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RE: S. Calif/Inland Empire Windshield Recommendation

Safelite glass will come to you. I've never used them but My dad did and he was satisfied. I've seen them in the parking lot of my office replacing windshields many times.
the bear II 08/24/15 03:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: AC only blowing warm air

If original AC unit it's at the age where they die from several possible causes. Control board, leaking compressor, capacitor failure... I'm guessing leaking compressor. It was cheaper to buy a new 15,000 btu unit then to have our old one repaired. The 15,000 unit keeps the trailer much cooler.
the bear II 08/24/15 03:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Modifying 5th Wheel landing legs

Another option is to build a block to fit under the landing gear so you don't have to mess with the pins. Use 2X4s to build a frame. Then put a piece of 1 inch plywood on the top and bottom to form a box. Build four of these boxes so you can stack two at each landing gear leg. Test them for strength by leaving your hitch under the pin to catch the 5th wheel in case the box breaks while raising the 5th wheel. This will help you to make sure the boxes won't break under the weight of your 5th wheel. You can add long handles to the boxes so you can place or move them without having to bend over.
the bear II 08/24/15 01:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Building my own sofa

Nice work so far
the bear II 08/24/15 09:33am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Rough Rider GMC 2500HD need help!

You might want to look into springs from Deaver Spring Company. Folks with hard riding trucks indicate the Deaver springs along with Bilstein shocks improve the rid by 50% over stock. Do you have your weight equalizing hitch set right ? Do you carry any extra weight at the back of the trailer. Might need to add weight up front or in the pickup bed.
the bear II 08/24/15 09:31am Towing
RE: Prices for Diesel Fuel vs Gasoline

Right now in LA area diesel is about $1.10 cheaper than regular gas. At one point it was $1.19 cheaper so I started driving my C4500 (12 MPG) daily to work and back. It was cheaper to drive it than my Toyota Avalon (25 MPG).
the bear II 08/21/15 11:55am Truck Campers
RE: rugged trailer

Based on your needs for a TT I'm not sure you'll find one your F150 can pull safely. We've been involved in off road racing for many years. Our first TT was a 23 FT Nomad. It sat on top of the axles so there was plenty of clearance. It was considered a mid-level quality RV. We used it to get in and out of the main pit areas at the races... usually a hard pack dirt road with bumps, rocks and some sand. No problems the TT held up well. I pulled it with a Chevy 2500 4X4. You will be surprised at how well most TT & RVs will hold up to offroading as long as you are careful.
the bear II 08/21/15 11:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Balsam Wood

We use the spring loaded adjustable curtain rods.
the bear II 08/21/15 09:50am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Solar or Generator for Boondocking

Over the 40 years I've had an RV and been boondocking, I have always used a generator. In the beginning it was a 1000 watt honda just to keep the batteries topped off each day. I ran it for up to 8 hours on 1/2 gallon of gas. Currently I have 2 Honda 2000i with the parallel kit. I carry one if no air conditioning will be needed and both if we will need air conditioning. These keep my 4 12V batteries charged up and ready for each night of lights, microwave, sat receiver, TV and two laptops plus cellphones. We can run off of the batteries for a couple of days before having to charge. The advantage of the generators...if power goes out at my home, I can use them. If I need power at a remote location for tools I can use the generator(s). Solar panels aren't as portable.
the bear II 08/20/15 10:54am Tech Issues
RE: San Diego to las Vegas Nevada

X3 I-15 You'll run into slow spots in several areas, however once you reach the top of Cajon Pass and drop down into Hesperia/Victorville it will be smoother sailing.
the bear II 08/20/15 09:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Determining Market Value of RV? Website?

I use rvtrader.com, Craigslist, and racingjunk.com I look for the year make and model or something similar and compare the prices listed. This gives a rough idea of true market value and then compare it to the NADA estimate. I then take the prices from the websites and NADA and blend them to come up with the price I would be willing to pay or sell my RV for. If buying I offer way low... if selling I price higher than the blended price. Craigslist is great because you can watch the ad over a period of time to see if the ad is removed (sold the RV,call to confirm) or the price reduces because they haven't sold it (priced too high).
the bear II 08/20/15 08:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Restore/replace ESPN rubber roof

