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RE: Anyone Towing With a 3.0L Powerstroke?

I did notice the diesel payload sticker was pretty low, around 1100 pounds, I think. Must be a result of all the options, including a huge sunroof and power running boards. Hope this helps. I also tow 26' TT. It's loaded tongue weight is 800lbs. So with the 100lbs WDH, his truck would only have 200lbs left over. He's probably over payload. I'll keep my F150 3.5 Ecoboost with 1828lbs of payload capacity, over his diesel F150.
bikendan 07/11/20 03:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best Weight Distribution Hitch

I don’t believe there is a better hitch available for sway control than the Equalizer 4 point. There is a better hitch, two in fact. Hensley Arrow and the ProPride my 4pt Equal-i-zer does just fine and it was 7 1/2 times cheaper.
bikendan 07/11/20 03:10am Towing
RE: 5th Wheel Pin Box Mounted Bike Rack

I've put one on the front of our mh, can carry our bikes there or on the rear. How does that relate to a 5th wheel pin box?:h
bikendan 07/10/20 12:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Do any of the new TTs come with Surge Protectors?

Never seen any TT come with a surge protector from the factory.
bikendan 07/06/20 11:42am Tech Issues
RE: New Trailer Quality Control

You've been a member here, for almost 20 years, and you're surprised by this? Not quite to this extent of complete shoddy workmanship. Drunken chimps and orangutans could do better. I meant that how have you not read all the posts about poor quality in the RV industry? I've been a member since 2005 and there's not a single day that there's not at least one post about poor quality. Usually multiple posts about it, especially newbies who didn't do any research before buying a RV and then complain about it.
bikendan 07/05/20 01:16am General RVing Issues
RE: New Trailer Quality Control

I bought a new 2019 Coleman 17 RD this spring and finally got it about a month ago. Unfortunately the dealer couldn't give me the orientation tour due to social distancing, etc, I understand that. The one picture I should have taken, didn't cross my mind at the time, the front driver side window had about 4 inches of butyl tape missing between the window frame and aluminum siding, water could just pour in there. Thats when I found about half of the screws holding the 2 pieces of window frame together were completely stripped out. I have enough smarts to re align the outer frame on the body, applied the tape and got it sealed properly. I also took the diffusers off the taps, ran the water and what comes out but wood chips, oh joy, now I wonder what's in the water heater and water tank. Last I had my suspicions about the water connections, sure thing, the only 2 that were tight are on the water heater, kitchen hot and cold, bathroom hot and cold, toilet water were barely finger tight. The 3 on the water tank and pump, same thing. Now I have to take off the shower taps to check behind the wall. This trailer was built by Keystone a division of Dutchmen RV. No, I'm not taking it back to the dealer, Layzee Acres RV, an appropriate name for them. Not even the basic clean up was done inside the trailer. So when you go to buy new, take your time, I couldn't because of the Covid disaster. Can't blame the build condition of this trailer on the situation, it was made well before that. My belief in American prowess in quality has gone right down the toilet. https://i.imgur.com/GTKQygjs.jpg Missing caulk on top of the water tank inlet https://i.imgur.com/YDFnBTgs.jpg 7 of the 15 screws holding the window frame were stripped on inside. I had to drill new holes and replace screws. https://i.imgur.com/1kgIG2Rs.jpg Caulk missing in the corner of the shower stall https://i.imgur.com/btAV2Z5s.jpg Bare staples in the shower stall https://i.imgur.com/wWbO3hAs.jpg No caulk whatsoever at the base of the shower stall https://i.imgur.com/QBXDZzKs.jpg Hard to see but saw dust and pieces of wood stuck between the shower stall walls and floor pan https://i.imgur.com/X6LoBr8s.jpg Plywood sheet cut too short that goes under the cushion of the dinette, your butt will fall into the storage space. https://i.imgur.com/xLUwJyss.jpg didn't count them all but at least 50-75 of these little metal shards laying all over under the mattress and seat cushions, on the floor, etc. https://i.imgur.com/MOglsLAs.jpg width=650 Maybe one of the mods can make the pictures bigger to really see the lousy workmanship. MOD'S EDIT: I can't do much with your pictures because they're so small. If I blow them up, they just get blurry like this last one. You've been a member here, for almost 20 years, and you're surprised by this?:h
bikendan 07/04/20 02:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Painfully slow internet

