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RE: 2000 Safari Zanzibar 3896

The nice thing about Safari models, the owner of the company was a big guy. He had the models designed with plenty of room. The design eliminates the typical bottleneck areas found in most MHs where it is hard for two people to pass each other...stove, sink and dining area. In the bathrooms lots of space around the toilet and larger showers. Safari's have always been on our list if we decided to go with a MH or DP.
the bear II 05/01/15 11:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What's the longest you've stayed at one CG?

We have often paid the monthly rate due to the large discount as long as it saved money vs paying the daily or weekly rate for the period of time we plan to stay. It has actually caused us to extend our stay a couple of times. Just recently we decided to stay an extra week because the monthly rate was cheaper than paying for 3 weeks we originally had planned to stay. If we like the campground and area we usually stay 4 days to a week. We do stay up to 4 months during the summer at a RV Resort near San Diego each year. It started out as one week 20 years ago and then 2 weeks,3 weeks, two months, 3 months and last year 4 months we had planned on leaving after 3 months,2 weeks and a couple of days but the monthly rate was cheaper so we extended.
the bear II 04/29/15 12:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rear rumbling & vibrations at hwy speed – Intermittent

I'm assuming the tires have the proper pressure. U-joints would be the next guess. I had one go dry that would vibrate on down hills or coasting on flat ground. Otherwise it was smooth and quiet.
the bear II 04/27/15 01:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Another TV question...long or short bed?

No short bed for me I use my Chevy 3500 crewcab dually longbed as a daily driver in downtown Los Angeles. Never a problem, can always find a parking spot. Most of the time the ride is comfortable. It can get a little bumpy when the roadway is rough. I find that people and vehicles move out of my way. I have always had a long bed except for a short bed dodge 4X4. Very choppy ride most of the time.
the bear II 04/27/15 08:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Speedometer on HR Neptune

There are still some speedometer shops around that will be able to adjust yours to make it accurate. An alternative is to get a dash mounted navigation system. These will accurately show your speed and mileage for each trip. Some can be programmed to show cumulative mileage for all trips. Even the navigation app on my iPhone shows mileage and speed.
the bear II 04/27/15 07:55am Tech Issues
RE: Are trailer brakes working??

Here's a possibility- When I bought a used truck to tow my 5th wheel. I tested the controller output at the 7 pin plug. It was sending the correct voltage. For years I tried several things because I felt I wasn't getting enough braking from the 5th wheel. Adjust the brakes, check the output, clean electrical connections, inspect the brake internals and magnets...all were OK. So I learned to live with it. A few years ago I bought a new truck that had been customized to tow heavy trailers. It had an electronic brake controller installed (DrawTite). The first time I towed the 5th wheel with the new truck, I couldn't believe how great the trailer brakes worked. The new controller made the brakes work the way I had always expected them to. I guess even though the old controller was putting out the correct voltage maybe it wasn't supplying enough AMPs. I'm happy now...
the bear II 04/24/15 02:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ford Dealers Won't Service E-450

Same at GM dealers some work on MH and Medium Duty Trucks and some don't. I have found if the dealer sells medium duty trucks they will work on MHs.
the bear II 04/24/15 11:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: How do you know it's Time? It was time.

One of our dogs at 6 years old developed diabetes. She went blind and due to the stress all of her fur fell off. I had to give her insulin injections each day. Even with all of these issues she still had lots of life and gave us lots of love. It was amazing to watch her. She knew the patio and backyard. Knew where the water and food were. She even played around with our other dog. She would go camping with us and she would learn the campsite. I always kept her on a chain in the campsite so she couldn't get too far and get lost. She seemed to enjoy the sounds, smell and feel of being outdoors. When I would take both for a walk I had a short chain I would attach her to the other dog and they would walk together side by side. She had her own guide dog. I knew it was time when one morning she could no longer stand on her own. The vet said her organs were beginning to shut down. So we said goodbye to her. The other dog lasted a few years longer (she was older) and at 16 she also was having trouble with her hind legs and couldn't stand. So we said goodbye to her. As others have indicated you will know...quality of life is the key.
the bear II 04/24/15 10:44am RV Pet Stop
RE: fifth wheel battery

Is the battery warm to the touch ? I have two batteries in the 5th wheel. I've had this happen twice and each time it was due to a bad battery. Because of the bad battery, my charger/converter kept charging and boiled over the two batteries. If your battery is more than 3 years old I would suspect it has gone bad. Have your battery tested and replaced if bad. This should solve your problem. Keep in mind it is possible the charging feature of the converter has gone bad and isn't switching to a trickle charge when the battery is near full charge.
the bear II 04/24/15 10:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How to assess water damage?