To clean my roof I use a long handled soft brush attached to a garden hose. Run water and scrub is all it takes the roof comes out looking like new. The two step roof coating works well and is easy to apply. Follow the instructions for the best results or have the RV Roof Man do it...never heard of him. I had a local RV detailer do mine a couple of years ago. One caution: make sure the edpm membrane is not cracking where it folds over at the edge of your roof. If you have cracks you'll need to have the Dicor tape applied and then coat the roof.
the bear II 08/20/15 08:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Suspension help

My chevy 3500 crewcab dually longbed worked great with just the overload springs. The pin weight of my 5th wheel is 3200 lbs plus about 300 lbs of gear in the pickup bed. The ride is smooth when towing. I do get a clunk once in awhile from the overloads on bumps. The ride empty isn't bad. If money is no object, my 2008 chevy crewcab 4500 dually came equipped with a LINKS rear suspension. It works great and comes with large air bags like the semi's have. http://www.linkmfg.com/products/ultraride/
the bear II 08/19/15 03:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone towing with mild lift kit and larger tires?

I had a 1984 Chevy 4X4 2500 longbed & cab high campershell (cap). The truck was modified with an aftermarket 3 inch spring lift setup. The springs replaced the stock units and provided 3 inches of lift. The stock overload springs were retained but re-positioned to contact the new springs properly. The aftermarket springs were designed to lift while providing a soft ride compared to lift kits. I used 16 inch rims with 33inch mud & snow tires tires - wide but don't remember the width. My brother, a steel fabricator, took my stock equalizer hitch and added a new shank on top of the old to drop the hitch so my 23ft TT towed level. This whole setup towed beautifully. Very sable and the ride was very comfortable.
the bear II 08/19/15 10:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: You had close call, scary moment, or accident, towing?

Dan Lots of good advice above. Keep in mind of the millions of RVs on the road you are reading about accidents for just a small fraction of RV'ers. The majority of RV'ers don't have major accidents maybe a few fender benders. The only trouble I've ever had was due to idiot drivers. Nothing major, no one hurt very little damage. Two accidents in over 40 years of towing an RV the other drivers fault both times. The key tips are to be alert, watch out for the other guy, slow down, leave plenty of room not just from the vehicle in front, but also on at least one side of you make sure your tow vehicle has more than enough capacity for the camper you choose proper and preventative maintenance check the tire pressures often (add a TPM system for all tires) practice- take your RV out to a big empty parking lot or field and practice panic stops, avoidance maneuvers, parking in tight spots, maneuvering through tight roads (use cones or boxes to lay out a route) pay attention to height- bridges, trees or other obstacles take an RV driving class or purchase a DVD and watch it
the bear II 08/19/15 09:53am Towing
RE: waxing to increase mpg

Slow down and enjoy the scenery.
the bear II 08/19/15 09:37am Travel Trailers
RE: GFCI trips when Norcold N641 on AC. Only have 4 days to fix

If you have a built-in ice maker the water from mine was leaking and would trip the GFI. I fixed the leak and no more trip. It should work on propane until you can fix the AC issue.
the bear II 08/19/15 08:23am Tech Issues

At work the refrigerator everyone uses the freezer door was blocked by ice because the frig wasn't defrosted. Someone force the door open which broke the plastic hinge pin that stuck out from the right side of the door. Sounds similar to what happened with yours. A couple of us "shade tree" mechanics were able to use a large screw to replace the hinge pin. We drilled a hole in the plastic door where the hinge pin was and then inserted the screw, used some epoxy to set the screw in place. Put the door back in place and it's almost as good as new.
the bear II 08/18/15 01:30pm Tech Issues
RE: New to my 2008 Duramax

I adjust mine to the middle and then higher until I feel the trailer pull as the brakes come on. The indicator on mine goes from zero to 10. I'm usually at 6 or 7. Or- On your gravel drive I would go slow (5 to 10MPH) and then adjust until just the trailer brakes stop you. Enjoy your truck.
the bear II 08/18/15 01:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Overnighting at a rest area

In a rest area I try to find a parking spot where we are away from the truck parking spots to reduce the noise and diesel fumes. It's not always possible to find this kind of spot. My first choice is to find an inexpensive campground near the highway to stop for the night. Next would be a large truck stop with a separate area for RVs. Rest Stop is the last resort. We have stayed (with permission) in a large grocery store parking lot, church parking lot, gas station (leave before they open), down a side road, large pull off area along with a few semi's...etc.
the bear II 08/18/15 01:15pm Travel Trailers
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