Campground WiFi is snail slow with over a minute to load pages. Anyway to speed it up? It's well known in the RV community, that campground WiFi is usually worthless unless you're doing emails. That's why so many of us use cellphones as hotspots.
bikendan 07/04/20 02:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Thoughts on slider awnings

I'm a fan of slidetoppers. Way cheaper to have them installed at the factory.
bikendan 07/04/20 02:03pm Beginning RVing
RE: New Trailer Quality Control

I bought a new 2019 Coleman 17 RD this spring and finally got it about a month ago. This trailer was built by Keystone a division of Dutchmen RV. Actually, Dutchmen and Keystone are divisions of Thor Industries, the largest RV corporation in the world. Coleman is made by Dutchmen and are clones of other Dutchmen lines.
bikendan 07/04/20 03:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Class C vs Trailer for Cross country with family? Help

Don't think anyone has mentioned it. If you go with the Class C, are you going to pull a toad? If not, you'll have to to break down every time you leave the campsite. You could rent a car for driving around. Personally we're not fans of Motorhomes. We would always prefer a towable.
bikendan 07/03/20 01:12pm Beginning RVing
RE: Tacoma for an F150

I would be OK towing as is for now and just keep my eye out for a deal on a lightly used or new truck. By lightly used I mean some warranty left on it just in case. If I were to find a deal I would pull the trigger wether it be soon or next year. New models will be out soon. H I guess you didn't see that the OP bought a F150, over a year ago. The three members ahead of you did.
bikendan 06/30/20 02:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a Ford Explorer

We owned two Popups over a 15 year period and were very happy with them.
bikendan 06/30/20 02:31pm Towing
RE: What is included in the tow package on 2019 infinity qx80.

You do know that the payload for each vehicle is listed on the drivers door right? Maybe check out the Armada, it's what the Infinity is based on and may have a little higher payload rating. If you're replying to me, YES I know that the payload capacity is on a driver's door sticker. What i was saying is that there is no standard payload number. It's specific to each vehicle, as equipped when it leaves the factory. Every little trim level feature or option will affect the payload capacity. This requires the consumer to look at each vehicle's payload sticker individually. You won't find it on a brochure or a website, like you will a towing capacity number. Which is why new trailer buyers get fooled into looking only at towing capacity numbers.
bikendan 06/28/20 02:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is camping Fun Anymore

I think all new RVs come with an AC-DC rock cassette tape (thats a band). Don't think RVs have come with cassette players, for around 20 years.:B
bikendan 06/28/20 02:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: What is included in the tow package on 2019 infinity qx80.

Looking at an 2019 infinity qx80. What is added from the standard vs the one with a towing package? Do both versions (standard and tow) have the same towing capacity and payload? Matt Payload isn't a standard number. it goes by how each vehicle is equipped. trim level, options and other things affect the payload capacity. i'm willing to bet that its payload capacity is low, due to the heavy luxury bling and it being a SUV.
bikendan 06/28/20 03:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Dodge Durango with tow package? am I making a mistake?

