stopping to charge every 40 miles, it could be my next tow vehicle. But I'd choose the Silverado version since I don't need all that heavy bling of the Denali.
bikendan 10/20/22 10:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Un-Even trailer

Hi.Front of my trailer is lower than the back. Should I get air bags for my truck tow vehicle or will a waite distribution hitch work. Thanks. Gregory. From Erie PA. Sounds like you have a Ram 1500 with not enough payload, for your trailer's loaded tongue weight.:W As was said, your post is way too vague and requires much more information, to give you adequate guidance.
bikendan 10/20/22 01:09pm Towing
RE: Help with trip planning from San Diego to San Francisco

I live in northern Ca and want to take my 5th wheel on a southern CA coastal RV trip. I'm starting from the SF bay area and I'm willing to make a long, one-day trip to San Diego, staying maybe at Campland on the Bay at San Diego for a couple of nights. I'd like to start north along the coast and maybe stay one or two nights at a couple of locations on the way back north. Has anyone made this trip and have any recommendations on where to stop over on the way back north along the coast? I know it's crowded down there and will require reservations in advance. I'm thinking my last stop might be Pismo Beach, Avila Beach or Morro Bay. Any tips or suggestions? Where are you planning to access the coastal route, Highway 1 or Highway 101? If you are thinking Highway 1, through Big Sur, you might want to rethink that part.
bikendan 10/12/22 12:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Winter Battery Storage

I read somewhere that batteries should not be allowed to freeze. You need to find better resources to read. As was said, fully charged batteries are fine to at least 0°F.
bikendan 10/09/22 06:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hobson Beach campground, Ventura Calif.

Does anyone know if Hobson has a dump station and/or water available? We're in one of the dry campsites and couldn't get on of the scarce full hookup sites. TIA, Ron No dump station.
bikendan 10/01/22 05:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: GS extended warranty

Very expensive! 3 different claims over 4 months not a dime payed by them ! Pre-Existing condition known or unknown is used the most All together cost me about $12,000.00 , guess I’ll cancel the insurance lol ! It's all about what's in the fine print.
bikendan 10/01/22 05:52pm General RVing Issues
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