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RE: Flood Damage Query

My Dad's motorhome was in a flood. He had to replace the sub flooring, it became soft and rotted in spots.
the bear II 05/02/16 02:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Eastern Sierras, CA.....where to stay?

I've only stayed at no hook up spots on the east side of the Sierras. Western Sierras you should be able to get spots at: Shaver Lake - Camp Edison is great two other lakes further up the road. Sequoia RV Ranch near Three Rivers, CA and Sequoia Natl Park and Kings Canyon. Great place to stay right on the Kaweah River. Good fishing and fly fishing. There is a lake nearby as well http://www.sequoiarvranch.com/
the bear II 05/02/16 02:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What size 5th wheel plate should I get?

For your truck it would be a maximum of 16,575 lbs. That is the heaviest 5th wheel you would be able to tow safely with that truck. It's not so much being able to tow heavy but doing it safely. You need to stay under the gross of your tow vehicle.
the bear II 05/02/16 09:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: West Coast Campsite Availability

For Friday or Saturday stops I would make reservations. If you will be staying in one spot for a weekend I would make reservations. Sunday through Thursday stops you may be able to get a spot without reservation unless the campground is near a high volume tourist destination (San Francisco, Big Sur, Carmel...etc.). The farther north past San Francisco the easier it will be to get a space at will. Anywhere in Southern California up to San Francisco the campgrounds are sometimes booked a year in advance for Friday thru Sunday.
the bear II 05/02/16 08:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need a different TV, please don't throw popcorn!

2500/F250 crewcab longbed dually would be my choice. This gives you flexibility extra cargo room and security if you add a campershell/cap. You'll be able to tow your current TH and anything you may want in the future.
the bear II 05/02/16 08:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: What size 5th wheel plate should I get?

You want to go with a hitch that is rated higher than the 5th wheels gross. 20,000 lb hitch would be OK but a 26,000lb would be better.
the bear II 05/02/16 08:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cleaning/Sealing Roof. Sidewall Protection

I clean the roof first then I clean the sidewalls....no need to use plastic.
the bear II 05/02/16 08:39am Travel Trailers
RE: From Sofa to Reclining Chairs

We replaced ours with two from LazyBoy Take your dimensions in to LazyBoy or search their website. First choice would be wall hugger type
the bear II 04/29/16 12:53pm Toy Haulers
RE: Distilled or Deionized?

I was using distilled for many years and then I read an article about 20 years ago indicating no need for distilled. Since then I use city water out of the tap. My batteries last the expected length of time (5 to 6 years)
the bear II 04/29/16 10:06am Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie...what are typical annual maintenance costs?

I perform preventative maintenance which runs about $50 per year (mostly wash & Wax, sealant and bearing lube every other year) There seems to be a cycle to RV repairs. If new you will have some problems right off the bat that were mistakes during manufacturing. Then you'll have up to 10 years of no problems other than tire and battery replacement and Brakes (Tires $400 plus and batteries $60 to $100 or more .... Brakes up to $400 for 2 axles) At 10 years of age things start to breakdown...refrigerator (up to $1200) Air Conditioner ($800) Springs $800...etc. One of these will occur every couple of years Or you can have another 10 years trouble free. It really depends on luck and good maintenance
the bear II 04/29/16 10:01am Travel Trailers
RE: Holiday weekend camping

In 1980 after trying to get to a campground less than 100 miles from home and it took 7 hours on the Friday before Memorial Day we made the decision that we would never go camping for a 3 day holiday weekend. Now we arrive the weekend before and stay until Tuesday after the holiday. No traffic problems. One resort for July 4th we have to book a year in advance.
the bear II 04/29/16 09:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fifth wheel hitch

My truck came new with a B&W turnover ball hitch installed. I bought the B&W Companion hitch and have been very happy with it. If the truck had not come with the B&W turnover already installed I would have gone with a trailsaver hitch based on the reviews I have read on this and other RV forums
the bear II 04/28/16 02:20pm Toy Haulers
RE: Any ideas on how to free a rusted ball on B&W hitch?

Heat is my first thought. That always seems to work well to free a metal to metal sticking problem. I would heat the socket area while trying to keep the heat away from the ball. Hopefully the socket will expand enough that tapping on the ball will free it. Just make sure there's nothing flammable under the pickup bed near to the hitch plate. Or take a large pipe wrench with a piece of pipe on the end for leverage and try to wiggle the steel block back and forth to loosen whatever is holding it in place. Or if you have access to a gooseneck trailer I would connect it to the ball, drive around on a (not too) bumpy surface to help loosen and then use the trailer landing gear to raise up on the ball
the bear II 04/28/16 02:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Can you fold up bunk ends with made beds?

Go with a TT I've seen a lot of posts in RV forums indicating folks were trading up to a TT from a HTT usually due to: Having to close up when leaving for sight seeing (security concerns) Cold/wet Weather issues
the bear II 04/28/16 09:48am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: This Was My Dream Custom Build The Day I Saw It At SEMA

I remember seeing a documentary about these, the top speed was 45MPH and very low fuel mileage... under 6MPG.
the bear II 04/28/16 09:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What is porpusing?

Yes that is porpoising and is usually caused by pavement sections, speed and wheelbase. I have always had longbed crew cabs and rarely will porpoise unless the pavement section are just the right length. There is one section of a freeway I often travel...it's about a mile long and the truck porpoises even without the 5th wheel in tow. We were on a bridge near Yuba City, CA. The bridge was long and built above the delta of the Sacramento River. The porpoising got so bad at 55MPH that my head hit the roof of the cab at one point.
the bear II 04/27/16 02:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Bed liner for my new GMC, what to get.......

I have LineX using a B&W companion turn over ball hitch setup. Haven't had other spray liners so no way to compare. LineX has been good on mine since 2007
the bear II 04/27/16 01:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The RV Life and the environment

How much fuel does a passenger jet use ? 200 passengers travelling from California to Florida to visit Disney World. Hotel/ Restaurant energy use... I guess we could all "Staycation" at home.
the bear II 04/27/16 12:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Purchasing new trailer. Question on axles...

Some of the weight is carried by the tow vehicle hitch... 300 to 500 plus pounds.
the bear II 04/26/16 02:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dislike of 'Reservation Only' camping

It's usually the weekends and Fridays where you will have problems just showing up. Holidays pose another problem the week before and after a holiday are busy. We know we can usually find a spot Monday through Thursday without a reservation. However if we want to be sure to get a site then we always make a reservation.
the bear II 04/26/16 10:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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