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RE: Nissan for a tow vehicle

Although the Titan is a strong tower, the 5.6 engine is the worse gas guzzler in the 1/2 ton market. And the payload capacities are among the lowest. Finally they have the oldest technology of the 1/2 tons. I have a friend who owned one and it got terrible gas mileage. He was always complaining about it.
bikendan 12/02/21 01:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Generators: Cummins 4500 vs Westinghouse vs. ?????

I do like that Champion and people have said very good things about it. My only concern would be the noise level at 61db. That's a bit on the louder side of "quiet" generators. I believe the Westinghouse and Cummins portable and similar variants are rated at 52DB. Because DB are a logarithmic scale the difference in 9DB should be fairly significant. Of course the way they are measured could be different (distance from generator and % load) That is one other minor detail that makes me question if the Westinghouse and "Cummins" could truly be low quality. Generally the low quality and "cheap" generators are loud. 52DB is pretty impressively quiet. I think I would pretty quickly jump on the Champion if it were quieter, but I might sacrifice volume for reliability. Matt Which Champion model are you referring to, that has a 61db noise rating?
bikendan 11/30/21 12:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Generators: Cummins 4500 vs Westinghouse vs. ?????

The Cummins and Westinghouse generators are the same generator made in China. Only differences are color and decals. Since Cummins is still in business, warranty service is probably better. The Westinghouse brand name was bought by a Chinese corporation to sell various products. Just like the Bell and Howell name or the Kodak name.
bikendan 11/27/21 09:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: KOA Installing EV Chargers

I would think that there would definitely be a charge (no pun intended) for using the EV chargers. After all it is KOA. Yep, (K)eep (O)n (A)dding!
bikendan 11/26/21 03:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: bad luck for this family

Shamrock is down at the bottom as far as quality. And sitting in a a field unused isn’t any good either. Combine that with cold weather where you can’t test many of the systems before a several thousand mile trip and you get this story. Research and preparedness goes a long way. Actually Shamrock hybrids(twin of the Rockwood Roo)are one of the top 3 hybrid brands out there. There is no higher quality hybrid, than Jayco and Roo/Shamrock. And Jayco stopped making hybrids last year. So now, Shamrock/Roo hybrids are the highest quality hybrids made.
bikendan 11/25/21 11:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Recommendations for an RV resort in Arizona?

If looking for an RV Resort with amenities near a metro area for January, you need to be hitting the phones now. Most metro area RV parks resorts are booked a year or more in advance and often with seasonal returning guest. Especially since the Canadian border has opened. We're currently in a resort near the California/Arizona border and the flood of Canadian RVers has been huge here. We arrived October 8th and pretty much had much of the facility to ourselves. Now the constant stream has quickly ended the solitude. They are joyous at being able to head to the Southwest. And they all say they're not leaving until March/April.
bikendan 11/19/21 02:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best generator

Solar panels... very quiet.Very true...you can't even hear the air/con blower going because it's not.Many do have this curious obsession with air conditioning. Hey if you are happy to sleep in 95F and high humidity, you are a better man than I. Also, we have had park power go out in those conditions, so grid power is a far from perfect solution. Can you throw $10k at a solar system and get part time air/con, sure but a lot simpler and more reliable to just get a generator. THIS!:C
bikendan 11/13/21 12:50pm Beginning RVing
RE: has Forest River upgraded their furniture covering

2018 Rockwood 2606WS ... the faux leather junk on both the couch and the dinette has begun to disintegrate, pieces of covering littering floor. From what I"ve read elsewhere, 1000s of people have this issue, and are solving various expensive ways. Does anyone know if FR upgraded their furniture to make it more durable or is it still all junk? FR gets their furniture from the same suppliers, that the rest of the RV Industry does. FR doesn't make couches, they get them from a supplier, just like every other RV manufacturer.
bikendan 11/10/21 11:40am Tech Issues
RE: Opinions on lightweight portable inverter/generators

I used to have 2 Honda 2k gensets. If I didn't run them once a month they got gummed up. I don't run them that much. After messing with them a few times I sold them and bought one that I can drain the gas out of the carb. It runs my AC or my electric fireplace. $399 at Sams. Love it What $400 inverter generator can run an a/c?
bikendan 11/08/21 11:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Quality Hybrid Manufacturers

Looks like Starcraft dropped all their hybrid models too. Well, Jayco owns Starcraft so it would have followed suit.
bikendan 11/05/21 02:24pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Quality Hybrid Manufacturers

Palomino has hybrids. Like Roo and Shamrock, they're also a Forest River company. https://palominorv.com/travel-trailers/solaire-expandable KZ Sportsmen Classic is the only one that's not Forest River that I could find. https://www.kz-rv.com/products/sportsmen-classic-travel-trailers/floorplans.html Palomino only has 2 out of 3 floorplans available. KZ only has 2 floorplans. Roo/Shamrock has 5 floorplans available with a 6th one Dealsr Stock only. I can remember when Roo/Shamrock had around 10 different floorplans available, at one time. When Jayco gets out of the Hybrid market, it may be only a short time before the other hybrid manufacturers also get out.
bikendan 11/03/21 10:34pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Quality Hybrid Manufacturers

I’ve been out the hybrid expandable scene for a while. Had a 2012 Jayco that we really liked. It looks like they are out of them now. Who are the quality manufacturers of hybrids nowadays? The other question is what RV manufacturers are still making hybrids. Many are no longer making them and those that still do, have shrunk down the number of floorplans. The best selling hybrids have been Roo/Shamrock and Jayco. But Jayco appears to have dropped hybrids from their 2022 lineup which is a big blow to hybrid shoppers. Roo/Shamrock have offered the most floorplans for a long time but theirs has shrunk also. So, with Jayco out, you don't have a lot of choices.
bikendan 11/03/21 01:24pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
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: 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
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