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RE: Boondocking/Tailgating

We often camp without hook ups. A small generator 1500 watts will provide power for lights and TV/Computer plus satellite receiver. It will not power heavy draw small appliances like a microwave or Blender. It will help recharge batteries in the 5th wheel. I would at least add another battery. We have four and can go two days using 12v lights and water pump when boondocking without having to worry about running down the batteries. With a 1500 watt generator we can stretch to a week or more as long as water and holding tanks keep up with demand. The small generators are very quiet, inexpensive and make tailgating/boondocking a little easier.
the bear II 01/13/17 12:46pm Tech Issues
RE: generator

We used to camp often by the ocean. On two different types of generators I would experience what you experienced after the generators sat for a couple of months. The generators seemed to work fine once they warmed up. But for a few minutes when first started there would be no electrical power or limited power. I often wondered if the armature or brushes would have a light corrosion that had to wear off once the generator started before it would start sending out power.
the bear II 01/12/17 04:41pm Tech Issues
RE: noheat/ no air

Not enough shoreline voltage No 12 volts or batteries are too low
the bear II 01/12/17 12:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How long do you keep your full time RV

22 years so far. We are considering changing to a flat floor TT or MH due to health issues but we are really happy with the 5th wheel floorplan except the steps up to the bedroom/bathroom area. If we do keep our 5th wheel I need to fix a couple of spots in the roof where there has been water intrusion/dry rot. Otherwise it's still a great unit. Very comfortable to live in.
the bear II 01/12/17 10:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel king pin lock

I took a heavy chain that fits in the groove and cut it just long enough to wrap around the king pin and hook the chain ends together with a heavy duty padlock. Works great and very inexpensive. I've had the 5th wheel in 3 different storage lots and it hasn't walked away yet in 22 years.
the bear II 01/11/17 11:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Small Dome Satellite

My choice would be a Dish Tailgater Portable antenna and permanently mount it to your RV. It only weighs 10 lbs and if you setup the mount so it can be attached to the RV or easily removed (unlocked) you would be able to move the antenna away from obstructions
the bear II 01/10/17 02:37pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Why no TT's that fully supports their own weight.

I would say handling and backing would be the biggest issues. X-2
the bear II 01/06/17 09:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Crooked Demco Pinbox

Bent mount, not leveled before it was tightened, factory jig was out of alignment when the pinbox was built, it's level and your camera wasn't...LOL
the bear II 01/06/17 09:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: TT Length Recommendation

You need to check the truck capacity and then find a trailer that is not too heavy for the truck. With any TT or 5th wheel you will get some bouncing and sway depending on many factors including weather, hitch setup, road conditions...etc. Your goal should be to find a truck, hitch and trailer combination that provides the safest and most comfortable towing experience under most conditions. And a trailer that meets your livability needs. 37 feet with the right combination of truck and hitch can provide a very safe and comfortable towing experience. The key is what you are doing on this site...lots of research. Most RV manufacturers have websites/forums for owners of their products. Be sure to check the Grand Design forums for input from actual owners of the unit you are considering.
the bear II 01/05/17 11:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Truck and 5th wheel or conversion van and TT

Due to the cost of a typical conversion van I would go with a crew cab truck and 5th wheel. The kids will learn how to travel. As a kid our family of six would travel cross country in a suburban with only a front and rear bench seat. I learned to like reading books during those trips.
the bear II 01/04/17 03:38pm Beginning RVing
RE: How to correct uneven "Bump Clearance" ?

I have a 5th wheel that is slightly overloaded. After about 10,000 miles I began to notice the springs had flattened out and it began to lean on the drivers side (2 Slideouts are located). Because the axles had been flipped right after we bought it, there was no rubbing. However on a trip after the 10,000 mile mark a spring on the passenger side broke. I replaced all four springs with new 8000lb units (Originals were 6000lb). It's much better since the replacement.
the bear II 01/04/17 12:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: ? Quartzsite Motel Ques

If you can't find anything in Q. Blythe, CA. is about 20 miles west of Quartzsite. There are many motels located just off of I-10 so it's easy to get to and from Quartzsite.
the bear II 01/04/17 12:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Motorized trailer movers

http://www.powercaster.com/ I had a booth at the California RV Show for many years located across from the family that developed the Power Caster. I heard many success stories from TT and boat owners regarding the use of the power caster. It seems to work well. I see used ones listed on ebay and Craigslist from time to time. My dad, my brother and I used to use a 5 foot tall heavy duty two wheel hand truck to lift the tongue of the family 18ft TT. Dad would maneuver the hand truck while my brother and I would push on left & right corners to get the TT into or out of a spot behind the house. It took a lot of muscle but worked.
the bear II 01/04/17 12:42pm Towing
RE: West Palm Beach to Portland by way of Vegas?

I-10 through the gulf states and then up to I-40 in New Mexico and Hwy 93 to Las Vegas would be my choice of a route. From Vegas to Portland is complex due to possible weather conditions over the sierras. Hwy 95 to I-80 may be a good choice if chance of snow but it backtracks to Sacramento. I-80 is plowed often to keep it clear. I-5 from Sacramento to Portland.
the bear II 01/03/17 10:25am Roads and Routes
RE: Need assistance please.

It would be easier and cheaper to buy a portable electric heater to use instead of the Air conditioner heat.
the bear II 01/03/17 10:12am Tech Issues
RE: Hole in door

A redneck fix would be to seal the hole with metallic tape, spray paint the tape dark and then screw a vent plate to the door to cover the tape and hole. Will look like a vented storage compartment.
the bear II 12/29/16 06:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: A new way to get around a campground!

We use two Mobility Scooters we bought on Craigslist for $300 & $600 (only used once). We added a canopy to each so they look like one person golf carts. Both of them break down into smaller components in about 10 minutes so they can be carried in the back of the truck, trunk of a car or storage compartments in the RV
the bear II 12/29/16 03:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dually Truck.. What is this feeling?

In my opinion a dually looks like a body builder. Non-dually 3500/350 or 2500/250 looks like the typical chiseled movie star. A 1500/150 looks like the 98 pound weakling you used to see in the Joe Weider ads in magazines. So you want to ride around in a bulging beast of a truck.... My C4500 dually crewcab pickup looks like a bodybuilder on steroids. I liked the looks and find it to be one of the best tow vehicles I have ever driven.
the bear II 12/29/16 01:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Bryce Canyon mid May

May can be good or bad....so be ready for mild or cold weather and definitely be aware of the possibility of flash floods while hiking.
the bear II 12/28/16 10:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Listening to the diesel hum

I love the sound of my two trucks: 2007 C4500 Chevy Duramax.... sounds like pure power especially once the turbo kicks in. 1986 C35000 Chevy with 454 Gas equipped with headers and flowmaster mufflers... Sounds like rolling thunder. It sets off car alarms as I drive through underground parking lots.
the bear II 12/23/16 11:36am Tow Vehicles
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