Inspect your roof carefully especially around the suspected leak areas. If the leaks have caused damage you will feel rotted wood beneath the roofing material. It will be really soft. If you have rotted wood, the cheap way to go would be number 2 & 3 below. This will seal the leaks and provide protection for a few years. It will not help the value of your RV when it comes time to sell it. The best fix would be to remove the roofing material to determine the extent of the damage. Repair the damage and then have the bedliner sprayed on the entire roof (number 1 below). Expensive solution. I would only do this if I planned to keep the RV for 10 years. If little or no rotten wood- You have several options: 1- Recover the entire roof with a new membrane or spray on material like the bedliner for pick up trucks. Many RV'ers are going this route. Both are expensive 2- After washing the roof and letting it dry- Re-seal all seams with EternaBond tape and sealant. This is the least expensive option and may take care of all current and future leaks. 3- To further protect your roof after number 2 you can use a two step roof sealant. This provides basically a new roof membrane for many years of protection. Cheaper than number 1
the bear II 04/24/15 10:19am Travel Trailers
RE: question for the experts UPDATED 04/29/15

I would suspect the Low Battery.... get one of the $100 solar chargers to keep your battery topped off when the RV is in storage.
the bear II 04/24/15 08:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Long Picnic Tables - Need cover

You can buy a roll of table cloth (both plastic and paper) at party, cooking, restaurant supply stores or we use a roll of butcher paper. These rolls allowed you to make the table cloth as long (and as wide) as you need. Just roll it out and cut to length. No need to wash just throw it away when done. We've also used the flannel back fabric available at fabric stores.
the bear II 04/23/15 10:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Will a Common Size Freezer Hold a Frozen Pizza?

We take the pizza and cut it down to pieces that will fit and then put those in a ziploc bag or foodsaver vacuum seal bag. Be sure to write down or cutout the cooking instructions. Lately, we've been making our own pizza using the BBQ grill. It's really easy and almost as fast as heating up a frozen pizza. It tastes a lot better. Lots of recipes and instruction on line for BBQ gril pizza.
the bear II 04/23/15 09:55am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Reseal break lights.. I think i messed up?

I use silicon sealant on my fiberglass siding to seal around windows,lights, small holes...etc. It works great and lasts. I know others say don't use it but it works for me.
the bear II 04/21/15 10:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Vessel Sink

There was a guy in Quartzsite that made sink and stove covers using corian. He would cut it with a sabre, jig or band saw depending on what he was making and then sand the edges smooth with sand paper. Based on my skill set I would do it instead of hiring it done. So if you're handy and have the tools go for it.
the bear II 04/21/15 09:56am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: sulfer smell in bath sink

Should go away if you flush the drain with lots of hot water. Otherwise use a waste digester with enzymes from Thetford. I use it in the kitchen and bathroom sinks when we get the rotten egg smell. Once in a while after a few months of storage.
the bear II 04/20/15 03:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: New or Used with Warranty?

Read through the post here- http://www.rv-dreams.com/rv-insurance.html Very informative. I would go used with an extended warranty.
the bear II 04/20/15 03:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Termites in dump compartment

Another option is to travel to an area with freezing temperatures for a week. The cold will kill off the nest.
the bear II 04/20/15 03:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bonehead move no. 251

I was helping a neighbor hitch up her TT. When I hooked up one of the WDH bars to the bracket on the frame I noticed the bracket was loose. As soon as I put tension on the bar the L bracket popped off of the frame. We decided it must have vibrated loose on her trip back from Texas. I had a hard time getting it to lock onto the tongue of her trailer. I tightened the set bolt as tight as I could but it still seemed like it could pop off. The set bolt wasn't biting into the steel of the tongue.
the bear II 04/20/15 02:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camping With Below Freezing Temps

disconnect and drain your fresh water hose at night. Store it inside. Everything else should be OK. If you won't have hook ups then you have to try and conserve your batteries. The heater will drain a battery quickly so bundle up to sleep and turn off the heater. Use it in the morning to warm up and then shut it off. Make sure you crack a window and open a vent when cooking inside.
the bear II 04/20/15 11:34am Travel Trailers
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