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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:
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
RE: camping on TN public lands illegal and a felony???

The intent is to prevent the homeless from camping in non-CG parks and rights-of-way by criminalizing them. They might as well just say "Being homeless in Tennessee is a felony". Yes, let's make it illegal to be poor. This is not the only policy in that state, that if commonly known would cause most to avoid the state. IMHO, it would be the reverse. As a California refugee and now a Washington State refugee, I look forward to visiting Tennessee.
bikendan 05/24/22 11:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

This has been a challenge for a very long time, and hasn't got any better over the years. How does one safely bring a large family (too large for a pickup) and tow an RV trailer? Why would it get any better? It's such an uncommon requirement that the manufacturers see no market for a vehicle that meets those needs. Exactly. For that reason and stricter federal fuel efficiency requirements, is why you don't see 3/4 ton SUVs.
bikendan 05/24/22 11:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

We were thinking of a Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon or Toyota Sequoia, rather than a truck. Thoughts on that for towing? SUVs have softer suspensions, lower payload capacities and lower towing capacities, than a comparable truck. A crew cab truck would be a much better choice, if you need more seating. You can fit up to 6.
bikendan 05/15/22 12:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Holding tank cleaning stick

I have one and used it all the time, on my previous trailer. It didn't have a black tank flush. It worked well and I still have it. Amazon has it for less than $25 with free shipping.
bikendan 05/15/22 12:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ford stops taking orders on the lightening

I didn’t like the orientation of the screen but that’s just because I’m used to our Teslas. I'm looking at Kia right now.. the EV6. Looks pretty nice, but the dealer wants MSRP for it. I guess in this market he just may get it. We bought a 2022 Hyundai Kona N-Line last October for MSRP, with $500 off for financing with Hyundai. We were fortunate to pay MSRP since it was the only one like it, in the entire Southwest. Other dealers were adding to the MSRP because they could, since new models are so scarce.
bikendan 04/28/22 03:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone have a 198BH?

Hi Folks, I have a 2015 Gulfstream (Ameri-Lite) Kingsport 198BH travel trailer with a broken leaf spring. The trailer is several hours away and I don't have a way to get measurements on the spring to find a replacement part. I have already left a message with Gulfstream, who is unfortunately experiencing 'unusually high call volume'. I haven't had much luck with finding dealers that can answer my question, either. Anyone willing to take a few measurements and pictures? Thank you, Jason Did you look at the other responses in your other thread, that you started on the 25th? Since is not a brand-specific forum, I seriously doubt that someone here owns the same trailer. Especially since Gulfstream is a minor player in the RV Industry. You'll probably have better luck by going to the Gulf stream Owners Forum:
bikendan 04/28/22 02:10pm General RVing Issues
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