Hello, We are a family of 4, 2 kids ages 11 and 7. We are looking to buy both a tow vehicle(first) and travel trailer (second). For a travel trailer we are looking for 25 foot and under, something with a bunkhouse. Now for my tow questions. For the <5500 lbs travel trailer we would purchase is there any reason we should not get a 2019 Duragno r/t? We live in Oklahoma so pretty flat, but would love to go to Colorado each year for a week trip. We have also considered a Chevy Tahoe, but finding one with the max trailering package around here is very tough. Durango: Tow capacity is 7200 payload, this is harder to find a for sure answer. Help me make a safe decision for my family. You're making a mistake by looking only at towing capacity. You need to focus on PAYLOAD capacity, before towing capacity. Most tow vehicles will run out of payload capacity WAY before getting close to towing capacity. Especially with a family of 4 and their stuff. And DON'T go by trailer's brochure/website "dry" weight numbers, they are fictional. With a family of 4, a crew cab truck would be a MUCH better tow vehicle, over a SUV.
bikendan 06/27/20 01:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Bikes???

I bought a Powerwagon by Rad Power Bikes. I haven't used it yet but I plan on getting it out on the road this weekend. I bought it because it is the only one rated to carry over 270 pounds. It is rated for 350 pounds. Right now I am about 335 lbs wearing clothes. I believe all Rad Power Bikes are using 750mA motors. Lectric and other e-bikes are using 500mA motors. I bought it because I have severe arthritis. Currently both my knees have bone against bone with bone spurs and no cartilage. I ordered the bike before I was told that they will do a knee replacement on me. I was hoping to use it for exercise to help lose weight since walking has become an issue. My left knee is constantly swolen and I have to continually take prescription Anti-inflammatories and occasionally need pain killers which my primary doctor will no longer subscribe for me. I've had cortisone shots ins both knees which have not given any relief and the orthopedic doctor said are not working. The orthopedic doctor put in with my insurance to get the artificial cartilage shot which the insurance will no authorize. So now we're going with the next option which is surgery as soon as I am medically cleared. I am hoping to get the replacement done on my left knee in September and the right one done by next spring. In the mean time I plan on using the bicycle to work on losing weight which is why I originally bought it. My plan has been to use it to ride as far as I can and use the motor to return home if I can't pedal to get back home. If all goes well and I lose enough weight I plan on buying a folding e-bike by next summer. I am looking at getting a folding e-bike next by either Rad Power or Lectric. I'm an avid cyclist who also has severe arthritis and I also have been completely bone on bone, in both knees, for the past 10 years. I've had a total of 7 knee surgeries, 4 on the left and 3 on the right. this is why I'm bone on bone. But I'm very fortunate that I have very little pain. Stiffness and swelling, YES. The cortisone shots only work for a week or two. I can still ride my mountain bike and road bike, even though I'm more limited. Because I don't have enough pain to go with knee replacements, i choose to just continue to going forward until the pain level rises higher to force me to go with replacements. I did fall in love with the Specialized Turbo Levo e-bike but paying $5000 and up for a new bike, just isn't doable. Right now, i wouldn't be happy with anything in a lower price and performance range.
bikendan 06/25/20 07:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to get the Television to work in bedroom

I have a 2017 5th wheel and mounted the TV in the bedroom. There was already one in living room. I have to coax connectors (one cable and one satellite) and the button for antenna boost right above bedroom TV as well as power. I hook a coax from campground pedestal to the coax connecter in side of 5th wheel marked cable and I connected a coax from connector right above bedroom TV to cable and then to TV. No picture. What am I doing wrong? Dave in my TT, the living area tv worked fine on cable but not the bedroom tv, which only worked on OTA signal. i had add a splitter to get cable to both tvs.
bikendan 06/25/20 03:29am Tech Issues
RE: Forest river slide

I found an advice at forest river reviews that you should find the circuit board for an electronic manual override. It is often located in the basement. the EVO is a travel trailer, so no basement. the Schwintek system has a controller box, usually behind a false cabinet panel.
bikendan 06/23/20 02:43am Beginning RVing
RE: Are campgrounds more crowded or is it just me?

So any way, is it me being locked down for so long that every thing seems more crowded or are there more people out and about?Been this way in CA since at least the 1960s. Now it can be even worse with internet reservations there are plenty of places solid booked for all Summer months and booked six+ months in advance. YEP! as i have said before, now off season often requires reservations 6 months in advance.
bikendan 06/22/20 03:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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